Montreal Simon: The French Debate and the Bigot Game of Stephen Harper

If you missed last night's French-language debate you can relax because you didn't miss much.The debate had its lively moments, but there were no knock out punches, and I very much doubt that it will move many votes in Quebec or in the rest of Canada.Tom Mulcair survived the combined assault of his opponents, Justin Trudeau ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Prepares to Play the Bigot Card in Quebec

It couldn't be a more horrible sight. For me it is the ultimate nightmare. The grubby Stephen Harper, the political porn peddler, in my own province of Quebec.The province that adopted me, and that I love so much.Preparing for tonight's French-language TV debate, and a last desperate effort to claw his way to another bloody majority.By ...

centre of the universe: How to get engaged in Canadian politics: an educational resource

Here is a handy guide that will help you, disenfranchised Canadian, get engaged with and get involved in the upcoming (eventually, at the end of several more weeks of pre-election hell) federal election! The first step, as the number to the left would indicate, is to click every single link you see in social media ...

Accidental Deliberations: Burning question

So apparently this week’s Macleans debate went ahead despite the exclusion of a party leader with seats in Parliament who wanted to be heard. Which raises the question: how is it that Elizabeth May didn’t refuse to participate, as she demands everybody else do when the shoe is on the other foot?

Alberta Politics: This just in: Prime minister calls early election … I mean, calls an election early … What could possibly go wrong?

PHOTOS: The prime minister of Canada in a Navy hat. The new kind. Yeah! A macho Navy cap! Now where’s Tommy Flanagan, now that we need him again? No, not that Tommy Flanagan! The political strategy guy. Below: Former prime minister Joe Clark, former Alberta premier Jim Prentice and current Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Let’s ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Ghastly and Dangerous Separatist Card

As anyone who has ever read this blog must know, I have tried to be as non-partisan as possible, and stay out of the battles between the Liberals and the NDP.In the firm belief that all progressives should focus on defeating Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime, who are threatening to destroy the country we ...

Accidental Deliberations: Unblocked

In response to the apparent return of Gilles Duceppe to federal politics, I’ll offer a quick rerun on the state of the Bloc Quebecois: Once the 1995 referendum was in the rear-view mirror, however, the Bloc recognized that it would need to stand for more than sovereignty alone. And so it developed a strategy of ...

Tattered Sleeve: Justin Calling

Justin Calling to Albertan towns Now get prepared for the writ to come down Justin Calling to the oilsands Forget about Pierre and his Energy plans Justin Calling, now look here to us The new Trudeaumania is on the up’n’up Mulcair isn’t catching Harper’s on the way out The Cons are corrupted The Greens got ...

Calgary Grit: 100 Years of Bad Photo Ops

As you have probably heard a hundred times over the past month, the Calgary Stampede turns 100 this year. Calgary has changed a lot over this time. A seat at the 1912 rodeo cost 50 cents. Calgary’s population was 70,000. And, oh yeah, back then Alberta was a Liberal bastion, with the Grits holding 6 ...

Alberta Diary: How far will Prime Minister Stephen Harper go with separatists to hang onto power?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, with Parti Quebecois Leader Pauline Marois … or something very much like that. The politicians pictured above may not be exactly as illustrated in real life. Below: Thomas Mulcair, Jack Layton. Now that our sullen neo-conservative prime minister is on speaking terms once again with former PM Brian Mulroney – ...

Impolitical: All the action is in Quebec

If you’re like me these days, when you see a story involving the Bloc, you might yawn a little bit and gloss over it. Is it more infighting in the sovereignty movement, things not moving fast enough, yadda yadda. But this one from the weekend could make waves: “Fonds publics: Gilles Duceppe dans l’embarras.” (Translation) ...

Trying To Understand Politics In Quebec These Days–Part 1–Is Sovereignty Really Dead? The Potential Resurrection of Gilles Duceppe

I had heard nothing from the federalist media, particularly from those from the right who say nothing but sovereignty is dead in la belle province. The evidence they have? Well, some polls, which I do take with a grain of salt–the usual suspects–Leger Marketing.  Sadly, that is all most Quebecers have to work . . ...

Blunt Objects: Quebec’s Just Looking For Love

Sadly, in all the wrong places. As the above graphic shows, the swings in provincial politics in Quebec are absolutely amazing. Given the option of Francoise Legault or Gilles Duceppe, Quebecois go wild and vote en masse (as much as 35%~ can be considered “en masse”) for them, and will apparently vote in droves in ...

But I Thought The CBC Had a Two Year Cooling Off Period With Ex-Politicians-Juxtapose!

I know I’m going to need to be heavily sedated after writing the first sentence, but I find myself in agreement with the Blogging SupposiTory resident McCarthyist, BC Blue today. I am asking the same question he is today: Why is CBC allowing Stockwell Day to break their 2 year cooling off policy? However, I’m wording ...

Duceppe to CBC

Oh man, this is really going to piss off the right! LOFL! Stephen Tayor’s going to have to bring out the mops for all the cranial matter exploding over at Blogging Tories. MONTREAL – Former Bloc Quebecois head Gilles Duceppe said he doesn’t think there is anything controversial about an ex-soveregnist leader working at the state ...

Election – Post-Game Thoughts

So, there we have it: the Cons have a majority government. The NDP is the official opposition. Iggy led the Liberal party to a historic low in the house. The BQ is all but decimated and, at this point, Elizabeth May of the Greens might have won a seat for her party – finally. (Update ...

liberal catnip: Election – Post-Game Thoughts

So, there we have it: the Cons have a majority government. The NDP is the official opposition. Iggy led the Liberal party to a historic low in the house. The BQ is all but decimated and, at this point, Elizabeth May of the Greens might have won a seat for her party – finally. (Update ...

Canadian Soapbox: Stephen Harper tweets that a coalition government would be legitimate

Democracy is all about choices, deciding which individuals and which parties we want to represent us in government.  There has been some concern that Stephen Harper might not accept the rules of our democracy if he were to be leading a minority government that again quickly loses the confidence of the House of Commons.  Well, based ...

Debate post script

For the second night in a row, I didn’t watch the Leaders’ debate (there was an all-candidates debate in York Centre tonight which featured an equally jarring Tory candidate, but that’s for another day).Radio-Canada’s coverage of the post-debate was really good, and featured, among other things, a reality check on Duceppe’s finger wagging about the ...

Tattered Sleeve: French Debate Kicked Ass (mostly Harper’s)

I hope people were watching, because tonight’s French-language leaders’ debate was lively, passionate and substantive. After fighting sleep at about the half-way point in yesterday’s English-language debate, tonight I found myself riveted. This is in no small part due to Gilles Duceppe’s fiery energy tonight, after being content to sit quietly on the side-lines for ...

Tattered Sleeve: French Debate Kicked Ass (mostly Harper’s)

I hope people were watching, because tonight’s French-language leaders’ debate was lively, passionate and substantive. After fighting sleep at about the half-way point in yesterday’s English-language debate, tonight I found myself riveted. This is in no small part due to Gilles Duceppe’s fiery energy tonight, after being content to sit quietly on the side-lines for ...

Paul S. Graham: Canada’s 2011 Federal Election: ’tis better to have loved and lost . . .

With the annual retreat of snow and ice blessedly underway, the crap and crud that mysteriously didn’t make it into my back lane dumpster is revealed in all of its putrescence. I call this a mystery because I don’t know how apparently sentient, reasonably healthy, bipedally-capable adults with opposable thumbs could miss the dumpster’s gaping ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY EIGHT: The Media And The Narrative (the media sucks! part 3,756)

You can’t overstate the importance of the role the media plays in shaping how election campaigns and the candidates themselves are perceived. So early on here during the race I’ve been keeping track of things the media is trying to spin for us. For example did you know Harper got off to fast start in this campaign and had Iggy ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY SEVEN: Stephen Harper Tires Of Democracy

I’m having a difficult time not writing about Stephen’s petulance as if he were some whiny assed titty-baby. His contempt for his opponents, the Canadian people and democracy in general have been difficult to watch during the first week of the campaign. He’s apparently decided that at campaign stops he’s only going to answer five ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY SIX: Ignamentum!

Okay, so I’ve coined a silly word and am probably jumping the gun on this. Michael Ignatieff has only a smidgen of momentum but it’s a good start for a guy who has been unable to get any for almost three years now. According to pollster Nik Nanos, Iggy’s improved Leadership Index Score, a compendium of ...