Archive for April, 2011
J. Edgar Hoover, Back from the Dead
This last ditch story by the Sun about Jack Layton being caught with his pants down in a massage parlour brings to mind J. Edgar Hoover – who brings to mind Julian Fantino – if you ask me (no one did, of course, that’s why I provide my answers for free).
Interesting that the Sun, the Conservative Party of Canada mouthpiece that advertises itself as the little guy’s newspaper, (and just a head’s up, Sun, massage parlours probably see the odd little guy, too, during the work day, not to mention lots of Conservatives) would think desperate measures don’t denote desperate times.
What I don’t understand is why anyone would vote for a political party that will do anything to get itself back into power. I really don’t think I’m kidding when I say I’m worried about the Conservatives opening fire on citizens if they actually lose this thing.
Does Julian Fantino still have his gun? Or can he just call on the force anytime anyway?
I don’t know about you, but I really don’t want to live in a country where the cops decide which political party should be elected. Certainly, we know which party banner they run under when they retire from their days of law and order.
Besides which, the leak, such as it is, is hardly news. Maybe had the masseuse been a man, but I guess the bust didn’t happen on a Tuesday.
Yeah. That’s right, Sun. I’m not a former police chief turned political operative but there are much juicier tidbits about Jack Layton than that lame old massage parlour story.
I hope it was offered up for free, at least, suckers.
You know, Sun, it’s just possible that citizens are finally tired of electing governments that act on behalf of private, as opposed to public, interests. But here’s a comment stolen from one of those crazy rightwing blogs that pretty much sums up what you should, as a newspaper, be interested in with regard to Rubadubdubgate:
I don’t like Jack Layton, and I am definitely not defending him for visiting a bawdyhouse, but there is a much larger issue here.
In a brochure created by the Durham Regional Police Authority, in conjunction with Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, it clearly explains the privacy implications related to police officer’s notebooks.
A police officer may be under the mistaken impression that a notebook is his or her personal property. That is not the case. A Police Service purchases notebooks and provides them to its officers for use in recording information relating to policing activities, to help in completing various police reports, and as a reference source when testifying in Court. Consequently, the notebooks are the property of the Police Service, and are subject to the Act.
Completed notebooks, or notebooks left behind by police officers no longer employed by a Police Service, are clearly in the custody or under the control of the Police Service, as that phrase is used in section 4(1) of the Act. Similarly, notebooks in current use by police officers also fall within the wording of section 4(1) and are considered as responsive records if they contain information that falls within the scope of a particular request received by a Police Service under the Act.
Someone with ties to the Toronto police department tipped off SunTV about the 1996 incident and sent them to the retired cop who did the investigation. That cop then broke the law by giving information to the media that is clearly protected under the Privacy Act, and is the property of the Toronto Police.
Because it gave us the chance to see Jack Layton humiliated, it is tempting to gloss over the abuse of process that resulted in this story…but, if we are principled, we have to demand equal legal protection for our enemies that we demand for ourselves.
If I was Jack Layton, I would immediately file an Access to Information request with the Toronto Police Services demanding to know the identity of the investigating officer, then I would go after him legally.
Privacy laws exist for a reason, and the police should have to abide by them.
Also, there don’t seem to be any facts behind the story that make it news. The news was created as a result of the police leaking an old story about a politician to the media a couple of days before an election but well after the advanced polls closed – indicating a certain mood on the part of the voting public, if you will. The visit to the massage parlour was, after all, in the 90s. Timing really is everything, isn’t it.
After the Election
What happens after the election when a majority of Canadians have said an emphatic “NO!” to the Harper Government’s agenda – and yet, the Conservatives have a minority – or even, a majority?
Do we sit back and take the previously witnessed assault on democracy by the Harper Government, the one that brought out advanced poll voters in droves – because our democratic system decrees that it’s winner take all?
How Will Jack Layton Pay For It All?
The same way Stephen Harper did – with our tax dollars.
And, unlike the Conservatives, Jack Layton’s plans are to fund healthcare, pensions, and education. You know, the sorts of things that distinguish Canada from the third world countries our corporations do all their business in these days.
And if the Conservatives have left the cupboards bare (they have), then maybe we should just ransack Tony Clement’s riding of Muskoka. See what we can get from China for all those G8/G20 souvenirs.