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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.”

The post Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, Radical Change Needed [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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 »

Montreal Simon: The Insane Adventures of the Increasingly Desperate Stephen Harper

OMG. Duck and cover. He's back in Ukraine again, posing as a champion of freedom and democracy.

Canada has and will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine. #cdnpoli— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) June 7, 2014

While crushing them both at home.

And of course, in relentless pursuit of the ethnic vote, trying to make it sound like he's leading the charge against the fascist dwarf Putin.Even if it makes him look ridiculous. Read more »

Montreal Simon: If the CBC Wants to Honour Knowlton Nash it Must Fire Rex Murphy

On a day when the country is mourning the CBC icon and distinguished Canadian Knowlton Nash. At a time when the CBC is bleeding to death from the savage cuts imposed by the brutish un-Canadian Harper regime.And some of its most admired journalists are taking early retirement, to try to protect the jobs of some of their younger colleagues. All honour to them.I only have one question: will the CBC now also do the honourable thing and finally fire Rex Murphy?Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Final Battle For Canada

For more than eight years he has waged war on Canada and its values.The Canada he once called a "second tier socialist country." The country whose values he hates so much.He has assaulted our democracy, smeared and bullied his opponents, muzzled scientists, gutted the census, burned books, and turned his hideous Harperland into a surveillance state, where fear is a weapon, and the Big Lie RULES. But now he is crazy desperate, his Big Oil dreams are collapsing, and the final Battle for Canada is about to begin. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Ex-Harper aide charged with illegal lobbying, influence peddling

by: Obert Madondo | May 18, 2014

Obert Madondo, Editor, The Canadian Progressive

The RCMP last week charged Bruce Carson, a former aide to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, with illegal lobbying and influence peddling.

This is further confirmation that Harper is the world’s worst talent scout. Even more interesting is the fact that the charges against Carson mirror the Harper government’s petrostate-style support of Big Oil and the Alberta tar sands.

As CTV News reports:

Carson has been charged with three counts of lobbying while prohibited and one count of influence peddling in relation to his work for the (Read more…)

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Politics and its Discontents: Don’t Worry; Be Happy

Apparently those of us who fret about the ever-growing magnitude of climate change effects are just not grasping the truth. As The National Post’s Peter Foster recently explained at a gathering of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the oil industry just isn’t adequately communicating why climate change skeptics are right:

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Politics and its Discontents: Happy Earth Day

I truly wish there was something to celebrate. Take a look at my previous post and the commentary from the Mound of Sound that accompanies it; then watch this short video.

Their commonality? A rapacious industry and an economic system that disdains impediments to their profits, and a federal government (a.k.a. the Harper regime) at their compete disposal.

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Dead Wild Roses: Hey Alberta, Look What Norway Did. WTF?

It sucks when your government is an entity so devoid of anything resembling a spine. The Alberta government is so deeply in bed with big oil its shite and piss are black. So, rather than looking at an example of how to fuck your citizens over, take a look at a country that got it, and continues to get it right; Norway. It makes me spitting mad that we couldn’t even get a fractional raise in revenue for the people of Alberta (The Royalty Review), all the while Norway has 165,000 thousand dollars socked away (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Kitimat Rebellion

When historians assess the legacy of Stephen Harper fifty years from now, the many scandals of his corrupt regime will probably merit only a few paragraphs.But what they will say of him without a doubt, is that at a critical point in human history he failed his country and his planet.For at a time when scientists were warning that time was running out for climate change action. The disconnect couldn't be greater. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Real Reason the Cons Want to Muzzle Elections Canada


They are only 25 second ads designed to encourage young Canadians to vote in 2008.But they are the reason the Cons are trying to muzzle the Chief Electoral Officer.Not because the ads didn't work, as they claim. But because they offended Big Oil. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Horribly Humiliating Day in Mexico

Well I think it's safe to say that Stephen Harper's Great Tiny Tour of Mexico is shaping up to be the most pathetic foreign trip ever by a Canadian Prime Minister.For one thing the Three Amigos aren't the Three Amigos anymore, not when the two others hate him.And he has so little to offer or receive, that he has been forced to resort to desperate measures to occupy his time.Like hastily organizing his own mini summit with Big Oil.Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: Big Oil Preps Harper for Obama Meeting

Stephen Harper apparently didn’t get the message that Obama doesn’t want to be pestered about the Keystone XL pipeline.   U.S. officials in advance of the North American leaders summit in Mexico went out of their way to make it clear that Harper should back off. 

So, what did Stevie do?  He attended a meeting with officials of TransCanada to get briefed on what they expect him to tell and ask Obama about Keystone XL.