Roundup: Tremble before the almighty online petition!

In another blow against civic literacy in this country, someone has decided to start an online petition to have Rob Anders removed from office. No, really. I’d like to know exactly what mechanism, pray tell, can do this, because last I checked, we don’t really have a mechanism to unseat an MP. Now, if the residents of Calgary West were serious about unseating him, well, they could challenge his nomination and sign up enough new party members to ensure that he will no longer represent the party in the next election. But oh, that would require organisation, and effort, and well, we couldn’t possibly do that. Oh, and FYI, it will not only be an open nomination before the next election, but with the new electoral boundaries coming into place, Anders is going to have to choose which of the new ridings he’ll be running in, and anyone in that new riding can organise to challenge his nomination. You know, the way that things actually work in our system.

Amidst all of the cutbacks to federal departments, the government has decided that $64 million in advertising is a worthwhile investment of taxpayer dollars. Seriously.

General Walt Natynczyk is planning a low-key farewell ceremony, and doesn’t want anyone to come from out of town if it means spending money to get here. After all, this is the age of austerity, and all of that.

That naval officer-turned-spy pleaded guilty yesterday, and said he was passing along information to the Russians for $3000 a month. Other details have emerged, like them sending a picture of his daughter walking to school when he wanted out, and some really boneheaded things, like the suspicious amount of cash they gave him at a meeting in Brazil that triggered security when he returned to the country with it. Kady O’Malley recalls an Order Paper question about the “Five Eyes” intelligence allies that produced a somewhat vague response on whether or not they keep an eye on each other.

The government will be tabling legislation to end the clawbacks of certain veterans’ benefits, and to harmonise others in the wake of that court decision. Still to be seen is if they decide to harmonise RCMP pensions and benefits within this package.

Here’s a pretty good takedown of the panic over Huawei. With this in mind, corruption allegations within the company have been turned over to the FBI.

Economist Mike Moffatt talks about how easy it is to come up with bad economic analyses based on simple statistics, because it doesn’t examine the counterfactual data.

Justin Trudeau categorically rejects a merger with the NDP. Meanwhile, The Hill Times looks at five other prospective Liberal leadership candidates who say that Trudeau’s entry hasn’t dissuaded them. Only two are in caucus – Marc Garneau and Joyce Murray.

Here is your recap of last night’s politics shows.

And William Shatner has advice for Justin Trudeau on how to deliver a speech.