Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Daniel Tencer reports on Pierre Kohler and Servaas Storm’s study showing that the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement figures to cost jobs and wages in Canada and across Europe.  – Jim Tankersley explains the initial rise of the stock market since November’s U.S. election, while offering reason to ...

Montreal Simon: Milo Yiannopoulos and the Rebel Media Groupies

I have always despised Milo Yiannopoulos so much, I can barely write about him without feeling like throwing up.He is an alt-right clown, a grotesque misogynist, a bigot and a bully if ever there was one, a man who calls Donald Trump "Daddy."And from my personal perspective, the gay equivalent of an Uncle Tom.So I must ...

Montreal Simon: The Ezra Levant Horror Show and the Con Bigots

As you know, when I heard that Kellie Leitch had described Ezra Levant's latest bigot fest as a meeting of "severely normal people" I was naturally sceptical.For how could anyone call a meeting organized by Levant and his scummy Rebel gang, and starring four Con candidates, and the bloated homophobe Charles McVety, anything but a freak show? But then ...

Politics and its Discontents: If You Can Name It, You Can Condemn It

It is bigotry, pure, simple and deeply ingrained: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant and the Con Bigot Show

It's hard to believe, it couldn't be more ugly, or less Canadian.But just two weeks after a white supremacist killed six Muslims in a Quebec City mosque, and wounded eight others.A group of Con leadership candidates attended a foul rally in Toronto last night to denounce a government motion aimed at doing more to fight Islamophobia.Read ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Sarah-Taïssir Bencharif discusses her experience facing prejudice against Muslims in Canada. But Ashifa Kassam reports on the growing public response to violence, as communities across the country formed “rings of peace” around mosques during their prayers on Friday. – Meanwhile, Maher Arar points out how Canada’s security state ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

Assorted content for your Friday reading. – Aditya Chakrabortty writes about the devastating combination of an urgent need for collective action on the key issues we face, and a deeply-entrenched political aversion to anything of the sort. And Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett highlight how the UK Cons are going out of their way to ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how we shouldn’t be impressed with our political leaders’ reactions to the bigotry on display in Donald Trump’s Muslim ban and the Quebec City mosque shooting – but should see the popular response as a far more useful starting point for progress. For further reading…– I posted here on how Brad Wall has ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Terry Glavin argues that Canada’s response to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban needs to consist of more than the platitudes offered by Justin Trudeau, while Tom Parkin and Chantal Hebert point out that even Trudeau’s words to date have unduly downplayed Trump’s dangers. And Andrew Coyne writes about ...

wmtc: 10 things you can do to fight trump-era nazism

Like all good people, I am horrified by recent developments in the US, and like everyone who has being attention, not surprised. I take hope from the immediate and powerful resistance that has been set in motion. But also at the resistance, I am angry, too. What took you so long? Let’s hope it’s not ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Bigots and the Quebec City Massacre

I wonder how Kellie Leitch, our sad Trump impersonator, is feeling today. Not so good I imagine. Or should I say, I hope.For on Saturday as I told you yesterday, she attacked a private member's bill designed to crack down on violent Islamophobia. Only to look like an idiot or a beast the very next ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Scotland, and the Values That Define Us

It was only a tweet, but it was like a flash of decency in a darkening world.It has been favourited more than 500,000 times already.And it did send a powerful message to the bigot demagogue Donald Trump.Read more »

Montreal Simon: How Canadians Can Help Defeat the Monster Donald Trump

I've been trying to ignore the monster in the window. I close my eyes and try to pretend it's just a nightmare. I crank up the music in my ears to try to drown out his mad bigoted voice.For even though I'm a Canadian I feel the same way these Americans do. But who can ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Rahul Kalvapalle reports on the latest Ipsos poll showing how younger Canadians expect to lead a worse life than the generations who went before them. – PressProgress examines how inequality has been burgeoning under Christy Clark’s B.C. Lib government. And Maimuna Majumder notes that the toxic effects of ...

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 ...