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Alberta Politics: Just when the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativism felt safe to write off the NDP, the crack of Doomsday opens!

PHOTOS: Actor David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s imaginary Hercule Poirot. Below: Postmedia Alberta Frankenpaper political columnist Lorne Gunter, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Prosperity Fund President Barry Mc… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Just when the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativism felt safe to write off the NDP, the crack of Doomsday opens!

Cowichan Conversations: Bernie Sanders Rallies Thousands In The Rain At Seattle’s Key Arena

It has been surreal watching the US media pandering to Donald Trump and lionizing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders has been almost entirely ignored, especially by Fox and CNN but the other networks Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Bernie Sanders Rallies Thousands In The Rain At Seattle’s Key Arena

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Obama, and the Progressive Torch

In one of my last posts I wrote about Justin Trudeau's magical visit to Washington, and how happy I was to see him connect so well with Obama.The first black President of the United States, and a man I greatly admire.Especially at such a troubling … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Obama, and the Progressive Torch

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau’s Fairy Tale Visit To The White House

Justin Trudeau's visit to the White House yesterday had an almost dreamlike or fairy tale quality to it.Like a fairy tale it all seemed too perfect to be true.And it was a bromance.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau’s Fairy Tale Visit To The White House

The Canadian Progressive: Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau during Canadian leader’s first official White House visit

US President Barack Obama welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his first official visit to the White House on Thursday. Here are the remarks issued by the two leaders during a joint press conference. The post Remarks by President Obama … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau during Canadian leader’s first official White House visit

Eh Types: The Promise of Prime Ministers and Presidents

When President Obama looks across the table at his guest of honour this evening, one wonders if his lamb may be complemented by a taste of envy. Both he and Prime Minister Trudeau will enjoy what will certainly be an exquisite meal. Like the campaigns … . . . → Read More: Eh Types: The Promise of Prime Ministers and Presidents

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, the Americans, and the Con Bullies

David Parkins/Globe and MailAs Justin Trudeau prepares to leave for Washington, I think it's safe to say that the Globe is probably right, for once. It almost certainly will be a media circus.What with so many Americans curious about our cool new … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, the Americans, and the Con Bullies

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Anti-Trump Factor

Next week Justin Trudeau will set off on a three-day visit to Washington, which will include a glittering state dinner at the White House. The first for a Canadian Prime Minister in almost twenty years.And while he will discuss plans with Obama for a… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Anti-Trump Factor

Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

PHOTOS: Cameras try to follow a nearly invisible Rachel Notley through the crowd at an Edmonton hotel on May 5, 2015, moments after she had been declared the winner of the Alberta election. No one could quite believe that the NDP had just won a majorit… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

LeDaro: Barack Obama: Great patriot and musician

LeDaro: OBAMA AND THE GRUOP

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LeDaro: U.S Federal Elections

Poor Obama feels ignored as all the media attention is on elections. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: U.S Federal Elections

Susan on the Soapbox: POTUS Kills Keystone XL

On Friday Barack Obama refused to issue a presidential permit allowing TCPL’s Keystone XL pipeline to cross the border between Canada and the United States.

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Obama rejected KXL because it wouldn’t meaningfully contribute to the economy, reduce gas prices or enhance America’s energy security. He described the urgent need to transition to a clean energy economy and while he didn’t say it, it’s easier to kill a project that doesn’t exist than one that does.

TCPL’s response to Obama’s decision was slightly (but not much) more nuanced than Steven Harper’s “no brainer” comment. CEO Russ Girling said: “Today, misplaced (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Keystone XL is dead. New government means climate change back on the agenda.

Having enjoyed the last week in the sunny Berkeley, California, it felt odd to turn on the car radio to hear the local disc jockeys discussing the tarsands and the merits of a pipeline that would pump unrefined bitumen from Canada to Texas. Being one of… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: It’s official: the Harper Government’s approach to petro-diplomacy was a spectacular flop

PHOTOS: The White House, home of the Most Powerful Person, etc. Below: Stephen Harper, one of the architects of Canada’s Bitumen bullying export policy, the fruits of which are now apparent; Barack Obama, President of the United States. The office of the President of the United States may not be what it once was, but […]

The post It’s official: the Harper Government’s approach to petro-diplomacy was a spectacular flop appeared first on Alberta Politics.

Accidental Deliberations: Surprise, surprise

Brad Wall’s publicly-funded lobbying to sell Alberta oil in the U.S. (while ignoring the needs of the province which he actually leads) has proven to be as successful as it was well-thought-out. This should come as a shock to precisely nobody.

The Canadian Progressive: BREAKING: Barack Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

US President Barack Obama has announced the rejection of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. He stated that Keystone XL would not serve the United States’ “national interest”.

The post BREAKING: Barack Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Russian boots on Syrian ground create new reality for Canadian leaders, whether they discuss it or not

PHOTOS: Russian President Vladimir Putin – creating new realities for Canadian leaders to talk about … or not. Below: The three Canadian debating amigos, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. As the three principal contenders for the job of running the country were sparring entertainingly over the […]

The post Russian boots on Syrian ground create new reality for Canadian leaders, whether they discuss it or not appeared first on Alberta Politics.

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: About Race, Misogyny, Music and Fathers. Where Do I Start?

Recently, during an Up the Debate leaders forum on women’s issues, Justin Trudeau was asked  about what causes misogyny in young men.  He answered “I don’t know where exactly to point my finger.  I think there’s probably an awful lot of factors that come together to shape societal behaviour — whether it’s certain types of music? There’s a lot of misogyny in, you know, certain types of music. There’s issues around pornography and its prevalence now and its accessibility, which is something I’m really wrapping my head around as a father of kids who are approaching their teen years. And (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Public health care: We have it, Americans still don’t, they wish they did – there’s a lesson in that

PHOTO: Sorry, no relevant photos tonight. Just this shot of a typical American public servant crossing the rotunda of the New Mexico State Capitol in Santa Fe, deep in thought. She is doubtless wishing the United States had Canada’s system of health care. SANTA FE, N.M. The economy, Harper Fatigue Syndrome or however one should […]

The post Public health care: We have it, Americans still don’t, they wish they did – there’s a lesson in that appeared first on Alberta Politics.

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley to Alberta’s trade ‘envoy’ to Washington: Nice seeing you ’round! Here’s your hat!

PHOTOS: Departing Alberta trade ‘envoy’ to Washington, D.C., Rob Merrifield, back in the day when he was a federal cabinet minister. Below: Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, who hired Mr. Merrifield a year ago, and Premier Rachel Notley, who let him go at the end of last week. It was an easy mistake to make: […]

The post Rachel Notley to Alberta’s trade ‘envoy’ to Washington: Nice seeing you ’round! Here’s your hat! appeared first on Alberta Politics.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Following up on this post, it was Terry Glavin who broke the story about refugee children dying after being refused admission into Canada. And the Guardian recognizes that the tragic image of Aylin Kurdi represents only a reminder of a a long-running human tragedy.

- Which is why Canada’s treatment of newcomers was already emerging as a significant issue – with Harsha Walia rightly slamming the Cons’ policy of jailing refugees and favouring temporary immigration. And Jason Kenney’s response was to offer spin which was readily debunked by his government’s own (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Fight Over Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Isn’t Over

U.S. President Obama vetoed the Republican bill approving Keystone XL, but the fight over TransCanada’s climate-threatening tar sands pipeline isn’t over.

The post Fight Over Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Isn’t Over appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Group Letter Urged Obama To Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

Hundreds of First Nation leaders, environmentalists, land owners, musicians, authors, actors and artists signed letter urging Obama to veto Keystone XL pipeline.

The post Group Letter Urged Obama To Veto Keystone XL Pipeline Bill appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Amy Goodman discusses Barack Obama’s call to reverse the spread of inequality in the U.S. And Seumas Milne writes that the effort will inevitably challenge the world oligarchs have built up to further their own wealth and power at everybody else’s expense: In most of the world, labour’s share of national income has fallen continuously and wages have stagnated under this regime of privatisation, deregulation and low taxes on the rich. At the same time finance has sucked wealth from the public realm into the hands of a small minority, even (Read more…)