To Be Continued

Posted by Emily Dee on April 19, 2011 at 9:32 am Uncategorized Comments Off
Apr 192011


After failing to become prime minister in a coalition with Jack Layton and Gilles Duceppe in 2004, Stephen Harper used every opportunity to take down Paul Martin. He wanted power so bad he could taste it.

The Spring of 2005, with a Liberal budget looming, seemed like a perfect opportunity. But there was a problem. Belinda Stronach, his contender for leadership of the newly formed Conservative Party of Canada, was suggesting that it was too soon.

The end began with a shouting match in Conservative Leader Stephen Harper’s oak-panelled Parliament Hill office. Harper hauled in Newmarket-Aurora MP Belinda Stronach to his inner sanctum last Thursday to, sources say, “read her the riot act.” “You’ll never have a future in this party. You’re too ambitious,” he told her. “If we lose the confidence vote I will hold you personally responsible,” Harper screamed, furious, insiders say, that she had expressed support for some elements of the Liberal budget. (1)

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For anyone following the Reform movement from its inception to it’s new transformation under the Conservative Party of Canada banner, hearing them describe themselves as friends of immigrants, is both amusing and chilling.

In the early 1990′s, when it was discovered that Neo-Nazis had infiltrated the Party, those ousted claimed not to understand the problem. They had been drawn to Reform because of their anti-immigration policies. According to Al Overfield of the Heritage Front: “The attraction of Reform for Overfield and like-minded persons, he said was that it was strictly white bread, 100 percent white Canadians, really anti-immigration; there was really no difference between those people and them [Heritage Front].”

When Bill Dunphy of the Toronto Sun exposed the fact that Heritage Front leader Wolfgang Droege and four other Heritage Front activists had memberships in Toronto area Reform Party riding associations, Preston Manning expelled the group. Continue reading »

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The always entertaining and informative, David Climenhaga, asks this week: Does anyone believe the problem in the immigration minister’s office was just an overzealous flunky?

Of course we don’t and for those who do, call me. Have I got a deal for you. A bridge over the Wishwehadone River in Monoco, that I can sell you dirt cheap.

The story here is not whether Jason Kenney was intentionally using his office for partisan purposes, but that he got caught, and someone had to take the fall.

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Mar 032011

Oh dear. Here the Tories go again. Elsewhere on this website you may have noticed a discussion about how the Harper government has brazenly used public funds for partisan purposes.

Well, now a letter from Citizenship, Immigration & Multiculturalism Minister, Jason Kenney, has surfaced using his publicly-paid Parliamentary staff to send letters, on Parliamentary letterhead, soliciting funding from Conservative Electoral District Associations.

That is bad enough but somebody made a boo boo. The letter was obviously mistakenly sent to NDP Edmonton MP, Linda Duncan. The letter has been made public today and various pundits are having much fun over the Tory solicitation to Ms. Duncan to assist Kenney in raising $200,000.

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