The non conformer's Canadian Weblog

May 14, 2009

they abuse us, price gouge us

 

 

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Ottawa moves to make auto repair more competitive  CTV.ca  Canadian motorists fed up with sky high dealer repair costs could soon have a new weapon to fight back, after the House of Commons passed the second reading of a private member’s bill. The “Right to Repair Bill” — or C-273 — would force automakers to disclose their closely guarded repair computer codes, opening the way for competition from independent repair shops and more options for consumers. NDP MP Brian Masse, the sponsor of the bill, said Thursday that the proposed legislation is aimed at making the repair system fair for all motorists. “That’s what we’re trying to do, is create the system that’s going to be fair and accessible to all.” The second reading passed Wednesday night. Masse explained that under the bill, independent repair facilities would be allowed to purchase the auto manufacturers’ computer repair code software, which would allow them to diagnose vehicle problems. The MP from Windsor, Ont., travelled the country, talking to independent repair shops, and said he was surprised at the scope of the problem.  Masse said that independents “were getting restricted information so they couldn’t fix vehicles so they would have to be towed to dealerships.” Masse also said the U.S. is far ahead than Canada on the issue of legislation forcing automakers to share computer repair codes Under the American Clean Air Act, Washington requires open access to software on diagnostics and repair. In Canada, it’s not required by law; some manufacturers share the information, some don’t. Auto industry observers say the car companies have kept secret their repair codes to keep their strong competitive advantage in the repair and service market for their dealer networks. Federal Industry Minister Tony Clement had been pushing for a voluntary agreement, saying “the status quo is not an option.” The Automotive Industries Association of Canada, an umbrella group representing everything from small independent repair shops to large aftermarket giants like Canadian Tire, has spent years trying to negotiate with vehicle manufacturers on this issue, with little success. But according to a representative from Canada’s car companies, the proposed system is in need of repair itself. “A piece of legislation like this is really, entirely unworkable,” said Mark Nantais, from the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association. “It will take several months, if not years, to actually become fully operational.” The auto industry is now working on drafting its own version of the system as an alternative to the government’s legislation.  http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090514/autorepair_bill_090514/20090514?hub=CTVNewsAt11

they abuse us, price gouge us and the Automotive manufacturers want our support? and the governments only pretend to look after the consumer interest still. 

The neo conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is undeniably practicing socialism now, he is giving social aid to the automotive manufacturers, he is now helping our undeniable enemies.. the automobile manufacturers, the same ones who  want our support while they practice unfair and restrictive trade practice, price gouge us with their high repair costs, high car maintenance costs now as well. 
 
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Canadian Press   TORONTO – Liberal MP and gas price watchdog MP Dan McTeague is warning drivers to expect a 3.4 cent a litre increase in the price of regular gas today.  That brings the average price in the Toronto area to 97.7 cents per litre, but closer to the dollar a litre mark in Montreal and Vancouver. The price of oil has been rising on world markets to about US$60 a barrel, but McTeague doesn’t believe that’s the reason for the latest spike.  He says “this is nothing more than pure profit taking” and comes at a very bad time when the economy is not doing well.  McTeague says demand for gas is down and supply is up and gas prices should have been stabilized somewhere in the 75 cent range.  The cost of gas has now risen about 15 cents over the last three weeks   and no one does anything about it too…
 
  
 
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– the supposedly underpaid, cost infective, inefficient RCMP firstly..for  it was the Liberal justice ministers as well that have let the police in Canada stay out of control and abuse the citizens the last 5 decades now too.. Now in reality the Police who are often lying and saying they are serving the public good by going overboard with their law enforcement are just merely being selfish thugs, self centered, trying to promote themselves at the citizens expense and that is now true Canada wide, with the local police, RCMP, sheriffs now too.
 
– and it was only one good liberal PM who did something good about the rising gas prices, the honorable Pierre Trudeau,they abuse us, price gouge us and the Automotive manufacturers want our support? and the governments only pretend to look after the consumer interest still.  The neo conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is undeniably practicing socialism now, he is giving social aid to the automotive manufacturers, he is now helping our undeniable enemies.. the automobile manufacturers, the same ones who  want our support while they practice unfair and restrictive trade practice, price gouge us with their high repair cars, car maintenance costs now as well. 
 
– the rest of the Liberal PM were really  inadequate.. PM Jean Chretien and useless Paul Martin included.. the same ones who really  did not do any EI reforms now too.
 
– and it was the  Liberals also as as well who did not do anything good  about bad Bell -Sympatico abusing it’s customers. lying, stealing, false misleading advertisements
 
Quebec’s pension fund IS NOW IN REAL TROUBLE   “The new head of the fund is Michael Sabia, former head of Bell Canada Enterprises, who took over in March of this year.” QUEBCERS AND THE Quebec’s pension fund IS NOW IN REAL  TROUBLE,  JUST LOOK AT THE BAD EFFECT THE SAME PERSON SABIA  HAD ON BELL, WHOSE STOCKS, SALES, SERVICES, CUSTOMER SATISFACTION  HAVE GONE DONE DRASTICALLY. I HOPE THEY ARE ALL NOT STUPID ENOUGH TO LET HIM INVEST OUR MONEY INTO BELL AS WELL. Now also add to this Quebec’s Minister of Finance, Monique Forget, who always seemed to forget me too,  her  sudden resignation  from politics and thus who will not be around to answer what she also knows about this affair.. It sure looks like a cover-up…
 
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/12/12/canadas-ex-pm-jean-chretien-paul-martin-found-guilty/
https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/20/stephen-harper-and-the-economic-crisis/
 
Canadian Press  OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says the federal government broke the law in financing the employment insurance system by transforming premiums paid by workers and employers into an unconstitutional tax.  In a 7-0 judgment, the court ruled Thursday the former Liberal governments of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin collected EI contributions illegally in 2002, 2003 and 2005.  In those years, EI rates were set directly by cabinet without proper authorization from Parliament, violating the ancient constitutional principle of no taxation without representation.  However, the court said Ottawa legitimately collected premiums in all other years since 1996 and rejected claims by organized labour that the Liberals deliberately ran up massive surpluses in the EI fund, then diverted the money to balance the federal budget and fund other initiatives.  The Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux, one of Quebec’s leading labour organizations, had demanded that $54 billion in allegedly diverted premiums be returned to the EI system and used to fund future benefits to jobless workers.  The court issued no order for repayment and suspended the effect of its judgment for one year in order to give the federal government time to sort out the legislative tangle.http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/081211/national/scoc_ei_surplus

Critics have long maintained the strategy of Jean Chretien and Paul Martin  amounted to balancing the federal books on the backs of the unemployed.  The Liberals brought in legislation in 1996 that tightened eligibility rules for EI benefits but simultaneously opened the door to new training, education, placement and other programs.  Critics say the government then went on to set the premiums charged to workers and employers at higher rates than were necessary to fund the reduced benefits and new programs.  The result was a ballooning surplus in the EI fund – a revenue windfall critics said could be used first to balance the budget and later to support other Liberal initiatives that had no connection to EI. 

We should note that Brian Mulroney was the main reason his Conservative political party became obsolete too.

Claims against Dhalla part of pattern: Lawyer

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Dhalla lawyer hints scandal was politically motivated  A lawyer representing embattled Liberal MP Ruby Dhalla said allegations levelled at her and her family that they mistreated three Filipinos hired as domestic workers are false and suggested  they were made as a part of an organized campaign by Dhalla’s political opponents to discredit her. “Whoever has decided to target her has made a grievous error,” said lawyer Howard Levitt. “The allegations are absolute nonsense.”

   

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney,  insisted he’s remaining personally distant from the dispute, even as his aide was distributing anti-Dhalla documents at the committee hearing. Moreover, a story by The Canadian Press earlier this week suggested Kenney may have tainted any investigation into this case through his active politicking on the file.

       

Claims against Dhalla part of pattern: Lawyer One of the nannies accusing Ruby Dhalla of mistreatment made similar claims against the family that sponsored her to come to Canada, the embattled Liberal MP’s lawyer charged yesterday.  Howard Levitt made the allegation at his Bay St. office where he pulled out photos of the basement apartment where the nannies lived and hinted the “false and unsubstantiated allegations” were part of an effort by the nannies to get landed immigrant status.  Dhalla, the MP for Brampton-Springdale, has been under fire after two foreign caregivers employed by her family alleged they had their passports seized and were forced to work long hours and perform non-caregiver duties such as washing cars, shining shoes and cleaning clinics.  Two of the family’s former live-in caregivers, Magdalene Gordo and Richelyn Tongson, appeared before the Commons citizenship and immigration committee Tuesday, alleging mistreatment in the Dhalla home last year.  Levitt said the “he said, she said” story is changing now that he has been contacted by Gordo’s original Canadian employer.  The anonymous employer, described as a married father of four living in the GTA, only had Gordo in his home for three weeks in December 2007 before she left.  “He made her part of his family, gave her lots of Christmas gifts over the holidays and after three weeks she walked out,” Levitt said.  “When he complained to the nanny agency, who he paid good money to bring her from the Philippines, Ms. Gordo then apparently made the same allegations against him, of overwork and harsh treatment, that she’s now making against Ruby Dhalla.  SAW PATTERN  “I hope that my client’s name is not being used for the purpose of circumventing the process and providing permanent residency, that would be inappropriate and unfair to Ruby Dhalla.”  The original sponsor’s Mississauga lawyer, Shawn Philbert, said his client was an “average guy” who needed a nanny.  “My client was left with four young children, no caregiver, he’s gone through an extreme amount of expense to bring her here,” Philbert said.  When his client saw Gordo making similar allegations against Dhalla, he felt there was a pattern emerging.  Philbert said Gordo didn’t report any problems to the nanny agency in her weekly reports until the day before she left the home.  “Considering the lifestyle that she was living she had no reason to leave … He felt that she just used him to come to this country,” he said. “He can’t attest to whether the claims against Ruby are true or not but what he can say is they are very similar to what happened to him and in his situation he didn’t do that.”  During the press conference, Levitt showed photos of Dhalla’s basement nanny suite.  “The caregivers have described poor conditions. Let me show you the apartment they were provided,” Levitt said. He showed four photos of Dhalla’s furnished basement with mahogany furniture and a flat-screen TV. “Most Canadians would be delighted to have accommodation of this quality.  “Is that poor conditions? Does that look anything but eminently comfortable?”  Asked if the basement apartment he described as, “large, commodious, spacious, comfortable, well-furnished, even elegant,” was legal, Levitt replied, “I’m sure it is.”  http://www.torontosun.com/news/torontoandgta/2009/05/15/9464726-sun.html 

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sadly these clearly false, selfish allegations will stereo type many of the other Nannies, will make other people hesitant to hire them, and will hurt other Nannies’ immigration attempts.. 

AND ” Why does Canada have a special, temporary immigrant program for nannies? If we truly lack qualified live-in caregivers, why not admit them through the normal immigration stream?” http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/article/635235

 

Cops, RCMP, Update

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NOW I HAVE HEARD ALL KIND OF REASONS WHY THE BAD EMPLOYEES WERE, ARE SUPPOSEDLY JUSTIFIED IN NOT DOING THEIR WORK PROPERLY BUT SOME HOW THE EXCUSES ALL APPEAR VOID WHEN COMPARED WITH THE OUTPUT OF THE GOOD WORKERS.

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THE TRUE COLOURS OF THE , Cops, RCMP,  ARE BEING EXPOSED, FULLY REVEALED Canada wide in the news media these days
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The scathing indictment of RCMP,  “the truth about what’s really going on inside the force. The short answer is an inept, insular and archaic group of RCMP executives has let the Force fall out of step with 21st Century policing.” “Unfortunately,” the idea of intimidating people is entirely consistent with the RCMP management’s way of managing conflict, not only with the public, but also with its own membership“ “The idea of protection is reflective of the RCMP executive’s view of the public they police. We have become the ‘enemy’ and they go to ‘war’ with us each day, rather than collaborating with us to form a cohesive and consistent approach to policing our communities.”. “It is a psychologically unsophisticated idea to believe that the RCMP can investigate itself,”  “When I say this, I’m not questioning anyone’s integrity. I am stating a fundamental principle of human behaviour. Human beings are highly subjective organisms … we don’t like to see things that make us look bad…..  The RCMP is in need of significant transformational change in order to genuinely re-connect with the public and its own membership.” ” Mike Webster  police psychologist.
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These comments apply to all of Canada’s police forces that are mostly mismanaged generally, they today mostly have bad police chiefs, bad police sergeants and too many rotten, bad subordinates too. All because we have mostly bad, pretentious  justice ministers  as bad and not rather good managers.  Do see all the many other posts about the bad cops, RCMP, OPP here as well. Now there is a really great gap between how the cops see themselves and how the citizens DO see them,
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Anyone reading this site knows I really also do not put up and rightfully so.. with  the acts of the too often bad, crooked cops, RCMP included who wrongfully, clearly abuse their jobs, positions, authorities that includes all the cops in Alberta, Ontario, BC, and elsewhere who claim they are serving the public good when they clearly are generating revenue  to keep their own jobs, and hopefully get a promotion, raise. This applies still to the OPP, RCMP, Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary , Edomonton Police,  now as well who lie and like to mislead you that most of the traffic deaths are caused by speeding, when the reality is far from this.. speeding is the least cause of car accidents, rather impaired, drunken drivers, road rage and distracted drivers are..  https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2009/05/19/albertan-sheriffs-generate-a-vast-revenue/
OST (a) A reader wrote to me this..  “I have learned about another reason  for accidents to happen. A fairly new driver drives a pick up truck with passengers on the back box, one of the box passengers talks to him and he turns his head towards the back box to reply the sentence whereby he hits a power post with the truck. Later on while driving from Edmonton to Gaspé he next hit a breaking car in the back while he was passing another car on the busy 417 Queens way at Ottawa. His sister also hit the ditch on the highway between Montreal and Québec because something fell on the floor in the car. A common reason for some accidents is due to a failure of the inheritance genes that gives one   the sense of distant proportions.”
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” The local cops have more than 50% unmarked cars checking the drivers.  For the public they thus appear all dressed up. If you are a cop dissident just like myself the cops often next drove by my home frequently with unmarked cars, I would see them from shed window trying to get me personally. They managed to get other local drivers for   minor infractions instead.”

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An expert report written by a police psychologist says an inappropriate level of force was used on Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski the night he was stunned by a Taser at Vancouver airport in 2007. Mike Webster, who was hired by the inquiry looking into Dziekanski’s death, testified Tuesday that the four RCMP officers called to the airport’s international arrivals lounge did not have an adequate plan to deal with the agitated man. Webster also contested police testimony that Dziekanski posed a significant danger to the officers. The officers should have known that the Polish man’s unresponsiveness to their orders was due to his disrupted cognition, Webster said.   http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/05/12/bc-taser-inquiry-wilson-dziekanski.html

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Mind you that was apparent to most of us in the first place, we are all not that stupid and we tend to know what an pretentious, dirty, incompetent, immoral cop does.. they call themselves trained professionals but too often they  wrongfully are still mere thugs here in Canada now too.

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Yeah we STILL ALL DO NEED HELP WE NEED SOMEONE TO DEAL WITH THE DIRTY RCMP,  and the dirty lying Albertan justice minister  WHO said that many of the citizens did not complain about the bad RCMP and their unneeded use of the Taser.. he is a liar like the RCMP
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Top RCMP officer gives a cheap apologize  for airport Taser death while “a lot of the criminals are already going free, the four officers involved in this latest RCMP mess for example. Oh and interesting that you bring up drunk driving causing death because only one segment of our population seems to get away with it repeatedly. Off Duty officers.”  “When an organization looks after themselves more than who they are put in place to care for, it’s time to rethink at the roots.   ”  “Fancy that, It only took the top cop 1 year and 7 months to give his  half-assed apology that they were more or less forced to give. (Public  outcry). Now if they put some of them in jail, it might show their sincere.  We know that won’t happen though, their infallible.
 http://www.cbc.ca/canada/british-columbia/story/2009/05/11/bc-rcmp-apology-taser.html
opp_losersThe OPP also say that will be keeping a close watch on our driving over the next week, they kicked off the annual Road Safety Week campaign,  and what about drunk drivers, will the OPP wrongfully still go just mainly after the revenue generating speeders? 
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   When the Ontario Provincial Police announced two days ago that one of their senior officers was charged with defrauding Bombardier of $15 million, they failed to mention the sergeant was also accused of conspiring with prosecutors and accused criminals. The 28-year veteran allegedly assisted in helping accused criminals avoid prosecution and fixing charges with the help of Crown attorneys. opp2 

   Hey look at all those prosecuting municipal lawyers, cops who are claiming to be serving the public and now we get a good example of how really corrupt they themselves firstly are now..

OPP100years http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090514.wbombardier14art2302/BNStory/National/home

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What appears to have started out as a simple investigation of a fraud at Bombardier Inc. has broadened to become a sweeping probe with allegations that a senior Ontario Provincial Police officer, a Toronto Crown attorney and accused criminals were in cahoots to fix charges.The allegations are contained in a public document called an information filed by OPP in Brampton court. Earlier this week,  OPP officers executed a search warrant upon Crown offices at the College Park courts, and Brendan Crawley, a spokesman for the Ontario Attorney-General, confirmed last night that the province has brought in an out-of-province special prosecutor to handle the case.  Charged with nine counts ranging from fraud to obstructing justice to breach of trust is veteran OPP Sergeant Michael Rutigliano, 49, who served as manager of the force’s “court case management” for the Toronto area. Sgt. Rutigliano has an office at the Old City Hall courts downtown. The breach of trust charge relates to “his duties as an OPP officer” and alleges that he was “dishonestly abusing his position to gain corrupt advantage for his associates charged with offences.”  What appears to have started out as a simple investigation of a fraud at Bombardier Inc. has broadened to become a sweeping probe with allegations that a senior Ontario Provincial Police officer, a Toronto Crown attorney and accused criminals were in cahoots to fix charges.The allegations are contained in a public document called an information filed by OPP in Brampton court. Earlier this week,  OPP officers executed a search warrant upon Crown offices at the College Park courts, and Brendan Crawley, a spokesman for the Ontario Attorney-General, confirmed last night that the province has brought in an out-of-province special prosecutor to handle the case.  Charged with nine counts ranging from fraud to obstructing justice to breach of trust is veteran OPP Sergeant Michael Rutigliano, 49, who served as manager of the force’s “court case management” for the Toronto area. Sgt. Rutigliano has an office at the Old City Hall courts downtown.

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The breach of trust charge relates to “his duties as an OPP officer” and alleges that he was “dishonestly abusing his position to gain corrupt advantage for his associates charged with offences.” Though Ontario Superior Court Judge John Hamilton found him not guilty, he said that he found the evidence of both Mr. D’Angelo and his accuser credible. Mr. Mavroudis is a 50-year-old former resident of Georgetown, Ont., who just last January pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud over $5,000 and was sentenced to four years in jail. According to newspaper reports at the time, he admitted taking $370,000 from ticket buyers who thought they were buying premium seats for Toronto Maple Leafs games. Arrested on May 3, 2007, he was released on bail and scheduled for a court appearance last November, but never showed up. A Canada-wide warrant was issued for his arrest, and he was eventually tracked down in Vancouver on Dec. 7. Sgt. Rutigliano is accused of helping him avoid prosecution in Ontario during that very same period: between Sept. 1 of 2007 and Dec. 8 of last year. Named in a so-called “no-contact” order are Sgt. Rutigliano’s co-accused and a handful of other prosecutors and defence lawyers.

 
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 Stephen Marche says the main question of the Oliphant Inquiry at this point is which of Brian Mulroney’s internal demons drove him into the company of Karl-Heinz Schreiber.. THE LUST OF MONEY THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.
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Mulroney in hot seat over secret payments  OTTAWA – Brian Mulroney kept quiet about his financial dealings with Karlheinz Schreiber at a court hearing 13 year ago to avoid fanning the flames of suspicion already engulfing him, the chief counsel for a public inquiry suggested  
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 Our Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney testifies at the Oliphant Commission in Ottawa, this commission is probing Mulroney’s past business dealings with German-Canadian arms dealer Karlheinz 
Mulroney grilled for not disclosing Schreiber cash Canada.com 
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Mulroney is an embarrassment Toronto Star –  Isn’t it interesting that whenever Conservatives screw up, it’s always the media’s fault. And almost always CBC. Of course it was the media that made Brian Mulroney meet with Karlheinz Schreiber, take his money, hide it and  try to get away without paying tax on the cash.Mulroney is an embarrassment to this country and to politicians in general..
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And no matter how he spins the recent polls show that it most people, 80 percent  do not believe our ex PM Brian Mulroney and they do still believe he is one of Canada’s biggest crooks as bad as the RCMP and our PM Stephen Harper and his bad boys..  Brian Mulroney kept quiet about his financial dealings with Karlheinz Schreiber at a court hearing 13 year ago to avoid fanning the flames of suspicion already engulfing him, and to avoid the inevitable  shame, guilt, being exposed ! Brian Mulroney’s supporters now also look as foolish as Brian does.
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HOW COME IT IS NOT OBVIOUS TO BRIAN MULRONEY NOW THAT THE MORE HE TALKS THE MORE HE LOOKS LIKE A GUILTY FOOL.. HE IS IN FACT IS DIGGING A DEEPER PIT FOR HIMSELF BY HIS OWN RIDICULOUS DEFENSE, STATEMENTS. THIS ALL REMINDS ME OF BILL CLINTON AND HIS LUDICROUS MONICA AFFAIR  DEFENCE TOO.
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Now Brian he finally admitted he took  clearly undeclared  bribe money while he was a PM… and what else did he do that he does not admit besides cheat, lie steal? Would have disclosed cash if questioned, Mulroney says OTTAWA – Brian Mulroney says he would have disclosed his cash relationship with Karlheinz Schreiber 12 years ago, if only federal lawyers had asked the right question when he gave sworn testimony as part of his defamation lawsuit against the government so instead he hid the truth cause it’s revelation would be clearly damaging, embarrassing to him, he deliberately hid the truth.  He told half truths, or half lies..

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In the retelling of the meetings,   Mulroney stated it is “to his eternal regret” that he didn’t ask the German-Canadian dealmaker for a cheques, instead of cash; and that he let it happen three times without voicing one objection. yes, much too late years later especially after he got, caught, exposed, humiliated..  that is a funny   
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  A major plank in the Conservative’s 2006 minority win was a Federal Accountability Act, complete with a public appointments commission .. yet another Harper election promise that was nothing more than smoke and mirrors. Conservatives like Brian Mulroney, Stehen Harper  admitting any real personal accountablity.. you got to be kidding.. dream on..  http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1571704
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In the recent  B. C. election, the voter turnout  had dropped more than 20 per cent in recent years. Makes us all ponder as to why voters refuse any longer to exercise their so-called democratic right. the answer lies in our considering recent events precipitated by the Stephen Harper-led Conservative Party, an Ottawa civic leader’s criminal court case and Mr. Mulroney’s ongoing testimony in the Oliphant inquiry,  the Conservatives undeniably look openly   like bad bad persons.. people I do not want to be associated with. http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1571514  
 
 
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Tories attack: bad manners, bad politics  The latest Conservative party television advertisements look like schoolyard bullies attacking the Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and  are among some of the most offensive smears. The attempt to promote a message of “he’s just in it for himself” clearly is more applicable to Stephen Harper in the eyes of many.  You don’t have to be a Liberal to be offended by these attack advertisements. There are too many much better topics to make an issue over  those in Harper’s latest salvo of angry, slightly mean-spirited adds.

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Clearly Our Conservative Prime Minister STEPHEN HARPER HAS HIS OWN FALSE DEFINITION OF A CANADIAN and thus his Tories are looking like narrow-minded bigots FOR ATTACKING ANYONE WHO HAS LEFT CANADA AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER BECAUSE its own record is not a strong selling point . Thus the Tories are SEEN as angry, slightly mean-spirited, defensive folks. Isn’t it time that Harperites drop the personal attacks on their political opponents  whom they see as enemies to be killed  and address the real problems of the nation that they were elected for?

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A rationale Canadian is compelled to ask just how deep will the Tories  still  sink, even now  so low that they now they destroy all  decency that is supposed to be the hallmark of civilized citizenship. Canada, all Canadians are worthy of  much better than that.

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Apparently Wayne Gretzky doesn’t rate as less Canadian for marrying an American and moving to Arizona to coach a hockey franchise. Michael J. Fox is not less Canadian for pursuing a successful Hollywood career as an actor. Pamela Anderson isn’t less of a citizen for her fame as an acting celebrity in California. Diana Krall isn’t less Canadian for marrying English musician Elvis Costello and living in London, or New York, or whichever world centre she happens to prefer. And Calgary-born soccer star Kevin McKenna didn’t betray his patrimony by signing with a professional club in the German league. But according to the Conservatives, Ignatieff is simply not up to Canadian standards because he succumbed to the temptations of a teaching career at some of the world’s most illustrious universities and now has the temerity to think he’s got the jelly to contend for the prime minister’s job. Gosh, Ignatieff could have settled for a sessional lecturer’s job at some suburban community college. Instead, he won a doctorate from Harvard and then, on the basis of his brains and scholarship, was awarded teaching posts at Cambridge, Oxford, the University of California, the University of London and the London School of Economics. Oh, yes, and the brainy bounder did something else equally un-Canadian and inexcusable. He wrote 18 books — some of them critically acclaimed — and as a consequence found himself in demand on the BBC. All that when he could have stayed in Canada, written nothing and perhaps developed a career in the toxic wasteland of Conservative talk radio. For this he’s now pilloried as an arrogant egghead who only returned to his country to sate a lust for power. The shame of it! What a betrayal of all things Canadian to achieve fame, respect and success elsewhere and then return home to your country to cap your career by offering yourself for public life.

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What, one wonders, would the Conservatives make of the late Bobby Ackles  who had a stellar career in the National Football League and then came home to help revitalize the B.C. Lions and the Canadian Football League. Frankly, this kind of politics demeans democracy, insults the voters and further undermines their desire to participate in the process and says far more about those who embrace such a campaign of divisive belittlement than it does about the targets of the advertising. If you ask me, these attack ads are what’s un-Canadian, not Ignatieff’s career as a world-class intellectual. http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Tories+looking+like+narrow+minded+bigots/1603731/story.html

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The power hungry Tories are apparently against all those things, depending on what day it is, who’s doing to talking and which way the wind is blowing.  “The latest attack ads against Michael Ignatieff prove the Liberals were right to brand the Tories as spiteful, mean-spirited and divisive. It also solidifies my decision to support the Liberals in the next election. Stephen Harper has shown his only goal is to retain power at any cost. Launching negative attack ads before an election campaign even begins reveals a desperation and fear among Conservative ranks. The Tories know that they finally have an opposition worthy of forming a government.” ” Not at all surprisingly, the signs of jealousy start to surface when forced to deal with an intelligent political newcomer who threatens to outshine and force accountability. These ongoing, financially wasteful Conservative ads speak volumes of the desperation of Stephen Harper’s struggle to keep power, while yet again providing sniping but no solutions. ” ” Liberals are now enjoying stronger public support than Conservatives. These oft-repeated attack ads, which emphasize that Ignatieff has spent 34 years in the United States and Britain, are desperate attempts to slow his remarkable momentum. But they’ve done so by appealing to xenophobia and bigotry. In the past, sensible Canadians have rejected such nonsense. I suspect the same will be the case this time ” ”  The latest attack ads on Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff by the federal Conservatives show once again how totally bereft of ideas and political solutions to serious issues the right wing has become. “
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Harper attacks the liberal leader but instead got a whole bunch of free negative news media that is very damaging to the Conservatives.. 
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Tories attack: bad manners, bad politics  Globe and Mail –  Even after their victories – they are in power remember – the Conservatives of the Stephen Harper party, still radiate the sullenness of a party denied, ..

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  “Stephen Harper thinks if you’ve lived and worked outside the country you’re somehow less of a Canadian,”  Attack ads are unworthy  Attack ads may backfire  Attack ads insult public, not rivals  People before politics: Harper has failed to deliver for Canadians
 

http://www2.canada.com/montrealgazette/features/viewpoints/story.html?id=48464e31-6316-4458-b481-882212f27a4e&p=2

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“But perception is reality in politics, and the current perception of Harper in Quebec is that he’s “mesquin” or mean-spirited. He finishes a bad third as best prime minister in the polls, and he is prime minister. It has nothing to do with perceived competence, and everything to do with his perceived personality. Just as Joe Clark became known as a wimp, and Paul Martin became known as Mr. Dithers, Stephen Harper is getting a rap as Mr. Mean.”

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