Well, it's been an interesting week in Canadian politics...
Another couple of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's paid-for-life senatorial appointments have stepped down because they are accused of lying on their expense accounts, then accepting other money they had no right to in order to bail themselves out.
Two former TV news people were caught with their hands in the Senate cookie jar.
Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy both resigned as a result of their breach of ethics, that may well be tied to the PM himself.
Add those two political appointments to Harper's previous embarrassment, admitted addict Patrick Brazeau who is now accused of sexual assault, and you can see why Canadians might be a little disappointed in the NON-ELECTED political body, the Senate, which is SUPPOSED to be there to provide a "sober second look" at legislation, but instead is mired in corruption and crime.
Many Canadians like me are advocating abolishing the Senate, or making it an ELECTED position, with term-limits instead of an open-ended pay-cheque from the taxpayer.
The other breaking story is about Toronto Mayor Rob (fucking) Ford, and a video that is alleged to show him smoking crack cocaine.
He has called the allegations "ridiculous", but has yet to actually DENY it was him with a crack pipe in his hand seen on the video.
Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday said "Certainly, we know videos can be altered and we certainly know drug dealers can't be trusted, so we don't really know what we're dealing with here and until we do, I don't have much to say".
Again, not so much a denial as a statement that they would like to see how strong the evidence against Ford is.
As for Holyday's comment, let's examine one part of it a little closer.
A POLITICIAN saying "we certainly know drug dealers can't be trusted".
Over the years, I've known many people who have sold a wide variety of drugs...
Not all drug dealers CAN'T be trusted, and not all politicians CAN be trusted.
Anyone that makes blanket statements to the contrary should NOT be trusted...especially if that person is a politician.
Crowd-sourcing is underway to raise the funds to buy this video so it can be put under closer scrutiny.
I think WE THE PEOPLE should be the judge of who can be trusted.
We will eventually get a chance to view the alleged evidence, the story isn't going away until the public sees it.
Liz Sandals endorses torture?If the Ontario Liberal government falls over its provincial budget, Education Minister Liz Sandals "will be back on the street knocking on doors and defending the Catholic education system again," she told an audience of about 200 Catholic school trustees. - http://www.catholicregister.org/columns/item/16264-education-minister-says-she-will-always-defend-ontarios-catholic-schools
Why wait for an election?
How about you start justifying the past-acts of the catholic "education" system right now?
Click on this photo, and read the comments under it, Minister Sandals.
YCDSB lied to police, which led to me being treated like a criminal without the YCDSB being required to give a shred of evidence of the commission of any crime whatsoever.
Is the word of the catholic school system irrefutable?
If so, why didn't they enter this lie-riddled disclosure into court record?
Are they afraid of judicial scrutiny of their allegations?
Do you condone government-funded
Sober Second Memories of a PoliticianRemember when candidate Stephen Harper promised to reform the Senate?
Remember how he pledged to change the appointments-for-life to nine year terms?
Remember how he insinuated he wouldn't make Senate appointments himself?
When Prime Minister Harper DID appoint some new Senators, he said it was necessary, in order to have enough votes for Senate reform.
Because Harper STILL hasn't fulfilled his campaign promise, Canadian tax-payers are being forced to PAY for an accused sexual offender to not do his...I would normally use the word "JOB" here, but we're talking about the Senate. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/senate-officially-suspends-patrick-brazeau/article8499259/
We're going to have to continue to pay for Patrick Brazeau to stay at home...wherever that turns out to actually be.
Furthermore, since Harper claims to need votes for the measures that have yet to be put through, I guess he'll be making another appointment we'll have to pay for life. http://www.theglobe
Rob Ford keeps digging / Criminal InequalityRob (fucking) Ford* says he never called the emergency call operators bitches.
The 911 call, which, of course, was recorded, has not been released to the press and public to which Rob Ford is accountable, or at least, should be.
The police are saying all he has to do is request it.
I suspect if this were anyone BUT Toronto's Mayor, this recording would have been released already.
One thing is certain, Rob Ford's account of events keeps changing.
He can't keep his stories straight.
I say "stories" in plural because he has told several versions of what happened now.
He owes the operators and the public an apology.
Rob (fucking) Ford should be fucking ashamed of himsel