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« Reply #1400 on: June 05, 2013, 04:55:34 pm »

Another IR PMB in the pipeline, this one to guarantee a secret ballot for union elections. Wonder if the PM gives his tacit support to this one too.
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« Reply #1401 on: June 05, 2013, 09:39:28 pm »

Brent Rathgeber, Tory MP for Edmonton-St. Albert, has resigned from caucus due to the government's "lack of commitment to transparency" and will sit as an Indie.
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« Reply #1402 on: June 05, 2013, 09:43:22 pm »

Watering down of his transparency bill, specifically provisions to disclose bureaucrats' and CBC salaries, are among his reasons.
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« Reply #1403 on: June 05, 2013, 09:57:10 pm »

PMO wants him to resign and run in a by-election.
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« Reply #1404 on: June 05, 2013, 11:18:36 pm »

Peter Goldring will be in court tomorrow on his DUI charge.
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« Reply #1405 on: June 05, 2013, 11:18:57 pm »

Talking of that, can he win an election as an independant?
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« Reply #1406 on: June 05, 2013, 11:24:36 pm »

I don't think either of them can. Alberta's far too blue and as far as I know neither are local rock stars a la Bill Casey. Goldring previously said he'd retire but now says he'd like to rejoin caucus if cleared. So depends what happens in his trial.
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« Reply #1407 on: June 06, 2013, 02:08:04 am »

PMO wants him to resign and run in a by-election.

...like how David Emerson and Wajid Khan switched to the Conservatices?
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« Reply #1408 on: June 06, 2013, 07:34:50 am »

Peter MacKay says he might leave the party if the leadership election mechanism is changed. As I suspected, insiders don't think he'd contest the leadership when it happens. I'm also guessing Harper isn't amused by MacKay's statements.
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« Reply #1409 on: June 06, 2013, 10:59:52 am »
« Edited: June 06, 2013, 11:01:33 am by RogueBeaver »

Tory MPs have been told in caucus that they'll soon have to disclose all spending. Long overdue. Meanwhile Goldring says he'd consider joining the Liberals if he wins the court case but still isn't allowed back in caucus.
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« Reply #1410 on: June 06, 2013, 11:29:38 am »

Wallin audit might not be released before fall.
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« Reply #1411 on: June 06, 2013, 12:17:17 pm »


lol wut. Because the Liberals are the party of Libertarianism?
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« Reply #1412 on: June 06, 2013, 12:58:19 pm »

He also raises the national unity issue. Besides, the Liberals are closer to us economically.
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« Reply #1413 on: June 06, 2013, 01:08:58 pm »


lol wut. Because the Liberals are the party of Libertarianism?

Being an independent MP gets lonely I guess.
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« Reply #1414 on: June 06, 2013, 02:14:32 pm »

Curiously enough there was only a cursory reference to Rathgeber and zero references to MacKay. Mulcair still plowing ahead with his prosecutorial Duffy questions.
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« Reply #1415 on: June 06, 2013, 03:25:26 pm »

Goldring has been found not guilty, so will Harper let him back into caucus?
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« Reply #1416 on: June 06, 2013, 03:44:51 pm »

Goldring would get his [INKS] handed to him if he ran as a Liberal.
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« Reply #1417 on: June 06, 2013, 04:07:20 pm »
« Edited: June 06, 2013, 07:02:02 pm by RogueBeaver »

Per Greg Weston, there's a secret PMO fund run by the COS with party funds, who has exclusive signing authority. Government says that's used to cover expenses which shouldn't be covered by taxpayers.

Update: Party says all those funds are reported to Elections Canada. The other parties have discretionary funds too.
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« Reply #1418 on: June 06, 2013, 04:50:41 pm »

The Atlantic Grit surge continues, this time in NB: CRA pegs 41 Liberal, 29 PC, 27 NDP.
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« Reply #1419 on: June 06, 2013, 05:48:35 pm »

Goldring has been readmitted to caucus.
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« Reply #1420 on: June 06, 2013, 05:55:41 pm »


Strong numbers for the NB NDP as well. CRA should be releasing their NS poll soon Smiley
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« Reply #1421 on: June 06, 2013, 06:07:31 pm »


Strong numbers for the NB NDP as well. CRA should be releasing their NS poll soon Smiley

LOL at those PC numbers.

I'm dreading the NS ones Sad
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« Reply #1422 on: June 06, 2013, 07:15:05 pm »

Rathgeber's statement carefully blamed a group of PMO staffers for prompting him to quit, and not Harper himself. He even states he believes Harper's professed ignorance about the $90000 cheque.

On second thought I think this is worse than not resigning at all. It seems like he's leaving the door open to rejoin the CPC Caucus under Harper at some point in the future. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1423 on: June 06, 2013, 07:16:47 pm »


Strong numbers for the NB NDP as well. CRA should be releasing their NS poll soon Smiley

LOL at those PC numbers.

I'm dreading the NS ones Sad

If it makes you feel any better, all three parties in NS are self interested parochial outfits anyways Tongue
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« Reply #1424 on: June 06, 2013, 09:05:24 pm »

Fife: Wallin will have to repay at least $20k more, just last month she paid $8k for improper claims on a Western personal trip. Audit will be finished mid-summer.
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