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Montreal Simon: The Planet Burning Cons and the Melting Arctic

He liked to call himself the best Prime Minister the Canadian Arctic and its people had ever known.He ordered that the words The True North Strong and Free be written on everything, including his plane.But it was all just a show…Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Planet Burning Cons and the Melting Arctic

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Betrayal of the Canadian Rangers

They are one of Stephen Harper's favourite photo-op props. The thin red line of Canadian Rangers who guard Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.He even likes to dress up as one of them…

But now that there is news that the Rangers may be in trouble. A "significant number" of Canadian Rangers in the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Betrayal of the Canadian Rangers

Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Leona Aglukkaq and the Hungry North

We all know that Leona Aglukkaq is a shameless climate change denier and the worst Environment Minister in Canadian history.We know that she is one of the most aggressive hecklers in the House of Commons, or one of its worst bullies.Well now she's at it again. Denying that some people in a northern community . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Leona Aglukkaq and the Hungry North

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great North Pole Farce

Who can forget how Stephen Harper shocked the world a few months ago by suddenly and loudly declaring that the North Pole belonged to Canada?Even though it actually belongs to Denmark.But who knew the stunning proclamation also sent shockwaves through the cowed ranks of his own civil servants?New documents suggest that Canada's last-minute decision . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great North Pole Farce

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Vladimir Putin, and the Arctic Follies

I must admit that when I first heard that Vladimir Putin had replied to Stephen Harper's stirring Arctic Challenge.The one that went basically like this: "Hey Putin, the Arctic and the North Pole are MINE, and so is Ukraine. And I'm a Great Strong Leader, so THERE. You Nazi !!!"By calling Harper and his . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Vladimir Putin, and the Arctic Follies

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Great Insane Tour of the North

Well there he was, thundering over the tundra, on the last day of his Great Photo-Op Tour of the North.The Dark Knight Nerd on the warpath. Taking part in a military exercise designed to portray him as a Great Strong Leader.Declaring that the greatest threat to his beloved Arctic are the Russians.An emboldened Russia . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Great Insane Tour of the North

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Northern Farce

Well there he was today in the Northwest Passage, sailing majestically along and trying to pose as a great explorer, Harper of the True North Strong and Free. The push to find the remains of the Franklin expedition is not simply a matter of historical interest, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday — it’s . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Northern Farce

Montreal Simon: The Unbearable Lightness of Leona Aglukkaq

Well as you know I'm not a big fan of Leona Aglukkaq. I had high hopes that as an Inuk she might do a better job as Environment Minister that she did as Health Minister.But she has disappointed me from the moment she got her new job,And this doesn't help…Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Con Klown Tour Continues

Uh oh. Talk about bad timing. It looks like Stephen Harper's Great Escape Tour is turning into a real drama. Or a Con klown show. First a Buffalo Airways plane makes a spectacular belly landing short of the runway in Yellowknife. To remind us of the dangers of flying in the north. Then Harper . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Con Klown Tour Continues

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Great Arctic Betrayal

From the moment he came to power, he announced that he would like to be known as Great Arctic Leader and Lord Protector of the North.He decreed that henceforth everything from government stationery, to the nose of his plane, should be embossed with the words "The True North Strong and Free."He warned us the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Great Arctic Betrayal

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Feds Ask: How Do We Extract Resources From A Melting Arctic?

From MERX, where governments post their RFPs and Qs:

The Department of Transport, Strategic Policy and Innovation Directorate, is responsible for ensuring a safe, efficient and reliable transportation system in Canada’s northern regions. TheDirectorate is responsible for managing the Northern Transportation Adaptation Initiative to support research and development activities to design, develop, and implement innovative . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Feds Ask: How Do We Extract Resources From A Melting Arctic?

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con Army

I see that Stephen Harper's Great Con Clown Tour of the Arctic, has ended with another phony photo-op.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper took in a military training operation in Hudson Bay on the final day of his northern tour Friday, observing a scenario involving Canadian Forces intercepting an ecotourism boat carrying migrants attempting to . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con Army

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Cannibal Club (continued)

Holy Moly. For a moment I thought Stephen Harper was playing the good nun again in the Con version of the Sound of Music.

You know, the one where Jason Kenney plays the grim Mother Superior who beseeches the young nun to control her lustful urges, and Climb Every Mountain. Like he has.

But . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Cannibal Club (continued)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Cannibal Country

OMG. The horror, the horror. Is that Hannibal or Harper?

I was hoping that Great Ugly Leader's Tour of the North would be a total bust eh?

But who knew things could go so horribly, wonderfully, wrong?

Yesterday the critics were calling it a doggy circus.

Today they're accusing him of acting like an . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Cannibal Country

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Massive Meltdown

Well so much for all those carefully staged photo-ops of Great True North Leader surveying his frozen dominion. So much for his grand plans to assert our arctic sovereignty.

Six years after the Harper government declared the Arctic to be a new operations area for the Canadian military, the army has struggled to find . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Massive Meltdown