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Alberta Politics: Those crazy federal Tories! Just how dumb do they think we are? (Hint: plenty)

PHOTOS: Rona Ambrose dressed up in hospital scrubs and a stethoscope. Hint: She’s not a real doctor. It’s not clear from this photo, which was published on a CTV site, if the other people are real health care workers or Tory MPs. Below: Your blogge… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Those crazy federal Tories! Just how dumb do they think we are? (Hint: plenty)

BigCityLib Strikes Back: O HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN! JASON KENNEY IN PARTICULAR!

Former cabinet minister Jason Kenney gets into a brief twitter brawl with guy who claims to be a giant chicken on the internet, and loses:Something I’m learning tonight: a lot of Trudeau supporters are like Trump supporters. They defend the indefensibl… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: O HOW THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN! JASON KENNEY IN PARTICULAR!

Montreal Simon: Jason Kennedy and the Con Apocalypse

As you must have realized by now, there is nothing but nothing that scares the Cons more than electoral reform.Because they know it would be the death of their Zombie Party. And now that the Liberals have kicked off the process, they're absolutely … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Jason Kennedy and the Con Apocalypse

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Who wants to lead Alberta’s PC Party?

A surprisingly strong turnout of 1,001 registered participants at last weekend’s Progressive Conservative Party annual general meeting in Red Deer gave party stalwarts a glimmer of hope for the third-place party but there remain some signific… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Who wants to lead Alberta’s PC Party?

Alberta Politics: Same old same old at the CPC: The Conservative boss hasn’t gone crazy, and he may even be the same guy …

PHOTOS: The Conservative Party of Canada is still singin’ the same old tune – Stephen Harper’s. (CBC photo.) Below: Senator Mike Duffy, former Conservative cabinet member Jason Kenney, Manitoba Tory MP Candice Bergen, Ontario Court Judge Charles … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Same old same old at the CPC: The Conservative boss hasn’t gone crazy, and he may even be the same guy …

Montreal Simon: The Day Jason Kenney Accused the Liberals of Having a Hidden Agenda

It's finally official. At the stroke of midnight tomorrow Stephen Harper's ghastly little theocratic project, the so-called Office of Religious Freedom, will come crashing down.And finally be buried in the garbage can of history.The govern… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Jason Kenney Accused the Liberals of Having a Hidden Agenda

Montreal Simon: The Shameless Cons and the Phony Deficit Bomb

As you know Jason Kenney is preparing to launch his campaign to try to become the new leader of the Cons.And he is taking a page out of his beloved Benjamin Netanyahu's play book. By trying to scare us into believing that Justin Trudeau's new b… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Shameless Cons and the Phony Deficit Bomb

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Insane Con War on the Deficit

Yesterday I told you that Jason Kenney has apparently decided to ignore his better political instincts, and his main adviser, and is preparing to launch his campaign to become the new leader of the Harper Party.And has decided to make the Liberal'… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Insane Con War on the Deficit

Montreal Simon: The Political Resurrection of Jason Kenney

For months after the Cons were defeated Jason Kenney was just a shadow of his former self.His worried colleagues described him as strangely listless, moody, despondent and seriously depressed.No doubt crushed by the thought that he had suddenly lost a… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Political Resurrection of Jason Kenney

Montreal Simon: Rewriting Stephen Harper’s Con History of Canada

One of the things I hated the most about Stephen Harper's years in power, was the way he tried to rewrite the history of Canada.By making it all about the monarchy and war, and erasing all mention of the peaceful values that helped make us the coun… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rewriting Stephen Harper’s Con History of Canada

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, the Americans, and the Con Bullies

David Parkins/Globe and MailAs Justin Trudeau prepares to leave for Washington, I think it's safe to say that the Globe is probably right, for once. It almost certainly will be a media circus.What with so many Americans curious about our cool new … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, the Americans, and the Con Bullies

Montreal Simon: The Day Jason Kenney Disgraced Himself. Again.

Jason Kenney has disgraced himself, or made a fool of himself, many times during his long and sordid political career.He has gone after the human rights of women, gay people, Muslims, and most recently helpless refugees, as only a religious fanatic and… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Jason Kenney Disgraced Himself. Again.

Alberta Politics: New Year’s resolutions: Time for Alberta’s conservative leaders to speak out against violent and misogynistic political speech

ILLUSTRATIONS: Counting down to New Year’s. Three days to go is plenty of time for the leaders of Alberta’s conservatives to resolve to speak out in the New Year against threatening and misogynistic commentary by their supporters. Below: Former PM … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: New Year’s resolutions: Time for Alberta’s conservative leaders to speak out against violent and misogynistic political speech

Montreal Simon: The Con Media’s Insane War on Justin Trudeau

As you know the Cons, led by the flying chicken hawk Jason Kenney, have been trying to use the massacre in Paris to go after Justin Trudeau.Accusing him of letting down the side, or siding with the terrorists, for his decision to end our bombing campai… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Media’s Insane War on Justin Trudeau

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and Those Who Would Destroy the Dream

He's at the G20 summit in Turkey, doing a great job of repairing this country's soiled reputation, and getting mobbed by his many admirers.And making us look cool again in the eyes of the world, instead of the slack jawed residents of the insane asylum Harperland, or the Army of the Walking Dead.But back home his enemies are already using the bloody tragedy in Paris as a weapon to try to destroy him.Led of course, by the chunky chicken hawk and religious fanatic Jason Kenney.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Day the Cons Came Back From the Dead

It seems only too tragic that just ten days after being sworn in as Prime Minister after promising to restore our Canadian values, and bring back sunnier days, that Justin Trudeau should be hit by the darkness of the Paris massacre.

Only too ironic that the son of Pierre should have to choose so soon between emotion and reason.

The deadly terror attacks in Paris will not lead Canada to change course on its two main policies in relation to Syria: welcoming 25,000 refugees this year and ending Canada’s bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria.

And of course only too (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: How We Can Bury the Harper Cons Forever

As you know the Harper Cons have set out on a long journey through the political wilderness to choose a new leader, after the shocking loss of the only one they ever had.And now it seems that journey could be an even longer one.Debate is growing within the leaderless Conservative Party about how long to wait before picking a new chief, sources say. Some Tories are urging party brass to put it off for as long as two years, while others advocate for concluding a race for a permanent leader by the middle of 2016.With the so-called Red (Read more…)

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: What do the federal election results mean for Edmonton and Alberta?

With the excitement of the 2015 federal election one week behind us, now is a good time to take a look at how the results of the election could impact Edmonton and Alberta. The reality of a majority Liberal government in Ottawa… Continue Reading →

Susan on the Soapbox: Sunny Ways?

“If it were in my power I would try the sunny way…Do you not believe that there is more to be gained by appealing to the heart and soul of men rather than to compel them to do a thing?”—Sir Wilfrid Laurier

“Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways.” When Justin Trudeau quoted Sir Wilfrid Laurier on election night he unleashed a sunnier, more optimistic way of doing politics…the Conservatives were all over it in a heartbeat.

Justin Trudeau on election night

They jettisoned their cloudy ways like moths emerging from their cocoons. New and old-stock Conservatives alike hit (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Humiliation of Jason Kenney

I can only imagine how Stephen Harper must be feeling, as he looks down on the smouldering ruins of his beloved Harperland.Once he towered over it, and crushed all who opposed him.

One moment he was in total control. And the next moment he wasn't…

Dan MurphyAnd what must make it even worse, make it feel even more like the fall of Rome, is the knowledge that in the end even his faithful stooge Jason Kenney did betray him.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Where are the ‘good Conservatives,’ prepared to speak against their party’s race-baiting tactics?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tactics have sparked protests, but Conservatives who should know better have been astonishingly quiet. (CommonDreams.org photo.) Below: Former St. Albert MLA Mary O’Neill, Independent MP Brent Rathgeber and Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. ST. ALBERT, Alberta The single most disheartening thing about this long 2015 federal election campaign has been the […]

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Alberta Politics: Brothels? Neighbourhood injection sites? Have the Cons jumped the shark? Or is the nightmare just beginning?

PHOTOS: Trashy bars like this with free-injection sites and illegal card games out back could soon start popping up in cities like yours if we don’t re-elect the sternly upright Stephen Harper. Really! And if you think this story was easy to illustrate without straining the limits of good taste, you haven’t been spending much […]

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A. Picazo: No Scrutiny Please, They’re Saudi.

This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on October 1, 2015. In 2014, on the shores of Lake Geneva and next to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, a lavish ceremony was held to honour the recipient of the Moral Courage Award — an annual honour bestowed by UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO dedicated to … Continue reading →

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: 10 Conservative candidates in Alberta endorsed by radical anti-abortion group

Nearly one-third of federal Conservative candidates running in Alberta ridings have been endorsed by the controversial Campaign Life Coalition for their opposition to women’s reproductive rights, according to a report from Press Progress.

Susan on the Soapbox: A Pop Quiz for Canadian Citizens

Lost in the hoopla over whether Ms Ishaq can take the Oath of Citizenship while wearing a niqab is the fact that she actually passed the citizenship test.

Which made Ms Soapbox wonder: how many Canadians, veiled or unveiled, could pass the citizenship test if they were asked to take one.*

So pop quiz!

Yes, yes, I know it’s not fair. Citizenship candidates are allowed to study for the test and you have to take it cold, but hey, you’ve lived here your whole life, how hard can it be?

The Soapbox Citizenship Test

Question 1: When taking the (Read more…)