News roundup: November 30, 2013
Here are a few thoughts about recent Canadian political stories (in no particular order).
Liberal spin on the Toronto Centre by-election
Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have been falsely claiming they ran a wholly positive campaign in the Toronto Centre by-election, and that this is why they beat the “angry” and “negative” New Democratic Party (NDP).
First, the Liberals did go negative during that campaign, including distributing a flyer that was a personal attack against NDP leader Tom Mulcair. When called on it, the dishonest Liberals cynically claimed that the personal attack was not (Read more…)
It’s not really about the crack, or at least it’s not all about the crack. The crack-centred Rob Ford jokes, skits, songs and Internet memes certainly have been entertaining, but Ford’s recent crack use is but one of the many reasons he is hopelessly unqualified to be mayor of the largest city in Canada.
It’s about the lying, the cover-ups, the hypocrisy, the unpunished crimes, the nepotism, the football charity bribe scheme, the blatant disregard for the rules, the pilfering of expensive government resources for personal benefit, the bigotry and discrimination, the bullying, the back-room deals, the promise-breaking, the unexplained (Read more…)
The average Canadian can be forgiven for not being able to follow all of the bouncing balls being bunted about in the PMO playHouse as Stephen Harper fancies himself the prime mimicker of everything decent and upstanding while failing to keep his senate scandal stories straight from one day to the next. Absolute control corrupts absolutely (to bastardize an old cliché).
Last week, CBC/The National’s Peter Mansbridge summarized some of the history quite well in this video clip, in case you need to refresh your memory or catch up on the sordid affair. Caution: may leave a bad aftertaste, (Read more…)
Stephen Harper has faced many a scandal before, and has weathered each one. In the lead up to the 2011 election, it seemed like something new popped up each day – there was Bev Oda’s orange juice and trouble with “nots”, Bruce Carson’s fraud charges and escorts, Jason Kenney’s use of government resources to target “very ethnic” voters, “in and out”, and a historic contempt of parliament vote.
The end result was a majority government.
So it’s premature to say what impact, if any, the Mike Duffy Senate brouhaha will have on Harper’s re-election hopes.
While scandals befalling the Harper (Read more…)
I’m sick of reading and hearing people say things like “It’s not fair to suspend those senators without pay, without conducting a full investigation and giving them their day it court.”
The dishonourable Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau have already been proven guilty of embezzling from the Canadian taxpayers and of abusing the public trust. They have already been proven to not live in the houses they claimed as primary residences. In the cases of Duffy and Wallin, they have already been proven to not even live in the provinces that Harper appointed them to represent.
In (Read more…)
Check out Common Ground, and add your voice to protect the Pickering Lands and say no to Flaherty’s Folly International Airport.
The Conservative government in Canada wants to convert over 13,000 acres of prime farm land into an international airport (one that’s not needed) and for undisclosed industrial use.
While Common Ground is an initiative of the Ontario Liberal Party, you do not need to be a Liberal or an Ontarian to lend your voice to this important policy proposal.
The text of the proposal is as follows:
WHEREAS the designated lands for development constitute prime Class 1 farmland (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Protect the Pickering Lands #onpoli #cdnpoli #NoPickeringAirport
Whenever a new study or article comes out proving that the Canadian job market, compensation packages and standard of living are dwindling for most workers — especially young Canadians — the knee-jerk response from right-wing reactionaries is to sputter: ” Move to Alberta!” or “Go into the trades!” or “Go into the trades in Alberta!”
First, this is not a national economic plan. They are simplistic sermons by simple-minded blowhards who won’t let their ignorance hold them back from scolding others.
Second, many Canadians from across Canada have already taken those paths or are in the (Read more…)
I downloaded this image from Facebook. It perfectly sums up what Canadians are experiencing under the disgraced Harper Conservative government. The traitorous scum are slowly destroying Canada bit by bit, scandal by scandal, crime by crime, sell-off by sell-off, treason by treason. They are deliberately trying to wear us down until we stop caring that our country is being sucked dry by parasitic sociopaths. Do not give them the satisfaction.
Obviously, as you know, it is very clear by all objective measures that:
The Harper Conservatives are the most scandal-ridden government in Canadian history.
The Harper Conservatives are the most (Read more…)
More polls to talk about today. First, two-thirds of Canadians who were polled disapprove of Prime Minister proroguing Parliament in Sept and waiting until late October to reconvene Parliament.
As I said in my blogpost just the other day, this is probably the most “conventional” use of proroguing Parliament (or intending to prorogue, as he hasnt formally asked for it yet) that Harper has done while in government, and it’s ironic that on the more conventional type of prorogue, Harper’s getting massive disapproval of his intent to use it again.. but I guess that’s what you get when you abuse (Read more…)
Stephen Harper, Benign Dictator Gallery 3: Man of the people
This week, somebody posted an old quote by Stephen Harper (Canada’s worst prime minister) calling our country a “benign dictatorship”. That – combined with seeing Harper’s ridiculous staged photos from his northern propaganda tour – inspired me to put together a small sample of Harper in his some of his best dictator poses. There are pictures of Harper pointing at things, Harper waving at his photographer, Harper pretending to be in the military, Harper getting saluted, Harper hanging out with kids, and other fake scenes that would make Kim (Read more…)
Stephen Harper, Benign Dictator Gallery 2: Pretending to be in the military + being saluted
This week, somebody posted an old quote by Stephen Harper (Canada’s worst prime minister) calling our country a “benign dictatorship”. That – combined with seeing Harper’s ridiculous staged photos from his northern propaganda tour – inspired me to put together a small sample of Harper in his some of his best dictator poses. There are pictures of Harper pointing at things, Harper waving at his photographer, Harper pretending to be in the military, Harper getting saluted, Harper hanging out with kids, and other fake (Read more…)
Stephen Harper, Benign Dictator Gallery 1: Waving, pointing and staring
This week, somebody posted an old quote by Stephen Harper (Canada’s worst prime minister) calling our country a “benign dictatorship”. That – combined with seeing Harper’s ridiculous staged photos from his northern propaganda tour – inspired me to put together a small sample of Harper in his some of his best dictator poses.
There are pictures of Harper pointing or staring at imaginary objects, Harper waving at his photographer, Harper pretending to be in the military, Harper getting saluted, Harper hanging out with kids, and other fake scenes that (Read more…)
Stephen Harper, Canada’s scandal-ridden prime minister, went on a pre-election campaign tour in mid-August, raising funds for the Conservative Party and participating in highly choreographed, obviously staged photo ops (with nobody around but paid staff and a few hand-picked, highly screened locals).
As you know, Harper billed this whole propaganda tour to the Canadian taxpayers instead of the Conservative Party, because Harper falsely portrays these campaign trips as official government business.
During this propaganda-fest, Harper declared to a crowd of fawning Conservative Party fans: “What I’m telling you is that with the NDP and the Liberals, what you see (Read more…)
Here is a blast from the past. A drunken, bloated Conservative senator Mike Duffy acts like a pompous, over-stuffed bag of Conservative shit, trying to defend Conservative overspending of our tax dollars by himself and 26 other recently appointed Conservative senators. NDP MP Peter Stoffer rightfully tears a strip off that Conservative porker. This was in early November 2009!
This exchange was brought on by the release of a study showing that the herd of Conservative senators appointed by Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper in 2008 and 2009 could end up costing Canadian taxpayers $177 million. Knowing what we know (Read more…)
Hooray! Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News” lost their hypocritical bid to force all Canadian cable TV viewers to pay for their shitty channel regardless of whether we want to watch it.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) correctly declined to award special treatment to the undeserving TV station that should not even (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Hooray! Sun News Network (SNN), aka Scum “News" lost…
The Conservative-appointed lickspittles who currently control Canada’s public broadcaster, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), have refused to air a commercial by Friends of the CBC that criticizes Stephen Harper’s government for directly meddling in the supposed arms-length media organization.
The overpaid, ass-kissing CBC executives don’t have a problem, however, with constantly airing the thinly veiled pro-Conservative commercials for the nonexistent “Economic Action Plan”.
It is disgusting how Harper has been transforming the non-partisan, tax-funded corporation into his personal propaganda machine (as if Sun News wasn’t enough). It is disappointing how willing the brown-nosers at the CBC are to shed their journalistic (Read more…)
Canada is an un-developing country.
It has been for decades. Here are some of the signs.
* Crumbling infrastructure.
* Irresponsible deregulation of industry and cutbacks to enforcement of the few, weak regulations that remain. This resulted – and will continue to result – in otherwise-preventable deaths, injuries and illnesses; worse working conditions; lower wages; and lowly consumers being ripped off.
* Electoral fraud, bribes and other types of corruption being grudgingly accepted as “business as usual”.
* Bizarre, expensive and unnecessary transformation of Canada back into a colony that is subservient to foreign interests, specifically (Read more…)
For Canada Day 2013. Images from Facebook and elsewhere; text from rabble.ca:
The National Stop Harper Campaign presents….”SAVE CANADA DAY.” Join us across the country as we proclaim our distrust in the Harper Government and band together to form a group of True Canadians who really care about this country.
This Grand Finale of what will be an entire weekend of Anti-Harper public demonstrations nation wide kicks off on June 28th with STOP HARPER DAY in Calgary during the Conservative Convention.
The theme is “Save Canada” during a day of national pride. A day when (Read more…)
I’m not sure this should surprise anyone, given the way the PMO has acted recently:
The Prime Minister’s Office orchestrated a protest earlier this month at which Conservative party interns mocked Liberal leader Justin Trudeau during an open-air news conference. It is the latest revelation about the lengths to which Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office — the nerve centre of the federal government — will go to meddle in partisan politics.
Not that I want to encourage this type of behaviour, but next time you try to stage an astro-turfed protest; try to dress and act the part, and don’t (Read more…)
In honour of Canadian Environment Week — currently underway amidst accelerating tar sands development, hot on the heels of withdrawals from the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification — let us reflect upon what the federal government, if it were so inclined, could be doing differently. In other words, broadly speaking, how might Canada move beyond the symbolic in pursuit of true environmental sustainability?
1. Get serious about climate change.
By and large, there are three basic policy tools available to the government here: standards, carbon taxes, and cap-and-trade. To the extent that they have acted at all, (Read more…)
These photos are just begging to have captions or speech bubbles added.
What a bunch of crooks and parasites these Conservatives are — all brought to power by cheating, lying and taking advantage of an antiquated, semi-democratic, rigged system.
We warned you, but millions didn’t listen. Many still remain oblivious. Will Canadians ever learn?
This morning I saw a few minutes of a CBC Newsworld political panel and again concluded that Canada must abolish its senate immediately. Abolish it now! There is no time for messing about.
The dishonourable, fraud-committing senate serves no legitimate purpose in this day and age, and it’s debatable whether it ever did. The unelected, patronage-appointed, archaic institution is an insult to democracy; costs us an obscene amount of tax money; and provides a bad example to young Canadians that crime does pay. It is nothing but a den of Liberal and Conservative crooks and liars living high on the (Read more…)
It’s April 27, 2013: a few days after my blog’s first anniversary, the weekend of Rebelfest in Hamilton, and a few days before International Workers’ Day (aka Mayday, aka the real Labour Day). Additionally, April 28 is International Day of Mourning for workers who were killed or injured on the job. A lot has happened since my last post, and here are just a few tidbits.
● Rita MacNeil – singer, political activist and sex abuse survivor – died on April 16 at the age of 68. The down-to-earth artist was always on the (Read more…)
Best ad Liberals have produced in a VERY long time.