The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

28 November 2005

Congressman vs. Canadian Government


Liberals Might Want To Look To Canada

While we're not sure how much liberal talk radio gloating has yet begun over Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham's (R-CA) guilty plea on bribery charges and subsequent resignation today, they might want to first look north.

To Canada, that is, where the Liberal Party government has just fallen after losing a punishing, historic no-confidence vote in Ottawa's Parliament.

There, an entire collection of rogue characters often called the Librano$, led by Prime Minister Paul Martin, have finally been held accountable for their sleazy "Sponsorship" funding scandal.

From the CBC:

The opposition parties banded together Monday to defeat the Liberal minority government and set the stage for an election that is expected to culminate in a mid-January vote.

In a 171 to 133 vote, the House passed an historic no-confidence motion exactly one year and five months after Canadian voters elected the Liberals.

Prime Minister Paul Martin will now have to go see Governor General Michaëlle Jean Tuesday morning and ask her to dissolve Parliament.

As the vote was conducted, parliamentarians stood up to applaud MPs who will not be running in the next election.

The Liberal defeat marks the first time a government has fallen on a straight motion of no-confidence in Parliament.

Other minority governments have been forced into elections after losing budget votes or censure motions interpreted as loss of confidence.

At least Congressman Cunningham had the courage to admit to his crimes and resign:

Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy and tax charges and tearfully resigned from office, admitting he took $2.4 million in bribes to steer defense contracts to conspirators.

Cunningham, 63, entered pleas in U.S. District Court to charges of conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud and wire fraud, and tax evasion for underreporting his income in 2004.

Cunningham answered "yes, Your Honor" when asked by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns if he had accepted bribes from someone in exchange for his performance of official duties.

Later, at a news conference, he wiped away tears as he announced his resignation.

"I can't undo what I have done but I can atone," he said.

Cunningham, an eight-term Republican congressman, had already announced in July that he would not seek re-election next year.

Faced with similar circumstances, Canada's Liberals did everything they could to cover up their corruption.

Now, they've fallen in an undignified manner, with a dissolved parliament and January elections that could bring the rival Conservative Party to power.

Even after losing the parliamentary vote tonight, Martin is as defiant as ever, avoiding any honest admissions about their disgusting behavior:

A corruption scandal forced a vote of no-confidence Monday and Prime Minister Paul Martin's government was expected to fall, triggering an election campaign during the Christmas holidays.

Canada's three opposition party parties, which control a majority of seats in Parliament, have said they will vote against Martin, claiming his Liberal Party no longer has the moral authority to lead the nation.

A loss for the prime minister would trigger an election for all 308 seats of Parliament that would likely be held Jan. 23. Martin and his Cabinet would continue to govern until the election is held.

Opposition leaders last week called for the no-confidence vote after Martin rejected their demands to dissolve Parliament in January and hold early elections in February. Monday's vote follows a flurry of spending announcements in Ottawa last week, with the government trying to advance its agenda ahead of its likely demise.

Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper said his party would join with the New Democratic and Bloc Quebecois parties to bring down the government prompting the first Christmas campaign in mostly Christian Canada in 26 years.

Expect a buzzing blogosphere tonight:

--- Captain Ed has served as America's Blogospheric Ambassador to Canada, reporting on Liberal Party sleaze all year, becoming a major resource for Canadians looking to bypass their own notoriously leftist media.

--- Brent Colbert is a Tory political activist from Ontario and a great source of information.

--- Small Dead Animals is a major Canadian blog with a focus on breaking political events.

--- CIVITATENSIS is an Alberta-based political site with excellent commentary.

--- The Western Standard magazine is Canada's answer to National Review, a real treasure that should be a regular read.

While I don't expect the Air America Radio crowd to come clean on Canadian sleaze, since they won't even confess to their own corporate hijinks, I can't wait to watch Canada's Conservative Party mount the campaign of a lifetime.

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Photo of Prime Minister Paul Martin: CP
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  • HAHAHA. Canada? Is that all you can talk about? One of your guys here in America is going to jail and you have to look to other countries to try and even things out. Priceless.

    By Blogger Mr. Kite, at 28 November, 2005 20:02  

  • Cap'n Edsel is going around sniffing other people's underpants so he can say that his don't smell so bad.

    By Blogger WHT, at 28 November, 2005 20:38  

  • mr. kite, you took the words right out of my mouth. "Well, well... ummm... the Canadian liberals..." blah, blah, blah....

    The one thing I might add, though, is I wish we could have a "no confidence" vote of our government.

    By Blogger Scribe, at 28 November, 2005 21:27  

  • I might add that the story of the Canadian Liberals sounds remarkably similar to the American Republicans/conservatives.

    Perhaps Mr. Maloney-Baloney-Malarkey should spend more time minding his own backyard than looking at corruption in other countries.

    By Blogger Scribe, at 28 November, 2005 21:30  

  • Yowza! Going after Canadian liberals? Man it's tough going for you folks. And comparing it to The Dukester? Courage? Are you kidding me. This is a new definition of "grasping for straws"!

    I live in Cunningham's district. While I'm happy The Dukester admitted guilt and therefore saved the taxpayers some money (not nearly as much as he probably stole), I'm just a little pissed that he didn't have the dignity TO RESIGN(!!!!!!!!) if he was going to admit guilt. He will deprive my Congressional district of representation in the House for over year now. Not that he's represented us very well all these years anyway.

    Thanks for nothing Dukester!

    By Blogger Jake White, at 28 November, 2005 22:32  

  • By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 29 November, 2005 00:37  

  • Thanks for the plug here and at Malkin's, Brian. I hope not to disappoint. Cheers.

    By Blogger kaqchikel, at 29 November, 2005 01:45  

  • Speaking of Michelle, I just bought and read "Unhinged". Superb. All about the liberal bigotry, racism (just peruse the barely literate
    comments she's gotten), violence, death threats against the President, conspiracy theories, and more. From Tawana-Brawley-like libs "faking" hate crimes to Ward Churchill; calling our soldiers "baby killers", etc.

    Haven't heard of any conservatives vandalizing cars with Kerry stickers. Don't recall Rush suggesting that Clinton should be
    assassinated when he was in office.
    Haven't heard of any conservatives
    denigrating the soldiers that help
    keep us free.

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 29 November, 2005 03:34  

  • raccoonradio, you haven't been listening, then.

    By Blogger Scribe, at 29 November, 2005 06:06  

  • Liberal corruption is all but a tradition in Canada. The further left you go, the more bizarre the crimes become. To the left of the Librano$ there's the NDP who had one of their MP's - Sven Robinson - recently arrested for stealing a diamond ring from a jewellery store. Classy stuff, eh.

    Leftwing dolts in the US will no doubt try and use Cunningham and a bunch of pie-in-the-sky charges against DeLay to offset all this leftwing corruption (Traficant, anyone?). They're not fooling anyone.

    By Blogger MisterPundit, at 29 November, 2005 12:22  

  • the bottom line is that we are not canadians. who cares what canadian liberals do? that's like saying "a tribe of black people in Africa eat ostrich testicles, so all black people must eat them too." the comparison doesn't work.

    By Blogger liberal outlaw, at 29 November, 2005 14:47  

  • Let see if I have this straight.

    Maloney has to look outside the US in order to find something to divert attention away from Cunningham's sleazy crimes.


    The GOP culture of corruption has become a dried-up dog-turd finally blowing away in the wind. Good-bye and good-riddance.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 29 November, 2005 14:56  

  • I think Maloney is being current.
    If you want examples of liberal American politicians who did not have the dignity to come clean, you don't have to look too far into the past.
    Like former Senator Bob Torricelli (D-NJ) who dropped out of his reelection campaign only after it was clear that even NJ would not re-elect him.
    Then there was Babs Boxer, check bouncer (143 checks, $41,000). Last I checked, she is still serving. James Traficant forced the House to expell him, after being convicted of bribery, racketerring, tax evasion and obstruction of justice.
    The point that is being missed, is not that it is OK that Cunningham is a corrupt SOB because Canada has worse. The point is that Cunningham fessed up, where others (all over the political spectrum) kept shuffling the deck chairs.
    And Jake, Cunningham did resign, on Monday.

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 29 November, 2005 16:25  

  • SCSI, his seat will remain open until the next election, which means January of 2007. If he was going to plead guilty, he should have resigned in time for this Fall's election, so that we would have representation.

    But I'm sure he and the GOP knew that it would be tough for a Republican to win right now, they are hoping the waters may be a bit calmer next November. So, because of politics, I have no representation in the U.S. House of Representatives for a year. That blows.

    By Blogger Jake White, at 29 November, 2005 18:30  

  • SCSIwuzzy,

    Cunningham fessed up and resigned because Cunningham got CAUGHT. You really think he's be doing all that fessing any crying otherwise?

    By Blogger Robert, at 30 November, 2005 00:19  

  • Um - what election were we holding this fall?

    And if he got hit by a bus - would the situation be any different?

    By Blogger Peter Porcupine, at 30 November, 2005 02:49  

  • Is this guy for real? A congressman steals/lies/takes bribes and you look to compare it to the liberal government of Canada. Thats too funny. Almost as funny as "all the liberals in congress said the same thing as bush about iraq". Is there such a thing as taking responsibility at all?

    By Blogger Iraq War Veteran, at 30 November, 2005 09:44  

  • Thanks for the mention, I will be bloggin the election with numerous posts everyday.

    Today we have a fun photoshop task playing with the new Liberal Home Page graphic.

    All governments have potential for individuals to become corrupt, what makes the Canadian Liberal Party unique is the instutionalized corruption. Just yesterday the RCMP announced that they are investigation the Liberal Finance Minister for leaking insider information about a government decision.

    I am just waiting for the investigation to draw the links between the investors that made millions in one afternoon and contributitors to the Liberal Party.

    By Blogger Brent Colbert, at 01 December, 2005 09:57  

  • Saddly Jake, it's no different on the left side of the aisle.
    When Torricelli stepped down, he only did so once it was clear he could not win (he was caught and smacked down, but kept going anyway), but did so well after the primary and after the law said there could be no changes made to tha ballot. But they still put in Frank Lautenberg, anyway.
    Again, I am not defending Cunningham, but the difference between him and the Canadian govt is that one party saw the jig was up and tossed in the towel, the other kept on digging the hole deeper.
    The sad part of this is, stepping down when you are caught, rather than forcing others to pry you out of your seat has become the exception, not the rule.
    I'd prefer clean politicians, but I know that's not going to happen everytime.

    By Blogger SCSIwuzzy, at 01 December, 2005 12:09  

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