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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and his New Separatist Friends

Yesterday I wondered whether Stephen Harper was helping to bring the Bloc Quebecois back from the land of the dead.By fanning the flames of xenophobia and bigotry, and replacing the Great War on Terrorism with the Great War on the Niqab.Which if you read the hideous comments in the newspapers, is what it has become. And today when I saw a new Bloc attack ad I got my answer:Yes, yes, he has.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Absurd and Obscene Canonization of John Baird

I honestly thought that I would never have to write another word about the Con clown John Baird. And it was such a great feeling.I thought I had said all I needed to say about his shabby political career in this post. But unfortunately I'm going to have to write another post to register my protest at the way the opposition parties fell over themselves praising him yesterday.Or all but canonizing him. Making it sound like he was a saint flawed only by his partisan passion, instead of a political thug. Read more »

Montreal Simon: CBC Management Surrenders and Bans Paid Appearances

It's taken them long enough, and it never should have happened in the first place.But the useless managers at the CBC have finally surrendered, and banned paid appearances. Read more »

Montreal Simon: One More Reason the CBC’s Managers Must Be Fired

Last night I wrote about the CBC and said that if it was in trouble people should blame the Harper regime and its managers, not its workers.

For it was its useless managers who created the celebrity culture that allowed "stars" like Jian Ghomeshi to bully those who worked for him.

Or allowed people like Amanda Lang or Rex Murphy to make a joke out of conflict of interest guidelines.

And this is more fuel for that bonfire of the vanities Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Grubby Stephen Harper and Need For Change

One of the things I despise the most about Stephen Harper is that he would turn this big, beautiful country, into something as small and as grubby as he is.Turn a still young country like Canada into an old and tired one, where greed rules and change is viewed as threatening. Or as Carol Goar writes, viewed as impossible to achieve. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Absurd and Obscene Salute to Himself

He is without a doubt the most disgusting person on Canadian TV. An ugly bigoted bully if ever there was one.And he couldn't have had a worse year in 2014.But I see Ezra Levant can't handle the inconvenient truth. Or is finally losing his mind.Because not only does he think 2014 was his best year EVER.He thinks he's a real journalist!! Read more »

Montreal Simon: What Christmas Means to Me. Again

It's Christmas Day, and although I'm an atheist, and I believe that our beautiful planet is our heaven and our hell.And that it's up to us to decide what world we want to live in. Not up to some invisible deity or some bloodthirsty Godzilla. And although I hate the shopping and the greed. And although I know it can be a sad and lonely time for many. I was raised in the Christian tradition, I believe in the earthly message of Jesus the revolutionary, I share the vision of those fighting for a kinder, gentler world. (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris REALLY Doesn’t Like Peter Mansbridge

As I said in my last post, I wasn't impressed with the way Peter Mansbridge handled his year end interview with Stephen Harper.I thought he stroked Great Crazy Leader with a feather, and failed to challenge his many lies, or ask the follow up questions that needed to be asked.So the whole thing looked more like a cozy chat than an interview.But I see that Michael Harris was even less impressed.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Latest Disgraceful Bigot Eruption

Ezra Levant is without a shadow of a doubt the most disgusting person on Canadian television.A greasy, grubby oil pimp, a far-right demagogue, a bully and a bigot.But even by his low standards, this is absolutely outrageous.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr’s Important Message to Canadians

It's been more than twelve years since he was horribly wounded in a firefight in Afghanistan. Then jailed and tortured in that hellhole called Guantanamo, even though he was a child soldier. Then betrayed by his own government. He is Canada's most famous prisoner, and yet for all that time he has also been its most invisible citizen. Never seen and never heard from. But now at last Omar Khadr has had a chance to address his fellow Canadians. And his words couldn't be more moving. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Human Rights Museum and the Aboriginal Genocide

I see that the Canadian Human Rights Museum has finally opened its doors in Winnipeg.Which as someone who has fought all his life for human rights, is something I would normally celebrate.Except for the ghastly almost unbelievable fact that it doesn't recognize Canada's aboriginal genocide.Because Stephen Harper and his disgusting Con regime won't acknowledge what was done to our precious native people. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The NDP Forces a Debate on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

I couldn't have asked for a better sight to pick up my sagging spirits.In Stephen Harper's miserable Parliament, where democracy goes to die. Where there is all the time in the world to talk about war, but no time to talk about all those murdered and missing aboriginal women.And absolutely no time or money for an inquiry into why that happened, why it keeps happening, again, and again, and again. And what can we do to stop this MASSACRE…

There was the wonderful sight of the NDP outsmarting the Cons and forcing a debate on the issue. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Scottish Independence and Some Lessons for Canada

With just 15 days to go before the Scottish referendum, a new poll has confirmed the trend that I wrote about yestarday. The YES side is surging, and Scotland could be soon heading for independence.

The poll by YouGov showed the unionist lead had shrunk to 6 percentage points from 22 a month ago as support for independence jumped to 47 percent in August, suggesting a major shift in opinion ahead of the September 18 referendum.And although some may be surprised, I'm not. And neither is the English writer George Monbiot, who says voting NO would be an (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Mohamed Fahmy and the Shameful Silence of Stephen Harper

It's a trial that has caused outrage all over the world. The sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists, including a Canadian citizen Mohamed Fahmy, to long prison terms in Egypt.For the crime of committing journalism.But even though world leaders have been lining up to condemn that travesty of justice.Even though journalists all over the world have been muzzling themselves in solidarity with their jailed colleagues….

And even though the trial was an absolute farce. Stephen Harper has remained shamefully silent. And his government's actions have been totally PATHETIC.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Police Officer Charged in the Killing of Sammy Yatim

It was one of the most sickening things I have ever witnessed, the police execution of Sammy Yatim.A teenager riddled with bullets on a streetcar for no sane reason. And then tasered as he lay there bleeding.It was brutal, it was senseless, it was madness.So I couldn't be happier about the decision to charge his killer. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jim Flaherty: The Man and the Legacy

I think it's fair to say that he was a better person at the end of his political career than he was at the beginning.He did reinvent himself from a pit bull to something vaguely resembling a pragmatist. He did become more human.And I'm sorry he died before he could spend more time with his family, or on the golf course, as he well deserved. But it also must be said that he was a prominent member of the worst government in Canadian history, and this is part of his legacy. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Vic Toews: The Zombie Becomes a Judge

It's a horrible nightmare. I'm driving down a country road in rural Manitoba on a dark and stormy night, when my car breaks down.And before I know it I'm forced to run for my life.But I make it into this small hamlet, report the zombie invasion to the bubbah sheriff.Only to be arrested and dragged before Judge Toews. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Mother, the Soldier, and the Con Suicide Scandal

I'm glad the mother of Cpl. Justin Stark decided to speak out about the one-cent cheque the government sent her dead son.And that the Cons were forced to apologize, for the pain that was caused.The mother of a dead Hamilton, Ont., soldier who received a cheque for one cent from the federal government has accepted an apology from Defence Minister Rob Nicholson but said the incident has reopened wounds.So hopefully it doesn't happen again, because it has happened before.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Brad Butt and the Day of Shame

It could only happen in Harperland, a place where decency goes to die, and the Big Lie rules.

Where a Con MP can lie outrageously about personally witnessing election fraud.And get away with it shamelessly.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Week Stephen Harper’s Cons Raped Our Democracy

Ever since he came to power he has been stealthily gnawing away at the fabric of our country.Waiting until we are asleep, or distracted, to gobble up another little bleeding chunk of what was once Canada.But what Stephen Harper has done in just the last week, is now threatening to kill our democracy.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Rob Ford Was Exposed as a Bestial Bigot

When I went past Toronto's City Hall today I was happy to see the beautiful rainbow flag flying, like it is in so many other Canadian cities from St John's to Vancouver.As a gesture of solidarity with the brutally oppressed LGBT people of Russia.So you can imagine how angry I felt when I learned that the Con hog Rob Ford had tried to take it down. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, the Drummer, and the Real Scandal

If I didn't live in a country like Harperland, and it's grotesque leader hadn't made his "musical" abilities such a big part of his desperate attempt to remake his image.Or labelled those who disagree with him perverts. I'd probably give this story a pass.But I will say that I can only imagine the look on Harper's face when he heard the news…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Elections Canada and the Revenge of Boss Harper

Well let's be clear, as he likes to say. Forget the smokescreen of fancy words, or the long list of minor changes, or the Orwellian name, the Fair Elections Act.Baby Face Poilievre may have pulled the trigger.But this was Boss Harper's revenge. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Mike De Souza and the Buying of the Media

Mike de Souza is arguably the best MSM environmental reporter in Canada. A hardworking newshound who has exposed many grubby dealings between the Cons and Big Oil. And is no doubt a thorn in the sides of both of them.Or should I say he was.Because today along with a number of Postmedia reporters he was laid off.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Shadow of Big Brother

I'd like to believe Canada's spy masters when they tell me they're not spying on Canadians. I'd like to believe I'm still living in a democracy and not a budding police state. I'd like to think that I'm not being tracked like a criminal or a terrorist, for having used the free Wi-Fi at an airport.But I must admit I find all of this extremely unconvincing. Read more »