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(National Post)   Canadian senator and John Travolta lookalike forced out of the Canadian senate to protect "the dignity" of the Canadian senate. In other news, the Canadian senate still has dignity   (news.nationalpost.com) divider line 74
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2013-02-13 06:12:48 PM  
That guy doesn't look anything like Travolta.
 
2013-02-13 06:31:17 PM  
John Travolta lookalike my ass.
 
2013-02-13 06:46:50 PM  
At least your senate gets to pretend it has dignity.

We still have turtleman and RAND PAUL

/God help us
 
2013-02-13 06:51:14 PM  

Doktor_Zhivago: At least your senate gets to pretend it has dignity.

We still have turtleman and RAND PAUL

/God help us


Who ever thought the pitcher dude would look good in retrospect.
 
2013-02-13 06:58:05 PM  
He looks nothing like Travolta and I bet he likes girls.
 
2013-02-13 07:00:28 PM  
It had dignity?

Also, he looks nothing like Travolta. Similar hair style != lookalike
 
2013-02-13 07:02:02 PM  
Subby is blind.

He looks more like Sean Astin than Travolta.
 
2013-02-13 07:02:42 PM  
I think subby is referring to him in Pulp Fiction: Link
 
2013-02-13 07:06:05 PM  
Wasn't he handpicked by Harper? I thought Harper was infallible! Now everything in my world is turned upside down!
 
2013-02-13 07:07:26 PM  

Doktor_Zhivago: At least your senate gets to pretend it has dignity.


The Canadian Senate is appointed for life and always rubberstamps whatever the House passes. It is a functionally useless nepotistic aristocracy.

I would like it if we could elect our Senators Or maybe murder them like the Romans did.
 
2013-02-13 07:22:05 PM  
The Senate is a useless body that should really be dissolved. But because Constitutional reform is political suicide in this country, nobody's gonna touch it.
 
2013-02-13 07:22:43 PM  
A Senator at age 38. It's not watcha know but who you.... befriend.
 
2013-02-13 07:23:56 PM  

basemetal: He looks nothing like Travolta and I bet he likes girls.


Well, his right ear is pierced, so...
 
2013-02-13 07:30:36 PM  

SN1987a goes boom: basemetal: He looks nothing like Travolta and I bet he likes girls.

Well, his right ear is pierced, so...


He actually has both ears pierced. And the whole thing started with him *alegedly* beating his wife, so I'm not sure that he does like girls.
 
2013-02-13 07:36:55 PM  

sno man: SN1987a goes boom: basemetal: He looks nothing like Travolta and I bet he likes girls.

Well, his right ear is pierced, so...

He actually has both ears pierced. And the whole thing started with him *alegedly* beating his wife, so I'm not sure that he does like girls.


Huh, well that picture in the article didn't show that.  My bad.
 
2013-02-13 07:49:28 PM  
The way more interesting stories are all the former broadcaster Senators getting busted for their shaky expense claims.  Especially that fat bozo Duffy, that has lived in Ottawa for years as the CTV Parliament Hill guy before living in Ottawa as a Senator from P.E.I., using an Ontario health card claiming he lives at his cottage in PEI.  Which he does, 1 or 2 weeks a year.  Or Wallin representing Saskatchewan living mostly in Toronto and commuting to her Senator gig in Ottawa...

Good thing Harper got the gig in part for his promise to reform the Senate, the he fills it full of high profile trough feeders! Reform indeed.
 
2013-02-13 07:51:00 PM  

SN1987a goes boom: sno man: SN1987a goes boom: basemetal: He looks nothing like Travolta and I bet he likes girls.

Well, his right ear is pierced, so...

He actually has both ears pierced. And the whole thing started with him *alegedly* beating his wife, so I'm not sure that he does like girls.

Huh, well that picture in the article didn't show that.  My bad.


No worries I happened to catch it from one of the clips of him on TV...
 
2013-02-13 08:01:05 PM  
He doesn't have the chin pit but I can kind of see the travolta thing.

Though even travolta doesn't look like travolta these days.
 
2013-02-13 08:09:24 PM  

Walker: John Travolta lookalike my ass.


your ass looks like John Travolta?
 
2013-02-13 08:10:07 PM  
How the hell did he become a senator?

Who'd he blo....Whoa!   I'd have never expected that of Mr. Sweatervest.
 
2013-02-13 08:15:32 PM  

sno man: SN1987a goes boom: basemetal: He looks nothing like Travolta and I bet he likes girls.

Well, his right ear is pierced, so...

He actually has both ears pierced. And the whole thing started with him *alegedly* beating his wife, so I'm not sure that he does like girls.


Girls, maybe, but it seems he doesn't like his wife.
 
2013-02-13 08:16:43 PM  
www.tvqc.com
 
2013-02-13 08:18:45 PM  

Ishkur: Doktor_Zhivago: At least your senate gets to pretend it has dignity.

The Canadian Senate is appointed for life and always rubberstamps whatever the House passes. It is a functionally useless nepotistic aristocracy.

I would like it if we could elect our Senators Or maybe murder them like the Romans did.


Oh crap, forgot it was a parliamentary system. Damn how do you get that sweet job?
 
2013-02-13 08:21:16 PM  
That's him getting punched out, by the way.
 
2013-02-13 08:23:31 PM  
The Brazman has been an embarrassment to Stephen Harper since he was initially appointed.  But I cannot wait for them to kick Mike Duffy out for being a fake PEIer.

Oh, the schadenfreude.

I used to think the NDP's "abolish the Senate" idea was unworkable but... it's looking better every day.

If not abolition, election.
 
2013-02-13 08:23:57 PM  
Well, they wouldn't let Ted Nugent in their building, so let's not throw rocks in a glass house.
 
2013-02-13 08:24:34 PM  

funmonger: That's him getting punched out, by the way.


We can say Justin Trudeau has done one valuable thing in his time in Parliament.
 
2013-02-13 08:29:12 PM  
For our US friends... Add a couple of zeros to the sums of money involved and then you will see why this matters to us.
 
2013-02-13 08:39:43 PM  

chumboobler: For our US friends... Add a couple of zeros to the sums of money involved and then you will see why this matters to us.


I'd bet there aren't many Americans that claim $125k(ish) a year just in travel expenses...
 
2013-02-13 08:44:32 PM  
A gift wrapped opportunity to rekindle the debate for abolishing the Senate. It's time!
 
2013-02-13 08:52:51 PM  

sno man: The way more interesting stories are all the former broadcaster Senators getting busted for their shaky expense claims.  Especially that fat bozo Duffy, that has lived in Ottawa for years as the CTV Parliament Hill guy before living in Ottawa as a Senator from P.E.I., using an Ontario health card claiming he lives at his cottage in PEI.  Which he does, 1 or 2 weeks a year.  Or Wallin representing Saskatchewan living mostly in Toronto and commuting to her Senator gig in Ottawa...

Good thing Harper got the gig in part for his promise to reform the Senate, the he fills it full of high profile trough feeders! Reform indeed.


Sure let me know when the opposition parties and provinces will help him change it.  He's looking at ways including abolishing the senate now.  Which is far more than any previous government has done.
 
2013-02-13 09:11:11 PM  
Since Harper wants to reform the Senate, do you think he's appointing these bozos on the hope that they will screw up and give credence to his ideas?
 
2013-02-13 09:12:37 PM  

Ishkur: Doktor_Zhivago: At least your senate gets to pretend it has dignity.

The Canadian Senate is appointed for life and always rubberstamps whatever the House passes. It is a functionally useless nepotistic aristocracy.

I would like it if we could elect our Senators Or maybe murder them like the Romans did.


My theory would be that whatever percentage of the popular vote a party get's in a province, they get that percentage of that province's senators. So if the vote in Ontario went 25% Liberal, 35% NDP and 40% Conservative,  Ontario would have 6 Liberal senators,  8 NDP, and 10 Conservative.

It would mean my vote would actually count in my heavily conservative riding.
 
2013-02-13 09:14:30 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: sno man: The way more interesting stories are all the former broadcaster Senators getting busted for their shaky expense claims.  Especially that fat bozo Duffy, that has lived in Ottawa for years as the CTV Parliament Hill guy before living in Ottawa as a Senator from P.E.I., using an Ontario health card claiming he lives at his cottage in PEI.  Which he does, 1 or 2 weeks a year.  Or Wallin representing Saskatchewan living mostly in Toronto and commuting to her Senator gig in Ottawa...

Good thing Harper got the gig in part for his promise to reform the Senate, the he fills it full of high profile trough feeders! Reform indeed.

Sure let me know when the opposition parties and provinces will help him change it.  He's looking at ways including abolishing the senate now.  Which is far more than any previous government has done.


The C's have a majority, they don't need a lot of help in the House, although the NDP has been all over the abolition of the Senate for a while.  I'd bet there are enough provinces if not already on board, really close.  Down east always cries about any hit to their over representation so there won't be much love there, and the west traditionally has had the same issue, but with the C's large and in charge and the population shift to the west with upcoming riding realignments with 30 new seats in the house (half in Ontario, suck it "underrepresented" elsewhere!)  and 6 more seats in AL & BC too, the west is beginning to warm to the idea of at least reform...
 
2013-02-13 09:23:20 PM  

sno man: the west is beginning to warm to the idea of at least reform...


Dude, Alberta has been trying to have elected senators for YEARS.
 
2013-02-13 09:52:06 PM  

Hebalo: sno man: the west is beginning to warm to the idea of at least reform...

Dude, Alberta has been trying to have elected senators for YEARS.


I was underselling it for our Conservative friend (from Alberta(!?)), that thinks Harper was THE ONLY ONE that has ever thought it was a good idea.
 
2013-02-13 10:01:11 PM  

mscleo: Subby is blind.


Breaking out of a trance?
 
2013-02-13 10:01:42 PM  

Ishkur: I would like it if we could elect our Senators Or maybe murder them like the Romans did.


[okaywiththis]

Patrick Brazeau in the Senate always looks to me like a grand kid visiting an old folks home.

And now he's been rightfully suspended after being charged with assault and sexual assault?

Way to pick 'em, PM Sweatervest. Good eye.

That all noted wtf is up with that "'Canada will never be a safe haven for zombies' " story?

"I don't need to tell you, Mr. Speaker, that zombies don't don't recognize borders and that a zombie invasion in the United States can easily turn into a continent-wide pandemic if it is not contained,"

Really really? This is my tax dollars hard at work?

I want a refund, dammit.
 
2013-02-13 10:16:07 PM  
Of course he still gets paid while he's on leave.
 
2013-02-13 10:16:21 PM  
Brazeau isn't particularly popular in the Native community, even though he used to be head of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.  Any guesses why that might be?

Cheers.
 
2013-02-13 11:15:04 PM  
I still liked my headline "Ottawa Senator improves his fight record to 1 - 1" when he was arrested.
 
2013-02-13 11:30:21 PM  

bobbette: funmonger: That's him getting punched out, by the way.

We can say Justin Trudeau has done one valuable thing in his time in Parliament.


I kinda feel bad for Justin.  Poor guy has no idea what he's in for if he gets the Federal nod in the next election.
 
2013-02-14 12:02:55 AM  
How the fark did this stupid thug become a SENATOR in the first place?!

Harper is insane.

It's time to abolish the Senate. It's nothing but a retirement home for cronies, hacks and media whores who then steal millions of dollars from Canadian taxpayers every year until they die.
 
2013-02-14 01:04:09 AM  
forced out of the Canadian senate to protect "the dignity" of the Canadian senate

Hey!  You can do that?
 
2013-02-14 01:40:15 AM  

amishkarl: My theory would be that whatever percentage of the popular vote a party get's in a province, they get that percentage of that province's senators. So if the vote in Ontario went 25% Liberal, 35% NDP and 40% Conservative,  Ontario would have 6 Liberal senators,  8 NDP, and 10 Conservative.It would mean my vote would actually count in my heavily conservative riding.


Sign me up. If you let the party pick who fills their allotted seats, then they can still stock the senate with useless idiots if they see fit. Might at least make things amusing.
 
2013-02-14 01:42:30 AM  

costermonger: amishkarl: My theory would be that whatever percentage of the popular vote a party get's in a province, they get that percentage of that province's senators. So if the vote in Ontario went 25% Liberal, 35% NDP and 40% Conservative,  Ontario would have 6 Liberal senators,  8 NDP, and 10 Conservative.It would mean my vote would actually count in my heavily conservative riding.

Sign me up. If you let the party pick who fills their allotted seats, then they can still stock the senate with useless idiots if they see fit. Might at least make things amusing.



I'm in for that, too. Makes more sense than anything I've heard out of Ottawa lately.
 
2013-02-14 01:44:37 AM  

Ishkur: Doktor_Zhivago: At least your senate gets to pretend it has dignity.

The Canadian Senate is appointed for life and always rubberstamps whatever the House passes. It is a functionally useless nepotistic aristocracy.

I would like it if we could elect our Senators Or maybe murder them like the Romans did.


Actually, the senators murdered the emporers, who in turn murdered the senators. Even the assassinations were plutocratic in Rome.
 
2013-02-14 01:52:16 AM  

LoneWolf343: Actually, the senators murdered the emporers, who in turn murdered the senators. Even the assassinations were plutocratic in Rome.


Not in the Republican period they weren't. The (pro-plebian) Gracchi and their followers were murdered by vicious (pro-patrician) lynch mobs in the Forum. It was the Roman equivalent of the Tea Party dragging Elizabeth Warren and all her handlers into the streets of Washington and clubbing all of them to death.
 
2013-02-14 02:23:41 AM  

LoneWolf343: Ishkur: Doktor_Zhivago: At least your senate gets to pretend it has dignity.

The Canadian Senate is appointed for life and always rubberstamps whatever the House passes. It is a functionally useless nepotistic aristocracy.

I would like it if we could elect our Senators Or maybe murder them like the Romans did.

Actually, the senators murdered the emporers, who in turn murdered the senators. Even the assassinations were plutocratic in Rome.


I think Caligula had some rather interesting ideas on Senate reform.

*blink*
 
2013-02-14 02:47:13 AM  

quatchi: I think Caligula had some rather interesting ideas on Senate reform.


So did the Praetorian Guard.
 
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