Apparently all of this is ‘ none of our business ‘ !!! …

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The most unexpected moment of this week’s marathon council meeting, where elected officials approved almost $9 billion in spending between the 2019 budget and the second stage of light rail , was Coun. Diane Deans asking if the winning bidders for the city’s largest procurement in history had met the minimum technical score.

But the most shocking moment of the five-hour LRT discussion was the answer from the city’s hired lawyer , Geoff Gilbert of Norton Rose Fulbright: we’re not saying and — to be frank — it’s none of your business.

Just to be clear , taxpayers are being asked to spend more than $4.66 billion on constructing the light rail expansion , but they cannot know whether the bidders actually met the minimum 70-per-cent grade in the technical assessment.

She wanted to know , in particular, about the technical score for the preferred proponent for the Trillium Line expansion , who just happens to be … Wait for it …

SNC – LAVALIN !!! …

Apparently , despite footing the bill for this massive infrastructure project , we aren’t allowed to know if SNC-Lavalin scored the required 70 per cent. No one was asking for SNC-Lavalin’s actual grade , only whether that technical grade met the bare minimum.

Here’s what Gilbert — for whom we also foot the bill — had to say.

” Council is not supposed to verify whether … proponents met the technical score ” he said. ” It’s council’s job to take all the recommendations on the preferred proponent , assess that and make their decision “…

Gotta love the attitudes of these ‘ public servants ‘ , don’t ya think ?! …

Gilbert argued that revealing whether SNC-Lavalin met the 70-per-cent threshold breached the commercial confidentiality of the procurement process and called Deans’ questions on the subject — and those of several other councillors — ” very inappropriate “…

So  , let me get this straight … Basically a representative of ‘ the people ‘ , ya know … The ‘ public ‘ for whom you work … Asks you a legitimate question about adherence to RULES … And that , apparently , is ‘ inappropriate ‘…

Yet continually badgering the individual in charge of a separate , independent institution , after been told of a ‘ final ‘ decision is ‘ appropriate …

MMmmKay …

It’s somewhat difficult for a layperson to understand how knowing that a proponent met the minimum requirements would jeopardize the process …

Unless , of course , a bidder didn’t score 70 per cent , but somehow came out on top anyway and scored the 1.6 Billion dollar contract ! …

City staff and its lawyers also wouldn’t answer questions about whether there is language in rules that allows the executive steering committee — or anyone else , frankly — to allow a bid to move ahead without a 70-per-cent technical score.

Certainly , language of that nature has not appeared in any public documents on LRT Stage 2 or been communicated to council.

Councillors tried several ways to ask if it was at all possible for a bidder to win without the 70 per cent technical grade , but city staff evaded — again and again …

They were told only that the proponents were ” screened through the rules “…

Except that we can’t see the rules …

Somebody open a window !!! … It’s really startin’ to stink in here !!! …

This is obviously a MOTHERLODE of potential discussion and sarcasm that I had to make a new category and banner for this shit !!! … There’s just so much BS in this one !!! …

Source: Why can’t we know if SNC-Lavalin passed the LRT2 technical scoring? | CBC News

Another ‘ interesting ‘ SNC point …

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This is just one … Click the link for the rest of the 5 …

The House of Commons justice committee is currently narrowly focused on the allegations that the PMO attempted to politically interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin by pressuring Jody Wilson-Raybould to offer a DPA. And the federal ethics commissioner is also probing the issue.

But there is no formal probe into how this criminally charged corporation has potentially influenced the government through its extensive lobbying.

Amid the latest political drama , few are talking about SNC-Lavalin’s long history of illegal political donations.

SNC-Lavalin was caught making illegal donations to federal parties back in 2013 , when executives were instructed to donate to certain candidates, only to be reimbursed through company bonuses.

Elections Canada investigated, charging a lone SNC-Lavalin bagman, who pleaded guilty in November to illegally funnelling $117,000 to the Liberal and Conservative parties.

Since this goes back to the days of Paul Martin , he and Steve’s Conservatives have some ‘ finger prints on the broom handle ‘ here as well …

But we don’t know who else was involved, or the kind of influence SNC-Lavalin expected or may have received in exchange for their illegal donations.

Elections Canada gave the company a pass, agreeing to a compliance agreement in 2016 that closed the case. That lone executive paid a $2,000 fine.

Now really , what’s 2000 bucks to an executive of a company that can dole 45 MILLION in bribes alone ?!!! …

Under the compliance agreement , Elections Canada agreed to not pursue other ” certain former senior executives ” and didn’t prosecute anyone within the political parties , allowing them to simply pay back the money.

And DID they ?! …

As you can see , I follow this shit pretty avidly … And I don’t recall SNC being in the news when all that was goin’ on ….

Hmmmm …

The Liberals are going to drag this out and try to confuse this so much I need to make a new category and header !!! …

 

 

Source: 5 things we may never know about the SNC-Lavalin scandal | CBC News

This just keeps gettin’ better and better !!! …

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The Prime Minister’s Office says there was ” absolutely no hostility ” from Justin Trudeau towards Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, despite allegations she’s made against him.

You know the drill … It’s just the same mantra as … ” There was absolutely no ( edit out ‘ pressure ‘ replace with … ) ‘ hostility ‘…

The Whitby , Ont., MP says she was met with anger and hostility from the prime minister after she informed him she would not be seeking re-election in October.

Caesar-Chavannes made the announcement last weekend , but informed Trudeau weeks earlier on Feb. 12.

It was around that time the negative encounters happened , the MP first told the Globe and Mail.

Because of Jody Wilson-Raybould’s fresh resignation from cabinet , she told the Globe that Trudeau had asked her to wait for her own announcement and that he was worried about the optics of having two women of colour leave at the same time.

Now that is nothing other than a POLITICALLY MOTIVATED assertion … No ” we need you ” … Or ” Are you sure ? … Have you thought this through ? “…

NOPE !!! … Just ” Oh MAIRD !!! …. This is gonna make me look bad !!! “…

” He was yelling. He was yelling that I didn’t appreciate him , that he’d given me so much ” Caesar-Chavannes told that newspaper.

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She alleges the hostility continued in interactions after that conversation.

Matt Pascuzzo , a spokesman for the PMO , says while there was no question the conversations in February were ” frank ” there was ” absolutely no hostility “…

‘ Frank ‘ ?… Is their a KBecWAH definition of that word that means ‘ at high volume while pounding fist on desk ‘? …

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Caesar-Chavannes declined to comment for this story.

Ya said all ya had to darlin’ !!! … Now just quietly sit back with the rest of us and watch the ‘ selfie prince ‘ squirm a bit more with this one added to his current swath of problems to deal with as well !!! …

Earlier on Thursday while responding to allegations surrounding the SNC-Lavalin controversy , Trudeau said he hoped members of his caucus felt comfortable coming to him with issues.

Gee whiz Justy ! … How do ya figure barkin’ at ’em and tellin’ them that they owe you for everything tends to diminish the ‘ comfortability ‘ factor of havin’ a wee chat with ya !!! …

” I did come to you recently. Twice. Remember your reactions ? ” Caesar-Chavannes tweeted after his comment.

The prime minister doubled down on his messaging at an event in Ottawa on Saturday morning, saying the SNC-Lavalin affair is giving him pause to think about the way things have been dealt with.

OH SHIT !!! … This is way too easy !!! … Ya finally figured out a ‘ pause ‘ might be in order to … Not RETHINK … But actually THINK , the first time , that you drop that phony smile of yours and open your yap ?!!! …

Trudeau’s office denies the conversations with her turned sour to the point of animosity.

There ya go again !!! … The five Liberals on the committee can ” clearly see that was no animosity , and therefore that’s a fact … And we can move on “…

Now I must admit … It’s goin’ back about 20 years when I basically resigned myself to being 100 % pessimist !!! … If one or two of the options involve things goin’ all to shit … That’s what I’m bankin’ on …

BUT !!! … As this ordeal drags on … A glimmer of optimism is beginning to brighten in the distance … A chance … An ever strengthening possibility , that Turdo Jr. and several others may be ushered out of Dodge unceremoniously indeed !!! …

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I tell ya , there’s some headstones rattlin’ in a cemetry somewhere with all the rollin’ Pete’s doin’ right now !!! …

 

 

Source: PMO denies ‘hostility’ in Trudeau’s interactions with Liberal MP | CBC News

President Trump signing Bibles like they were his own book ? … Really …

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This writer , and all the morons on the Internet , act as if Donald cracked open a box of bibles that HE brought with him and started signin’em and handin’ them out …

Donald Trump was greeted with a rapturous applause at an Alabama church on Friday , but the disaster-stricken crowd received more than just good wishes from the president.

He was hoping to offer comfort to the people in the wake of the deadly tornado that swept through the region last weekend , many of the hundred-strong congregation received a unique piece of memorabilia : a Trump-signed Bible.

Though the practice of a book-signing is usually reserved only to its author , Trump kindly obliged a 12-year-old boy’s request to sign his copy of the religious scripture.

The kid ASKED him to sign it !!! … What do want ? … Have the President kneel down to eye level and get into a detailed conversation with the kid attempting to explain how that wouldn’t be ‘ appropriate in some peoples’ minds ‘ ?! … ” And , then of course , ya seen son , there could be some political ramifications paraded on the front pages and the Liberal Fake News people and its’ followers will go bat shit crazy !!! “…

President Trump appeared at the Providence Baptist Church, in Opelika, on Friday. Bearing words of support and sympathy he also offered a unique range of memorabilia: signed Bibles

Another volunteer , Emily Pike, said the president and first lady Melania Trump signed her 10-year-old daughter’s Bible , which was decorated with pink camouflage.

” She just reached out there and said ‘ Mr. President , would you sign this ? ‘ ’’ Pike told the Associated Press.

Mother doesn’t seem too concerned about it … Actually , it sounds like she is pointing out the sort of ‘ cutness ‘ to it …

Though members of the denomination seemed delighted with their autographed texts , the internet’s reaction provided a stark contrast.

Many accused Trump of being a hypocrite , claiming his political policies are a perfect contradiction to the religious teachings he was writing over.

Others berated the perceived arrogance of his gesture , accusing the President of touting the religious book as if it was of his own workings.

Do you people ever stop to listen to your own pathetic blather ?!!! …

‘ I seriously cannot imagine the absolute outrage and round-the-clock coverage this would’ve earned if President Obama went around signing Bibles. My God, ‘ said author Jennifer Hayden.

Yeah , he’d be more likely to be signing to Koran !!! …

The U.S. president also posed for selfies and signed hats and a $100 dollar bill that a volunteer passed him at the Baptist church

For crissakes !!! … He was interacting with the kids and they were all smiles and ‘ uplifted ‘ following a nasty event in their lives … The bullshit media , in this case the Internet , should get a grip !!! …

 

Source: President Trump is mocked online for signing Bibles like they were his own book in Alabama | Daily Mail Online

‘ Reporters ‘ need to get back to ‘ reporting ‘ … For crissakes stop tryin’ to think !!! ..

There’s too many people that are simply , absolutely , not qualified or intelligent enough to warrant their employment in their chosen profession …

Martin Patriquin from The Walrus for example …

Much of his article was ‘ reasonable ‘ … But he invariably puts his foot in it this totally unrelated and incorrectly concluded comparison … Certainly does not constitute a ‘ truism ‘…

Another political truism : beware of partisan histrionics. For all that Andrew Scheer and his Tory colleagues have been relentless in their criticisms of Trudeau on this file , coming to the legal or financial aid of politically important corporations is old , bipartisan hat in this country.

Yes , that can be considered a ‘ truism ‘… However … The following is NOT an example …

Consider that , in 2009 , Stephen Harper’s Conservative government lent a total of $13.7 billion to General Motors and Fiat Chrysler as part of a bailout to save the two companies and thousands of Canadian jobs. Yes … He ‘ lent it ‘ … And that IS strictly being concerned about the number of jobs at risk … It was NOT specific to one province … It was not in coordination with upcoming elections … Foreign owned entities don’t vote in elections … And most importantly , those two companies were never in the courts facing criminal charges … And Harper and his PMO weren’t running around trying to influence , then hide those attempts , the court’s involvement …

Then he goes on to say …

Last year , the government wrote off $2.6 billion related to its loan to Fiat Chrysler and , about a decade after taxpayer dollars kept it afloat through a protracted economic downturn , GM announced it was closing its headquarters in Oshawa , eliminating about 2,500 jobs.

Look at the date Marty !!! … That’s Junior again !!! … If I were PM I’d have my Billy Boy from Finance in their faces for some payments !!! …

Supporting snc-Lavalin is a sure bet by comparison : the company is proudly , almost stubbornly , mated to Quebec , and its employees aren’t beholden to the whims of some foreign-owned conglomerate.

No , they’re ‘ beholden ‘ to their own , self pocket lining , conglomerate …

Source: Can Trudeau Spin the SNC-Lavalin Affair to His Benefit? Just Watch Him | The Walrus

So what if Junior ‘ apologizes ‘… Does that mean he get’s off the hook ? …

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She said …                                                                       He said …

” Ultimately , I believe our government will be stronger for having wrestled with these issues ” Trudeau said.

Sorry Junior … Your use of the  ‘ past tense ‘ verb ‘… ‘ wrestled ‘… Is incorrect … It ain’t over yet …

A source with direct knowledge of the situation, speaking to CBC’s Katie Simpson on condition of anonymity , said Thursday the prime minister didn’t apologize because he feels ” in his core ” that he did nothing wrong.

Note this person does NOT what to take ‘ ownership ‘ of this statement ‘, just in case ‘ it comes out later to be proven a load of shit ! …

” The prime minister is not going to say something he doesn’t believe in , and he doesn’t believe he’s done anything wrong ” the source said.

The Prime Minister’s Office maintains all involved were genuinely concerned by Wilson-Raybould’s quick decision to not pursue a DPA — an arrangement like a plea bargain that would allow the company to avoid a criminal trial on bribery charges — fearing a guilty verdict for the firm could lead to financial ruin and massive job losses.

Greg MacEachern , senior vice-president of government relations at Proof Strategies and a long-time Liberal strategist , said the prime minister has to consider what message an apology would send to caucus members who feel he really has nothing to apologize for — and who may be worried about the political consequences of Wilson-Raybould’s statements.

Some Liberal insiders are deeply angry with the former attorney general , fearing her insistence on branding these lobbying efforts as inappropriate could torpedo their electoral fortunes.

” When you’ve lost two cabinet ministers , you want to take stock and make sure your team is all onboard. And that’s what he’s been doing the last couple of days ” MacEachern said , adding the prime minister has been making calls to caucus members over the last few days as part of a ” gut check ” on the affair.

So rather than dealing with the myriad of concerns this country is suffering thru … Unemployment … Immigration a total mess ! … Infrastructure like decaying highway … I could type pages !!! … The Klown of Kodak is focused singularly focussed on his re-election chances by making sure nobody else is gonna be ‘ spillin’ any beans ‘ …

” Had his team felt [ an apology was necessary ], you would have seen a very different press conference “‘

MacEachern said Trudeau’s concession that some things should have been done better in the Prime Minister’s Office was sufficient.

There ya have it !!! … Greg said it was sufficient !  … Now vote Liberal in the next election !!! …

What a load of Maird du Bovine !!! …

 

Source: Did Trudeau’s non-apology on SNC-Lavalin make his plight better, or worse? | CBC News