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Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday's Ride - 1923 Firetruck Hot Rod

Is Mike Duffy's redacted diary the smoking gun?

Redacted entries in Mike Duffy’s diary suggest he was in regular undisclosed contact with pipeline giant Enbridge during the height of the federal government's scorching attacks on environmental activists and charities in 2012.

The suspended senator’s journal shows a flurry of conversations and emails with or about top-level Enbridge executives, then PMO chief of staff Nigel Wright and the Prime Minister between January and June of 2012, just as the National Energy Board started its hearings on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.

During this period, the federal government launched three parliamentary hearings, a senate inquiry and a major Canada Revenue Agency audit initiative focused on the activities of environmental charities, many of which opposed Northern Gateway.

None of the apparent contacts with Duffy were reported by Enbridge to the federal lobbyist registry, and Duffy's office redacted several key mentions of them.

The redacted entries include two exchanges between Prime Minister Harper and Duffy about Enbridge pipeline issues.

Duffy and his assistant, Mary McQuaid, made the redactions a year later before couriering the calendar pages to the PMO for a Senate probe into his expenses, said RCMP investigator Cpl. Greg Horton.

“Mary and I copied and redacted my four years of diaries,” Duffy wrote in an 2013 email obtained by police.

But the suspended senator’s entries are still legible. The black marks on his journal suggest a poor attempt to cover up, says Canada’s lobbying watchdog.


"Reached for comment in Ottawa, veteran Liberal Senator and and former Vancouver mayor Larry Campbell was critical of Enbridge’s failure to report its contact with Duffy.

“It would seem to me... that this is a reportable lobbying event,” he said.

As for the reasons behind Duffy’s redactions, Campbell was reluctant to speculate.

However, he ventured: “It confounds me how intelligent people can somehow alter an electronic diary or even a written (one). It’s like getting a redacted document under Freedom of Information. What the hell did they black out, and why?… It could be caucus confidentiality, it could be confidentiality between the PM and Duffy.

"Duffy is going to have to explain it, that’s all there is to it."

What do you get from a budget conceived in the bowels of Bay Street?

You get a budget that means nothing to the working and middle class.

Over the next six months the Conservative government will pump out ad after ad about how they have been stewards of the Canadian economy, at the expense of Canadian taxpayers I might add.

They will tell Canadians how they support the armed forces and increased their budget. This, after cutting their budget in the past. They will brag about raising the TFSA deposit amount to 10,000 dollars annually, for those of you wealthy folks who can find 10,000 surplus dollars.

The conservative media are already touting the "benefit of the TFSA to seniors", those of you who either don't have children or whose children have now moved out but what about the majority of Canadian seniors who are not that fortunate? I live in an affluent community west of Toronto where many seniors, those 55 or older, were adversely affected by the crash of 2008, some are working part time at the local grocery store cleaning tables and sweeping floors while others are rummaging through blue boxes on garbage day looking for bottles and cans to supplement their meager pensions.

They will brag about lowering taxes to small business that is estimated to save owners between 1500 $ and 25,000 $. How does that really help small business, the economy or unemployment? Don't get me wrong, I don't begrudge small business owners the tax relief but I do question the economics benefit of it.

To balance the budget the Conservatives squeezed various federal departments to create surpluses they paid administrators a bonus based on how much they starved their department, including National Defense, they milked the EI surplus of 1.5 billion dollars, a surplus created by changing the rules of qualifying at the expense of the working class and to top things off they delved into the "contingency fund" established by the "previous government" in the event of a major crisis.

The crisis Canada is facing today is a Conservative made crisis, it is they who did not plan for a world financial collapse, it is they who lowered the GST as an election platform, it is they who lowered corporate taxes as an election platform and finally, it is they who did not prepare for the potential collapse of oil prices. It is they who have no bragging rights.

Oh! they will argue that there is no predictor for oil prices, but that is a lie. This is not the first time that OPEC has flexed their oil dominance and it won't be the last.

It was Joe Oliver who "pooh, poohed" an opposition statement that "budgets balance themselves" .... they do, if you have the revenue .... they don't, if you have starved the beast.

It is a sad testament to Stephen Harper's reign of incompetence.

If the economists around the World are correct and the World economy stalls again, Canada, under this Prime Minister will longer have the necessary financial resources to weather the storm.

A reminder from 2012 about PLANNED CUTS to government services:

Now how much has Steve INCREASED spending on media monitoring, message minders, law suits, external legal fees, PMO staff, advertising, propaganda etc etc etc ??

Speaking out of turn............. Again ... or misdirection????

Testimony to date indicates there was a close relationship between Harper and Duffy it therefore seems highly unlikely that the PM would not be privy to or the author of any "special" deal between Duffy and the PMO.

Prime Minister Harper unlikely to be subpoenaed at Duffy trial: experts

The prosecution and defence in the Mike Duffy criminal trial are declining to say if they will subpoena Prime Minister Stephen Harper but legal experts and political analysts say that it’s unlikely to happen, chiefly because of the legal complications that would delay the outcome for an extended period of time.

“I’m sure both sides have looked at it and have considered it and have ruled it out on the basis of executive privilege,” said criminal defence attorney Lawrence Greenspon, in an interview with The Hill Times. “A pretty direct response to any subpoena would be that Harper’s counsel would move to quash the subpoena of a sitting prime minster and they have a pretty good legal ground to do that.”

As of deadline last week, no official list of witnesses was publicly made available either by the prosecution, or the defence, and both declined to say if Prime Minister Harper (Calgary Southwest, Alta.) had been sent a subpoena or not, and if not, why. The Prime Minister’s communications office was not available for a comment for this article.
Mr. Harper recently said publicly that based on a legal opinion that his office received, he won’t be called to testify.
Administrators opinion:
The only conclusion one can draw from his failure to testify under oath is that Stephen Harper was indeed the author of the conspiracy.
Denial to the media or in the House of Commons means absolutely nothing to this Prime Minister as we know he has already been found in contempt of parliament.

1964 Ferrari 330 Gt - Houston, Texas

Watch out for those that want to steal from you. From Montreal City Weblog

Epic story in La Presse of a woman of 89 preyed on by several people including professionals who are now facing ruin. Bravo to her for getting out of their clutches before it was too late.

Thanks Ivan

Masters Champion!!!

Thanks Ralph

BLUE ANGELS - Insane Footage Takes You Inside the Cockpit

Thanks Kerry


Thanks Kerry

An SUV at 85

The expressions on these guy's faces says everything!
Two old boys having a great laugh... Just love this photo!
Two old guys talking:
One said to the other: 
"My 85th birthday yesterday.
Wife gave me an SUV"
Other guy:                      
"Wow, that's amazing!
Imagine, an SUV!
What a great gift!"
First guy:                        
"Yup.  …
Socks, Underwear and Viagra!"
Thanks Randy


A drunken man walks into a biker bar, sits down at the bar and
orders a drink. Looking around, he sees three men sitting at a corner table.
He gets up, staggers to the table, leans over, looks the biggest, 
meanest, biker in the face and says:
'I went by your grandma's house today and I saw her in the
hallway  buck-naked. Man, she is one fine looking woman!'
The biker looks at him and doesn't say a word. His buddies are confused,
because he is one bad biker and would fight at the drop of a hat.
The drunk leans on the table again and says: 'I got it on with
your grandma and she is good, the best I ever had!'
The biker's buddies are starting to get really mad but the biker still 
says nothing.
The drunk leans on the table one more time and says, 'I'll tell
you  something else, boy, your grandma liked it!'
At this point the biker stands up, takes the drunk by the shoulders
looks him square in the eyes and says....................

'Grandpa;.......... Go home!

Thanks Richard

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday's Ride - 1958 Chevrolet Suburban Hot Rod Apache Carryall

News Release - Karina Gould - Liberal Burlington Ontario

News Release: Harper’s Budget is Evidence of “Misguided Policies” Helping Those Who Need it Least, Argues Karina Gould

Harper’s Budget is Evidence of “Misguided Policies” HelpingThose Who Need it Least, Argues Karina Gould
Burlington, ON – Stephen Harper’s 2015 budget gives the most to Canadians who need the least, and fails to present a plan that would invest in quality jobs and growth that will benefit the residents of Burlington. Canadians deserve a better plan built around serving Canadians – not on partisan politics.

“I listen to the concerns of my neighbours every day: they want a real and fair chance at success. That means investing in high quality services and much-needed improvements to infrastructure, as well as creating the quality job opportunities this community deserves. Unfortunately, Stephen Harper’s priority is a $2 billion tax break for the rich, and a doubling of the TFSA limit, which will be paid for by taking away tens of thousands of dollars in Old Age Security for seniors,” said Karina Gould, Liberal candidate for Burlington. “Instead of strengthening those at the heart of our economy – middle class Canadians – the Conservatives have introduced unfair proposals that will benefit the rich on the backs of the middle class and increase income inequality in Canada.”

Under Stephen Harper, Canadians have faced stagnant incomes, deficits and rising debt.
Unemployment last year – including youth unemployment – was still higher than before the recession, and according to CIBC, job quality in Canada is at its lowest in a quarter century.

After months of delay, Stephen Harper has failed to present a credible budget. I am shocked that he has taken billions of dollars out of Canada’s contingency reserve fund and sold the government’s shares in GM (at a loss) to pay for tax breaks to the wealthiest Canadians. Stephen Harper’s policies are misguided, aimed at partisan politics and are not what is best for Canadians. It is fiscally irresponsible,” added Ms. Gould. What this riding needs – and what Burlington families tell me they want – are investments in infrastructure, post-secondary education, and skills and innovation that will produce real growth and opportunities for themselves and their children. Under the leadership of Justin Trudeau, Canada will have a better plan focused on helping all Canadians.”

Contact:Von Jeppesen
Communications Manager