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Focus on the real scandal.

The Toronto Star came up with a cute name for the Chalk River/missing documents scandal that has engulfed Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt and caused the Conservatives to scapegoat her aide; they’re calling it Raitt-Gate. Very cute, if not exactly original.

In the very same paper, the Toronto Star editorial thinks the opposition should move on from calling on Raitt to resign. I’ll agree to a point, and say what I’ve said on here before; the Opposition parties should be focusing on the actual details that were leaked in that binder. The Toronto Star editorial failed to mention that part of this scandal, and seems to have failed to realize […]

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Somewhere out there, Garth Turner is smiling.

Lisa Raitt was a candidate hand-picked by Prime Minister Harper in the Halton riding that defeated Garth Turner (she was a parachuted candidate, remember – the local Conservative association was not allowed to vote on a candidate for MP there). She was no doubt given a cabinet minister position partially because she helped remove a thorn out of Harper and the Conservatives side. She also had been in a prominent bureaucratic position in Toronto as well, so one would think she’d have some level of competence required to be a minister.

Unfortunately for her, however, she has shown she’s no better at handling secret Cabinet documents then Maxime Bernier […]

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Even Conservative appointees dont like being scapegoated.

The lack of political savvy of Harper and the Conservatives in general over this Chalk River episode has been amazing to witness. As I mentioned yesterday, after Harper accuses the Nuclear Safety Board – and specifically its head Linda Keen – as being Liberal hacks endangering the safety of Canadians, we have the Globe and Mail discovering that the former head of the AECL who submitted his resignation was a former Canadian Alliance fundraiser who was picked by the Cons as they refused to hire another candidate despite independent recommendations to do so.

Today, the Globe talks to that former AECL Chairman, who isn’t particularly thrilled he was being made […]

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