Tattered Sleeve: Harper not about to have sex with sheep. Nope nope nope

That appears to have been the gist of the point made to the CBC news camera of a Harper-Con supporter at today’s Conservative campaign event. Point taken. And lo and behold! The Ford brothers – even the crack-cocaine smoking one – are trotted out to help rally the faithful in a Toronto riding the Conservatives ...

Tattered Sleeve: Harper not about to have sex with sheep. Nope nope nope

That appears to have been the gist of the point made to the CBC news camera of a Harper-Con supporter at today’s Conservative campaign event. Point taken. And lo and behold! The Ford brothers – even the crack-cocaine smoking one – are trotted out to help rally the faithful in a Toronto riding the Conservatives ...

Tattered Sleeve: Election theme song from Hey Rosetta! & Yukon Blonde

Land You Love Land You Love – Hey Rosetta! & Yukon Blonde from Phil Maloney on Vimeo. This brings a tear to my eye everytime I play it. Thank you, Hey Rosetta! and Yukon Blonde. Share! Share! Share!

Tattered Sleeve: Election theme song from Hey Rosetta! & Yukon Blonde

Land You Love Land You Love – Hey Rosetta! & Yukon Blonde from Phil Maloney on Vimeo. This brings a tear to my eye everytime I play it. Thank you, Hey Rosetta! and Yukon Blonde. Share! Share! Share!

Tattered Sleeve: Will the really smart Trudeau – Sacha – please stand up?

Dear Justin, I was very disheartened to hear our current PM today distort your thoughtful positions on restoring diplomacy with Iran and pulling out of the bombing campaign in the Iraq-Syria joint civil war. That said: nice ad! I have to say though, that I was previously crestfallen to see all Liberals in HoC vote ...

Tattered Sleeve: Justin Calling

Justin Calling to Albertan towns Now get prepared for the writ to come down Justin Calling to the oilsands Forget about Pierre and his Energy plans Justin Calling, now look here to us The new Trudeaumania is on the up’n’up Mulcair isn’t catching Harper’s on the way out The Cons are corrupted The Greens got ...

Tattered Sleeve: The Inconvenient Truth about Thomas Mulcair’s "Four-Car" Garage Swiftboating

So my dad and “Tom” (Thomas Mulcair) met up at Briarwood Park in Beaconsfield the other day. Yeah, really. Two grandfathers laughing it up with a couple of toddlers. They didn’t know each other beforehand, but my dad can still spot a pol with a national profile, and the wily salesman that he is, he ...

Tattered Sleeve: The Inconvenient Truth about Thomas Mulcair’s "Four-Car" Garage Swiftboating

So my dad and “Tom” (Thomas Mulcair) met up at Briarwood Park in Beaconsfield the other day. Yeah, really. Two grandfathers laughing it up with a couple of toddlers. They didn’t know each other beforehand, but my dad can still spot a pol with a national profile, and the wily salesman that he is, he ...

Tattered Sleeve: Québec Students: You’re Coming Along

After school is over you’re playing in the parkDon’t be out too late, don’t let it get too darkThey tell you not to hang around and learn what life’s aboutAnd grow up just like them, won’t you let it work it out As I type this, thousands of youth are out in the streets of ...

Tattered Sleeve: Québec Students: You’re Coming Along

After school is over you’re playing in the parkDon’t be out too late, don’t let it get too darkThey tell you not to hang around and learn what life’s aboutAnd grow up just like them, won’t you let it work it out As I type this, thousands of youth are out in the streets of ...

Tattered Sleeve: Just saw the english Mulcair ad

My reaction: Why is this man on my TV looking all psycho-eyed in a suit and trying to make nice with me? As an anglo Quebecker, I really don’t like the Sherbrooke resolution that got so many Bloq supporters to vote NDP. I consider that a classic and shameless sell-out move on the party’s part. ...

Tattered Sleeve: Just saw the english Mulcair ad

My reaction: Why is this man on my TV looking all psycho-eyed in a suit and trying to make nice with me? As an anglo Quebecker, I really don’t like the Sherbrooke resolution that got so many Bloq supporters to vote NDP. I consider that a classic and shameless sell-out move on the party’s part. ...

Tattered Sleeve: Jack Layton: A real gentleman and a citizen politician – 1950 to 2011

I am privileged to have once met and interviewed The Honourable Jack Layton. He was introducing three local candidates at Bar Bobards on boulevard St-Laurent during the 2006 election. At least two of those candidates, it should be noted, were fervent Québec nationalists whose acceptance speeches left little doubt they were steadfastly looking for a ...

Tattered Sleeve: Jack Layton: A real gentleman and a citizen politician – 1950 to 2011

I am privileged to have once met and interviewed The Honourable Jack Layton. He was introducing three local candidates at Bar Bobards on boulevard St-Laurent during the 2006 election. At least two of those candidates, it should be noted, were fervent Québec nationalists whose acceptance speeches left little doubt they were steadfastly looking for a ...

Tattered Sleeve: R.I.P. Canada

R.I.P. Canadian Long-gun registry.R.I.P. Women’s reproductive rights in Canada.R.I.P. The Canadian Senate.R.I.P. Same-sex marriage (we barely knew you).R.I.P. National funding for the arts.R.I.P. Canada Health Act.R.I.P. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.R.I.P. The Governor-General of Canada.R.I.P. Any Canadian action on climate change.R.I.P. CIDA.R.I.P. Canadian democracy.R.I.P. National funding for universities and research.R.I.P. Any hope of a national daycare program ...

Tattered Sleeve: R.I.P. Canada

R.I.P. Canadian Long-gun registry.R.I.P. Women’s reproductive rights in Canada.R.I.P. The Canadian Senate.R.I.P. Same-sex marriage (we barely knew you).R.I.P. National funding for the arts.R.I.P. Canada Health Act.R.I.P. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.R.I.P. The Governor-General of Canada.R.I.P. Any Canadian action on climate change.R.I.P. CIDA.R.I.P. Canadian democracy.R.I.P. National funding for universities and research.R.I.P. Any hope of a national daycare program ...

Tattered Sleeve: French Debate Kicked Ass (mostly Harper’s)

I hope people were watching, because tonight’s French-language leaders’ debate was lively, passionate and substantive. After fighting sleep at about the half-way point in yesterday’s English-language debate, tonight I found myself riveted. This is in no small part due to Gilles Duceppe’s fiery energy tonight, after being content to sit quietly on the side-lines for ...

Tattered Sleeve: French Debate Kicked Ass (mostly Harper’s)

I hope people were watching, because tonight’s French-language leaders’ debate was lively, passionate and substantive. After fighting sleep at about the half-way point in yesterday’s English-language debate, tonight I found myself riveted. This is in no small part due to Gilles Duceppe’s fiery energy tonight, after being content to sit quietly on the side-lines for ...

Tattered Sleeve: Ignatieff: I hear a statesman

This piece by Jane Taber of the Globe and Mail harangues Michael Ignatieff for his lack of specifics, but I think he sounds pretty reasonable here: There was no mention of the hydro mega-project in the Liberal platform, released Sunday. But when asked about it Monday, Mr. Ignatieff spoke about involving Quebec – and maybe ...

Tattered Sleeve: Why I support the Greens but vote otherwise

I am a big Green supporter and believe they have the best platform. Dagnammit, I joined the party and contribute a few bucks to show that I care. But I also live in Quebec (and on the island of Montreal) and my local candidate both:a) is a relative lightweight, and b) has no hope of ...

Tattered Sleeve: Smells like ’93 Spirit

Well I’ll be damned if Michael Ignatieff isn’t suddenly hitting his stride. Now I can’t say I have ever been a big believer in the man as a potential PM, but today has me thinking back to 1993, when a guy who had been reviled as a weak and ineffective Opposition Leader came to power ...

Tattered Sleeve: Greens, NDP to merge; Layton and May step aside, with support of key Liberal defectors

Could you just imagine a headline like that? Only if you accept the fact that the federal Liberal party is finished as a viable political entity. It was this particular realization, coupled with Warren Kinsella’s post earlier today, that got me thinking along these lines.Michael Ignatieff, since wresting control of the Liberal Party of Canada ...

Tattered Sleeve: Peevey Stevie stimulated by doorknobs?

Tip ‘o the hat to Le Daro and Scott Tribe for uncovering this startling fetish of the Canadian Prime Minister. (Okay, perhaps the Libs figured it out first, as reported by the CTV).I always took him to be one of those boing-y doorstopper guys, but truth is stranger than fiction I guess.

Tattered Sleeve: GPC site redesign a huge improvement

Go check it out. greenparty.ca is a whole lot snazzier. Bravo!

Tattered Sleeve: Eloquence and straight talk – I am missing P.E.T.

Found this snippet of a 1987 interview with Pierre-Elliot Trudeau and remembered what intellectual leadership sounds like:“I don’t think we need special powers in Quebec… Who needs special powers? The politicians. They’re the ones who want special powers, naturally, because they’re in the power game… That’s the game of politics: power. …I don’t need politicians ...