Who looks after the citizens welfare? The pretentious security Minister

  
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Vancouver  Police Chief Jim Chu called on judges to impose tougher sentences on chronic criminals. They all should start with the bad cops, the bad RCMP too Canada wide.
 

One in three hit with RCMP Tasers need medical care: The Canadian Press-CBC analysis The Canadian Press – Tue Jun 17, 6:18 PM  OTTAWA – Nearly one-third of the people the RCMP has zapped with Tasers needed medical treatment afterward, prompting new questions about a potent weapon police consider a safer alternative to conventional guns.

 

Prosecutors look over charge assessment report on Dziekanski death The Canadian Press – Tue Jun 17, 6:46 PMVANCOUVER – B.C. Crown prosecutors are looking over a police report that will help them determine whether charges should be laid in the death of a man hit with a police Taser at Vancouver airport.

Who looks after the citizens welfare? The pretentious security Minister Stockwell Day MP who could not become a prime Minister firstly too already.

The RCMP also  uses Mickey Mouse PR, Public Relationship to cover the reality it fails often to get their man, most of them and definitely!!
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 Spending more money to overcome a bad a image is a really bad approach, a waste of time, for you still cannot undo all of the damage done already firstly..
  
“In Britain, many police forces are permitted to use Tasers only when there is a threat of serious injury or death, and before that threat has reached a level that would normally allow a gun to be used. The same holds for the police service of Northern Ireland, according to Mr. Kennedy, chair of an independent RCMP complaints body, in his final report on Tasers published yesterday. This should be the policy for the RCMP and other police forces in Canada. Why is that policy needed? Because, as seen in the two archetypal RCMP taserings in Canada – of a distressed Polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport, and of a penknife-wielding 82-year-old man in a Kamloops, B.C., hospital bed – police use the taser as a weapon of convenience.  The problem is not only that the taser can kill, or contribute to killing, as it did in the airport tasering of 40-year-old Robert Dziekanski in October, and in 19 other cases in the past five years. It’s that the overwhelming pain it causes and the total control it asserts (negating the brain’s impulses to the muscles, so that the tasered individual becomes completely locked up from within) are often out of all proportion to the threat”. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20080619.ETASERS19/TPStory/Comment                 
Since I know with my own dealings with the RCMP many times the RCMP lies, and they too cannot be trusted to keep their promises, so we need independent reviews on the users of Tasers by the police, with reports in full detail at all times. When cops also do  know they have to do a report they will think twice about using Tasers..
 
Watchdog calls for better medical aid in taser incidents
Globe and Mail, Canada – 18 Jun 2008
OTTAWA — The head of the public watchdog over the RCMP says officers must seek immediate medical attention for people they zap with a taser.
  
Hey I have also shared it before, I know even too often firsthand that even the Police, RCMP, at the instruction of their political watchdogs, local politicians now too do collect a whole pile of data, information on the opposition, us ordinary citizens,  even from the net as well in their feeds.. but so does the post office, and  when you now do ask them to do some real work they all seem to be useless, pretentious. and do also have all their many false excuses just like too many of the politicians, civil and public services, etc..   “I would note that the issues raised , you are referring to in your email do not fall within the purview of the.”.  so how is the RCMP coming on the much too many complaints in Canada  that Bell Sympatico itself had this year falsified many of the customer’s renewal contracts without the customer’s prior approval, knowledge even, and mine included as I had rightfully asked them in writing too to do so too? Well? Or are they too still using their budgets to have a good time? Just like the bad others..
 
or are the police falsely going to harass  , investigate the whistle blowers rather or Taser and kill them and the others defenseless persons? THE RCMP falsely still did not get, convict  those murders who killed, Tasered to death,  the polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport even, too..  nor now most of  the big spenders who steal tax payer’s monies. And why? Don’t tell me they need a bigger budget again too?
 

 Canadians are trimming down on their food, lifestyle and travel habits as costs rise, says a new poll. Three-quarters of the Canadians surveyed said they’ve noticed the price of food increasing in the last three months, and almost half of respondents said they were already buying cheaper products in place of more expensive items.  http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080617/national/food_gas_consumers

Who looks after out for our good welfare, the federal government, provinces?  we do that .. for the others are too busy stuffing their own pockets, having a good time still it seems.

RCMP use Tasers too often: report
Calgary Herald,  Canada – 18 Jun 2008
OTTAWA – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police are using Taser electronic stun guns too often and should only fire them at suspects who pose a serious risk,

Ban Tasers if RCMP doesn’t curb use by year’s end: Commons committee
CBC.ca – 3 hours ago
A parliamentary committee is threatening to call for a moratorium on the use of stun guns if the RCMP doesn’t begin restricting use of the weapons by the end of the year.
Crack down on Tasers, watchdog tells Mounties Toronto Star
Too much Taser use Winnipeg Sun
CHQR – CTV.ca – Vancouver Sun – The Province
all 289 news articles » 

Saskatoon police lose bid to quash report on teen left to freeze  Canada.com – 4 hours ago SASKATOON – Two Saskatoon police officers and the Saskatoon City Police Association have lost their bid to quash the key findings of an inquiry into the circumstances of an incident that left an aboriginal teen frozen to death outside the city limits
Sask Appeal Court rejects bid to overturn findings of Stonechild The Canadian Press
Hartwig And Senger Lose Appeal 980 CJME News Talk Radio
Globe and Mail – Canada.com
all 31 news articles »
  
 Politicians must act to restrict Taser use
Calgary Herald – 5 hours ago
Airport last fall, when Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski died after receiving two jolts from the pistol-like device. He concluded there was: It should be considered an impact weapon and while it had its uses, should only be handled by police officers
The charged issue of tasers Globe and Mail
Crack down on Tasers, watchdog tells Mounties Toronto Star
CBC.ca – CTV.ca – Winnipeg Sun – StarPhoenix
all 316 news articles »

Fire all of the bad cops and their bad supervisors  immediately too..

 

 

 

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The Conservatives lying had said  elect us and we will be different from the other parties.. dream on…  next the reality was, is otherwise..

Conservative press release2005: “A Conservative government led by Stephen Harper will remove the GST on all the federal taxes the Liberals collect on each litre of gas bought.”Opposition leader Stephen Harper2005

: “Rather than continue to rake in record high revenues from record high oil prices, will the government simply cut gas taxes for consumers?”
Opposition leader Stephen Harper2005

: “Mr. Speaker, every time gas prices rise a cent, almost $40-million goes into the coffers of the government. It should stay in the pockets of consumers.”Prime Minister Stephen Harper2008: “The ability of governments to affect the price of gasoline per se is so small that it’s not worth doing.”
 
The expenses scam   Jun 18, 2008 04:30 AM  In an investigative report this week, the Star’s Kevin Donovan exposed a duplicitous practice in which ministers in the Harper government combined official business with party fundraising so as to stick taxpayers with the travel tab for the entire trip. Indeed, Donovan even found evidence that the so-called government  business appeared to be an afterthought to justify public funding of the travel costs to a Conservative fundraising event. When confronted with the evidence, the typical response from spokespeople for the government was that the Liberals did it too when they were in power. True enough. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised that his government would be different. For a year it called itself “Canada’s new government” to convey the message that it was squeaky clean and that everything it did would be transparent and above board. Whether it’s a time-honoured practice or not, it is just plain wrong to stick taxpayers with the travel bill for ministers to attend events designed to fill the party’s coffers. While it would be totally dishonest for a minister to “create” some government business in order to justify the cost of a fundraising trip, in practice it would be almost impossible for anyone to determine whether such official business is justifiable or not. And for that reason, when ministers commingle government and party business, it should be automatic that the government and the party split the cost of
travel right down the middle http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/445008

  

 

1: PM Stephen Harper himself had promised no patronage hirings if he was elected, but he next also broke this promise and many times.

“A Quebec federal Conservative Minister apparently helped his girlfriend’s mother get a 50,000 thousand dollar Job for 3 years?? ” and why does this remind me of the bad  Liberals? 

Clearly  Bad Conservatives who still do hire their unqualified friends, are the same as any bad Liberals

Couillard‘s mother received federal contract in August 2007: newspaper  Cape Breton Post – Jun 17 12:06pm  MONTREAL — A published report says Julie Couillard’s mother received a three-year mandate from the federal government to arbitrate employment-insurance disputes.
   
Couillard affair raises questions about free travel by MPs, partners  The Canadian Press via Yahoo! Canada News – Jun 15 02:45pm  OTTAWA – There may be collateral damage for federal politicians in the Julie Couillard affair, as her liaison with former foreign minister Maxime Bernier draws public attention to one of the best kept secrets in Parliament – how MPs use $26 million worth of free airline travel each year.

2: “Scheduling official business to coincide with Conservative party fund raisers Ottawa Spending Scandal – A Case of Institutionalized CorruptionBy Myles Higgins  Tuesday, June 17, 2008  Thanks to widespread press coverage of the government spending scandal in Newfoundland and Labrador, with former provincial politicians and cabinet ministers winding their way through the courts for allegedly misusing constituency allowances, the report this week in the Toronto Star highlighting federal spending practices has a distinct ring of familiarity to it.

According to the news agency, federal Cabinet Ministers are making a practice of conveniently scheduling official business to coincide with Conservative party fund raisers and then claiming travel costs. The result: You and I pay for the expense out of our tax dollars while the Conservative Party of Canada reaps the benefit from the fund raising efforts.



The investigation highlights several trips made by a multiple Cabinet Ministers including Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn, Defense Minister Peter MacKay as well as Ministers Jim Prentice, Stockwell Day, Chuck Strahl and Gary Lunn.

This kind of misuse of taxpayer’s money is a familiar happening to the folks in Newfoundland and Labrador but that’s where the similarity ends.



As soon as the situation was uncovered in Newfoundland and Labrador the government’s top cabinet Minister was immediately fired, resignations were tendered, in both government and opposition ranks, a police investigation ensued and charges were laid. The reaction from the Harper government is simply to… well, actually there has been no reaction from the Harper government unless you count offhand comments from representatives who simply qualify their actions by saying, “… this is the way it has always been done and the Liberals did it too”.

Now that’s a novel defense. That one was tried in Newfoundland and Labrador as well. Court dates were still set.



The Prime Minister for his part appears to have lost his voice and is once again displaying an inability to make the “tough” decisions that need to be made by a responsible leader who has the best interests of constituents at heart rather than those of his party and political future.



For nearly two years Stephen Harper and Danny Williams have made no secret of how completely opposed to one another’s points of view they are. It seems that when it comes to the misappropriation of public funds their individual approaches are no different. One took the actions required to clean up government, the other, who ran on a platform of clean government, refuses to even awknowlege anything is wrong.



When elected officials spend countless thousands in tax dollars to attend party fund raisers it’s a situation that should raise the ire of all taxpayers, especially those who don’t support the party in question but who, through this backdoor practice, end up helping to fill party’s war chest.



The following Toronto Star excerpts speak volumes about the immoral and unethical practices taking place in Ottawa and being tacitly condoned by the Prime Minister.



The Star easily found 25 examples of Tory ministers mixing fundraising and department business, each trip typically costing taxpayers several thousand dollars.

The federal Conservatives – elected on promises to be squeaky clean – are using government resources to help fill their election war chest.

When Peter MacKay flew to British Columbia in January, he split his time between government business and two Tory fundraising gigs. Taxpayers footed the bill.



When then-Indian affairs minister Jim Prentice flew to Nova Scotia to meet with provincial chiefs, he headlined a Conservative fundraising dinner in Prince Edward Island. Taxpayers paid for the trip.

When Fisheries Minister Loyola Hearn jetted off from a Quebec fisheries forum to attend a government meeting in Manitoba, he also guest-starred at a local Tory fundraising banquet.



Hearn was also in Nova Scotia and attended a fundraiser.

Total cost (for Hearn’s travels): about $5,500.

Stockwell Day (public safety); Chuck Strahl (Indian affairs) and Gary Lunn (natural resources) gave keynote speeches at the conference, and the theme was getting ready for the next election.

Strahl billed taxpayers about $5,000 for a five-day period that included the Tory conference. His expense report says he had “First Nations meetings” in Vancouver.

For the Conservative party, the trip cost nothing, though about $40,000 was raised in Victoria and Kelowna.

Lunn’s expense reports show a $10,000 expense for several trips in a short period, leading up to the conference, and ending in British Columbia.

His assistant, who typically travels with him, shows on her expense report a $5,000 bill to taxpayers for a five-day period that includes the three-day conference in Harrison Hot Springs.

Former Indian affairs minister Prentice, a Calgary MP who is now industry minister, travelled in February 2007 to Nova Scotia to take part in negotiations with Mi’kmaq chiefs in the province. He then attended a Conservative fundraising dinner in Malpeque, P.E.I. According to reports disclosed by the department, the total cost for Prentice and his political aide for the eastern trip was just under $7,000. A charter flight was included; the documents don’t explain the destination.



The regularity of these trips and the huge amount of money both expensed and raised, to help fill Conservative coffers, make the fridge magnet purchases and charitable donations of disgraced and criminally charged Newfoundland and Labrador politicians pale by comparison. 



When political mishandling of public money became known in Newfoundland and Labrador sweeping new spending controls were put in place. A full investigation was undertaken by the Auditor General and charges were laid. The position of the Newfoundland and Labrador government was clear, clean up the mess and let the chips fall where they may. Stephen Harper’s silence and total inaction over Ottawa’s misuse of public funds is clear indicator of his government’s position.



In the first quarter of 2008, the Conservative party has raised $5 million – outstripping both the Liberals and NDP with a dollar ratio of about five to one.”

http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/3535

Now the Conservatives ironically are even collecting and next wasting more of  the money donated , to pay for TV, radio adds to  overcome the bad images Canada Wide too that  the free news reports rightfully have given them. Would be for them ,the Conservatives. now wiser, and cheaper firstly not to do these  bad things.

The expenses scam   Jun 18, 2008 04:30 AM  In an investigative report this week, the Star’s Kevin Donovan exposed a duplicitous practice in which ministers in the Harper government combined official business with party fundraising so as to stick taxpayers with the travel tab for the entire trip. Indeed, Donovan even found evidence that the so-called government business appeared to be an afterthought to justify public funding of the travel costs to a Conservative fundraising event. When confronted with the evidence, the typical response from spokespeople for the government was that the Liberals did it too when they were in power. True enough. But Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised that his government would be different. For a year it called itself “Canada’s new government” to convey the message that it was squeaky clean and that everything it did would be transparent and above board. Whether it’s a time-honoured practice or not, it is just plain wrong to stick taxpayers with the travel bill for ministers to attend events designed to fill the party’s coffers. While it would be totally dishonest for a minister to “create” some government business in order to justify the cost of a fundraising trip, in practice it would be almost impossible for anyone to determine whether such official business is justifiable or not. And for that reason, when ministers commingle government and party business, it should be automatic that the government and the party split the cost of travel right down the middle http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/445008

 
Spending more money to overcome a bad a image is a really bad approach, a waste of time, for you still cannot undo all of the damage done already firstly..
  
Hey I have shared it before, I know even too often firsthand that even the Police, RCMP, at the instruction of their political watchdogs, local politicians now too do collect a whole pile of data, information on the opposition, us ordinary citizens,  even from the net as well in their feeds.. but so does the post office, and  when you now do ask them to do some real work they all seem to be useless, pretentious. and do also have all their many false excuses just like too many of the politicians, civil and public services, etc..   “I would note that the issues raised , you are referring to in your email do not fall within the purview of the.”.  so how is the RCMP coming on the much too many complaints in Canada  that Bell Sympatico itself had this year falsified many of the customer’s renewal contracts without the customer’s prior approval, knowledge even, and mine included as I had rightfully asked them in writing too to do so too? Well? Or are they too still using their budgets to have a good time? Just like the bad others..
 
or are the police falsely going to harass  , investigate the whistle blowers rather or Taser and kill them and the others defenseless persons? THE RCMP falsely still did not get, convict  those murders who killed, Tasered to death,  the polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport even, too..  nor now most of  the big spenders who steal tax payer’s monies. And why? Don’t tell me they need a bigger budget again too?
 

 Many many evangelcial pastors even do wrongfully still  think that the citizens complaints about them  is all a big joke, they laugh at it, mock them too. Don’t believe me, just  do an internet search “Walter Kambulow” and see their poor  responses to his writings. Pastors falsely think they are above the law and yet many of them have, do  threaten to sue you when you get too close and personal about them. They want it both ways, they cannot though. They the evangelical pastors firstly do need to get real, to act like real Christians firstly now and work for God rather then self. They seem to have nice cars, nice homes, great salaries, expensive perks, vacations too too many of them.. Pastors Jim Baker,  Jimmy Swaggart was not the first or last pervert, crook.

  Tory minister’s comment on jurist slammed Liberal MP complains to Speaker after Toews calls UN human rights commissioner a `disgrace’ Jun 18, 2008 04:30 AM  OTTAWA–A senior Conservative cabinet minister says respected Canadian jurist and rights advocate Louise Arbour is a “disgrace.”  Treasury Board President Vic Toews heckled a Liberal MP who was questioning whether the government had ordered representatives to refrain from any public praise of Arbour on the occasion of her pending retirement as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights. Liberal MP Martha Hall Findlay complained to the Commons Speaker on a point of order. She quoted Toews as saying “She is a disgrace” and immediately asked Toews, a former justice minister, to retract the remarks. He refused to back down. Instead, he clarified his remarks to say he believed Arbour’s statements “with respect to the state of Israel and the people of Israel are in fact a disgrace and I stand by those words.” The unofficial transcript, known as the “Blues” – which is subject to modification by members of Parliament and rarely quotes hecklers – recorded Toews’ comment as: “Shame on her.” An angry Hall Findlay later suggested Toews’ views were probably shared by a majority of members of the Conservative party. “You can have differences of opinion but when you make a completely personal attack, I think it’s appalling,” Hall-Findlay told reporters. She said Conservatives have portrayed Arbour’s comments “completely out of context.” Arbour, a former judge on the Supreme Court of Canada and a former international war-crimes prosecutor, will step down as the United Nations high commissioner for human rights at the end of her four-year term on June 30. During that time, she clashed with the United States for practices such as water-boarding of suspects in its “war on terror.” Arbour recently sparked protests when she praised the launch of a new Arab human rights charter that included a call for the elimination of Zionism. During the 2006 war in Lebanon, she warned killings of innocent civilians in Lebanon and Israel could amount to war crimes.  Rumoured to be a potential Liberal candidate in the next federal election, Arbour criticized the government decision to side with the U.S., Australia and New Zealand and to vote against the UN declaration on rights for indigenous peoples. She also called the cancellation of the $2.7 million Court Challenges program, which funded equality challenges under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, “disappointing.”  Dimitri Soudas, a spokesperson for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, said: “The government hasn’t always agreed with all the positions she (Arbour) has taken. Nevertheless we’ve clearly praised what an accomplished career she’s had.”   http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/445150

http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/445150

Immoral Conservative Ostriches, war mongerers,  cannot refute the fact Israel had immorally targeted the bombing of innocent Christians in Lebanon to put pressure on the  terrorists. And Tony Blair and US president George Bush too had falsely allowed it, but I did not, I had objected rightfully to all too.   

 

Is your ISP still even watching you? or the cops?

  
First of all… it is not the ISP’s job to become the Big Brother police of the internet and world wide web, and it   such is a serious breach of freedom of speech, invasion of one’s personal privacy still too,  they the ISPs are there to provide a good, decent, reliable high speed service thus the term Internet Service Provider, some thing that Bell Sympatico in Canada clearly and wrongfully  has not be able to do for me often too.,, as you can read on this site often too. This Unauthorized bell watchdog needs to firstly look at itself and deal rightfully even firstly with it’s much too many customer contract violations, abuses and ASAP even in reality.
 
Practically all ISPs and there employees do read your e-mails and look at the sites you visit, without a wiretap order.
 
“The network is asserting almost complete control of the users’ ability to use their network as a gateway to the Internet,” said Marvin Ammori, general counsel of Free Press, a Washington-based consumer advocacy group. “They become gatekeepers rather than gateways.”
 
The ISP wrongfully sees itself as the sole judge of disputes in their contract obligations too.
  
This sort of contract, where the subscriber is considered to agree by signing up for service rather than by active negotiation, is given extra scrutiny by the courts. Any wiggle room or ambiguity is usually resolved in favor of the consumer rather than the company.
 
ISPs CAN BLOCK YOU FROM VISITING ANY WEB SITES
 
ISPs CAN WRONGFULLY HAMPER YOU FOR USING YOUR PAID FOR UNLIMITED CONNECTION TOO MUCH TOO LIKE BELL SYMPATICO FINALLY ADMITS IT HAS BEEN SECRETLY DOING BEFORE TOO.
 
The falsehood, misdirection that the Bells AT&T , Verizon, Sympatico aren’t as concerned about bandwidth hogs, because phone lines aren’t shared among households… is not true as well
 
I too would rightfully like to see the provisions that made DPI (deep packet inspection) by ISPs to be made illegal not just by the CRTC but also by the federal government now too, including by Bell , the Big Brother’s false invasion of our home, personal privacy. Since we can readily know that the reasons given for the internet downloading inspections, capping are unjustifiable, what are the actual reasons now for these online now inspections too?
 
Spending more money to overcome a bad a image is a really bad approach, a waste of time, for you still cannot undo all of the damage done already firstly..
 
Hey I have shared it before, I know even too often firsthand that even the Police, RCMP, at the instruction of their political watchdogs, local politicians now too do collect a whole pile of data, information on the opposition, us ordinary citizens,  even from the net as well in their feeds.. but so does the post office, and  when you now do ask them to do some real work they all seem to be useless, pretentious. and do also have all their many false excuses just like too many of the politicians, civil and public services, etc..   “I would note that the issues raised , you are referring to in your email do not fall within the purview of the.”.  so how is the RCMP coming on the much too many complaints in Canada  that Bell Sympatico itself had this year falsified many of the customer’s renewal contracts without the customer’s prior approval, knowledge even, and mine included as I had rightfully asked them in writing too to do so too? Well? Or are they too still using their budgets to have a good time? Just like the bad others..
 
or are the police falsely going to harass  , investigate the whistle blowers rather or Taser and kill them and the others defenseless persons? THE RCMP falsely still did not get, convict  those murders who killed, Tasered to death,  the polish immigrant at the Vancouver airport even, too..  nor now most of  the big spenders who steal tax payer’s monies. And why? Don’t tell me they need a bigger budget again too?
 
So what is the government doing about protecting us and our privacy and stopping the invasion of our personal privacy in reality? Nothing again?

Prime Minister Harper

 
Canada: The Lying Minister of Democratic Reform   Written by Press Release     Saturday, 26 April 2008  Democracy Watch
  
Today, Democracy Watch sent a letter to federal Conservative House Leader and Minister for Democratic Reform Peter Van Loan demanding that he apologize for lying last Wednesday, April 16th in the House of Commons about Democracy Watch’s position concerning the Conservatives’ TV advertising spending scheme during the 2006 federal election.
 
In response to a question in the House of Commons on April 16th, Mr. Van Loan stated: “In terms of our spending practices, I would like to quote Duff Conacher of Democracy Watch, who was on CTV today. He said, “The Conservatives did something in the last election that all parties have done for years. That’s legal, and parties can donate as much as they want to a local candidate and often do to candidates that don’t have a lot of local support and can’t raise money on their own. And then what happens is those candidates use some of that money to buy materials for national headquarters, like pamphlets, signs, platforms to hand out to people. That’s all–“

Group Calls on Federal Minister Peter Van Loan To Apologize for Lying About Democracy Watch’s Position on Conservatives’ Election Spending Scheme — Files Complaint Calling on Prime Minister Harper To Penalize Van Loan’s Blatant Dishonesty
 
And later the same day, also in response to a question, Mr. Van Loan stated:”Mr. Speaker, let us remember that this was a dispute initiated in the courts by the Conservative Party of Canada because of the unequal treatment of the Conservative Party compared with other parties, including the NDP, which engages in the transfer of funds between riding associations from its central party to assist in local targeted ridings. It has been going on for years. Duff Conacher said that on television. He said it is legal.”

In fact, this is half of what Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch, said on CTV’s Canada AM show on April 16th. He went on to say very clearly that he believes the Conservatives’ scheme violated the Canada Elections Act because the TV ads only contained a small-print message at the end mentioning the local Conservative candidate.
 
Duff Conacher also stated during the same Canada AM interview that he believes the court will rule that the Conservatives’ local candidates can only claim 10-20 percent of the TV ad cost as local campaign spending, and that therefore the Conservative Party will be found to have spent about $900,000 more on its national campaign than the legal election spending limit allowed under the Act.

“Peter Van Loan lied when he claimed that I said the Conservatives’ TV ad spending scheme during the last election was legal — in fact I said very clearly that I believe the scheme was illegal,” said Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch.
 
“Mr. Van Loan owes me and Democracy Watch an apology for so blatantly abusing our good name in trying to excuse the Conservatives’ dangerously undemocratic activities.”

Democracy Watch also sent a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper calling on him to find Mr. Van Loan guilty of violating the “Ethical Guidelines for Public Office Holders” that require ministers to be honest and are contained in Annex G of “Accountable Government: A Guide for Ministers and Secretaries of State-2007”. Democracy Watch called on Prime Minister Harper to penalize Mr. Van Loan’s blatant dishonesty by removing him from either the position of Government House Leader or Minister of Democratic Reform.

Section V.1. “Ministerial Conduct” of the Guide states:

“Ministers and Secretaries of State must act with honesty and must uphold the highest ethical standards so that public confidence and trust in the integrity, objectivity and impartiality of government are maintained and enhanced. As public office holders, Ministers and Secretaries of State are subject to the Ethical Guidelines for Public Office Holders and Guidelines for the Political Activities of Public Office Holders, set out in Annexes G and H. Moreover, they have an obligation to perform their official duties and arrange their private affairs in a manner that will bear the closest public scrutiny. This obligation is not fully discharged merely by acting within the law.”

The first guideline in the Annex G Ethical Guidelines is as follows:
 
“Ethical Standards: Public office holders shall act with honesty and uphold the highest ethical standards so that public confidence and trust in the integrity, objectivity and impartiality of the government are conserved and enhanced.”

Prime Minister Harper writes in his “Message to Ministers and Secretaries of State” at the beginning of the Guide:

“I cannot stress enough that implementation of the Federal Accountability Act and associated Action Plan is not simply a matter of compliance. At least as important is our commitment to a culture of accountability in everything we do – that is, to uphold the highest standards of probity and ethical conduct in recognition of the fact that it is a privilege and a trust to participate in the process through which Canadians govern themselves.”
and
“Ministers and Secretaries of State must act with integrity. To ensure public trust and confidence, not only in our Government but in government generally, Ministers and Secretaries of State must uphold the highest standards of honesty and impartiality. Both the performance of your official duties and the arrangement of your private affairs should bear the closest public scrutiny.”

As well, under section V “Standards of Conduct” of the Guide, is the following statement:

“Full accountability to Canadians is a central objective of the government. The Prime Minister holds Ministers and Secretaries of State to the highest standards of conduct for all their actions, including those that are not directly related to their official functions.”

Democracy Watch would have filed its complaint with the federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, but the Conservatives removed the rule requiring Ministers and other public office holders to be honest when they changed their ethics code last July into the new Conflict of Interest Act, and as a result complaints about such blatant dishonesty can no longer be filed with the Commissioner.

“If Prime Minister Harper does nothing to penalize Minister Van Loan for being dishonest, it will be yet another example showing clearly that he believes lying to advance the Conservative Party’s interests is fine with him, and that Cabinet ministers still can’t be held accountable for wrongdoing,” said Conacher.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch
Tel: (613) 241-5179
http://www.dwatch.ca/camp/RelsApr2508.html