I’m really looking forward to this weekend. It’s going to be warm and sunny, and perfect for biking, or sailing.
And on Sunday, in this park in my neighbourhood, there is going to be a big book fair with lots of authors and artists. So it couldn’t be better, or more lovely Canada.
But I can’t forget what’s happening to so many people in this nightmare place.
And ever since I found out that Chris Alexander and Kellie Leitch will be reuniting.
I can’t help wondering what might have happened to some of the Syrian refugees now living in this peaceful country if the Cons had been re-elected?
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Standing Up For Our Values In A Bigoted World
The other day I wrote about how Kellie Leitch’s “Anti-Canadian Values” campaign had brought back memories of the Chris and Kellie show.
The barbaric Con production where Leitch and Chris Alexander demonized Muslims, and invited Canadians to snitch on their neighbours.
And it was such an ugly memory, I remember thinking thank goodness that show was cancelled, and that those two will never be together again.
But sadly I was wrong. Because it seems that the Chris and Kellie show is on again.
Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Return of the Monstrous Chris and Kellie Show
PHOTOS: Former Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Canadian PM Stephen Harper in their July 13, 2015, news conference announcing a Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement. (Screen shot of CBC broadcast.) Below: Former Conservative immigra… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Ottawa won’t say if former Ukrainian prime minister is now a Canadian citizen, as Russian media report
“He” would be the outgoing but hardly lamented Minister of Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Alexander, who allowed his transfixation with power to corrupt and ruin him. The damage may indeed be permanent.
As you will see in the following video report, his inability to purge himself of the Conservative Kool-Aid means he accepts no . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: He Is Either Supremely Arrogant Or Extremely Delusional
He has been keeping a low profile after voters in his riding gave him the boot, for having among other things poisoned our body politic, with his callous approach to the Syrian refugee crisis, his divisive, bigoted rhetoric.And his ghastly Barbaric Cultural Practices campaign complete with a snitch line, which shamed us in the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Incredible Degradation of the Con Monster Chris Alexander
You might think that the ghastly Con stooge Chris Alexander might have learned his lesson.
You might think that buried deep inside his lizard brain there might be a sputtering spark of decency.But no, just a few days ago he was going after Syrian refugees.Now he's going after a woman who wears a niqab. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Stooge Chris Alexander Disgraces Himself Again
After keeping a low profile for a few days, and no doubt trying to forget the ghastly image of that poor little boy on the beach, he's out there again.Cheerfully tweeting away…
And giving us a big thumbs up.But in his private moments Chris Alexander must be haunted by the ghost of Alan Kurdi.Because . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Chris Alexander Should Resign Immediately
Nelilfu Demir’s photograph of the body of three year old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach has taken its place among other iconic photographs that, in the words of Ryerson prof Paul Roth, have the power to concentrate the mind.
Canadians are concentrating their minds on one question: is Harper’s government doing enough . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: A Poll Assesses Harper’s Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis
This and that for your Sunday reading.
– Louise Arbour’s interview with The House includes both her compelling criticisms of both the Cons’ terror bill, and the Libs’ failure to stand up against C-51. And the Canadian Press reports on Justin Trudeau’s continued fecklessness, as he won’t even take a position on whether the bill . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links
PHOTOS: Refugees from the Syrian civil war clog a road near the Syria-Iraq border. (UNHCR photo.) Below: Saskatchewan Conservative MP Kelly Block’s constituency leaflet; Ms. Block herself; Immigration Minister Chris Alexander. For several years, the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has played to the worst instincts of a significant portion of its political base . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways
Assorted content to end your week.
– Kate McInturff puts forward some big long-term goals which deserve to be discussed as we elect our next federal government. And Leah McLaren discusses how a lack of child care affects every Canadian: The single most shocking thing to me about becoming a mother was the lack of . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
It couldn't have been a more revolting spectacle, or one more monstrous.The heartbreaking image of that poor little Syrian boy lying dead on a beach.And three Con monkeys in denial. All shedding crocodile tears, but claiming to be blameless.Even as their campaign went into crisis mode.Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Dead Syrian Boy and the Ghastly Denial of the Harper Cons
By now we have all seen the terrible image of the drowned three-year-old Syrian refugee on the shores near a Turkish resort. The juxtaposition couldn’t be any more telling of desperation confronting world indifference.
What perhaps isn’t as widely known is the fact that the boy, Aylan, and his bother and mother, Galip and . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Shameful Indifference
From one stunt… The news of McCain’s suspension drew gales of derision from the press. No one was willing to give him the slightest benefit of the doubt…that his motivations were anything less than craven…
McCainworld had assumed that the suspension would be viewed as an authentic, characteristic act of putting country first. But…McCain was . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition II: Humanitarian Boogaloo
The refugee crisis in the Middle-East and Europe is a complex issue. International turmoil, political economy, deep-seated historical conflicts. You can’t blame people for feeling bewildered by the events they see unfolding. As they used to say about the issue of Northern Ireland: if you’re not confused, you don’t know what is going on.
But . . . → Read More: kirbycairo: Perhaps our Hearts Need breaking to remind us we are human. . .
Many hours after I first saw it, I am still haunted by this photo of that poor little Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach. And by the knowledge that his refugee family begged the ghastly Chris Alexander to let them emigrate to Canada. But got absolutely nowhere.But while I’m disgusted I’m not really . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s War on Canada and Its Values
As you may know, I absolutely despise Chris Alexander, the Con Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.The once promising young diplomat who sold his soul to Stephen Harper.And morphed into something monstrous like the ghastly portrait in the Picture of Dorian Gray.The kind of man who would deny health care to refugee claimants.And would do . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Rosemary Barton Destroyed the Con Clown Chris Alexander
As some of you may know, I like to compare the Con Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, to the ghastly portrait in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde's classic story.Except in this story Dorian is Chris, and his portrait starts to turn monstrous after the once young bright diplomat sells his soul to Stephen . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Horror Story: The Ghastly Picture of Chris Alexander
The Harper Conservatives accuse the Liberals of “decades of racism” dating back to Liberal PM Mackenzie King, who served from 1921 to 1930 and 1935 to 1948.
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Assorted content to end your week.
– Chris Mooney takes a look at the positive side of social influences on behaviour, as new research shows a correlation between spending time with neighbours and an interest in the environmental issues which affect us all. But Adam Stoneman documents how another form of social interaction – that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
– Joan Walsh discusses Elizabeth Warren’s work on improving wages and enhancing the strength of workers in the U.S., while Jeremy Nuttall interviews Hassan Yussuff about the labour movement’s work to elect a better government in Canada.
– Bob Hepburn argues that getting rid of the Harper Cons is . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links
Ever since he was made a minister I've made it pretty clear what I think of Chris Alexander.How he reminds of the character in The Picture of Dorian Gray.Who after selling his soul to Stephen Harper, morphed from a promising young diplomat into a ghastly Con monster…
But who knew he was so . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Who’s the Real Immigration Minister Chris Alexander or Jason Kenney?
My previous post reflected on the Faustian nature of Chris Alexander’s rise to prominence within the Harper regime. Further evidence of his moral departure from true Canadian values is reflected in this breaking news, which suggests that Canada is preparing to admit Syrian refugees, but only if they fit certain criteria, the biggest one being . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Today’s Score: Harper Base 1, True Canadians 0
By all accounts, before he entered politics, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander was a competent and respected member of Canada’s foreign service; his resume includes the fact that he was Canada’s first resident Ambassador to Afghanistan. The lustre attending his career, however, has vanished since he become a member of the Harper cabinet, surely a . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Chris Alexander’s Faustian Pact