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Saturday, November 26, 2005
Adscam was organized and criminal
Here are all three of Stephen Harper's now-famous references, from Thursday's Hansard, to the Liberals and organized crime:
1. "The testimony before the commission began to confirm a sponsorship program that was a front for massive kickbacks involving organized crime, used by the Liberal Party to fill its own election coffers." 2. "A party, and I think this is important to repeat when we are talking about the Clarity Act and the rule of law, that has been named in a judicial inquiry, a royal commission, has been found guilty of breaking every conceivable law in the province of Quebec with the help of organized crime cannot lecture the separatists or anyone else about respecting the rule of law." 3. "I have said to people in my own party and to others that if I belonged to an organization and led an organization that was found to have been involved in a massive corruption ring using organized crime to defraud taxpayers, I cannot understand why anyone found in that position would want to be associated with that organization." The Liberals are in a fury over all this, of course, but Harper's use of the phrase is actually quite cagey. Remember, Gomery has shown that Liberals conducted an organized criminal enterprise to enrich their party. Hence, by definition, they used, employed, or involved themselves in "organized crime." Organized crime doesn't always have to involve the Mafia or the Triads, you know; it can involve anyone acting in an organized, illegal manner. Of course, Harper's repeated use of the "organized crime" label is bound to conjure up images of the Mafia et al, and, as such, it may be seen as a low blow. Moreover, of the three cited occurrences, the second is really stretching things, especially that part about the Liberals having been found guilty of breaking every conceivable law. Was he referring to murder? Rape, perhaps? Or maybe incest, piracy or treason? I doubt Harper would have dared to suggest such a thing without the protection of privilege he enjoys in the Commons. Clearly, Harper was being deliberately provocative in an attempt to define the campaign as being about Liberal wrongdoing. His instinct on this is good, as is his decision to fire a preemptive strike in what we know, given the Liberal record in the last two campaigns, will be a negative campaign. It will be interesting to watch how much mud Harper will sling over the next month and a half. But my bet is that it's not going to be half as much as the Liberals.
1. "The testimony before the commission began to confirm a sponsorship program that was a front for massive kickbacks involving organized crime, used by the Liberal Party to fill its own election coffers."
2. "A party, and I think this is important to repeat when we are talking about the Clarity Act and the rule of law, that has been named in a judicial inquiry, a royal commission, has been found guilty of breaking every conceivable law in the province of Quebec with the help of organized crime cannot lecture the separatists or anyone else about respecting the rule of law."
3. "I have said to people in my own party and to others that if I belonged to an organization and led an organization that was found to have been involved in a massive corruption ring using organized crime to defraud taxpayers, I cannot understand why anyone found in that position would want to be associated with that organization."
The Liberals are in a fury over all this, of course, but Harper's use of the phrase is actually quite cagey. Remember, Gomery has shown that Liberals conducted an organized criminal enterprise to enrich their party. Hence, by definition, they used, employed, or involved themselves in "organized crime." Organized crime doesn't always have to involve the Mafia or the Triads, you know; it can involve anyone acting in an organized, illegal manner.
Of course, Harper's repeated use of the "organized crime" label is bound to conjure up images of the Mafia et al, and, as such, it may be seen as a low blow. Moreover, of the three cited occurrences, the second is really stretching things, especially that part about the Liberals having been found guilty of breaking every conceivable law. Was he referring to murder? Rape, perhaps? Or maybe incest, piracy or treason? I doubt Harper would have dared to suggest such a thing without the protection of privilege he enjoys in the Commons.
Clearly, Harper was being deliberately provocative in an attempt to define the campaign as being about Liberal wrongdoing. His instinct on this is good, as is his decision to fire a preemptive strike in what we know, given the Liberal record in the last two campaigns, will be a negative campaign. It will be interesting to watch how much mud Harper will sling over the next month and a half. But my bet is that it's not going to be half as much as the Liberals.
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I will say EXACTLY what Stephen Harper said; anytime, anywhere and I have probably said worse! So far pmpm has not sent me a lawsuit. If all of us minions (taxpayers and voters) repeated those words -OFTEN- we could stretch the revenus of CSL and the Liberano Party - Lawsuits for so many , where would they buy a chicken in the pot for all?
Posted by: jema54j | 2005-11-26 5:50:32 PM
Of course, Harper will be "angry", and when the Liberals sling mud, it'll just be politics as usual. Harper can't win a dirty battle with the Lieberals because he's too "angry". Did I mention how "angry" Harper is ?
Posted by: MarkAlta | 2005-11-26 6:05:18 PM
Paul Martin as his Liberals could get caught skewering babies with a pitchkork and still be elected in Ontario. It has nothing to do with "Scarey" Harper or hidden adjendas. Ontario will never share governing this country with Hayseed Redneck Westerners.
Posted by: Bazoo | 2005-11-26 6:28:56 PM
Saying that the Liberal Party is involved with organized crime is an insult to organized crime. The Mob at least has some dignity.
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-26 6:34:01 PM
Bazoo: Was that comment about hayseed redneck westerners meant to be negative ? I think it more of a compliment, thanks !
Posted by: MarkAlta | 2005-11-26 6:39:29 PM
markalta: it's a racist remark, revealing the prejudices of Ontarians against others. It should be considered hate speech. However, it is kind to the way they treat non-whites.
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-26 6:44:46 PM
It's a compliment in my neck of the woods too.
Posted by: Bazoo | 2005-11-26 6:44:49 PM
I'm glad to finally see some official acknowledgement of Liberal corruption.
To say that the Liberal Party is in bed with organized crime is almost a laughable understatement. I mean, for godssake, they knowingly appointed a made member of the Bonanno crime family to the post that intersects between government contracts and the private sector. You just can't get more outrageous than that.
However, the Liberal response can be a big trap for the Liberal Party.
You will recall that after Gagliano was 'outed', he made a brief statement to the effect that he imight have to sue someone. This was a threat, but an empty one. Because Gagliano knew that if he started to sue, it would give the defendant an opportunity to legally trot out all the evidence for Gagliano's connections with organized crime. Hell, they probably could have subpoenaed the FBI.
The most fortunate thing that could happen would be for the Librano$ to drag Harper into court over this. Harper could then spend the next year introducing into evidence statements and witnesses demonstrating Librano$' connection with organized crime. He would not have to be politically restrained, and much of the debate would come from the mouths of those who have been abused by the corruption. He could turn the whole thing into a year long public revel in the press, every day hammering in the nail of the idea that the Librano$ are mobbed up.
Posted by: Greg outside Dallas | 2005-11-26 6:49:04 PM
Canoe headline: PM: Grits will face problems head on
I don't know about you guys, but I'm convinced he is sincere. After all, who knows more about these problems than he and his party!
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-26 7:20:57 PM
Ah, the good old days : Pizza, @ $132.00. Ciao, Joe. As what's his name said, "I just deliver flyers for her, house to house. (Not brown envelopes). $$$$$$$$
Dirty Money Really Smells
""It didn't smell right"," a bank-clerk told prosecutor Gioacchino Natoli when he heard her in Montreal during a rogatory investigation, following the arrest of Caruana and Cuffaro. Natoli still recalls the event with surprise. (62) The dirty money the clan laundered through several Canadian banks really stank. ""It smelled musty"." The cash was all in small bills of two, five or ten dollars, the typical denomination of drug transactions on the street.
The bulk of the evidence used by Falcone to indict the Cuntrera-Caruana clan in 1989 was gathered by one single policeman from Montreal. Sergeant Marc Bourque of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was appointed to investigate the financial aspects after the seizure of 58 kilo of heroin in 1985.
One of the persons under arrest was Gerlando Caruana. When Bourque wanted to look into Caruana's bank accounts, an employee said he would not find much there, but he should look at the accounts of Gerlando's brother, Alfonso Caruana. (63) What Bourque found there would keep him busy for the next five years. He code-named his investigation Operation Pilgrim – and a pilgrimage it proved to be. Bourque wandered through the international financial worl; he heard 300 witnesses in nine countries, his dossier amounted to 3,600 pages. Bourque laid bare the money laundering system of the clan in Montreal – although whether he found all the money, nobody knows.
In one bank alone Bourque traced nearly 16 million US dollars laundered through accounts of Alfonso Caruana. Every week a couple of Sicilians entered the branch of the City & District Bank in the Montreal suburb Dollard-des-Ormeaux carrying hockey-bags filled with half a million in cash. The tellers spent a half day counting the small bills. The clan brought in its dirty dollars and walked out with clean bank drafts. Thirty-six million US dollars ended up in Swiss bank-accounts which were used to pay the Sicilian heroin suppliers. (64) The dollars the clan transported to Canada were enough to supply the Montreal money-exchange market with its weekly requisite of US cash. Bourque could trace some US$ 50 million laundered by the clan through 4 Canadian banks from 1978 until 1984.
When Bourque presented his case to the Justice Department he was told that it would be discarded: it was deemed too expensive and too intricate. His pioneering investigation never reached a Canadian court. The Department had neither the time nor the money to prosecute the case. The mere summoning of the witnesses alone would cost four or five million dollars.
""Money doesn't just fall of the trees","says Bourque. ""There is no legitimate business in Montreal which generates half a million every week, except the drug business"." He is disgusted with the collaboration of Canadian banks. They earned some 4 to 5 percent on the transactions. The banks must have been aware of the shady backgrounds. After a while they all discreetly showed the Italians the door. But the clan always found a new financial institution to continue their affairs, carefully planning its steps. The bank branches it selected had Italian-born directors, no doubt more sensitive to the ways and means of the Mafia. Aldo Tucci, the director of the City & District branch, was completely integrated in the clan's system. He set up front store companies and neglected his work for the bank. Eventually Tucci was fired.
The Italian judicature very much appreciated the results of Sergeant Bourque's investigation, piecing it together with evidence they gathered during the Italian inquiry of the Pizza Connection. Bourque's evidence was subsequently used in the trials against Cuntrera-Caruana family members. >>>
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-11-26 7:36:43 PM
Gomery appointment raises conflict questions
By Leo Knight
“If this was about drugs, it would be called money laundering. Don’t you agree? Am I mistaken?”
– Mr. Justice John Gomery to former Chrétien aide Jean Carle
When the first report on the Liberal sponsorship scandal was released by Mr. Justice Gomery, many Canadians didn’t believe that Prime Minister Paul Martin was blameless and all the blame was laid on his predecessor Jean Chrétien, former Minister of Public Works Alfonso Gagliano, Chuck Guité and a handful of apparatchiks from the Quebec wing of the party.
On the surface of things it does seem more than a little incredible that the former Finance Minister could continue to fund the sponsorship program without understanding where the money was going. Notwithstanding this, Gomery heaped the blame on the previous regime.
But never mind that, Gomery’s reference to money laundering is particularly poignant when one considers the Minister responsible for the program, Alfonso Gagliano, was the former accountant to Augustino Cuntrera, the de facto head of the Caruana / Cuntrera mafia family since his cousin Alfonso Caruana, was bagged up in Project Omerta by the CFSEU in Toronto. During that time in the early ‘80s, police alleged that the Caruana/ Cuntreras laundered millions of dollars through the family’s accounts at the Montreal City and District Savings bank.
In one eight month period, RCMP Sgt. Mark Bourque established that the family laundered over $21 million through the bank. On some occasions, as described in the book Bloodlines by Antonio Nicaso and Lee Lamothe, they drove up to the bank with a pick up truck loaded with cash.
Gagliano has spent the intervening years denying his connections to the mafia as recently as last year after Frank Lino, former mob Capo turned informer, named Gagliano as a “made member” of the Bonnano family.
Now, all of this is suspicious and sleazy enough. The CEO of the bank used by the Caruana / Cuntreras at the time was Raymond Garneau, who was appointed by Paul Martin in his capacity as Finance Minister, to be a Director of the Bank of Canada. He was fired by Jean Chrétien after he had the temerity in 2002 to suggest it was time for Chrétien to resign in favour of Martin.
A police investigator involved in the money laundering investigation said later, "I don't know how to define Mr. Garneau's conduct in those circumstances," he said. "The money of the Mafia came in handy for the banks, and everybody closed their eyes. Even in front of the evidence."
On June 22, 2005, Mr. Justice Gomery announced he was establishing an Advisory Committee to assist him in making recommendations to government, based on the facts found in his original report, to “…prevent mismanagement of sponsorship programs and advertising activities in the future." Garneau chairs that Advisory Committee.
Scott Newark, the former special advisor to the Ontario Attorney General said when contacted about this, “It is remarkable and disturbing that an individual with the political history and personal connections to Martin that Garneau has should have received such an appointment.”
Remarkable indeed. And, given the connections to Martin and Gagliano, one wonders how the appointment came to be made. >>>
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-11-26 7:44:49 PM
I just saw our PM on Vancouver TV. He said he was proud of the Liberal record and we have a lot more coming. Now that is very scary.
To the people of Ontario I would say, the Liberals have used your money to con you into believe that the Tories are scary and that the Liberals are the natural governing party. They conned you in 1997, 2000, 2004, and they will try it again for the 2006 election.
For those who refer to the people of the west as Rednecks I would ask how many rednecks live in Ontario? Westerners tend to think of Ontario as Toronto or Ottawa but Ontario is a big province with a big population and a lot of them are farmers and ranchers.
When Harper spoke of breaking all the laws in the books I believe he was refering to the laws revolving around spending on the referendum.
Posted by: truthsayer | 2005-11-26 7:47:34 PM
How short our memories are.
See the following from CSIS "Report No. 2000/07: Transnational Criminal Activity: A Global Context", August 17, 2000"
Additionally, attempts at corrupting public officials, and the exploitation of government programs such as the immigration system, jeopardize the integrity of these programs and institutions."
And see this:
Friday 8 September 2000
Mobsters target Parliament, RCMP commissioner says
Aim is to 'corrupt, destabilize' system
The Ottawa Citizen
Organized crime mobs are targeting Parliament and other Canadian institutions in an attempt to spread corruption and political instability, says the new head of the RCMP.
During a remarkably candid news conference, Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli said yesterday that criminal groups are focusing on Parliament, the courts and other institutions with the aim of "destabilizing" the political system.
"For the first time in this country, we are seeing signs of criminal organizations that are so sophisticated that they actually are focusing on destabilizing certain aspects of our society," said Commissioner Zaccardelli. The commissioner is a 30-year veteran of the RCMP who was previously the force's deputy commissioner in charge of the fight against organized crime.
"That's a real threat to us. There are criminal organizations that target this destabilization of our parliamentary system."
Commissioner Zaccardelli's comments shocked MPs, who said the commissioner should inform the House of Commons, through Speaker Gilbert Parent, if the RCMP has evidence of political corruption or attempts to corrupt politicians.
Asked if he could cite cases where criminals have targeted politicians or whether he was "fearmongering," Commissioner Zaccardelli replied: "It's not fearmongering in the least. I can't give you, obviously, specific details, but we clearly have information that indicates that a sophisticated criminal organization, as part of their strategy, is not only to maximize their profits through illegal activity, but in doing that, in maximizing their profits, where they can attempt to try and corrupt and to try to destabilize (the) situation, that's where they flourish."
Asked what he meant about the threat to Parliament, the commissioner responded:
"The question of corruption. Corruption is always a potential problem around the world, corruption in a lot of places, unfortunately, exists. So the potential to corrupt by these criminal organizations is there. We have to be vigilant against that." ..
Asked yet again whether the RCMP has evidence of cabinet ministers or MPs being targeted by organized crime, Commissioner Zaccardelli said: "I'm saying there are criminal organizations that we are aware of that ... part of their strategy is to target and to infiltrate Canadian institutions. If they have opportunities, they will not hesitate to try and attempt that type of behaviour."..'
In 2000 the Liberals had been in power in Ottawa for almost seven years. It has been five years since then.
I have seen remarkably little media follow-up on this matter. Or by the RCMP Commissioner. Or by the Liberal government.
Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-11-26 7:50:03 PM
Robert: you are such a fool. The Lie-beral party ignores the Opposition at every turn, and tries to discredit it in the eyes of Ontarians like you.
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-26 9:00:52 PM
For a lot of wrong reasons, many of them Liberal generated and many of them having to do with the psyche of Ontario conservatives combined with the psyche of Ontario minded conservatives in the West who have never really accepted the reform/alliance people as bonafide conservatives (eg. Sinclair Stevens) - the upcoming election is going to solve nothing for Canada as a nation. Harper is very likely to go the way of Preston Manning - selling his soul to eastern Canada in a vain attempt to gain power - power that eastern canadians simply are not about to allow to happen for whatever misguided reasons and no matter how competent a western based leader might be.
Regardless of what R. Kline says/does now, his comments about predicting a liberal minority have dealt a severe blow to any aspirations the conseravtives may have had. S Harper's reference in the house to organized crime (plain dumb, not crafty) along with his only approach to bringing down the Liberals being one of attack, not taking the high road, not coming out with what the conservatives are prepared to do (a platform), and seeking power for the sake of power has/will continue to erode much of the support from eastern canada that had been hoped for.
It may well turn out that Kline's prediction is off base - it may well turn out that the Liberals will be back but this time with a small (or better) majority. I hate this with a purple passion. If it does happen, it will be for all of the wrong reasons.
If it does happen, perhaps this will finally be the wake up for us in the west to forget about talking about firewalls around the west and get down to the business of o.k. - lets get it done and become just as effective as the P/Q has been for Quebec.
Posted by: calgary clipper | 2005-11-26 9:03:32 PM
The following was from a friend of mine(from way back) from the east of Canada in an e-mail a few weeks ago...I guess he was letting off some steam, thought it might bring some interesting comments on the Shotgun. I was surprised by the venom:
"The whole country hates Alberta now the way they used to hate Toronto. And I can only speak for myself, but it is because he ( Klein) is so goddamn smug, pompous and arrogant, and always rubbing it in our faces. You'd think he slew the dinosaurs to create that oil himself. Repackage the NEP, tell Canadians they all deserve to share the wealth, and presto.. MAJORITY.... and we do have the army !! It aint much globally, but I think we can take the Calgary Police Service!!"
Posted by: MarkAlta | 2005-11-26 9:32:07 PM
Mark: and they wonder why Albertans are unhappy!
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-26 9:38:11 PM
Scott: yeah, and I know some guys in the CPS and I wouldn't give the canadian army much on them, except for the numbers... :)
Posted by: MarkAlta | 2005-11-26 9:41:51 PM
The following comment is very lengthy and for that I apologise. I hope you wade through it if only to get to the Stephen Harper quotes.
Keeping the corruption issue front and centre is obviously a good tactic for now and it should be kept in every speech any CP candidate makes right up 'til voting day.
But that issue on its own won't be enough to get the CP into power.
Two other items have to be dealt with and a third, possibly far more important issue, should be used towards the close of the election.
First off, the CP has to have a defense and an from there a counter-strategy for the smear that Stephen Harper is "Scary" and that the CP is chock-a-block with knuckle dragging social conservatives who would outlaw abortions, jail homosexuals, sell water to the US, send troops to Iraq etc., etc. All a part of the Secret agenda. The dark side.
This will prove exceedingly difficult to do and take great discipline and tenacity throughout the campaign on everyone's part. In this respect the CP and Stephen Harper are being held to a far higher standard than the LP and the other parties.
It is very hard to disprove a negative. The old "when did you stop beating you wife?" saw.
Compounding the problem is the MSM which is clearly biased against the CP and will jump on any shred of flimsy evidence of "scary" conduct meanwhile ignoring any attempts by the CP to demonstrate that they aren't. (they are looking for their "entitlement" too, don't forget)
The best way for the CP and Harper to deal with it is to not give the LP or the press any ammunition and to constantly turn the topic back on Mr. Dither's flip-flops, the disappearing democracy initiative, the loss of fiscal prudence and the whole litany of examples of the LP and PM's lack of integrity.
The second item is the message that although Canada has lately being doing RELATIVELY well economically, it could be doing so, so much more - that the real scandal of the last twelve years is that Canada isn't hands down the wealthiest, safest and most democratic country on earth. We shouldn't just have tax rates comparable to the US, they should be far less than the US. Where did all of the money go? why do we spend $80,000 per pre-columbian and yet they largely live in misery? etc, etc.
This "vision", fleshed out by well-timed publication of the CP's (excellent) policies throughout the campaign should provide positive motivators for voters. Again, like the "scary" issue, the press will be the biggest obstacle to the party's effectiveness in getting their message to the public.
An effective ad campaign with Stephen Harper speaking directly to the public - snippets of his keynote speech in Montreal would do the trick -such as the following:
"They promised to be the guardians of health care.
Twelve years ago, the average wait for a surgical procedure in Canada was about nine weeks.
Today it is more than four months.
There are hundreds of thousands of Canadians waiting for care this very moment – waiting often in pain and in fear.
Maybe it’s your mother waiting for a new hip – missing out on an active life, getting old before her time.
Maybe it’s your father waiting for cancer treatment – knowing that his odds of survival go down with every week of delay.
Maybe it’s you waiting for heart surgery – reducing work hours, coping with pain, and wondering why.
In 2001, Paul Martin told students at Wilfrid Laurier University: “second best is no longer good enough.”
Second best? If only.
Under Martin’s leadership, the World Health Organization has rated Canada’s healthcare system – not No. 1 in the world, not No. 2 in the world, but No. 30 in the world."
"My friends, I have been everywhere - from Goose Bay, Labrador to Terrace, British Columbia.
I have traveled across this country taking our message to places it has not been heard in a long, long time, and to people who have never heard it before.
And I will be working just as hard in the year ahead.
If there is anywhere I can go to bring change to this country, I will go there.
If there is any group I can to meet to elect a Conservative government, I will meet them.
I will leave no task undone, no voter unheard, no region unvisited.
It’s true that there remain some Canadians who feel they do not yet know me.
When Jean Chrétien was first elected to Parliament, trans-continental planes still flew on propellers.
When Paul Martin first ran for Liberal leader, computers still ran on DOS. Compared to my opponents, I am a new face.
So there may be Canadians who do not know me, but I know them.
I know them to be fair and generous and compassionate.
I know that they work hard and save and sacrifice.
I know they love their families, that they worry about the health care of their parents, and want their children’s lives to be better than their own.
I know they pray for peace and will fight for freedom.
I know they honour their homeland and yet chose Canada as their country.
I also know very well – the pride and solidarity of Quebeckers.
I know they will never let the autonomy and the dignity of Quebec be undermined.
But they also want to be partners in the future of Canada.
And they will be – once again – with the new Conservative Party of Canada."
That stuff is pure gold and he delivered it with passion and honestly (it's the truth). It is the best speech ever given by any of the current leaders and one of the best ever by a Canadian politician.
The third item is pure dynamite. It is the elephant in the room that, like real dynamite, has to be handled with care. But, if used properly, can be lethal to the LP. The item is better put as a statement to the voters of Ontario:
"If you think you are the heart of Canada - that you are the most "Canadian" part of Canada - that you hold this contry together - then think about what you are saying to Quebec and Alberta if you vote Liberal.
To Quebecers you are saying "Uncle Tom Lives" you are saying yes to yet more adscams and callous "throw money at them" politics. To Albertans you are saying "Shut up, bring on the carbon tax, stop your whining, send us the money. We're the ones in charge here."
Voting Liberal will push Quebec beyond the point of no return and it will give the nationalist forces in Alberta the political critical mass they need to become a mainstream and powerful force in Alberta politics (If you think Ralph Klein is a right winger pro-Albertan just wait 'til you see Ted Morton and company.).
The MSM will do nothing to play this issue up for obvious reasons and how the CP and Stephen Harper should introduce it for best effect I do not know.
Posted by: Gord Tulk | 2005-11-26 10:11:08 PM
Mark: if I know Calgarians, we'd give the Federal Army a serious licking. They would soon realize that this is war, not shovelling snow for the rich people in Tronna.
I wonder if we could treat a CBC reporter embedded with them as a spy, meaning we could shoot them?
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-26 10:16:08 PM
I know you've recently said that you don't favour deleting posts or banning posters only on the basis of their stupidity, but really, Scott's Ontariophobia has crossed a line when he escalates from inciting hatred to advocating murder.
Get rid of him.
Posted by: surly | 2005-11-26 10:46:29 PM
I respectfully disagree. We are ruled by law. If Scott breaks the law he will be dealt with appropriately. Shy of that, he should be free to be third in line for village idiot after Robert and Justin. Oh dear, was that a pointless personal insult? So sorry. But free speech does matter. Because it leaves us free to write and read things like:
Of course Adscam was criminal (the fall guys are already in court) and organized (the LPC is an organization). Beyond even that the prospect of the involvement of the finer parts of Montreal's Italian community is equally entertaining and, dare I steal the Liberal snipe, "scary"? We're talking envelopes full of cash (where do you find that?) and requests for police protection (why, was Hedy Fry hyperventilating again?).
And ... Southern Ontario ("Eyes wide shut" comes to mind) is poised to re-elect these guys! Against the overwhelming public opinion of Quebec and the west. Wow, what a country. Criminal convictions might be the only way to wake Ontarians up (at least one would hope), but this is impossible given the way the national police are presently structured.
Should the RCMP be headed by Parliament, not the ruling party? Comments? Would love to hear from a legal expert.
Posted by: asdf | 2005-11-27 5:10:03 AM
In a letter I sent to PM.PM
Everyone I talk to agrees....
The liberal party and organised crime, are one and the same, and I'm not afraid to say it, here or anywhere....
Hey Mr. Dithers, sue me I dare ya...
Lets get this into the courts where it belongs...
Posted by: B Wylie Ajax, Ont. | 2005-11-27 8:52:40 AM
Here's an idea for Albertans. If a Liberal candidate contacts you, reply to them using terms from various gangster movies. Call them "Don Paul's men" or "Goodfellas", etc. This should be done in place of spitting on them or laughing at them. Don't shoot them, regardless of the temptation. There's no need to spend 20 years in jail for that. Driving them back to Tronna will be enough. This election is really an offer we can't refuse!
For Ontarians, well you people already bow to them in the streets as if they were Japanese shoguns, Chinese Emperors, Indian Maharajahs, or Russian Czars, so there's no need to imply your loyalties.
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-27 9:27:41 AM
Some useful terms for the election:
A friend of ours: mob shorthand for introducing one made guy to another made guy. "A friend of mine" is just another jamook on the street.
Administration: the top-level "management" of an organized crime Family—the boss, underboss, and consigliere.
books, the: a phrase indicating membership in the Family. If there is a possibility for promotion, then the books are open. If not, the books are closed.
code of silence: not ratting on your colleagues once you've been pinched—no longer a strong virtue in organized crime families. Also see Omertá.
crew: the group of soldiers under the capo's command.
empty suit: someone with nothing to offer who tries to hang around with mobsters
made guy: an indoctrinated member of the Family. Essentially, you pledge your allegiance to the boss and the family for life. To even qualify, your mother has to be Italian.
omertá: the much-vaulted Mafia vow of silence. In other words don't rat on your friends. Transgression is punishable by death.
shakedown: to blackmail or try to get money from someone; also to give someone a scare.
stand-up guy: someone who refuses to rat out the Family no matter what the pressure- offer or threat.
underboss: the second in command to the boss.
waste management business: euphemism for organized crime.
The last one is far too close to the truth!
Here's more: http://www.themovienetwork.ca/sopranos/mafiatalk.php
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-27 10:14:58 AM
When the MSM showed 2 CPC members holding the Western Standard "Libranos" poster, Joe Volpe said outside the commons "I see the Klan is alive and well in the Conservative Party." On the Rutherford show he said he was referring to the "Clan" of conservatives and not the KKK. Obviously, eastern Canada didn't hear his explanation on the CHED so are left to believe the "Klan" is alive and well in the CPC, as was his true intention. Though many of you may not like the way Harper introduced this into the Canadian electorate psyche, I personally think it was an excellent strategic maneuver. I am hoping that he just leave it there and let the Liberals go around defending themselves from the truth.
Posted by: Lemmytowner | 2005-11-27 1:44:41 PM
Paul Who? [ CP is not following the script.What is happening? ]>>>
Martin faces second election dogged by scandal
By JOHN WARD
OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister Paul Martin goes into a Christmas election campaign dragging the sponsorship scandal behind him like the clanking chains that hobbled Jacob Marley's ghost.
Less than two years after he became prime minister, Martin is facing a second election, still haunted by the ghost of scandals past.
It wasn't supposed to be like this. >>>>
Posted by: maz2 | 2005-11-27 6:07:22 PM
VANCOUVER (CP) - It appears politics and sports don't mix at the Grey Cup.
As Prime Minister Paul Martin was introduced Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, some in the sellout crowd of 59,195 greeted him with resounding boos.
Posted by: JR | 2005-11-27 7:22:36 PM
Section 467.1(1) of the Criminal Code states that a "criminal organization" means a group, however organized, that:
(a)is composed of three or more persons in or outside Canada; and,
(b) has as one of its main purposes or main activities the facilitation or commission of one or more serious offences, that, if committed, would likely result in the direct or indirect receipt of a material benefit, including a financial benefit, by the group or by any one of the persons who constitute the group.
Posted by: Jason | 2005-11-27 9:55:31 PM
Jason: maybe so, but since this same criminal organization controls the RCMP, it is useless to think the RCMP will be able to help.
My solution: bring in the FBI.
Posted by: Scott | 2005-11-27 9:59:07 PM
McClelland, are we rousing you from being so Left Asleep?
Posted by: wharold | 2005-11-28 1:02:50 AM
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