Montreal Simon: Now We Know Why The RCMP Didn’t Charge Nigel Wright

It was for me the burning question at the heart of the Mike Duffy scandal. The one that never got answered.Why did the RCMP charge Duffy with bribery, and not charge Nigel Wright for paying that bribe out of his own pocket?And now we finally know the answer.Read more »

Montreal Simon: What Exactly Is Jason Kenney Peddling in Alberta?

I've always thought that Jason Kenney was a bit of a snake oil salesman.For what else can explain that after spending twenty years in Ottawa he should think he's the only one who can unite the right in Alberta?Or explain why he thinks that Canadians should keep paying him his MP's salary, while he campaigns for another job?But ...

Montreal Simon: What Exactly Is Jason Kenney Peddling in Alberta?

I've always thought that Jason Kenney was a bit of a snake oil salesman.For what else can explain that after spending twenty years in Ottawa he should think he's the only one who can unite the right in Alberta?Or explain why he thinks that Canadians should keep paying him his MP's salary, while he campaigns for another job?But ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial and Stephen Harper’s Lawyer’s Letter

When the judge at the Duffy trial delivered his verdict, and his scathing indictment of the Harper PMO, I couldn't help wondering what Stephen Harper must have been thinking.And now we all know. He wasn't too happy. He must have been furious.Or humiliated beyond recognition.And had instructed his lawyer to write an open letter to Canadians.Read ...

Montreal Simon: Duffy’s Revenge and the Ashes of Stephen Harper’s Legacy

I'm pretty sure Mike Duffy must dream of telling Stephen Harper what he thinks of him. Dream of suing him, and his little monsters in the PMO, and his Senate stooges, for what they did to him.But his legal options are limited. His lawyer says he is battling serious health issues.So it probably was his last hurrah.But ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial: Why the RCMP Owes Canadians an Explanation

When Justice Charles Vaillancourt acquitted Mike Duffy, he brought down his gavel on the head of quite a few others.He savaged Stephen Harper's PMO for the way it had tried to cover-up a scandal. He heaped scorn on the Senators who had treated Duffy so badly, and on the crown for the way it prosecuted the case.And ...

Montreal Simon: Groundhog Harper and the Latest Monstrous Con Scandal

It's just as well Stephen Harper didn't choose to emerge yesterday from the hole where he has been hiding for most of the winter.For it was Groundhog Day, and he probably would have felt like all those other poor furry creatures awoken so rudely from their hibernation. Blinking in the bright TV lights, and being ...

Montreal Simon: Hermit Harper’s Horrible and Embarrassing Day

Well we still don't know where Stephen Harper is hiding, for there hasn't been a sighting in days. We don't know whether the man they're now calling Hermit Harper, is holed up in a closet, or living in a car, or getting plastic surgery.Or living in Ray Kovac's garage, like his Robin once lived in his…. Or ...

Montreal Simon: Mike Duffy and the Ghastly Portrait of Stephen Harper

It was if the air was suddenly let out of the balloon. One moment the prosecutor was pounding Mike Duffy. The next moment he wasn't. The trial was suddenly adjourned. Ol' Duff was cut loose and left to float gently in the general direction of the ground.Without even being asked about the biggest charge against him, the bribery ...

Montreal Simon: Julian Fantino and the Horrible Ketchup Scandal

Oh no. Not more weird Con scandals. And not bloody Julian Fantino !!#@!!!What with Stephen Harper whipping up bigotry to try to snatch another bleeding majority, I don't know if I can handle it eh?This could be the story that finally drives me over the edge. And sends me tumbling into the moral abyss this country has ...

Montreal Simon: Jesus Harper and the Not So Miraculous Surplus

It looked like a scene in that sordid B-movie, The Rise and Fall of Jesus Harper.The one where the Oily Messiah takes a fishy deficit and miraculously turns it into a tiny surplus.Stephen Harper seemed to have some extra spring in his step Monday after struggling on a variety of fronts in what has been ...

Montreal Simon: The Wallin Affair: Stephen Harper Is Already Changing His Story

We still have to wait and see whether the Crown will lay charges against Pamela Wallin now that the RCMP has wrapped up its investigation.But already Stephen Harper is being asked questions about that other Senate scandal.And already, and as usual, he is changing his story. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Recession Nightmare and the Return of Pamela Wallin

The timing couldn't be worse. Just when Stephen Harper thought he had escaped the stench of the Duffy scandal, and could now focus all his efforts on posing as a Great Economist Leader.The economy is turning into a living nightmare.He's having to twist himself into a knot, or a Tim Hortons' kruller, to avoid using ...

Montreal Simon: More Evidence the Duffy Scandal Is Destroying Stephen Harper

It was a shocking and deeply disturbing sight. And it could only make Canadians wonder whether Stephen Harper was still mentally fit to be Prime Minister.For there he was today, trying to mock the size of Justin Trudeau's deficit.But only managing to look more crazy and more desperate.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why The Duffy Trial Is Going To Hurt Stephen Harper

Well we've had to wait a long time, but the Mike Duffy trial is back again, and you can be sure it's giving Stephen Harper nightmares.Not just because the timing couldn't be worse.But also because his old buddy Nigel Wright will be taking the stand to explain what he meant when he said the PMO ...

Montreal Simon: Simon’s Summer and the Great Con War on the Senate

Well I have to admit that I too am now deep into the Canadian summer, and don't feel like writing about politics, or doing anything too strenuous. I just want to have fun with my buddy Sébastien.As humble as that might be. Yikes. How low have I fallen?But I just HAD to share this great joke ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, the Merchant of Fear, and the Con’s Ghastly New Attack Ad

He's tried everything but nothing is working. And the situation couldn't be more desperate.So Stephen Harper is going back to the basics. Back to what he does best.Trying to scare Canadians into voting for him. And attacking Justin Trudeau.Or as he does in the latest, and most grotesque Con attack ad ever, trying to do both at ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Disastrous Day of Con Scandals

I grabbed this screen shot of Question Period yesterday with my new, shiny, but very cheap cell phone.And as you can see it didn't come out that well eh?You do get what you pay for, just like you do get what you vote for.But when I looked at it later, I thought it captured Stephen ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial: The PMO Cover-Up Begins to Unravel

We've waited a long time to find out what role Stephen Harper's PMO played in the Mike Duffy scandal. And now we're finally starting to find out.They arranged for an outside audit to try to keep Ol' Duff quiet.And then proceeded to whitewash it. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why the Duffy Trial is Also the Trial of Stephen Harper

Sometimes I think that the Mike Duffy trial is like one of those Russian nesting dolls, with Duffy as the biggest doll hiding all those other scandals inside it.Which is unfortunate, because it might give people the impression that it's all about Ol' Duff and his dubious activities.When in fact it's turning into a trial ...

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial Starts to Suck In Stephen Harper

Ever since the Mike Duffy scandal erupted one question has never been properly answered. How on earth did Duffy think he could get away with posing as a Senator from Prince Edward Island, when he had lived in Ottawa for decades? And yesterday that question was finally answered. It apparently wasn't Duffy's idea to pass himself ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Con Clown Circus Strikes Again

They were already the worst government Canada has ever known, a freakish horror show and a fascist circus. But as the economy heads south, and their desperation grows, Stephen Harper's Con clowns are sinking to new levels of depravity and incompetence.Because everywhere you look they are making fools out of themselves…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Most Horrible and Disastrous Week

Well he's off to the Summit of the Americas in Panama, along with his travelling photo-op.But despite the cheery forced smile, and the fact that nobody in Latin America wants to see him, Stephen Harper must be so glad to be leaving Canada.Because he couldn't have had a more horrible and disastrous week.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper Will Be Hurt by the Duffy Trial

If Stephen Harper thought he could run away from the trial of Mike Duffy, as he was trying to do yesterday at a photo-op in Vancouver. Which is about as far away as you can get from Ottawa, and Ol' Duff's even more massive photo-op.The look on Harper's face tells me that he now knows he can't ...

Montreal Simon: Why the Duffy Trial is Also the Trial of the Harper Regime

I wouldn't be surprised if Stephen Harper spends the next two months in the usual place he runs to, and the same position he assumes, whenever he feels threatened. Whether it's by the one-man terrorist army who stormed Parliament, or by the trial of his soiled superstar senator Mike Duffy. In fact, I'll even go ...