TweetIt’s a fight – or at least it could be if two southern Alberta Conservative Members of Parliament seek their party’s nomination in the same riding. Boundary changes in the next federal election will mean that Lethbridge Conservative MP Jim Hillier will find himself living within the boundaries of the new Medicine Hat riding. Mr. Hillyer has already announced […]
Well now we know why Stephen Harper has been looking so pale and so fearful. Or just so pathetic. Because he just may be about to start paying for that sordid Senate scandal. The federal Liberals maintain a lead in three of four ridings up for grabs in Monday’s byelections, according to a new poll from Forum Research. Liberal candidates lead their opposition by more than 10 points in Toronto Centre, the Montreal riding of Bourassa, and the Manitoba riding of Brandon-Souris, according to the poll.Read more »
I like the look on Stephen Harper's face these days. He's starting to look like a deer caught in the headlights. For the first time you can see fear in his eyes. The man who likes to scare and bully others is now scared himself.Read more »
Alison Redford, ready for her endorsement vote tomorrow, as rendered by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Below: former Canadian prime minister Joe Clark, late U.S. president John F. Kennedy, both of whom figure in this blog post about Alberta politics for some reason.
Was it insularity and tone deafness, or Machiavellian cleverness, that led the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party to time the opening of the convention that includes Premier Alison Redford’s leadership review to coincide with the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination?
Or is 50 years long enough that it’s just a weird coincidence that was (Read more…)
Toronto City Hall. Actual city halls in Canada’s largest city may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Rob Ford, Doug Ford, Kory Teneycke and Ezra Levant.
Does anyone seriously believe Sun News Network cancelled Ford Nation after its inaugural show on Monday because of Rob and Doug Ford’s “relative inexperience with the medium”?
Lots of people will accept at face value this claim about the loony-right-wing cable channel’s show starring the Ford Brothers, along with the equally fatuous suggestion “the brutal economics of cable TV” played a role. After all, both ideas come from no less an august source (Read more…)
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- Angella MacEwen rightly slams the Cons’ attempt to use Employment Insurance funds as a subsidy for employers at the expense of workers. And Don Lenihan sees the Cons’ structure as a cynical means of trying to claim success by ignoring the actual purpose of funding for training: This reassignment of resources from one social group to another is neither open nor transparent. On the contrary, as we’ve seen, the CJG requires an investment by the sponsoring employer. The unspoken point here is that employers are highly unlikely to sponsor anyone other than (Read more…)
A forlorn Richard Nixon waves goodbye to Washington for the last time from the steps of the presidential helicopter on Aug. 9, 1974. Don’t count on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to do the same thing any time soon, even if it destroys his party. Below: Stephen Harper looking appropriately gloomy in a Toronto Star photo grabbed from the Internet.
My first exposure to the news business from the inside was during the summer of 1973, the year the Watergate Scandal really rattled the United States and the cracks began to appear in the administration of President Richard Nixon.
The newsroom (Read more…)
To win the leadership, Moore will need to court red Tories in Quebec.
Partly due to his one-man government, and partly due to a series of spectacular flame outs among heirs apparent, there hasn’t been a lot of leadership speculation during the Harper era, beyond the occasional question about how Brad Wall’s french is coming along.
Industry Minister Moore has Conservative Party leadership potential, say sources
[...] Last May, Mr. Moore revamped his jamesmoore.org website—separate from his jamesmoore.ca site which is geared more towards his profile as the MP for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, B. (Read more…)
When the history of Duffygate is written, I wonder if people will say look back and say Oh! So that’s Industry Minister James Moore’s website looked so much like a campaign-for-leader site. Others have already speculated that he might be the Tory’s next one, although no-one really saw the transition occurring before 2015. But now there’s a real possibility that PM Harper may ride off into the sunset in the back of a police vehicle, and who knows maybe Mr. Moore saw it all coming? In any case, watching Moore and Kenney fight it out for the (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Frances Russell laments the state of Canada’s Potemkin Parliament (and the resulting harm the Cons are inflicting on our political system and our country alike): Poll after poll show a majority of Canadians regularly confuse their parliamentary system with the American presidential-congressional system.
This inaccurate but endemic assumption has allowed successive governments to gradually toss out the foundations of Canada’s British parliamentary heritage, one by one. By stealth and incrementalism, they have turned upside down the British traditions of parliamentary democracy where the government of the day answers to Parliament and is effectively (Read more…)
OMG. Run for your lives. It's the octopus monster from outer space, or the Creature from the Con Lagoon. And it seems like NOTHING can stop Jason Kenney !!!!Two weeks ago I told you how he was refusing to give up his old job, and humiliating not one but TWO new Con ministers. And now he's done it AGAIN !!!! Read more »
TweetIn America’s Forbes Magazine this week, Alejandro Chafuen praised the leadership of the conservative policy think-tanks that helped set the stage for the election of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative majority government in 2011 and the success of conservative politicians across the country. This apparatus of conservative special interest groups, think-tanks and news media has contributed to shifting […]
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Peter Buffett rightly questions the trend toward making the provision of basic necessities subordinate to a corporate mindset, rather than putting human needs first: As more lives and communities are destroyed by the system that creates vast amounts of wealth for the few, the more heroic it sounds to “give back.” It’s what I would call “conscience laundering” — feeling better about accumulating more than any one person could possibly need to live on by sprinkling a little around as an act of charity.
But this just keeps the existing structure (Read more…)
I always knew Jason Kenney was a man of many faces eh?Some hidden and some not.I always knew he was extremely vain and incredibly ambitious.But who knew he was so inflated with his own sense of self importance, that he would steal another Minister's portfolio? Read more »
Now that Jason Kenney has left his position as Minister for Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Bernie makes some suggestions to his successor, Chris Alexander:
Refugees – Remove Hungary and Mexico from the Designated Safe Country list. This can be done immediately and without legislative reform. These designations impact vulnerable communities – ethnic minorities, the LGBTQ community and women facing gender violence. The Minister can also propose an amendment to the law to provide for an expert human rights panel to assess whether a country might be safe, rather than allow designation by statistics. And he can seek to amend (Read more…)
Ever since Justin Trudeau became Liberal leader, Jason Kenney has gone after him like a rabid hyena.He has attacked him for missing votes in the House of Commons.He has questioned his values, suggested he is soft on terrorism. Read more »
New Title, Same Job
The much-hyped Cabinet shuffle was about what you’d expect: retiring Ministers swept aside, talented backbenchers and Pierre Poilievre promoted, and a few big names swapping portfolios to give them a fresh start.
The opposition will argue this is very much the same government as before, and they’re right – but that’s the point. Voters elected a Stephen Harper government two years ago and they’re going to get a Stephen Harper government until the man retires or is defeated. Most Canadians didn’t know who the Minister of Justice was before the shuffle, so no one is going (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Murray Dobbin writes about the crisis of extreme capitalism: (T)he “free economy” romanticized by Friedman and his ilk is anything but. Completely dominated by giant corporations whose wealth outstrips all but the richest nations, economic freedom does not exist for anyone else, including the vast majority of businesses who are at the mercy of financial institutions and mega-corporations. This is to say nothing of workers whose “freedom” to sell their labour now means they are free to compete with those who earn a few dollars a day thousands of miles away from their (Read more…)
Here, marking yet another year of broken Conservative promises when it comes to climate change.
For further reading…- CBC reports on the the continued lack of regulations for the oil and gas sector, while offering the questionable theories about the Cons’ lack of interest in actually getting work done.- Linda McQuaig rightly notes that there are forces beyond the Cons trying to stifle such work on a global scale, while Jane Mayer highlights the Koch brothers’ efforts to block any environmental legislation in Congress. But it’s still worth noting that the Cons have been comparatively more willing (Read more…)
Golly. I bet the Cons are really regretting having gone after Tom Mulcair for ignoring a stop sign on Parliament Hill.For not only did it make them look ridiculous.It also made them look hypocritical.And now to make matters even worse eh?Watch out !!!! Here comes Maxime Bernier !!! Read more »
Oh no. Poor Stephen Harper. He just can't get a break from that horrible senate scandal. As if having the hand of Pamela Wallin coming at him in his dreams, making it look like a sex scandal, wasn't bad enough eh? Today he had to admit that when he personally examined Pammy's expenses and declared them "satisfactory."He might have spoken too soon. Read more »
…scumbag extraordinaire… Why one of Harper’s most vile attack mutts thought it was OK to use the stabbing in London as fodder against Justin Trudeau is beyond me. Stay classy, JK, stay classy. (2) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Not surprisingly, plenty of commentators have weighed in on the latest set of Senate scandals engulfing Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, Nigel Wright and Stephen Harper among others. Diane Francis takes the opportunity to point out that the Senate is an institutional anachronism (a point with which I of course agree). Murray Mandryk notes that the Cons’ story involves the belief that their clan can do no wrong, Chantal Hebert sees the Cons having simply changed the party name in the Liberal culture of entitlement they once claimed to despise, while Andrew Coyne (Read more…)
The Queen of the Wingnuts has weighed in on getting turfed by the York Region Cops from her speaking engagement at the Chabad Flamingo Synagogue. Naturally, she is unhappy about it. She says, among other things, this:
The police also told the rabbi that Jason Kenney, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, has been asked to keep me out of Canada.
Its probably bullshit. But somebody out there in, like, the media–the people who are paid to ask tough questions–should ask of Mr. Kenny whether he indeed was petitioned by police to keep Pam Geller out of Canada, and (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: In the House of Commons Monday, Jason Kenney denied that the Harper Conservatives implemented the 15% wage rule, the cornerstone of the scandal-ridden federal Temporary Foreign Work…
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