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Monday, January 17, 2005

Political Contributions

About a week ago I used the information revealed by Vitor on "whatittakestowin" to send an email to John Williams, my MP, and write a letter to the St Albert Gazette. Having heard nothing  from either I went to John Williams' office today with a copy of the National Post under my arm. He had not yet read his NP but said he had heard vaguely of what Vitor reported. We discussed the issue, and although he was unable to explain the two donations to the Liberals from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition and the Office of the Prime Minister, he assured me they would be investigated.. His eyes popped a bit when he read of the contrbution to the Liberal Party of Canada by the House of Commons. When I told him of the four contrbutions to the Liberals and one to the Reform Conservative Alliance by the City of St Albert, as listed on the Elections Canada website, he also promised to look into them. The St Albert Gazette ( gazette@stalbert.greatwest.ca ) promised my "Letter to the Editor" would be published on Wednesday, 19 Jan 05. I will be awiting response from the mayors and the city Administators for the period covered.

Posted by Bob Wood on January 17, 2005 in Canadian Politics | Permalink

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Politicians feed public money to political parties, who use the money to win elections and form governments which are even more monstrous than the ones they replaced. Repeat until all departments in all levels of government are corrupted and the public loses interest in elections and despises all aspects of government rule. At this stage the political entity will collapse.

Rather than using the default title of donation-gate (or donation-tien), this scandal requires a name which reflects the true nature of the phenomenon. I suggest Porcine Spongiform Encephalopathy (PSE).

Consider the certified accountants, who spend a fortune on advertisements aimed at convincing us how knowledgeable, professional, and downright indispensable they are. If these people were worth all that fancy education and self-important titles they give themselves - in other words if they were worth an ounce of dried-up snot to the people who hire them at great expense - wouldn't they have said something when they looked at the receipts and saw illegal donations being made to political parties? This illustrates an important aspect of the pathology of PSE - it strikes first at the brains and later on spreads to the rest of the body politic.

Posted by: Justzumgai | 2005-01-17 7:13:38 PM


Justzumgai: I'm still waiting for you to get your own blog. Rather anxiously, I might add.

Posted by: Sean | 2005-01-17 9:07:32 PM


I don't give a damn, Robert, whether their contributions were no more than best wishes. Organizations promulgated under the "public service" rubric must not only not prostletyze any of their political masters, they must be seen to not do so.


Posted by: Tony | 2005-01-18 2:21:35 AM


Bob:

And just what is this "Reform Conservative Alliance" thing you mention? I've never heard of a political party with that name. I have heard of Reform and Conservative and Alliance, but never this other thing.

Or do you always use Lib/NDP smear sheets as a style guide?

Posted by: Doug | 2005-01-18 6:11:58 AM


Doug,
"Reform Conservative Alliance" was my direct quote off the Elections Canada website. I used it only to accurately attribute the contribution.
Bob Wood

Posted by: Bob Wood | 2005-01-18 10:04:41 AM


Bob:

Then clearly I owe you an apology for the snarky nature of the comment in my post. Consider it offered.

If that was a direct quote as you say, then it seems it is Elections Canada who are in need of a smack upside the head. They of all people should know enough to use the proper names of political parties in their documentation.

Please keep us apprised of your progress.

Cheers.

Posted by: Doug | 2005-01-18 11:09:25 AM



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