A thumb on the scales

I'm told that the old expression about putting one's thumb on the scales originated with dishonest merchants who tried to add a little weight to their sales by doing just that. It has become a synonym for corrupt practices, especially for corrupt political practices ... ... so I am not surprised when I saw this, … Continue reading A thumb on the scales

More good news

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, say that "Ethics in government is shaping up as the biggest issue for voters in the approaching federal vote, outdistancing the economy, the environment and trade with the United States, according to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail ... [and] ... A … Continue reading More good news

Justin Trudeau’s ethical failings: the gift that keeps on giving

The Honourable Patrick K. Gleeson, a judge of the Federal Court of Canada and a former Deputy Judge Advocate General in the Canadian Armed Forces, has, according to an article in the online Blacklock’s Reporter, datelined today (April 16th) "ordered the Commissioner of Lobbying to reopen an investigation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s dealings with the … Continue reading Justin Trudeau’s ethical failings: the gift that keeps on giving

How low can they go?

I have no really firm opinions on the Canadian judicial appointments process, I know it is somewhat political; for example, back in 2015 Justin Trudeau said that all supreme court judges had to be bilingual ... full stop, as important, apparently, as being 'learned in the law.' Of course, there are very, very few indigenous … Continue reading How low can they go?

I am conflicted

A few months ago I suggested that the then Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, should step up, in the case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman, and defend the principle of cabinet government, which, as Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University, who is an expert on our parliamentary system, explains is a powerful "constitutional convention of collective ministerial … Continue reading I am conflicted

It was coverup day

So, last night we all saw this on the CBC News: "Liberal MPs on the Commons Justice committee say their work is done and any further examination of the SNC-Lavalin affair should be left to the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner ... [that's what] ... The five Liberals on the committee wrote to chair … Continue reading It was coverup day

Leadership is the key issue

Gerald Butts strikes back ... politely First, a few thoughts on Gerald Butts' testimony, today, which did little, in my opinion, to counter what Ms Wilson-Raybould had to say. As expected he said, ever so calmly and politely, that the pressure put on Jody Wilson-Raybould was normal for politics and that the 9,000 jobs in … Continue reading Leadership is the key issue