Thursday, May 01, 2008

One Man Government

Why don't we just declare Stephen Harper "supreme emperor" and get it over with already?

OTTAWA–Ottawa's financial watchdog says she won't go along with draft government rules that she says would undermine the independence of officers of Parliament like herself.

Auditor-General Sheila Fraser found allies yesterday who condemned the Conservative proposal, which could mean that Parliament's officers must vet their public statements through a wing of the Prime Minister's Office, as an unprecedented attack on the independence of the officers, who are supposed to work at arm's length.

The draft proposal would lump in Fraser, along with other officers of Parliament such as the head of Elections Canada, and the privacy, information and ethics commissioners with all other government departments and demand they get high-level approval before speaking out.

At least the Tories recognize that picking a fight with the incredible Hulk of Canadian politics (you wouldn't want to see her angry...) isn't a good move and decided to quickly backtrack/clarify their position.

In the same vein, here's part of Liberal MP Mike Savage's question in the House today:

The Prime Minister is often compared to George Bush. His role model (however) may be a different republican.

Just like Richard Nixon – it’s very clear that the Prime Minister has an enemies list:

• Bernard Shapiro, GONE
• Jean-Pierre Kingsley, GONE
• John Reid, GONE
• Jean-Guy Fleury, GONE
• Yves Cote, GONE
• Art Carty, GONE
• Linda Keen , GONE
• Adrian Measner, GONE,
• Johanne Gélinas, GONE
• Yves Le Bouthillier, GONE
• Mark Warner, and Brent Barr, former Conservative candidates GONE

Te Enemies List now includes Elections Canada.

Mr. Speaker, we know the Prime Minister loves power, we want to know why he hates HIS own government.

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  • I prefer Glorious Leader, but I like your style. ;)

    By Blogger McGuire, at 6:29 p.m.  

  • Hey, not to sound shrill but WHO IS LETTING THEM GET AWAY WITH IT! Sorry for shouting but gee whiz folks, its not like the Cons are hiding from confidence motions. For god sake they just made C10 a confidence motion.

    I have been reading liblog posts this afternoon and I know that many of you are frustrated with the party brass.

    I do find it awfully frustrating that so many folks are so partisan as to ignore the fact that it is the NDP that is offering true opposition. It is the NDP that has progressive principles that they are prepared to back up. (now ppl can hit me for my partisanship...)

    Why hasn't the LPC or progressive libloggers picked up on the Census report on the growing income gap for example? Could it be that it proves what the NDP were saying throughout the Chretien/Martin era? That even after the deficit dragon was slain and the LPC govt showed surplus after surplus AND they faced a divided party on the right, the LPC still only pandered to progressives policy during elections. All the while scaring voters with the Reform boogeyman when, at the time, it was not electorally feasible for them to get power.

    Maybe we wouldn't be in this mess now, if the LPC hadn't continuously promised more progressive governance than they delivered. I don't think it was just Adscam that hurt the LPC. I think it was also promising childcare for 13yrs and never delivering.
    The Canadian people stopped believing the LPC and politicians in general. (thanks for that btw)

    Argh! I am so tired of politics over principle. I hope that our US friends choose real change and maybe just maybe us Canadians will understand that sometimes you have to vote for hope and change instead of fear and more of the same.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:58 p.m.  

  • If the Liberals call for an election, the people will never know about these things ....Harper will deny it, and people will believe much for a Campaign that the public will just think it is fear mongering by the opposition The best thing now is to inform the public, so they are wise to what Harper is doing. Then the campaign for the Liberals can begin

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:15 p.m.  

  • "Why don't we just declare Stephen Harper "supreme emperor" and get it over with already?"

    I think it would fun if Harper introduced this to the House as a confidence motion.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:12 p.m.  

  • Who cares when they call an election. Either Tweedle-Dee will continue with a minority or Tweedle-Dum will replace him with a minority. (Forget the NDP, they're like the noisy little dog who stays safely behind his gate and yaps at the big dogs.)
    In either case whoever is in opposition will oppose just for the sake of opposing. After many, many, many years of suffering the vicissitudes of various governments I find you can still rely on the fundamental rules of politics 101:
    1. Incompetence + obfuscation = electibality + incompetence.
    2. politician + money = corruption.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:15 p.m.  

  • If you are upset with things, put your money where your mouth is:

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 p.m.  

  • It's like the guy who has no talents, no skill, no job prospects, buying a lotto ticket hoping to get rich.

    Liberals devoid of policy (or apparently a coherent set of beliefs), desperately scratch the "find a scandal and win" cards.

    No. No jackpot this time, but the card read "try again" so let's keep on buying the tickets.

    By Blogger biff, at 10:34 p.m.  

  • "Why don't we just declare Stephen Harper "supreme emperor" and get it over with already?"

    I think it would fun if Harper introduced this to the House as a confidence motion.

    The Liberal response would be "although we do not agree that Harper is the supreme emperor, Canadians do not want an election now on this topic".

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 9:11 a.m.  

  • I like that list

    Anyone else NOT doing their job?

    By Blogger Unknown, at 9:36 a.m.  

  • Art: Canada's New-ish-like Government.

    By Blogger Ted Betts, at 10:19 a.m.  

  • ted, Ha. after 2.5 yrs?

    guess you don't like the CPC performance so far. too bad.

    by your logic, Dion's not doing his job.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 11:24 a.m.  

  • Brent Barr? He was never an enemy of Mr. Harper, and never once spoke ill of him, even after his ouster.

    Warner? I can see that. But Barr? You're just wrong on that one dude.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:32 p.m.  

  • ** Why don't we just declare Stephen Harper "supreme emperor" and get it over with already? **

    Yeah, like Emperor Jean Cretin. Eh?

    A Canadian tradition.
    Tip: US stock buys galore, but caution. . . Will the US dollar hold?

    Smith Trucks.. UK or Tata motors.. India Think electric cars Norway and many Canadian stocks like Canadian Western Bank and Sask Potash.

    The US dollar makes me uneasy.

    George Soros, Templeton, Buffet think so too.

    Too bad, because a great US IPO coming in September; A123 EV battery supplier.

    = TG

    By Blogger TonyGuitar, at 12:44 p.m.  

  • Lists are fun. Perhaps someone should make a list of all confidence votes that the Liberals abstained from.

    By Blogger Mike514, at 12:20 p.m.  

  • Any difference from Alberta?

    Tories kill access to information database

    Last Updated: Friday, May 2, 2008 | 9:19 PM
    CBC News

    The federal Conservatives have quietly killed an access to information registry used by journalists, experts and the public that users say helped hold the government accountable.

    The Coordination of Access to Information Requests System, or CAIRS, is an electronic list of nearly every access to information request filed to federal departments and agencies.

    Originally created in 1989, it was used as an internal tool to keep track of requests and co-ordinate the government's response between agencies to potentially sensitive information released.

    Now, users mine the database to do statistical studies, fine tune phrasing on new requests and discover obscure documents — often using the information against the government.

    "It was really a tool designed to make government more open," said CBC investigative journalist David McKie. "Now that it appears as though this is no longer going to be available it is very disappointing indeed and people are really wondering what the real motivation is."

    Last week, a notice to civil servants from Treasury Board stated that effective April 1, "the requirement to update CAIRS is no longer in effect."
    A Treasury Board official confirmed to the Canadian Press on Friday that the system is being killed because "extensive" consultations showed it wasn't valued by government departments.

    Instead, "valuable resources currently being used to maintain CAIRS would be better used in the collection and analysis of improved statistical reporting," said Robert Makichuk.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 12:40 p.m.  

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