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Susan on the Soapbox: The One Question to Ask a Conservative Candidate in This Election

He did it. Stephen Harper dropped the writ and we’re heading into a 78 day election campaign. Oh joy!

I’m serious.

I intend to have a real conversation with my Conservative MP, the ditzy Joan Crockatt.

I expect our conversation to go something like this:

Ding dong.

(Dog erupts into manic barking. Mr Soapbox grabs his collar and hauls him away from the front door. I step out and greet Joan who’s wearing a bright smile and is surrounded by minions trying to keep her out of trouble).

Me: Yes?

Joan: Hi, I’m Joan Crockatt. I’m your MP. Blah, blah, (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: The bully tactics of Stephen Harper.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper must be a bully who has never grown up. He seems to be a misanthrope: a person who dislikes other humans. He shows narcissistic tendencies with his vanity over that hairpiece that is always so perfectly in place. He has always been stuffy, vain and demanding of power. His hairdresser is always on hand to fix his hair, make-up or take the lint off his suit. He has turned on all his mentors and has no close friends.

But it is the bully that is most dangerous to Canadians. You would accept the vanities and narcissism (Read more…)

Trashy's World: The CPC, liars since 2006…

Yeah, forget about the Parliamentary Budget Office saying that we are already in deficit. Like, what do they know? The Harper Reform Party – lying comes so naturally to them.    (0) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: We Are Not Charmaine Borg, We Are The Conservatives

Ms. Borg is an NDP MP, and is most definitely not one of these Conservative trained seals.

It's funny but I think they left out female MPs to make it look like CPC are a bunch of old white men https://t.co/k42JOtTSTC

— Stephen Maher (@stphnmaher) July 30, 2015

This is hilarious. 13 Conservative MPs deliver the same PMO script. #WeAreBorg https://t.co/aJPW1Kosoy #cdnpoli

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) July 29, 2015

Trained seals….. https://t.co/LJ2ASKPEha

— Brent Rathgeber, MP (@brentrathgeber) July 30, 2015

If you show too much independent thought, you must leave the Conservative Collective. e.g.:

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Ignorance Means Power For Conservatives

A cringe-worthy tweet explains the Conservative mindset in running the election campaign early before school gets back. Keep kids in the dark, and disengaged so wise old people can continue to run things for them. Poppa Harper knows best.

@ChristinePenro1 @CBCAlerts election date hasn't changed.regardless, I certainly don't want students learning about elections from teachers

— AJF (@AronJFinn) July 30, 2015

Aron’s autobiography: “Conservative. Pro Oil & Gas. Man made Climate Change is a farce. Anti Trudeau / Wynne and the biased MSM [Mainstream media].”

.@CBCAlerts It would be nice if @GGDavidJohnston would politely tell the PM to (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Senate Reform – Harper’s Way

Earlier this week, Stephen Harper basically tried to make Senate Reform in Canada the province’s problem to sort out.  More or less, he said that he wasn’t going to appoint any more senators until the provinces come up with a plan to reform or abolish the Senate.

Harper has finally figured out one thing – namely that Senate reform cannot be done by legislative fiat, nor can he simply bully his way through.  Any meaningful reform has to have actual leadership to drive it.  Harper doesn’t want to lead, he wants to dictate.

Basically, what Harper did was a (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks peak as Canada eyes election timing

Harper might want to stretch the TPP bargaining to minimize electoral risks. But in the middle of an election, the timing is not really up to Canada. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Janyce McGregor for CBC

Pity Ed Fast’s campaign manager in Abbotsford, B.C.

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OpenMedia.ca: CTV: File breach at electronic spy agency prompts mandatory privacy training

This is the agency our government is telling us to “just trust” with our secrets?

Article by Jim Bronskill for CTV News

OTTAWA – Canada’s electronic spy agency introduced mandatory privacy awareness training for all employees in March following an internal breach involving personal information.

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Left, Right or Liberal?

One of the best—and funniest—opeds we have read for a while was by Susan Delacourt of the Toronto Star. Susan’s first premise in her article (Liberals must win the middle…July 25) was that there are too many communications people in the Liberal Party. She then segues into a discourse on whether the Liberal Party is even necessary. She gives the party a pass but notes that it has to determine if it takes the middle road through principle or pragmatism.

We will take it as something of a back-handed compliment that Susan recognizes the communications expertise that the Liberal Party (Read more…)

Susan on the Soapbox: Dear Mr Harper: About that Poll…

On Thursday I answered the phone and it was you Mr Harper (well, your robot pollster lady) wondering whether I’d answer a 30 second political survey.

While I can’t be certain she was calling on your behalf, the nature of her questions led me to the inevitable conclusion that I was talking to none other than Our Dear Leader.

Here’s why.

Question 1: What do you care about most?

Right off the bat you manipulated my response.

The choices you gave me were: a balanced economy, healthcare, public safety and two other things that were so inconsequential I can’t (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: To Senate Or Not To Senate

There will be no questions. Well, almost none, as per usual.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking with Premier Brad Wall at legislature today. #yqr #skpoli #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/MUHNM5gbcN

— Natascia Lypny (@wordpuddle) July 24, 2015

Gluttonous child has gorged himself on the ice cream; now declares a moratorium on more ice cream. #cdnpoli #SenCA https://t.co/h3NBZKX14N

— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) July 24, 2015

L. Lea ‏@YukonGale : “@althiaraj Basically he’s saying he won’t appoint any more senators but he can’t make that binding upon the next government, right?”

Not without a Constitutional amendment.

PM taking questions now. First (Read more…)

Politics Canada: Harper’s Orwellian scare tactics

It has just come out that our civil servants have been told to provide fodder to the Harper government’s wish to make terrorism a big issue in Canada. An issue big enough that we don’t notice the horrific mishandling of our economy and tax system. Harper used the Ottawa shooting to push through bill C-51 stripping Canadians of more of their civil liberties. Even more important to the Harperites is the spread of fear, fear of terrorism. They are counting on Canadians to be more worried about terrorism than the economy.

In the true spirit of the Orwell classic 1984 (Read more…)

cartoon life: A more accurate nightmare I’ve never seen

You won’t recognize Canada when I’m done with it

Filed under: art Tagged: caricature, deepdreamer, Harper, nightmare, politician

The Disaffected Lib: Harper is No Conservative. In His Black Soul, He’s a Mangy Junkyard Dog Posing as a Conservative.

Richard Benyon, a Tory MP and former environment minister under David Cameron, writes that Tony Abbott is no Conservative.  By Mr. Benyon’s standards, neither is Steve Harper.

Mr. Benyon wrote an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, in which he called out the Australian prime minister for rescinding the country’s carbon tax, pulling government support for renewable energy and increasing his nation’s exposure to climate risks.

Abbott’s dismissal of climate science and his belief that Australia must choose between economic growth and tackling climate change speak to a distorted vision of what it means to be a conservative.

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OpenMedia.ca: Toronto Star: CJFE and CCLA start constitutional challenge to C-51

We believe C-51 will not stand up to judicial scrutiny, and support all efforts to undo this unjust law. This is only one of many challenges that this reckless, dangerous and ineffective legislation is certain to face, unless politicians listen to the calls of almost 300,000 Canadians who have spoken out at KillC51.ca, calling for C-51 to be repealed in its entirety. Speak out now –> KillC51.ca

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OpenMedia.ca: Tyee: TPP Deal Puts BC’s Privacy Laws in the Crosshairs

The TPP would render B.C. privacy laws useless. Speak out now to repeal this secretive, Internet-censoring deal at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Scott Sinclair for The Tyee

British Columbia’s privacy laws are in the crosshairs of the nearly completed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. If you’re wondering what the heck data privacy protections have to do with trade, you’re not alone. Public awareness of the far-reaching, 12-country negotiation is scant, with polls showing three-quarters of Canadians have never even heard of the TPP. 

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Susan on the Soapbox: While Brad Wall is “Showboating” Rachel Notley Moves On

“Premier Wall says that if standing up for your industry and your province is showboating, take me to the bridge.”—Brad Wall’s response to Rachel Notley’s comment that Wall was “showboating” on the eve of the premiers’ meeting.

Brad Wall is the second provincial premier (Jim Prentice was the first) who tried to take a bite out of Rachel Notley and ended up crumpled on the floor.

The brouhaha started when Mr Wall said Ms Notley had given Quebec a de facto veto of future pipelines when she said Quebec would support such pipelines if Alberta demonstrates it’s taking (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: Confirmed: We didn’t need Bill C-51

Before C-51, laws and arrangements often allowed for the sharing of information for national security purposes. C-51 adopts an excessive approach that will harm online innovation, political discourse and our civil liberties. Speak out to get it repealed at KillC51.ca

Article by The Canadian Press for CBC

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Babel-on-the-Bay: Rob Nicholson: Conservative curmudgeon.

Would the Harper Conservatives prefer a nuclear war? It really makes you wonder when you hear the undiplomatic comments of Canada’s foreign minister. Canadians had reason to be embarrassed on Monday when the success of the Iran nuclear talks was announced. While most of the world was rejoicing, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson was ‘staying the course’ as directed by Prime Minister Harper. He was also insulting Canada’s most important allies, the Americans, the British, the French and the rest of the European Union.

With Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu practically foaming at the mouth at turning the Iranians loose (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: On Recession Economies

So, today the Bank of Canada lowered its prime lending rate to 0.5%.  Supposedly, this signals that Canada is sliding into a recession.

Those of us who have been watching have long ago figured out that the minute the bubble burst on oil prices, Canada was going to slide into a recession.  Arguably, if you aren’t in the oil patch, Canada has been in a recession for the last four or five years.  What am I talking about here?

Jobs.  Sure, the government has posted “new jobs growth” regularly, but let’s be honest with ourselves here.  Most of the (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Mr. Harper’s recession

Mr. Harper’s recession

Louis-Philippe Rochon Associate professor of economics, Laurentian University Co-Editor, Review of Keynesian Economics

 

Short of a miracle, Canada is officially in recession, which I predicted back in January. But this recession was wholly avoidable had Mr. Harper and his government abandoned their wicked policies of austerity in favour of a growth-oriented fiscal expansionary policy. Bottom line: this is a Harper recession.

The economic follies followed by Prime Minister Harper in his nine years in office amount to a complete rejection of common sense. Except for a maybe one year, Mr. Harper has voluntarily and aggressively followed (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Can Harper tell a trade pact from an aid package?

Did you hear that Canada and Ukraine are signing their own free trade deal? The Ukraine had another US$ 5 billion trade deficit last year and Mr. Harper wants to sign a free trade pact. With a population 11 million larger than Canada, Ukraine’s most important trading partner to-date has been Russia. And Ukraine is in the midst of a full blown war with its trading partner Russia.

Somebody must have pointed out to Mr. Harper and his Conservatives that there are more than a million descendants of the Ukraine Diaspora in Canada. And what that boils down to is (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Do Conservatives consider Justin Trudeau dangerous?

While most Canadians simply laugh off the silly “Trudeau’s not ready” commercials playing with increasing intensity on English-language television, there is another more layered campaign underlying it. This more insidious campaign is spreading through social media and says that Trudeau is ‘dangerous.’ If you have not received the core threats of this campaign, it is probably because you do not fit the demographics.

If you are not a rabid right-to-life supporter, you would not be included in the outrageous campaign against Trudeau for his stance on women’s rights. Not content to pillory the Liberal leader for his condoning abortion, (Read more…)

Trashy's World: Harper is talking about our recession…

… er, economic downturn in front of a crowd of Grade fivers because… – They are only a few years younger than the PMO short pant staffers who set up this photo-op, so could talk about cool stuff common to them in between takes… – He has found a group of economic advisors with better insights […]

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Hair makes his first mistake.

In front of a bored group of children in gym clothes the other day, the Hair announced the obvious: Canada is in an economic ‘downturn.’ Neither he nor Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver has used the ‘Recession’ word. Even with our economy so obviously in the crapper, the Conservatives will stay the course, the Hair informs us. It could be the beginning of a crumbling Conservative campaign for re-election.

Whether Canada’s current economic doldrums are a full-blown recession or not is still to be resolved. Economists with the major banks and investment houses are arguing but if we have (Read more…)