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Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Message Control

Some might call it extortion. Others, a gag order. Some would perhaps be more comfortable with the term loyalty oath. Whatever the label, however, one thing is clear: in Harperland, those who vie to carry the party’s electoral banner must agree to give up some basic freedoms or pay a heavy penalty.

iPolitics reports . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Harper’s Message Control

Politics and its Discontents: Openness And Transparency: Not In Harperland

The gulf between the open and reasonable persona Stephen Harper tried to convey during last week’s debate and the Nixonian truth about the man is a yawning one indeed. Until and unless Canadians become widely aware of that reality, there is still very much a chance that he could win the upcoming election, an . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Openness And Transparency: Not In Harperland

Alberta Politics: Alberta shows why there will be no NDP-Liberal entente, Nathan Cullen’s mistimed musing notwithstanding

PHOTOS: Loose-lipped New Democrat Nathan Cullen – whatever was he thinking? Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, former Alberta Liberal leader Raj Sherman, federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and NDP strategist Ian Capstick. Whatever Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen was thinking when he flapped his lips to the delight of the conservative mainstream media about how . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Alberta shows why there will be no NDP-Liberal entente, Nathan Cullen’s mistimed musing notwithstanding

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Assesses Andrew Scheer’s Job Performance

Unsurprisingly, the House Speaker gets a failing grade.

My two favourite lines:

“Show me one person who believes he’s done a good job on the decorum front. 308 meth addicts on the dance floor have better manners.”

“We [should] replace the Speaker with a bag of flour with a smiley face drawn on the front . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Assesses Andrew Scheer’s Job Performance

Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Ombudsman Makes Her Ruling

As reported by Andrew Mitrovica on iPolitiics, the CBC ombudsman, Esther Enkin, has finally reached her decision on the many conflict of interest complaints lodged against Rex Murphy and Peter Mansbridge.

Briefly, here is what she said:

“Given that Journalistic Standards and Practices spells out a commitment to independence, and the Conflict of Interest . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The CBC Ombudsman Makes Her Ruling

Alberta Diary: Future bleak for Brent Rathgeber’s CBC disclosure bill; perhaps less so for Rex Murphy’s commentaries

Your blogger with CBC commentator Rex Murphy, quite possibly on his way to a speaking engagement with the oil industry. Below: the same blogger with Edmonton-St. Albert Member of Parliament Brent Rathgeber, who has a date with history next week; the controversial Press Progress Rex Murphy info-graphic.

ST. ALBERT, Alberta

MP Brent Rathgeber’s . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Future bleak for Brent Rathgeber’s CBC disclosure bill; perhaps less so for Rex Murphy’s commentaries

Cowichan Conversations: An Incoherent Message From Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

Few could argue that the UN couldn’t be improved. They often are tangled up in their own structures that seem to handcuff them when facing real problems such as the the current mess in Syria, but Canada has just been humiliated and downgraded once again by the Steve Harper . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: An Incoherent Message From Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird

Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Conservative MP Rob Anders: Thomas Mulcair Hastened Jack Layton’s Death

Conservative MP Rob Anders is “a politician who isn’t afraid to speak his mind”. Supposedly. He once called South African anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, a “terrorist“. But this time, the Calgary West MP went too far. During an interview with iPolitics’ Laura Stone, Anders suggested that NDP Leader, Thomas Mulcair, helped push Jack Layton into . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: Conservative MP Rob Anders: Thomas Mulcair Hastened Jack Layton’s Death

Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Government: Abuses Of A Nixonian Character

That is the description that Lawrence Martin applies to the Harper government in his latest column for iPolitics as he reflects on the vital and valiant role journalism played in uncovering the Watergate Scandal 40 years ago.

However, while acknowledging some bright spots, Martin laments the unevenness of the contemporary Canadian journalistic . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Government: Abuses Of A Nixonian Character