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Scott's DiaTribes: Inconvenient comments from Conservatives on Budgets

Inconvenient comment #1:














Inconvenient Comment #2:

Former Conservative Finance Minister – the late Jim Flaherty – ruled out dipping into contingency fund last year to balance the books:

Flaherty told CBC News it would be “imprudent” to do so as the fund has frequently proven necessary. “If you do the arithmetic, we could have had a budget balanced by $100,000,” Flaherty said at the time. “I prefer to have a nice clean surplus.”

Inconvenient Comment #3:

Again from Jim Flaherty: this time rejecting dipping into the (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great War on Russia

As we all know Stephen Harper is no Great Warrior Leader, no matter what his faithful flunkies, and the voices in his head tell him.And we'd be crazy to trust him with our safety, when he's the greatest threat we face.But it seems tomorrow's long delayed budget, won't just be a crass attempt to buy votes, it will also be a Great War and Security Budget. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Tweet Monster

Oh no. Somebody do something. Jason Kenney is in trouble, again.He's supposed to be terrorizing the Russians.Canada will deploy approximately 200 troops to Ukraine to train local forces fighting Russian-backed separatists, the government announced Tuesday.But instead he's terrorizing OUR side.Because nobody at National Defence Headquarters knows what he's going tweet next!!! Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney’s Hugely Embarrassing Russian Problem

As we all know Jason Kenney is a raging Cold War warrior, who is always going after the Russians, with his big mouth as his weapon.To satisfy his inner religious fanatic, and pander to the ethnic vote.And when he's not lying compulsively, he's always bragging about Canada's expanding power…

Great moment to receive fifth @RCAF_ARC C17 Globemaster @ CFB Trenton: allowing us to project Canada around the world— Jason Kenney ن (@jkenney) March 30, 2015

But sadly when the moment came to save Canadians stranded in Yemen yesterday, it wasn't one of those big-bellied (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content for your long weekend reading.

- Jim Buchanan comments on the mountain of inequality looming over all of our political choices. Laurie Posner interviews Paul Gorski about the need for a vocabulary which accurately portrays inequality as the result of social conditions rather than merit or culture. And Robert Reich notes that if anybody can accurately be classified as having done nothing to earn a living, it’s the idle rich: In reality, a large and growing share of the nation’s poor work full time — sometimes sixty or more hours a week – yet still don’t earn enough (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Incredibly Wonderful and Amazing Humbling of Jason Kenney

For years Jason Kenney has been considered the brightest star in the Con constellation, after his depraved leader Stephen Harper.The hardest working minister, the Pope of the Con's religious base, Mr Curry in a Hurry, the rabid partisan who could do no wrong.But not any longer.Because if he thought he could get away with lying about why the Harperites are extending the war to Syria, it seems he was very much mistaken.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Jason Kenney Must Resign Immediately

The other day I wrote a post accusing Jason Kenney of lying. Again. Claiming that the reason we are going to bomb Syria is because the Americans need us and our so-called smart-bombs.And of getting the country's top general Tom Lawson to cover for him. Well today Lawson ate his words and make Kenney look like an idiot. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why are the Generals Covering Up For Jason Kenney?

The only thing more disturbing than having an incompetent Cold War chickenhawk like Jason Kenney posing as a Defence Minister, and lying like a thief. Over and over again.Is having Canada's top general, running behind him with a shovel.To scoop up his manure, or as David Pugliese writes, dig him out of a bomb crater of his own making. Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: What Has Jason Kenney Been Smoking?

Seriously.  I’m wondering if our fledgling defence minister was high, high, high, when he proclaimed that, after we defeat ISIS,  Iraq and Syria better not look to Canada to create a model democracy in those states.

That’s sort of like me asking the confirmed bachelor if he’s stopped beating his wife yet.  Apparently, though, Mr. Kenney foresees that we are going to defeat ISIS.  Where?  How?  When?

He’s an amicable little shit but I think minister Kenney is in way over his head on this portfolio.  Fortunately for Kenney, Canada has already outsourced most of our foreign and (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Why Does the Chicken Hawk Jason Kenney Lie So Much?

Well let nobody say that I didn't warn them. I predicted that Jason Kenney would be the worst Defence Minister this country has ever known.A Cold War warrior, a chubby chicken hawk, who would lead us to disaster.Or judging by the crazy stuff he tweets…

Help trigger the Third World War.I knew he didn't know what he was doing. But who knew he would lie all the time?Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Jason Kenney is Caught Lying. Again

Well as you know, I already consider Jason Kenney to be the worst Defence Minister this country has ever known.He has lied about the terrorist threat, he has endangered the security of our troops in Iraq.But this is the absolute limit.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney Disgraces Himself Again

Yesterday I confidently predicted that Jason Kenney would be the worst Defence Minister this country has ever known.And I accused him of being a holy hypocrite, for claiming he was reaching out to Muslims in this country. While subtly working to whip up hate against them, for crass political purposes.And sure enough now I see he has proved me right.In just two tweets.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Calculated Bigotry of the Con Regime

It's already the most disgusting election campaign in modern Canadian history. With Stephen Harper fanning the flames of anti-Muslim bigotry in Quebec.And the Con MP, and former Harper communications director John Williamson depositing this racist turd at the Manning Networking Conference:"My part of the country, I deal with temporary foreign workers and the interaction with employment insurance, and it makes no sense from my point of view — I'm going to put this in terms of colours but it's not meant to be about race — it makes no sense to pay 'whities' to stay home while we bring in (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Great Con Clown War on Terror

As you probably know, I'm still having a REALLY hard time coming to terms with the brutal fact that Jason Kenney is Canada's Defence Minister.The very thought that a chubby chickenhawk and religious fanatic like Kenney should be in charge of any armed force is frankly frightening.Especially now that the Great War on Terror and/or Muslims seems to have inflamed him. He can't stop playing Patton.And sounding like Strangelove…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Days of Drums and Dummies

He's rushing his dangerously flawed anti-terrorist bill through the House of Commons, to the machine gun beat of a fascist drum.Bill C-51, the government's proposed anti-terror law, has passed second reading in the House of Commons with a vote of 176-87 and will now be sent to committee.He didn't bother to show up for the debate, he cut it off after a few hours. He says he needs the bill NOW to protect us from the terrorists and the niqabs that are EVERYWHERE.Even though the bill threatens our freedoms more than the terrorists do, and he's just playing (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney’s Sorry and Surrealistic Terrorist Game

Well let nobody say I didn't warn them. I predicted Jason Kenney would be the worst possible Defence Minister for these troubled times.I knew that sexually repressed religious fanatic would be inflamed by a religious war, and the sight of so many men in uniform.And would soon lose control of himself, start shooting his mouth off, and trying to turn our mini-war in Iraq into an all-out crusade.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Strangelove Cons

It was just a coincidence that the Turner Classic Movie channel should be running Dr Strangelove yesterday.On the same day that Jason Kenney made his first major speech as the Con regime's new Defence Minister.But in a way it seemed strangely appropriate, because I did have trouble distinguishing between the two movies. Or deciding which one was more hilarious or more deeply disturbing. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Slow Melting of the Con Regime

Well I see that Stephen Harper has been spending more time in the tiny Con bastion of Quebec City.And it seems only appropriate that he should stage this photo-op at the city's Ice Hotel.Considering the state of his government, and the way his support is in danger of melting. Read more »

Political Eh-conomy: Jason Kenney gets a growth portfolio

Jason Kenney has long been one of Stephen Harper’s trusted lieutenants and after yesterday’s cabinet reshuffle, he is now Minister of National Defence. In Harperland, this is a decisive promotion: from the “ugh, why are we still doing this?” of Employment and Social Development to the prestigious, patriotic defence portfolio. While the Conservatives promote an image of sound economic and fiscal management, it is clear that they will attempt to frame the upcoming election in large part in terms of security and terrorism — and Jason Kenney will now be instrumental in their fear-mongering campaign.

For Kenney this is (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver, Stephen Harper, and the Baloney Cons

As you probably know, I've got a sinking feeling that Oily Joe Oliver is not going to save us from our present economic predicament.Not when he helped create the oily apocalypse. Not when he doesn't know what he's doing. And is not only a bumbling buffoon, but also a ghastly hypocrite. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Humiliation of Jason Kenney and the Desperation of the Cons

Yesterday I wrote about how Jason Kenney was embarrassed, when he claimed in a CTV interview that the government would use budget cuts to easily balance the budget. But wouldn't touch the rainy day fund set aside for emergencies, like natural disasters. Because you know, the Con regime is a RESPONSIBLE government, Only to have an anonymous Finance Department official say exactly the opposite. They're NOT planning budget cuts, but they ARE thinking of going after the rainy day fund.Which as I pointed out, left Kenney looking like an idiot or a dunce…Read more » - Alberta Politics: What a year 2015 has been in Alberta politics!

TweetDecember 29, 2015 Column by: Dirk Pranter, Provincial Affairs columnist, Edmonton Journal-Sun Tories re-elected for 14th time A snap mid-Summer election returned Jim Prentice’s renamed “Conservative Party of Alberta” to its fourteenth term as government. In an unexpected twist of fate, Finance Minister Danielle Smith was defeated in her home riding by Wildrose Party leader Randy Thorsteinson. But don’t feel sorry for … Continue reading What a year 2015 has been in Alberta politics!

Montreal Simon: Who’s the Real Immigration Minister Chris Alexander or Jason Kenney?

Ever since he was made a minister I've made it pretty clear what I think of Chris Alexander.How he reminds of the character in The Picture of Dorian Gray.Who after selling his soul to Stephen Harper, morphed from a promising young diplomat into a ghastly Con monster…

But who knew he was so incompetent?Read more »

Montreal Simon: Who Is Surprised That Jason Kenney Should Jump Into the Gutter?

Well you all know the sordid story. How Jason Kenney used a tape secretly recorded by the sinister Con operative Alexandra Constantinidis, to go after Marlo Raynolds, a Liberal candidate in Alberta. Who the Con Mata Hari told Kenney had criticized his beloved income splitting program, the one he designed to keep women at home barefoot and pregnant…

Only to discover that he had gone after the wrong guy. But rather than admit his mistake, produced a so-called audio expert to try to prove a voice on the tape was really Raynolds. Well now another audio expert has come forward to question (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Who Is Surprised That Jason Kenney Should Jump Into the Gutter?

Montreal Simon: The Day Jason Kenney Got Taken to the Woodshed

I have written about Jason Kenney's outrageous collaboration with the shadowy Con operative Alexandra ConstantinidisHow he used her secretly taped recording to go after a Liberal candidate.How he refused to apologize after it turned out to be the wrong guy.And instead delivered this crazed diatribe…

But now he has finally ran out of hot air, or been sedated, and has been taken to the woodshed by the Globe and Mail. Read more »