Roundup: Mulcair’s summer tour

While in St. John’s, NL, Thomas Mulcair claimed that he won’t raise personal taxes (because apparently people don’t pay for corporate taxes) and that nobody had ever asked him that before (not true). He also pointed to a graveyard on a map and said that the Liberals are headed there – because that’s classy and raises the tone of debate! He then moved onto PEI to kick off his summer tour of constitutional vandalism (aka advocating Senate abolition) and offered nothing but bluster and misleading characterisations.

The Senate’s internal economy committee promises that they won’t “monkey around” with Pamela Wallin’s audit, but it may be damaging enough that they might consider recalling the full Senate shortly to deal with it.

The RCMP investigation into Senator Mike Duffy is getting wider, as they are now seeking access to his personal bank and credit card records, because he was claiming Senate expenses on those while asking to be repaid, as well as claiming Senate expenses while he was doing campaign work. Yeah, this is unlikely to end well. Meanwhile, it seems that Senator Mac Harb’s questionable loans now total $145,000 – not the $55,000 originally believed. It gets all the more curious, but as the total climbed to $230,000 later in the day, it was explained that it’s needed to help pay his legal costs for the challenge to the Senate’s ruling around his expenses. Harb has also sold the Westmeath home that he claimed as his primary residence. And not to be left out, it seems that the background check on Senator Patrick Brazeau failed to notice the discrepancy between the various addresses he was using when he was appointed. Oops.

Jesse Brown looks at the Nova Scotia cyberbullying bill, and sounds the alarm at its overly broad definition and overly harsh penalties when parents and school principles are held liable.

The RCMP has cleared HRSDC employees of criminal wrongdoing when it comes to the loss of that student loan data.

Firing back at the retrograde homophobic anti-feminist agitators REAL Women, John Baird assures us that yes, Canadians do support not throwing gays in jail, subjecting them to violence or the death penalty just for being gay.

Economist Andrew Leach looks at the myths already being associated with the Energy East pipeline proposal, while over at Maclean’s, Paul Wells hosts an email roundtable about Keystone XL and emissions regulations.

And Paul Wells parses what the CRTC’s decision to deny SunTV mandatory carriage but review the placement of news channels on the dials means for consumers and the industry.