Blog Fights Canadian Censorship (Canuckistan Still Stupid)

Editor’s Note: This started out as a humor post, but gets more serious near the end. -tdaxp

Maybe it’s blogophlia, maybe it’s Canuckophobia, maybe it’s realizing that a post as dry as

A political scandal involving the Public Works Ministry, a government effort called the Sponsorship Program, and allegations of corruption in the ruling Liberal Party has Canada abuzz with rumors of payoffs, Mob ties, and snap elections. For the last two years, Canadian politics has been gripped by the so-called “sponsorship scandal” – tens of millions of dollars in government contracts which were funneled into advertizing firms closely connected with the Liberal government for little or no work, but with shadowy rumours that much of the money found its way back into Liberal coffers. Prime Minister Paul Martin, himself a Liberal, appointed the Gomery Commission to investigate these charges and determine whether to bring charges against government officials for corruption and malfeasance. (See the blog Small Dead Animals for some excellent background on the case.)

Brault said he met with Jean Carle, a key aide to then Prime Minister Jean Chretien to propose a more direct way of ensuring that Groupaction got a large share of federal advertising dollars in Quebec. Carle referred Brault to federal bureaucrat Charles (“Chuck”) Guité and told him that “there was room for everybody.” Guité later put together the sponsorship program, in which five Liberal connected firms — including Groupaction — were guaranteed a monopoly on government “sponsorship” advertising (e.g. federal
advertising at sporting or cultural events) and related work. The sponsorship program eventually became a huge slush fund into which over $250 million was poured, over $100 million of which was paid in fees and commissions to these five advertising firms, with little or any evidence of work done or value for money.

In exchange for these large contracts for little or no work, Brault kicked back generously to the Liberal Party, putting Liberal organizers on his payroll while they continued to perform party work (including, at one point, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s brother, Gaby Chrétien), paying invoices to other companies for work actually done for the Liberal Party, and giving large donations — in cash — to the Liberal Party through Renaud or Liberal Party organizer (and close associate of Public Works Minister Alfonso Gagliano) Joe Morselli.

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But I love when something is abuzz in . Particuarly something as atrocious as a blog censorship scandal.

I guess I should say something like how this shows that British authoritarianism still lives in the Great White North, but… it’s just Canadians.

Sure Canadians allow Islamic Law, pressured Americans for free trade in Cattle, and our part of our Manifest Destiny…. but they’re Canadians, eh?

In 80 Days is following the news (HTML code shamelessly stolen):

  1. Corruption Scandal Breaks Wide Open
  2. Adscam Trial May End Publication Ban
  3. Canadian Visitors Find CQ
  4. Liberals To Request Standing At Gomery Commission For Cross-Examination

Good thing that could never happen in America.

Update: Max Power tries to change the subject

Personally, I hate how the conservatives are jumping all over this. A liberal scandal is their wet dream. So I’d just like to say, for the record, that I know two conservatives (elected) that have eaten babies. Sure, the liberals may have spent 1 billion on whatever, but at least they don’t eat babies.

Baby-Eating (Infantophagia) is a Popular, but Taboo, Hobby in
the Canucki People’s Republic

Update 2: Slashdot picks up the story. Apparently this “Adscam” is Canada’s Watergate. I still don’t care.

Canada is not a nation. It should not exist as a state. It is an artificial state created by the British to contain America after the Civil War. It is a normally harmless monstrosity guaranteed to create maximal misery for British Columbian, Canadian, and Quebecois citizens. Canada should end.

6 thoughts on “Blog Fights Canadian Censorship (Canuckistan Still Stupid)”

  1. I hope you have seen the humour in my post. Thanks for stopping by and your comments. However, I'm not sure I agree with you assesment of the Nation called Canada. I am not one of those who in expressing opinions confine themselves to facts — it seems that you too must be this way.

    And as bad as Canadian Liberals have screwed us over (in a variety of ways) it speaks volumes that the Conservatives here in Canada have not been able to capitalize (electorally) on it. They simply have not sold enough Canadians on their ideas and who they are as a party. Its sad really, Canadians want an alternative, but the Liberals are running the best game in town.

  2. The Conservatives in Canada do seem exhausted. Even after reforming a national center-right alternative, the electorate works against them. “Conservatives” in the Prairie Provinces seem an extension of the American Upper Midwest, while “Conservatives” in Ontario are much more British-y.

    No defense of the Canadian right from me.

  3. Sa a transplanted Canadien , I am very upset about the situation here in Canada. I immigrated to Canada 20 years ago and I find my self very desupointed with this corropt govermet < I wish we could change it with a more dinamic one ( like the Pc's ) . But I don't even know if they are now ready to lead Canada into the future, but I guess they are more capable of doing things better . Yes I am more conservative than I could ever be a liberal.
    The word liberal to me is just a way to say anything is free and nothing matter, but to me everything matter i don't want to live in a country that is all screwed up like Canada is now, it is embarrasing to be Canadiaen some times but I am sitll hopping for change.

    I agre with you.. is is bad!

  4. I hope that the one who says that canada is not supose to be a contry was joking! Canada is not my country, Quebec iskimd of…but I hate the intolerance!
    Just take a look at your president before Criticize. I'm sure nobody of you are reading Michael Moore or anybody who can criticize your WONDERFULLLLL country. Please be tolerant maybe the entire wold will like you more…

  5. I hope you're comment that Canada should not exist, is a joke, and not a reflection of your true beliefs. Canada is a diverse, and multicultural society that is democratic and free, more so than the USA thanks to your Patriot Act. I love Americans, but loathe your government, not just for current day issues, but for selling steel and weopons to Both sides during both world wars. For Killing women and children with the A-Bomb during the second word war, and last but not least the treatment of minorities past, present, and future in the good ole US of A!

  6. Canada is “free, more so than the USA”
    So free in fact that blogs are censured. Free speech is not protected and offending someone is a crime. So free in fact people can be forced into Shria courts.
    How has the Patriot Act changed anything major? Do you know what exactly is allowed under the Patriot Act?

    “Selling steel and weopons (sic) to Both sides during both world wars”
    I believe USA took one side in the World Wars. The US jumping in at the last minute stopped a German victory and gave the victory to the Allies. As for World War II, I remember the US and Canada working together on the same side.

    “For Killing women and children with the A-bomb during the second word (sic) war”
    Hiroshima and Nagasaki were military targets. The shame and utter horrible fact of war is civilians get killed. And one may wish to know their own military's history- the Royal Canadian Air Force was involved with deadly nighttime bombings against military and non-military targets in Berlin and elsewhere.

    “and last but not least the treatment of minorities past, present, and future in the good ole US of A!”
    There have been problems in the past. Sins of the father if you will. But what about Canada's treatment of the Métis and other First Nation groups? I don't like the Mohawks in Oka went militaristic for no reason.

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