Political Musings July 25, 2013: RCMP Duffy-Wright investigation reaches PM Stephen Harper’s office

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POLITICAL MUSINGS

RCMP Duffy-Wright investigation reaches PM Stephen Harper’s office

By Bonnie K. Goodman

The RCMP’s investigation into Senator Mike Duffy bloated personal expenses claims and former chief of Staff Nigel Wright’s cover-up attempt has now reached the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The Royal Canadian Mounted Police….READ MORE
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Political Musings July 19, 2013: Staffer at center of Senate expense scandal leaves PM Stephen Harper’s office

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POLITICAL MUSINGS

Staffer at center of Senate expense scandal leaves PM Stephen Harper’s office

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Chris Woodcock, a staffer in Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office that may have had knowledge of the check written out by former Chief of Staff Nigel Wright to cover Senator Mike Duffy’s expenses is no….READ MORE

Political Musings July 19, 2013: Severance pay to former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum causes uproar

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Severance pay to former Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum causes uproar

By Bonnie K. Goodman

In news that has caused an uproar in Montreal, late Wednesday, July 17, 2013, it was revealed that the City of Montreal gave former Interim Mayor Michael Applebaum nearly $268,000 in severance pay. Applebaum resigned on June 18, after…READ MORE

Political Headlines June 18, 2013: Montreal’s mayor Michael Applebaum resigns, calls allegations unfounded

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Montreal’s mayor resigns, calls allegations unfounded

Source: CTV News, 6-18-13

Montreal’s Mayor Michael Applebaum has announced his resignation, a move that comes just one day after he was arrested on corruption and conspiracy charges….READ MORE

Political Headlines June 17, 2013: Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum arrested by Quebec anti-corruption unit

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Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum arrested by Quebec anti-corruption unit

Source: CTV News, 6-17-13
Montreal's interim mayor, a self-styled corruption fighter, arrested by police

Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum is taken away by police after being arrested at his home in Montreal on Monday, June 17, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mario Beauregard

Montreal’s Mayor Michael Applebaum has been taken into police custody by the province’s anti-corruption squad. Applebaum was picked up at his home in Notre-Dame-de-Grace at around 6 a.m….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 22, 2013: Stephen Harper tries to turn scandal into distraction: Tim Harper

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Stephen Harper tries to turn scandal into distraction: Tim Harper

Source: Toronto Star, 5-22-13

Stephen Harper had 1,115 words for his caucus in his content-free, made-for-TV speech Tuesday morning, but one word stood out….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 22, 2013: PM Stephen Harper “sorry” for Senate spending scandal

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Stephen Harper “sorry” for Senate spending scandal

Source: Vancouver Sun, 5-22-13

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday he didn’t know about the $90,000 cheque his former chief of staff wrote to Sen. Mike Duffy to cover improperly claimed housing expenses until learning about it from media reports last week….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 22, 2013: Lawyers tell Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to limit comments on alleged crack video

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Lawyers tell Rob Ford to limit comments on alleged crack video

Source: CBC.ca, 5-22-13

Legal advice may be behind Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s decision to stay silent in the wake of allegations he was recorded smoking what appears to be crack cocaine….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 21, 2013: NDP wants RCMP to investigate if Stephen Harper had role in spending Senate scandal

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NDP wants RCMP to investigate if Stephen Harper had role in spending scandal

Source: Toronto Star, 5-21-13

Calls for Stephen Harper to come clean about the Mike Duffy affair are zeroing in on what the prime minister knew about the secret $90,000 payment that has touched off the worst scandal faced by his seven-year-old government….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 21, 2013: PM Stephen Harper: ‘I’m not happy, I’m very upset’ about Senate controversy

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Harper: ‘I’m not happy, I’m very upset’ about Senate controversy

Source: CTV News,  5-21-13

Anyone who wants to use public office for their own benefit should find a new line of work, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Tuesday — for the first time addressing a deepening scandal related to Sen. Mike Duffy’s repayment of improperly filed expenses….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 19, 2013: Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, resigns

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Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, resigns

Source: Toronto Sun, 5-19-13 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff has resigned his post after helping Sen. Mike Duffy to repay $90,000 in improperly claimed expenses….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 17, 2013: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in ‘crack cocaine’ video scandal

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Rob Ford in ‘crack cocaine’ video scandal

Source: Toronto Star, 5-17-13

A cellphone video that appears to show Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine is being shopped around Toronto by a group of Somali men involved in the drug trade. Two Toronto Star reporters have viewed the video three times….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 16, 2013: For Sale: A Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Smoking Crack Cocaine on Gawker

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For Sale: A Video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Smoking Crack Cocaine – Gawker

Source: Gawker, 5-16-13

Rob Ford, Toronto’s conservative mayor, is a wild lunatic given to making bizarre racist pronouncements and randomly slapping refrigerator magnets on cars. One reason for this is that he smokes crack cocaine. I know this because I watched him do it….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 15, 2013: PM Stephen Harper’s Chief of Staff Nigel Wright wrote personal cheque for $90K to repay Mike Duffy’s expenses

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Nigel Wright wrote personal cheque for $90K to repay Mike Duffy’s expenses

Source: CTV News, 5-15-13

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff Nigel Wright personally bailed out Mike Duffy by writing a cheque to the Conservative senator that was used to repay more than $90,000 in improperly claimed Senate living expenses….READ MORE