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Babel-on-the-Bay: Harper goes “quietly into the night.”

That line from Shakespeare’s Henry V is a haunting phrase that can give deep meaning to a legacy. The only problem for Canada’s failed and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper is his lack of a legacy. He united the right and rode that tiger into power. Yet he could never dismount. He ruled firmly from […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Harper goes “quietly into the night.”

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Tory’s terribly trying times.

It is hardly the best of times for Canada’s Conservatives. Their former leader has gone on to his reward: oblivion. Oh sure, the Hair is still around but he is now a nonentity. His temporary replacement, Rona Ambrose rode her horse out of the west to try to humanize her party but it seems like […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Tory’s terribly trying times.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Not Faulted For Listening To Harper

3 years ago, I explained what was happening with the Duffy trial. Today it came to a close. It's about the credibility of Duffy vs. the credibility of the Harper PMO. One of them will take a big hit today. — Lawrence Martin (@LMartinOttawa) April 21, 2016 whatever else to think about #duffy verdict, good […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #Duffy Not Faulted For Listening To Harper

Babel-on-the-Bay: Party conventions are always about money.

The first thing learned about political conventions is that it always has to be at a profit. The second is that if there is nothing contentious, create something. You always have to fill the hall. And filling the hall does not seem to be a problem for any of the three political party conventions planned […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Party conventions are always about money.

Trashy's World: Quote of the week…

… from the Guardian: Stephen Harper, Canada’s former prime minister, was a vacuous, anodyne nothing, as magnetic on the public stage as the podium he spoke from. His occasional efforts to ingratiate himself to younger voters – or rather the e… . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Quote of the week…

Babel-on-the-Bay: Honourable Members All!

A reader brought up what he considers a serious weakness in first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting yesterday. It is the assumption that we elect “honourable members’ to our legislatures and the House of Commons and select the same for our Senate. The member we elect with at least a plurality is assumed capable of representing all voters […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Honourable Members All!

Babel-on-the-Bay: But what if FPTP isn’t broke?

You almost hate to ask the question. What is wrong with the way Canadians vote? There seems to be an assumption by some people that first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting is a failure. Does that mean you have to dump FPTP and take a flier on some other theoretically improved voting system? And why is it better? […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: But what if FPTP isn’t broke?

Susan on the Soapbox: Trudeau On Pipelines: Maybe

Last week Justin Trudeau walked into the lion’s den—a boardroom filled with the country’s top oilpatch executives—and got it half right. Luckily he had the good sense to take Premier Notley with him. Mr Trudeau, Ms Notley and Big Oil … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Trudeau On Pipelines: Maybe

Left Over: A First Step For Government, a Semi-Giant Leap for Labor

Liberal government moves to repeal controversial union laws Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk meets reporters on Parliament Hill at 10:15 a.m. ET CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2016 10:08 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 10:13 AM ET     … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: A First Step For Government, a Semi-Giant Leap for Labor

Left Over: …Then They Came for Me…

Online comments on news stories: a problem for everyone Syrian refugee stories on news sites are prompting some backlash in the comments section of some websites By Bal Brach, CBC News Posted: Jan 10, 2016 8:00 AM PT Last Updated: Jan … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: …Then They Came for Me…

cartoon life: The reprimand

Filed under: art Tagged: Harper, Trudeau . . . → Read More: cartoon life: The reprimand

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Concalls: Duffy Trial Revelations

The Duffy Trial has been a bit of an expose on how the Harper Cons’ PMO operated. It’s not pretty. The comments made about Sona and Finely are nothing to sneeze at either. With Sona destined to sit in jail, and Finely in a grave, it all seems a little bit of an academic discussion […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Concalls: Duffy Trial Revelations

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Brad Wall Makes News Again

.@PremierBradWall Very unhappy that you're using terrorists' crime to dictate Canada's refugee humanitarian strategy. #skpoli #cdnpoli

— John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) November 16, 2015

Brad Wall in September, before the CPC leadership opened up. Globe and Mail: https://t.co/cma3ImnWYG #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/1F2NcS5uxK

— Mike Gibbs (@Mikeggibbs) November 16, 2015

That was following this tragedy highlighted in the world media.

If you've changed your opinion due to a terrorist attack, ask yourself why you're letting terrorism win by having it set your agenda.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) November 15, 2015

.@mikemckinnon @PremierBradWall @JustinTrudeau If we delay months, how many more (Read more…)

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The Disaffected Lib: We’re All Neoliberals Now. Let’s Change That.

One thing that struck home during our extended election campaign was how our mainstream political parties have become deeply invested in neoliberalism. While it has several descriptions, reflective of its insidious vagueness, neoliberalism is the merger of political and economic ideology most often called “free market fundamentalism.” It is a sort of merger of political and commercial/corporate powers usually born out of the surrender of incidents of political sovereignty through multi-national financial and trade agreements.

It’s a process akin to the tactics of a boa constrictor whose victims often fail to realize the severity of their predicament until its (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Reflections On The Post-Harper CPC

Whatever else you say about the results of the election on October 19, it was the end of Stephen Harper’s career as leader of the CPC and Canada’s Prime Minister.

By all measures, this election was the CPC’s to lose.  They had control over the government and its messaging, they had a financial warchest rumoured to be many times the size of their competitors, and they had control over the timing.

So, what did they do wrong?  Lots.

Harper had spent his entire time as leader of the CPC consolidating his control over the party and its top ranks.  It (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Forest For The Trees: Harper’s Fudgey Forestry Figures

I have a feeling that some webpages will be changing significantly in the coming years at the Government of Canada.

“At 0.02% of its forested area, deforestation in Canada is among the world’s lowest” vs. “That means human activities disturbed 20,000 hectares of pristine forest every day [worldwide] for the past 13 years,” the group said.

Of that degradation, more than a fifth — 21.4 per cent — occurred in Canada, the study found. That’s more than any other country. ” That’s 94965000 hectares over those 13 years. At 21.4%, Canada deforested virgin forests covering about 20322510 (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Forest For The Trees: Harper’s Fudgey Forestry Figures

I have a feeling that some webpages will be changing significantly in the coming years at the Government of Canada.

“At 0.02% of its forested area, deforestation in Canada is among the world’s lowest” vs. “That means human activities disturbed 20,000 hectares of pristine forest every day [worldwide] for the past 13 years,” the group said.

Of that degradation, more than a fifth — 21.4 per cent — occurred in Canada, the study found. That’s more than any other country. ” That’s 94965000 hectares over those 13 years. At 21.4%, Canada deforested virgin forests covering about 20322510 (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harris Tries To Tramp The Harper Dirt Down

Thank goodness for Michael Harris.

Helpfully providing an example of how journalists should not be thinking:

.@alexboutilier Goodness, you've adopted a Levantism? #HDS should stand for Harper's Deranged Supporters.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 23, 2015

The Harper sycophant uses “HDS” “to shut down any meaningful criticism of our former dictator on the basis that all criticism was merely partisan”.

@alexboutilier @AndrewMitrovica furthermore journos shldnt continually parrot such a unsavoury term, that was coined by conservatives to 1/2

— officialdoubter (@polycan6632) October 23, 2015

Wonder if @alexboutilier realizes when people critique Insufferable entitlemement in white male MSM they mean him. (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harris Tries To Tramp The Harper Dirt Down

Thank goodness for Michael Harris.

Helpfully providing an example of how journalists should not be thinking:

.@alexboutilier Goodness, you've adopted a Levantism? #HDS should stand for Harper's Deranged Supporters.

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) October 23, 2015

The Harper sycophant uses “HDS” “to shut down any meaningful criticism of our former dictator on the basis that all criticism was merely partisan”.

@alexboutilier @AndrewMitrovica furthermore journos shldnt continually parrot such a unsavoury term, that was coined by conservatives to 1/2

— officialdoubter (@polycan6632) October 23, 2015

Wonder if @alexboutilier realizes when people critique Insufferable entitlemement in white male MSM they mean him. (Read more…)

Left Over: Analysis or Paralysis? This Procto(r)ologist is Rambling….

ANALYSIS

Did B.C.’s memories of 1990s ‘fudge-it-budget’ hold key to NDP downfall? Winner may have been announced before B.C. polls closed, but province still influenced final result

By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2015 2:00 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015 4:46 AM PT

 

What a terminally stupid headline..let’s put this Socred/Lib lie to rest..there never was a fudge-it budget, and even the person who has the temerity to OK such a scurrilous headline knows it.. Our Island went all- but- May orange, and the only reason that the Libs won a (Read more…)

Left Over: Analysis or Paralysis? This Procto(r)ologist is Rambling….

ANALYSIS

Did B.C.’s memories of 1990s ‘fudge-it-budget’ hold key to NDP downfall? Winner may have been announced before B.C. polls closed, but province still influenced final result

By Jason Proctor, CBC News Posted: Oct 20, 2015 2:00 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015 4:46 AM PT

 

What a terminally stupid headline..let’s put this Socred/Lib lie to rest..there never was a fudge-it budget, and even the person who has the temerity to OK such a scurrilous headline knows it.. Our Island went all- but- May orange, and the only reason that the Libs won a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau Man, I, Ahh… I Don’t Know

Canadians were so eager to get rid of Stephen Harper, they forgot they weren’t served very well by a mainstream party holding a majority on power the last 4 years.

*uncharacteristically crumples plan paper up into a ball and throws it in the garbage* Me yesterday:

October 19, 2015 at 1:35 PM:

The alternate universe of sensible adults and fair outcomes would include a minority Parliament with Trudeau, Mulcair, and May all sharing the role of PM at different times over the next 4 years. But, we won’t get such an outcome, and are more likely to get [a (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau Man, I, Ahh… I Don’t Know

Canadians were so eager to get rid of Stephen Harper, they forgot they weren’t served very well by a mainstream party holding a majority on power the last 4 years.

*uncharacteristically crumples plan paper up into a ball and throws it in the garbage* Me yesterday:

October 19, 2015 at 1:35 PM:

The alternate universe of sensible adults and fair outcomes would include a minority Parliament with Trudeau, Mulcair, and May all sharing the role of PM at different times over the next 4 years. But, we won’t get such an outcome, and are more likely to get [a (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Stephen Harper No Longer Prime Minister of Canada

Finally Canadians have vote out the Conservative party led by Stephen Harper. Their nine year rule saw Canada lose respect from around the world. Canada has earned a reputation of blocking climate change related international agreements and being a country that is swayed by horrible political manoeuvres. The country transformed from a place that supports collective freedoms to a country that won’t help refugees. The federal government, who passed drastic anti-terroist laws, said they won’t even investigate the murders of aboriginal women.

Canada became a shameful place. Regular readers of this blog would note that the only time Harper (or (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Election Prediction As Of October 14, 2015

The result of the election is pretty much known by now, at 8pm Saskatchewan time (MDT), and Harper will no longer be our Prime Minister very soon. I decided this evening to post a prediction because of two tweets.

#BREAKING. I've locked my #elxn42 predictions in. They'll auto-post at 10 pm EST next Monday right here because you care.

— y – Jim Calder (@progright) October 15, 2015

Congrats, Stephen Harper. Your campaign is even too racist for Lynton Crosby. http://t.co/mxc5Za79wI #elxn42 pic.twitter.com/RAzmQejfDJ

— Ben Parsons (@bfaparsons) October 14, 2015

I figured if he doesn’t want (Read more…)