Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Horrible and Expensive Year’s End

As we all know Ezra Levant spends a lot of his time begging for money. And I mean a lot of time.There isn't a day that goes by that he can't be seen rattling his tin cup, or bellowing through his bullhorn.So I'm sorry to report that his begging is about to become even more ...

Montreal Simon: How The Media Made Kellie Leitch Our Trump Impersonator

I must admit I still find it hard to believe that an educated person like Kellie Leitch is doing what she is doing.Trying to whip up xenophobia for crass political purposes. And sounding more extreme   with every passing day… Or more insane. For what else can you call a member of the elites inciting her ...

Montreal Simon: The Professional Bigotry of Ezra Levant

When Ezra Levant organized an anti-carbon tax rally on the steps of the Alberta legislature last Sunday, he was no doubt hoping it would make him a force to be reckoned with in that province, and a ton of money.Not necessarily in that order.But as we all know it all went horribly wrong, when Chris Alexander ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – David MacDonald examines how Canada’s tax expenditures systematically favour higher-income individuals over the people who actually have a reasonable claim to public support: This study finds that Canada’s personal income tax expenditures disproportionately benefit the rich and cost the federal treasury nearly as much as it collects in ...

Montreal Simon: Has Kellie Leitch Finally Lost Her Marbles?

It's always been a bizarre cabaret act, a real freak show. Kellie Leitch's squeaky voiced imitation of Donald Trump, and her xenophobic campaign to make us believe that only she can defend our Canadian values.Even as she disgraces them.But now that ghastly drag show is becoming even weirder, with Leitch claiming that the "liberal elites" are calling her supporters ...

Politics and its Discontents: More Discrimination Thanks To Trump

I see reports and videos daily about the actions taken by the unhinged right-wing, the bigoted and the morally diseased. Most I choose not to include on my blog, but two especially egregious examples merit further attention. Both are brought to you from Raw Story: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Monstrous Thanksgiving

WhoWhatWhyDonald Trump is spending the Thanksgiving holiday at his Mar-a-Lago castle, no doubt surrounded by his court of bigots and other deplorables.And he's urging his people to unite and support him so he can make America great again.But they would be crazy to do that, because they have nothing to celebrate.And this Turkey Day in ...

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer on Kellie Leitch’s Race Baiting Campaign

With every passing day Kellie Leitch's absurd attempt to be Canada's Donald Trump is looking more desperate and pathetic.She's been getting a lot of free publicity, and doing her best to sound like Trump… But it's not getting her anywhere. Only three members of the Con caucus support her compared to eighteen for Andrew Scheer.And one of ...

The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

AmeriKa’s president, Donald Trump, will not be the leader of the free world. He will, however, be the leader of the global right wing. Across Europe, the radical right is embracing the next US leader as one of their own. Donald Trump validates their ugly bigotry, racism and xenophobia. He is one of them. It’s ...

The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Embolden Bigots in Canada?

Yesterday we read Kinsella’s post about a white power, Alt.Right handbill posted in his neighbourhood. Today we have an account from CBC Ottawa of a woman, Anna Maranta, a rabbi no less, who awakened in the early hours of Tuesday morning to find a swastika and the word “kike” spray painted across the front door ...

wmtc: president trump: what didn’t just happen

Since I’m making an effort to put more of my thoughts here, I’m gathering up a bunch of my Facebook posts and responses. If we know each other on Facebook, apologies for the repetition. I find much of the analysis and commentary I’ve seen about the recent US election to be quite strange. Donald Trump ...

wmtc: a dark and frightening day

I’ve spent the past several months reassuring my co-workers and baldly stating on Facebook that Donald Trump would not become President of the United States. The lesson for me and for many of us: never underestimate what angry, alienated people can be led to do. The racism, hatred, and violence that is always present in ...

Montreal Simon: The New Canada and the Return of the Cool Moose

As I'm sure you know, I'm really enjoying living in Justin Trudeau's Canada, and of course the land of the noble moose. And I'm constantly battling with Cons and other grumpy old Trudeau haters who would try to tear it down, or make it something ugly, or all about pipelines and trade deals.Or poison us with ...

wmtc: what i’m reading: the underground railroad by colson whitehead

Colson Whitehead is a literary genius. In The Underground Railroad, he has found a way to tell the story of 400-plus years of African-American oppression without delivering an awkward march through history, and without using characters as billboards for ideas. Instead of linear time, Whitehead employs a geography of time: different eras, different historical moments, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Owen Jones offers his take on how the UK’s Labour Party should proceed following Jeremy Corbyn’s most recent leadership victory – and while the exact circumstances may not apply to the NDP’s upcoming leadership campaigns, his ideas as to how to combine the interests of base supporters and ...

Montreal Simon: Standing Up For Our Values In A Bigoted World

I'm really looking forward to this weekend. It's going to be warm and sunny, and perfect for biking, or sailing.And on Sunday, in this park in my neighbourhood, there is going to be a big book fair with lots of authors and artists. So it couldn't be better, or more lovely Canada.But I can't forget what's ...

Montreal Simon: The Return of the Monstrous Chris and Kellie Show

The other day I wrote about how Kellie Leitch's "Anti-Canadian Values" campaign had brought back memories of the Chris and Kellie show.The barbaric Con production where Leitch and Chris Alexander demonized Muslims, and invited Canadians to snitch on their neighbours.And it was such an ugly memory, I remember thinking thank goodness that show was cancelled, ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the First Family From Hell

They say an apple never falls far from the tree. Especially if it's rotten to the core.And in the case of Donald Trumps's family, the would be first family of America, that couldn't be more true.For this is what his ghastly spawn Donald Trump Jr. tweeted last night.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, following up on my earlier column on racism in Saskatchewan with a look at the lessons we can learn from responses to similar issues in Alberta and the U.S. (And no, “do nothing” still isn’t an acceptable answer.) For further reading…– Jesse and Julia Lipscombe’s #MakeItAwkward campaign site is here. And Jason Markusoff’s interview ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Burning of America

I've been warning for a long time that the monstrous demagogue Donald Trump could end up setting his own country on fire.Whether he wins or when he loses.And sure enough while Trump complains about Hillary Clinton calling some of his supporters a "basket of deplorables."Here's what the governor of Kentucky, a Trump supporter and rabid anti-gay bigot, ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Madness of America (Continued)

There are now less than sixty days to go before the U.S. presidential election, and with every passing day the campaign just seems to grow crazier and crazier.For what else can explain that Donald Trump can say something as deranged as this.Donald J. Trump, in escalating attacks against Hillary Clinton, suggested on Friday that his ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Shadow of the Klan

When I saw Donald Trump in a Detroit church, trying to appeal to African-American voters by posing as a religious person.And swaying awkwardly from side to side to the strains of the song "What a Mighty God We Serve." Don't think @realDonaldTrump is going to win any votes with these dance moves. #TrumpInDetroit pic.twitter.com/2SEOeIquXi — Matt ...

wmtc: thank you, colin kaepernick!

Another awesome athlete protest that I have no time to write about. I can only thank Colin Kaepernick for his courage. Joy of Sox speaks for me: To Mookie Betts (And Others): The Right To Protest Has Nothing To Do With The Military.

Montreal Simon: Kellie Leitch and the Anti-Canadian Cons

In my last post I looked at how Kellie Leitch was discovered discreetly cooking up a new/nouveau batch of her foul cultural barbarism brew.By stirring up the idea that immigrants and refugees should be screened for "anti-Canadian values." Even though Leitch wouldn't know a Canadian value if it flew up like a bat and bit her on ...

Montreal Simon: Catching Up With the Adventures of the Republican Clown Donald Trump

During the almost three weeks I spent in Scotland, I wasn't able to follow the adventures of the RepubliCon clown Donald Trump as closely as I normally do.Because as you may know, most Scots can't stand Trump and would rather ignore him.So you can imagine how surprised I was to turn on CNN when I got home ...