Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Revolving Door

What do ya know? Looks like John Reynolds is going to do a little lobbying now that he doesn't have to spend his time selling voters on the idea of accountability and all that unpleasant campaign stuff.


UPDATE: Reynolds clarifies things. Sort of.

31 Comments:

  • Oh come on. The man joins a law firm and suddenly he's public enemy number 1? Gimme a break. The man's got a right to do whatever he wants. Also why are lobbyists demons? They have a job to do just like everyone else. I agree with the Accountability Act principles but its not like Lobbyists are the devils incarnate!

    He got a job at a LAW FIRM.... ease off!

    By Blogger Riley Hennessey, at 11:46 PM  

  • Another election pledge out the window. At this rate the conservatives won't have any more election promises to break by the end of month.

    The Harpocrites are really getting stuff done in Ottawa!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:59 PM  

  • He got a job at a law firm that does LOBBYING. Gee, I don't think they hired John Reynolds to do traffic law, Riley. Get a clue.

    Yet another reason why you can't trust corrupt career politicians like John Reynolds and the rest of his ilk.

    By Blogger Jim, at 12:45 AM  

  • Gee, for being on the Internet you sure are slow on the uptake.

    The original sotry is almost a week old and late last week in was announce that he was NOT hired as a consultant.

    Do you research better.

    Horny toad

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:10 AM  

  • Man, are the Tories having a busy week... Kyoto up in flames as Rona says "go fuck yourselves Europe" to transfering our money to them.

    Next to go, the Gun Registry... man at this rate, we'll have a real country back in 6 months.

    Gonna sleep like a baby tonight.

    By Blogger Joe Calgary, at 1:43 AM  

  • Go read the Accountability Act, CG. When was Turner a minister? Or a senior bureaucrat? Or... or...

    You're better than this.

    By Blogger Candace, at 2:17 AM  

  • He is in good company he is joining Geoff Norquay who joined Herles old company Ottawa's Revolving Door

    By Blogger eugene plawiuk, at 8:36 AM  

  • Jim,

    I have plenty of clues thank you. I think you need to relax and ask yourself if you've been drinking too much Liberal Kool-Aid.

    By Blogger Riley Hennessey, at 9:15 AM  

  • Given that he is not a lawyer, there are a number of possibilities for him to provide value to the firm. Perhaps, using his long parliamentary experience, he could run the photocopier.

    Or perhaps, he is just going to try and trade on his connnections with Harper and the boys to get underserved benefits for his clients.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:18 AM  

  • 1. Reynolds isn't a lawyer. What do you think he's doing at the firm?

    2. Yes, this wouldn't violate the accountability act since Reynolds was never in government. But if low level government employees can't lobby because of their connections to government wouldn't it stand to reason that the CAMPAIGN MANAGER is in the same sort of conflict of interest situation?

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 10:31 AM  

  • Two points:

    1. If Reynolds is lobbying, he has to register. Wait and see in that respect; providing strategic advice about lobbying and to lobby groups is not the same as lobbying. Selling bulk milk and sugar does not an ice-cream vendor make, to coin a poor metaphor.

    2. The dude's a canny guy. I won't argue that his ex-party being in government has nothing to do with his present post, but will argue that he could have grabbed a similar post were they still in opposition based solely on his BC political savvy over the past 30 years.

    By Blogger matt, at 11:11 AM  

  • "But if low level government employees can't lobby because of their connections to government..."

    You must read "ministers, ministerial staffers, and senior public servants" differently than I do.

    By Blogger deaner, at 12:05 PM  

  • I have to agree with Riley and the others who are skeptical of this issue being really important and 'evidence' of some hypocrisy.

    Reynolds joined as an 'advisor' according to the story that I quickly scanned. Which does not necessarily mean he is a lobbyist.

    IF he does begin lobbying THEN it might be hypocrisy. But until then, why don't we all just take a chill pill and wait it out.

    By Blogger SouthernOntarioan, at 1:04 PM  

  • Thought I'd emphasize that he's based in Vancouver. BC. Not Ottawa. Won't exactly be pressing the flesh (conversely, if he's based in Ottawa but working for a Vancouver firm then I will eat all of these words).

    By Blogger matt, at 1:54 PM  

  • "Liberal Kool-Aid", Riley? Seeing as how I've never voted for the Liberal Party of Canada in my life, I find that a little hard to swallow.

    By Blogger Jim, at 2:00 PM  

  • Chill out dudes,

    John Reynolds has broken no law; not has he even broken the spirit of the law.

    The last time I looked the Reform/Alliance and Conservative parties have never been in governmnet nor has Reynolds ever been a Minister, staffer of a minister, or a senior official. But what do I know. I'm just a registered lobbyist here in Ottawa.

    By Anonymous Two Cents, at 2:40 PM  

  • come on you guys, you all know that Reynolds had to be rewarded for bringing Emerson on side, how else could the CPC compensate him, $$$$$ someone had to give him a lucrative job. Give him some slack!

    By Anonymous Marcel, at 3:03 PM  

  • I'm still wondering why the Liberal Party never put forward any accountability legislation like the NDP or Conservatives did during the campaign. Could've got them a lot of votes. Too many skeletons in the closet perhaps? Just plum didn't think of it? Silly Liberals.

    By Anonymous Paddy O'Brien, at 4:29 PM  

  • Hey,
    It's cold in Calgary today. A friend of mine sent me a great quote!
    "It nice for a change to see Liberals with their hands in their pockets instead of ours!"

    By Blogger Fighting for Democracy, at 6:44 PM  

  • Poor Liberals,

    looking for any crumb, any morsel while us conservatives have to pass on the dessert cuz we're just too darned full:

    "another helping of massive liberal government scandal?....I don't know, I may have to pass I'm so darned full...........awh, what the heck, pass the plate":

    http://news.google.ca/url?sa=t&ct=ca/0-0&fp=43f59c48706f41e2&ei=_Q31Q4LIEsGOFvvClc8N&url=http%3A//cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2006/02/16/1446911-cp.html&cid=0

    Whoa, that was good. How's that crumb Calgary?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:05 PM  

  • Looks like Paul Martin will have losts of other things on his mind as the books get opened:

    Millions of dollars in suspect contracts approved by Canada’s Public Works Department for the Canadian Space Agency may have links to Lansdowne Technologies Inc., the company that disappeared from former Prime Minister Paul Martin’s public disclosure statement, Canada Free Press has learned.

    http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/cover021606h.htm

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:23 PM  

  • I'll cut Reynolds some slack on this, after all they don't give those slick zoot suits away for free. There is one thing that bothers me, however, that they use the term 'Right Honourable' anywhere near his name. As the song goes, "One of these things doesn't belong..."

    By Anonymous moquitlam, at 7:40 PM  

  • You guys are really nailing us on our rank hypocrisy. Lucky for you that we're so stupid and corrupt, we couldn't wait but 2 weeks before we let all our skeletons tumble from the "get rich quick" closet.

    Awesome! I say Libs take 320 seats in a summer election, led by Doug Henning.

    ps. I hear your leader doesn't think voters voted for the Tories. He says the NDP and Bloc "created" the Harper government. Another vote winning strategy brought to you by the quick-witted Liberals.

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 9:07 PM  

  • Riley:

    "If a CEO of a company listens to my advice, he'll be able to get that done, without me having to make a phone call."

    And they're PAYING him HOW MUCH for such a simple task? C'mon man ... looks like you been MIXING the CPC kool-aid.

    Sheesh

    By Blogger WeeDram, at 10:51 PM  

  • Weedram,

    If he's a lobbyist, he'll have to register. Even if he is a lobbyist, who cares. It's a job... he makes good money for a reason.

    Also I don't drink Kool-Aid, and am a supporter of the Liberal party... not the Paul Martin one, but the real one before it was hijacked. I'm glad the Cons got in this time so that the pompous hypocritical and dithering Martin team members will get the boot.

    Everyone should chill out about the Reynolds thing. He's not committed any crime. You should be asking why Martin is still the leader of the Liberal party instead.

    By Blogger Riley Hennessey, at 11:27 PM  

  • However, it isn't like the Liberals didn't have their (massive) share of scavengers suckling off the teet of the government.

    Reynolds job at a law firm hardly qualifies as a seedy move. However, the PM's first few weeks have been a major Harpocrisy. I believe the Fortier and Emerson moves to be Chretien-esque sleazy, or even worse.

    By Blogger Derek Robert Lipman, at 1:46 AM  

  • This is hilarious,

    gotta love these Liberals, those who supported a party that (under the guise of saving Canada) funneled taxpayer money to their party with under-the-table cash stuffed envelopes,

    where the party mantra became "hey the cops haven't laid charges yet" and my favorite "if you have questions ask the RCMP",

    now trying to point the finger at Conservative conduct, relying on their own party's damning behaviour and the mistrust it created, to suggest there must be something more to otherwise benign behavior.

    There's three more Liberal scandals that are going to break before the next election. This time, the Libs will not have the government strings to blunt the blow.

    I suspect there wont be a Liberal out there, wagging their finger at anybody, once these next ones blow.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:08 AM  

  • There's a reason every single contender who's lusted after the Lib leadership thier whole lives are running away as fast as they can.

    They know about the next three scandals, and they don't want to be at ground zero.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:11 AM  

  • Riley et al: Chill dude! I'm just havin' fun, marking time until Emerson resigns. :-)

    By Blogger WeeDram, at 9:19 AM  

  • Gotta love Liberal supporters. Already yelling moral equivalence even before the Accountability Act is in place.

    Keep it up. You'll soon drive the rest of your vote base to the NDP.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:07 PM  

  • vote base to the NDP.... ALL RIGHT!!!

    By Blogger WeeDram, at 9:43 PM  

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