The non conformer's Canadian Weblog

May 31, 2009

bad News


With exception of a few Conservative spin doctors like the CTV, National Post, the News in Canada about Conservative Stephen Harper is not that great. So I too  can understand why he in desperation  has to buy media coverage to try to bash the others.  

“Where’s the stimulus Ottawa promised? As stimulus spending sputters, deficit is the only thing that’s growing. Pretty much from the outset, the Conservative government has made it clear that given a choice, it favours politics over policy. ”

“Patients put at risk  If anyone in government is worried about cancer and heart patients dying this time, you’d never know it. On the contrary, Stephen Harper’s government has been doing everything possible to mask the growing health emergency. Federal health minister Aglukkaq, for one, has been all but invisible, presumably so she won’t have to explain how little her government has done to prepare for another isotope crisis since the last one in 2007.” 

“Flaherty, Harper don’t even know what truth is  , Ottawa Citizen Published: Sunday, May 31, 2009 You can’t believe a word they say. We face a horrendous truth deficit. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty now says the federal government deficit will be $50 billion this year. And it might. But the fact that he said it makes it less, rather than more, believable. Permit me to review the facts, a term here meaning “the long sequence of non-facts that issued forth from the mouths of senior federal politicians.” First, during the campaign Stephen Harper promised us no deficits.  Second, two days after the election he said there wouldn’t be a deficit in the current year — that is, 2008-09 — but he wouldn’t rule out a deficit in 2009-10. Third, 10 days after that, the finance minister told us he couldn’t rule out a deficit in 2008-09. Fourth, in his Nov. 27, 2008, update Flaherty predicted a small surplus for 2008-09 and 2009-10. Fifth, in December, Flaherty said there would be a deficit in 2009-10 but not 2008-09. Sixth, a few days before the January budget, in what the Ottawa Citizen called “an unprecedented move to soften the blow of next week’s federal budget,” a “senior official with the Prime Minister’s Office, who declined to speak on the record” told journalists the deficit would be $34 billion in 2009-10 and $30 billion the year after that.  Seventh, in the January budget the government said there would be a deficit of $1.1 billion in 2008-09, $33.7 billion in 2009-10 and a cumulative $50.1 billion in the next three years.  Eighth, on May 25 they told us the figure for 2009-10 would be more than $33.7 billion, but they wouldn’t say how much until June. Ninth, on May 26 they told us the 2009-10 deficit would be $50 billion and claimed they were telling us to avoid “inaccurate” speculation that might confuse markets. A bit rich given their own record of … what exactly? Are these lies? Perhaps. But at this point I am not willing to give them that much credit. Remember: A man who lies knows what the truth is and deliberately fails to convey it accurately or completely. He does not merely “say the thing that is not;” he knows it is not.  And it is not now possible to state with any degree of conviction that the people just cited knew whether their remarks were accurate when they made them. Or even to maintain plausibly that they cared. From a purely practical point of view, it is hard to quarrel with the government’s behaviour. It is manifestly clear that they can say whatever sounds good, then change their story months, weeks or even a single day later without political consequences. And, psychologically, once you discover that you can utter self-serving fibs and pay no price, the temptation becomes enormous. It is so much easier and more fun to assume an air of solemn responsibility and make oracular declarations as a Very Important Person dealing with Very Important Matters in a Very Important Way than to admit that you have no idea what’s going on. And why not, if there’s no price to pay? “


And the RCMP is also still getting it’s deserved bad publicty…


VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. government has ordered RCMP to stop using almost 600 older-model Tasers it has in its arsenal in the province, after tests showed the weapons didn’t always meet specifications.  Solicitor General Rich Coleman has told Mounties to immediately pull all 578 of their M-26 Tasers.  The order comes after independent testing completed last month showed the same models used by municipal police forces, sheriffs and corrections did not meet manufacturer’s specifications 80 per cent of the time.  Of the 128 units that were tested, 102 failed to meet the specifications.  Last year the province ordered 82 stun guns being used by municipal police forces and provincial corrections pulled from service after tests showed them misfiring and now Coleman says the M-26 units can’t be put back into service by Mounties in B.C. until they’re independently tested, repaired and re-tested.  The use of Tasers in B.C. has been under increased scrutiny since the October 2007 death of Robert Dziekanski after he was jolted with an RCMP Taser at Vancouver’s airport.

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