The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Friday, December 09, 2005
"One of the biggest failures of the law is that it requires the whistleblower first seek resolution within their own department. Such a provision is absolutely laughable. For example, it would have done nothing to protect the Sponsorship’s whistleblower, Allan Cutler.
Cutler worked with the infamous bureaucrat Chuck Guite in 1994. They both handled advertising and public opinion research in Public Works. Guite- who allegedly had the vanity license plate “gravy”-- began to interfere with some files and contracts. Cutler noted several contracting irregularities and refused to sign off on them. He submitted his concerns to both his department supervisor and to the internal audit branch. Cutler was demoted while Guite continued to move up and eventually headed what we now know as the Sponsorship program.
The new law would have done nothing to protect Allan Cutler who did report problems to his department head only to be punished with a demotion. In fact, the new law includes a provision that prevents such disclosures be made public. So, taxpayers would have never known the name Alan Cutler or the wrongdoing he tried to expose. The legislation will do nothing to change the current culture in Ottawa and it will not protect those civil servants concerned with the public interest. It is nothing more than a paper tiger. And that’s not good enough."
Surely market enforcement has had sufficient time to get to the bottom of who knew what, when - since the market is constantly monitored.Where are the answers?
The gun ban was more about election spin than about the criminals......why don't some enterprising journalists
take a look at the RCMP underfunding and staff shortages over the years?Why don't some media interview Palango or some former officers to get an idea of the real situation .That might entail actually doing some leg work like making a couple of phone calls instead of simply regurgitating a Press conference.
This is the real track record on crime if anybody really wanted to know.Don't believe they are understaffed? Why does it take forever to do investigatigations, including the one that deals with the murders of the four young officers in Mayorthorpe(the investigation was supposed to take 18 months) who were murdered by Roszko who used an assault rifle on them.
The Last Guardians-
"The only way to get tough on gun crime is to impose mandatory, non-negotiable prison sentences. Commit a crime with a gun, you go to jail. End of story.
The Liberals have insisted for years that such sentences don't work. But just before this election, they suddenly promised to double the existing minimum penalties, which are routinely plea-bargained away. Pardon us if we doubt their sincerity.
Martin is also pledging about $400 million over 10 years for social programs, more border guards and specially-trained RCMP to combat gangs, guns and organized crime. Fine.
But this handgun ban reveals the Liberals' crime strategy for what it really is: Another expensive, useless, feel-good crackdown on law-abiding citizens, while the criminals go on firing -- laughing all the way."
After 12 years , they are going to ban handguns? But do nothing about the revolving door justice system?The track record is there -instead of
handcuffing the criminals, they handcuffed the RCMP by underfunding and staff shortages. So basically they did virtually nothing to protect the public over 12 years, but a month before the election they are going to change their spots?? They focused on the majority of honest hard working people through a $1.5 billion gun registry money pit while allowing the minority of criminals to control the streets.The first duty of a government is to protect its citizens not allow criminals to roam the streets virtually unchallenged.
There is a $30 billion illegal drug and money laundering operation going on in Canada which is mainly behind the murders. The government seems to have overlooked that little issue with their brand new "get tough" policy.They got away with doing nothing for 12 years and now they expect the public to believe they have turned over a new leaf?
"At bottom, this is a very typical Liberal campaign promise. Promise anything to get elected. Forget about it when you get a majority government.
Martin's getting tough on crime? The criminals must be quaking in their boots."
Conservative leader Stephen Harper today announced that a Conservative government will protect retirement security programs, including Old Age Security, the Guaranteed Income Supplement, and the Canada Pension Plan. A Conservative government will also immediately double the pension income amount that seniors can deduct for registered pension plan or RRSP income from $1,000 to $2,000, gradually increasing to $2,500 over the next five years.
“We will protect our public pension programs and build on them by allowing seniors to keep more of their pension income tax free,” said Harper....
Harper also promised to improve services to seniors, to be monitored by a new national Seniors’ Council. This new body will underscore the importance of government officials treating seniors appropriately. The Seniors’ Council will be made up of representatives of national seniors organizations and individual seniors. In addition to monitoring the quality of government services to seniors, it will provide advice to the Minister Responsible for Seniors on government policy.
Harper also promised that a Conservative government would prevent other parties from taxing seniors’ retirement savings. “A Conservative government will never allow the Liberals to raid seniors’ nest eggs by taxing income trusts or imposing death taxes on inheritance,” said Harper.