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Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Betrayal of the Working Class

I used to stare at those pictures of Donald Trump preaching to his white working class supporters, and wonder how that old con artist managed to fool so many of them.Make them believe that a billionaire who sits on a gold plated toilet seat was on THEIR side.And that he would bring back their . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Betrayal of the Working Class

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Never-Ending War on the Poor

You might think Lisa Raitt and her Cons might stop attacking the agreement to enhance the Canada Pension Plan now that a deal has been reached.But no, Raitt is still on the offensive…Now suggesting it's the work of Big Brother.While Big Business… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Never-Ending War on the Poor

Montreal Simon: The Panama Papers: Now You Can Help Track Down Tax Cheats

All over the world today some of its richest people are quivering in their boots.Because for over a month hundreds of journalists have been digging through the so-called Panama Papers, the more than 11.5 leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm Mo… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Panama Papers: Now You Can Help Track Down Tax Cheats

Montreal Simon: The Globe and Mail’s Pathetic Endorsement of the Harper Cons

Well it's not exactly a surprise. The Globe and Mail's editorial board has endorsed Stephen Harper's Cons in the last three elections.No matter what their reporters and columnists have had to say about him for the last four years.But this couldn't be more absurd.Read more »

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Montreal Simon: OK. Who Forgot to Invite Me to the Bilderberg Meeting??!!!

Well I wasn't really shocked that somebody forgot to invite me to the Bilderberg meeting at that luxury resort in Austria.You know, the top secret conclave of the rich and the powerful, which has been called everything from the home of the New World Order, to the lair of the Fourth Reich. But I . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: OK. Who Forgot to Invite Me to the Bilderberg Meeting??!!!

Montreal Simon: The Bank of Canada Governor and the Young Canadian Slaves

About half the young Canadians I know are either unemployed or have lousy low paying jobs.Jobs with no guaranteed hours, no job security, no benefits, no nothing.They are exploited like slaves in their own country, and are struggling to survive.So you can imagine how I feel about Stephen Poloz's idiot idea. Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Kathleen Wynne, the Cons, and the Moody’s Mob

I'm pretty sure not many people in Ontario, let alone the rest of Canada, took time off from their busy lives, or Summer, to watch Kathleen Wynne's Throne Speech today.And neither did I eh? Because summer is too precious, life is too short, and since I'm flying to Britain soon, I've got other things . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Kathleen Wynne, the Cons, and the Moody’s Mob

Montreal Simon: The Wal-Mart Workers and the Big Tomato

The two companies couldn't be more different. Wal-Mart, the destroyer of communities, that closed this store in Jonquiere, Quebec, after its workers voted to unionize.And after nine years of fighting to avoid having to pay them compensation, just lost its case in the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of Canada has sided with the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Wal-Mart Workers and the Big Tomato

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Brian Mulroney, and the Big Tomato

Well there he was the other day, trying to run away from the Senate scandal, while claiming scandalously that his trade deal with the Europeans was bigger than Brian Mulroney's free trade deal. Prime Minister Stephen Harper touted the benefits of the Canada-EU free trade agreement to a business crowd in Montreal that included . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Brian Mulroney, and the Big Tomato

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Foreign Workers Scam

Well it was quite a spectacle. Jason Kenney in the House of Commons, trying to limit the damage of the foreign worker's scandal.Desperately trying to make it go away.But the look on Peter Kent's face told the story, showed how much that scandal has hurt the Cons.And nothing Kenney said will make it better.For . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Foreign Workers Scam

Montreal Simon: Mitt Romney, the Billionaire, and the Scissor Sister

When I watch this latest attack ad from the Mitt Romney campaign, I can't help thinking how desperate he must be, and how much money he must have.

If he can outspend even Obama. Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Mitt Romney, the Billionaire, and the Scissor Sister

Montreal Simon: Obama and the War of the Billionaires

When I watch this ad, I am reminded that the U.S. presidential election is now less than four months away.

And how the right-wing billionaire's club that paid for it is going all out to remove Obama from office. Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Obama and the War of the Billionaires

Montreal Simon: The One Percent and the Party Animals

In 1985 the late Quebec filmmaker Pierre Falardeau made a short movie called Le Temps des Bouffons (The Time of the Buffoons).It showed members of the Montreal elite partying at the exclusive Beaver Club, dressed in colonial costumes.

And Falardeau used those scenes to make a biting, and deliciously vulgar comment, about the state . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The One Percent and the Party Animals

Montreal Simon: Quebec, the Con Media, and the Greek Obsession

It's funny eh? When I see pictures like this one I see people standing up for their rights, telling a corrupt government to take their fascist bill and shove it, or just joining others to demand a better world.

But most of the Con media only seem to see a mob, dangerous terrorists, and . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Quebec, the Con Media, and the Greek Obsession

Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Angry Canadians

At first glance they are two very different stories. Quebec students stripping down to their underwear, and then meeting with the government.

Hoping that they can also make the Education Minister an offer she can't refuse.

And the British criminal Conrad Black cavorting on the grounds of his massive mansion, after being released from . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Quebec Students and the Angry Canadians

Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Great Betrayal

When I see how the workers at Electro-Motive are suffering it breaks my heart.

From Lynda:

We have discussed the food bank. Worry that Paul will not be able to find another job that will pay our bills Now the worry that we will have no health coverage. The worry that we will have . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Great Betrayal

Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Sellout Cons

First they were told they must agree to have their wages cut in half, their benefits slashed, and their pensions gutted. Then when they refused to get down on their knees, they were locked out.

Tonight they’re worrying about how they are going to feed their families after their plant was closed down. 

Even . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Sellout Cons

Montreal Simon: The Capitalist Pig and the Occupy Movement

Golly. It looks like that fancy pajama party in Davos, has considered the state of the capitalist pig, and found its condition rather alarming.

For decades, this ritzy Swiss resort has hosted an annual celebration of capitalism where luxurious Audis ferry potentates and presidents between lavish hotels so they can bemoan the perils of socialism, high . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Capitalist Pig and the Occupy Movement

Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Real Battle for Canada

I couldn’t make it to London, Ontario today. And I was so disappointed. For it must have been a stirring sight.

A crowd of more than 10,000 descended upon this city’s Victoria Park to support local workers who have been locked out of their jobs since the new year. They came from all over, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Real Battle for Canada

Montreal Simon: The Ugly Lockout and the Quiet Revolution.

Golly. I don’t think I’m going to have to consult my horoscope to find out where I’m going to be, and what I’m going to be doing on Saturday the 21st of January. Because I already know.

In London, Ontario, supporting these locked out Canadian workers.

And why am I so excited I’m marching . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ugly Lockout and the Quiet Revolution.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Choo Choo Run

Well I see that Great Choo Choo Leader is trying to put some distance between him and the lockout at the Electro-Motive plant in London, Ontario.

Even though he once used the factory to shill his corporate tax cuts.

“This is a dispute between a private company and the union and we don’t comment . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Choo Choo Run

Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons and Our Hollowed Out Country

It was -17 degrees in London, Ontario, today, where a foreign company has locked out 400 Canadian workers. To try to slash their wages and benefits by more than fifty percent, and gut their pensions.

And in Alma, Quebec, where another foreign company has locked out 700 Canadian workers, and is using the courts . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons and Our Hollowed Out Country