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Politics and its Discontents: Looking Back

Although it was made in 2013, the following 22 Minutes’ video has lost none of its relevance:

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Politics and its Discontents: Fun With Stephen

As a Facebook wag described the above, Harper’s caucus room post-election.

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Politics and its Discontents: A Little Something For The Masochists Out There

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Politics and its Discontents: A Record Of Failure

Stephen lacks the requisite skills and temperament to succeed in any position of responsibility; recommend removal at earliest possible date.

Stephen’s oil monomania suggests a pathology deeply harmful both to himself and the entire country.

Stephen’s addiction to rabid and exclusionary ideology and his capacity for gross fabrications are also cause for deep concern:

Harper moves directly into attack mode on GTA stop, Aug. 4

As Stephen Harper and the ruling Conservative Party have amply proven over the past decade, in the Alice in Wonderland fantasy world of neoconservative ideology, nothing is what it seems to be and anything is (Read more…)

In-Sights: They are our friends, neighbours and family members

Reading of another tragic Fentanyl death — this time Jack Bodie, a Burnaby youth on the cusp of adulthood — I began to think it is time for each of us to have a Howard Beale moment, “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

“This” is the insane Canadian drug policy that satisfies no one, except perhaps for people in the police, justice and prison industries and villains involved in distributing drugs, laundering money or trading in Conservative Party votes.

According to BC’s Chief Coroner, almost 200 residents of the province suffered Fentanyl (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Under Seige

Once more, editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay scores a solid bullseye.

As does Corrigan over at The Star:

And let’s not forget Star readers: Since the post-2008 Great Recession, Stephen Harper’s primary focus on energy (oil/gas) economic action strategies have painted our economic flexibilities into a corner. Now we find our transnational economic drivers near exhausted.

Interest rates are now .05 per cent. We are on the precipice of falling financially/economically into quicksand recessionary territory.

In hindsight, consider what if we had developed multi-faceted strategies for dynamic, clean-energy manufacturing 21st century technologies in critical mass in construction, science, industry and (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Regime In One Easy-To-Understand Graphic!

H/t Boycott The Harper Conservatives

For those of you who are more text-oriented or want a comprehensive recounting of the depredations of the Harper years, I encourage you to check out and bookmark Rural’s Harper History Series over at Democracy Under Fire.

Rural has taken on the unenviable and herculean but noble task of compiling the myriad abuses of and acts of contempt against democracy during King Stephen’s reign; it is a lot to take in and can be depressing at times to see what we have lost, but if read in measured amounts is a very useful reminder of (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Harperland As Seen By Editorial Cartoonists

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Alberta Politics: MP Wai Young’s lines were flubbed, but nevertheless they sound like a cynical Harper Government talking point

PHOTOS: The Cone of Silence – it just doesn’t work for anyone any more. Below: Conservative MP Wai Young, Conservative PM Stephen Harper and Jesus, whose position on Canadian politics is unknown. It seems likely Vancouver South MP Wai Young fumbled a cynical Harper Government talking point when she claimed last month that Air India […]

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The Canadian Progressive: Ditch the expensive and risky F-35 fighter jet, Mr. Harper

A new study accuses the Harper govern of mismanaging Canada’s defence procurement, recommends ditching planned purchase of expensive F-35 fighters jets.

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Politics and its Discontents: Speaking Of Conservative Crime

It seems that our Prime Minister may have violated his own anti-terror law against terrorist imagery and propaganda.

As reported by CTV, A new Conservative attack ad takes aim at Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s position on the mission against the Islamic State, but it uses the terrorist group’s own horrifying propaganda images.

In the online ad, posted on the Conservative Party’s Facebook page, Trudeau is shown in a CBC interview saying he would end the CF-18 bombing campaign against the terrorist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

The ad uses Islamic State propaganda, including gruesome images of prisoners (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Some Days I Don’t Have To Write Anything

… thanks to groups like this:

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Politics and its Discontents: I Wouln’t Have Thought The Smell Of Sulphur Would Bother Him

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Alberta Politics: Does advertising plagiarism suggest Harper Government’s running on intellectual fumes?

PHOTOS: A screen shot from the new Harper Government anti-Tom-Mulcair advertisement. Actual Harper government plagiarism may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Scenes from the nearly identical 2011 Manitoba NDP 30-second spot and 2015 Harper Con spot. If political ads were popular songs, the Manitoba NDP would probably be getting ready to sue the Harper […]

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The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Dangerous Change In Law

In his latest abuse of the legislative processes, Harper has slide a particularly slimy bit into the 2015 budget implementation bill:  

The Harper government moved to retroactively rewrite Canada’s access to information law in order to prevent possible criminal charges against the RCMP, The Canadian Press has learned. 

An unheralded change buried in last week’s 167-page omnibus budget bill exempted all records from the defunct long-gun registry, and also any “request, complaint, investigation, application, judicial review, appeal or other proceeding under the Access to Information Act or the Privacy Act,” related to those old records. 

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Maple-Flavoured Politics: A Baffling Attack

I regret to inform you that the multiple, loud bangs you heard were heads exploding. Desperately searching for something to criticize about the Liberals’ recently announced “Plan for Fairness for the Middle Class,” the Conservative are now claiming that, in their costing of the plan, the Liberals failed to take into account the tax revenue … Continue Reading

Alberta Politics: Lobbyists, agencies, government-funded ideological front groups face setbacks in wake of Alberta’s Orange Wave

PHOTOS: The Alberta Legislature Building as it transitions to Orange from Blue. Whatever will the lobbyists do? Below: NDP-connected federal lobbyist Robin Sears and Conservative-associated Alberta lobbyist Hal Danchilla. WANTED: Someone – anyone! – willing to work for major national lobbying firm in Alberta. New Democratic Party connections essential! Orange party card as asset. Back […]

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Maple-Flavoured Politics: Repeated Lies are Still Lies

How do you make people believe blatant lies? It seems that, in the estimation of the Conservative Party of Canada, the answer to that question is you repeat them incessantly. After Justin Trudeau announced the Liberal Party of Canada’s “Plan for Fairness for the Middle Class,” the Conservatives—in particular, but not exclusively, Pierre Poilievre, Minister … Continue Reading

Politics and its Discontents: The Latest In Fashion

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Maple-Flavoured Politics: Oliver’s Gaffe

I read on Twitter that some pundits and journalists are saying that we should ignore or, if not ignore, then now let go of Finance Minister Joe Oliver’s “gaffe” about the gaping tax hole that doubling the TFSA limit will create for future governments being something for Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s granddaughter to take care … Continue Reading

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Balanced. Unless.

Finance Minister Joe Oliver delivered a balanced budget. (Technically, not balanced, but rather, in fact, in a small surplus.) That much is not in dispute because a budget is what it’s author says it is. Whether the government’s books will indeed be balanced after they are closed at the end of the fiscal year is … Continue Reading

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Super-Secret Slogan

An Access to Information request filed by Canadian Press was recently refused. That request asked to see the rationale behind the advertising slogan, “Strong. Proud. Free.” that the Government of Canada (long since rebranded by the Conservatives as the Harper Government™) is now using at considerable expense was refused. Why was the Access to Information … Continue Reading

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Steering for a Rocky Reef

During the 2011 election, the Conservatives took to incessantly telling us that their’s was the steady hand on the tiller that we should trust to steer us through the stormy economic waters that were lapping at our shores. Considering recent economic data, one has to wonder if that steady hand is instead steering us toward … Continue Reading

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Canada’s Phantom Menaces

There are enough real threats in this world that there is no need to fabricate new ones. But that hasn’t stopped Jason Kenney, Minister of National Defence, from doing so. According to Kenney’s office, and backed up by Kenney himself, Russian fighter jets buzzed the Canadian frigate HMCS Fredericton at low altitude in the Black … Continue Reading

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Our Addition-Challenged Government

As I write this, we are just a little more than three weeks away from the Canadian government’s fiscal 2014/15 year-end. Yet, we still don’t know how much the government spent on advertising and what advertising it spend it on in fiscal 2013/14. What’s more, according to a story in the Globe and Mail, the … Continue Reading