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Mulroney and the envelop full of cash, Duffy (which was far more egregious than most realize as he got his appointment for using his press job to sabotage Dion), a host of Senators (Including one I know, I went to his daughter's wedding, he decided to retire when the Senate scandal blew up) Brazeau, muzzled scientists, Keystone "No Brainer", something foreign leaders never tell the US president, civil servants used for campaign work, .... I don't have times to list them all.

Losing sucks and emptying the coffers with tax cuts to ensure your successor can't do anything is apparently a time honoured tradition for the Cons. Years of political attack ads and taxpayer funded "we done good" ads before there was an election backfired but they will probably do it again next time we let them out of the woods.



Tim,

Now you are mixing together a few examples of corruption with a few examples where you disagree (perhaps rightly) with decisions or behaviours. So:

Corruption:

1) Mulroney and the manilla envelopes: he wasn't convicted, but it certainly smells bad
2) The senators Duffy, Wallin, Brazeau and Harb: smells pretty bad


Things that are not corruption, but that you disagree with:

1) Ineffective bilateral engagement with the US at the head of government level (ie, it's a no-brainer)
2) Selective designation of official spokespersons for the government (ie, muzzling of scientists)
3) Government advertising of the economic action plan
4) Attack ads funded by political parties


There's a pretty significant difference between the first category where it is possible that some people may have been lining their pockets and the second category where nobody is lining their pockets, but not everyone would agree with the decisions that were made or actions that were taken.

But, it is noteworthy that the first example of corruption that you proposed dates from the early 1990s and the second dates from more than 20 years later. As I suggested up-thread, we are fortunate to generally get good government in Canada and these types events are unusual. Many countries would be happy to have a national government where there's only a significant event of corruption every 10 years (I say every 10 years because in between Mulroney and the senators was the Gomery thing....).

My observation is that most of the corruption that I've seen tends to occur at the municipal level of government where politicians sometimes get in bed with real estate developers. Thankfully, the worst examples of this seem to be in Quebec (ie, the Charbonneau Commission). There probably is a fair bit of this in the other provinces too. In comparison to the municipalities, the provincial and federal governments are squeaky clean.



SJ
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