It's not a good news hockey story. It's a huge blow to the CBC. For years, HNIC has been a cash cow that helped float many of CBC’s other news and original programming endeavours, with some estimating it was worth $200 million, and up to half of the TV network’s advertising revenue.And of course the CBC can't count on any help from Stephen Harper. The Prime Minister's Office has slammed the door on any bailout for the CBC to make up for lost advertising revenue from hockey broadcasts. "CBC already receives significant taxpayer funds," PMO spokesman Stephen Lecce wrote (Read more…)
If you watch Question Period these days you know that there is a new star in the Con Circus. The clown Paul Calandra, the Prime Minister's parliamentary secretary, who answers more questions about the Senate scandal than Stephen Harper does.And turns every serious question into a joke or a smear. Read more »
I must admit when I first saw the headline ”THE SENATE SCANDAL’S OUT OF LEGS !!!!” I was shocked, and my heart dived into my boots.
I felt like running to a window, opening it wide, and screaming: “Nooooo !!! Nooooo !!! How could this be HAPPENING ??!!#!@!! How low can we go ?!@#!!!! How dumb are my people !#@!#!!! How short their attention spans !#@!#!!! But luckily it was too cold to open the window eh? And it was only Margaret Wente. I love a juicy scandal. What better way to fill a column than stories about greedy, lying (Read more…)
The other night I told you how the Harper Cons have launched an all out assault on Justin Trudeau, the biggest since their smear campaign against Michael Ignatieff. By among other things running ridiculous ads in ethnic communities, like the one above, to target Trudeau's views on marijuana. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives want to talk pot. Specifically, they want to talk about Justin Trudeau’s admission that he smoked marijuana with friends a few years ago, while an MP, and the Liberal Leader’s support for legalization.And as if that wasn't bad enough, they're also trying to compare marijuana to crack.Read more »
Well let's put it this way eh? It wasn't pretty. He rocked back and forth in his chair mocking a councillor by pretending to be a drunk driver. He shouted insults at people in the audience.He stomped around like a bull in a crack house, knocking down a councillor. He compared what was happening to him to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.But at 5:33 pm on the blessed day of November 18th, 2013, Rob Ford was finally neutered. Read more »
Now its beyond denial, now it's psychosis. Now he's no longer satisfied with being the Crack Mayor of Toronto. Now he's telling Fox News he wants to be Prime Minister. Read more »
OK here's the bad news. Rob Ford made the opening of Saturday Night Live….
Opener – CBC News Toronto – SNL 11-16-13 by IdolxMuzic
And the good news?He's actually worse than that. The Americans only used "aboot" once eh?Ford is NOT invited to today's Santa Claus parade. So the kiddies are safe.And sooner rather than later, like his good friend Steve Harper, he'll be out on his ass. Read more »
His monstrous presence still threatens Toronto. But he is less of a threat than he was yesterday. The good guys are finally winning. The Fordzilla is finally being neutered. Toronto city council has voted to both remove Mayor Rob Ford’s authority during emergency situations and, under a separate motion, has stripped his power to hire and fire the deputy mayor and appoint members of his executive committee. They are the first of three motions aimed at leaving Ford as mayor in name only. He will continue his last 11 months as mayor with severely limited powers.After years of being (Read more…)
Well in case you thought that the Con regime was nickel and diming veterans, and killing good jobs all over the country, because they absolutely HAVE to slay the deficit.Or as Jimbo Flaherty warned us we could find ourselves in a big black hole, the economy is fragile, the global risk is huge etc etc.Well forget about that eh? That was last year's last month's last week's story.Now little Jimbo claims we're heading for an enormous surplus !!!! Read more »
Imagine you're in the back of an ambulance in Toronto. You're desperately trying to keep a person alive until you can get him or her to a hospital. The lights are flashing, the siren is screaming, but you're not going anywhere because the streets are clogged with traffic.And then the patient dies, ten minutes from salvation. How would you feel, or what would you say?How about damn you Rob Ford ? You BASTARD.For this is also his criminal legacy…. Read more »
Lordy, how ghastly. It looks as if Stephen Harper is going to have to carry Mike Duffy on his back all the way to Calvary…I mean Calgary. Because although the Con convention starts on Thursday, Duffy's execution, along with that of the other two Senators, can't be arranged until at least Friday. Procedural wrangling in the Senate means a vote on whether three senators should be barred and lose their pay, won't happen until at least Friday.After the Liberals raised procedural and humanitarian objections, and the official executioner hacked off his own foot.Read more »
Well he wasn't in Question Period today, to answer questions about the porky Senate scandal. Or tell us why he now admits that a "few" people knew about the Duffy Deal. Or who they are. Or why he claimed for so long that only Nigel Wright knew.He won't hold a news conference to take questions from reporters.But he will go on Tory radio to defend his decision to suspend three Senators without due process. Read more »
Uh oh. What bad timing. Just the other day he was blowing his horn and telling his Con caucus that we must "seize the moment" and go "further and faster."
Telling us all that we must move even MORE oily goodness by rail. Because Canada Alberta needs the money eh?But now he's playing a tiny violin, reaching for a fire extinguisher, and watching Alberta burn. Read more »
Golly. As I wait to watch Stephen Harper lead his almost new/nouveau cabinet into Parliament after a four month holiday, so they can start memorizing his Throne Speech, I can't help thinking of that old H.L. Mencken quote: "Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."Because we may not have a functioning democracy in this country. But we got a circus, we got monkeys, we got Con klowns AND a Mr Dickhead… Pierre Poilievre !!!!Read more »
Uh oh. I see the Con regime is now so desperate to try to distract Canadians from the sordid Senate scandal, they're cooking up a whole new scam.
They're dressing up as consumer advocates, and sending out James Moore to flog their new/nouveau porky plan like a used car salesman. Read more »
You might think that Kellie Leitch would be better than most Cons. Better than her ghastly leader. She's a pediatric surgeon who still works on a volunteer basis at an Ottawa hospital. She's smart, she has an impressive resume, and she's a woman in a government of good ol' boys.So I have to admit that even I dared hope she might be different eh?
But not any longer. Because this is outrageous. Read more »
OMG. This is so exciting. Somebody beat a drum, or a gong. After four long months of preparations, Stephen Harper's Con klown regime is finally shuffling back to Parliament. The almost new/nouveau cabinet has been groomed, manicured, given a full body shampoo, an extensive criminal record check, and taught how to repeat their PMO lines without wincing or gasping. Or looking like obvious LIARS.While Great Desperate Leader is hoping Canadians have forgotten about Mike Duffy, and the sordid Senate scandal. So he can put his anus annus horribilis behind him.And jump on the reset button Read more »
Well I see that Stephen Harper hasn't dared reply to Tom Steyer's letter demanding to know whether he has been working with the Tea Party extremists to blackmail the U.S. government. We have a saying in the United States that I believe may also resonate in Canada: When you go to bed at night with no snow on the ground, and you wake up in the morning to find snow, you can safely conclude it snowed. And I must say I'm not surprised eh? Not just because he'd rather not admit that his Harperite oil pimps HAVE been lobbying the Tea (Read more…)
He's been trying to soften his image by posing as a friend of poor women and children. He told a U.N. group on maternal health that "action trumps rhetoric.". His stooge John Baird denounced forced marriage, and warned of the health dangers for young women who get pregnant. Statistics provided by Baird's office show girls under 15 years old are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s, and children born to mothers under 18 years old are 60 per cent more likely to die in their first year of life. Childbirth (Read more…)
Well they may have padlocked Parliament, but I see the new/nouveau Con cabinet still managed to hold a top-secret meeting.Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his top Cabinet ministers hunkered down in their ultra-secure meeting room off the Prime Minister’s Centre Block office all day Tuesday, with the new session of Parliament still two weeks away and opposition parties furious over their inability to grill the government over the effect a U.S. shutdown of government services involving 800,000 U.S. public servants could have on Canada.And I can only imagine how desperate it must have been eh?What (Read more…)
Well I see Stephen Harper has returned from his disastrous attempt to try to force Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline. And that after shooting himself in both legs by insulting the American President, the long ride back from New York City was more like Napoleon's retreat from Moscow than Lincoln's march to victory.Read more »
You couldn't ask for a scarier example of what Stephen Harper is doing to Canada, and what he is planning to do to the planet, than seeing how him and his ghastly Con regime reacted to this grim scientific warning.
The world's leading climate scientists have set out in detail for the first time how much more carbon dioxide humans can pour into the atmosphere without triggering dangerous levels of climate change – and concluded that more than half of that global allowance has been used up.Not by acknowledging the dangers of climate change they have so long denied. But by (Read more…)
OMG. Sound the humiliation alert siren. I just KNEW that Stephen Harper's deranged Crusade to try to get Obama to aprove the Keystone Pipeline was going to end badly.I knew the writing was on the wall when his army of Con lobbyists was laughed out of Washington after trying to fool the Americans into believing that the Big Oil boys in Alberta were model environmentalists. And that Great Green Leader was the next best thing to Mother Nature…Read more »
Well I suppose it was inevitable. The Cons have spent their years in power attacking others like rabid hyenas. It's the only thing they know how to do eh? So now that they're in trouble, and Stephen Harper is crazy desperate, I'm really not surprised that they've started attacking themselves. Read more »