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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.

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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.

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy and the Con Broadcasting Corporation

About a week ago I wrote a post demanding to know why the CBC hadn't fired Rex Murphy for being a shill for Big Oil.And I assumed that because so many others had complained, and it was such an obvious conflict of interest, that the CBC would at least take those complaints seriously.But I was wrong. It turns out CBC management doesn't think Murphy is guilty of ANYTHING. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why the CBC Should Fire Rex Murphy Immediately

I've always known he was a vociferous climate change denier, a wordier Ezra Levant. A shabby little demagogue who lards his windy diatribes with Con talking points.I recently found out that in addition to his gigs at CBC Television, CBC Radio, and the National Post, he also moonlights as a shill for Big Oil.A words-weary audience jumped to its feet with an enthusiastic ovation for broadcaster Rex Murphy after he urged pipeline builders Friday to stop being ashamed of the multibillion-dollar projects they are trying to build.But who knew that being an oily prophet, could be so profitable? Read more »

Montreal Simon: Mike De Souza and the Buying of the Media

Mike de Souza is arguably the best MSM environmental reporter in Canada. A hardworking newshound who has exposed many grubby dealings between the Cons and Big Oil. And is no doubt a thorn in the sides of both of them.Or should I say he was.Because today along with a number of Postmedia reporters he was laid off.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harper Oil Pimps and the Attack of the Billionaires

Well you'd think Stephen Harper and his pipeline pimps would be celebrating the U.S. State Department's decision to declare the Keystone project almost good to go.The State Department released a report on Friday concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project.But strangely enough they're not. They're worried, angry, and bitter about BILLIONAIRES !!!Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Keystone Ad Stephen Harper Doesn’t Want Americans to Watch

Well as you know he's been putting pressure on the Obama administration to approve his Keystone XL pipeline.And so have his Republican buddies. Republican leaders in Congress are planning a legislative offensive to force the White House’s hand on the Keystone XL pipeline decision if the Obama administration does not declare its support for the project in the coming weeks. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, said Republicans are considering attaching a Keystone decision to a new law to raise the debt ceiling, which may be needed by the end of February for the U.S. to (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Neil Young and the Message That Must Be Heard

Well I guess Big Oil and its rented pimps in the Harper regime must be getting desperate eh?Neil Young is just too popular. They just can't stop him. Or silence his message.And now his show is rolling into the heart of Albertonia. And it's SOLD OUT !!!!!!So today the oil pimps deployed their ultimate weapon, the Oily Prophet himself, Rex Murphy. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Neil Young and the Attack of the Oil Pimps

Well I see Big Oil has reacted to Neil Young's challenge, and is firing back with both barrels. Still blowing gaseous emissions out of every gasket or orifice. Still trying to portray Young as just a rock star, and not a REAL Canadian. The oil industry is speaking out about negative comments made by rock star Neil Young during his benefit tour to help an Alberta First Nation. "Mr. Young may represent that rock stars don't need oil, but we would represent that Canadians very much do need oil," said David Collyer of the Canadian Association of (Read more…)