Alberta Politics: Why Canadians are lucky Rona Ambrose was hanging around the Caribbean with a billionaire

PHOTOS: The scene abroad N. Murray Edwards’ yacht imagined. Actual Canadian bitumen billionaires and their onboard guests may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real N. Murray Edwards, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau aboard a helicopter, although not the Aga Khan’s, Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose in a yacht harbor, and J.P. Veitch, Ms. Ambrose’s significant ...

Montreal Simon: Why Justin Trudeau Should Attend Fidel Castro’s Funeral

As you know the Cons and the Con media are going after Justin Trudeau's statement on the death of Fidel Castro, like a pack of hysterical hyenas.And are trying to portray him as an embarrassment to Canada, or a communist, or Castro himself.While their flying monkeys swarm him on Twitter…Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race Is Getting Ugly

I knew the Con leadership race was a total bust. With the desperate search for a good leader continuing, but getting nowhere.But at least it's been peaceful, and incredibly dull… For obvious reasons.But now that the SoCon Andrew Scheer has joined the race, that's changing.Now it's getting ugly.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Another Religious Fanatic Joins the Con Leadership Race

As if the Con leadership race wasn't bizarre or pathetic enough. With Kellie Leitch trying to stir up hatred against refugees and immigrants.And Brad Trost trying to stir up hatred against gay Canadians.Now another Con fanatic is joining the race.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race and the Religious Fanatics

When I wrote a post about the sad state of the Harper Party's leadership race the other day, and ran a group photo of the sorry losers that contest has so far attracted. I forgot to say that with the departure of Jason Kenney, there will be at least one more candidate. The candidate of the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

In early December 2012, the Toronto Star reported:  Near-brawl erupts in Commons between Tory Peter Van Loan and NDP’s Nathan Cullen  Apparently Van Loan was upset with the NDP’s delaying tactics on getting the Conservative budget measures passed, and crossed the floor to the NDP caucus, pointing his finger and shouting obscenities.In typical fashion, Thomas Mulcair ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

In early December 2012, the Toronto Star reported:  Near-brawl erupts in Commons between Tory Peter Van Loan and NDP’s Nathan Cullen  Apparently Van Loan was upset with the NDP’s delaying tactics on getting the Conservative budget measures passed, and crossed the floor to the NDP caucus, pointing his finger and shouting obscenities.In typical fashion, Thomas Mulcair ...

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney Gets Away With Another Big Lie

I'm sure you remember the desperate state Jason Kenney was in a month ago, after claiming the reason the Cons were expanding the war into Syria was because the Americans had asked us.Since we were apparently the only country in the anti-ISIS coalition, apart from the U.S., to have so-called smart bombs.Only to have the country's top ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Adam Lent highlights the strong majority of respondents in the UK who see the political system as serving the powerful rather than the public. And Elizabeth Warren explains why the same conclusion applies in the U.S., while making the case that there’s room to improve matters simply ...

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Assesses Andrew Scheer’s Job Performance

Unsurprisingly, the House Speaker gets a failing grade. My two favourite lines: “Show me one person who believes he’s done a good job on the decorum front. 308 meth addicts on the dance floor have better manners.” “We [should] replace the Speaker with a bag of flour with a smiley face drawn on the front ...

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer On Why the Con Speaker Should be Fired

As you know I'm not a big fan of the Con Speaker Andrew Scheer. I blame him for allowing our Parliament to be turned into a fascist circus, or a dog and pony show. By allowing the Cons to get away with never giving a straight answer to any question, and for always tilting the ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: To Hell With Tradition

Source: CBC News: Speaker Andrew Scheer Warns Mulcair and Others over Bias ClaimsSource: Library of Parliament: Standing Orders, Chapter One, Section 11.2 Anyone who has bothered to turn on the news during Question Period over the last, oh I’d say nine years, probably finds themselves in a continuing series of disbelief when the whole spectacle ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: To Hell With Tradition

Source: CBC News: Speaker Andrew Scheer Warns Mulcair and Others over Bias ClaimsSource: Library of Parliament: Standing Orders, Chapter One, Section 11.2 Anyone who has bothered to turn on the news during Question Period over the last, oh I’d say nine years, probably finds themselves in a continuing series of disbelief when the whole spectacle ...

Accidental Deliberations: On practical obstacles

Shorter Andrew Scheer: A functional democratic Parliament is everybody’s responsibility. And to be more precise, my responsibility for a functional democratic Parliament is to enforce complete unaccountability – and indeed punish anybody who questions that choice – until the Conservative Party instructs me otherwise. (For further reading, Michael Den Tandt, Mia Rabson and Tasha Kheiriddin ...

Montreal Simon: Why the Con Speaker Andrew Scheer Should Resign

Ever since Andrew Scheer was appointed Speaker he has presided over the slow death of Canada's Parliament. He has allowed his Cons to turn it into a fascist circus. He has allowed them to get away with not answering questions, and to make a mockery out of our democracy.The way he allowed the Paul Calandra to answer ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Speaker and the Death of Parliament

For years Stephen Harper and his Cons have been slowly killing our Parliament.They have have debased it, they have rendered it impotent. They have reduced it to a scripted horror show, where every question is answered with an attack on the opposition.But yesterday with their ghastly leader out of the country they practically finished it off.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Gentle Spanking of the Con Clown Brad Butt

Golly. Can you believe it eh?  The Con clown Brad Butt has finally got his ass spanked. Sort of. By the Speaker of the House of Commons.  Read more »

Montreal Simon: Is the Con Speaker Trying to Muzzle the Opposition?

OK. Let me get this straight. The Con regime is planning to ram their so-called Fair Elections bill through Parliament. A bill that is intended to suppress the vote, muzzle the Chief Electoral Officer, give the Cons a fundraising advantage, and make it even easier to steal an election, like they tried to steal the last one. ...

Let Freedom Rain II: Thomas Mulcair tells l’il Andrew Scheer to go fuck himself.

Now this is an opposition that is coming into its own.

Canadian Political Viewpoints: Ahead of the Eight Ball

Just when we thought things couldn’t get lower in Ottawa, CBC News breaks the story of the PMO’s special fund; an ultra-secret cash reserve that few people knew about. The covert existence of such a fund is bad enough, but the cash trail for it is where things really start to get sticky. The fund ...

Politics and its Discontents: Party Puppet: House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer

And it is not difficult to figure out who is pulling his strings. Recommend this Post

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 3, 2012

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 saw the final day of debate at second reading of the Cons’ budget – and once again featured plenty of work by Peter Julian to introduce the types of perspectives the Cons would never tolerate if they could avoid it. The Big Issue Once again, Julian focused largely on bringing forward ...

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Trojan Horse

Well, let's put it this way eh? It wasn't exactly democracy's finest hour. First the Cons rolled their Trojan horse budget, packed to the rafters with non-budget stuff that will gut our environmental laws, into the House of Commons.  Then when the opposition demanded the bill be split up so it can be properly studied, ...

Montreal Simon: The Robot Speaker and the RoboCon Scandal

As you know I’ve had my doubts about Andrew Scheer, the Speaker of the House, ever since he ruled that Vic Toews’ parliamentary privileges had been violated by Anonymous.  Boo hoo zombie. After ruling last December that the disgusting misleading phone call campaign aimed at Irwin Cotler did not violate HIS privileges. And this doesn’t ...

Andrew Scheer knee deep in Robopalooza shit storm

“Gosh Mr. Harper, thank you for this. You won’t regret it” Anybody watching the whole Robogate show knows there’s something rotten in the land of Guelph, the Conservative party and the Speaker of the House. Presiding over the Robo-call affair like a drunken judge, Mr. Scheer has been one mind and one mind only, the ...