I will be working in Montréal for the next two days. Yes a change to my regular schedule but you need to roll with the times.
I will start out by apologizing before you read today's Pulp. It is clear from the reader counts that the political rants gets lower readership that the comical or pseudo-scientific. Mouse Hunt and Boson Buddies scored exceptionally well as did Compressed Monkey Gel.
The political ones... you don't seem to read them as much. But this is my soapbox.
Without much further ado.. more politics.
First a rhetorical question.. how important is the rule of law to Canadians, to you? Are our laws not written to apply evenly and universally? If it is illegal for you and I then surely it is illegal for our elected and appointed representatives.
pssst... Is he going to write about Duffy and Wright? Yes he is.
I don't have much time today so I won't provide the text from the codes, but I may tonight as an edit, but Section 17(1) of the Senate Conflict of Interest code states that a Senator cannot accept money from anyone. Section 16(3) Says if you do give a Senator money, you get to go to jail. Section 121(1) of the Criminal code of Canada says the each, the giver and the receiver of such bull crap get to go to jail for up to 5 years.
In a really short sentence, Give a Senator $90k go to jail and share a cell with him. See the whole thing was bugging me from several angles, the first was a tax perspective. If I submit bullshit claims for expenses to the corp, two things would likely happen. First I get to be fired. Next, the corp could try to get the dollars back though a variety of means. Now if it forgave the debt, then guess who would be knocking at my door.
Yes, CRA. Why, because CRA is a silent partner in everything that you do that make money, including gifts from your employer. There is no doubt in my mind you or I would be paying CRA their fair share.
The other angle was this f-you to the Canadian electorate. This Senator Duffy gets caught with his hands in the cookie jar, and poof, the debt is washed away. Oh yeah, and no one knew that it even happened, not the PM, nobody.. I don't believe it for a second.
Hey look, a few more minutes of flight.. on a very bumpy descent into Montréal.
So the NDP's Horwath met with Ontario Premier Wynne on Thursday - Friday, and guess what? No election in June. Surprise, surprise.
Just a quick recap, it is now public that the Liberal shafted Ontarians with close to $600M in order to ensure a victory in the last election. And just when everyone started asking about it, Premier Mcquinty prorogued the legislature.. Something about, "everyone out of the pool" except of course it wasn't his pool. Then he stepped down and Kathleen Wynne took the whistle.
Now let's see, who could hold the sitting gov't accountable for such dishonesty and corruption? Oh yes, we have a built in system, The Opposition Party. In this case the NDP, but what the hell, the NDP has secured only one of the three concessions from the Liberals that it sought and is now standing down?
Is this part of the wimpification of the NDP or part of its lean away from the Left and heading into Centric zone?
Folks, citizens, we need to be damn careful here, if we continue to allow gov't to just do whatever the hell it pleases then we risk a further fracturing of the electorate into the disenfranchised --those that believe that they have no representation.
If the NDP cannot be counted on the represent the Left and fight for Social Justice then we leave that void to be filled by who? The Marxist-Leninists or the Anarchists?
Have a good day. Make sure to look both ways when crossing the street.