Category: Scandals

  • Turbulence

    Back in 2008, myself and a couple of young Liberals launched ““, a mock website to poke fun at some eyebrow raising travel expenses by members of the Ed Stelmach cabinet. The list included Mark Norris’ $50,000 Vegas vacation, and Rod Stevens Hawaiian stop-over to “study their gambling system”. If I hadn’t received a cheerful […]

  • Cone of Silence

    Rob Ford and Stephen Harper are about as different as two politicians can be, but the one thing they have in common is an uncanny ability to brush off scandals before they stick. Harper entered the 2011 election facing a “controversy of the day” – from Bev Oda’s orange juice, to Bruce Carson’s fraud charges, […]

  • Robocon

    The first charges in the Robocon Scandal have been laid against Michael Sona. Most interesting in this, is that Sona’s lawyer has signalled they intend to shift the blame to the Conservative Party: Neither Mr. Sona or I will be making any public statements beyond the following statement at this time. Although the charge is […]

  • Smoking Gun

    Fresh off the Daryl Katz scandal, Alison Redford is again in hot water: The issue centres on a giant lawsuit launched by the province against the tobacco industry. The province is seeking $10 billion from tobacco manufacturers for the healthcare costs caused by smoking. The suit was announced in May, and was to be handled […]

  • For those sick of blog posts on Alberta politics…

    Bev Oda paid $16 for a glass of orange juice. In fairness, it was a really good glass of orange juice.

  • The Six "S" of Scandal Stickiness

    This time last year, the Tories found themselves engulfed in scandal – Carson, Contempt, In & Out, Oda… The opposition parties were licking their chops at the prospect of bringing the government down. We all know how that turned out. The scandals didn’t stick, and the result was a Tory majority. With the Nixonian references […]

  • October Surprise

    Outside of the NHL’s playoff schedule, we haven’t had many outside events impact this election. Until today: Tories misled Parliament on G8 spending: Auditor-General The Harper government misinformed Parliament to win approval for a $50-million G8 fund that lavished money on dubious projects in a Conservative riding, the Auditor-General has concluded. And she suggests the […]

  • Canada’s Silliest Scandal – The Polls Are Now Open

    In honour of the wafer waffle making the New York Times, nearly one month after it may or may not have occured, I’ve opened up a poll to crown Canada’s silliest scandal – a scandal or faux-pas that generated way more media attention than it deserved. Voting will be open until Friday evening, at which […]

  • Munsinger Deux

    L’Affair Bernier’s Briefs, as I think I will hereafter call it, has certainly proven to be a far sexier scandal than Cadscam, the In & Out scandal, or even Mulroney-Schreiber. It was front page news for the third consecutive day in Canada, and has been grabbing international headlines, including a front page story in Italy. […]

  • Scandals Everywhere!

    New York governor Eliot Spitzer is in hot water after spending $15,000 on prostitutes, in what Jon Stewart has dubbed ****gate: The prostitute, identified only as “Kristen,” worked for the Emperors Club. The group charged between $1,000 and $5,500 an hour and operated in New York; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; London, England; and Paris, […]

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