We certainly now did not elect Conservatives to Ottawa so that the Conservatives can next have a good time there at the paid for by others, free to them, sporting events, or to get richer. There can be no doubt about it, Harper only had won his office this year cause he had clearly, repeated, had often promised in contrast to the Liberals he would have only a clean, honest, different governmental style, and not one rather that now next is really the same old bad thing, with the Conservative politicians and Conservative lobbyists trying to get rich from the existing offices of the federal government. Such presently clearly unacceptable discrediting Conservative acts, behaviors now even offends both the Conservatives supporters and the non Conservatives ones.Conservative MP John Williams has been very critical of freebies, saying that attending free hockey games with clients "is influence-peddling at its most obvious" and should be outlawed for "all decision-makers," including politicians. Contacted last Monday, Williams said he still feels there is a double standard, but that the new government's Federal Accountability Act is a step in the right direction in placing restrictions on freebies. He said the act will require lobbyists to register any freebies they give out.All MPs, Cabinet minister should pay for their own sports tickets. etc.. A senior Conservative minister suggested his caucus colleagues should take note of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's practice of paying for his own sports tickets, (but in reality S Harper did not) rather than taking freebies from corporations and lobbyists Treasury Board President John Baird - .OTTAWA "Harper failed to declare freebies until MP complained : Monday, May 15, 2006 Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who accepted freebie tickets to the 2004 Grey Cup game, didn't register his acceptance of the gift with the ethics commissioner until after a fellow Conservative MP publicly denounced some of her colleagues for failing to disclose their free attendance at the game. The revelation comes on the heels of pointed comments this week by Harper's director of communications that the prime minister always paid for his own tickets and was doing so for a National Hockey League playoff game Monday night out of his own pocket. Treasury Board president John Baird later said MPs should follow Harper's example in paying for their own tickets. Conservative MP Carol Skelton, who attended the 2004 Grey Cup game as a guest of Telus, said she was angry about the public scrutiny she'd faced for accepting the gift by filing the required disclosure statements to the ethics commissioner while numerous other MPs had not bothered. She estimated that roughly 20 other MPs from all parties were at the Canadian Football League game. ''The damage has been done. If they didn't declare, that's their problem EI'm saying roughly 20 other MPs from all parties were there,'' Skelton said at the time. Harper filed a disclosure statement with the ethics commissioner on Feb. 21, 2005 one day after Skelton's comments were published in the Ottawa Citizen. Although there are no penalties for the offence, Harper's late filing broke the rule that stipulates a gift worth more than $500 should be disclosed within 30 days. Harper's disclosure statement stated he'd attended the game as a guest of the CFL, which has been known to lobby the government for assistance from time to time. Then-prime minister Paul Martin was in Chile at an international summit and watched the game from a satellite feed to his hotel. Sandra Buckler, Harper's spokeswoman, didn't return calls about the matter. Earlier this week, Buckler indicated Harper never accepted freebie tickets. ''Prime Minister Harper, if he attends tonight's (hockey) game, will pay for his own tickets. He'll always pay for his own tickets,'' she said. Government whip Jay Hill was the guest of Bell Canada in a luxury box of a Senators' playoff game on May 5, while Conservative MPs Leon Benoit and Jim Abbott attended as guests of Hill & Knowlton lobbyist Goldy Hyder last Monday. The Conservatives were highly critical of the Liberals' penchant for accepting freebies when they were in power and Justice John Gomery was critical of the practice during his inquiry into the federal sponsorship scandal. Hill said he had cleared his attendance at the game through the office of the ethics commissioner. ""Harper attended Monday's game with his son, Ben, and was seated next to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. Harper is a big hockey fan and is reportedly in the process of writing a book the game. Baird suggested the following day that his colleagues should take note of Harper's practice of paying for his own sports tickets. ''He's setting a higher standard. Mr. Harper provides great leadership, including leadership on matters of conflict of interest and ethics,'' Baird said. The senior minister is currently overseeing the passage of new government accountability rules. Opposition MPs said the Conservatives exhibited hypocritical behaviour by accepting freebies. Liberal Leader Bill Graham said: ''Clearly, all of this stuff falls very clearly into the 'don't do what I do, do what I say' that is characteristic of this government.'' Baird said avoiding even the perception of conflict of interest is important to his government, and the bar is set high for ministers and their staff. The Conservatives focused much of the last election campaign on promising to clean up the way government does business, including reducing the influence of lobbyists. The Federal Accountability Act tabled last month seeks to tighten the rules governing lobbyists."
The Conservatives are starting to behave more like the Liberals every day." "The moment you start going around taking these kinds of freebies you undermine people's confidence in the integrity of the political process," NDP Leader Jack Layton said . "Public office holders such as ministers, deputy ministers and parliamentary secretaries are treated differently from MPs, subject to more stringent guidelines. They must disclose gifts over $200, and there is greater scrutiny over the source of the freebie. "It isn't enough just to disclose a gift. We would want to know whether or not a donor is doing business with the government, or whether there are contract negotiations going on between the sponsor of the gift and the public officer holder," Ethics Commissioner Bernard Shapiro said. In fact, the ethics rules for public office holders explicitly say that if the invitation doesn't involve a discussion of business or legitimate networking, it should be turned down.
"Tories black out details of Dingwall resignation OTTAWA -- The Harper government is censoring hundreds of pages of official documents dealing with the resignation of David Dingwall as president of the Royal Canadian Mint, despite Conservative promises, made while in opposition, to expose the circumstances of the former Liberal minister's departure. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's officials are refusing to release the texts of e-mail messages, memos and correspondence written last year by bureaucrats in the Justice Department, the Privy Council Office and at the Mint, a Crown corporation. The documents were written at the time Conservatives were accusing the Liberal government of paying hush money to silence Mr. Dingwall. Now, Mr. Harper's officials are using a variety of provisions in the Access to Information Act to keep the written record secret, including loopholes that the Conservatives promised to plug. These include "exemptions" in the law that allow cabinet ministers to censor records relating to advice given by bureaucrats and government lawyers, internal consultations and plans. Some of the censored documents are the same records Conservative MPs hoped to pry loose from the previous Liberal government in order to shed light on why Mr. Dingwall was seeking severance pay if his resignation was voluntary, as he first claimed. (Mr. Dingwall later said he was forced out of the high-paying patronage post for political reasons, a version of events that an arbitrator said last month qualifies him for severance pay.) The Conservatives made much of the Dingwall case during the past election. In their TV campaign ads the Conservatives featured the now famous news clip of the Nova Scotia Liberal telling a House committee "I'm entitled to my entitlements." The TV spots were part of a strategy to depict the Liberal government as corrupt and secretive. Mr. Dingwall quit his job at the Mint last September, two days after Globe and Mail disclosures about his earlier activities as a lobbyist. He declined to appear before a parliamentary committee to answer questions about lobbying contingency fees charged to one company and his failure to register as a lobbyist for another company. Mr. Harper's new government accountability legislation, introduced last month, would outlaw the charging of contingency fees for lobbying work. It would also extend the statue of limitations for prosecuting lobbyists who fail to register. Mr. Dingwall worked as a lobbyist for an Ontario high-tech company in 2001 and early 2002, but his failure to register was not known until 2005, well past the two-year statute of limitations. The government paid Mr. Dingwall $417,780 in severance just three days before the Liberals left office on the basis of an arbitration report. But the Harper government is refusing to disclose most of the contents of a 487-page pile of documents that the Privy Council Office has identified as material related to Mr. Dingwall's severance case. Instead, officials have released sheaves of pages with large chunks of material blacked out from memos, printouts of e-mail messages and correspondence."
The federal Conservatives under the professing Christian Evangelical S Harper are starting to look like bigger liars more and more, every day. It seems we cannot trust the politicians to keep their promises, especially even the Conservatives ones and this is really unacceptable.
Like I have said before I am also really getting really sick and tired of these no good, lying pretentious politicians who when they were in the opposition party they complained about having a more effective and honest government and begged for us to elect them instead, but no sooner than they are elected they really show themselves to be not much better, the same liars, abusers of tax payers money. This is never acceptable and they too should be immediately now kicked out too. For the good of all the citizens now too.
It is clearly undeniable that the Canadian gun registry made social, legal, judicial sense, just as driving licenses now do as well, and the gun registry should include all guns, riffles, shotguns as well.. but the root problem was not the gun registry laws but the actual operating which clearly it seems included the ineffective manner of the people who ran it, the cops included. Gun registry like driving licenses for security reasons should also not be privatized? "
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will have a tough time persuading Canadians it's time to scrap the country's expensive gun registry program completely, a new opinion poll suggests. The Ipsos Reid survey, indicates two out of three Canadians say the government should revamp the gun registry system. "There's nothing ambiguous about this," said John Wright, senior vice-president at Ipsos Reid. "The concept of a gun registry has taken root across the country. There's a majority - 67 per cent, that's not a small majority - who believe that Stephen Harper shouldn't be doing away with all gun registries." Although opposition to the registry is strongest in the western provinces, a majority of people in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba are in favour of more gun control, the poll suggests. In Alberta, 51 per cent of the people surveyed indicated the government should keep a registry system in place. The support is strongest in Quebec and Ontario, where 76 per cent and 71 per cent of respondents, respectively, said they were in favour of maintaining a gun control system.