Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Ban Over?

Even though most of the juicy details were revealed in "explosive" headlines last spring, it appears we'll hear some more testimony from the Gomery trial. Gomery has lifted his ban and Jean Brault's lawyers have until 5 pm on Friday to ask for a new ban.

While there is unlikely to be much new information, the media will certainly cover it, providing a tasty appetizer for the big report on November 1st. And since all parties have hyped the report up to such a massive extent and have all but agreed to accept it as gospel, one man will very shortly be deciding the results of the next election.

4 Comments:

  • QuebecHarpermaniac:

    My sense is Gomery will fizzle and will have zero impact on the election.

    Canadians, rightly or wrongly, have decided that its water under the bridge and corruption is part of the game.

    Meanwhile, six ministers are working feverishly to renew, re-energize, refresh democracy in our country.

    Six very useful limos.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:20 AM  

  • I just returned from a Thanksgiving visit back east. Forget it. They are stupid people. It dosen't matter what wrong the Liberals do, anyone else will be just as bad so, why change.
    Like I said, stupid people. To bad they are family.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:23 PM  

  • Oh, this is interesting. Maybe the Liberal caucus is closer to rebellion than the MSM would have us believe.

    http://chuckercanuck.blogspot.com/

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:13 AM  

  • Gomery has always had less than meets the eye.

    We are beginning to see that it has less to do with political corruption, than with a civil servant who managed to get himself in charge of a program finding a way to profit off it. It also shows how, a civil service, after major cutbacks tended to take shortcuts and avoid the checks and balances which would have caught this sort of thing. (The HDRC matter was another example of paperwork not being done, but without the corruption aspect).

    Sure, the selection of contractors was, and always has been, something of a political consideration. Although the Chretien government did make an attempt to stop this by ordering competitions, it was thwarted by the civil service, and the Liberals, to their discredit, never followed up to impose the change which they had started and had promised in 1993.

    None of this matters. It is all about politics. In this case bad politics. Mr. Martin, in his quest for payback against the former regime, has managed to turn what is a realtively minor problem of civil service and contracting fraud, and has convinced people that it was political corruption at the highest level.

    Instead we will have a report which details who the civil service missed this and did not report to the political leadership. We will know that politicians did throw their weight around to ensure that certain programs (in their ridings or otherwise) got sponsorships (and we always knew that). It should probably be asked if a political program which ran against separatism should have been run with political input. But that has been missed.

    Justice Gomery will likely find some ineptitude, but no political corruption. But no one will listen. Liberal corruption has entered the vocabulary, and little will change that. Conservatives will use the word corruption constantly, and hope something sticks. Going negative constantly, consistently, and continuously is their only chance for a win, and they know it.

    And Canadian politics will never be the same again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:56 AM  

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