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Montreal Simon: Why Is Jason Kenney Posing As a Finance Minister?

I had been wondering where Jason Kenney had been hiding. But suddenly there he was on TV.Having apparently traded in his job as Defence Minister, to pose as a Finance Minister.With a new and flexible definition of the word recession.Read more »

Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a group of foreign event logistics consultants while travelling abroad (Government of Canada photo). Below: Pierre Trudeau does suppressed fury the right way; Mr. Harper does it with considerably less appeal. Clearly, the continuing uproar about Stephen Harper’s “event logistics team members” tells us something fundamental about the increasingly […]

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Accidental Deliberations: The secret platform

It never figured to take long for the Cons to start making up numbers for lack of any legitimate criticism of the NDP’s platform – and Jason Kenney has charged into the breach. But it’s worth noting the source of many of the supposedly-costed items, which consist of NDP MPs’ committee reports.

To be clear, committee reports represent an important contribution in Parliament’s governance of public policy. And what makes them stand out is that fact that they offer independent review by representatives tasked with assessing particular issues – who can then be expected to reach their own conclusions on (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney sails close to the wind on Anti-Terrorism Act at picnic visit

PHOTOS: Liberal candidate Adam Vaughan’s photo of the Kurdish Peace and Cultural Festival in Toronto Saturday, with an image of PKK founder Abdullah Ocalan visible in the background. (Grabbed from Twitter.) Below: Defence Minister Jason Kenney, who bragged about being at the event, and Mr. Vaughan. Jason Kenney, who notwithstanding the dissolution of the House […]

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Scott's DiaTribes: 5 Q’s Interview with Haley Brown, Liberal #LPC candidate for Calgary-Midnapore

I’ve not done one of these interviews in awhile, but an opportunity came up to send some questions to Haley Brown, the LPC candidate who is running against Jason Kenney in the riding of Calgary-Midnapore. If there was ever a Cabinet Minister I’d like to see toppled, Mr. Kenney is at the top of the list. I thank Haley for taking the time to answer the questions, and good luck to her and her campaign!



What made you decide you wanted to run to be the official candidate for the Liberals in your riding of Calgary-Midnapore?

I have (Read more…) - Alberta Politics: What is at stake for who in the Calgary-Foothills by-election

The Calgary-Foothills by-election to replace former Progressive Conservative leader Jim Prentice, who resigned on the evening he was re-elected as MLA on May 5, will take place on September 3, 2015. Like most constituencies in Calgary before this year’s election, Foothills… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: When propaganda becomes memory: Pierre Trudeau and the National Energy Program

PHOTOS: Pierre and Justin Trudeau back in the day, with possibly quite a few Liberal supporters in the background. Below: Prime Minister Steve and Defence Minister Jason Kenney. Everybody in Alberta knows Pierre Trudeau and his National Energy Program laid waste to Alberta in the 1980s, and that would include plenty of people out here […]

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Alberta Politics: That Conservative foreign policy election plank: shaky, incoherent and quite possibly dangerous

PHOTOS: A screen grab from the Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s notorious electioneering video showing the himself and Defence Minister Jason Kenney in Iraqi Kurdistan, with the face of a Canadian special forces soldier blocked out by the CBC – unlike the version that appeared on the PMO’s website. Note the Kurdish flag in the upper […]

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Alberta Politics: Was the Senate report on ‘countering’ the threat of terrorism intended to incite hatred for political gain?

PHOTOS: Conservative members of the Senate of Canada answer questions about their “interim report” on countering terrorist threats to Canada. Actual Conservative Senators may not appear exactly as illustrated – but close enough, unfortunately. Below: Liberal senator Grant Mitchell of Alberta, who dissented from the report; former British MP George Galloway, banned from Canada after […]

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Alberta Politics: Will Canadian troops in Ukraine have to train radical Islamist volunteers said to be tied to ISIS?

PHOTOS: Defence Minister Jason Kenney explains who Canadian troops will train in Ukraine last fall. Below: Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ukraine in 2010. Photos are from the CBC and the Prime Minister’s Office’s Flickr account. It’s been evident for several months now Ukraine has a problem with neo-Nazis, in particular battalions of “volunteers” who […]

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Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Not So Great Con War on Russia

As you know, the thought that Jason Kenney is our Defence Minister, sometimes keeps me awake at night. Or makes me wake up screaming.Because I fear that absurd chicken hawk might use his big mouth, and appalling judgement, to make the dangerous situation in Ukraine even more dangerous.And lead us cheerfully into the Third World War, or what religious fanatics like him call The Rapture.So I'm glad to report that Kenney is now deflating his own balloon. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why is the Harper Regime Training Neo-Nazis in Ukraine?

As you know Stephen Harper is leading the charge against the Russians in Ukraine, with his big mouth.In relentless pursuit of the ethnic vote.And to try to distract Canadians from all the other enemies he'd rather not face…

David Parkins/Globe and MailBut if he is posing as a freedom fighter, why is he forcing our military to train neo-Nazis? Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney Makes a Fool Out of Himself on Twitter. Again

Among his many dubious achievements, Jason Kenney is also known as the Con's most aggressive Twitter warrior.A man who blasts tweets out of every orifice without stopping to think what he's saying.And today he made a fool out of himself. Again.By invoking Sharia law rather than Canadian law in the debate over whether woman should be allowed to wear a niqab at a citizenship ceremony. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Stared Down the Russians

It had to be one of the scariest confrontations in the Baltic Sea since the darkest days of the Cold War.Or one of the most ridiculous.For there was Stephen Harper, on day five of his mega tour of Europe, in feverish pursuit of the ethnic vote…

You know, the mega photo-op that's costing us MILLIONS.When old Queeg, the self-styled Scourge of Putin, peered through his binoculars and saw the Russians were coming !!!! Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney, Stephen Harper, and the Absurd Chicken Hawk Cons

In retrospect it could only be called a triumph of bad timing. For there was Jason Kenney at the Canadian Club in Toronto, puffing out his chest like a chicken hawk, and claiming that the Great War in Iraq was going according to plan.Despite the setback in Ramadi. The seizure of Ramadi by ISIS is a regrettable setback, Defence Minister Jason Kenney says, but no indication that coalition forces are losing the battle in Iraq against the militant organization."Just imagine if we weren't there, how much more territory they would have claimed," Kenney told reporters following a (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Dirty Sexist Game and the Woman Who Fought Back

It's a dirty game, a bestial assault on women, and one of the most disgusting things I have ever seen on TV.One that began just over a year ago with this video in Cincinnati, as a female reporter covered a train derailment.

The video got more than five million views, more than 31,000 thumbs up, and all over North America other depraved men started imitating that hooded pervert.So you can imagine how happy I was to see Toronto TV reporter Shauna Hunt stand up to those bullies the other day. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper: Supporting the Troops AND Endangering Them

He likes to turn everything into just another big photo-op. He likes to pose as a Great Warrior Leader.He likes to run pictures of himself and our soldiers, to prove he supports our troops.Even if he endangers them. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Depraved Attempt to Revive the Terrorist Menace

As you know Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney made a surprise visit to Iraq, to try to whip up interest in the Great War on Terror. Which has been flagging badly as the days get warmer and most Canadians tune it out.And as the war fever fades, so do fears about the Great Terrorist Menace. Especially since the ISIS crazies have yet to attack us, despite all Harper and Kenney have done to provoke an attack, by blowing hot air out of every orifice…

So the Cons are now so desperate they're going after Omar Khadr. Again. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney’s Con Clown Tour of Iraq

It looked like a scene out of one of those On the Road movies with Bing Crosby and Bob Hope.Except that this movie is not a comedy it's a horror show.It's Stephen Harper and Jason Kenney on the road in Iraq,Giving themselves another big, fat, juicy photo-op with OUR money. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Jason Kenney Should Resign Immediately

It's now been two full days since this shocking report on sexual harassment and violence in the Canadian Armed Forces. The Canadian Armed Forces perpetuates a sexualized military culture that is hostile to women and gay members, and harassment and assault are often tolerated by senior officers, according to a report released Thursday. But still Jason Kenney, the Defence Minister, has yet to issue a single solitary statement, about the problem and what he expects the military to do about it.So now I'd like to ask that grotesque chicken hawk which of these details does he NOT find offensive?Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney Gets Away With Another Big Lie

I'm sure you remember the desperate state Jason Kenney was in a month ago, after claiming the reason the Cons were expanding the war into Syria was because the Americans had asked us.Since we were apparently the only country in the anti-ISIS coalition, apart from the U.S., to have so-called smart bombs.Only to have the country's top soldier shuffle forward, and make him look an idiot, or a liar. And have the NDP demand that he be found guilty of breaching parliamentary privilege. But as it turns out he didn't have to wail, or sweat even more (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: The Nepalese Tragedy and the Shameless Con Clowns

About a month ago I told you how Jason Kenney was bragging about the arrival of a new and massive C-17 aircraft.As only he could.And claiming it would allow the Con regime to "project Canada around the world."

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 now it seems that didn't include saving Canadians stranded in Nepal. Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Discovering Barrie’s Patrick Brown.

It has taken on all the elements of a farce. The Ontario news media are discovering Patrick Brown MP for Barrie. They are running lengthy, laudatory articles about him with flattering pictures. (And getting a flattering picture of Brown is no easy task.) The media think he has a lock on the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leadership.

This is not good news for the Ontario Tories. Turning a ward healer into a party leader is a tough challenge. It has all the earmarks of changing a toad into a prince. Nobody has the stomach to kiss the toad.

Brown (Read more…)

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 »