The non conformer's Canadian Weblog

July 29, 2009

JOHN BAIRD’S MANURE PILE

 Many many years ago I had clearly written that all Canadians are more concerned about what the government is doing now  to assist, help them Canada wide, fairly and equally now too, in their daily lives while the federal and provincial politicians clearly are concerned about getting more power for themselves, empire building. As long as the politicians continue to have this wrong priority there will continue to be minority governments.

Canadians concerns include Swine flu pandemic preparedness, Food and Meat inspections, Water Quality, EI overhaul, Uniform EI standards Canada wide, Recession, Job creation programs, Health care improvements, Pension funds, Canadian Trade export restrictions, and clean energy, pollution control, for most Canadians want Alberta’s tar oil sands production cut and clean-energy replacements approach instead. 

Central monitoring of infrastructure spending not feds’ role: Baird Wed Jul 29, 6:42 PM  OTTAWA – It’s not up to the federal government to closely monitor how money intended for road, sewer and other projects is actually spent, suggests the federal minister in charge of infrastructure. The government’s main role in distributing the nearly $12 billion in cash it announced in the 2009 budget is to make sure the money gets out the door, says Transport Minister John Baird.” It’s not big government’s role and Ottawa to centrally manage everything,” Baird said when asked how his department is monitoring spending. “This is what gives government a bad name, when the government just sort of tries to wash its hands and say well, the other levels of government will look after this,” said Liberal critic Gerard Kennedy. “(Baird) made all the decisions about which projects should get funded, so … he can’t just foist them on municipalities and provinces and not take responsibility for ensuring money is well spent.”

 
UNDER THE LIBERALS WHEN THE TAXPAYER MONIES WAS ABUSED THE CONSERVATIVES READILY HAD HELD THE LIBERALS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE  AND HAD BEEN ELECTED ON CONSERVATIVE RESPONSIBILITY, ACCOUNTABILITY BUT NOW THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT THE CONSERVATIVES FALSELY WHISTLE ANOTHER TUNE..
     
Conservative cabinet ministers aren’t all singing from the same songbook when it comes to the recession.  Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Tuesday he’s not ready to declare the recession over, as the governor of the Bank of Canada did last week. But Trade Minister Stockwell Day supported the bank’s analysis in a newspaper column Monday. “I’m not kidding. The recession is over,” Day wrote in the Penticton Western News on Monday. Reporters next had asked Day about his comments as he emerged from a caucus meeting Wednesday. He now did not repeat his assertion that the recession is over. LIAR ,  LIAR, LIAR Trade Minister Stockwell Day HAS NOT YET EVEN OPENED UP THE US BORDER STILL TO EASY TRADE ACCESS AS WELL..
 
“It’s not just unemployment insurance, there’s a lot of areas where the government is not doing a good job and they need to do better,” Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff  said.
 
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff NOW HAS turned hawkish on Wednesday and gave every indication that he wants to bring down the Harper government in the fall. The Liberal Leader did not say whether he would move a non-confidence motion when Parliament reconvenes in September, but he said it was “not an unreasonable extrapolation.” The comments were a clear departure from Mr. Ignatieff’s position a month ago when he made a deal with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to avoid a summer election. But there are signals that Mr. Ignatieff has heard the concerns of Liberal members who are tired of propping up, ensuring the survival of the Conservative government.  The Liberals will get an opposition day in the House of Commons in late September, at which point they will be able to put a non-confidence motion to a vote. The Liberals have been complaining for months about the Harper government’s handling of the stimulus package, the rising deficits , the medical isotope crisis , EI reform.  Statistics Canada reported that the number of people receiving EI benefits climbed sharply in May, up 9.2 per cent from April and the highest since the federal agency began collecting such statistics in 1997. Some 778,700 people received benefits under the EI program in May, up by 65,600 from a month earlier. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/liberal-leader-toughens-line/article1235216/
 
 
Almost since my first job after graduating from university I had learned that people are not to be trusted, need to be supervised, and corruption still exists in construction, universities, municipalities, governments, corporations, amongst professionals and politicians as well.
 
Here still  is what I cannot understand about the federal job creation programs carried out under both the liberal and conservative governments, is the necessity it seems to give money firstly to the municipalities, as though they have a direct effect on voters.. Nothing can be farther from the truth for  neither the police themselves, nor the municipalities have a significant vote as to how the citizens will vote on election days. The only group  that can likely have any effect on the voters are pastors, and priests in fact.
 
 Here is what I know for sure in Canada proper policing, management ,  supervision  human rights commissions are a real fact of life, society, in schools, life,  in churches, governments, commerce, institutions, civil and public services, professional services too,  and elsewhere, even on the net,  for you will always have those 30 percent at least of the persons who will try to cheat, lie  , steal, bend the rules, falsely believe they are above the laws, Self  regulation alone is too often pretentious, farcical, often not applied as well. That applies especially to the professionals, civil and public services, police, municipalities, politicians now as well..
 
Will Stephen Harper also now really tackle white-collar crime?   Canada’s unacceptable shortcomings in the prosecution of white-collar criminals.  Not surprisingly the RCMP commercial crime investigators and prosecutors and pretentious persons, incumbent, lazy no good persons too often it seems as well as I too have now found out firsthand.. But that is they way the RCMP generally is these days it seems.. Thus explains the reason some of Canada’s most notorious white-collar gangsters–including Conrad Black, David Radler, Alan Eagleson, Martin Chambers, and Garth Drabinsky–were all charged in the United States.  Sometimes, conservatively minded politicians, lawyers, and white-collar criminals all attend the same cocktail parties and political fundraisers. Next the government leaders merely do Pretend that they still care and are doing something  by proposing self regulation.. How still very absurd. “Consistent with Stephen’s Harper’s neo-conservative ideology of privatization and deregulation, Harper wants greater ‘self-regulation’ of Canada’s financial industry,”  “Harper unveiled a plan in his 2007 budget to adopt ‘principles-based’ regulation of the securities and financial industry.  The problem is, business ‘principles’ are, by nature, about making money – not about looking out for the welfare of the public.”  All Self regulation tends to be mere masturbation, just more cover-up,  and it is not close to the real thing. “Harper says he’s now prepared to crack down on the scumbags who drain pensioners’ bank accounts”.  How he does it will show how sincere he is in doing it now too.
   
 

“Madam Justice Mary Lou Benotto wants to send a message to white-collar crooks like Garth Drabinsky: Our justice system will deal with you severely. As she sentenced the former impresario to seven years in prison Wednesday, she argued that a crime like his is serious, because it “fosters cynicism [and] erodes public confidence in the financial markets.” Sternly, she noted, “Those in business must know that this must be the response.”

In fact, those in business must know Canada is a fine place to fleece the innocent and cook the books. Not for us the crusading prosecutors, the quick indictments, the speedy trials, and the lifetime jail sentences so popular in the United States.

Here, you can be pretty sure the law will take years to catch up to you (if it ever does). In the event you are found guilty, the penalty won’t be so bad.

Thanks to our generous parole provisions, Mr. Drabinsky could get out of jail after 14 months or so. Not that he’s going to the slammer any time soon. Not until his lawyer exhausts the appeals. “In the U.S., he probably would have been tried eight or nine years ago,” says forensic accountant Al Rosen, who thinks Canada’s systematic failure to prosecute corporate fraud is a bad joke. “And he probably would’ve got 20 to 40 years.”

Today, after a decade of hefty legal bills, Mr. Drabinsky is so broke he has been reduced to begging money off distant acquaintances in exchange for discounts at his Yorkville art gallery. On the other hand, 10 years of freedom (and counting) may well be worth it. Journalists who began covering the Livent debacle early in their careers have grey hair now. Perhaps that explains the sense of anticlimax in the courtroom yesterday.

Compared to the obscure manipulations of Conrad Black (part of whose conviction may well be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court), the fraud scheme carried out by Mr. Drabinsky and his partner, Myron Gottlieb, was plain vanilla. It involved an old-fashioned kickback scheme and a years-long effort to dupe the shareholders by making Livent’s financial picture look far brighter than it was. The most surreal moment of the trial came when lawyer Eddie Greenspan (who also acted for Lord Black) proposed that instead of doing jail time, his client could embark on an inspirational speaking tour with the goal of urging young people to pursue their dreams in the performing arts. Had he made a similar proposal for Lord Black, he’d have been laughed right out of Chicago.

Lord Black, unlike Mr. Drabinsky, will have to serve almost all of his 61/2-year sentence. Mr. Drabinsky could well get out of jail first. Surely, Lord Black (who stood by his old friend when times got tough) must be tempted to contemplate the unfairness of it all. After all, if Canada and not the United States had gone after him, chances are he’d still be a free man.

These days, as newly exposed Ponzi schemes spring up like ragweed, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is vowing a crackdown on white-collar crime. “These crimes have real victims,” he declared last week, “and we should have a justice system that responds accordingly.” But don’t expect anything to happen soon. Unfortunately, the body entrusted with laying charges in cases such as Livent is still the RCMP, far better known for tasering the innocent than nailing the fraudsters.

“I’ve turned over files to the RCMP and nothing happens,” laments Al Rosen, the forensic accountant. “We just don’t have people who are trained in what to look for. We have bad securities acts. We have bad sentencing guidelines. We’ve had some bad court decisions. We’re 80 years behind the U.S. If you’re a crook, this is the best place to be.”

Back in court, the judge had more tough words. “Members of the business community must be put on notice that honesty is the currency in which they trade,” she said. “If they stray, the punishment will be certain and severe.” Stirring words indeed. If only the system worked that way.”

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/want-to-be-a-corporate-criminal-move-to-canada/article1242676/

 

Meanwhile a  third candidate is seeking the leadership of Alberta’s Wildrose Alliance Party.  Jeff Willerton, a self-described blue-collar guy from southern Alberta, threw his hat into the ring on Saturday. Willerton says if elected he will work to censure the Alberta Human Rights Commission. He also thinks Alberta needs smaller, more affordable government.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/090801/national/wildrose_alliance_leadership
 
What  absurdities for a political platform again
 
The human rights commission is  an acceptable , necessary fact of life especially now in Alberta.. (2 Tim 3:1 KJV)  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2    For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3    Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
 
Alberta needs much more. a lot more  than any  smaller, more affordable government. It needs a competent, effective, capable  leadership, government, and never mind the size. The size does not guarantee that now too.

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