They are threatening our democracy. Threatening the planet, threatening our lakes and rivers. Now they stand accused of the ultimate crime: threatening our food supply. Canada’s food recall system has not been properly managed by the federal government and “significant improvements” are needed to keep consumers safe, says the federal auditor general. In his report released Tuesday, Michael Ferguson blasted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for shortcomings in its oversight of the food safety system. Read more »
He is the only one charged in the Robo Con scandal. Michael Sona, the former Con staffer who claims he is being set-up to conceal a much larger conspiracy.A couple of days ago we finally found out the names of six Conservative Party workers, who the PMO has brought forward to claim that Sona told them he did it. A publication ban has been lifted on the names of six witnesses who allegedly said then Conservative Party staffer Michael Sona bragged to them about arranging a misleading robocall in Canada's 2011 federal election.Today we found out that (Read more…)
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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 the architect of the Canada-U.S. free trade deal negotiated 25 years earlier.Even though we don't know what's in his new trade deal. Even though the Europeans are secretly bragging that they took Canada to the cleaners. And even though the Euro zone's economy (Read more…)
There couldn't be a more powerful protest. Or a greater slap in the face. For years he posed as a patriot, for years he strutted around boasting he was the best friend the Canadian military ever had. For years he could count on the support of most veterans.But not anymore. Read more »
As I've mentioned before, I may be naive but I can't help feeling that Michelle Rempel is a cut above most Cons. I don't blame her for causing a ruckus on Twitter the other day, by taking a shot at this fluffy event.
@MichelleRempel: What's the biggest issue facing women? This kind of crap. #allissuesarewomensissues #patronizing https://t.co/4u1Odg1JXU— Michelle Rempel (@MichelleRempel) November 7, 2013
And I don't approve of the way some on our side went after her.
— Jeromie Williams (@JeromieWilliams) November 7, 2013
Because she deserves better than that. But let's be clear, as her Great Leader likes (Read more…)
There are many things to worry about what Stephen Harper might do to Canada, especially now that he is desperate. From forcing through his pipelines at gunpoint, to threatening the future of our medicare system.But what I fear the most is that he might, for cheap political reasons, harness anti-Quebec sentiment in this country, and leave Canada shattered and broken.And this is definitely a step in that direction. Read more »
It's one of the scariest places in Canada eh? The dark heart of the Con conspiracy. The home of the Big Lie. And now Paul Wells has given us a glimpse of the horror that lies within. And of the weird leader in his inner sanctum. And although I'm sure that Wells didn't intend it that way, the picture that emerges is truly frightening.Read more »
It's the human rights nightmare that just goes on and on. The case of Omar Khadr, and the travesty of justice that should shame us all.And today the latest chapter in this Harperland horror story. Read more »
It still takes my breath away. This country so big and so beautiful. And on this Thanksgiving Day, even in Harperland, I have so many reasons to be thankful.A roof over my head and enough food to eat. A great companion, a loving family, friends who keep me grounded and make me laugh. Readers who encourage and support me so much.The simple pleasures of life in Canada…Read more »
Normally the sight of the moon rising over Mount Royal on a beautiful cloudless night would make me whoop with joy at the thought that I had finally escaped from Harperland. If only for a few precious moments. Or smile at the sight of the Muslim crescent and the Christian cross sharing the mountain, after the way the hideously flawed PQ Charter of Values has divided the province.But somehow last night I found myself shivering in the cool night air, staring up at the inky darkness, and wondering again where Stephen Harper is taking this country.Because this rings hollow. (Read more…)
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It's been pretty grey and wet where I live. It gets dark before you know it. Soon it will be winter in Harperland. In all its grim horror.But on the positive side I have a few days off, so I can take a short break from blogging, recharge my batteries, and try to figure out where the hell we're going eh?Because on the gloomiest days I can't help feeling that progressives might be drifting towards disaster.Read more »
Uh oh. I knew Stephen Harper's all out offensive to try to force Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline was going to end badly eh?First he made a fool of himself by declaring that he wouldn't take no for an answer. Now Tom Steyer wants to know if he's been collaborating with the Republican teabaggers who are trying to shutdown the U.S. government.Read more »
Oh no. Not more humiliation. Can you believe it? Stephen Harper's Great Escape Tour is on its way to Kuala Lumpur. And I'm still waiting to hear from the CTV reporter who dared asked Harper a question. And who is no doubt now travelling in the baggage compartment.But already I can see that the Con Klown Tour has run into a major obstacle: the President of China. Read more »
OMG. You'd think she would do better. You'd think she would live up to the honour of being the first Inuk appointed to a federal cabinet. You'd think she would do all she could to help and protect the people who live in the arctic from the devastating effects of climate change. Her people.But no, Leona Aglukkaq is no Minister of the Environment. She's just another shabby Con climate change denier. Read more »
A funny thing happened on the Road to Kuala Lumpur. Stephen Harper threw a hissy fit, and further exposed his tyrannical tendencies. The new gang of young fanatics in the PMO showed themselves to be Con klowns who will do ANYTHING to pleasure their depraved leader.And Dave Ellis, the journalist, will be allowed on the Prime Minister's plane. After being banned for daring to ask a question. Read more »
Well I see that Stephen Harper is determined to prove he can chew gum, padlock Parliament, corrupt the Senate, AND degrade the Supreme Court all at the same time.
For what else are we to conclude from this ghastly appointment? Read more »
Well I see Stephen Harper and his ghastly Con regime have stepped up their dirty war on Justin Trudeau. Now he’s not just a junkie, he’s selling pot to kiddies. The Prime Minister’s Office and a Conservative cabinet minister are accusing the Liberal leader of being more interested in making gateway drugs such as marijuana more easily available to children than in addressing Canadians’ economic concerns. “It seems Justin Trudeau’s focus is on legalizing marijuana, which will make it easier for children to access,” Stephen Lecce, the prime minister’s deputy director of communications, said Friday.And although I’m not surprised. Because by (Read more…)
Well for a brief moment today I was able to escape the grim, grey, reality of Harperland. My body was in soggy Toronto, but my heart was in Edinburgh. Because one year from now Scotland will hold a referendum to determine whether it wants to become an independent country. And as a son of that small but proud land, not only does that historic vote move me deeply, coming as it will 700 years after the Battle of Bannockburn when the Scottish people first won their independence.Only to lose it again and again.I see in what's happening there some (Read more…)
It's a frightening and truly disturbing sight. The Republicans in the House of Representatives threatening to shut down the American government. Again. With one vote on Friday, the Republican-led House launched the latest spending battle in Congress — one that could bring a government shutdown in less than two weeks. By a 230-189 tally almost strictly on party lines, the House passed a short-term government spending plan that would eliminate all funding for Obamacare.Just to try to kill a bill that would provide millions of Americans with health care they otherwise couldn't afford.Read more »
Well I see it didn't take long for the new/nouveau Con Health Minister Rona Ambrose to show her true colours. Health Minister Rona Ambrose is slamming her own department's decision to provide heroin to certain addicts under a special access program and insisting it won't be allowed to happen again. "Our government takes seriously the harm caused by dangerous and addictive drugs," Ambrose said. "These drugs tear families apart, promote criminal behaviour, and destroy lives.By suggesting that doctors are acting like drug dealers.Read more »
Well it seemed like a good idea at the time eh? Kill the long gun registry, screw those dead women, get the RCMP to hide the cost of destroying the records.And pleasure his rabid base.Because he thought they would be easily satisfied…
But unfortunately for Great Majority Hunter Leader they weren't. Read more »
He is the man most responsible for taking the surveillance state into a new and even more sinister Orwellian age. The General who while working in Iraq decided that instead of just monitoring terrorists and suspects he should monitor EVERYONE. And as the head of the National Security Agency is now doing the same to us.But who knew that Keith Alexander had turned his Information Dominance Center into a Star Trek fantasy? Read more »
Lordy. What a blast from the past. I haven't used these guys to illustrate posts about the violent homophobes of Jamaica for YEARS. I thought things were getting better on Zombie Island.But I see I was horribly wrong. Read more »