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Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On the Con Smearing of Justin Trudeau

I was glad to see Justin Trudeau have the courage and the decency to visit Alberta, a province where so many Cons hate him with an intensity that borders on insanity.I was happy to see him provide Rachel Notley with some badly needed support, and reass… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On the Con Smearing of Justin Trudeau

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Rex Murphy’s Ghastly Anti-Trudeau Campaign

Once upon a time I used to fly though the air like Peter Pan in search of the remote control, whenever the ghastly Rex Murphy popped up on my big TV.In a desperate attempt to change the channel, before his oily fumes started pouring out of every orifi… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Rex Murphy’s Ghastly Anti-Trudeau Campaign

Montreal Simon: The Wonderful Humiliation of the Ghastly Ezra Levant

Gosh. It's not as if Ezra Levant hasn't been humiliated enough recently. His recent trip to Paris to try to convince the French to hate Muslims as much as him and his crazies do was a complete bust.This trip has been depressing, because no o… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Wonderful Humiliation of the Ghastly Ezra Levant

Politics and its Discontents: A Sordid Story

While it is yet too early to tell how the new Trudeau government will handle the environmental and climate change file, early indications are promising. Minster Catherine McKenna has said that with regard to future pipeline proposals, assessments will be “based on science” and ensure Canadians can participate in the hearings. During the campaign, the Liberals slammed the review procedures – put in place during Conservative rule – as inadequate and pledged that pipeline assessments would include upstream impacts of crude extraction.

Lord knows that the oil interests cannot be trusted to police themselves, as the sad and corrupt (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

Why does the Canadian government continue to subsidize the oil industry with billions of dollars a year when the environmental crisis demands the opposite, and when investment in energy efficiency, conservation and green energy create many more jobs? Why does Canada import 40% of the oil we consume when we produce enough to meet all […]

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau’s campaign co-chair invited TransCanada to lobby post-Harper government on Energy East

On Monday, Justin Trudeau’s national campaign co-chair Daniel Gagnier invited TransCanada, the company behind the proposed Energy East tar sands pipeline, to lobby the post-Harper government on Canada’s national energy strategy.

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Cowichan Conversations: Canada’s Biggest Political Scandal You Never Heard Of–Big oil, taxpayers’ millions, call girls and a ‘mechanic’ named Bruce Carson.

Richard Hughes Independent Strategic Voter

As the election countdown continues you can dismiss any thoughts of a lacklustre non eventful race to the wire.

The TPP card has been played, the Niqab Harper camp

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Montreal Simon: The HarperPAC, Big Money, and the Americanization of Canada

As you may have heard, a group of Harper supporters have created a political action committee to attack the progressive parties. Supporters of Stephen Harper have formed a political-advertising unit separate from the Conservative Party that will run attack ads, targeting Facebook, Google and Twitter users, to help the Tory re-election effort as a federal ballot approaches.HarperPAC has already produced a spot alleging Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is unqualified to be prime minister and its next project is an ad, aimed at British Columbia voters, that will warn against electing a federal NDP government.And whatever those Cons (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Gets Three Slaps in the Face From his Own Supporters

As you know I've started portraying Stephen Harper not only as a cowardly puppet, and the most monstrous leader this country has ever known.As well as a hopeless incompetent, and the turkey king of Canada.But also as a leader so long past due, the flesh is falling off him and his rotting government.And as more evidence of that, I have three examples that demonstrate that even some of his own natural born supporters think he's so far gone.That they are giving him one slap in the face after the other.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Monstrous Harper Cons and their New Albertastan

Holy flying monkey. What a difference a day makes. Up until yesterday Alberta was the Con's favourite province, their shiny Oily Oz.But then came Rachel Notley as the new Dorothy, and painted it orange.

And now it's their despised Albertastan. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Jim Prentice’s Fear Campaign Got a Slap in the Face

With just two days to go before the Alberta election the excitement is mounting, and so is the fear campaign.With Jim Prentice and his Big Business posse trying to scare the people of that province into voting for them and not the NDP.And today it was Big Oil's turn to try to rescue the crumbling Con dynasty, and threaten Albertans. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Totally Unbelievable Transformation of Stephen Harper

Even by the standards of the monstrous Stephen Harper, whose many images reflect the many warring voices in his head, it's an amazing transformation. Or mutation.For nine years he was the Oily Messiah, the maniacal missionary who once told an audience in Britain that developing the oil sands was akin to building the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids.The Father of Albertonia, and of course, Big Oil's favourite pimp…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Canada: Where Cons and Idiots Roam

Oh boy. It's lucky that where I live it's impossible to not know that I live in the Great White North.Because if it wasn't, I might wonder whether I'm still living in Canada, or whether Stephen Harper has already changed it beyond recognition.

For it really is hard to believe that if you type "Stephen Harper was" into the Google search machine.This is what comes up? Read more »

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: The International Game Of Chicken

The current low oil prices have been characterized as a high stakes game of “chicken” between OPEC countries and “non-conventional” producing countries like Canada and more recently the US.

I don’t pretend to know the state of the books for OPEC’s countries, but I imagine they have a significant chunk of change set aside, and won’t find that prolonged low prices won’t be a particular impediment.

The extraction techniques for both Alberta’s Tar Sands, and the Shale fields in the US are much more expensive to run.  Back in August of this past year, the rumblings of “cutting costs” were (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Crazy Carbon Tax problem

As I've been warning recently, Stephen Harper's mental state is clearly growing more unstable by the day.The exhaustion of all those foreign photo-ops, combined with the shock of seeing his beloved Albertonia torpedoed by low oil prices, and his budget surplus going up in flames, has driven him to the brink.And there is no better example of that than his wildly oscillating position on a carbon tax.Just ten days ago he called one "crazy." Or CRAAAAAAAZY.But in the CBC interview the other night, while being stroked with a feather by Peter Mansbridge, he all but called it a good idea. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Oily Road to Disaster

He was warned, but Stephen Harper wouldn't listen. Warned that he should not put so many economic eggs in one oily basket.He was warned that the future would be green, or there would be no future. So it made no sense to turn us into a tarry petro state, and even less sense to torch the planet.But he was a climate change denier and an oil pimp, so he muzzled his critics, and pressed on ahead in the name of Greater Alberta.And now the oily basket is bouncing on the sidewalk, and the oily messiah just got dinged (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Battle for Burnaby Mountain and Kinder Morgan’s Day of Defeat

They have gathered on Burnaby Mountain to try to prevent the giant energy company Kinder Morgan from drilling a hole through its heart.Dozens of young and old activists have been arrested.

But today they won a big court victory, and Kinder Morgan got a big slap in the face.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, Radical Change Needed [VIDEO]

Naomi Klein calls on Barack Obama to reject TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, urges “radical change to prevent catastrophic warming.”

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Day of the Con Planet Burners

It happened during Question Period in the middle of the debate about whether Canada should go to war.So most did not notice and it will soon be forgotten.The moment when Tom Mulcair quoted Stephen Harper's infamous 2002 statement on Kyoto:“Kyoto is essentially a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations."And the Cons rose to their feet clapping and cheering and laughing loudly. On the same day that this scathing report was released. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Big Oil Madness: Gastem’s $1.5 million lawsuit against tiny Quebec village of Ristigouche

Gastem, a Quebec oil and gas exploration company is suing the tiny Quebec village of Ristigouche-Sud-Est to the tune of $1.5-million.

The post Big Oil Madness: Gastem’s $1.5 million lawsuit against tiny Quebec village of Ristigouche appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Ill wind from Alberta

Well nobody at this beach on the Toronto Island today was complaining about an ill wind from the West.Because it was warm and wild, and summer like life is so short and precious.However, had they been in Calgary this weekend, they would have encountered another kind of wind.Hot, foul, and fetid, whistling out of Stephen Harper's main orifice, and aimed squarely at Justin Trudeau.Read more »

THE CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE: Climate Activists Mourn Victims of Lac-Mégantic Tragedy

On the one-year anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, climate activists say the Canadian government has treated the fatal train derailment “primarily as a public relations problem rather than a public safety problem.”

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Pipeline Gambit

Well it's the talk of the town. The pundits are perplexed. Shock and confusion reigns. Everybody is trying to figure out why Stephen Harper is disowning his tarry baby. After working so hard to conceive it. And in some parts of the country paranoia runs rampant.

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Montreal Simon: Martha Hall Findlay’s Ghastly Paean to the Northern Gateway Pipeline

Well I see Martha Hall Findlay has wasted no time soaking up the ethos of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. Or the oily fumes.And has penned a passionate paean to the Northern Gateway pipeline. Every nation-building project in Canada has required negotiation, balance and compromise: Northern Gateway is no exception. You don’t build a nation by saying “No”. You need to ask “How".Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Republic of CanAlberta

It's one of the oldest and best known pictures of Stephen Harper. The Toronto nerd dressed up as an Alberta cowboy.The one who fell in so much love with that province, he tried to put a firewall around it.But it turns out that picture couldn't be more prophetic.Because when it comes to the economy, as far as his foul Con regime is concerned.There's Alberta, and then there's everybody else. Read more »