Monday, July 10, 2006

Blog 2

Campbell Clark has his take on the role of blogs in the Liberal leadership race in today's Globe. Liberal blogs have always trailed badly behind Tory ones for both quantity and quality since I started reading blogs but I think this race will help them close the gap since more Liberals are blogging and more are reading blogs.

In other news, guess what story is still in the news?

14 Comments:

  • Where's the actual News there CG? Canadians have been designing their finances around the tax laws for years....political parties are no different. They have followed the law.

    In fact, the most famous Canadian Tax Avoider....was the last PM. I didn't see your post on Paul Martin's shipping Empire avoiding BILLIONS of dollars in Canadian taxes, nor did I hear you complain when he fired all of his Canadian workers, and hired Philipino's and Ukranians for 1/10th the wage rate.

    I dare say, if more Canadians were actually familiar with Canadian Tax laws...there were be far more examples of just such behaviour. This is a non-story, that is trying to find legs by some media hounds...nothing more.

    By Blogger James Halifax, at 3:04 PM  

  • Tax avoidance is tax avoidance. I think we should expect our leaders and parties to follow the spirit of the law, even if the letter of the law allows for loopholes.

    That being said, CG, everytime a Liberal points out a Tory "scandal" it only serves to remind us of how bad things were under the Big Red Graft Machine (TM). I think it's still a little too soon to be pointing fingers without shame.

    By Blogger Scott in Ottawa, at 3:09 PM  

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    By Blogger Scott in Ottawa, at 3:12 PM  

  • James;

    1. So when Joe Volpe finds a loophole in the law, it's a big scandal, but when the Tories do, it's no big deal? Whaaaaaaaaa?

    2. Check the archives and I'm sure you'll find some posts on my blog slamming Paul for the CSL ships flying foreign flags and avoiding canadian taxes.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 3:30 PM  

  • The Tories, particularly LeBreton, really ought not to have complained about the Liberals claiming excessive convention fees in light of the cheque swapping.

    That said, one is within the letter of the law and one is not.

    I'm really frustrated with Elections Canada. I have yet to read a quote from a bona fide lawyer instead of a communications person, and the article linked to had quotes containing only conditional, "may have" language.

    Finally, Volpe didn't find a loophole. There's a blanket provision which forbids circumvention of the restrictions (i.e. Apotex can't donate but the children of its executives can) that, oddly, he hasn't been charged under it (yet).

    By Blogger matt, at 3:52 PM  

  • CG So far out of all the bloggers I have to say you have been the only one who actually looked at all the candidates and stuck with them. Even when I was on vacation you stuck by Gerard.

    Here is to you for putting the party first. We all have to work together at the end to defeat the Tories

    http://dliberal2005.blogspot.com

    By Blogger Davenport Liberal, at 4:45 PM  

  • Our numbers are certainly increasing. I think that over time some new leading bloggers will emerge.

    By Blogger Jason Cherniak, at 8:03 PM  

  • C Grit:

    It's funny how guys like James Halifax don't think its a big deal when Conservatives bend, and break, the rules. But its the end of the world when Liberals do.

    By Blogger Devin, at 9:53 PM  

  • Joe Volpe and confusing (I sure can't understand them) finance tax laws are not equatable.

    I'm not defending any party or anything, but let's not lose our perspective in our haste to point fingers here.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 10:19 PM  

  • Our numbers are certainly increasing. I think that over time some new leading bloggers will emerge.

    Please, god, let some new blogger take a lead over the guy who stood tall for Paul Martin.

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 10:49 PM  

  • The Star and Globe articles have enlightened me about blogs, and inspired be to start one.

    Maybe I can be the n ext big thing as Cherniak said.

    Pebbles

    Liberal Pebbles

    By Blogger Liberal Pebbles, at 12:18 AM  

  • Dan Kingsbury: "The situation that you described may be contrary to section 405.3 of the Canada Elections Act..."

    Here's section 405.3:

    For the purposes of subsection (1), a contribution to a person who presents himself or herself as seeking the endorsement of a particular registered party shall be treated as a contribution referred to in paragraph (1)(a) to a candidate of that party and a contribution to a person who presents himself or herself as seeking to be a candidate not endorsed by any registered party shall be treated as a contribution referred to in paragraph (1)(b).

    I can't see how this relates to convention delgates at all. Is it referring to party nomination contestants?

    Also, note Mr. Kingsbury's use of the phrase "the situation that you described." This implies that he was responding to a reporter's summary of the situation, as opposed to actually sitting down with the complete details and figuring it out for real.

    By Blogger The Invisible Hand, at 2:06 AM  

  • "but I think this race will help them close the gap since more Liberals are blogging and more are reading blogs."

    Gosh, liberals can actually read? Whoda thunk it.

    By Blogger Fred Mc, at 3:01 AM  

  • That story that is still in the news has a new chapter today. Turns out that The CPC has not, and apparently will not hand in it's Convention Books to the CEO of Elections Canada as was promised 2 weeks ago. See Top O the Blog Somena News for more details.

    By Blogger Meaghan Walker-Williams, at 2:31 PM  

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