Roundup: Ironic elections observers?

Jason Kenney announced that Canada will be sending 500 elections observes to Ukraine – including Ted Opitz. You know, the guy whose election the Supreme Court may very well be overturning within days. Does this count as irony?

Meanwhile, in the court case where the Council of Canadians is challenging seven other election results, the Conservative lawyers have asked for a $250,000 deposit on costs in case the challengers lose. The Council charges that the Conservatives are trying to drive up costs with obstruction and delay. As for that affidavit about voter suppression calls coming from that one call centre in Thunder Bay, the Conservatives produced an affidavit refuting it, saying that they only called supporters and in the ridings were there were actual polling station changes.

Pipeline companies are trying to put on a charm offensive in order to combat the news of leaks and to try and soften the opposition to the Northern Gateway project. One might also notice that the Conservatives have been softening their own tone, and you hear far less about radicals these days and more about “science” (though I will, for the moment, keep it in quotation marks).

Arrests were made in Quebec of a central figure in the province’s construction business and former CRA officials who allegedly abetted tax evasion, which all makes the backdrop of the election that much more interesting. Paul Wells takes a look at the unpredictable turns in said election, along with the bandwagon mentality of the Quebec City press gallery.

John Baird is off to the Middle East, and is likely to be preoccupied with the question of Syria.

Here’s a look at why we had soldiers trained by Blackwater in the first place.

Tobi Cohen talks to NDP MP Mathieu Ravignat about fiscal management, his family’s connection to the Parliament buildings, and teaching karate.

And Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber continues to blog sensibly, this time about why politicians need to butt out of electoral redistribution processes.