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Alberta Politics: They can still feel shame! Conservative leaders duck and cover in wake of Saturday’s disgraceful display

PHOTOS: Chris Alexander, at the moment the chant of “lock her up” began from the right-wing mob at the Alberta Legislature Saturday. Does this look to you like a man who is “shocked, taken aback, mortified even”? Me neither. Below: Michael Chong, Deepak Obhrai, Rona Ambrose and Brian Jean, all among the conservative leaders running . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: They can still feel shame! Conservative leaders duck and cover in wake of Saturday’s disgraceful display

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: That Totally Weird Anti-Carbon Tax Rally

While I am in the mood to dispense political advice, my next pro tip goes out to Wildrose leader Brian Jean, who was a featured speaker at Ezra Levant’s totally weird anti-carbon tax rally. Mr. Jean and Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA… Continue Reading →

Politics and its Discontents: Damage Control From A Disingenuous Dick

Apologies for my rather coarse title, but it seemed the only appropriate way to describe that Dorian-Gray-in-reverse-politician, Chris Alexander, who provided a conductorial complement to a rabid crowd in Edmonton offended by the very concept of taxation in general, and carbon taxes in particular.

At a rally in Edmonton hosted by perennial crank Ezra . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Damage Control From A Disingenuous Dick

Montreal Simon: Chris Alexander and the Ezra Levant Freak Show

As you may know, the story of Chris Alexander has always reminded me of the Oscar Wilde story The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Where the portrait of the once promising young diplomat morphs into something monstrous, after he sells his soul to Stephen Harper.Well yesterday that portrait became even uglier, if that's possible.After Alexander . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Chris Alexander and the Ezra Levant Freak Show

Alberta Politics: Con gong show at the Legislature had plenty to make Albertans wonder about their opposition parties

PHOTOS: Anybody recognize the clowns with the yellow signs? Inquiring minds want to know … and they say they’re prepared to pay good money to find out! (Duncan Kinney photo, grabbed from Twitter.) Below: Ezra Levant, whose Rebel Media organized Saturday’s demonstration at the Alberta Legislature, which failed to leave a positive impression of the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Con gong show at the Legislature had plenty to make Albertans wonder about their opposition parties

Susan on the Soapbox: Two Pipelines Approved: The Opposition Reacts (badly)

Do you have a headache?

Are you an Alberta conservative wondering how to react to Trudeau approving the Trans Mountain and Line 3 pipelines and, horrors, singling out Notley’s Climate Leadership Plan as being vital to getting to yes?

If so, your conservative leadership team has prepared a carefully considered, cogent response.

Here’s what it . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Two Pipelines Approved: The Opposition Reacts (badly)

Alberta Politics: Wildrose whip condemns racist imagery after the fact? That dog won’t hunt! Jason Nixon should have walked away

PHOTOS: A shot from the Twittersphere of Saturday’s anti-carbon-tax protest in Red Deer (grabbed from @IamBunbury). Below: A close-up from the photo of a person who appears to be Jason Nixon speaking to one of the protesters, and a photo of Mr. Nixon from a Wildrose event in 2015. Below that: Former MLA Joe Anglin . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Wildrose whip condemns racist imagery after the fact? That dog won’t hunt! Jason Nixon should have walked away

Montreal Simon: Standing Up For Our Values In A Bigoted World

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

Montreal Simon: The Return of the Monstrous Chris and Kellie Show

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.
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Alberta Politics: Ottawa won’t say if former Ukrainian prime minister is now a Canadian citizen, as Russian media report

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

Politics and its Discontents: He Is Either Supremely Arrogant Or Extremely Delusional

“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

Montreal Simon: The Incredible Degradation of the Con Monster Chris Alexander

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

Susan on the Soapbox: Santa Gets Citizenship, Zunera Ishaq Does Not

Citizenship is a serious matter, right?

That’s why Santa Claus is a Canadian citizen but Zunera Ishaq is not.

Or to put it more accurately—that’s why a man covering his face with a fake beard and dressed in a Santa suit was officially declared a Canadian citizen by Jason Kenny (twice) and issued a high . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Santa Gets Citizenship, Zunera Ishaq Does Not

Montreal Simon: The Con Stooge Chris Alexander Disgraces Himself Again

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

Montreal Simon: Why Chris Alexander Should Resign Immediately

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

Susan on the Soapbox: A Poll Assesses Harper’s Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

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

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

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

Alberta Politics: The refugee crisis: Harper Conservatives just can’t spin it both ways

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

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

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

Montreal Simon: The Dead Syrian Boy and the Ghastly Denial of the Harper Cons

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 »

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Politics and its Discontents: A Shameful Indifference

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

Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition II: Humanitarian Boogaloo

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

kirbycairo: Perhaps our Hearts Need breaking to remind us we are human. . .

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. . .

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s War on Canada and Its Values

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

Montreal Simon: The Day Rosemary Barton Destroyed the Con Clown Chris Alexander

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