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Bjorn Von Flapjack III, Winkie, Davey Snot and Royal Niblet tonight at the Tranzac Club, on Brunswick at Bloor!

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Also, it’s Bjorn’s birthday. I may therefore acknowledge his presence onstage, but that’s a big if.

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…and so will the other defendants named in this big defamation action. Barring a speedy discretion-before-dishonour top-secret settlement, this thing will drag on for quite some time.  But whenever it concludes, it will do so with the Liberal leader and his inner circle losing, big time.

I haven’t read the pleadings, but what is publicly known about this little psychodrama suggests apologies, retractions and cheque-writing are in Justin Trudeau’s future.  Here’s why:

  • There were several statements made by Trudeau and his inner circle that had a tendency to defame Christine Innes’ reputation: they stated, directly, that she engaged in intimidation and threats with Young Liberals.  Chances of those Young Liberals being (a) available and/or (b) credible at the time of trial? Zero.
  • The publicly-expressed justification for the barring of Innes is completely contradicted by the privately-expressed reason: Trudeau, he of the open nomination pledge, wanted to save the seat for Chrystia Freeland. Innes has the emails to prove that. Trudeau not only will be shown to be caught in a fib, he will be found to be caught in a defamatory fib.
  • Innes has damages that are easy to measure: She was the previous candidate, twice, and now has been barred for professed reasons that (see above) are patently false.  Her professional reputation has clearly been damaged, and from coast-to-coast, too. (Personal, but not legal, source of irritation for me: Innes was ostensibly barred not for her actions, but that of her husband.  Talk about sexist.)
  • Innes has met all of the legal requirements for a winning case: identification (clear), publication (widespread) and defamatory (I’d argue it’s defamatory per se, the most serious variant).  Being a “reverse onus tort,” the legal burden now shifts to Trudeau et al. – and the presumption will be that they defamed Innes, that they were malicious, that they spoke falsely, and that there are damages.  Those things will be presumed. Ouch.

Could I be wrong? Of course.  I thought (and still feel) Divisional Court were idiotic for letting Rob Ford off the hook – I never saw that bit of historic stupidity coming.  Could happen in the Innes v. Trudeau et al. case, too.

But as things stand now, Trudeau and his advisors will lose, big time.  And the NDP’s Joe Cressy has already won a by-election that hasn’t even been called yet.

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Now that the plague that is Rob Anders has ended – fittingly, and Biblically, just as Holy Week and Passover commenced – let us give thanks and praise to God. And analyze what it means.

Anders, as a long-mortified Canada will know, has represented Northwest Calgary and environs for nearly two decades. As a Reform MP, an Alliance MP and now a Conservative MP, Anders has been a pestilential blight on Canadian public life, more horrible than a week-long Justin Bieber retrospective.

He called Nelson Mandela a “terrorist,” quote unquote. He fell asleep in the House of Commons. He attacked veterans, who had objected to the fact that he fell asleep in a meeting with them.

He implied Thomas Mulcair somehow responsible for Jack Layton’s passing – saying that Mulcair “arm-twisted” the former NDP leader into campaigning in 2011. He was hired as a “professional heckler” by a Republican candidate. He authored a private member’s bill, indelicately referred to as “The Bathroom Bill,” which was aimed at eliminating the threat to children by transgendered people in public washrooms. (He had an unusual degree of interest in what people do in their bedrooms, too.)

He was a fool, in other words. He was the worst Member of Parliament in a singularly undistinguished House of Commons.

Anders’ blessed departure from the national stage – he will probably now take up residence in the Wildrose Party, where he belongs – is welcome news. But what does the news portend for his enablers, like Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney and John Baird?

For years, Messrs. Harper, Kenney, Baird et al. had looked the other way while Anders rolled around in the gutter. Harper quietly endorsed Anders in the Signal Hill Conservative nomination battle. Kenney, meanwhile, was far less subtle, and openly called on local Conservatives to rally around Anders.

And Baird – in between partying with friends at the fancy taxpayer-supported digs of the Canadian High Commissioner in London, and the Consul-General in New York – has professed to be a progressive Conservative. While doing precisely nothing about the toxic presence of Anders in the Conservative caucus for year after year.

Anders’ defeat in Signal Hill is not the first of such defeats for Harper, Kenney, Baird et al. In recent months, the number of Harper acolytes who have ended up under the proverbial bus – from Nigel Wright to Mike Duffy to Marc Nadon – has grown exponentially. (They may soon require a new bus to toss people under, in fact.)

Part of the reason for all of this Conservative unhappiness, to be fair, is a natural consequence of being in power for a long time. When you have been in power for nearly a decade, you become sloppy. Thus, Baird and his unnamed pals partying it up in the High Commissioners’ apartment – or Kenney and Harper endorsing a troglodyte like Anders, who is going down to certain defeat.

With the passage of time, governing parties lose touch. They spend too much time with bureaucrats and each other, and not enough with real folks. They start representing Ottawa to home – instead of representing home to Ottawa.

Rob Anders’ defeat isn’t just his. It’s the defeat of his party’s leaders, too – and it matters.


And just think! There’s only about 200 more bad days to go!

I was also thinking that, on days like today, John probably wishes he’d stayed on as a highly-paid Rogers mouthpiece.

And then I remember: he did!

 

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Dithers’ “number one priority” just got blowed up, real good.

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