Sunday, 16 February 2014

About those CON-veeenient leaks...

Imagine it said in Preston Manning's voice.  CON-veeenient!

It's the only way to observe the onslaught of leaks and planted items that glutted the mainstream media this week.  If one were cynical, one might think that some were deliberately engineered to divert attention away from the MASSIVE Harper CPC attack on democracy — disingenuously called *Fair Reform Act* — by neutralizing and weakening the work Elections Canada does.  Some have called it the Conservative Amnesty Act since it will retroactively exculpate any election fraud engineered by the CPC.

Observe the 'who', the 'what', the 'how' and the 'when' of the following:

Exhibit A: It was predictable that the PMO would accommodate Harper's loathing for the LPC by devising a strategy to disrupt the Montreal convention with a range of smears and media-attention-grabbing tactics.

Exhibit B: Just one big, happy Regressive Conservative slash Reformatory family party! Well, except for Arthur Hamilton who is now living in the dog-house.

Exhibit C: Clearly, transparently and blatantly even, Harper Cons are exploiting publicly-funded Parliamentary resources to support their re-election bid. No accountability.

Exhibit D: As our blogging colleague Luna suggests, a critical backlash against the use of Laureen might be re-framed by the PMO, who would claim that she is being attacked, and then launch their own previously-crafted strategies to smear Catherine or Sophie, respectively Mulcair and Trudeau spouses.

Here is seasoned political journalist Susan Delacourt's take on the above leaks.

Exhibit E: This one may be gratuitous or part of an internal effort by Harper sycophants to discredit Jason Kenney who may be gunning for their leader's job.

Exhibit F: Glen McGregor presents the facts he has obtained, and raises questions about how and why this information has surfaced now.

Make of it what you will, but it seems to me that under Harper's direction, the PMO and the communications flunkies who crank out their Politburo propaganda are out to win. No prisoners taken. No mercy.  Just a craven need to crush their enemies, which includes Canadians who aren't onside with them.

UPDATE, February 17: It seems the Lt-Gen Leslie (retired) snowball packed around a sharp rock has become something of an avalanche. 

According to this news item, Con Minister Nicholson claims information about Leslie's $72,000 move costs was obtained through the Access to Information Act but CTV won't confirm that is correct.  Who's the more credible? 


gingersnap said...

Well, I e-mailed and said? Fair Election Act? Hahahaha. You should have just stuck with, your robo-call election fraud. I think that was more plausible.

I fight with all of the conbot trolls, on the comment boards. Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini were all dictators with very similar personalities. All dictators are control freaks. They all lied, deceived, thieved, were corrupt, used dirty politics, dirty tactics and, all of them cheated to win. Sound familiar? It should. One of the Dictators even destroyed books too. I have a good solid knowledge of Harper's earlier political days too. The conbots hate me and, that makes me very happy. However. These days I am having somewhat of a problem, picking fights with the conbot trolls.

CK said...

Those real CON veenient leaks are intriguing given the timing. I find MacGregor's article particularly interesting regarding Lt. Gen. Leslie not only because he will be a speaker at upcoming Liberal convention, but to have any higher ranking military supporting any party besides those "support the troops" Harpercons is just scandalous and unthinkable to them.

Very good research, DeBeauxOs. Your post pretty much confirms my own prediction I made last week that Stevie will not wait until 2015 for the next election, but rather, call a snap election sometime after May 1, when the newly gerrymandered electoral map takes effect.

Below is my own post, illustrating why I predict a snap election sooner rather than later if anyone is interested.

fern hill said...

CK's link.

Alison said...

Hmm. I rather took Star public editor Kathy English at her word when she said Con party officials threatened legal action if the Star published their leaked election strategies so the Star quickly got the stories out before they could be stopped.

Doesn't prove she wasn't duped of course but she does address that here.

But the Leslie leak? Yeah, definitely a Con-trolled leak.

deBeauxOs said...

The short-pants kids in the PMO may have overplayed their hand or someone else, more machievellian than they are, is playing them.

Who really knows any more which leaks are "genuine" or planted? Harper likely does.

Assange, Wikileaks, Snowden, social media, the intertubez, etc. have wrought some damage.

It's a Brave New World or same old, only worse World.

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