Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Susan Delacourt writes that the Libs’ federal budget is best seen as requiring an overriding “to be continued”. And Don Martin flags a few points which may prove important later – including what might be an unexplained delay of any electoral reform. – Meanwhile, Teuila Fuatai highlights how ...

Alberta Politics: Rona Ambrose, disciplined Harper loyalist, to lead the Opposition

PHOTOS: A typical constituent of Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose searches their Sturgeon River-Parkland riding northwest of Edmonton for a sign of his MP. Actual constituents of this Alberta MP may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Ambrose herself (CBC Photo) and Ms. Ambrose’s favourite author. Well, nobody in the shrunken Parliamentary ranks of ...

Politics and its Discontents: On The Post-Election Employment Prospects Of The Harper Fallen

In Power Play’s Don Martin’s considered opinion, they are decidedly dim: Recommend this Post

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta Election Week 1: The Economy and Corporate Tax confusion

Recent polls show a three-way contest between the Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic and Wildrose Parties, but with 24 days left in Alberta’s provincial election, a lot can change. Here is a quick review of what the politicians were saying and political… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: “It’s like we’ve become House of Cards,” PC activist says of party nomination interference

“It’s like we’ve become House of Cards,” is how one Progressive Conservative Party member, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described their party’s candidate nomination process. With a rush of nomination contests being held in advance of a spring provincial election in Alberta,… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Alberta Politics Roundup: Bill 10 and the short #ableg session

The Alberta Legislature returned for what is expected to be short sitting before an expected Spring election. With the provincial budget scheduled to be tabled on March 26 and the last major round of Progressive Conservative candidate nominations being held on March 28,… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Tuesday candidate nomination update in Alberta

Alberta’s New Democrats demonstrated some organizational strength last weekend as close to 400 supporters packed the TransAlta Arts Barns to watch party leader Rachel Notley accept the nomination to be a candidate in Edmonton-Strathcona. On hand for the unofficial NDP… Continue Reading →

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Frank Graves writes that we’re seeing the end of progress for all but the wealthiest few – and that we all stand to lose out if we come to believe that progress for the rest of us is impossible: There is a virtual consensus that a growing and ...

Politics and its Discontents: "Flirting With Fascism"

That is the lacerating assessment offered by CTV’s Don Martin as he editorializes about the impending theft of copyrighted material engineered (and originally intended to be hidden) by the Harper regime in their next omnibus bill. Documents leaked to the media have made the public aware of this nefarious scheme, which would allow political parties ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Voice From The Past

The always mellifluous Brian Mulroney offers some less than sweet-sounding words for the Harper government. As reported in The Globe and Mail, in an interview with Don Martin on CTV’s Power Play, the former prime minister is quite critical of aspects of of the current, and warns that the electoral appetite for change is real ...

Politics and its Discontents: Everyone’s A Politician

At least that might seem to be a reasonable inference to draw given people’s increasing capacity not to answer questions that make them uncomfortable or expose a weakness in their position. I have listened to Dan Kelly, President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, twice recently. Like a politician, he keeps ‘on-message’ with something ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Robert Reich discusses the Koch brothers and their place in the U.S.’ new plutocracy: The Kochs exemplify a new reality that strikes at the heart of America. The vast wealth that has accumulated at the top of the American economy is not itself the problem. The problem is ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – David Cay Johnston and Miles Corak both discuss the results of a study which compares economic outcomes in technologically advanced countries, and shows that tax giveaways to the wealthy exacerbate inequality without doing anything at all to contribute to economic development. – And Paul Krugman highlights the fact ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Damning Indictment Of Mike Duffy

Watch as Don Martin uses words like fake and Conservative shill in his withering assessment of The Puffster: H/t Enough Harper Recommend this Post

Accidental Deliberations: On editorial decisions

By all means, I agree with the commentators pointing out that this is rather less than surprising treatment of (and by) a Con cabinet minister. But as always, there’s another rather important followup question: why would Don Martin or anybody else still bother wasting their time interviewing MPs who are guaranteed from years of experience ...

calgaryliberal.com: Harvey Locke (Calgary-Centre Liberal candidate) on CTV

Harvey Locke was on Don Martin’s Power Play last night talking about his campaign in Calgary-Centre. Click here to watch the clip!

calgaryliberal.com: Final Round of Voting for Best Canadian Political Blog

Alright. Look, guys, I’ve been good this year. I’ve blogged regularly, I’ve been keen on the recent debates, I’ve gotten on Don Martin’s Power Play, landed myself on CBC, and pulled in tonnes of people into provincial and federal politics. I’m a talented blogger and an increasingly capable political type. I need your help. I’ve made ...

Alberta Diary: Tory Brent Rathgeber knocks cabinet perks? Maverick move or just maverick shtick?

Your favourite blogger, with Brent Rathgeber, the original blogging Tory. What’s up with Brent Rathgeber? Specifically, is he a maverick, or is he just doing the maverick shtick? Mr. Rathgeber, as is well known to readers of this blog, is the Member of Parliament for Edmonton-St. Albert, and he is surely Parliament’s best-read blogger. As ...

Alberta Diary: Time to wax philosophical about Ralph Klein and the Order of Canada

Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein, back in the day. Below: Former Quebec premier Jacques Parizeau, also back in the day. Now that the campaign to give the Order of Canada to Ralph Klein has all but met its goal, one wonders when the effort to hang the same gong on Jacques Parizeau will begin? Seriously! ...

Don Martin, my new hero

…second only to the guy who sang Bohemian Rhapsody in the cop car.  And that’s saying something: CTV appeared to be considering disciplinary action for one of its high-profile Parliament Hill television hosts in the wake of an incident Thursday night at a post-budget party attended by Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and other top government ...

Don Martin woes: When telling Dimitri Soudas and Bell boss to “go fuck yourselves” can get you suspended from CTV.

Don Martin: badass I would have loved to been a fly on the glass. I wonder how many free speech warriors from the right will race to Don Martin’s defence? Don Martin, the new Canadian hero. Speaking for the rest of us. Cross posted at Let Freedom . . . → Read More: Don Martin ...

Don Martin woes: When telling "senior government officials" and Dimitri Soudas to "go fuck yourselves" can get you suspended from CTV

I would have loved to been a fly on the glass. I wonder how many free speech warriors from the right will race to Don Martin’s defence? Don Martin – the new Canadian hero. Cross posted at Sister Sage’s Musings.

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Alison draws the links between Robocon and an American firm proud of its efforts in some of the Republicans’ most odious causes, while Sixth Estate provides a timeline of shady election dealings by the Harper Cons. Dr. Dawg asks the media to stay focused on the “fraud” part ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – No, it isn’t much surprise that poll respondents may think we’ve moved to the right as a country: after all, Con propaganda (largely echoed by the media) has been declaring that for years. But as Warren Kinsella notes, that perception bears no resemblance whatsoever to Canadians’ opinions about ...