Alberta Politics: Standard & Poor’s downgrades Saskatchewan’s credit rating and The Anger Machine falls silent

PHOTOS: Like a flock of starlings, the entire Canadian Perpetual Outrage Industry knows when to wheel and turn instantly. Since they do it electronically, it’s almost as if they’re … a machine! Below: Brad Wall, the crumbling Colossus of the Prairies, and Stephen Harper, the former prime minister of Canada, snapped in Calgary’s Blackfoot Diner ...

Alberta Politics: Fallout from the ‘Rebel Media’ brouhaha: maybe it’s time to abolish Alberta’s anachronistic Press Gallery

PHOTOS: A screenshot of some of the partisan materials sold on Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media website. Below: Another image of a sale item from The Rebel, in this case a T-shirt with the website’s logo on the back and a slogan supporting the Conservative Party on the front. Below that: Alberta Legislative Press Gallery President ...

Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a group of foreign event logistics consultants while travelling abroad (Government of Canada photo). Below: Pierre Trudeau does suppressed fury the right way; Mr. Harper does it with considerably less appeal. Clearly, the continuing uproar about Stephen Harper’s “event logistics team members” tells us something fundamental about the increasingly ...

Alberta Politics: There’s no way the Broadbent Institute should have hired a high-profile strikebreaker to moderate a panel on Alberta’s election

PHOTOS: A striker, at right, confronts a security guard during one of the dark days of the 1999-2000 labour dispute at the Calgary Herald. Below: Calgary Herald political columnist Don Braid and Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith. I was genuinely shocked when I learned a few days ago that the Broadbent Institute is about ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Democrat’s election-year debate over the Keystone XL pipeline

U.S. Senators from the Senate Climate Action Task Force urge action on climate change in Washington (Photo: Yuri Gripas, Reuters). by Matthew Daly, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Democrats are grappling with an election-year dilemma posed by the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Wealthy party donors are funding candidates who oppose the project — a high-profile ...

The Ranting Canadian: According to The Canadian Press: “Statistics Canada says…

According to The Canadian Press: “Statistics Canada says the country’s trade deficit with the world ballooned to $2 billion in November from $552 million in October as merchandise imports rose 2.7 per cent and exports fell 0.9 per cent.” But, but … the Harper Conservatives keep telling us (despite all evidence to the contrary) that ...

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: U.S. comedian Stephen Colbert “in the crosshairs of the Canadian press”

Once again, American comedian Stephen Colbert is playing victim and anti-Canada provocateur. This time he drags Canada, Canadians, the CBC, Winnipeg and Windsor into his attack routine. Watch:

Canadian Progressive: Bad News: Two Polls Give Harper Conservatives Edge Over News Democrats

As the Canadian Parliament returns for what promises to be another acrimonious session, two opinion polls show that the Harper Conservatives hold a slight lead over Thomas Mulcair’s New Democrats. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll pegs Conservative support at 34 per cent, the New Democrats at 27, the Liberals at 24 and the Greens at seven. According ...

Alberta Diary: Preston Manning is no saint, as secretive Carleton University scheme illustrates

Preston Manning and his then-protégé Stephen Harper back in the day. Below: Mr. Manning as he now appears (United Church Observer photo): Alberta premier E.C. Manning, Preston Manning’s father; Mr. Harper as a Reform Party candidate. Nowadays, folks think of Preston Manning as a benign force in Canadian politics – possibly because of his scratchy ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The other shoe: Why the Globe’s ‘temporary leaves’ are likely to become permanent for some

One of the Globe and Mail’s senior copy editors writes a headline while a Pagemasters NA trainee looks on. Globe editors may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Globe Publisher Phillip Crawley. In the 21st Century, corporate bosses aren’t opposed to journalists making a fortune – as long as they make it for someone else.So ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Albertans should worry when Calgary becomes the city Canadians love to hate

How other Canadians see the typical Albertan: rich, smug, condescending and irresponsible. Below: What they think of us as a result; Alison Redford; Dalton McGuinty. We won the lottery. Now we won’t stop telling everyone else how to run their financial affairs. And guess what? They don’t like it! I’ve always suspected this was the ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Truth, Tories and the Sun Network: ‘Let’s do it. We can fake the Oath!’

New Canadians rounded up by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s office get ready to reaffirm their citizenship oath. Actual new Canadians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Kenney; Paraguayan-born Public “Safety” Minister Victor Toews, himself a relatively new Canadian. More than one story emanating from Ottawa yesterday revealed the casual relationship between the Harper ...

Excited Delirium: Canadian Press Sucks Up to Harper as ’2011 Story of Year’

Quelle surprise: mainstream media excited about Harper’s majority win and declare it to be ‘story of the year’.

Cowboys for Social Responsibility: Someone should ask a Minister

Canadian Press reports today that the government knows that repeal of the long gun registry means that “Canada would no longer meet its international commitments relating to firearms tracing and record keeping.” If only the opposition had an opportunity to ask the Minister of Public Safety why he is undercutting Canada’s international commitments to fight ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: There’s no danger of Murdoch style press scandals in Canada! Really! Got that? Now go back to sleep

Gotcha! Britain’s Private Eye magazine satirizes the Murdoch Fambly Saga across the Pond. Nothing like the Eye in Canada, more’s the pity! (Where is Michael Bate now that we need him?) Below: Rupert Murdoch, in happier times; Kory Teneycke, late of the PMO; journalist Geoffrey Stevens. The Canadian Press says Canada can’t have a Rupert ...

Canadian Press whitewashes Harper’s incestuous relationship with media

Joan Brydon (CP) bends over backwards to show how Canadian journalism could never go the way of the Murdoch scandal by slanting her reporting to make sure we know that Stephen Harper would never be influenced by the media. She adds Harper’s antagonism towards the press, “immunizes him against any suggestion that a similar scandal ...