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An anonymous Conservative MP helps us understand why his or her side simply had to buy its own giant novelty cheques, and all the money they are saving you in the process.

When we formed govt the crats stopped bringing cheques to announcements & we were FORCED to cough up the $ to buy our own. Specifically, at [a government department I was involved with] the crats used to like to be in the photo ops giving out chqs, as though it was coming from them. They detested Conservatives being photographed handing out chqs, so they stopped bringing the chqs – when they even bothered to show up for announcements. They’ve screwed up dates for announcements so badly (trying to schedule announcements while the House is in session) that we don’t even bother to include them, thereby saving taxpayers thousands of $s in travel claims from the crats.




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  1. Thanks for the link : and indeed as usual Steven is right! although I have one question = what is a crat?

      • "Crat" is a Conservative MP avoidance technique when he/she doesn't know how to spell "bureau."

        • It's "beer-o-crat" in Cons English.

          "Mmm, beer-o-crat." Minister Homer J. Simpson.

  2. So, anonymous CPC MPs are paranoid.

    The 'crats are out to getchya!

    And the indignity of having to pay for partisan propaganda materials (that are against TBoC guidelines)!

    • That's exactly what I thought. This sounds nearly delusional.

      Bureaucrats answer to ministers. That doesn't mean they have no power, but if you're talking about something as simple and direct as planning events and printing up cheques, you give your subordinate clear instructions and they simply refuse to follow them then you let them go.

  3. They were forced to pay for the novelty cheques…..with their MP funds? (also taxpayer-funded) or out of the party?

  4. Is there anyone NOT out to get the Tories?

  5. Nothing is ever their fault or responsibility. Ever.

    (Does anyone know if "crats" is a longstanding Ottawa term? If not, just another bit to confirm the contempt these jokers hold for our government and institutions.)

  6. Nothing is their fault or responsibility. Ever.

    (Does anyone know if "crats" is a longstanding Ottawa term? If not, just another bit to confirm the contempt these jokers hold for our government and institutions.)

    • Crats is a musical composed by Stephen Harper based on writings of Preston Manning. It introduced the song standard "With A Little Help From My Friends"

      The musical first opened in the Engalnd centuries ago, then in Ottawa in 1867……

      Crats has been performed around the world in numerous productions and has been translated into more than 20 languages. It was also made into a 1998 video that has been broadcast on television

      Thanks to Wiki

      • I think the actual spelling is CRATS! or maybe CRATZ!

    • Crats is a longstanding Ottawa term, so no need to think these jokers hold any contempt for your government or institutions. The choice of endearment is either (bureau)crats or (civil) servants.

      • Thanks! (Though it was hardly the linchpin of my 'contempt' theory.)

  7. Poor baby Cons. Does the Anonymous CON MP understand it's not his money? It sounds like he doesn't. They are handing TAXPAYER dollars back to the TAXPAYER and the TAXPAYERS aren't grateful when they hand TAXPAYER dollars back. And the 'Crats' hate them too! Booo Hooo!

    • Do the bureaucrats understand that it's not their money?

      • I haven't seen them claiming they were delivering money to ridings.

        And of course, we should hold these MPs to a lower standard than 7 year olds. 'Sally did it first' doesn't wash.

    • I'm guessing he's afraid the budget for novelty cheques will cut into the budget for ten percenters.

  8. Aaron Wherry quoting Steven Taylor, quoting an anonymous source. Sterling.

    • Isn't that like Mark Steyn quoting Warren Kinsella, quoting a "Liberal insider"…. whoa *blinks* i think the universe might implode if these two stories came out simultaneously.

    • Just wait, given time I'm sure Dakota will find a way to call this as anti-conservative, biased reporting.

      It comes from Wherry after all.

  9. Anonymous Con ….. is that like the economists-without-names (h/t Dean Baker) that some
    media are always quoting ?

  10. ''crats''? Seriously

    • Reminds me of 'Canuckistan'. It is the badge of people who I can usually safely ignore.

  11. I wouldn't surprised if that whole story is made up.

    • I surprised too that not to the grammar corrected.

      • The entire thread is like touring downtown Detroit in an AMC Pacer, quality abounds.

  12. And what kind of ethically-bankrupt elected official asks a blogger to confer anonymity for something as like this?

  13. This must be worrying them. Going to DefCon3 already.

  14. You know, I suspect this MP accidentally doesn't get invited to lots of events by lots of different people…"oh sorry, yeah, we moved the policy conference to Montreal at the last moment. Sorry, I told Jim to tell Pam to tell someone to tell you…"

  15. What do these nits have against Crats? That Zoobomafoo show was the best thing on tv for a while.

  16. So, the Crats forced the Cons to … wait a second, how did this clearly illiterate MP get elected?

  17. So why don't the crats, who apparently control everything, have printed up some standard photo-op cardboard cheques?

    Yes, government issue props would be the answer!

  18. Regulation size, color, logo…fill in the blanks with project name.

  19. Thank God that Stephen Harper is the prime minister of the Cheque Republic. Dobry Den!

    • Does this mean he's just visiting?

      And if so did he bring his Czechbook?

  20. Sure glad somebody got all this cleared up. I've never seen so much fuss over nothing more than "Keddy's lapse". Don't we all look silly now for making a big deal about it.

  21. Gee, thanks for all that money-saving, keeping the "crats" away. Now, ahem, could we do something about NOT SENDING the MP either? Maybe, dare I dream, because the federal government will be NOT SENDING the couple of million to each of so many of these hockey-rink and city-hall refurb jobs in the friggin' first place?

    • Now for the $million$ tax-payer funded ad campaign to tell us that Harper's CONs bought their own cheques, unlike those of Pearson, Trudeau and Chretien…

  22. As a bureaucrat, I find nothing more rediculous than when a politician places the blame on the bureaucracy. Trust me, delays are not caused by a lazy bureaucracy but by a lack of direction (or conflicting direction) from Ministers' Offices, political indecision, and ill-thought out plans pushed forward by PMO/PO. Bureaucrats do not decide the timing of announcements – that is definitely decided by politicians. Anyone who has worked in a government communications branch knows that political communications staff are heavily involved and have final say over such things. But anyone who has worked in a government communications branch can also tell you that political communications staff are bad at communicating with their colleagues.
    Political staffers please respond, but first indicate your age and the number of years you have worked in a professional environment (note, being a Liberal Party outreach coordinator, or Young LIberal President, does not count).

    • As a taxpayer, I would find it doubly ridiculous if you posted this while on the job.

    • Yeah, a real dumb one…or…i can see those heads nodding out there. " Told you so, Haper's right…nothing but a lazy bunch a socialists…i say torch the place."!

  23. In equally trustworthy news, a conservative MP who wishes to remain anonymous just reported to me that, as in the budget and approved by the government, the conservatives will be selling the hitherto unnamed assets to the conservative party for a tidy sum, but will then have to lease the sold assets back for an amount that works out to approximately double the value over the next three years.

  24. In equally trustworthy news, a conservative MP who wishes to remain anonymous just reported to me that, as in the budget and approved by the government, the conservatives will be selling the hitherto unnamed assets. The conservative party has offered to take these assets off the government's hands for a tidy sum, but it appears that the government will then have to lease the sold assets back for an amount that works out to approximately double the value over the next three years.

  25. In equally trustworthy news, a conservative MP who wishes to remain anonymous just reported to me that, as in the budget and approved by the government, the conservatives will be selling the hitherto unnamed assets. The conservative party has offered to take these assets off the government's hands for a tidy sum, but it appears that the government will then have to lease the sold assets back for an amount that works out to approximately double the sale price over the next three years.

    • I`m trying to relate your little fantasy hypothesis concerning CPC doings and the only slice of recent reality I can come up with that may have inspired you are the recent E-Health shenanigans by the Ontario Liberal Party. McGuinty`s gov`t hired their Liberal friends to high paying positions over-seeing the transfer of health reports from paper to computer. These Liberals then hired Liberal consultants to do the work and these consultants then hired more Liberal consultants sometimes in the same firm.

      The end result—–Ontario E-Health far behind Alberta`s but some really happy and rich Liberals.

  26. Oh those evil crats! Once again trying to thwart the noble Conservatives, as a part of the grand conspiracy. Why, it would be criminal for them to NOT buy giant novelty cheques with their logos/slogans plastered all over them! If anything, they have not gone far enough, and should be presenting the cheques under giant pictures of Dear Leader, and making the recipient vow undying allegiance to The Conservative Government.

  27. Rumour has it there's a plurality of Canadians that find the prejudice and hatred behind those words appealling.

    • You are quite possibly correct. When the CONs first gained (minority) power in 2006 the strategy was to blame every misstep on the opposition and the legacy created by the Liberals, the 'we are no nearly so bad as the Liberals' strategy.

      That isn't going to sell very well today, almost 4 years later it's time to find another enemy. Next strategy: Blame the evil 'crats' for the CON missteps. And you are right, blaming someone else for your mistakes does have a certain appeal among the CON base who can't face the fact that their great white hope, Steve Harper has not been able to achieve a majority in 3 attempts.

  28. Query whether there'e a correlation between the Liberals standing in the polls (and devestating showing on particular issues that matter most to Canadians – such as trust on the economy),

    and left leaning Liberal members of the media's focus on…giant novelty cheques.

    • Yawn!

  29. Personally I think its a direct correlation in both directions: cause and effect.

    Cause, in the sense that this is symptomatic of the "gotcha" faux scandal chasing that many on the left believe can give the Liberals a quick vaunt to power (in place of the tough slogging of party revitalization); and

    Effect, due to the complete lack of substance emanating from the Liberal party, opponents are left to snipe away, chasing whatever the latest headline offering comes their way.

    • Yawner!

      • Yawnest.

  30. These big cheques are just photo-ops—no lasting story here—no corruption. The real big story that is going to bring down the Liberal gov`t in Ontario is the millions of dollars that was siphoned to Liberal supporters for phony work that was never done to improve the health system—-watch this story—-people are waiting for health care while Libs all dig in at the trough.

    • Snore! ZZzzzz!!

      • The truth hurts little k, but sleep won`t help——-someday you will have to wake up.

    • It's almost amazing how many ways you've mis-stated the Auditor General's report on e-health in one paragraph.

      "the millions of dollars that was siphoned to Liberal supporters for phony work that was never done"

      See, you clearly wish that was what happened. Must have fogged your thinking, and reading comprehension.

    • The eHealth thing should bring down the Liberals in Ontario–and I'm a Liberal in Ontario.

      The Ontario political parties and the Federal political parties are two different things (as they are in BC, for example), but nice try to move the focus away from the issue under discussion. If you think there is no story, if a photo-op is irrelevant, how about we have no more photo-ops on funding announcements at all? Talk to your friends in the Conservative Party and get that passed through, will you?

    • The eHealth thing should bring down the Liberals in Ontario–and I'm a Liberal in Ontario.

      The Ontario political parties and the Federal political parties are two different things (as they are in BC, for example) , but nice try to move the focus away from the issue under discussion. If you think there is no story, if a photo-op is irrelevant, how about we have no more photo-ops on funding announcements at all? Talk to your friends in the Conservative Party and get that passed through, will you?

  31. I'm a former federal crat myself but… since when did a politician go wrong dissing a fat cat crat?

    Based on what I read from the polls over 50 percent of the voters in Ottawa support the CPC right now so I guess even crats are comfortable with the current situ.

    • "In Canada, on the actionplan.gc.ca site, there's a map with icons showing where projects are located, but if you click on the icons, you get a popup with a charming picture of what's his name, our prime minister, but no dollar amount.

      There is a link to a video of the same guy singing a Beatles song, but there's no database of projects available for download."

      Just how pathetic are these guys? By the time they're finished they're going to end up making the old libs look like the sisters of the immaculate conception.
      I really hope there are a lot more regional journalists like this guy who are in a black rage. You don't have to love or support the liberals to get upset over this latest betrayal.

    • It would be great if somebody (not me, I don't have a clue…) started a website ranking political journalists with links to the best, most balanced, best researched, etc. It would be subjective, but feedback might keep it honest.

      • Here's one of the lists ( most popular … or visited at least ) covering the US ..

        http://techpresident.com/blog-entry/top-us-politi

        As noted, a lot of them are sheltered under bigger media umbrellas these days but,
        so far that hasn't noticeably changed the focus or quality.
        For Canada it's still hunter gatherer territory but a lot of blogs have links to others of
        similar interest.

        • That's really interesting – I had no idea there was such a thing as Technorati. If the news sites would use it too, it would give readers something to measure their stories by and give them an incentive to do better. Guess that would be asking too much tho. . .

      • I miss megapundit [ i know it's over at the NP, but i always get side-tracked over there] There are a number of good journalists around who aren't afraid to criticize Harper, like the Halifax guy. I've seen a couple of good articles in the Vancouver Province and the Edmonton journal. These guys just don't get enough exposure back east.

        • Didn't know about megapundit either – this is turning out to be a very productive thread!
          I've found Frances Russell's column at the Winnipeg Free Press to be informative.
          What annoys me is that it seems that many of the journalists who get face time on tv are more interested in gossip and gotchas than in adding to public understanding of the issues, while those who do the real work are never mentioned. Guess it all comes down to circulation/money.

    • Do you have your own blog where I can get these fabulous links all in one place?

      "it defeats the purpose of having a functioning Department of Foreign Affairs. Who needs expert advice from dedicated foreign service officers when you have partisan poll-watchers in the Prime Minister's Office? In addition, if Canada's allies and friends start to realize that official Ottawa's foreign policy is mostly electorally driven, they are not likely to take this country seriously in the major councils and corridors of the world."

      I attended a CIGI lecture last week given by Daryl Copeland on diplomacy in Canada, and it is worse than that, according to him. We have gutted the Foreign Affairs budget to the point where, not only is diplomacy not working, it is seriously in danger of collapsing altogether. Add to that the number of, and weakness of, the foreign affairs minister over the last several years, and Canada's allies and friends have already stopped paying us any mind. Which could play into your second story, because without diplomats negotiating on our behalf, giving away the store is the inevitable result.

      • Sorry, Jenn. No blog. I read a lot and just pass on stuff that I find interesting.
        Probably most other people don't find it interesting. I'm glad you do.

        • Oh … and totally off topic … but as a way to pass some time on the weekend
          ( if anyone has time to pass ) I'm recommending this site with the work of a
          delightful young lady … originally from Cape Breton and now back in Halifax
          after some travellin' time ….

          http://www.harkavagrant.com/

          Take a browse through the archives. Some great stuff.

          • Seconded.

        • They are excellent links and should be spread all over the media. That must be the best newspaper in Canada

          • No. The CH does ok with its' once-a-week contributors. But it has gone through the
            hack-and-slash along with the rest of the world. And thanks, but 2 of the 3 links were
            also available here …

            http://www.nationalnewswatch.com/

            Along with their usual dross.

        • Just so you know, POGGE (Peace, Order and Good Government, eh?) picked up one of your links this week. So I know I'm not alone.

  32. Billy Mays in a powder blue shirt: "Look at these cheques! Not only are they 4 times larger but they're also 100% crat free! That's a HUGE SAVING!"

    Meanwhile, in the background, 4 defunct US Navy destroyers sporting the CPC logo pass quietly by.

  33. Damn Crats. Deigning to give the impression that stimulus money comes from the Government, and not the Conservative party.

  34. Does this MP continue to say CRAT because he or she is incapable of spelling BUREAUCRAT?

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