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Conservative senators mail attack ads about Liberals using tax dollars

Liberal Senator Jim Munson: ‘It’s unethical’


 

Conservative senators have been using taxpayer-funded literature to target Liberal ridings with a partisan message in advance of the next election, according to the Toronto Star. At least one (Bob Runciman in Ontario) sent the mailers out at the direction of the Conservative Party of Canada’s national campaign office. It is not clear whether Senator Don Plett (Manitoba), who distributed similar material, did so on behalf of the party. The tactic—senators using their office budgets to throw negative light on the Liberal MPs in their own ridings—is unprecedented and an affront to the Senate’s role as a chamber of sober second thought, Liberal Senator Jim Munson said. The two Senators mailed some 6,000 brochures to the ridings of Liberal MPs Anita Neville (Winnipeg South Centre) and David McGuinty (Ottawa South) in September, asking constituents to join them in demanding stiffer sentences for young offenders while suggesting Liberals were soft on crime. “It’s the politics of fear paid for by taxpayers’ money and I find it disgusting,” Munson said. “It’s unethical and they should be ashamed of themselves.” The Senators have been unapologetic taxpayers’ dollars, saying they are informing Canadians about the Harper government’s plans to crack down on youth crime. By using the Senators to send out this kind of literature, the Conservative Party gets around the prohibition on MPs using tax dollars to send partisan messages to other ridings, which the House of Commons agreed must stop.

Toronto Star


 
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Conservative senators mail attack ads about Liberals using tax dollars

  1. Ah, the Loophole Masters ride again! Open, transparent and ethical indeed!

  2. Ah, the Loophole Masters ride again! Open, transparent and ethical indeed!

  3. Munson's Liberal friends in the media help his party spin 24/7, Conservatives have to counter this where they can. That's all.

  4. Munson's Liberal friends in the media help his party spin 24/7, Conservatives have to counter this where they can. That's all.

    • Let the Conservatives counter the “Liberal friends in the media” with the Conservative’s own money, please. Not with mine. Surely this is not too much to ask considering the gravy train the Senators are riding,

      • To use anything except public money (taxpayer dollars) is too much to ask. That's a kiss of death.

    • sure is funny how those "principle" things are so fickle. sometimes they seem just so gosh darned important, and then other times there ain't a sight of them for miles.

      wonder where they get to?

    • "Liberal…media"

      The same media that willingly parroted the "unelected, unaccountable liberal dominated senate" CPC talking point every time they mentioned the senate, and who have mysteriously stopped doing so since the unelected unaccountable senate became conservative dominated?

    • Make it illegal and punish the culprits.

  5. Let the Conservatives counter the “Liberal friends in the media” with the Conservative’s own money, please. Not with mine. Surely this is not too much to ask considering the gravy train the Senators are riding,

  6. So whats the big deal they all are doing the same thing I have received the same from every one of them the liberals the NDP the Quebec PQ gang and the Greens so what are you whining about now we pay for all the rubbish that is sent out not only the conservatives letters and there's is much closer to the truth than the rest of them.

  7. So whats the big deal they all are doing the same thing I have received the same from every one of them the liberals the NDP the Quebec PQ gang and the Greens so what are you whining about now we pay for all the rubbish that is sent out not only the conservatives letters and there's is much closer to the truth than the rest of them.

    • You've received letter from politicians mailing to their own ridings. This issue is about Conservatives mailing attack ads to Liberal ridings outside of their own. Only Harper and his cronies have done this and he was forced to end it because it is unethical. Apparently Harper is not bothered by ethics he doesn't like.

    • Read slowly so you comprehend better. I'll help by bolding. These are Conservative Senators mailing things. Not the NDP and the Quebec PQ gang —who don't have any Senators . And the reason the Conservative Senators are doing it, is because the House of Commons passed a ruling that MPs may not do that anymore.

      So, in other words, the Conservatives in the House of Commons went along with abolishing these 10 percenters, then turned around and issued 10 percenters where all the other parties can't even compete! Get it now?

  8. This is the result of Harper appointing ultra-partisans to the Senate as part of his Canadian record of the mmost political appointments in a single year.

    Harper brought this shameful tactic of mailing skunk ads to Liberal ridings into Canada, and he was forced to shut down this practice as unethical earlier this year.

    It's offensive that he's getting around this now by asking his indentured Senators to continue his dirty work – and again with our tax dollars!

    I didn't think Harper could lead our Canadian politics to such a new lows.

  9. This is the result of Harper appointing ultra-partisans to the Senate as part of his Canadian record of the mmost political appointments in a single year.

    Harper brought this shameful tactic of mailing skunk ads to Liberal ridings into Canada, and he was forced to shut down this practice as unethical earlier this year.

    It's offensive that he's getting around this now by asking his indentured Senators to continue his dirty work – and again with our tax dollars!

    I didn't think Harper could lead our Canadian politics to such a new lows.

    • Correction: Liberal Senators are ultra-partisan, just like the rest of the corrupt Liberal party.

      • I think senators from both parties qualify as "ultra-partisan" – but only one set is currently getting around the Commons ban by taking it "upstairs". Deal wih the issue at hand, please! We can discuss the rest of the Senate sleaze another time…

  10. You've received letter from politicians mailing to their own ridings. This issue is about Conservatives mailing attack ads to Liberal ridings outside of their own. Only Harper and his cronies have done this and he was forced to end it because it is unethical. Apparently Harper is not bothered by ethics he doesn't like.

  11. So, let me get this straight:
    Some Conservative senators mailed taxpayer-funded letters to Liberal ridings lamenting about the Liberals for wasting taxpayer money?

  12. So, let me get this straight:
    Some Conservative senators mailed taxpayer-funded letters to Liberal ridings lamenting about the Liberals for wasting taxpayer money?

    • No, they sent out these mailers to point out that crooked Liberals are soft on crime. Liberals don't care if criminals prey on you poor people, they're wealthier than you so it doesn't affect them.

  13. Abolish the Senate immediately. It serves no purpose other than rewarding party faithful and bagman.

  14. Abolish the Senate immediately. It serves no purpose other than rewarding party faithful and bagman.

    • Oh good! A fringe benefit to the unethical behaviour. It's like getting a medal for bravery while you're participating in a home invasion. And you sleep at night, do you?

    • Why would Harper do that? He is milking the Senate for all its worth.

    • I agree. I've been crying out for years to abolish it.

  15. sure is funny how those "principle" things are so fickle. sometimes they seem just so gosh darned important, and then other times there ain't a sight of them for miles.

    wonder where they get to?

  16. Read slowly so you comprehend better. I'll help by bolding. These are Conservative Senators mailing things. Not the NDP and the Quebec PQ gang —who don't have any Senators . And the reason the Conservative Senators are doing it, is because the House of Commons passed a ruling that MPs may not do that anymore.

    So, in other words, the Conservatives in the House of Commons went along with abolishing these 10 percenters, then turned around and issued 10 percenters where all the other parties can't even compete! Get it now?

  17. Oh good! A fringe benefit to the unethical behaviour. It's like getting a medal for bravery while you're participating in a home invasion. And you sleep at night, do you?

  18. Correction: Liberal Senators are ultra-partisan, just like the rest of the corrupt Liberal party.

  19. No, they sent out these mailers to point out that crooked Liberals are soft on crime. Liberals don't care if criminals prey on you poor people, they're wealthier than you so it doesn't affect them.

  20. I hope that post is a joke and you didn't mean something that dumb to be taken seriously.

  21. Harper is using our money to his own benefit. He is going around the law and using the senators to do his dirty work. This the man that wanted to have an elected senate but instead put many of his puppets as senators paid by us. Well, we are just stupid enough to let him to this to us, aren't we? Everybody that receive one of those panflets, should send it back telling them to stuff it where the sun doesn't shine and if you receive another one, you will charge them with harassment and fraud for using your own money to harass you. We, in Canada, don't like to revolt or to take matters more serious. We wait for the next election and cast our votes. If we are lucky, we get a better government, if not, oh, well, we have lots os patience and wait again for the next election. No protest, no outspoken, no outrage, after all we are Canadians. The most borering people on earth!

  22. Harper is using our money to his own benefit. He is going around the law and using the senators to do his dirty work. This the man that wanted to have an elected senate but instead put many of his puppets as senators paid by us. Well, we are just stupid enough to let him to this to us, aren't we? Everybody that receive one of those panflets, should send it back telling them to stuff it where the sun doesn't shine and if you receive another one, you will charge them with harassment and fraud for using your own money to harass you. We, in Canada, don't like to revolt or to take matters more serious. We wait for the next election and cast our votes. If we are lucky, we get a better government, if not, oh, well, we have lots os patience and wait again for the next election. No protest, no outspoken, no outrage, after all we are Canadians. The most borering people on earth!

  23. Stephen Harper, ethical to the last drop…of your money.

  24. Stephen Harper, ethical to the last drop…of your money.

  25. Why would Harper do that? He is milking the Senate for all its worth.

  26. "Liberal…media"

    The same media that willingly parroted the "unelected, unaccountable liberal dominated senate" CPC talking point every time they mentioned the senate, and who have mysteriously stopped doing so since the unelected unaccountable senate became conservative dominated?

  27. Always smoke screens covering the real truth. Our politics are criminal controlled. All of it!
    But the opposition is no better. Despite being aware of these events, no one during Question Period has asked why the RCMP jeopardized the life of a leading anti-Mafia judge, one who is investigating the same people who are jeopardizing our Canadian economy and society.

    When Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto — Nicolo's son — leaves an American jail in June 2012, he'll be wanted in Italy for another crime related to construction. He is a wanted man everywhere but in Canada, where his family is based. In the meantime, let's keep watching The Sopranos.

    Angelo Persichilli is the political editor of Corriere Canadese. His column appears Sunday.
    http://www.thestar.com/article/890189–persichill
    In fact, what french country isn't corrupt?

  28. Always smoke screens covering the real truth. Our politics are criminal controlled. All of it!
    But the opposition is no better. Despite being aware of these events, no one during Question Period has asked why the RCMP jeopardized the life of a leading anti-Mafia judge, one who is investigating the same people who are jeopardizing our Canadian economy and society.

    When Mafia boss Vito Rizzuto — Nicolo's son — leaves an American jail in June 2012, he'll be wanted in Italy for another crime related to construction. He is a wanted man everywhere but in Canada, where his family is based. In the meantime, let's keep watching The Sopranos.

    Angelo Persichilli is the political editor of Corriere Canadese. His column appears Sunday.
    http://www.thestar.com/article/890189–persichill
    In fact, what french country isn't corrupt?

  29. Dear Canadians – Can you please invade Arizona and make us a colony?

    Admittedly, we know little about Canadian politics here. But we do know, that on election day, our Governor was in court in San Francisco defending Arizona against a federal taxpayer financed lawsuit to nullify an Arizona law. There are several of these going, and we're getting fatigued. We give up. We will pre-surrender. We just want to be Canadians now.

    For your kindness, we offer year-round golf with green fees payable in worthless US dollars, and a slightly above average hockey team that used to be called the Jets. You can get advice on colonization at <a href="http://www.disunderstand.com” target=”_blank”>www.disunderstand.com . Thank you in advance for invading us.

  30. Dear Canadians – Can you please invade Arizona and make us a colony?

    Admittedly, we know little about Canadian politics here. But we do know, that on election day, our Governor was in court in San Francisco defending Arizona against a federal taxpayer financed lawsuit to nullify an Arizona law. There are several of these going, and we're getting fatigued. We give up. We will pre-surrender. We just want to be Canadians now.

    For your kindness, we offer year-round golf with green fees payable in worthless US dollars, and a slightly above average hockey team that used to be called the Jets. You can get advice on colonization at http://www.disunderstand.com . Thank you in advance for invading us.

  31. To use anything except public money (taxpayer dollars) is too much to ask. That's a kiss of death.

  32. Make it illegal and punish the culprits.

  33. I agree. I've been crying out for years to abolish it.

  34. Apparently there is no low too low for this conservative party.

    And these were the guys pointing fingers at Liberals for profligate spending?

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry anymore, but I do know one thing: politics in Canada has never been at a lower point.

  35. Apparently there is no low too low for this conservative party.

    And these were the guys pointing fingers at Liberals for profligate spending?

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry anymore, but I do know one thing: politics in Canada has never been at a lower point.

  36. I think senators from both parties qualify as "ultra-partisan" – but only one set is currently getting around the Commons ban by taking it "upstairs". Deal wih the issue at hand, please! We can discuss the rest of the Senate sleaze another time…

  37. I see you're not acquainted with Phil…

  38. I see you're not acquainted with Phil…

  39. lol, Things are going so well in Canada even the stock market is mad about it. They don't make money in good times. There is not one serious crises. Harper government has even cleaned up corruption, sending it all to Quebec. He is a Genius, and I have always seen that.

  40. lol, Things are going so well in Canada even the stock market is mad about it. They don't make money in good times. There is not one serious crises. Harper government has even cleaned up corruption, sending it all to Quebec. He is a Genius, and I have always seen that.

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