As of late, the chamber of sober second thought has become more of a dark dungeon of drunken regrets. Revelations that Stephen Harper’s chief of staff, Nigel Wright, in a deal arranged by the prime minister’s former legal adviser, paid off Senator Mike Duffy’s $90,172 invalid expense claims is only one of the most recent examples of how the Senate will be the end of Harper’s reign.
Six months ago, the world did not expect Bangladesh’s topmost industry to bring in more heartbreak than it did revenue. Since November, Bangladesh has seen at least two major workplace safety-related tragedies. November’s garment factory fire had 112 victims, and the death toll of April’s garment factory collapse had about ten times more victims at 1,127.
Two months ago, the daily headlines were of an increasing thrust toward war by North Korea. Since then, it’s gotten quiet in the Hermit Kingdom. Did Kim Jong-Un back down willingly? Or did he achieve his objective? The latest Kim to rule North Korea is new to the job. Unlike his father, Kim Jong-Il, Jong-Un did not have the time to serve a long apprenticeship and undergo a series of transitions into power so that his position would be secure upon arrival (as Kim Il-Sung had done for Jong-Il).
Pollsters have now failed three times a row in Canada. That’s three strikes right there. First, they failed to see the surge of the NDP in Quebec in the last federal election. Then, they got the outcome of last year’s election in Alberta all wrong, and now we have British Columbia as the most recent example of why polls are not worth the substantial amounts of money parties and others spend on them.
It has been a horrible start to the second term President Obama. First, he thought that the Republicans would bluff on the Sequester, and they didn’t. It turns out that the American people really don’t suffer that much when some of their so-called beloved services are taken away. Then, the President failed to get a firearm background check bill passed in his own Democrat controlled senate. Now, the scandals of Benghazi and IRS targeting of conservative groups are looming over his head.
Since becoming leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau has made it a priority to keep his message positive. He has kept that promise and seen a huge bump in the polls – helped by many factors – putting him ahead of both the Conservatives and the NDP. While the short term effects are working in his favour, it won’t do him any good come election time in 2015.
No matter what you think of the mayor of Toronto politically, you clearly will have to question his common sense and judgment. The picture that recently adorned the front page of the Toronto Star speaks volumes, and says more than a thousand words. It shows Rob Ford in the company of what appear to be gang members, one of whom has already been murdered in the meantime.
The prevailing belief in Prince Edward Island is that Mike Duffy should resign from the senate. Consider this the unscientific reporting of the PEI Tim Hortons crowd. The public may have been willing to excuse $90,000 in illegitimate expense claims had Duffy repaid the money and offered a sincere mea culpa for his actions. By accepting money from the Prime Minister’s wealthy chief of staff the PEI senator sent two messages to Canadians.