May 23rd, 2012
News picks for Wednesday, May 23, 2012.
- Conservatives ask for dismissal of robocall court cases — This is hardly surprising news. What is interesting are that the Conservatives are simultaneously arguing that (a) there is no actual evidence of vote fraud, and (b) that the court cases must be thrown out because the lawsuits were filed after the 30-day statute of limitations on election fraud had run out.
- Fisheries and Oceans thinks reforms are illegal, plans new PR strategy for breaking the law — Fisheries and Oceans minister Keith Ashfield is anticipating losing court cases over his government’s disastrous fisheries reforms. You’ll be unsurprised, I’m sure, to learn that instead of actually complying with the law the government’s planned response is a new “communications strategy.”
- Harper regime plans to “ease Canadians into” surveillance by American police — It took a week for the rest of us to catch up to last week’s report in Embassy, but now the news is everywhere: the RCMP is officially planning to “ease Canadians into the idea” of letting American police and aerial surveillance operate in Canada.
- More trouble for the F-35 — New reports from the U.S. suggest that Lockheed-Martin is using a large number of counterfeit electronics to make the new jets; most of them come from China. Interestingly, buried in the article is news that the rest of the counterfeits came from Canada and Britain. The Chinese connection shouldn’t trouble the Harper regime; in the Canadian government, Cabinet ministers are even allowed to have affairs with Chinese spies.