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Friday, December 29, 2006
Jean Pierre Kingsley's resignation
I listened to part of the “Dave Rutherford show” this AM with Rob Breakenridge sitting in for Dave. He spoke with Gerry Nicholls of the National Citizen’s Coalition. The subject of the interview was the seemingly sudden and unexplained resignation of Jean Pierre Kingsley from his position as head of Elections Canada. You can read about this on the CBC website:
There appeared to be no links to this item on the main CBC page and I only found it by typing it in under “search”. I went to the CTV web page and found no mention of the story. Gerry Nicholls told Rob Breakenridge he was still baffled with the resignation with no reasons as yet being given by anyone. He, who has also been in a running fight with Elections Canada over the “Gag Law”, as has the Conservative Party on convention fees being treated as political donations, openly said that he has always considered Kingsley as anti Conservative though his position should call for him to be scrupulously non partisan, and therefore speculates that the resignation may be an attempt to attack Harper and the Conservative Party. The seeming attempt by the CBC and CTV to keep this story out of the spotlight would not square with that idea unless there is something more sinister afoot. Any new hard information or ideas?
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No news is good news....???
You can bet your last dollar that if there was an inkling of any connection with the Conservatives that the press would be all over this story.
Posted by: anonymous | 2006-12-29 2:52:01 PM
Where could the Libranos and Media find a "story" with Kingsley's resignation that wouldn't flop back in their faces?
There have been rumblings but they don't seem to have legs with strength to run, probably with good reason.
Suffice to say he had the job for 17 years, perhaps he just has other things he'd like to do in his life and the less said the better for all "sides".
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-29 6:35:51 PM
Kingsley's a partisan Liberal rat, good riddance.
But, the government should probably hold onto his passport since he held one of the highest positions of trust in the country and was overly friendly with the fallen corrupt Liberal government.
Posted by: Philanthropist | 2006-12-29 9:48:06 PM
I can only think that the resignation of such a rabidly Liberal partisan in a position of such power and importance has to be a good thing.
And what would be new about Prime Minister Stephen Harper being accused of Machiavellian tactics? 'Sounds like Kingsley should have been got rid of a lot sooner. What did he EVER do about election irregularities, especially in Quebec?
Someone elsewhere has suggested that this may have something to do with his call on the 2005 convention fees-overdonations by the CPC and Kingsley's thought that the CPC wouldn't accept his call. Of course, they did, no attempt to deny or cover up on the part of PHSH.
The speculation continued that this now puts the CPC in the position of being able to appoint someone else, in addition to opening up an investigation into Elections Canada.
If that's the case, this is probably a very good thing. No doubt, PMSH and the CPC will have to navigate some rough water as the LPC and the MSM begin their spin to discredit Stephen Harper and his party. The same old, same old. I'm sure the Prime Minister is none too happy about the prospect, but he knows it comes with the territory: If he's going to be a leader, he has to make a lot of difficult decisions and this is just one of many.
One more rat trap has caught another one. How many more to go?
Posted by: 'been around the block | 2006-12-30 7:36:57 AM
Correction in post above: PHSH should read: PMSH!
How about PHSH = Primo Honcho Stephen Harper?
Posted by: 'been around the block | 2006-12-30 7:39:50 AM
Kingsley will always be remembered as the supposed election watchdog that let the Liberal Party off with no penalty for running the most corrupt and anti-democratic elections in Canadian history. It's amazing that he never noticed the millions of election spending by the Liberals in Quebec never matched the amount they claimed they raised on paper.
In contrast look at the way he went over the Reform Party spending with a fine tooth comb and charged candidates for spending or reporting violations.
Even after the Liberals were comvicted in court, he refused to impose penalties or bar the Liberal Party from running in the last election in Quebec. We should have had a majority Conservative government in the last election.
Any emerging democratic country taking election advice from this guy had better watch out.
Posted by: rockyt | 2006-12-30 7:47:07 AM
Liz is right, the Liberals might want to tread carefully here, as there could be some nasty revelations exposed for public and media consumption. They are already talking about bringing Kingsley before a Parliamentary Committee,with their 'Perry Mason', Mark Holland leading the charge. But as Liberal critic of Canadian Border Services Agency, maybe Mark should step aside for the appropriate critic, whoever that is. But that critic would surely have to check with Dion, who probably doesn't know enough about which skeletons are buried where. So Dion would have to check with Chretien and/or Martin, each of whom might have an axe to grind with the other over some past conflict. Too bad for the Libs that all this is happening over the holidays. Oh well, it looks good on them, groping around in relative darkness, while that scary Harper lays landmines in their path.
Posted by: Calgary Junkie | 2006-12-30 7:57:11 AM
"Kingsley's gambit accusing Conservatives of creative accounting in connection with political donations was a safe bet as he assumed that they would never admit to it and they would never correct it."
Oh man. Give me a break. You can't blame Kingsley for the CPC's total ignorance of election finance laws.
The laws have always been there -- they were followed by the PC, Reform, CA parties -- but the CPC broke them.
They can whine all they like about how it is a bad law -- I hate getting jay-walking tickets too -- but a law is a law, and it is hardly a "gambit" for Kingsley to point out that they had broken the law. It was, afterall, his job.
Posted by: teddy | 2006-12-30 8:34:50 AM
Posted by: hk | 2006-12-30 9:02:41 AM
Teddy, you say, "it is hardly a 'gambit' for Kingsley to point out that they had broken the law. It was, afterall, his job..."
Well, how come if it's Kingsley's job to point out that political parties have broken the law, he gave the LPC so many passes over the years?
That's the $64,0000-question.
Please answer that one. J-P Kingsley has very little credibility given his record of the last 17 years: go easy on the Libs and come down hard on the Reform, Alliance, and the CPC.
Great guy, that Kingsley.
Posted by: 'been around the block | 2006-12-30 9:15:34 AM
Even though the CPC has rectified their convention fees/political donations issue, motor-mouth Holland,darling of certain segments of MSM, has called it a "growing scandal".
So much for wild dreams.
The CPC do not deny and cover up, a concept many Liberals are not familiar with as evidenced in the recent past.
Let's enjoy the deafening silence on both issues.
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-30 9:44:44 AM
Allegations related to Elections Act funding came from the National Headquarters of the Liberal Party directly to Kingsley. All Bureaucrats who work in Elections Canada are vetted by the Liberal Party
have been for decades. The mechanics of running a National Election are very important to the outcome
-key question? "Enumerations" Returning Officers are not appointed by the Tooth Fairy. All indications are that the next Election Campaign is underway by the Liberal Party and will continue to get nastier
-the fact is if Harper is not defeated first time out, the Mighty Red Machine could collapse.MacLeod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2006-12-30 10:01:14 AM
Not sure what degree of "Mighty" we can give the "Big Red Machine".
Just a wild observation but it sure looks like it's sailing in high wind with no true Captain at the helm. Dion is being gilded and groomed with his "Mentor", Uncle Jean behind the curtain pulling the strings. How can that bode well with the Martinites still smarting?
Poor Warren Kinsella, he'll need more than one toy Dinosaur, he'll need a whole army of them.
For the New Year, may the LPC live in interesting times.
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-30 10:42:39 AM
Alan Fotheringham summed up Professor Dion neatly today in the Halifax Herald N.S. Referred to him as a "Geek" among other things. Fact is PM Harper will really be campaigning against Chretien, Dion lacks the political street smarts needed to meld the badly riven Party into a focused group of party faithful and politicians. No doubt in my mind, Chretien and his flunkies created Dion. Think about the New Brunswick connection, Chretien was a NB MP, former Minister Bradshaw is Dion's main link to NB Liberals. MP Dominic LeBlanc's God Father is Chretien, a great friend of former GGC
Romeo LeBlanc. All very popular here in NB-it was
no accident that Dion was invited to teach in the University of Moncton, McKenna provided his flunkies to the Liberal National HQ, and McKenna
will be working for and with Chretien-Dion. Kingsley from Edmonton was among other things a career bureaucrat who served in Treasury Board,
which is filled totally by patronage. MacLeod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2006-12-30 11:13:42 AM
Harper hates Kingsley, and that is undeniable.
Kingsley suddenly resigns on the eve of an impending federal election.
Questions about how enumeration and vote counting is performed?
Questions about an audit of Elections Canada emerging?
Questions about Kingsley's ties to the Liberals being made?
Questions why the liberal MSM is so silent ?
You connect the dots.
Posted by: Observer | 2006-12-30 11:15:57 AM
Tickled to my toes. Great investigative work folks and a thanks to Jack for the tip to check out the comments.
Keep it up.
Posted by: Pat | 2006-12-30 11:57:11 AM
Liz J, you say that "Dion is being gilded and groomed with his 'Mentor', Uncle Jean behind the curtain pulling the strings."
Did you mean gelded?
Posted by: 'been around the block | 2006-12-30 11:58:14 AM
I had my own run in with Elections Canada several elections ago. After Landslide Annie had only narrowly won her previous election in Edmonton, I reasoned that the Liberal Party would put on a huge push on her behalf since she had become Liberal “Star”. I looked up the regulations for the conduct of election campaigns in each constituency. There were financial limits imposed. My guess was that they would push that limit to the max. Towards the end of the election period I noticed large newspaper ads showing that they had been paid for by individuals or groups rather than by her official campaign. Here the regulations stipulated that this was legal but that the donors had to be officially registered with Elections Canada for amounts exceeding something like $500.00. Checking with the newspapers made it clear the ads would have cost approximately $3000.00. The next step was to check the Elections Canada website to see if the donors were registered. When I found that not all were I emailed and regular mailed my complaints to Kingsley’s fiefdom. After shuttling me back and forth to different parts of that “Kingsleydom” they informed me that such donors only had to be registered before the expiry of the “Election Period” which would end on Election day. My watch on the registry began. It appeared to me they pushed for the donors to get in their registrations in but one was still missing on Election Day. I so informed elections Canada. Some period after the election, in which Annie again narrowly won her seat, Elections Canada informed me that the last donor was registered. On checking the registry again I found that to be technically true but the date of registration was shown to be on the day following the end of the “Election Period”. That clearly broke their own rules but they let me know they considered the matter closed. Can you detect any sign of impartiality on the part of Kingsley in my little story?
Posted by: BobWood | 2006-12-30 11:58:47 AM
What people tend to forget, is Landslide Anne got a lot of votes from non-existent addresses and strip bars.
Posted by: tomax7 | 2006-12-30 12:12:16 PM
How about McKenna? How much of his "credibility" is he willing to gamble with that lot?
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-30 12:28:15 PM
'been around the block:
No, I mean "gilded", as in gilding the lily.They want a bright and shining King to bedazzle while going about duping the masses.
As for gelding, that may already be done! File under "Unknown".
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-30 12:44:48 PM
McKenna is focused on making money, and he surprised a lot of Maritimers by supporting Brison for Federal
Leadership. Why? who knows. But McKenna would not say no to a request from Chretien or Bradshaw to work for Dion. Most of the Liberals I know in Nova Scotia are focused on their Leadership Convention in April but are not supporting Dion. We expect Brison will be the next NS Liberal Leader. Remember that McKenna was never part of the Toronto Party brain trust which supported Ignatieff, he has been and remains an outsider He did'nt run this time for the Federal Crown because he knew he could not win, and will not run ever in my opinion. MacLeod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2006-12-30 12:54:29 PM
Liz: LOL. Dion as a bright and shining King, bedazzling the poor duped masses!! The Libs are going to have to do a Cinderella transformation with, I guess, le p'tit gars de Shawinigan wielding the ax--er, I mean, the wand.
Posted by: 'been around the block | 2006-12-30 4:49:59 PM
Hey the CEO of elections did not endorse us we expected him to so its nice he has resigned. The Harper government should chose someone who will indirectly cheat the election in our favor.
Posted by: Yonas Lema | 2006-12-30 7:38:43 PM
'been around the block:
Of course the Liberal Back House boys will be busy enlisting all manner of magic and Voo-Doo getting the little Dink up to looking Prime Ministerial.
They may have to resort to lip-sincing as well, he can't speak plainly enough to be understood, it's painful to listen to him.
I really think it's an insult that, after all the time the guy has spent in English areas, like Ottawa and even Montreal, he hasn't made an attempt to do better with the language.
His Groomer and Mentor Jean Chretien murdered both languages but at least he could be understood.
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-30 7:40:06 PM
We just need someone who can lie and cheat for us to win the election just like we have done in the past. We don't want any professional, we need a crack head like a Stockwell Day.
Posted by: Yonas Lema | 2006-12-30 8:58:13 PM
Thanks for that last comment Liz J. I'm still laughing at the picture in my mind that you drew with your apt Personification
Posted by: jema54j | 2006-12-31 12:02:57 AM
And once little Dion has been royally groomed and outfitted in his gilded and bedazzling King's robes (!), someone's going to have to write the modern version of The Emperor's New Clothes.
Mark Steyn would do a great job.
Posted by: 'been around the block | 2006-12-31 7:08:36 AM
I find it increasingly surreal that the Liberals
actually expect that Canadians will vote for their newly more or less annoited "Leader" Only Chretien and Martin, both failed Prime Ministers could consider such a bizarre situation as acceptable
-Ottawa and Toronto based Media will focus of creating an "image" for the barely articulate
Dion, who as Greg Weston points out today most Canadians think is the Sixth Dionne Twin who just appeared, and half brother of the well known and talented Quebec Singer whose biggest hit focused on the sinking of the unsinkable "Titanic". MacLeod
Posted by: Jack MacLeod | 2006-12-31 8:48:15 AM
Would that be the Greg Weston who was not invited to Harper's little party at 24 Sussex?
The Greg Weston who can't get over the shunning?
The same Greg Weston who has been constantly painting Harper as the epitome of all things negative since he took office?
Opinions are fine, fair is fair, but this guy is obsessed, he should do himself a favor and get over it if he wants to be taken seriously, his job depends on it.
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-31 11:36:16 AM
CTV Report that a woman attempted to break into the
PM"s Cottage in Gatineau (we call it Hull down here in the sticks) Maybe she did'nt get an invite to Harpers Christmas Party either (Weston's girfriend
perhaps?") - she explained while being led away she
"just wanted to talk" to the PM. Personally I would not invite any Canadian Media to a party in our house (they would steal the silver and drink all the booze) - MacLeod
Posted by: Jack Macleod | 2006-12-31 12:00:12 PM
So "a woman" tried to break into the Prime Ministerial "Cottage" in Gatineau. She doesn't know much about the goings on of the PM at this time of year. She mustn't even know he is a Western Rube and is probably spending the holiday in Calgary, Yee-Haw!
Wishing to speak to the PM was a real dandy excuse to come up with but unless the ghost of McKenzie King would speak with her her mission was rather impossible.
Inviting the media anywhere can be a lose, lose situation. The Liberal hospitality is no doubt a hard act to follow and it appears it has caused a lot of brain damage throughout the MSM.
There are some exceptions, we know who they are.
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-31 2:49:56 PM
Beyond her Olympic accomplishments, who is Myriam Bedard in the grand scheme of things?
Her problems are of a personal, domestic nature not unusual in today's World of broken marriages and custody battles, the children being the losers.
Posted by: Liz J | 2006-12-31 6:37:18 PM
The intruder who drove through a closed gate at the PM's Gatineau retreat was privy to his whereabouts, he was there!
However, she didn't get far, the Mounties did their job, Mrs Harper didn't have to fend her off with an Eskimo carving.
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-01-01 6:39:54 AM
Karol: We may hear the truth in the case at some point. If it's involving the Libranos it'll take some time to get through their maze of deceit, lies and general corruption.
Adscam is anything but cleaned up. We have yet to recover our money. Guess we can write it off as a bad debt but we better hope the voters keep it in memory.
Bedard had better have plenty of loot to fight her "case"
If the Liberals wish to rebuild their party they're going at it in a strange fashion.
Dink Dion is being coached by the enabler of Adscam, Jean Chreien. Building with crumbling bricks does not bode well for their structure.
If a pack of old hacks and back house manipulators is the best they have to offer as architects they're on pretty shaky ground.
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-01-01 2:01:28 PM
The whole Bedard affair is being played out as a domestic tragedy and Bedard is portrayed as the the villain.
She is remembered in Canada for her Olympic fame and more recently for her testimony in the Adscam goon show.
We are now being fed the usual Liberal tripe from papers like the Red Star with the intent to portray Ms Bedard as a flake.
As said before, let's hope the truth get's out and she can sue a few assholes for defamation of character, that would include hauling a few weasels out from anonymity.
Posted by: Liz J | 2007-01-02 6:00:43 AM
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