Today in things that unite everyone in disappointment - Macleans.ca
 

Today in things that unite everyone in disappointment


 

Here, again, is what I saw when I wasn’t covering my eyes with my hands. And here is how the Canadian PressStarSun, Globe, CBC and Canwest saw it.

The Globe details some of the projects Mr. Jaffer’s company pursued with the government. CTV reports that one of the proposals was related to Green Rite Solutions, which is the sales arm of Wright Tech Systems, which is both the company Ms. Guergis wrote about in a letter to a her cousin, at the time a Simcoe municipal official, and the company that was reportedly the subject of a dinner attended by Nazim Gillani and Mr. Jaffer. Oh, and Wright Tech’s website features a government of Canada logo, apparently much to the confusion of Treasury Board officials.


 

Today in things that unite everyone in disappointment

  1. "Wright Tech", wrong logo. Whoops.

    • Wilbur and Orville would not be impressed.

  2. It makes you start to wonder about the quality of lawyers, or the supervision they are getting, at the Dept. of Justice.

    We have here Glemaud, a former Justice lawyer of some recognition – nuff said; the other day we have some Justice Dept lawyer tellling the Military Police Complaints Commission that documents will be made available when they are good and ready; and last summer we had a Justice lawyer resign from the inquiry into Robert Dziekanski's taser death because she withheld critical documents concerning RCMP emails etc.

    Officers of the Court? What's going on there?

  3. "During an appearance at a parliamentary committee he later dismissed as a "circus,""

    That's pretty rich of Jaffer considering he was caught lying about or conveniently misremembering the content of his own website.

    • He didn't say that he wasn't driving the clown car : )

  4. Harper's haste to cut Guergis loose now makes a lot more sense. Passing curious tho, how nobody in the Harper party noticed how fast and loose she and Jaffer were playing with government resources and influence until reporters started digging.

    • Question is, is that the only fire from which the smoke is emanating? The Cons seemed to be in a great big hurry to get $3-billion slush fund out the door in a stimulative way. I wonder what will be unearthed from underneath the rocks once the Cons are no longer in office. Adscam will probably look like a bargain compared to the billion dollar boondoggles coming their way.
      Adscam was a lesson that taught no one nothing, and shall just be another variation of a historical rerun in the longterm.

  5. The committee yesterday was an absolute train wreck for Jaffer. Both he and his colleague came across as woefully ignorant of not only their own actions, but of the rules of lobbying themselves.

    I think it's pretty clear that Mr. Jaffer was misrepresenting his own power. Certainly trying to split hairs by explaining what website his comments about procuring government support was on came across as particularly disengenious.

    I've felt from the beginnig the main issue here for Mr. Jaffer, and his wife, were the allegations he was using a Parliamentary email for business purposes was a firing offense for Ms. Guergis, and certainly more than enough to have Mr. Jaffer cast adrift by the Conservatives.

  6. con'td:

    The one who may be in more trouble in terms of lobbying however is Mr. Glemaud, who whether he knew it or not, does seem to have been lobbying government.

    While one can say Mr. Jaffer's conversations with Mr. Prentice and Mr. Jean constituted lobbying, I would imagine such converstations between MPs and forrmer associates or friends is pretty common.

    It also may soon be time for the Opposition to drop this. I don't think they have the government dead to rights on any of this. On the Guergis front, the PM neutralized that situation quickly by booting her not only from Cabinet, but from caucus as well. And it seems as if the one in the wrong on the lobbying front was Jaffer/Glemaud. If no contracts were awarded, it'll be tough for the Opposition to get anything to stick to the government on this front.

    • A man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client.

      Glemaud appeared to be trying to thread a needle with a magnifying glass – perhaps why he's so keen to have the issue diverted to the Lobby Commish. I wouldn't be surprised to find out he was the legal "brains" behind this whole shell game, offering his "expertise" to a longtime acquaintance and others closely related.

  7. Jaffer and his ilk are just the first and clumsiest to be exposed in the mad rush to suck up infrastructure funds. The problem stems from the lack of transparency in the awarding of the grants by the government. It's impossible to tell from the information the government releases what projects have been approved and for how much and when they have started or finished. It's also difficult to tell what the actual criteria are for awarding grants.

    It's that lack of transparency in decision making that allows the Big Daddy G's of the world to slink around in back rooms and make promises they may or may not be able to keep. Like ravens to roadkill, with a pathologically secret government, more sleazy attempts to peddle influence is inevitable.

    • Since someone before me has already "seconded", I third the premise of your argument.

      I believe there was some work done when this whole CEA!P moneyspending started up, perhaps it's time to take up those reins again and conduct some serious investigative reporting.

  8. AND of course, nobody, but nobody in the Harper Government was in the least interested in giving Jaffer a leg up on getting his hands on some of this "green" taxpayer's dollars. Right. And if anybody believes that?
    Then there is some ocean front property for sale in Saskatchewan that I want to unload to those who believe the Harper Party has clean hands on this. It takes two to LOBBY. PEDDLE INFLUENCE…one who PEDDLES and the other who wishes to be INFLUENCED. And Jaffer wouldn't try unless he knew somebody was willing in the Conservative Party

  9. AND of course, nobody, but nobody in the Harper Government was in the least interested in giving Jaffer a leg up on getting his hands on some of this "green" taxpayer's dollars. Right. And if anybody believes that?
    Then there is some ocean front property for sale in Saskatchewan that I want to unload to those who believe the Harper Party has clean hands on this. It takes two to LOBBY. PEDDLE INFLUENCE…one who PEDDLES and the other who wishes to be INFLUENCED. And Jaffer wouldn't try unless he knew somebody was willing in the Conservative Party