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Alberta Diary: Can the Redford Government Survive Until 2016?

It’s unfortunate it’s illegal to say the word “str*ke” in Alberta, or you could write a great caption for this image. To be on the safe side, we’ll just stick to asking: “Can the Redford Government survive until 2016, or whenever the next provincial election is held?” Below: Alberta Premier Alison Redford; Soviet . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Can the Redford Government Survive Until 2016?

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Jim Stanford points out that any “bitumen bubble” will only get worse if the Cons and their provincial cousins get their way in shifting the Canadian economy even further toward immediate tar sands extraction: (I)f the problem exists because we’re pumping out raw bitumen faster than markets . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Progressive Proselytizing: Will Brazeau provide the needed momentum for Senate reform?

For years, one of the few things that I have agreed with Harper has been on the issue of Senate reform. I don’t necessarily agree on all the details, and I think the NDP’s idea of abolishing the senate over reforming it holds some merit, but to the general spirit that there is something . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Will Brazeau provide the needed momentum for Senate reform?

Alberta Diary: The cheek of Jim Flaherty … expensing his Maybelline while preaching austerity!

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty before application of his Smashbox and Cover Girl. Below: Mr. Flaherty after his makeup makeover. Warning: Any resemblance to J. Edgar Hoover is certainly purely coincidental. Below that: FBI icon J. Edgar Hoover and the real Mr. Flaherty. Jim Flaherty portrait by Edmonton artist William Prettie.

Who would have . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The cheek of Jim Flaherty … expensing his Maybelline while preaching austerity!

Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Denise Savoie resigns House Commons seat

The Victoria, B.C. MP says her doctor gave her a “health warning” this spring. She plans to leave politics and devote herself full-time to her family.

Alberta Diary: Pure milk or pure ideology? Alberta MP attacks supply management

Milking it for all that it’s worth – not how it’s done any more. Below: Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber.

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

Brent Rathgeber, Member of Parliament for Edmonton St. Albert, has launched a third “attack” on the policies of the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

But it’s safe to . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Pure milk or pure ideology? Alberta MP attacks supply management

Canadian Progressive World: Canadians: Farewell, Bev Oda!

Disgraced ex-Durham MP, Bev Oda, begins her private life today, after a scandalous public life defined by profligacy, scandal, inefficiency and controversy. Canadians offer their final word on the former minister of International Co-operation and MP for Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party of Canada.

[View the story “Canadians: Farewell, Bev Oda!” on Storify]

. . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Canadians: Farewell, Bev Oda!

Canadian Progressive World: So Long, Bev Oda! Please Stay Away From The Canadian Senate

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s minister of international co-operation, Bev Oda, officially retires today. A sigh of relief! What a financial burden to the Canadian taxpayer the Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Durham has been.

Oda earned the dubious honor of poster girl for misspending by Tory ministers: $1,000 a day limo rides; $665 . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: So Long, Bev Oda! Please Stay Away From The Canadian Senate

LeDaro: Bev Oda is smoking hot!!

And she stinks too.

Accidental Deliberations: Convenient

In case we needed any more confirmation that the Cons won’t even pretend to be honest about what they’ve done until after they’re done having to answer for it, this nicely fits the pattern. So who thinks we can afford to let any of the rest of the Cons keep hiding out any longer than . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Convenient

Montreal Simon: The Rise and the Fall of Bev Oda

Oh no. I see Bev Oda has taken her last long limo ride.

The kind of ride the Con mob gives you when you become a liability. First comes the horse's head, then the scenic limo ride, in the middle of the night. And then da cement shoes.

Bev Oda, the CIDA minister whose . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Rise and the Fall of Bev Oda

Calgary Grit: Oda Out

Newspapers across the country must now retire the most unflattering stock photo ever

While most will toast Bev Oda’s departure with a $16 glass of orange juice, to me, she’ll always be the Cabinet Minister who doctored government files and got away with it. In some respects Harper oews his majority government to . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Oda Out

Scott's DiaTribes: An early test of the Harper record – thanks to Bev Oda.

In brief, my position on Bev Oda is that in my view, resigning her Cabinet position and as an MP is probably one of the few things Bev Oda did correctly in her eight year tenure at Parliament Hill. It was long overdue.

In a more general sense, it will give us an early barometer . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: An early test of the Harper record – thanks to Bev Oda.

Alberta Diary: The coda to Oda was writ bright with orange juice

Bev Oda, foreground, enjoys a celebratory dinner at the Savoy, her orange juice just visible under her right arm. Departing Canadian politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Oda in happier times; Ms. Oda has a last cigarette before barking out the order to the firing squad.

Bev Oda had to know she . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The coda to Oda was writ bright with orange juice

Trashy's World: While I am not unhappy to see the porch door…

… hit her butt on the way out the door…. Isn’t there someone more deserving of a walk off the plank? Just sayin’… (5) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Bev Oda’s Sweet Double Resignation

GOOD RIDDANCE!

The minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has resigned from both Stephen Harper’s cabinet and her elected position as Conservative MP for the Ontario riding of Durham. The controversy-plagued Oda announced her resignation this morning without giving a clear explanation.

No doubt, the resignation is a bitter pre-emptive . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Bev Oda’s Sweet Double Resignation

Progressive Proselytizing: Bev Oda’s luxurious, tax payer funded lifestyle comes to an end

After months of continued pressure, Minister of International Development, Bev Oda’s ridiculously obscene, tax payer funded lifestyle has come to an end: she has resigned. I won’t say more here than I said previously, but it is worth marking the occasion by noting that continued public outrage does indeed result in changes, even if they . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Bev Oda’s luxurious, tax payer funded lifestyle comes to an end

Trashy's World: Bev Oda

is quitting her job… And the blogosphere and pundit-class lose an easy target. She and her pricey OJ and smokes behind centre block will be missed. Well, not really. So combined with Lee Richardson retiring, there are two CPC seats up for grabs in upcoming by-elections. The Grits had better get their game faces on! . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Bev Oda

centerandleft: Conservative Transparancy Now Scientifically Proven to be a Joke

51st place isn’t necessarily always a bad thing. The 51st wealthiest person in the world, or the 51st smartest are blessed to be so lucky. It’s a placement they can be proud of.

When your country is ranked 51st on any list, it is unlikely to be a source of such national pride, especially when . . . → Read More: centerandleft: Conservative Transparancy Now Scientifically Proven to be a Joke

Alberta Diary: Tory Brent Rathgeber knocks cabinet perks? Maverick move or just maverick shtick?

Your favourite blogger, with Brent Rathgeber, the original blogging Tory.

What’s up with Brent Rathgeber? Specifically, is he a maverick, or is he just doing the maverick shtick?

Mr. Rathgeber, as is well known to readers of this blog, is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-St. Albert, and he is surely Parliament’s best-read . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Tory Brent Rathgeber knocks cabinet perks? Maverick move or just maverick shtick?

Politics and its Discontents: More Questions About Bev Oda’s Expense Claims?

I’m sure there is a very logical explanation for this. Recommend this Post

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 25, 2012

Wednesday, April 25 saw one of the more noteworthy economic debates we’ve seen in the current session of Parliament, as a former-PC-turned-Liberal raised the issue of income inequality to a noteworthy response from the Harper Cons.

The Big Issue

Scott Brison presented what should have been a relatively non-controversial motion – calling not even for . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament in Review – April 25, 2012

Politics and its Discontents: He’s Just Another Politician

Despite the ongoing and very critical coverage of Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair and his myriad leadership failures at the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, the truculent top cop refuses to both apologize and resign.

The most withering criticism I can think to make is that Blair is just another politician.

. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He’s Just Another Politician

CalgaryGrit: Happy Anniversary!

One year ago today, Stephen Harper turned an “unwanted election” into his first majority government, Jack Layton and the NDP soared to never before seen heights, and Liberals spent the evening curled up in a fetal position sobbing in the corner.

On political anniversaries, it’s tempting to give each party a thumbs up or . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: Happy Anniversary!

Calgary Grit: Happy Anniversary!

One year ago today, Stephen Harper turned an “unwanted election” into his first majority government, Jack Layton and the NDP soared to never before seen heights, and Liberals spent the evening curled up in a fetal position sobbing in the corner.

On political anniversaries, it’s tempting to give each party a thumbs up or . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Happy Anniversary!