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Montreal Simon: The Harperland Summer and the Country Where Hope Lives

It's Labour Day. The Snowbirds are roaring over my house for the last time, heading for the CNE air show on the other side of the island. It feels like summer is over.And the roar of the jets only reminds me of what a cataclysmic summer it has been. The summer of Gaza, ISIS, Ukraine, Ferguson and Ebola. A summer of death and destruction, hatred and despair.And of course just another grim summer in the horror of Harperland, where hope goes to die.So I'm really glad I spent much of July in a very different country…

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Montreal Simon: The Return to Harperland and the Great Progressive Depression

Well I'm finally back home in Toronto, after spending two weeks in Scotland, and a few days in Montreal.And although I'll miss the excitement of the Scottish referendum campaign, and the uplifting spirit of the Commonwealth Games.I brought Clyde, the thistle-headed games mascot home with me, and hopefully a haversack of hope with me as well.Because goodness knows this Harperland needs it eh?Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harperland Spring and the Big Con Makeover

If it wasn't for the fact that it's almost May, and Spring still feels like Autumn, I might have trouble believing I'm still living in Canada, or Harperland.For when I check out the news these days I can't believe what I'm reading.First there was Pierre Poilievre watering down his toxic Unfair Elections Act after vowing not to change a word.And today there was Jason Kenney posing as a champion of Canadian workers. Which had me wondering whether he's losing his mind. Or I am…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harperland and the Great Canadian Resistance

For years Stephen Harper and his PMO thugs have had their way with this country. Defiling our values and traditions, muzzling our democracy, and dragging us into their filthy darkness.But now at last they have gone too far.

And as the author of Harperland points out, even in this frigid land, the resistance is finally rising. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Dead Swan and the Maple Tree That Lived Forever

Two days ago in the freezing cold of this never-ending winter, I noticed a swan lying weak from hunger on the frozen lake, while its partner looked anxiously on.Unable to understand what was happening, why there is almost no open water this year. No place to draw the food from it needs to survive.I did my best to revive it by hand feeding it baby spinach leaves, but it was only strong enough to eat a couple, before it tucked its head into its feathers and went back to sleep again.And when I went back to feed it today I (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Unpleasant Besmirching of Baby Trudeau’s Name

Although I've never worked in one, and babies terrify me, I always enjoy dropping by the maternity ward, because it's the happiest place in the hospital.Most of the mums are positively glowing, having demonstrated once again that women are stronger than men.And I like to kid the first-time dads by assuring them that sleep deprivation is not ALWAYS fatal.So I was glad to see this delivery went well. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harperland and the Lights in the Darkness

Oh boy. I realize it's not easy to remain cheerful and optimistic in this dark Harperland. Not even in my little Hobbit Town where it's always Christmas.Not when this freezing winter seems to have gone on FOREVERAnd not when I can't even even tell my friends to cheer up, without risking getting an icy snowball in the back of the head. Ouch !#@!!!!But think of it this way eh?At least we know the answer to this three-year-old question…Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harperland Winter and Pete Seeger’s Message to Progressives

Well I have to admit it was a pretty grim week in Harperland. It was really cold and dark in the place where I live, and even the lights on the ferry dock couldn't brighten the gloom. Not when Lord Harper is back from his bloated junket to remind me how much I despise him and his foul Con regime. Not when Julian Fantino is going around beating up on veterans, and making me want to put a fist through a wall, I hate bullies that much. And not when the great Pete Seeger died. Which made me so sad. So you (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Harperland: Where Big Brother Meets You at the Airport

You've just got back to Canada. You have some time to kill before your connecting flight.You whip out your mobile phone to check out the web, using the airport's free Wi-Fi.Only to have Big Brother start following you around.Welcome to Harperland. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harperland and the Winter of Our Discontent

Gawd. It's getting grim out there in Harperland. I've never seen so many people looking so miserable and so grumpy. Every subway window seemed to me today like a framed picture of despair.The weather's brutal, the credit card bills are coming in, the future has never seemed more uncertain, the country never so lost. People are screaming at each other like maniacs on comment boards everywhere. It truly is the winter of our discontent.And to make things even grimmer, if that's possible eh? There was Andrew Coyne today agonizing over why Stephen Harper is so unpopular. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Happy New Year in Harperland

Well it's hard to believe that I survived another year in Harperland. Because 2013 was such a brutal year, I sometimes wondered whether I was still living in Canada eh?But it was also the year the Con regime began to fall apart. The year their monstrous leader was mortally wounded.So even though it's really cold out there I couldn't be feeling better.

After so many nightmare years, and as hard as it may be to believe, the future has never looked brighter. Read more »

Montreal Simon: One Day in the Darkness of Harperland

It was cold and dark tonight by the lake where I live. Like it usually is in late November, in Canada. But at least for the first time there was a sprinkling of snow on the ground to brighten up the gloom.Which is more than I can say about Harperland, where it just keeps getting darker and more dangerous.For just look what we learned about that monstrous regime today.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Thanksgiving in Harperland:The Sorrow and the Hope

It still takes my breath away. This country so big and so beautiful. And on this Thanksgiving Day, even in Harperland, I have so many reasons to be thankful.A roof over my head and enough food to eat. A great companion, a loving family, friends who keep me grounded and make me laugh. Readers who encourage and support me so much.The simple pleasures of life in Canada…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harperland and the Progressive Journey to Victory

It's been pretty grey and wet where I live. It gets dark before you know it. Soon it will be winter in Harperland. In all its grim horror.But on the positive side I have a few days off, so I can take a short break from blogging, recharge my batteries, and try to figure out where the hell we're going eh?Because on the gloomiest days I can't help feeling that progressives might be drifting towards disaster.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Strange and Scary History of Stephen Harper

One of the reasons we find ourselves living in the sinister darkness of Harperland, is because too many Canadians know nothing about the tortured career or weird nature of the man who would change this country beyond recognition. But would do it in such a shadowy, stealthy, incremental manner that many would not notice what was happening until it was too late. Like the proverbial frog in the pot, who thought it was having a warm bath and ended up getting cooked.So I'm glad that Mark Kennedy has written a series of stories on Stephen Harper's life, his rise to absolute power, and the devastating damage he's doing to Canada. (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Why PRISM Matters

The Guardian has done an excellent and vital job digesting the U.S. National Security Agency PRISM data leaked by Edward Snowden.  A good deal of it had come out, in part, in dribs and drabs but it was the British newspaper that put it all together in chilling context.

It’s partly a warning about our governments spying on us and why.  It’s also a warning of  what they might have in mind for us in the future.   They foresee unrest and potential upheaval in the future from climate change impacts.  Theirs is a world in (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Census and the Dark Harperland Summer

I've never seen a summer like this one. So grey, so cold, so ominous. And as it turns out so Harperland eh?For more proof today that if Great Ugly Leader has his way we'll all end up living in perpetual darkness. Read more »

Northern Reflections: The Longer He Stays, The More Damage He Does

Lawrence Martin has admitted that the title for his latest book was inspired by Rick Pearlstein’s examination of the Nixon administration. However, Martin writes, Harperland is not Nixonland — at least not yet:

Harperland is not in a league with Nixonland, certainly not on the basis of what we know now. But that doesn’t mean that the abuse of power by this government is not of an extraordinary nature. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t shadings of character and behaviour that are similar to Nixon’s.

There’s been a siege mentality at work here that calls to mind those times. (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Harponado and the End Times

Sometimes these days I feel like a guy in a boat who can see a massive thunderstorm bearing down on him.But can't row fast enough to escape it. Can't shake the feeling that Mother Nature is angry, and that we're on the verge of a cataclysm. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Wonderful Saving of Far Enough Farm

Two years ago I first told you the story of Far Enough Farm, the beautiful little hobby farm on the Toronto Islands. A gentle story book place if ever there was one.

I told you how the brutish Con ogre Rob Ford was trying to destroy it for no good reason.

And how I was worried that some of the humble animals that live there might have to put down if the farm was shut down, because nobody would want them. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harperland: The Horror and the Beauty

One of the worst things about living in Stephen Harper's monstrous Canada, is having to spend so much time writing about the crimes of the Con regime.The vile acts, the ugliness, the cruelty, the barbarism of that bestial cult that is slowly killing our country. Instead of being able to write about the more beautiful things, the good people, and the great Canadian stories that inspire me, and make our country worth saving.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harperland Spring and the Partisan Nightmare

When I woke up today, the sky was blue, the sun was shining, and for a moment I thought that Spring had arrived in Harperland. Finally !!!!!But then I stepped outside, realized that it was still horribly cold eh? And my day went rapidly down hill.Before I could even finish my first coffee, it was Sean, my very good and very NDP friend, on the phone and very angry: "Since when did YOU become a LIBERAL?" #@!!!Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Day of Infamy

It seemed like just another day in the Great Frozen North.A day when Canada looked liked it always does at this time of the year. But then I remembered it wasn't just another day. It was the seventh anniversary of the day Stephen Harper and his Cons came to power. The day of infamy, when everything changed, and the Canada I knew and loved started getting old and dying.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Hockey Night in Harperland

A couple of my friends came over this evening to watch the Habs-Leafs game on my big screen TV. And they were surprised to find out that I hadn't been planning to watch it, until they turned up.And that I wasn't the least bit excited that the season had finally started.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harperland and the Horror of 2012

Golly. It's hard to believe that the horrible year of 2012 in Harperland is finally almost over.And that I'm still standing. For if on this day in 2010 I wrote this:It was the worst of years. The year when the crazed tyrant Stephen Harper ripped a giant hole in the fabric of Canada, chewed on its heart and its liver, and lied through his bloody teeth.This year was even WORSE. Read more »