Saturday, August 08, 2009

Silliest Scandal Final

After a close round of voting, we have our top 10, in the quest to find Canada's silliest scandal.

10. Sexgate: Alberta Premier John Brownlee goes down in defeat over a Berlusconi-esque sex scandal, with his UFA party completely wiped out - one of 3 government changes in the province's history. Only problem is, most historians have concluded the charges were mostly bogus.

9. Startovergate: A reported asks Stephane Dion a poorly worded question with mangled verb tenses. Dion asks for clarification. This showed he was not a leader.

8. The billion dollar boondogglegate: If nothing else, the opposition deserves credit for branding this one. Only problem is, the "boondoggle" in question wasn't even remotely close to a billion dollars. Or a million. Try 85 grand. And Jane Stewart's career went down in flames over something which didn't even happen on her watch.

7. Scantily-clad-womangate: NDP MP Irene Mathyssen catches James Moore looking at somewhat revealing pictures on his lap top. She raised a stink, then sheepishly appologized when Moore explained they were pictures of his girlfriend.

6. Fuddle Duddlegate: Trudeau dropped an F-bomb. Everyone knew he dropped an F bomb. And yet, debate swirled over what he'd actually said.

5. Handshakegate: Stephen Harper shakes his son's hand, instead of giving him a bear hug on the first day of school. Asshole bloggers have a field day with it.

4. Lost luggagegate: An airline loses Joe Clark's luggage. And, somehow, this made him not suitable to be Prime Minister. Him and everyone else who has ever flown Air Canada.

3. Doangate: The BQ questions the naming of Shane Doan as Team Canada's captain. And other parties, believing this is a good idea , jump in.

Which means our winner will be one of the following two scandals. Polls are open until Monday evening at 8 pm.

Footballgate: Robert Stanfield drops a football. Something Randy Moss does a few dozen times a season. Again, this made him not suitable to be Prime Minister.

Wafergate: Stephen Harper may have eaten a cracker. Or not. No one really knows. Yet this story consumed the media's attention all summer long.

What was Canada's silliest scandal?
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  • I vote for Footballgate; when you consider that that basically decided the outcome of the 1972 election.

    By Blogger IslandLiberal, at 9:47 a.m.  

  • unless you are accusing the Catholic Church and the Prime Minister of Canada of lying we all know that they both maintain the Prime Minister of Canada stated he ate the wafer
    not a scandal a corrupt story made up of lies to embarrass the Prime Minister of Canada while representing Canada at G8

    the person responsible needs to come forward


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:10 p.m.  

  • The Liberal Speaker of the Senate also personally saw Harper consume the host ... he said so publicity the day this nonsense first appeared in the paper.

    I can't believe there are still people talking about it. I guess that just goes to show the power of delusion over small minds.

    By Anonymous zoop, at 8:08 p.m.  

  • "I vote for Footballgate; when you consider that that basically decided the outcome of the 1972 election."

    Except that it happened in the 1974 election, which Trudeau won on a more substantive basis (attacking wage and price controls - which he later implemented).

    By Blogger french wedding cat, at 2:14 a.m.  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:13 p.m.  

  • Can we even really call Stanfield dropping the football a "scandal"??? It was just an embarrassing picture - just like there was that picture of Harper looking like a goof in a cowboy hat or Duceppe looking dump wearing a hairnet. I think we need to distinguish between incidents - like even "Wafergate" - where there was the suggestion that someone did something unethical - and someone doing something innocuous like dropping a football and happened to be embarrassing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:58 p.m.  

  • Funny how silent the Liberal Party has been on Wafergate. There are some credible stories about the Liberal Party involvement.

    I would like to know if Iggy had a part in the changes made in the original story. The more time slips by, the greater the possibility. If Iggy wasn't involved why take so long to say so?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:53 a.m.  

  • The last election that we all voted in was decided over Startovergate, too. That scandal was a complete collusion between the ruling party and a broadcaster. And barely anyone seems to care that it was treasonous.

    any treachery or betrayal [Latin traditio a handing over] (of the interview tape from the broadcaster to the ruling party).

    By Blogger lyrical, at 1:24 a.m.  

  • lyrical do you believe that Canadians are that stupid?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:11 a.m.  

  • lyrical...

    If anyone was dumb enough to vote against Stephane Dion because he struggles with English
    Didn't realise it until after that interview
    ... THEN
    They were probably too dumb to actually find their way to the voting booth.

    P.S. Did anyone else skimming over the comments see "collusion between ... party and a broadcaster" and immediately assume it was about the Liberals and the CBC (or G&M/Star/whatever)?

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 10:31 a.m.  

  • I have also not heard any Conservative come out and deny any involvement. Since they have failed to deny their involvement they must be involved!.....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:36 a.m.  

  • It wouldn't be unfair to describe Wafergate as vaguely retarded.

    At least we know Stanfield actually dropped the football in question. All those clinging to wafergate have to support them is a video that shows that Harper didn't eat the wafer within five seconds of receiving it.

    By Blogger Patrick Ross, at 8:18 p.m.  

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