Morning Update February 28th, 2012 (10)


#1 — CNews | Grits apologize for Toews twitter trashing

OTTAWA – A rogue Liberal staffer was outted Monday as the anonymous thumb-banger of tweets to embarrass Public Safety Minister Vic Toews this month.


Globe | Harper ignores opposition calls for by-elections in ridings hit by robo-calls

#2 — Globe | Canada’s stuck with second-hand subs until 2030, navy says

Canada’s glitch-prone, second-hand submarines will be with the navy until at least 2030, but defence planners will begin drawing up a replacement program within the next four years.


#3 — LFP | Oilsands Ontario premier’s scapegoat

CALGARY — He’s a desperate man searching for a scapegoat.

Faced with 300,000 manufacturing industry job losses in his nine-year reign as Ontario’s premier, Dalton McGuinty is frantic for someone or something to blame — even when the blame defies logic.


#4 — NP | Canada should look to outlawed terror group to replace Iranian regime: chair of rights group

MONTREAL — Members of the board of a federally funded human rights organization who accused its former president of consorting with banned terrorist groups are now advocating for another outlawed terror organization.


#5 — OC | Investigators seek cause of deadly derailment

Standing near the wreck of one of his passenger trains, the head of Via Rail on Monday pledged to do what he could to help investigators get to the bottom of a devastating weekend derailment that killed three of his engineers and injured dozens of passengers.



#6 — BBC | Italian cruise ship adrift off Seychelles taken in tow

An Italian cruise ship left adrift in the Indian Ocean with more than 1,000 people on board following a power failure, has been taken in tow.


#7 — CNN | Part of Keystone pipeline to move forward

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — TransCanada will move ahead with part of the Keystone XL pipeline that will boost the flow of crude from the oil sands of Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.


#8 — Fox | Israelis reportedly don’t plan to notify US if decision made to strike Iran

Israeli officials say they won’t warn the U.S. if they decide to launch a pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, one U.S. intelligence official familiar with the discussions told the Associated Press. The pronouncement, delivered in a series of private, top-level conversations, sets a tense tone ahead of meetings in the coming days at the White House and Capitol Hill.


#9 — DM | How Europeans WERE the first to discover America – but it was 20,000 years before Christopher Columbus

America was first discovered by Stone Age hunters from Europe, according to new archaeological evidence.


#10 — Telegraph | Stratfor: Osama bin Laden ‘was in routine contact with Pakistan’s spy agency’

Osama bin Laden was in routine contact with several senior figures from Pakistan’s military intelligence agency while in hiding in the country, according to a large cache of secret intelligence files.


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  • stageleft

    Mary T: I don’t think anyone was surprised by the outing of a liberal re vicileaks.

    Really, I think that the CPC and all of the Conservative partisans who were parroting the CPC line that the NDP done it were quite surprised Mary – some of them were even placed in the position of having to retract their statements and apologize for them.

    — and from the department of “just how hypocritical is that” we hear the CPC in Question Period today complaining about the Opposition making unfounded and baseless accusations against them with “no evidence” to back it.

    • Mary T

      I still don’t think anyone was surprised by the actions of that liberal staffer. It was either them or the ndp. Did you hear the CEO of Racknine this a.m., explain how his company works. No calls are made from their premises. A potential client calls in, sets up an account, and that customer then downloads numbers he/she wants to call and prepares the questions to be asked, via some call center or other place. Racknine has no control over the numbers or questions or who is doing the calling.

  • stageleft

    So this is what our Parliament has come to…. the CPC opens Question Period with “Mr. Speaker…. those nasty Liberal boys stole our campaign signs” in readiness for the inevitable questions on the robocall issue.

  • stageleft

    Since Mary T brought it up :-)

    Conservative scripts misdirected voters in 2011 election, say call centre staff

    Callers on behalf of the federal Conservative Party were instructed in the days before last year’s election to read scripts telling voters that Elections Canada had changed their voting locations, say telephone operators who worked for a Thunder Bay-based call centre.

    These weren’t “robo-calls,” as automated pre-recorded voice messages as commonly known. They were live real-time calls made into ridings across Canada, the callers say.

    In a new twist on new growing allegations of political “dirty tricks,” three former employees of RMG — Responsive Marketing Group Inc.’s call centre in Thunder Bay — told the Star about the scripts.

    Time will of course tell, but if some of those in at least one call centre are to be believed this was scripted..

    • Jean

      I read that they where directed to say they where calling for the Conservative Party but that some didn’t always follow the script and say that the call was coming from the Conservative Party ? A plan or just sloppy call centre workers jumping ahead and skipping parts of the script by error or the fatigue of repetition ?

    • Joe

      I call BS on the face of it. No party is going to deliberately misdirect people from random calls like those made from a call centre. The party in question would know that from such random calls you are as likely to reach one of your own supporters as you would one of your opponent’s supporters. Secondly I can’t imagine anyone so foolish as to take the advice of a robo-call over the information on the voter card. Even if that person were to follow the advice of the robo-call it still would not prevent them from going to the right polling station and voting. You know the right polling station. The one on your voting card. The one you have had for weeks. Yeah that one.

      • beentheredonethat

        Exactly! Really how stupid can people be? Well, if this ‘too stupid to be successful but was’ dupe job is even close to being true, then they are evidently stupid enough to admit how stupid they are. Gawd help us if this is even close to being accurate. Depending how this latest play out of the HoC opposition’s perpetually outraged playbook (careful boys and girls possibly a copywright violation of the Islamic perpetually outraged playbook) works out that bag of hammers out in my garage might have just earned a lot more of my respect.

  • Mary T

    Does the opposition really, really expect mps to resign so a by-election can be called. Can you imagine the outrage if PMSH forced mps to resign. I think they have said that Cotlier’s riding was hit by those calls, will he resign. Pat Martin said calls were made in Winnipeg, can the PM force him to resign. Hasn’t the ndpq made hundreds of calls in the riding of that lady that left them.
    Any possibility that polls show that the ndp might lose Jack’s seat and this is a trick to tarnish the CPC to keep conservative voters away from the polls.
    I don’t think anyone was surprised by the outing of a liberal re vicileaks. It might take some time, but when the person behind those robocalls and is traced to a rouge party none of us will be surprised. An affidavit signed means nothing unless they can present proof the got a call. And it better not be proof like that rathergate scandal.
    Re Dalton saying no to Redali, many years ago AB went east to get financing to develop our oil, after the first gusher came in. We were told no, no, no. It will never be a money maker etc. We went south and the rest is history.
    Why don’t all those ex employees of mfg companies come west and use their expertise to start those jobs in AB.