Once again the prime minister and the opposition leader were in each other sights, with NDP Leader Tom Mulcair attacking Stephen Harper with questions about the investigation into the Guelph, Ont., ro...
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is making no apologies for his party's use of deceptive robocalls to rally public opinion against proposed changes to riding boundaries in Saskatchewan.Harper in...
Nine months ago, you could scarcely open a newspaper without reading all sorts of scary allegations about the Prime Minister's secret army of robo-men and their efforts to systematically rig the 2011 election through ambiguously deceptive phone calls. But if you're still jonsing for a Robocall fix, fear not!
Compared to Mr. Poutine I'm small potatoes, really. I just called a few hundred of my supporters in Ward 2 in Milton on the eve of the 2010 municipal election to remind them to get out and vote for me as town councillor the next day. But I can tell you a little bit about how the system works.
Seventy-five per cent of Canadians want an Independent judicial inquiry according to a national poll sponsored by the National Post and released on March 12 by Ipsos Reid. Since when would electoral fraud go uninvestigated with all findings not made public?
In a powerful op-ed in the New York Times, Greg Smith, a senior executive at Goldman Sachs, called the environment at the firm "as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it." Sounds a lot like modern politics in Canada.
Though party partisans, pundits, and journalists are aghast over robocalls, the average Canadian cares about stuff that affects their daily lives. They worry about paying for their kids' education. They care more about NHL standings than they do about political opinion polls.
So far it's been a year of dirty campaigning, but what stands out are the apologies. Bob Rae did the gracious thing, and reversed taking swipes at Vic Toews and the government, and John Baird apologized to the NDP. Rush Limbaugh could learn a lesson about saying sorry from these guys.
Today the news is full of stories about fraudulent phone calls and fake Twitter accounts. If there's an antidote to this poison, it's to be found in leaders like Cory Booker, the man who turned around Newark, New Jersey. In 2010, the city had its first murder-free month in more than half a century.
We don't know much about the scandal right now, which means it's an incredibly exciting time for the nation's political commentators, who will never again enjoy such a vacuum of ambiguity just begging to be filled with their wildest partisan fantasies.
Instead of going nuts trying to come up with new election rules, perhaps we should try the opposite and do away with ALL rules and turn this thing into a no-holds-barred, made-for-TV cage fight. If we're not going to get quality, mature leadership no matter what we do, let's just do away with the pretense of it entirely. Let's have some fun.
The non-answer I received from the government yesterday in Question Period regarding its pattern of "reprehensible" (the Speaker's characterization) electoral behaviour -- and failure to take responsibility for it -- arguably sets a new bar for avoidance and obfuscation on the part of the Conservatives.
Robocalls are just the latest example of what Canadians have let the Tories get away with. The tragic lesson of modern Canadian politics is clear: Parliamentary crime pays. The Conservative party won its majority by gambling that Canadians didn't care about what goes on the Ottawa bubble. Harper's gamble paid off.
Bob Rae's latest harangue, in which he accuses Harper of being responsible for "robocalls" directing voters to the wrong polling locations, really doesn't suit a man of his intelligence. It is pure political B.S. in its finest form. As for a culture of attacks, that has been a part of politics since time immemorial.