Monday, January 30, 2006

How History Will Remember Mr. Dithers



So all the liberal strategists are touting Mr. Dithers financial record as something for the ages. I think history will remember him as a reckless finance minister and even more dangerous as a Prime Minister.

To sum it up, Mr. Dithers gutted Healthcare transfers to the provinces by $30 billion, reduced the already neglected military's budget by 25%, reduced education transfers by $20 billion, and stole $48 billion from the EI fund and rolled it into general revenue. Hence why we have no military capability, wait times have doubled, etc....

In addition, he received $30 billion a year from the GST, basically giving Mr. Dithers far too much money, so a monkey could've slayed the deficit and balanced the budget with those conditions.

When the federal government is swimming in surpluses, transfering no money to the provinces, and is grossly overtaxing Canadians, its easy to see how Mr. Dithers performed his so called economic miracles.

History will write that Paul Martin was the most indecisive and weak Prime Minister in Canada's history. He dithered on missle defence, repeal same sex marriage, etc.. all of which he publically supported until he changed his mind when the public changed their minds.

Canadians elect a Prime Minister to be a leader, not some puppet who forms policy based on the latest public opinion poll, Paul Martin never got that point.

In addition, this liberal party will go down as running the worst campaign of fear, smear, and slander that has ever been seen in Canada.

Rather than talk about his own party's platform, Mr. Dithers was content on slandering everyone else, hardly a sign of strong visionary to lead the country.

Not much of a legacy hey Mr. Dithers...

More liberal Stupidity - Helicopter Procurement

David Pugliese, CanWest News Service

Published: Monday, January 30, 2006

Stephen Harper's new government could face a $1-billion legal penalty after a European aerospace firm filed a claim for damages, citing political interference by the Liberals during the 2004 purchase of naval helicopters.

Aerospace giant Agusta-Westland recently filed the $1-billion claim for damages in Federal Court, alleging its EH-101 helicopter didn't win the competition to provide Canada's military with a maritime chopper because of political interference by the Liberal government. The company is also asking for $1 million in punitive damages. Some Conservatives have privately voiced concerns their government will get stuck with the bill if the company wins its case.

Agusta-Westland contends the Liberals designed the $5-billion program to buy 28 maritime helicopters in such a way as to prevent the selection of its EH-101 chopper. The firm lost out to its American rival Sikorsky, which was awarded the contract in 2004 to provide a replacement for the military's aging Sea Kings.

Pierre Teotonio, a spokesman for Public Works and Government Services Canada, said the government has until Feb. 17 to file its defence in court. He declined further comment.

In the past, Public Works and Department of National Defence officials have said the procurement was fair, open and transparent.

With the lawsuit now underway, the EH-101 saga appears to be coming full circle, since it was a Conservative government which originally selected that helicopter in 1987 as the best chopper for the Canadian Forces. But during the 1993 election campaign, Jean Chretien highlighted the purchase as a waste of taxpayers' money and vowed to scrap the deal if he became prime minister.

Cancelling the EH-101 contract was one of the first things Chretien did when he came to power in the fall of 1993. At the time his government paid more than $470 million in cancellation fees to scuttle the deal.

But in 1998 the Chretien government was embarrassed when the EH-101 was once again selected by the Canadian Forces as the best chopper for its search-and-rescue operations. Fifteen of those helicopters were bought for that role.

Agusta-Westland lawyer Gordon Cameron said no timetable has yet been set for the legal proceedings, but the firm is hoping to start the process of questioning government officials for the lawsuit sometime this summer.

"We're aiming for a September trial," he added.

Agusta-Westland had filed a previous claim in Federal Court alleging government bias in the helicopter selection process. This latest move adds the $1-billion claim for damages.

In its statement of claim, Agusta-Westland contends the Liberal government wanted to ensure the EH-101 didn't win the Sea King replacement contract because it wanted to avoid political embarrassment. The firm alleges the Liberals were worried that if the EH-101 did win, the government would be accused of wasting hundreds of millions of dollars in cancelling the first deal.

The company also claims the government made serious errors in evaluating the bids and knew in advance that Sikorsky would not be able to deliver choppers on time.

Sikorsky officials have defended their helicopter, saying that not only is it the best aircraft for the Canadian military, but that it will be delivered on schedule. Delivery of the new aircraft is set to start in 2008.

Agusta-Westland also alleges the government reduced the performance criteria of the new helicopter in order to allow the Sikorsky aircraft to be selected. Agusta-Westland has complained over the years the helicopter program was rigged to favour any aircraft other than its EH-101.

Military and government officials have responded that there has never been any kind of political interference in the program. Defence department officials maintain they came up with the requirements on their own, without any political direction.

But during the procurement process the government acknowledged it had set up a special committee, led by then-deputy prime minister Herb Gray, to monitor the helicopter procurement. It denied, however, that the committee ordered any changes to the program.

In addition, Agusta-Westland alleges the government violated its own procurement rules by ignoring the extra costs of operating two different fleets of helicopters. Company officials say that since the military already operates the EH-101 for search-and-rescue missions it would have made financial sense, in terms of training and maintenance, to select the same chopper for its maritime operations. Defence officials, however, have argued there are little savings to be had.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Turning A Minority Into A Majority

How does Harper and the Conservatives lay the ground work for the next election in order to get a majority government?

Quite simply, ram as much legislation in the intial stages of this parliament. My logic is this:

1. The Canadian public has had two election in 19 months, any opposition party that forces an early election will pay a hefty price at the polls.

2. Push through legislation that the other parties have no choice but to support, bills like the Accountability Act, and the crime prevention measures. This will soldify Harper as a true leader who can get things done. The brilliance of his platform is that the other parties would very likely have to support most of the Conservatives agenda items.

3. The opposition parties are in deep financial troubles (especially the liberals), only the Conservatives can afford another election tomorrow, they are debt free and have loads of cash. The brilliance of the Accountability Act is that it eliminates large corporate donations to political parties - something that will hurt the liberals and not the Conservatives since they get all their revenue from average Canadians donating $50.

4. The liberals are leaderless and in completely directionless (pretty much sums up the last 13 years) so they will be embroiled in their internal wars for awhile.

So, the Conservatives have to quickly bring as many bills to Parliament as possible, this will illustrate that Harper can run the country effectively in a minority and will avoid having to go into another election with nothing to show Canadians.

I think the libranos, the dippers and the Bloc treasonous scum will give Harper a year or so and then look at opportunities to take him down, so Harper should try and push his agenda. That way, he can go into another election saying, "I got more done in one year than the liberals did in 13."

You add in all the liberal skeletons that Harper will uncover soon, the liberals days of justifying massive systemic corruption are not over by a long shot.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Thanks America

Edmonton Sun Editorial

It was a heroes welcome on Tuesday night for the soldiers injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan last week that also killed Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry. Cpl. Paul Franklin was the only one of the three conscious for the trip, and he declared himself happy to be home. We're glad to have him home.

The more seriously wounded soldiers, Pte. William Salikin and Cpl. Jeffrey Bailey, were heavily sedated for the nine-hour flight from Germany, where all three were sent to start the long road to recovery from their injuries.

And a long road it will be. Franklin will likely have the easiest time getting back to a normal life - though that is quite the understatement. He had his left leg amputated and his right leg was shattered. Bailey and Salikin, on the other hand, suffered major head trauma, and for a while, it was touch-and-go on whether Bailey would be stable enough to make the trip back to Edmonton.

So our thoughts and prayers remain with all three families as they adjust to the harsh new realities they must face.

But we feel it is only right and fair to express our appreciation to an organization that went above and beyond the call of duty to help our wounded soldiers: the American military.

It's a damn shame that the United States has been so vilified by many politicians and citizens in this country, because it was the Americans who helped save the lives of our three soldiers, and we don't think that our American friends have gotten the credit they so rightly deserve. In fact, it's almost as if the national news media in this country has gone to great lengths to downplay the important role the U.S. military played in this story.

According to the Canadian Defence Department, after the suicide bomb went off, all the casualties were first transported out by a military ambulance. Soon after, they were picked up by a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter, which flew the wounded soldiers to the American military field hospital in Kandahar for immediate medical attention.

After that, our soldiers were taken to an American military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, a top-notch medical facility that is the largest American hospital not located in the United States. Our soldiers received excellent care there until returning to their home here in Edmonton this week.

In short, then, one of the primary reasons our soldiers are in as good of shape as they are is because the American military went to the aid of an allied country fighting for freedom in Afghanistan.

Our Liberal politicians won't say it. Many Canadians won't say it.

But we'll say it: Thanks to the American soldiers, pilots, and medical personnel who helped save our soldiers' lives. They are all heroes, too.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Election Results

Am I disappointed at a minority government?

Yes, but this election will massively help the Conservatives in the next election.

The liberals are broke ($30 million in debt) and are leaderless, so they don't want a quick election. This will allow Harper to show Canadians he is a far better PM than Mr. Dithers.

There are many more issues that will reveal more liberal corruption soon:

-David Dingwall "entitlements" has to be resolved

-Auditor General's report into the useless gun registry is coming soon

-Andre Ouelette's lawsuit

-Alphonso Gagliano's lawsuit still pending

-Missing sponsorship scandal money ($40 million still missing), Harper will get to the bottom of this and get real answers for Canadians and put a dagger into the liberal party once and for all.

Now we all know, that for a month now, the shredders in the liberal offices have been goin 24-7 trying to hide coruption, but they can only hide so much.

Once again, Toronto and the maritimes failed Canada, Harper will have a hard time getting through his policies in a minority, but this will illustrate he can work in this parliament which should help him even more.

The liberals will be in trouble now that Harper has made huge gains in Quebec and Ontario, but clearly the liberals basically only represent Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal which is scary indeed.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Paul Martin Personified

He's a real nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
For nobody.

Doesn't have a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
...
He's as blind as he can be,
Just sees what he wants to see...

- The Beatles.

If this doesn't describe Mr. Dithers, nothing does. Paul Martin will go down in history as the most pathetic, indecisive prime minister in history.

Stephen Harper for PM ! Its time Canada had a real leader and can actually make a decision, Harper realizes that you can't be all things to all people. This is something that Paul Martin never learned as he believed his own bravado.

218 Reasons NOT to Vote for the Liberals

By LINDA WILLIAMSON, TORONTO SUN

After 12 years, we at the Sun think it's self-evident that the Liberals have to go, and polls show most Canadians agree.

But just in case you're still not sure, we've compiled a list of the lowlights of Liberal rule since 1993.

There's plenty more where these came from, but we've narrowed it to 218 reasons not to vote Liberal. Take your pick: You really only need one.

THIS ELECTION -- WE DID NOT MAKE THIS UP

1 Pre-election spending: $22.2 billion, according to Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

2 Pre-election tax relief: $30 billion -- about $323 per taxpayer; up from May budget total of only $16/year.

3 Attack ads. Smearing Stephen Harper. And our soldiers. Approved by Paul Martin himself. In Canada.

4 "Soldiers" ad pulled in English but French version continues in Quebec. Several Liberals say the ad is appalling.

5 TV journalist Mike Duffy accuses Liberal strategist John Duffy of trying to intimidate him into not discussing the ad.

6 Jan. 9: Martin suddenly vows, mid-debate, to scrap the feds' ability to use the "notwithstanding" clause in Charter cases. Even senior Liberals are shocked.

7 Conservatives accused of planning to "take away a woman's right to choose," despite promises to the contrary.

8 Grits charge Conservatives won't keep promises. Hmm.

9 Courting Toronto votes in the wake of record gun murders, Martin promises to ban handguns -- which have effectively been banned since 1937.

10 Also promises to ban weapons in outer space.

11 PM pledges mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes, despite Justice Minister's assertions they don't work.

12 Promises "heroes" fund for injured firefighters and rescuers -- an idea 57 Grits earlier voted against.

13 Spokesman Scott Reid declares parents would only blow the Tories' child care subsidy on "beer and popcorn."

14 Ontario VP Mike Klander resigns over blog comparing NDP's Olivia Chow to a dog and blasting Jack Layton.

15 Industry Minister David Emerson says NDP Leader Layton has a "boiled dog's head smile."

16 Oakville riding association president quits after telling anti-gun-registry voter to take her "gun-loving ass back to the U.S."

17 Martin blasts Conservative plan to cut GST; in 1993, he co-wrote Red Book promising to get rid of it.

18 Ex-Harvard prof and would-be leader Michael Ignatieff's nomination engineered over protest in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.

19 33% of voters believe Liberals have a "hidden agenda," as opposed to Conservatives (25%), according to Ipsos-Reid.

20 Chinese head tax: Liberals refused to apologize; PM suddenly offers "personal regret" on Chinese-language TV.

21 Separatism: Martin calls this a "referendum election."

22 80% of Quebecers dislike Martin (Strategic Counsel poll).

23 Martin vows to fight Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe on "every street corner" but later refuses to debate one-on-one.

24 Martin criticizes U.S. on Kyoto at climate conference -- even though Canada's emissions record is worse than theirs.

25 When U.S. ambassador points this out, Martin declares he won't be "dictated" to and will "stand up for Canada."

26 Martin stages photo- op with ex-U.S.-prez Bill Clinton.

MINORITY MADNESS, SPRING FEVER 2005: 27-37

27 April: Martin pleaded on TV to be allowed to govern until 30 days after Justice John Gomery's final report on AdScam.

28 Grits then announced $23 billion in pre-pre-election spending.

29 May: Opposition days suspended so they can't call non-confidence vote.

30 NDP deal: Backroom deal to buy NDP support forced budget changes -- adding another $4.6 billion in spending.

31 Martin reversed sensible stand on U.S. missile defence.

32 Aid to Darfur boosted in bid to buy support of Independent MP David Kilgour.

33 Promised Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty $5.75 billion to fix "fiscal imbalance" over five years.

34 May 10: Grits lost vote 153-150 calling for them to resign, but refused to do so.

35 Secret health deal proposed to NDP; Layton rejects it.

36 May 17: Belinda Stronach wooed into Liberal caucus -- and cabinet -- just in time to win non-confidence vote.

37 Post-Belinda, Conservative MP Gurmant Grewal revealed tape recordings of PMO staffer Tim Murphy and Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh discussing possible incentives if he crossed the floor. Grits said tapes were doctored.

PAUL MARTIN'S LEGACY -- MR. DITHERS TAKES THE HELM: 38-63

38 Worked with loyal team for more than a decade to take over party from Jean Chretien.

39 Only rival left for leadership was Sheila Copps.

40 Put his company, Canada Steamship Lines, in a "blind trust" that wasn't. As PM, was allowed to transfer ownership to his sons, keeping it in the family.

41 Registered several CSL ships under foreign flags to avoid Canadian taxes.

42 Used U2 singer Bono for his star power; left him "mystified" and "crushed" by failing to deliver on world poverty.

43 Extended term of big-spending Gov.-Gen. Adrienne Clarkson; appointed Michaelle Jean without thoroughly checking out her past association with separatists.

44 Promised to "fix health care for a generation" with $41-billion deal with the provinces in 2004. Some fix!

45 Made separate side deal with Quebec on health care, calling it "asymmetrical federalism."

46 Agreed on "wait times strategy" with provinces in 2004. Still waiting for it to be implemented.

47 Personal doctor runs a private clinic.

48 Promised to change the way Supreme Court judges were appointed -- but only allowed MPs to question Justice Minister about them, after the fact.

49 Promised to diminish Western alienation or "I will have failed."

50 Slow to return from vacation after the South Asian tsunami, and dithered on sending Disaster Assistance Response Team.

51 February 2005: The Economist magazine immortalized "Mr. Dithers" nickname for his "faltering leadership."

52 May 2005: 63% told Strategic Counsel poll Martin was most dishonest party leader; 61% felt he was most likely to lie.

53 Sent controversial same-sex marriage bill to Supreme Court; didn't insist on a ruling on traditional marriage.

54 Invoked closure to ram same-sex bill into law June 28; cabinet members not allowed to vote their conscience.

55 Gave $2.2 billion in gas tax revenues to public transit, but none of it to repair crumbling roads.

56 Cut capital gains tax on charitable donations of securities to 50% in 1997, refused to eliminate it.

57 2004: Feds shamed over plan to send 70 bureaucrats to 60th anniversary D-Day event -- but only 60 veterans.

58 Tolerated Carolyn Parrish ("Damn Americans -- I hate those bastards") in caucus until she dissed him personally.

59 Blamed America for Canada's gun problem.

60 Before becoming PM, opposed the Clarity Act.

61 Ditto same-sex marriage.

62 And the Kyoto accord.

63 Also publically endorsed joining the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

MARTIN'S TURNCOAT MINISTERS: 64-67

Each of these converts to Paul Martin's Liberal team just happened to score a cabinet post:

64 Belinda Stronach (ex-Conservative leadership contender) -- in charge of Human Resources and, yes, ethics reform.

65 Scott Brison (ex-PC leadership hopeful) -- Public Works.

66 Ujjal Dosanjh (ex-NDP B.C. premier) -- Health.

67 Jean Lapierre (co-founder of Bloc Quebecois) -- Quebec lieutenant and Transportation.

LAST ELECTION, JUNE 2004, MAJORITY TO MINORITY: 68-75

68 Pre-election spending: $8 billion for everything from health care to highways.

69 Martin shut down Commons AdScam committee, announced Gomery inquiry -- then promptly called the election before it could start.

70 Attack ads against Conservatives accused them of wanting to recriminalize abortion, send troops to Iraq, and govern like Brian Mulroney and Mike Harris.

71 Accused Harper of plotting with Alberta's Ralph Klein to destroy medicare.

72 Called Conservative forecast of $50-billion surplus over five years a "black hole"; Grit surpluses now exceed that.

73 PM's handpicked Winnipeg candidate Glen Murray lost to quadriplegic Conservative Steven Fletcher.

74 Mid-campaign, Martin promised Newfoundland premier Danny Williams an oil and gas revenue deal; then reneged post-election until Williams went ballistic.

75 Ministers Judy Sgro and John McCallum dispatched to heckle Harper at events.

Promises, Promises -- Grit Moments in Dithering: 76-85

76 1993: Red Book promised an independent ethics commisioner reporting to Parliament. Not implemented until 2004.

77 1993: Promised national daycare program: Signed first deals with provinces to begin implementing it in 2005.

78 1993: Promised to boost immigration levels to 300,000 per year: Announced the same target twice last fall -- despite a current 700,000-person backlog.

79 1993: Promised to reform Young Offenders Act. Youth Criminal Justice Act finally took effect in 2003, and is even worse.

80 1993: Promised national pharmacare program. No action.

81 Ditto for their 1993 promise of national home care.

82 1994: Justice minister Allan Rock promised national sex offender registry: Finally established in 2004, but had to be amended in 2005 to include Karla Homolka. Ditto for national DNA databank -- finally passed before this election.

83 1995: Martin imposed 1.5c/litre "deficit-fighting" tax on gasoline. Deficit was eliminated in 1997, but tax is still there. Now Grits justify it as part of the gas tax "deal" for cities.

84 1999: Justice minister Anne McLellan told the Commons: "The government has no intention of changing the definition of marriage or of legislating same-sex marriages."

85 20 years after Air India bombing, after years of resisting calls for an inquiry, Grits announced a limited one before this election.

Patronage, Piggery and 'Entitlements': 86-98

86 Martin appointed Francis Fox, who worked in his PMO and on his leadership, to the Senate.

87 Also Dennis Dawson, another staunch Martin backer.

88 And James Cowan, his leadership head in Nova Scotia.

89 Ditto Liberal fundraiser Rod Zimmer.

90 And Art Eggleton, who stepped aside in 2004 for Martin protege Ken Dryden.

91 October: Feds refused to cut gas taxes, but raised MPs' and staff travel allowances 4.6c/km due to high gas prices.

92 2001: MPs gave themselves pay raies of 20% -- retroactive to January. Cabinet ministers got 22%; PM Jean Chretien 42% -- boosting his pension 82%!

93 Among Chretien's many patronage appointments: Former PMO spokesman Jim Munson to the Senate.

94 Same for former chief of staff Percy Downe.

95 And longtime adviser David Smith.

96 PMO crony Jean Pelletier went to head VIA Rail (from which Martin has now fired him twice over AdScam).

97 Andre Ouellett got Canada Post, where he once cashed over $300,000 in expenses with no receipts (fired by Martin).

98 David Dingwall got the Mint; was fired over expenses but is fighting for severance: "I'm entitled to my entitlements."

INTEGRITY -- FAMOUS GRIT WORDS: 99-103

99 "The government will restore the public's faith and trust in the integrity and good management of government."

-- Martin government's first throne speech, Feb. 2004

100 "We are going to condemn to history the practice and the politics of cronyism ... No longer will the culture in Ottawa be one of entitlement."

-- Martin speech, March 2004

101 "Perhaps there was a few million dollars that might have been stolen in the process; it is possible."

-- Jean Chretien, 2002, defending the sponsorship program

102 "Cynicism about public institutions, governments, politicians, and the political process is at an all-time high ... Honesty and integrity in our political institutions must be restored."

-- 1993 Red Book, co-written by Paul Martin

103 "Screw the Red Book. Don't tell me what's in the Red Book. I wrote the goddamned thing. And I know that it's a lot of crap."

-- Martin as quoted in the 1996 book Double Vision: The Inside Story of the Liberals in Power

MINISTERIAL AND MP MISDEEDS: 104-125

104 Joe Volpe expensed $138 for a "pizza dinner for two."

105 Pierre Pettigrew took his chauffeur on $10,000 worth of trips, even though he didn't need him to drive.

106 Judy Sgro said the ethics commissioner "vindicated" her in the foreign strippers scandal, when he found her in "clear violation" of parts of the conflict-of- interest code.

107 Ralph Goodale said in 2004 the surplus would be $1.9 billion -- it turned out to be $9.1 billion.

108 Don Boudria spent a weekend at the luxury ski chalet of Quebec advertising honcho Claude Boulay.

109 So did Denis Coderre.

110, 111, 112, 113, 114: Allan Rock, Claudette Brashaw, David Anderson, Jane Stewart and Bob Thibault all accepted free fishing trips and/or flights from the wealthy Irving family of New Brunswick.

115 Hedy Fry falsely claimed racists in Prince George, B.C. were "burning crosses on lawns."

116 Herb Dhaliwal called U.S. President George Bush a failed statesman.

117 Lawrence MacAulay lobbied the RCMP and Corrections Canada to fund training at a college his brother headed.

118 Art Eggleton lost his post as defence minister for giving a contract to an ex-girlfriend.

119 Scarborough MP Tom Wappel refused to help an 81-year-old blind war vet because he didn't vote for him.

120 John Manley proposed subsidizing Canadian NHL teams up to $3.5 million each; scrapped the idea two days later.

121 Andy Scott was overheard on a plane saying he would have to "cover" for Chretien at the 1998 APEC inquiry.

122 Sheila Copps' Heritage department spent $15 million on "free" Canadian flags for all.

123 Copps kept her promise to resign when the Grits failed to scrap the GST -- and was promptly re-elected.

124 Michel Dupuy attended a 1995 dinner with Liberal lobbyists and others who ended up receiving federal grants.

125 Jag Bhaduria was expelled from caucus over revelations that he falsified his background and wrote threatening letters.

ADSCAM, THE MOTHER OF ALL SCANDALS: 126-137

Justice John Gomery's November report is reason alone not to vote Liberal. Here's just a tiny taste of why:

126 Gomery inquiry testimony drove separatist support to highest level in a decade.

127 Gomery summed up AdScam: "A story of greed, venality and misconduct" featuring "a complex web of financial transactions among Public Works ... Crown corporations and communication agencies, involving kickbacks and illegal contributions to (the Liberal) party."

128 Gomery on the Liberal party (Quebec wing): "The (party) as an institution cannot escape responsibility for the misconduct of its officers and representatives."

129 Jean Chretien openly taunted the judge by bringing golf balls to the inquiry, saying they weren't "small-town cheap."

130 Martin led cheers in caucus for Chretien the next day.

131 The forensic accountants who exposed the Enron scandal said even they couldn't tell where all the AdScam cash went.

132 Among the things sponsorship money paid for: 1,200 golf balls bearing Chretien's signature;

133 $46,300 worth of maple-leaf neckties;

134 Montreal Grand Prix tickets for senior Grits;

135 $100,000 worth of Christmas decorations;

136 A TV series airing in China.

137 A $16,000 plaque and flag in a store in Chretien's riding.

Speaking of Scandals: 138-158

138 Gun registry: Supposed to cost $2 million, now at nearly $2 billion (even AG can't fathom it), with gun crimes rising.

139 Income trusts: Suspicious trading before Ralph Goodale's Nov. 23 announcement now under RCMP investigation.

140 Option Canada: Secret 1995 unity fund now being probed by RCMP.

141 HRDC boondoggle: $1 billion blown on dubious job-creation projects (including a fountain in Shawinigan).

142 Helicopters: Cancelling contract to replace aging Sea Kings in 1993 cost $500 million and put troops at risk. New contract finally issued in July 2005.

143 Submarines: $750 million to buy used British subs that leak and, in one case, caught fire, killing one submariner.

144 Home heating rebate: Finance minister Martin doled out $1 billion in pre-2000-election cheques to people who didn't need them, including 7,500 who were dead.

145 Shawinigate: Chretien lied about intervening to secure a federal business loan for an associate in his riding. Later said such interventions were "the normal operation."

146 Francois Beaudoin: Raided, intimidated by Liberal operatives and forced from his federal bank job after questioning the loan to Chretien's Shawinigan associate. Judge Andre Denis later called it "an unspeakable injustice."

147 Hepatitis C: Liberals, under Chretien's orders, voted in 1998 against compensating excluded victims of tainted blood scandal; changed their tune in 2004 -- no money has flowed yet.

148 Airbus: Feds apologized in 1997 and paid $2 million to former PM Brian Mulroney for false kickback allegations.

149 Challenger jets: Chretien made secret, rushed, untendered $100-million deal to buy two from Bombardier in 2002.

150 Somalia inquiry: Grits shut it down prematurely in 1997.

151 Agent Orange: Feds dithered on compensating soldiers exposed to the toxic Vietnam-era chemical in Gagetown, N.B.

152 Zahra Kazemi: Canadian's murder covered up in Iran; Canada's response was weak.

153 Bill Sampson: Canadian wrongly imprisoned and tortured in Saudi Arabia for 3 years; Canada's response was weak.

154 Maher Arar: Canadian wrongly imprisoned in Syria for a year; Canada's response was weak (inquiry is now pending).

155 Tobacco suit: $1-billion civil suit in the U.S. against a Canadian tobacco giant for allegedly evading billions in taxes by smuggling cigarettes was thrown out. Cost: $17 million.

156 Air security fee: Imposed excessive $24/round trip tax in 2001, raking in $1 million/day (since cut to $14/round trip).

157Ads: AG Sheila Fraser said on top of AdScam, some $800 million in ad contracts since 2000 were questionable.

158 Canada "wordmark": Feds paid ad firms $1 million to "develop" it; later conceded it's existed since 1965.

OVERALL LIBERAL RECORD 159-183

159 Increased spending 37% since 2000; 55.8% since eliminating the deficit in 1997, says Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

160 Increased federal staff 10% since 1999, the CTF says.

161 Tax Freedom Day in 1993: June 6. Last year: June 26, according to Fraser Institute.

162 Average family income increase since 1993: 37%. Average increase in that family's taxes: 50%, according to CTF.

163 Spending predicted (in November) to rise 25% by 2010.

164 In past two budgets, stashed $9 billion in untouchable "foundations" -- AG warned of lack of accountability.

165 1998: Martin, as finance minister, reduced EI premiums 15c/$100 but hiked CPP premiums 30c/$100, costing taxpayers $59 a year.

166 1999: AG found EI surplus excessive.

167 1996: Spent $1 billion getting Atlantic provinces to "harmonize" GST and PST.

168 2000-2005: Fiscal surplus forecasts understimated by a total of $35.3 billion.

169 Promised to decriminalize marijuana, satisfied no one.

170 Encouraged Corrections Canada to release inmates as early as possible -- prisons boss said goal was 50% release rate.

171 1996: Brought in conditional (house arrest) sentences for violent crime, including homicide.

172 1997: Tightened notorious "faint-hope clause" that lets murderers appply for parole after just 15 years -- but only to exclude serial killers, and only those who kill after 1997.

173 2005: Established $3.7-million pilot project to set up tattoo parlours in prisons.

174 1994-97: Refugee backlog doubled.

175 1997: Wasted more than $300 million a year paying social benefits to backlogged refugee claimants, AG found.

176 1998: Lost track of 4,613 refugee claimants up to August.

177 2003: Lost track of 36,000 immigrants ordered deported, AG found.

178 2002: Senate Committee on National Security and Defence said Armed Forces were so overstretched they should step down from all peacekeeping operations for two years.

179 2005: Same committee found Canada not equipped to handle a major disaster.

180 1997: Low-paid soldiers resorted to using food banks.

181 2001: Troops sent to Afghanistan in forest-green uniforms.

182 Ottawa too secretive, Information Commissioner reported.

183 10 years after the 1995 Quebec referendum, 48% of Quebecers told Strategic Counsel pollsters they would vote "Yes" to separation again; 47% said "No."

JEAN CHRETIEN'S LEGACY -- 'A PROOF IS A PROOF' 184-199

184 1993: Kept campaign promise to cancel Pearson airport privatization deal. Estimated cost of cancellation: $1 billion.

185 1993: Broke campaign promise to get rid of GST.

186 1993: Embraced NAFTA, 27 days after winning election promising to fight it.

187 1995: Almost lost the country in Quebec referendum.

188 1995: Created sponsorship program in response.

189 1996: Throttled a demonstrator at Flag Day event.

190 1996: Claimed he had regular chats with a homeless man.

191 1998: Joked about RCMP pepper-spraying demonstrators at APEC summit in B.C.: "Pepper, I put it on my plate."

192 1998: Called 64c dollar "good for exporters."

193 2001: Did nothing for 25 Canadians killed in 9/11, delayed visiting attack site. 194 Blamed U.S. "greed" for terrorism.

195 2002: Staffer Francie Ducros called George Bush a "moron."

196 2002: Responded when asked what kind of proof he'd need to join the invasion of Iraq: "A proof is a proof and when you have a good proof it's because it's proven."

197 2002: Refused to join Iraq war, or to confirm Canada had 31 soldiers serving there with U.S. and British forces.

198 2002: Announced his retirement -- for 2004!

199 Refused to declare Ontario SARS crisis a disaster; offered paltry aid.

2000 ELECTION -- CHRETIEN'S LAST LAUGH: 200-207

200 Pre-election spending: $2.248 billion in week before vote called, according to Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

201 Premature election ended shortest majority mandate in 90 years (three years) -- cost $200 million.

202 Lifted Canadian Alliance platform promise: $100 billion in tax cuts.

203 $100 billion tax cut really $55.4 billion when other things like CPP increases are factored in, CTF calculated.

204 22 RCMP investigations ongoing into Grit grant and loan programs, including four in Chretien's riding alone.

205 Elinor Caplan, immigration minister, told voters supporters of the Alliance were racists and Holocaust deniers.

206 Alliance accused of supporting "two-tier" health care.

207 Chretien openly talked about quitting post- election.

1997 ELECTION -- LIBERAL MAJORITY SHRINKS: 208-210

208 Pre-election spending: $8 billion.

209 Vote called despite Manitoba flood crisis.

210 35% of voters said June 2 election call was premature.

WHERE CANADA STANDS NOW: 211-218

211 Economy: 12th among industrialized nations, according to Conference Board of Canada (down from 3rd in 2003).

212 Competitiveness: 14th, according to World Economic Forum (down from 4th in 1997).

213 Health care: 30th in efficiency, according to World Health Organization.

214 Ethics: 14th, says Transparency International, due to "marked increase" in corruption (down from 5th).

215 Military spending: 153rd out of 192 countries, based on percentage of GDP; 14th in per-capita spending.

216 Peacekeeping: 36th, according to UN.

217 Personal income tax burden: Highest in G-8, says OECD.

218 Marginal tax rates: Second only to China, says C.D. Howe Institute.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Why Canada Needs a Conservative Majority

For many obvious reasons, Canada needs a majority Conservative government. Here are my opinions on the matter:

1. Gve the country economic stability in relation to world markets and how they affect the TSX and the liberal insiders on Bay Street. (Rememeber that little Income Trust scandal RCMP investigation?)

2. Avoid having all the leftist parties change and alter the bills coming before Parliament, in other words don't let "we-will-tax-everything" Jack Layton get his mitts on legislation. Anytime Jack touches something, my taxes go up.

3. Send a clear message that the last 13 years of liberal corruption and scandal must be punished significantly.

4. Avoid having another election, 4 years of conservative government is just the medicine this country needs to heal itself, the liberals have done far too much damage already.

5. Will succeed in reducing the separtists in Quebec (enraged and increased by liberal corruption)

6. Provide real tax relief to Canadians, the liberals are swimming in cash and claim to be good fiscal managers, what a joke.

7. Provide parents with childcare choices rather than another NDP/liberal ministry that does nothing but cost money.

8. Fnally overhaul the weak and flawed justice system and get control of the streets again.

9. Abolish the wasteful and useless gun registry.

10. Rebuild our decimated military capable of protecting our sovreignty

10. Most important - Restore the dignity that Canadians have in their country, the liberals have disgraced us all - Canadians should be proud of their country not hanging their heads in shame because of all the liberal scandals.

Mini-budget Put Liberal Government $3B in Deficit

Eric Beauchesne

CanWest News Service

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006

OTTAWA - Liberal income tax cuts announced in the November mini-budget plunged the government more than $3- billion into the red during the month, according to figures released yesterday by the Finance Department.

The cuts, which were made retroactive to Jan. 1, 2005, would be cancelled by the Conservatives if they are elected, but there would be no effect on the 2005 returns.

But the deficit they caused didn't stop the Finance Minister Ralph Goodale from promising a further $55-million a year in new tax breaks to encourage charitable giving.

A Liberal government would eliminate capital gains tax on charitable gifts of publicly traded shares and of ecologically sensitive land, countering a similar promise already made by the Conservatives.

The Liberal tax break will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2006, to allow Canadians to make their tax-free donations immediately.

At present, 25% of the capital gain on such donations is subject to tax.

Mr. Goodale's announcement of the tax break came only minutes after the Finance Department reported the government posted a $3.1-billion deficit in November, reflecting the cost of cutting the rate of the lowest tax bracket to 15% from 16% and the increase in the basic personal exemption.

Were it not for the tax breaks, the government would have had a $500-million surplus, although even that would have been less than the $1.7-billion surplus posted in November, 2004.

For the first eight months of the 2005-06 fiscal year, which runs until the end of March, the surplus was $6.3-billion, down $4-billion from a year earlier.

The lower cumulative surplus again reflected the impact of the income tax cut, the department said, adding that there will be further tax-cut costs as well.

"These monthly financial results are only partial-year results," it noted. "In particular, they do not reflect the remaining cost of the tax cuts announced in the November, 2005, Economic and Fiscal Update for 2005-06, amounting to $1.4-billion."

However, the Conservatives have said they will reverse the tax cut in the lowest tax bracket this year and reduce the personal exemption if elected.

The Two Fools



Buzz Hargrove is not too bright. First he drops his support for the NDP and changes to the libranos.

Next he tells Quebecers to vote for the separtist Bloc to fight off Conservatives.

Hargrove always had more mouth than brains (kind of reminds me of Scott Brison and Scott Reid).

The CAW membership thinks Buzz is an idiot and the only reason he is backing Martin's liberal mafia is because he wants a senator seat.

The Conservatives will win the election, and Hargrove, like the the libranos will hopefully become a distant memory to Canadians.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

New National Poll Results



It looks like the libranos are in a free fall, after 13 years of liberal corruption, mismanagement, and incompetence, its good to see Canadians wake up and decide to change the government.

Harper for PM !

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Time For Change Canada



This says it all, considering the sponsorship scandal which is organized crime, its time for Canada to turn the page on 13 years of corrupt liberal government.

The liberals have eroded Canada's pride to its very foundations, separatism has increased, and all of Canada's social programs have been decimated because of liberal incompetence and mismanagement.

Lets not forget the useless gun registry, HRDC boondoogle, $48 billion EI theft, purchase of obsolete British submarines, Income Trust Scandal, Strippergate, Shawinigate, and all the other failures of this liberal party. The list goes on and on...

Thankfully Canadians now have the ability to punish this corrupt liberal party for all these failures.

Harper for PM !

Monday, January 16, 2006

A Liberal Vote Helps Separtist Bloc

The Conservatives are making substanital support gains in Quebec, pulling votes for both the Bloc and the liberals.

This is great news for national unity, because the dullards in Ontario after 13 years in slumber are being forced to realize what Western Canadians have known for awhile - Canada needs a change in government.

The liberals cannot defend national unity, if anything, the liberals have created and encouraged this concept of separtism.

Voters have to realize that casting a ballot for liberals helps the separtist Bloc.

Harper was strategically brilliant to agree to work along side federalist premier Jean Charest, instead Mr. Dithers waged a war with the Bloc and PQ (assuming Boisclair won the next provincial election) Charest is still the premier in Quebec for another two years, so Paul Matrin's phony unity war lacks all credibility.

So federalists in Quebec realized that they do have an alternative, and its the Harper lead Conservatives. This comes back to the liberals refusing to acknowledge a fiscal inbalance between Ottawa and the provinces.

Now its finally clear to all Canadians that the liberals don't deserve support, they should be removed from the House of Commons and relegated to the history books as a disgraceful time Canada's history.

We have seen the true liberal party, with all its corruption and scandals, hate advertising, extorion, money laudering, lies (remember promising to scrap the GST), and deceit, the liberal party has failed and disgraced all Canadians.

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Criminals Vote For The Liberals



Convicted Criminals have clearly indicated they will vote liberal.

This is great news for Stephen Harper and the Conservatives, you know when criminals vote for liberals its clear why Canadians should vote Conservative.

My personal view is that you break the law, you should lose certain rights as a citizen. Convicts should not be able to vote.

If you lose your license, do you get to drive? Percisely why criminals should not be able to vote.

The Conservatives new justice measures will make criminals do the time they are supposed to, under the liberals serious criminal behavior across Canada has increased.

Liberals want to rehabilitate and always forgive, tell that the families of Paul Bernardo and mounties killed in Mayerthorpe. Dangerous people should be in jail, not in half-way houses free to roam.

Criminals want the liberals in power, under their watch, serious crimes are met with a slap on the wrist and plea-bargaining has reached a whole new level under the liberal justice system.

I find it hilarious that Irwin Cotler (liberal justice minister)has for months denounced manditory minimum sentences, but since public opinion now favors this, he completely flip-flops and now supports this concept.

The Conservatives have been pushing for manditory minimum sentences for years, but it fell on deaf liberal ears, hopefully Canadians punish the liberals for yet another failure.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Off-Reserve Natives to Back Conservatives

CanWest News Service

Saturday, January 14, 2006

OTTAWA -The Conservative party will today receive an official endorsement from the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, a group that represents off-reserve natives, sources have told CanWest News Service.

The endorsement comes one day after the Tories released their full platform on aboriginal issues and after a week of criticism from the Liberals and the Metis nation.

The endorsement is expected after a meeting between Tory aboriginal affairs critic Jim Prentice and Chief Dwight Dorey, the head of the organization, which claims to speak for 800,000 Indian and Metis people who live off-reserve.


The Conservative party put closure to a debate on its approach to aboriginal policy Friday with the release of its platform, but a failure to attach any specific funding initiatives for Canada's natives had the Liberals claiming the high ground on which government would be a champion for First Nations.

The deal between the federal government, provincial governments and First Nations groups set targets to improve native housing, health, education and economic conditions over the next five years. The deal, signed in Kelowna, B.C., was worth $5.5 billion and was hailed by all sides as a historic agreement with the potential to greatly improve the lives of aboriginals.

But while the Tories, Liberals and New Democrats have all endorsed the targets established in the Kelowna accord, each party has different ideas on how to get to those goals as well as how much it will ultimately cost.

The Conservative platform commits to the targets set out in Kelowna, but the party disputes how the funding has been allocated and does not offer its own price tag.

"I made inquiries at the time ... and there was some confusion about whether it was new money or old money," Tory aboriginal affairs critic Jim Prentice said in an interview this week of the $5.5-billion Liberal deal. "The Liberals created an enormous amount of confusion about where the money was coming from."
Prentice said a Conservative government will sit down with the provinces and native groups to hammer out how much it will cost to meet the targets on the five-year plan that has been set out. He suggested it could cost less than what the Liberals estimate.

In addition, the Tories are promising to re-write the Indian Act to give "full legal and democratic responsibility" to aboriginals for their own affairs under the Constitution.

More Liberal Entitlements - Canada Day Funding

Glen McGregor
CanWest News Service

Saturday, January 14, 2006

OTTAWA -- A disproportionate share of federal funding for celebrations of Canada Day and other national holidays was given to organizations in ridings held by Liberal MPs, according to an analysis done by the Ottawa Citizen.

A little more than 79 per cent of the $7.5 million provided since the last election through Canadian Heritage's Celebrate Canada program funded projects based in Liberal ridings, the newspaper says.
As well, projects based in Quebec received more than half of the total amount spent by the national program.

The government approved funding for more than 1,600 projects to mark Canada Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, and the lesser-known holidays of Canadian Multiculturalism Day and National Aboriginal Day between the end of June 2004 and last October.

The Citizen matched the addresses listed for the holiday projects to their electoral districts. Those based in Liberal ridings received $5.9 million, or about four times the $1.5 million for those in ridings held by all opposition MPs combined.

Before the federal election was called, the Liberals held 133, or about 43 per cent, of the 308 seats in the House of Commons.

The government says political considerations do not factor into the approval of Celebrate Canada events and anyone can apply, regardless of where they're located.

"This is not something that we look at," said Canadian Heritage spokesman Donald Boulanger. "We do invite all Canadians from coast to coast to apply for the funding. It is attributed based on the scope of the project."

Boulanger said applications are sent to provincial and territorial Celebrate Canada committees, which make recommendations on funding. Their recommendations are passed on to the department for review and approval. The volunteer committee members are appointed by the minister of heritage.

Many of the larger projects funded by Celebrate Canada were run by organizations based in urban areas, where the Liberals typically have stronger representation. For example, the program put up $160,000 for Vancouver's Canada Day event at Canada Place, in the downtown riding held by Liberal Hedy Fry.

But even excluding larger municipal and regional projects that received $10,000 or more from the government, most of the money -- 53 per cent -- still went to Liberal ridings.

In some cases, money appeared to flow more freely to ridings represented by Liberals while opposition ridings in the same city received less. The Toronto riding held by Liberal MP Tony Ianno received $257,000 for 12 projects, including an Aboriginal Day peace walk and a street party in an area called Liberty Village. But across town, the riding held by NDP Leader Jack Layton saw only $3,000 for one holiday celebration, called Neighbours Together on Canada Day.

Quebec also received a disproportionate share of the program funding, with $4.3 million or 57 per cent of the total provided since the last election. That compares to the combined total of $2.2 million for projects in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Activities in Ontario were allotted a little more than $1 million.

The Heritage Department says the cost of putting on Canada Day musical performances in 29 Quebec municipalities skewed the numbers.

The concerts were part of a $3.2-million project, called Celafete 2005, that was based in the Montreal riding held by Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Lucienne Robillard.

But even excluding the Celafete, Quebec Liberal ridings received dramatically more for their projects than Bloc Quebecois ridings -- $774,000 compared to $304,000 -- even though the Bloc held 53 of the province's 75 seats.

The funding for Quebec was approved by the provincial Celebrate Canada committee, for which former astronaut Marc Garneau served as president until recently. Garneau is now a Liberal candidate in the riding of Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

The Liberal election campaign said it was a matter for the government to comment upon.

In British Columbia, the program gave $260,000 for events in the Liberals' eight ridings, compared to $202,000 for those in the 22 Conservative ridings. The five NDP ridings in B.C. got $36,000.

Community groups, charities, corporations, school boards and municipal governments are all eligible to apply for Celebrate Canada funding. Application kits are usually sent out to MPs and senators in December for the coming summer's projects.

The program provided funding that ranged from $100 for a Canada Day party at a retirement home in Conservative Chuck Strahl's B.C. riding, to the $3.2 million allotted Celafete 2005.

The Citizen analysis used electronic records obtained from Canadian Heritage through the Access to Information Act. Of the projects funded since the election, a small number could be not linked to federal ridings because their exact location could not be determined from data provided. They received a little more than $36,000 from Celebrate Canada, or about half of one per cent of the total funding.

The election last year was the first run under the new electoral boundaries which were used by the Citizen to analyze the funding, but data from Celebrate Canada projects dating back May 2003 reflect a similar pattern. Of those 4,659 projects, 74 per cent of the $17 million in funding went to ridings that last year were won by Liberals.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Liberal Attack Advertising



The liberals are turning this campaign into a smear and fear fest. This all the liberals can do at this point, they are free falling in the polls and they know it..

All these ads did was once again attack the fine people of the military and try to portray that the Conservatives would impose marshall law, which is complete and utter nonsense.

Thankfully most intelligent Canadians saw this and soldified their vote with the Conservatives. The levels to which this liberal government will sink to maintain power is disgraceful.

The sooner January 23rd comes to vote out this corrupt, disgraceful liberal party the better.

Its hard to believe some people would still vote liberal, obviously these people are intelluctually challenged.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Harper Wins Support in Quebec-French Debate

Obviously everyone knew that Duceppe would excel in his first language, he clearly won, but Harper was right behind him. Even a former PQ deputy indicated she thought Stephen Harper conducted himself well and managed to deflect everything and still make Paul Martin look like a stammering fool.

Martin had fists in the air, hands girating, clearly angry and frustrated that people do not find and his corrupt party relevent anymore. (and for good reason)

Harper and the Conservatives are making staggering gains in Quebec and finally Ontario seems to be waking up after 12 years of liberal slumber.

If the Conservatives run the same style campaign along with some hard hitting advertising, the Conservatives will win a strong minority or possibly even a slim majority.

To counteract the slanderous and outrageous liberal ads, the Conservatives need to point out the following:

From M.K Braaten, I have to absolutely agree with these points.

-Use footage of Paul Martin from the past contradicting his current positions;

-Use clips of former turncoats (Stronach/Brison) criticizing the Liberal party and its policies;

-Use money flow charts to insinuate unproven accusations with certain Martin linked lobby groups;

-Question whether Paul Martin gave contracts to his friends, then ask if those same friends used tax payer dollars to donate and funded his leadership drive;

-Show clips depicting CSL Ships polluting the Great Lakes, then show last weeks environment announcement by Paul Martin and insinuate that he is trying to make tax payers foot the clean up bill;

-Show clips of Paul Martin denouncing tax cuts last spring, and GST in 1993;


Harper can also discuss why there is no one in jail yet and $100 million was stolen and money laudered in the sponsorship scandal.

He can also discuss the gun registry, HRDC boondoggle, Strippergate, and all the other scandals in the liberal party over the last decade.

The Conservatives should also hammer home that the liberals have been criminally investigated 33 times in the last 3 years..

Monday, January 09, 2006

My English Debate Observations

This debate was a mix of arguments, theatrics (mostly from Mr. Dithers), and a love-in from the Toronto hippie (Jack Layton)

NDP's Jack Layton - Sounded fairly concise, responded well to questions, but according to the majority of Canadians and myself included, the NDP are wrong on the issues, not the Conservatives. He started talking about kids with wings and stuff, what are you smoking Jack? Everyone knows that the NDP are just liberals in orange suits, and basically a Toronto based party.

Bloc's Gilles Duceppe - Hammered the libranos effectively over corruption and the Conservatives because Harper is taking away Bloc voters in Quebec right now.

Libranos Paul "Mr. Dithers" Martin - Looked tired, desperate, and stammered a fair amount. This guy is a pathetic joke and to announce he would cancel the non-withstanding clause in the Charter is obviously trying to get a headline or two. No one in Canada cares Mr. Dithers, we want tax cuts, an end to liberal corruption, capable military, and choice in child care to name a few things. Interesting that Martin did say in the last debate he would use the non-withstanding clause to protect religious freedoms from same-sex marriage. Talk about a flip-flop...

Conservative's Stephen Harper - Looked like a Prime Minister, remained composed even when getting non-factual grilling from Mr. Dithers and the NDP. I would say Harper easily won the debate, he articulated his point and the cruical quote was when he asked Mr. Dithers if he knew how many RCMP investigations the liberals are in now, that was classic. The answer is 34 criminal investigations into liberals in the last 3 years.

Grits Lose Quebec Card - Yet More Liberal Corruption

Mon, January 9, 2006

By Ezra Levant

Three weeks ago, when it appeared the Tory campaign was going well, I predicted the Liberals would make their final campaign sprint in January all about Quebec.

It probably breaks the pundit's code of conduct to do so, but I'd like to retract that prediction.

I wrote the Liberals would play the Quebec card to scare Ontario away from the Conservatives. First, they'd ask how the Conservatives can form a government without a single MP from Quebec. Second, they'd claim that an anglo prime minister from Alberta couldn't credibly lead the "no" side in a Quebec referendum.

I thought the Liberals would paint the Tories as a threat to national unity. They still might. It's just that it won't work now.

Part of that is because the Liberals are too busy jumping on live grenades exploding in their own bunker to have a chance to lob any of their own. First it was the RCMP investigation into the income trust leak -- a leak that let a handful of Liberal-connected stock brokers fleece thousands of investors out of millions of dollars.

Then last week, the RCMP revealed they were investigating another Liberal scandal -- this one involving an old aide to Paul Martin, named Claude Dauphin.

Dauphin led a group called Option Canada that received $4.8-million from the government. The RCMP is investigating whether that money was funnelled to the "no" side of the 1995 referendum campaign, which was led by the Liberals.

And yet another scandal brews: The RCMP has been asked to investigate Kim Doran, deputy national director of the Liberal party. Doran also is a lobbyist whose firm received more than $380,000 from the government to lobby ... the government! The justice minister, a Liberal, paid Doran, a Liberal, $380,000 to lobby the solicitor General and other Liberals.

Why couldn't the justice minister just pick up the phone? Why did $380,000 have to be spent on an outside "lobbyist" to pass a note to a friend, like giggling kids in gym class? Is the answer because Doran's lobby firm has donated more than $100,000 back to the Liberals? We'll find out.

So what does any of this have to do with the Liberals scaring voters away from the Tories using the Quebec/national unity card?

Everything.

Because, when the Liberal war room is busy trying to defuse another scandalous time bomb every day, there's not a lot of time for shooting at the other side. And when the Liberals do fire at the Tories, it's increasingly regarded by the media and the public as a desperate attempt to distract from the Liberals' own follies.

Martin imperiously announced last week he refuses to answer any more questions about the income trust scandal, and he called the RCMP investigation "offensive."

That typically arrogant Liberal play might have worked when the Liberals could wait out the media's attention span and when voters were powerless. But neither of those things will happen when an election is just two weeks away.

But there is another, related reason the Liberal attacks on the Tories won't work -- especially on the Quebec card. It's the polls. In Quebec, the Liberals and the Tories are in a statistical dead heat, 22% to 20%.

Both are weak, compared to the Bloc. But no longer can the Liberals call themselves a party that understands Quebec better than the Tories.

Quebecers themselves don't believe it anymore, and neither do the rest of us.

Conference Board Endorses Conservative Fiscal Platform



So when Ralph Goodale says the Conservatives will run a deficit, I almost fell off my chair laughing.

Here is a government that has hidden or miscalculated over $60 billion in surpluses over the last decade. Last year Goodale said the surplus would be $1.9 billion this fiscal year, but it turned out it was $9.1 billion. This is massive over-taxation.

So Mr. Goodale, I will take the Conference Board's opinion over yours anytime, in addition, you have an RCMP criminal investigation into your department right now over the income trust scandal, so you have no credibility.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Organized Crime - Liberal Style



This displays the entire web of liberal corruption in the sponsorship scandal. This is organized crime, there is no other way to describe it.

Why are Canadians still voting liberal?

Either they are on the liberal payroll (as is the case of all those folks working at the federal gun registry) or are intrinsically connected to the liberals (as is the case with Earnscliffe)

This country has been severly damaged by the liberals and Canada badly needs a change to a Conservative government.

Only when a Conservative government is running Canada once again so citizens can take pride in their country and end the last 12 years of liberal waste, mismanagement, incompetence, and massive systemic corruption.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Yet Another liberal RCMP Criminal Investigation

By JANE TABER AND DANIEL LEBLANC

Thursday, January 5, 2006 Posted at 7:07 PM EST

Ottawa — The RCMP is looking into a controversial $4.8-million grant that was awarded to a pro-Canada group at the time of the 1995 referendum on Quebec sovereignty, officials have told The Globe and Mail.

The money went out more than 10 years ago in three disbursements to a little-known group called Option Canada, which has since been disbanded.

On Dec. 23, 2005, the RCMP quizzed two officials at the department of Canadian Heritage about the 1995 expenditure. It remains unclear to how the entire grant was used, but a source said that there are questions surrounding the distribution of an amount, believed to be $300,000.

The RCMP review is the latest bad news for the Liberal campaign. Last week, the Mounties launched a criminal investigation into whether the government's November announcement of a tax change favourable for income trusts was leaked.

The RCMP would not confirm or deny any activity on the file.

However, an official at Canadian Heritage said the department called in the police after hearing that Option Canada was the focus of an upcoming book by Quebec investigative journalist Normand Lester.

“Various information led us to believe that there were possible irregularities in the management of federal funds and it's in that optic that we asked the RCMP to look more closely at the matter,” Heritage spokesman Jean-Guy Beaupré said.

Mr. Beaupré said the RCMP has yet to determine whether it will launch a full criminal investigation.

The Canadian Unity Council, which is a non-profit organization devoted to “strengthening Canada”, is aware of the RCMP's interest in Option Canada, a group that the CUC set up shortly before the referendum to promote federalism in Quebec. The council couldn't undertake certain political activities because of its charitable status.

“A bit before Christmas, we were told that there had been a request for the RCMP to look to see if there were grounds for an investigation,” said CUC spokesman Peter Cowan. “That's essentially what we were told. We have not heard anything that changes that to this point.”

Mr. Cowan said no one at CUC has been contacted about the investigation.

Option Canada was created on Sept. 7, 1995, and started receiving federal funds within a few weeks. It obtained a total of $4.8-million in three payments dated Sept. 24, Oct. 2 and Dec. 20.

An internal review at Canadian Heritage criticized the disbursements, saying the process “lacked the rigour and scrutiny one would expect for such large sums of money being given to an unproven client.”

Option Canada has been disbanded and its former president, Claude Dauphin, is on holiday and could not be reached for comment.

Still, Mr. Dauphin has hired a spokesman in advance of the publication of Mr. Lester's book, The Secrets of Option Canada, which is due to be released next week.

Through the spokesman, Mr. Dauphin said he is unaware of any allegations of wrongdoing, and that even though Mr. Dauphin signed the applications for funds, he did not oversee the federal money.

“He was not involved in the day-to-day management, so he does not know how the funds were distributed and to whom, other than what he read in the media,” said spokesman Jonathan Goldbloom.

Mr. Dauphin is a city councillor in Montreal and a member of the city's executive committee. Before going into municipal politics, Mr. Dauphin worked in the late 1990s as an aide to Prime Minister Paul Martin, who was minister of finance at the time.

In his report into the sponsorship scandal, Mr. Justice John Gomery said that an advertising agency called BCP Group Inc., which worked on the federalist side, received some of the Option Canada funds.

“From September 15 to October 5, 1995, shortly before the referendum, BCP invoiced Option Canada for a total of $2.6-million (including taxes) for media purchases and advertising related services,” Judge Gomery's report said.

Senior government officials have asked for a briefing note from Canadian Heritage in anticipation of the RCMP interest in Option Canada becoming public, a source said.

Heritage Minister Liza Frulla said in an interview that she is unaware of any developments on the file. Ms. Frulla said she has recused herself from the Option Canada issue because she was involved in the NO campaign in 1995 as a provincial representative.

The Bloc Québécois has always been extremely critical of the grant to Option Canada, saying it likely bypassed Quebec's electoral law.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Martin's Liberals Are the Scary Ones

Wed Jan 4 09:36:37 2006

By: TOM OLESON / The Winnipeg Free Press

Paul Martin's greatest hope and only apparent strategy in this election campaign is to do what he did so well in the last election campaign -- to scare the bejeezus out of New Democratic voters.

In the 2004 election he needed NDP votes in Ontario. To get them, Martin portrayed Tory leader Stephen Harper as some kind of bogeyman who would rob Canadians of their Charter rights, persecute homosexuals, force women to bear unwanted children and strip Canada of its culture and sell the carcass to the Americans.

He did it so effectively that NDP voters swung to the Liberals in sufficient numbers to give Martin a minority government. As this election campaign enters its second half, Martin is trying the same trick, but who should Canadians really be afraid of?

Perhaps Mr. Martin's strategy will work again -- certainly it has NDP leader Jack Layton worried enough that he has been reduced to pleading with New Democrats to actually vote for their own party rather than the Liberals. It is not a very dignified spectacle. Selling that argument is all the more difficult since Mr. Layton himself made it clear NDP votes are for sale, available in the last Parliament to prop up a morally bankrupt Liberal government for the firesale price of $4.5 billion. Layton curiously argues today that the more NDP members of Parliament elected on Jan. 23, the higher the price he can charge for maintaining in power another minority Liberal government, one even further reduced in political and moral equity.

If you think of Canadian politics as a horror story -- and it is hard not to sometimes -- Layton is not really very scary. His party can only play Igor to the Liberals' Dr. Frankenstein. And despite the worst efforts of Martin and his party, the Conservatives aren't looking particularly scary either. Compared to the Liberals, Harper and the Tories look benign. Almost every time Martin or one of his senior cabinet ministers opens his mouth, I get so scared I want to jump into my editor's lap. In this election, the only credible threat to rights comes from the Liberals. In Winnipeg yesterday, Martin continued his assault on the presumption of innocence that is so fundamental to the rights of Canadians accused of crimes -- a Liberal government would institute "reverse onus" in bail hearings.

When the Liberals look for a brain to get their economics in order, they usually use a Conservative's. Today, however, Martin tells Canadians that the Tories, whose policies of fiscal responsibility he appropriated to reduce the deficit when he was finance minister, would now bring the country to financial ruin. Where will they get the money to keep their election promises, he wonders? Perhaps the Tories could use the secret surpluses that Martin and his finance minister, Ralph Goodale, found to finance the tens of billions of dollars in promises they made to Canadians when it became clear that the government could no longer dodge an election.

Martin says that we can't trust the Conservatives to handle the national unity file, but if the separatist Bloc Québécois breaks the 50 per cent barrier in the Quebec vote this time, Canadians can thank the Liberals and their as yet unresolved sponsorship scandal. Speaking of which, Martin asks Canadian to believe that the Liberals have put behind them that exercise in corruption, that extraordinary moral lapse. He thinks Canadians should put it behind them, too, at a time when the finance department is under criminal investigation by the RCMP and Finance Minister Ralph Goodale refuses to step aside because, he says, he has investigated himself and found himself blameless.

All that, when you combine it with a pervasive Liberal arrogance and sense of entitlement to power and privilege, is pretty frightening to any voter who cares about democracy, who wants to be able to look in a mirror without blushing on Jan. 23, but it is not the scariest part of the whole business.

When the Liberals go to their cupboard these days, they find that it is pretty well bare. It is completely bare of principles, running really low on policy and almost out of voters, which is why, having squandered their own support after four elections and innumerable scandals, they need to corral New Democrats

Almost exactly 100 years ago, G.K. Chesterton described a phenomenon in his own political life that should resonate today with Canadians: "As much as I ever did, more than I ever did, I believe in Liberalism. But there was a rosy time of innocence when I believed in liberals."

The Liberal party today demonstrates an obvious contempt for ordinary Canadians.

They do not believe that Canadians should organize their own affairs. They do not believe Canadians can raise their own children -- the Liberal sneer of "beer and popcorn" is a comment that should live in political infamy.

They do not even seem to truly believe that law should apply to them. As Chesterton said, if you do not believe in those things, you do not believe in democracy. And that should scare the bejeezus out of every Canadian.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Harper Wants to Dig Deeper in Liberal Corruption



Conservative Leader Stephen Harper looks over at a briefcase containing $132,000.00 representing the amount spent by the Liberal government on a specific advertising contract during a news conference in Quebec City, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006. (CP PHOTO/Paul Chiasson)

By MURRAY BREWSTER

QUEBEC (CP) - Stephen Harper put more fuel on the fire of the Gomery commission in Quebec on Tuesday by promising a Conservative government would launch a wide-ranging, independent review of federal spending on public-opinion polls.

He made the pledge in Quebec, hoping to further exploit resentment of the Liberal sponsorship scandal, which played throughout the province like a soap opera.

Harper pointed to the practice of government departments asking consultants for oral reports on their research, which leave no paper trail that could potentially surface later on.

That procedure as well as the habit of asking partisan political questions as part of surveys would end under the Conservatives, he said.

Harper denied that the review, which could lead to a judicial inquiry similar to the Gomery probe, amounted to a witchhunt of alleged Liberal misdeeds.

"We are only proposing an independent inquiry or review," he said. "We have not decided on the nature of that review."

The Conservatives are also proposing to routinely publish the results of all government-sponsored polls and to open up the bidding process in order to prevent political friends from receiving sole-sourced consulting contracts.

In unveiling his reforms, Harper said the Liberals have so badly managed their own party funds that they've become reliant on taxpayers to pay for partisan research.

"We all know about the terrible debt problem of the Liberal party, which only seems to get worse," he said.

"They essentially rely on taxpayers to backstop them and that's why these things keep occurring."

In comparison, Harper said, the Conservatives are well financed and paying their own bills.

As a demonstration of that, the Conservatives laid out a suitcase containing $132,000 - all of it party funds used as prop by Harper.

Before the cameras, he stood behind the open bag, as an armed security guard looked on from the sidelines, and said the cash represented a recent research contract involving the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs.

In February 2005, the department hired a consultant which presented an oral-only report.

To make his point, Harper snapped open an empty red file folder, saying it shows what taxpayers got for the suitcase full of cash.

"No published reports, no written reports, just talk," he said.

"That is not value for money and it has to stop."

In her review, which launched the Gomery inquiry, Auditor General Sheila Fraser criticized the practice of government signing contracts that specified no written reports were to be received.

As he has in the past, Harper accused Prime Minister Paul Martin of deliberately limiting the scope of the inquiry by Justice John Gomery.

By not looking at government polling contracts, he said the prime minister made sure that the actions of the Finance Department, while Martin was minister, were not investigated.

"I'm suggesting it's always been awfully convenient for Mr. Martin to set up a commission to investigate his political opponents in the Liberal party," Harper said, referring to supporters of former prime minister Jean Chretien, "but not necessarily his own actions, which may have been dubious."

Monday, January 02, 2006

Scandal and Corruption - Thy Name is Liberal

Ezra Levant
January 2, 2006

The RCMP investigation into Finance Minister Ralph Goodale and his office is surely not surprising -- it is the 33rd criminal investigation targeting the Liberal government in the last three years.

If anything, the surprise is the RCMP acted before the election -- increasingly, that venerable police force has become politicized itself.
The nightly tracking polls showed public opinion jumped at the news. According to pollster SES, the Liberals lost 3% overnight and the Conservatives picked up 2%.

Could it be this 33rd criminal investigation changed voters' minds, where the first 32 hadn't? Perhaps it jolted voters long ago turned numb to news of corruption out of Ottawa.

Listening to Liberal pundits, that numbness is their hoped-for salvation. Liberals don't seriously try to refute charges of corruption, anymore. Their first line of defence is to vigourously deny everything; then they attack their critics; then, after the allegations are proved, they claim the whole matter is "old news" and not worth discussing "any more."

That's why the constant theme the Liberals spin is "all political parties are corrupt" or some version thereof. It's not true, first of all -- it is not even possible for an Opposition party to reach a fraction of the corruption a governing party can, for the obvious reason they have little power or wealth to abuse. After nearly 13 years of Liberal rule, the charge "everybody does it" is especially hollow.

But it's worse than untrue. It is also a statement of what the Liberals want Canada to become: A political jurisdiction such as Louisiana or Chicago, where cheating is regarded as normal, and everyone from union bosses, to mayors, to the police are in on the deal.

The world has noticed. Transparency International, the non-partisan think tank that measures corruption around the world, has moved Canada down a couple of notches in the wake of AdScam.

Perhaps one reason the polls moved so strongly in the wake of the Goodale scandal is Canadians sense this is different than AdScam -- it threatens the integrity of our stock markets, not just our government.

Even Liberal voters who accept the "everybody does it" spin for AdScam are repelled by the notion such lax standards should be applied to the stock exchange.

The more than $300-million blown in AdScam is a disgrace, but many Canadians had psychologically written off that money the moment it was deducted from their paycheques in taxes. Not so their investments on the TSX, including their pension fund or RSP.

Reports say alleged leaks gave Bay St. titans a few hours warning about Goodale's promise not to impose new taxes on income trusts, so countless little investors were swindled out of potentially much more than AdScam cost. When Liberal-connected brokers knew the price of income trust shares would jump after Goodale's announcement, they could buy those shares cheaply from chumps who didn't have a Liberal on their speed dial. The next day, those sellers -- pensioners, entrepreneurs, ordinary folks -- would wish they hadn't sold so cheaply before the news.

They were ripped off -- not 30-million taxpayers who shared the AdScam burden, but thousands of investors who thought they were in a fair stock exchange.

That's what's new. The corruption has leapt from government into the private sector, like an exotic disease crossing from monkeys to people.

If the polls are right, Canadians don't like it one bit -- and they aren't willing to accept that level of corruption as the new normal.