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.
Chuck Strahl listens to a participant in the Manning Centre conference in Ottawa in March. Below: Manning Centre founder and figurehead, Preston Manning.
Should Chuck Strahl be able to serve simultaneously on the board of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, a partisan political organization tied to the ruling Conservative Party of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other provincial conservative parties, and on the apolitical Security Intelligence Review Committee?
The SIRC is supposed to be, in the words of its website, “an independent, external review body which reports to the Parliament of Canada on the operations of the Canadian (Read more…) Intelligence Service.”
“Parliament has given CSIS extraordinary powers to intrude on the privacy of individuals,” the website explains. “SIRC ensures that these powers are used legally and appropriately, in order to protect Canadians’ rights and freedoms.”
Mr. Strahl is a former Reform Party, Canadian Alliance and Conservative . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Is Chuck Strahl’s dual role on the Manning Centre and security committee appropriate?
In the world of politics the fight can really only stay as clean as your dirtiest player and the Conservative Party of Canada could not be a dirtier player. They are the textbook example of Karl Rove’s warped, cynical play-book.
The latest attack ads against Justin Trudeau demonstrate how low they are willing to go, quoting him completely out of context making him appear to claim Quebec is superior to the rest of Canada. When in fact he is speaking of the views of his late father. The problem is most Canadians will never know the truth as they are casual (Read more…)
I am in complete and utter shock and sadness at the news that Justin Trudeau will become the third Liberal Party leader in a row defined by the formidable Reform-Conservative attack ad machine. This means that Stephen Harper has just won the 2015 election campaign.
I can not believe that this decision could be taken. Those who do not learn from their mistakes are bound to repeat them and we all have a front row seat to the obliteration of another leader’s brand. This will be very painful indeed.
With the release today of the NDP’s fiscal plan in advance of the May 14 election here in British Columbia, we are now finally able to assess where the major parties — Liberals, New Democrats, Greens, and Conservatives — stand on the province’s carbon tax. In my opinion, there are four primary questions by which their respective carbon tax proposals are to be judged:
Will the tax be raised? Will the tax base be expanded? Will the tax remain revenue neutral? How will equity concerns be addressed?
This is not to say that these four criteria are the only relevant (Read more…)
Brian Mulroney is going to be part of Canada’s official gaggle of groupies at Maggie Thatcher’s Bukkake party on April 17, 2013 in London, England.
Yes, that Mulroney; the disgraced former prime minister who took bribes, defrauded Canadians of millions of dollars, cheated on his taxes and resigned under a cloud of corruption (not necessarily in that order). Stephen Harper, Canada’s disgraced current prime minister, is the shithead who invited him for the free ride.
No doubt the dishonourable John “Angry” Baird will be there too. He met Thatcher once, and even named his cat after her. What a pussy!
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Brian Mulroney is going to be part of Canada’s official…
Alright, this is my last anti-Thatcher post of the night. Whew, there sure are a lot of anti-Thatcher songs and videos out there, and I have only posted a fraction of them.
This song isn’t subtle at all. It gets straight to the point. It’s “Maggie” by the Edinburgh, Scotland punk band The Exploited (lyrics included).
Warning: If you don’t like swear words, particularly the “C” word, don’t click on the video.
This song against the recently deceased former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is “Oxford Lady” by the Manchester-based post-punk/New Wave band The Brigade. Lyrically, it’s a bit more subtle than most of the anti-Thatcher songs I posted, but that just means you have to listen a bit more closely.
As a bonus, here’s a link to another anti-Thatcher song by The Brigade, which they made in support of the British miners’ strike in the 1980s. The song title is “The Movement”.
This anti-Thatcher song is “We Rule OK” by the working-class Oi! band The Last Resort. Some right-wingers try to claim this band as one of their own, but that is not accurate. The Last Resort are patriotic and pro-working class, not Conservatives or fascists. Here are the lyrics.
We Rule OK
The government policies are out of handThey ain’t got a clue how to run this landMargaret Thatcher the stupid old bitchTakes from the poor and gives to the rich
She thinks we can’t see her planTo kill the spirit of the working class manMake (Read more…)
With this anti-Thatcher song, I was unable to find a video that played properly on my computer. I couldn’t resist posting a link to the audio file, because it’s my favourite song about Margaret Thatcher. After you click on the link, you’ll have to press “play” at the bottom of the screen.
“Maggots 1 – Maggie Nil” is by the talented, smart, funny and vastly underrated folk/punk musician and poet, Attila the Stockbroker. Look him up if you’ve never heard of him. He has had songs on some punk rock and Oi! compilations, and has released
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: http://www.reverbnation.com/attilathestockbroker/song/10941659-maggots-1-maggie-0-band-version
Faces of Evil
This one isn’t a music video; it is chilling old footage of Margaret Thatcher having afternoon tea with her close personal friend and political ally Augusto Pinochet, the murderous quasi-fascist dictator of Chile who overthrew a democratically elected government in a bloody coup.
Thatcher was an evil, evil, dirty politician, Hopefully her last few days on Earth were full of pain and suffering, as punishment for the pain and suffering she inflicted on millions of others.
Of the main 1980s proponents of Chicago School trickle-down capitalism — Milton Friedman, Pinochet, Ronald Reagan and Brian Mulroney —Thatcher is (Read more…)
My online anti-Thatcher celebration continues with a dancehall reggae number by Macka B called “Get Rid of Maggie”.
Love her or hate her, one must agree that Baroness Thatcher was a horrible person who caused a lot of harm to the world. Her policies damaged her country and ruined many lives. If there is such thing as hell, she will be on top of the bonfire tonight!
The bitch is dead, but unfortunately her legacy lingers on, including in Canada. Billy Bragg says that instead of celebrating her death, we should engage in political activism. I say we do both!
In grade 9 or 10 French class, we had an assignment to write a page of text in French and accompany it with some graphics. I chose to write about the French Revolution, and for the picture, I cut out magazine photos of Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Brian Mulroney and used them to represent the French aristocrats getting their heads cut off by guillotines. I learned much later that my teacher reported this to the vice-principal, concerned that I was disturbed and violent. She was way off base, and when the vice-principal contacted my parents, they told him so.
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: In grade 9 or 10 French class, we had an assignment to write a…
What a wonderful day! Maggie Fucking Thatcher is finally dead, dead dead! I heard the news while getting ready for work this morning, and I was in a good mood all day!
I have bookmarked a bunch of anti-Thatcher videos just for this occasion. I will start off with the classic Elvis Costello song “Tramp the Dirt Down”. It’s a beautiful song about an ugly human being. It includes the brilliant lines:
Well I hope I don’t die too soon I pray the lord my soul to save Oh I’ll be a good boy, I’m trying so hard to behave (Read more…)
“The biggest distinction between a Liberal Party led by me and Stephen’s Harper’s Conservatives is one of tone …” – Justin Trudeau (Toronto Star print edition, April 6, 2013)
Exactly. Many of us have been saying for years that the main difference between the pro-corporate, pro-globalization Liberals and the pro-corporate, pro-globalization Conservatives is style, not substance. Liberals campaign like socialists but govern
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: “The biggest distinction between a Liberal Party led by me and Stephen’s Harper’s…
RBC declares war against Canadian workers:
Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is firing dozens of its employees in Canada and replacing them with lower-paid temporary foreign workers. RBC is forcing their soon-to-be-unemployed Canadian employees to train their own replacements. RBC made $7.5 billion in profits in 2012. Also about a year ago, they increased their service fees.
The RBC website insanely claims that it is:
One of Canada’s “Best 50 Corporate Citizens” One of Canada’s “50 Most Socially Responsible Corporations” One of the “Best Workplaces in Canada” Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures
Don’t be confused into believing
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: RBC declares war against Canadian workers
Although the writ for the upcoming BC election won’t be dropped for another two weeks (yes, this campaign has been going on forever), I had the pleasure yesterday of attending an all-candidates meeting on climate change organized by Gen Why Media.
The forum seemed geared primarily towards the young ’uns, despite being billed by organizers as part of their ongoing “Bring Your Boomers” intergenerational dialogue series. A few older voices in the audience could be heard complaining about the darkness of the venue and the frenetic Twittercentrism of the onstage decorations. And though I am ostensibly still part of the (Read more…)
Condolences and praise poured in for former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, who passed away on Friday, March 29, at the age of 70.
“We remember what a force of personality he was, how driven he was, how motivated he was, how straightforward he was, and that we trusted him implicitly.” – Alberta Premier Alison Redford
“While Ralph’s beliefs about the role of government and fiscal responsibility were once considered radical, it is perhaps his greatest legacy that these ideas are now widely embraced across the political spectrum.” — Stephen Harper.
Yes, as the compliments poured in, it must be remembered that Klein was one of Canada’s most aggressive neo-liberals. “King Ralph”, as he was widely known, served as premier of Alberta from 1992 to 2006.
Here are some unintentionally hilarious excerpts from an old interview with Jim Flaherty, Canada’s worst finance minister. The article was published by the pro-Conservative (and plagiarism-tolerant) Globe and Mail.
It was the height of Trudeaumania, and the Flaherty clan was right in the middle of it. But over the following decade, as the hockey-mad undergrad transformed into a Bay Street lawyer, he became disenchanted with Pierre Trudeau. “I thought it was really quite irresponsible, these deficits and debt and the inflation that followed,” he says.
So, like his boss Stephen Harper, Flaherty was a Liberal before becoming an anti-Canadian extremist.
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Here are some unintentionally hilarious excerpts from an old interview with Jim Flaherty,…
Jim Flaherty, the most incompetent finance minister in Canadian history, released his pathetic 2013 budget on March 21 and almost immediately snuck off to Hong Kong, en route to Thailand. He only stopped in Vancouver along the way – to give a scripted speech to an exclusive audience of Conservative-friendly corporate insiders. He won’t be back in parliament until at least the middle of April.
Flaherty understood that his piece-of-crap budget of cooked-up dollar figures and phony economic projections was indefensible, so he did what any coward would do: run away. That was no surprise. What is
. . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: Jim Flaherty, the most incompetent finance minister in Canadian…
If Alison Redford gets to define Canadian patriotism, then I don’t want to be patriotic.
The Alberta premier yesterday accused federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair of “a fundamental betrayal of Canada’s long-term economic interests” after the latter took a trip to DC in what is being widely interpreted as an effort to convince the Americans not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta.
Other Conservatives at the federal level have adopted the same rhetoric. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver — of “foreign-funded radicals” fame — implied that the Opposition leader was unfit to govern, stating, “Governing means standing (Read more…)
Members of Canada’s centrist New Democratic Party (NDP) caucus sing the Stompin’ Tom Connors song “Bud the Spud”, which is about a character who — unlike the fraudulent Conservative senator Mike Duffy — lives in Prince Edward Island. The guitarists are Charlie Angus and Andrew Cash, who were professional musicians before being elected to parliament.
In response to the death of Connors, our treasonous and hypocritical Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper — a terrible amateur musician and singer — said: “At this key juncture, I hope [Canadian music fans] can now build for themselves a better, brighter future based on
There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian political scene lately, it’s hard to keep on top of it all. Here are just a few recent examples:
fraud and theft being officially endorsed in the Canadian senate prime minister Stephen Harper and his stooges lying through their teeth every day in parliament Service Canada treating all Employment Insurance claimants as criminals who are guilty until proven innocent Tom Flanagan — University of Calgary brainwasher, Globe and Mail columnist, CBC pundit, Conservative Party of Canada/Alberta Wildrose Party strategist, and friend/mentor of Stephen Harper, Ezra Levant and Danielle Smith — . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian…