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Re: Political staff
« Reply #25 on: September 03, 2011, 19:00:36 »
This is a slight change in direction, but, according to this article, reproduced under the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act from the Globe and Mail, the PM's new communications guru is already part of the story:
Separatist files human rights complaint against Harper's new communications director

MONTREAL— The Canadian Press

Published Saturday, Sep. 03, 2011

A separatist firebrand in Quebec has filed an official complaint against Prime Minister Stephen Harper's new choice for communications director.

Gilles Rheaume wants the Canadian Human Rights Commission to investigate the appointment of Angelo Persichilli.

The ex-president of the St. Jean Baptiste Society says the fact that Mr. Persichilli can't speak French is unfair to French-speaking Canadians and journalists.

Mr. Rheaume also says that Mr. Persichilli, a former journalist, has engaged in “Quebec bashing” in some of his work.

Mr. Rheaume isn't the first Quebecer to complain about the appointment.

Several politicians and pundits have criticized the choice, saying it's a sign the province isn't a priority for Mr. Harper.

Gilles Rhéaume is, at least partially, correct; Angelo Persichilli cannot speak French and has engaged in "Québec bashing," or, at least, he has commented on the "Québec bashing" of others.

I agree with the "politicians and pundits" who say it (Persichilli's appintment) is "a sign the province isn't a priority for Mr. Harper." Nor should it be - no more, at least, than, say, Alberta or British Columbia.
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Re: Political staff
« Reply #26 on: September 03, 2011, 19:37:46 »
And there probably is an orgy of high-fiving in the PMO after an outraged separatiste took the bait.

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Re: Political staff
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2011, 21:36:36 »
Even if he did speak French, they'd probably complain that he isn't "pur laine".
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Re: Political staff
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2011, 22:10:06 »
Mr. Rheaume also says that Mr. Persichilli, a former journalist, has engaged in “Quebec bashing” in some of his work.

The ROC also say that Mr. Rheaume, a former humanoid, has engaged in "Canada bashing" all of his life.

And we are bored Mr. Rheaume.
« Last Edit: September 03, 2011, 22:16:34 by Rifleman62 »
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Re: Political staff
« Reply #29 on: September 06, 2011, 00:05:33 »
These young people – they are almost all young – are, in my (limited) experience, very bright, very aggressive, tightly focused, very hard working, fiercely partisan and, above all, ambitious.

These guys operate at the provincial level too.  Although this guy admitted to bribing public officials in BC (also young, bright, aggressive and partisan), he is now approved to practice law in Ontario!

Bornmann is one of the most notorious characters in the B.C. Rail debacle. He was a Liberal party insider and hot-shot law student when he went into business as a lobbyist at the tender age of 24, and immediately started wheeling and dealing with one of his Liberal buddies, Dave Basi.

Bornmann admitted paying thousands of dollars in bribes to Basi, then a powerful government insider, in return for secrets on the B.C. Rail privatization deal. He says he was living a high-rolling, high-octane lifestyle as a Liberal “power broker” when his life became a “nightmare” on Dec. 23, 2003 – the day the cops raided the legislature, and Bornmann’s office.

How did a guy who bribed public officials, and did so much public damage in B.C., end up as a lawyer in good standing in Ontario? Bornmann told the Law Society of Upper Canada that he changed his ways and was remorseful. The society was impressed with his volunteer work at a small legal-aid clinic.

But Oliver zeroed in on the testimony of Colwood city councillor Ernie Robertson, who said he met Bornmann at a Liberal “martini party” in 2005 – while the B.C. Rail scandal was raging – and was shocked Bornmann seemed “non-chalant” about it all and “doing very well financially and professionally, notwithstanding the scandal.”

Robertson said Bornmann bragged he was a millionaire, had a “ruthless and unscrupulous” reputation, and that the pair joked about Bornmann’s notorious nickname: Spiderman.

The panel heard Bornmann got the moniker from a rumoured story that he once broke through the ceiling of Liberal party headquarters to get a party membership list. At the time, Bornmann was working for Paul Martin’s federal leadership bid. Bornmann insisted he did nothing illegal in the incident, and the panel didn’t dig any further into it.

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