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BAUBLE-HEAD SVEND (Canada's leading gay, socialist, thief politico)
Toronto Sun (Canada) ^ | December 6, 2005 | MARK BONOKOSKI

Posted on 12/06/2005 10:17:28 AM PST by GMMAC

Toronto Sun
December 6, 2005

BAUBLE-HEAD SVEND

By MARK BONOKOSKI


The cesspool of political "entitlement" and "corruption" in which the federal Liberals are trying not to electorally drown is no longer a one-party domain now that a jewel thief has been acclaimed as Jack Layton's NDP candidate in the riding of Vancouver Centre.

No longer can Jack call the kettle black.

No longer can Jack talk ethics.

How can Jack Layton accuse the Liberals of "helping themselves" in the sponsorship scandal, for example, when he has given his blessing to Sunday's endorsement of Svend Robinson, a politician who helped himself to a $50,000 antique ring while still sitting in the House of Commons.

Truth is, he can't.

"What Svend did was take responsibility for his actions,"Layton is quoted as saying. "He co-operated."

Pondered his move

He did what?

Truth is, Svend did no such thing. At least not at first.

What he did was wait a couple of days.

In fact, it could be argued -- and it has been argued -- that Svend Robinson pondered his next post-theft move right up until the moment he became aware that video-surveillance cameras had been trained on the public auction of high-end jewelry that had been held in the boardroom of the Vancouver International Airport by the Brampton-based Federal Auction Service.

Otherwise, if feelings of guilt had truly taken over, why had he not called the police straight away, or have a lawyer do it for him, and set the defence wheels in motion for what he later defined as a "totally inexplicable and unthinkable act."

He is, after all, a bright and educated man.

He knows five-finger discounts are wrong.

Jack Layton also said that the 53-year-old Robinson had "paid his price in full."

Truth is, he didn't.

Truth is, he got a kiss, and the first one came early.

Despite acknowledging that it has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to theft, Federal Auction Service decided to make an exception of Robinson, expressed "sympathy" at the onset for whatever it was the long-time politician was going through, and said it would not press charges.

That nasty bit of work was left to the police and, in the end, Robinson pleaded guilty and received a conditional discharge. No jail time, no criminal conviction.

"In Canada, we don't kick people when they're down," Justice Ron Fratkin said during sentencing, indicating that Robinson had "fallen far further than most -- all for a bauble, a trinket, a ring."

So what, then, was the "high price in full" that Robinson actually paid that gives him entitlement to seek the trust of public office one more time?

It was Jack Layton's position that the "high price" Robinson paid "in full" was not only having to resign from his seat in the House of Commons, but also the fact that he had to face a little public humiliation.

Of course he had to resign.

He was a thief.

And of course he was humiliated. Thieves who are both well-off and powerful usually are humiliated -- one hopes -- when the flip side of their supposedly honest public persona is caught red-handed committing a criminal act.

Last year, when Svend Robinson called his press conference, when he broke into tears, when he was comforted on camera by his partner, Max Riveron, and when he attempted to explain away his how "something just snapped in this moment of utter irrationality," I compared what happened to him to what happened to an 85-year-old former cleaning lady with advanced Alzheimer's who lifted a $3-packet of chicken from a Toronto Loblaws.

There was no comparison.

The old woman, who had no idea what she had done, was taken into a back room, held until the cops arrived, and was then given the choice of criminal charges or a lifetime banishment from all Loblaws outlets.

Unlike what happened with Federal Auction Service and Svend Robinson, no "sympathy" for the old woman's situation was expressed by Loblaws, at least not until her treatment became a story written here.

Only then did the flowers and the apology arrive.

Robinson told the judge he cracked after a visit with his sister, who has multiple sclerosis.

If he had stolen the ring with the intention of giving it to his sister, the opinion here might be somewhat more tempered.

Fact is, however, he didn't steal it to give to her.

He stole it to give to his partner as an engagement ring.

And it wasn't a $3 packet of chicken, it was a $50,000 antique diamond ring -- not a mere "bauble" or a "trinket," as the judge said, as if he were trying to downplay the importance of its value.

So what's next for this convicted thief if the voters in Vancouver-Centre choose to either forget or forgive?

Sponsorship critic in Jack Layton's next caucus?

Just say no

Bottom line, the federal leader of the NDP should have refused to sign Robinson's nomination paper, not anoint him with an unopposed candidacy.

Jack Layton should have said no.

Instead, he has put himself in the position of talking one line and walking another.

And that makes him no better than those Liberals whose lack of ethics he today condemns.


TOPICS: Canada; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: canada; corruption; layton; liberals; ndp; samesexmarriage; svendrobinson
Before anyone posts:
Yes, I'm aware the words 'socialist thief' in my header are both redunant as well as being a double negative.

1 posted on 12/06/2005 10:17:29 AM PST by GMMAC
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To: fanfan; Pikamax; Former Proud Canadian; Great Dane; Alberta's Child; headsonpikes; coteblanche; ...
PING!
2 posted on 12/06/2005 10:18:07 AM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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To: GMMAC

Not only is he a ringstealer, I understand he is also a bone smuggler.


3 posted on 12/06/2005 10:33:46 AM PST by wideawake
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To: GMMAC

Well, thats forgiveable because socialists have the best interest of 'the people' at heart.... Right.

He sounds like the perfect addition to any socialist cabinet!


4 posted on 12/06/2005 10:38:10 AM PST by proud_yank (Experience Tolerance: tell a liberal you own guns and drive an SUV!)
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To: GMMAC

Over the years, Svend has made himself the loud self-appointed judge and critic of just about everyone else's behavior - how hilarious it was, then, to see him and his homosexual lover break down in tears on national TV over the ring theft!!


He's also probably going to lose - the Liberals' Hedy Fry has owned the largely-homosexual downtown riding of Vancouver-Center for eons. Ironically, he may even split the left vote enough for the Conservative candidate to win!


The NDP continue to be Canada's ongoing horror show ...


5 posted on 12/06/2005 10:39:20 AM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative
Hedy Fry once said in the parliament in Ottawa "Crosses are burning on the lawns in Prince George as we speak"

Some choice Vancouver Center has ha.

Does the Conservatives have a well known person running in this riding?
6 posted on 12/06/2005 10:50:29 AM PST by munin ( I support the war on Muslim terror and GWB)
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To: canuck_conservative
With the Liberals running Hedy Fry, a vile gender bigot & well-proven liar*, and the NDP limp-wristed, light-fingered Svend, one would assume the CPC could run someone with a thing for sheep and still win.

However, as the majority of voters in the Riding are apparently total moral bankrupts themselves, things aren't likely to work out this way on Canada's left coast.

* Rex Murphy alert for those who like him.
7 posted on 12/06/2005 11:01:14 AM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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To: GMMAC

It is only fitting that the trendy bunch in Vancouver Centre get to choose between Lefty Yankee Import Marxist Kleptocrat Svend, and Liberal West Indian Import Statist Dissimulator Hedy.

Of course, the more fastidious can always register a futile Conservative or Green protest vote in this media-drenched enclave of Canucklehead goodthinkers.

Centre might was well be in Toronto. ;^)


8 posted on 12/06/2005 11:02:11 AM PST by headsonpikes (The Liberal Party of Canada are not b*stards - b*stards have mothers!)
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To: headsonpikes
"... might was well be in Toronto."

... or San Francisco or Ithaca, New York or Madison Wisconsin, etc.

Not that this qualifier will likely stop those intent on using your original statement as an excuse to bash all Canadians.
9 posted on 12/06/2005 11:08:52 AM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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To: munin

I found this:

Tony Fogarassy practices law at the Vancouver firm of Clark Wilson LLP. His practice includes energy, mining, Aboriginal, environmental, and intellectual property law. Born in Prince Rupert, Tony and his wife Blair Lockhart have lived in Vancouver for 20 years, and have two children.

Tony is very active in his children’s lives, and offers his time coaching their softball and soccer teams. He is active in his community. He has served, or currently serves on the board of directors of various organizations including, The Burgess Shale Geoscience Foundation (protecting a UNESCO world heritage site in Yoho National Park).

In addition to having a degree in Law from UBC, Tony also holds a B.Sc. (Hons, First Class), and a M.Sc. (First Class). He has also earned an LL.M, from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Tony’s professional background has allowed him to work in various communities across Canada and overseas.

Having been involved with various campaigns, Tony is now putting his law practice on hold to run as the Conservative Candidate in Vancouver Centre.

Tony is very passionate about this country and believes in a Canada that is above all, fair, compassionate and tolerant- A Canada that should and must be governed with responsibility and accountability.

Understanding that Vancouver Centre represents one of the most diverse communities in all of Canada, Tony believes this is an enormous strength, and that it’s vitality is unmatched in the world.

Tony has the integrity, the ability and the skills sets to provide effective leadership and representation. As a result of a diverse academic and professional background, he has what it takes to genuinely serve all of the residents of Vancouver Centre, as their next M.P.

Email: info@fogarassy.ca
Phone: (604) 687-3676
Web Site: http://www.fogarassy.ca

The man is way too bright to be an M.P. He'll be lucky to receive 20%, imho.

Here's the results in 2004:

Hedy Fry ** LIB 21280 40.3 4230 8.0
Kennedy Stewart NDP 17050 32.3
Gary Mitchell CONS 10139 19.2
Robbie Mattu GRN 3580 6.8
John Clarke LBTN 304 0.6
Joe Pal CHP 243 0.5
Alexander Frei CAP 101 0.2
Kimball Cariou COMM 96 0.2
52793


10 posted on 12/06/2005 11:13:27 AM PST by headsonpikes (The Liberal Party of Canada are not b*stards - b*stards have mothers!)
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To: proud_yank

I would like to PUKE!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you anyway Jack Layton for showing YOUR true colors. This act alone CONFIRMS that the ONLY CHOICE IS THE CONSERVATIVES!!


11 posted on 12/06/2005 12:27:46 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: GMMAC
I'm tho thorry...
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12 posted on 12/06/2005 12:32:11 PM PST by kanawa
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To: headsonpikes

Yup, the lunatics seems to all gather in clusters don't they?


13 posted on 12/06/2005 12:36:12 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: headsonpikes

Perhaps THIS time with the "thefts" being from the parties of their usual choice, they will see the light and vote for a change. (one can hope).


14 posted on 12/06/2005 12:39:44 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: Canadian Outrage

It's enough for me that folks don't vote Liberal!

In that light, I predict that the Bloc will take 63 seats, the NDP 37, the Conservatives 127, and the Liberals 89.

Thus, the Conservatives can form a minority government without the support of either the Libs or the Bloc. No better outcome is possible at this time.


15 posted on 12/06/2005 12:41:41 PM PST by headsonpikes (The Liberal Party of Canada are not b*stards - b*stards have mothers!)
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To: Canadian Outrage

He's in because he's gay, and that's it. If he wasn't gay, Jack Layton would use him to send a message about ethics and the NDP. They both make me sick.


16 posted on 12/06/2005 12:42:12 PM PST by Stevieboy
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To: kanawa

OMG - that picture. Let's send him back to Massoftwoshits or wherever he came from!!!!! Geez!!


17 posted on 12/06/2005 12:43:34 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: headsonpikes

Friend, I so hope your prediction is correct. That would be nice.!!


18 posted on 12/06/2005 12:44:51 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: Canadian Outrage

Oops!

I meant the Conservatives 117!


19 posted on 12/06/2005 12:45:20 PM PST by headsonpikes (The Liberal Party of Canada are not b*stards - b*stards have mothers!)
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To: Stevieboy

Same here!! Your right Layton wants to show he's "tolerant"!! gag gag. But in the process, he's supporting a THIEF so frankly, he's just thrashed his own "ethical" stance on anything!!


20 posted on 12/06/2005 12:46:47 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: headsonpikes

I knew what you meant.


21 posted on 12/06/2005 12:48:26 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: Canadian Outrage

Did he happen to flick a forked tongue at all? That guy is a puke/snake/weasel. Hopefully, Harper will get in.

Its funny, CBC, Mope-n-Wail, etc had headlines today or yesterday 'Liberals Surging in polls...' And garbage like that. Harpers 2% GST cut alone is enough for me, not to mention his stances elsewhere!!! I wonder how long it would take for unemployment rates to decline with that cut alone, and make the cost of living easier everyone (particularly for me as a student!!).


22 posted on 12/06/2005 1:14:07 PM PST by proud_yank (Experience Tolerance: tell a liberal you own guns and drive an SUV!)
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To: Canadian Outrage

Also note that in my scenario the Coservatives would have a bare majority in the ROC - 117 out of 231.

What we need is a red-hot Tory in Quebec to split the Bloc vote, which is a weird amalgam of left and right; and a continued de-fusing of the 'fear of Harper' syndrome engendered by the Establishment media in Anglo-Canada.

To elect a majority government, the Tories need to take 20+ seats in Quebec, plus make inroads into the Metro areas in Anglo-Canada. These are projects for the next election.


23 posted on 12/06/2005 1:33:58 PM PST by headsonpikes (The Liberal Party of Canada are not b*stards - b*stards have mothers!)
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To: headsonpikes

"Thus, the Conservatives can form a minority government without the support of either the Libs or the Bloc."



Er, not quite.

Under parliamentary law, they would form the government, since they'd be the party with the most seats; but they need a majority (153) to get any laws passed - that means some kind of coalition or deal with one of the other 3 parties.

Take your choice: Bloc (separatist traitors), Liberals (devil incarnate), or NDP (bleeding heart leftists).

THAT's the problem with this country's politics.


24 posted on 12/06/2005 1:34:07 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative

Of course I meant a minority Conservative government supported by the NDP.

I can live with that.

Easily. Bones can be thrown!


25 posted on 12/06/2005 1:36:21 PM PST by headsonpikes (The Liberal Party of Canada are not b*stards - b*stards have mothers!)
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To: proud_yank; fanfan




"All together now:
The working class can kiss my ass,
I've got the boss' job at last!"

26 posted on 12/06/2005 1:38:45 PM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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To: headsonpikes

" a minority Conservative government supported by the NDP. "

Getting in bed with the NDP would be a mistake that every Conservative in Canada would regret for a long time.

GOT TO get a majority - minority governments are nightmares.


27 posted on 12/06/2005 1:44:18 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: canuck_conservative
Aside from the obvious beauty of dividing the opposition caucuses, the trick to making minority government work is presenting Legislation which will appeal to those relatively right-of-center Liberals and the few fiscally conservative Bloc MP's - or at least won't dare vote against if they hope to get re-elected.

And, if the CPC has enough popular support to form even a minority government, there's going to be a considerable portion of its platform that will fall into this category.

The NDP doesn't even enter into the equation.
(after all we're talking about people no further left than many Liberals but who were too stupid, dogmatic - or possibly too honest about expressing their true agendas - to join the party which would permit them to profit from same - LOL!)
28 posted on 12/06/2005 2:27:32 PM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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To: canuck_conservative
As an example of Legislation that would seemingly be easily be passed in the manner described above, check out the CPC's "Accountability" ad here.

Be lots of 'splainin' to do back home for some MP's if they dared to vote against this - LOL!
29 posted on 12/06/2005 3:20:29 PM PST by GMMAC (paraphrasing Parrish: "damned Liberals, I hate those bastards!")
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To: headsonpikes

My current prediction: Conservative 114, Liberal 107, Bloc 65, NDP 22.


30 posted on 12/06/2005 3:55:20 PM PST by Heartofsong83
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To: proud_yank

I can tell you IF the Liberals are surging in the polls in Ontario, then frankly there is NO hope whatsoever. The country needs to break up in that event.


31 posted on 12/06/2005 5:18:48 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: headsonpikes

I forget but how many seats did the Tories have in Quebec when Mulroney was in? Of course he was from Quebec which helps. This is maybe what is at the root of it. The usual suspects would rather vote for a criminal than a Westerner. If that's the case, then separation is the only answer. You notice that the United States has had a President from States from all over the country, Mass. California, Texas, Arkansas,. It doesn't seem to matter in the United States but then they have a much better political system. I don't even regard our system as Democratic. It's not. When you can form a Majority govt. with 39% of the votes of the electorate, it's NOT democratic. ONE area is controlling the entire country. I don't want any more of it.


32 posted on 12/06/2005 5:25:09 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: canuck_conservative

You said it perfectly. That's what I don't want anymore of. It's a lose lose situation for us.


33 posted on 12/06/2005 5:26:47 PM PST by Canadian Outrage (All us Western Canadians NEED to SEPARATE from the rest of Canada because we are the ONLY Conservati)
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To: headsonpikes
If he wins, because of a split vote, excellent!

If he doesn't win, we should hire him.

:-)


Perhaps some could work for the losing team.....Naw!
34 posted on 12/06/2005 5:47:42 PM PST by fanfan (" The liberal party is not corrupt " Prime Minister Paul Martin)
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