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Politics and its Discontents: The Danger Of False Equivalency

In this morning’s Star, Daniel Dale has a very interesting essay on why, despite the fact that it forks no lightning but provokes much outrage from his supporters, it is important to keep reporting on Donald Trump’s shameless aversion to truth. Unfortunately, it is not yet available online, but if it becomes available, I will . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Danger Of False Equivalency

Politics Canada: Harper is about to go way too far with his early election call

This is worse than I realized, I feel like vomiting with the speculation that Stephen Harper is expected to call the October 19th election as early as this weekend. He is the most dishonest cynical slimeball we have ever seen in this country. He is worse than Mulroney, way worse.

One thing that an early . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: Harper is about to go way too far with his early election call

Politics Canada: “Fair” Elections Act makes it easier for Harper ro cheat and not get caught

Why on earth would an anti-democratic dictator like Stephen Harper bring in a law called the “Fair Elections Act”? Well don’t judge a bill by it’s title. We saw how people felt about the “Anti-terror Act”, once they got a whiff of what was inside.

David Parkins on The Safe Elections Act

What the . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: “Fair” Elections Act makes it easier for Harper ro cheat and not get caught

Politics Canada: Conservative disdain for democracy evident in their history of electoral fraud

One of my favourite moments in the coverage of the Conservative Electoral fraud in the 2011 federal election was when a reporter asked Senator Doug Finley if the Conservatives had misdirected voters, his response, “no, we do not do that.” The reason this struck me as odd was that Senator Finley was one of the . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: Conservative disdain for democracy evident in their history of electoral fraud

Montreal Simon: The Incredibly Dangerous Delusions of the Corrupt Con Regime

I must admit that when I first read that Kory Teneycke was defending the Con's latest disgusting attack ad, by claiming: "We’re better than news, because we’re truthful." After a moment of shock and disbelief, I practically fell out of my chair laughing.Even though as I later pointed out, him and his Cons should . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Incredibly Dangerous Delusions of the Corrupt Con Regime

Montreal Simon: Dean Del Mastro Is Going to the Big House

He claimed he was totally innocent. When a judge said he wasn't, he said he didn't share her opinion.But of course the judge had the last opinion.And Dean Del Mastro is going to jail. Read more »

. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Dean Del Mastro Is Going to the Big House

Politics and its Discontents: For The Record

About the undercarriage of that busy Tory bus, Star readers have much to say:

Ex-Tory staffer jailed nine months for robocalls, Nov. 20

My sympathies go out to Michael Sona and his family, the latest addition of those people used by the Harper government and then thrown under the bus for getting overly enthusiastic . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: For The Record

Politics and its Discontents: There Wasn’t A Moist Eye In The House

With the exception of that maudlin master of emotion, the disgraced Dean Del Mastro, Members of Parliament seemed strangely unmoved by the self-proclaimed victim of injustice as he announced his resignation yesterday.

For a full display of ‘Mr. Peterborough’s’ emotive and rhetorical range and a recounting of his ‘legendary’ achievements for his home riding, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: There Wasn’t A Moist Eye In The House

Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper And Dean Del Mastro: The Bromance Continues

I think this video amply illustrates their relationship:

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Montreal Simon: The Further Insane Adventures of Dean Del Mastro

Uh oh. It looks as if I might have to correct one of my posts.

Remember how the other day I accused Dean Del Mastro of living in denial.Well I was wrong eh?Because I'm sorry to say I now think the Deaner is DELUSIONAL. MP Dean Del Mastro is filing to reopen his . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Further Insane Adventures of Dean Del Mastro

Politics and its Discontents: More On The Walking Dead

My friend Dave in Winnipeg is always urging me to subscribe to Frank magazine for its unforgiving political assessments, the kind of commentary that rarely, if ever, finds its way into the MSM. It is advice I should heed.

Not one to show respect for the politically deceased, Frank offers its latest on the . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On The Walking Dead

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Hard To Keep A Dead Man Down

Even though it is a day past Halloween, don’t let your guard down just yet. The dead still walk among us. Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: The Incredible Downfall of Dean Del Mastro

Uh oh. Beat a drum slowly. Or if you're in the Harper PMO beat a gong furiously.The Deaner is DOWN !!!! A judge has found Peterborough, Ont., MP Dean Del Mastro guilty of spending too much in the 2008 federal election and falsifying a document to cover it up. Del Mastro now faces the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Incredible Downfall of Dean Del Mastro

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper’s Gambit

With his numbers sinking in the most recent polls, Harper appears to be moving to bring out his rear guard actions to sustain his grip on power.

There are several pieces to this discussion:

(1)  Foreign Affairs

Between fomenting a shooting war with Russia in the Ukraine,  a stance on Israel that’s about as . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Harper’s Gambit

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: CPC Lied To Elections Canada On RoboCalls?

The corruption that is the CPC’s actions in the 2011 election continues to fester.

The most recent instalment comes to us via Stephen Maher’s latest column.

In an email May 1, party lawyer Arthur Hamilton told Elections Canada that Conservative call centre workers were not advising voters that Elections Canada had changed the location . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: CPC Lied To Elections Canada On RoboCalls?

The Canadian Progressive: Open Letter: 400+ Academics Demand Withdrawal of Harper’s Orwellian Fair Elections Act

“Free and fair elections lie at the heart of our democracy. The government should not underestimate the commitment of Canadians to defend this fundamental principle.”

by: Various | April 23, 2014

Last month, more than 160 professors signed an open letter to express grave concerns about the damage to Canadian democracy that the “Fair Elections . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Open Letter: 400+ Academics Demand Withdrawal of Harper’s Orwellian Fair Elections Act

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Stealing Our Democracy: Linda Frum, Talking Points and the Dumbf

*Dumbf = dumbfuckery – a condition that appears to be unique to the creation of Harper Government talking points regarding Bill C-23.

On Huffington Post this morning, I read Michael Bolen’s commentary on Bill C-23 which led me to Linda Frum’s more verbose op-ed defending her TWITter position from earlier this week.

Ms. Frum is a . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Stealing Our Democracy: Linda Frum, Talking Points and the Dumbf

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Con$ Only Want Cons To Vote

Bill C-23 is an appalling piece of legislation.  It is filled with more underhanded deceitfulness than any piece of legislation should ever contain.  If there ever was any doubt about the motivations of the Harper Government in tabling this piece of poison, I think Senator Linda Frum’s comments on Twitter yesterday did that in: Wait . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Con$ Only Want Cons To Vote

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Stealing Democracy Part X: How Far Does The Rot Go?

There is no doubt any more that Bill C-23 is deliberately designed to enable the CPC (or other political parties) to engage in the kind of electoral fraud that the CPC has attempted, and been caught out at repeatedly in the past.  Worse, it goes so far as to politicize the staffing of voting stations. . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Stealing Democracy Part X: How Far Does The Rot Go?

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Robocalls Revived

With Michael Sona’s trial expected later this year, the RoboCalls scandal has once again booted up, reminding Canadian voters of the corruption in the 2011 election.

The most recent thing to fall out of the back of that horse?  Apparently one of Sona’s co-conspirators has just been granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Robocalls Revived

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Del Mastro Charged … and … Your Point Is?

All over the news yesterday was headlines about Dean Del Mastro being charged by Elections Canada for misdeeds in the 2008 election.

You’d think I’d be cheering.  I’m not.

Yes, I’m glad that Del Mastro will, at last, have to answer for questionable campaign practices in the 2008 election.

But, it was . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Del Mastro Charged … and … Your Point Is?

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: RoboCalls Scandal – It’s Still Alive

For those who had lost track of the Robocalls fraud perpetrated by the Harper Conservatives during the 2011 election, it hasn’t gone away.

Harper has done an enormous amount of work to bury this case.  Not only have they fought the allegations tooth and nail, they have hobbled the ability of Elections Canada to . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: RoboCalls Scandal – It’s Still Alive

Alberta Diary: Wildrose deftly defuses robo-call crisis while federal Cons suffer Scotch verdict

Members of the Wildrose Party try out their new robo-calling technology, which should avoid future problems with the CRTC. Right-wing Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Party Executive Committee President David Yager.

You don’t have to agree with Alberta’s right-wing Wildrose Party to admire the skill with which it . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Wildrose deftly defuses robo-call crisis while federal Cons suffer Scotch verdict

Politics Canada: Missing Conservative robocall records no surprise

We have another case of electoral fraud where the trail of evidence has led directly to the Conservative Party of Canada’s headquarters. We now learn that Elections Canada has discovered that several key records are missing, records which would have helped them to identify “Pierre Poutine“.

Does this come as a surprise to anyone? When . . . → Read More: Politics Canada: Missing Conservative robocall records no surprise

Paul S. Graham: Video Report: Winnipeggers demand Harper restore Canadian democracy

Winnipeg, March 11, 2012: Winnipeggers rally outside of Tory MP Joyce Bateman’s office demanding the federal government allow a full inquiry into the federal election robocall scandal. Photo: Paul S. Graham

While Prime Minister Stephen Harper undoubtedly wishes this issue would disappear, Canadians marched in more than two dozen cities today, demanding a . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Video Report: Winnipeggers demand Harper restore Canadian democracy