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February 6, 2010

The lying Conservative spin doctors and Conservative Stephen Harper

EVANGELICAL Stephen Harper at Bohemian Grove?, ex-leader visited shadowy GOP summer camp. For those who don’t know, the Bohemian Grove is an annual event in California that the Washington Post described in a 2011 article as “two weeks of heavy-drinking, super-secret talks, druid worship and other rituals” by some of the richest and most powerful men in the world. Now, Harper is free to do what he likes. But keep this in mind: He was attending an event sponsored by a group that refuses to admit women.

Conservatives and PM Stephen Harper falsely encourage dinking alcohol
DON’T BE STUPID AND BELIEVE ALL THE LYING SPINS AS TO WHY IT TAKES SO LONG TO INVESTIGATE THE BAD COPS or bad professionals, bad civil and public servants..Montreal city hall for example has been filled with corruptions, tax evasions  the last 50 years and even though the police station is acrooss the street too few croooks have been aressted and why is that.. the past Quebec and even Conservative federal governments have wrongfullybeen to soft on white collared crime as well.. much too many alocholics there too.. I too have had many experiences in laying simple complaints against bad cops, bad professionals, bad civil and public servants  that never got anywhere cause the investigators were clearly pretenders.. in Contrast the investigations of all citizens clearly would not take so long..

Now  close to 65% of the country had  voted for political parties other then Conservatives and that they now also should have some serious say in the workings of the federal government. 

Canada’s  Prime Minister Stephen Harper legitimately  cannot  exercise  his sole prerogative to tie Canada’s foreign policy because he does not have a majority, he does not have 51 percent of the MPs,  but has only a minority government still, and thus he needs approval of the opposition parties thus too here.
Canada’s federal  Conservatives are clearly  immoral, cruel, despotic, ruthless, aggressive in demonstrating their solidarity to their leader and towards all opposition members. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has also been  attempting to force a partisan agenda on governmental agencies meant to be independent and non-partisan. “It’s an attempt to pack the board with individuals who carry the same biases as the Prime Minister’s Office,” Warren Allmand,  former Liberal MP
Every prime minister since Confederation has supposedly followed a pattern  of putting like-minded party friends into influential patronage positions PM Stephen Harper now included   
The lying Conservative spin doctors and Conservative Stephen Harper do now like to portray Harper as a decent, honorable, stable, good leader or whatever now we all can know that is far from the truth, not even close to any reality. Especially firstly since Harper had promised that he and his party now would act different, more positive than all of the other parties, and yet he clearly had lied, broke his promises, appointed friends into offices  just like the others. 
PM Minister Stephen Harper had also “reneged on the 2006 campaign commitment to make merit, not connections, the decisive factor in some 3,000 federal appointments to agencies, boards and commissions.” This Prime Minister, with a clearly hidden agenda as we can all see now,  also  likes to have new members on various governmental boards who hold are obedient to him and similar  strong ideological and religious views to his own as well. 
Now we can often read the perverse Conservative spin doctors attempt to cover of Harper’s immoral acts , try to deny it, and simply now  just look for it..
 OTTAWA – The Prime Minister’s Office says political aides should not interfere with the decisions public servants make when deciding what documents to release under access to information laws.  Spokesman Dimitri Soudas would not comment directly on a case in which a top political aide to the Public Works minister overruled bureaucrats and forbid the release of a sensitive report to The Canadian Press.  But Soudas said political staff should respect the decisions made by department officials doing their jobs.  He declined to say whether there would be repercussions for the aide to Christian Paradis, who was transferred with his minister to Natural Resources last month.  A spokesman for a British Columbia-based freedom of information association called the interference “outrageous” and said the aide may be liable to prosecution under the Access to Information Act.  The report at the centre of the controversy outlined details of Public Works’ real estate portfolio.
A federal cabinet minister’s aide killed the release of a sensitive report requested under freedom-of-information in a case eerily similar to a notorious incident in the sponsorship scandal.  A bureaucrat had to make a mad dash to the department’s mailroom last July to retrieve the report at the last minute under orders from a senior aide to then-Public Works minister Christian Paradis.  The order was issued by Sebastien Togneri, Paradis’ parliamentary affairs director, in a terse email after he had been told the file was already on its way to The Canadian Press, which had requested it.  “Well unrelease it,” Togneri said in a July 27 email to a senior official in the department’s Access to Information section.  “What’s the point of asking for my opinion if you’re just going to release it!”  The document was an annual report on Public Works’ massive real-estate portfolio, which contained factual information on high vacancy rates and weak returns on investment. Such reports had never been made public before.  The department’s real-estate branch had consented to the full release, and the Access to Information office at Public Works had determined after extensive consultation that there was no legal basis to withhold any of the report.  The file, though, was deemed “sensitive” – partly because it was a media request – and was sent to the Conservative minister’s office for review. The office initially gave the green light, but had a change of heart on the very day it was being mailed out.  Togneri insisted that only one small section of the report be released, despite the uniform view among Access to Information officials that the entire 137-page document could not be withheld under the legislation.  The matter was eventually brought to the attention of the department’s director-general, Sylvia Seguin-Brant, who wrote a memorandum arguing that despite objections from the minister’s office, the entire report should indeed be released.  “The decision has been made in a fair, reasonable and impartial manner with respect to the processing of this request,” she wrote, referring to the bureaucrats’ handling of the file.  The decision to release the entire document was made after consulting with Justice Department lawyers.  In the end, though, the department released only a heavily censored version just as Togneri had insisted – 82 days later than allowed under the law. The final release included just 30 pages.  Internal documents showing how Public Works handled the file were released to The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.  The incident is reminiscent of another Public Works report, on the sponsorship scandal, requested by a Globe and Mail reporter a decade ago.  The Gomery Commission into the scandal determined in 2004 that the minister’s office tried to interfere with the release of the report. In that case, the senior public servant in charge of Access to Information, Anita Lloyd, decided the move was unethical and illegal.  After consulting her personal lawyer three times, Lloyd refused to sign off on the file.  When her resistance became widely known, she was hailed as a hero for standing up to her political masters, when the department was headed by then Liberal minister Alfonso Gagliano.  The latest incident is a rare glimpse into the murky world of so-called “amber-lighted” or “red-flagged” Access to Information requests, terms applied to files the government deems politically sensitive and which are subject to close review by a minister’s political staff. Paradis was shuffled last month to the Natural Resources portfolio, taking Togneri with him as his director of parliamentary affairs. Togneri did not respond to requests for comment.  Paradis’ current communications director said Togneri’s intervention was to suggest the Access to Information section offer fewer pages to the requester without charge rather than the entire 137 pages for a fee of $27.40, which had already been paid.  “He went through and thought that a huge section of a very big report wasn’t relevant and that you should be given the option of paying to get it or get the (smaller) chapter” without charge, Margaux Stastny said in an interview.  “No one can overrule Access officers.”  The options were never provided to the requester, however. Instead, the department simply sent the censored report and refunded the fee.  Stastny said she could not explain why Togneri’s intervention caused Public Works to miss its legislated deadline by 82 days. “There should not have been a significant delay.”  The Canadian Press complained last October about the apparent political interference at Public Works to the information commissioner of Canada. The complaint was fast-tracked last week when the office determined the file raises significant issues related to the accountability of government, said spokeswoman Sandra George.  A lawyer specializing in the Access to Information Act called the case “troubling,” saying it was unprecedented.  “This is a manifestation of political interference with the administrative processes,” Michel Drapeau said in an interview.  “I’ve never in my career seen a minister basically do or tell a bureaucrat how to do his job and how to apply the law.”  Seguin-Brant’s memo on whether to release the entire document did consider whether The Canadian Press might be persuaded to accept a partial release if fees were waived.  But there were dangers, she said.  “Since he is from the media, he would likely want to know why he cannot get the entire record and what it contains before agreeing to receive the relevant section only,” she wrote.  “Nothing can stop the requester from obtaining access to the document. He may perceive this as though the department is not being open and transparent, and is trying to withhold information that can be disclosed.”  After receiving the censored report and complaining to the information commissioner, The Canadian Press requested and received the remainder of the report.  The full report showed, among other things, that Public Works’ repair and maintenance costs for its building portfolio is much higher than in the private sector, as are vacancy rates.  The document showed that the average vacancy rate in Public Works-managed real estate was 5.1 per cent, far above its internal target of 3.5 per cent.
The pattern is set: someone says something critical about the policies of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his government and the Conservative mud-slinging machine goes into attack mode. On the receiving end have been Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff (“unCanadian”), NDP Leader Jack Layton (“Taliban Jack”), Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty (“the small man of Confederation”), whistle-blowing diplomat Richard Colvin (“hearsay”), and any critics of Israeli policies (“anti-Semites”). Now added to the list is Ed Clark, CEO of TD Bank and one of Canada’s pre-eminent business leaders. As reported yesterday by the Star’s Susan Delacourt and Les Whittington, Clark had the temerity to suggest in a speech last week that the federal government will have to consider raising taxes in order to slay the deficit dragon. That transgression against Harper orthodoxy earned Clark an email blast from the Conservatives noting that he delivered the speech in “sunny Florida” (yes, because he was attending a conference there); that he made $11 million last year and, therefore, can afford to pay more in taxes; and that he is “Michael Ignatieff’s Bay Street buddy” and a member of the Liberal leader’s “economic braintrust.” This last volley is apparently based on a news report that Clark and other thinkers attended a private dinner with Ignatieff last year to discuss the economy. Big deal. Harper himself has held private meetings with business leaders in recent weeks to discuss the economy. That’s what political leaders are supposed to do: reach out for ideas. Clark was discussing policy – and saying something that a lot of other intelligent Canadians have said. The Conservatives’ ad hominem response to his policy critique is something that might be expected from a college newspaper, but not from the ruling party of the day.–harper-s-attack-dogs
  OTTAWA – Opposition parties say Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office has gone too far with hyper-partisan attacks, and it’s time to apologize and play fair. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff demanded Thursday that Harper say sorry for a Conservative party email circulated by the Prime Minister’s Office that depicted one of the country’s top bankers as a shill for the Liberal party. And the NDP called on Harper to rein in his main spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, whom it accused of making “reckless and conspiratorial partisan smears.” 

Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party (NDP) is now the best-ranked federal party leader in Canada, according to a poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion. 29 per cent of respondents approve of Layton’s performance.  The approval rating for Canadian prime minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper stands at 26 per cent. 15 per cent of respondents approve of the way Liberal and Official Opposition leader Michael Ignatieff is handling his duties.


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