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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), on the Brexit vote as both a dangerous step toward an even more business-biased system of international relations, and a cautionary tale about basing votes on frustration.For further reading…- John Hilary highlights the trade … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

LeDaro: Evan Solomon fired by CBC

This is puzzling news. Evan Solomon was quite good host of Power and Politics. I watched this program every once in a while. I thought it was quite informative. I don’t understand what’s going on at CBC. It looks that Harper Government has cut CBC funding by over $200 millions and some employees were making . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Evan Solomon fired by CBC

Montreal Simon: Evan Solomon and the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

When Evan Solomon was appointed host of the CBC program Power and Politics, I didn't think he would be able to fill the very large shoes of the departing Don Newman.He was missing about thirty years of journalistic experience.And although I was right, he gradually began to win me over, in his own way. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Evan Solomon and the Conservative Broadcasting Corporation

BigCityLib Strikes Back: BCLSB EXCLUSIVE: Taped Secret Convo of Evan Solomon With Art Client

The following is a transcript of secretly taped phone conversation between Ex-CBCer Evan Solomon and one of the high-end art collecting guys he was doing deals with.   Gives an exclusive look at the whole “upper-end” art community and the shit they get up to.

ES: This one here is a Jan Weenix, from . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: BCLSB EXCLUSIVE: Taped Secret Convo of Evan Solomon With Art Client

Politics and its Discontents: Sorry, I’ve Been Kinda Busy…

That must be the reason that people like Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and her parliamentary secretary Jeff Watson haven’t yet had time to read the Transportation Safety Board’s damning report on last year’s Lac-Mégantic train derailment that killed 47 people:

Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sorry, I’ve Been Kinda Busy…

Politics and its Discontents: Political Ambition And Public Outrage

The interesting thing about political ambition and public outrage is that sometimes they work synergistically to produce positive results. Jason Kenney, whose ambition to become the Conservative Party’s next leader have been widely rumoured, announced yesterday that fast food restaurants are being suspended from participation in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program after increasingly bad publicity . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Political Ambition And Public Outrage

LeDaro: Pierre Poilievre -Minister for "democratic’ Reform

How to dodge a question? Pierre Poilievre will teach you how. I felt sorry for Evan Solomon. He did try but Poiliever proved that he is the champion of fudging.

Politics and its Discontents: …Gone?

The tale of Eve Adams gets increasingly melodramatic, and increasingly reminiscent of Helena Guergis. That she will suffer Helena’s political fate is looking more likely with each passing day.

Readers may recall that prior to her fall from grace, Helena Guergis, at the Charlottetown airport in February of 2010, allegedly threw a tantrum and screamed . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: …Gone?

Politics and its Discontents: On Tory Intractability And Contempt

Today’s blog entry is really a video one, based on the testimony yesterday of Harry Neufeld, the elections expert and former B.C. Chief Electoral Officer whose report is being consistently misrepresented by Pierre Poilievre in his zeal to suppress the vote through the misnamed ‘Fair’ Elections Act. Perhaps one of the most disturbing points to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Tory Intractability And Contempt

Politics and its Discontents: David Christopherson Rebukes Disruptive Tory Tactics; Pierre Poilievre Reassures All

Although the Opposition had been guaranteed uninterrupted testimony from Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand on the ‘Fair’ Elections Act, they didn’t get it.

David Christopherson, NDP MP from Hamilton Centre, offered this trenchant rebuke:

Meanwhile, on Power and Politics, Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilevre made it clear that Mayrand’s testimony, in . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: David Christopherson Rebukes Disruptive Tory Tactics; Pierre Poilievre Reassures All

Politics and its Discontents: Kellie Leitch Speaks Again In Her ‘Master’s Voice’

Like the good yeo(wo)man she is, Ms Leitch never deviates from the Harper regime script as she ‘answers’ Evan Solomon’s questions about the Temporary Foreign Worker’s Program. One only hopes that her collar is not pulled too tightly; given Canada’s doctor shortage, it would be sad to lose a trained practitioner who will, one hopes, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Kellie Leitch Speaks Again In Her ‘Master’s Voice’

Politics and its Discontents: Leading Climate Scientist Responds To Joe Oliver And His ‘Neanderthal Government’ – UPDATED

The other day I wrote a blog post on one of our national disgraces, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver. While in Washington recently promoting the proposed XL Keystone pipeline through the United States, Oliver took the opportunity to insult and denigrate one of the world’s leading climate-change scientists, James Hansen.

In an interview with . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Leading Climate Scientist Responds To Joe Oliver And His ‘Neanderthal Government’ – UPDATED

Politics and its Discontents: Speaking of Political Integrity …

See if you can detect even a modicum of it in Kellie Leitch, who starts talking at about the 9-minute mark of this video dealing with the massive abuses in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program:

Somehow, I don’t think this is what Judith Timson meant when she talked about authenticity.

H/t Sandra . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Speaking of Political Integrity …

LeDaro: Has Harper Government declared war on environmental groups?

Ross McMillan of Tides Canada is interviewed by Evan Solomon.

Tides Canada is one of the organizations targeted by the Harper government. It looks Harper is determined that nothing stands between him and the Tar Sands oil. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Has Harper Government declared war on environmental groups?

JimBobby Sez: CBC’s Power & Politics… after the budget cuts

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I cobbled up another video. This time, I’m takin’ a shot at the budget cuts to the CBC. It’s kinda long so I won’t blather on too much about it. Here it is:

JimBobby Sez: CBC’s Power & Politics… after the budget cuts

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I cobbled up another video. This time, I’m takin’ a shot at the budget cuts to the CBC. It’s kinda long so I won’t blather on too much about it. Here it is: . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: CBC’s Power & Politics… after the budget cuts

DeSmogBlog: Ethical Oil: The Puppet Rap

It's time for Friday funnies, and the top hit today is Ethical Oil: the Puppet Rap, which first popped up over at The Tyee.

It's a foul-mouthed, satirical music video remix of Kathryn Marshall's ridiculous PR gymnastics to avoid answering a basic question from CBC's Evan Solomon whether Enbridge funds the Ethical Oil Institute. The . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Ethical Oil: The Puppet Rap

Power & Politics question of the day: "Does ‘Vikileaks’ undermine Liberal credibility on robocalls?" When will this false equivalence end?

CK of Sister Sage’s Musings has a wonderful post asking why Bob Rae apologized for Vikileaks. Good question but what hit me hardest about the post was this gem regarding a poll question from Evan Solomon’s Power & Politics. The question asks: “Does ‘Vikileaks’ undermine Liberal credibility on robocalls?” What?

That P&P quote is staggering . . . → Read More: Power & Politics question of the day: "Does ‘Vikileaks’ undermine Liberal credibility on robocalls?" When will this false equivalence end?