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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Insane Clown Circus

I have to admit that sometimes I can't decide whether Stephen Harper and his Cons are an insane clown posse, or just circus clowns who are so dumb they're dangerous.But today at least that choice was a little easier.Because the leader of the Con posse was in Germany, scaring the bejesus out of the Germans.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Nothing New Here

All who find change unsettling will be reassured by the following video from today’s Question Period, the House’s first day back after a two-week break. Nothing has changed. Tory arrogance and contempt for Canadians is in full display:

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Stewart Prest writes about the Cons’ war against experts: (I)n modern democratic states one of the most important sources for non-partisan information and expertise is the government itself. Government bureaucracies are the only institutions in the world today with the access, the resources, and the motivation to systematically monitor and study the entirety of a country’s population and the extent of its human and natural environment.

Examples are legion, from statisticians to health officials to diplomats to environmental scientists. They exist throughout the much maligned but nonetheless vital bureaucracy of the country. Crucially, (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con War on the Economy

Well he's off to Ukraine today to try to pose as Great Warrior Leader by inflaming a dangerous crisis for crass political gain. Which is scary enough.But there's another scary story doing the rounds in Ottawa. And that's the one about how Stephen Harper wanted to replace Jimbo Flaherty as Finance Minister with nobody less than HIMSELF.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harper Cult and the War on the Media

It looked like a mob meeting, with big black cars and burly bodyguards to keep reporters away.Or as Tom Mulcair called it, the gathering of some secretive cult. But it was only Oily Joe Oliver's hush hush swearing in ceremony. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Sad and Dismal Legacy of Little Jimbo Flaherty

Well I see that little Jimbo Flaherty has fallen off his mole hill for the very last time.Or left Stephen's Harper's murky pond. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty has resigned. He is the biggest fish to swim out of Prime Minister Harper's pond since then-Environment Minister, and de facto second in command in the Cabinet, Jim Prentice, left to make oodles of money in the banking business.But not before rhyming off a short list of his accomplishments, and ignoring all his failures.Read more »

Calgary Grit: Hanging up the shoes

It’s not a huge surprise, but it’s still big news. After 8 years, the only Finance Minister Stephen Harper has ever known and loved is calling it quits:

Jim Flaherty steps down as finance minister

OTTAWA – Jim Flaherty is leaving the federal cabinet after more than eight years as finance minister to prepare for a return to the private sector, saying the move is unrelated to his recent health problems.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to name his replacement Wednesday.

Flaherty, who delivered his final budget last month, said he made the decision with his family earlier (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Harper Oil Pimps and the Attack of the Billionaires

Well you'd think Stephen Harper and his pipeline pimps would be celebrating the U.S. State Department's decision to declare the Keystone project almost good to go.The State Department released a report on Friday concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project.But strangely enough they're not. They're worried, angry, and bitter about BILLIONAIRES !!!Read more »

Susan on the Soapbox: Neil Young is Right

“Take a second to really look at what you hear.” – Neil Young, singer/songwriter

Neil Young knows how to rile up a crowd. In a 15 minute press conference* to kick off his Honour the Treaties Tour with Diana Krall he said some things that sent Big Oil and a number of Canadians into orbit. Some of these guys are well past Pluto and show no signs of coming back!

Neil Young

Unlike other eco-celebrities like James Cameron, Robert Redford and Darryl Hannah, Mr Young’s comments can’t be dismissed with a disdainful wave of the hand…because (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Reconciliation fail

Shorter Joe Oliver: We Conservatives are so committed to building trust and relationships with First Nations, we feel we can safely ignore a report saying we’re failing miserably on all fronts and instead claim all the necessary work is done. So who wants to partner up with us?

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Nick Cohen writes that the corporate sector is home to some of the most dangerous cult philosophy in the world: (T)he language of business has become ever more cultish. In the theory of “transformational leadership”, which dominates the business schools, the CEO is a miracle worker. In Transformational Leadership, by Bernard Bass and Ronald Riggio, he is described, not by some gullible Forbes hack, but by two supposedly intelligent American academics. The transformational leader “inspires” his follower to “achieve extraordinary outcomes”, they say. He “empowers them” to “exceed expected performance” and show (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Frances Russell finds that authoritarianism and bozo eruptions are two of the defining characteristics of right-wing politics in Canada: Put simply, the double standard states “ I can do it but you can’t because…” followed by a lengthy list of inequalities: because I’m better than you; because I’m older than you; because I’m smarter than you; because I’m richer than you; because I have more power than you; because I’m a man and you’re a woman;…because, because, because.

The double standard holds different people more, less, or not at all accountable for their (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: ‘Slackjaw Joe’ Oliver Pisses Off Pipeline Operator

While most news stories focus on Enbridge and the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, Kinder Morgan is working to expand its own pipeline operation straight into Vancouver.

The head of Kinder Morgan thinks Old Joe isn’t doing his company any favours lately by running his mouth.

Remember back in early 2012 when Joe Oliver denounced opponents of West Coast oil pipelines as foreign-funded “radicals”? The federal natural resources minister’s comments may have done Canada’s oil industry more harm than good.  So argues the president of major pipeline builder Kinder Morgan Canada, who recently told a Calgary business audience that “fanning (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The New York Times Goes After the Harper Regime

Uh oh. It looks like Stephen Harper has been exposed. He's been trying to fool the Americans into thinking he's a REAL environmentalist, so Obama will give him his precious Keystone pipeline. But being called a tongue biter, or a muzzler, by the New York Times, isn't going to help.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Joe Oliver Collided with Robert Redford

OMG. How embarrassing. I see that old Con man Joe Oliver just won't give up. Once he tried to fool us into thinking that the water from the tar ponds would be safe to drink. Now he's in New York trying to scam the Americans into believing that the Cons are real environmentalists. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: On key decisions

I’ll generally concur with Paul Wells’ take on Barack Obama’s reference to Keystone XL yesterday. But it’s worth taking a slightly closer look at both the broad issue framed by Obama, and the Cons’ narrow means of avoiding it.

The point of greatest significance in Obama’s speech was indeed the mention that as a general rule, any project which exacerbates climate change isn’t in the U.S.’ national interest. But it’s hard to see how that standard could be applied to Keystone XL and not to a wide range of regulatory and trade arrangements – meaning that a single (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Tories spend on Keystone XL ads, while cutting environment funding

Canadians should be outraged that the Harper Conservatives are spending millions of taxpayers money lobbying for the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. while cutting environmental funding.

The post Tories spend on Keystone XL ads, while cutting environment funding appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- For all the talk of fraud and cover-ups among the Cons this week, the most important story on that front looks to be the release of Judge Mosley’s decision on Robocon – featuring findings of fact based on the best evidence presented by the Cons (and affected voters) that the 2011 election was marred by electoral fraud facilitated by the Cons’ voter database, and that the first Cons covered it up by destroying the records which would have allowed investigators to determine who was actually responsible, then engaged in questionable tactics to keep (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Canada-We Are Being Governed By Thugs in Suits

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

Canada has changed and is still changing before our very eyes. We are being governed by ‘thugs in suits’ and we are going downhill at an alarming rate.

Who will stop them?

Well the NDP and Liberal’s are trying, but of course joining forces to derail Harper and take Canada back seems not to be as enticing as pretending that one or the other could become PM one day.

Their ‘Canada can wait policy’ is worrisome and could play into the Harper crowds hands.

Well in any case it seems as though ‘Harper and his Wrecking (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Yes, it’s for the best that some of Canada’s pre-eminent scientists are offering to walk Joe Oliver through the realities of climate change. But Nik Beeson’s offer of political detoxification looks like the more important step for those of us who aren’t in denial about the science: When pushing an oil addiction to a planet in the midst of catastrophic climate change is called ‘ethical,’ we have indeed entered a very Orwellian world, where words come to mean their opposites. Calling Canada’s oil more ‘ethical’ is precisely as logical as saying my crack (Read more…)

350 or bust: Scientists To Harper Government: It’s Time For Grown Up Conversation on Climate Change

This week twelve climate scientists and energy experts penned a letter to Canada’s Natural Resources (aka “Oil”) Minister, Joe Oliver, to express their concern about his ongoing support for building new pipelines and expanding fossil fuel production in face of the threat of climate change. Mr. Oliver was an international banker before he was elected […]

Left Over: Rightwing Knuckledraggers Unite!!!!

 

Climate Change Scientist Calls Conservatives ‘Neanderthal’

CBC | Posted: 04/27/2013 8:03 am EDT | Updated: 04/27/2013 9:46 am EDT

 

This message is only marginally redundant..and the Conjobs could care less, or their supporters..after all the tar sands are newer than the dinosaur and plant remains that make up their bulk…what’s that, according to these rightwing whackjobs? 6,000 years, or something, right? And there’s no such thing as Neanderthals, it’s a progressive plot!!!! Personally, I feel insulted that the Cons are called Neanderthals…according to the latest info, they were just as creative and intelligent as us…and 4% of our present-day genetic material (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Leading Climate Scientist Responds To Joe Oliver And His ‘Neanderthal Government’ – UPDATED

The other day I wrote a blog post on one of our national disgraces, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver. While in Washington recently promoting the proposed XL Keystone pipeline through the United States, Oliver took the opportunity to insult and denigrate one of the world’s leading climate-change scientists, James Hansen.

In an interview with the CBC’s Evan Solomon, Hansen uses the occasion to set the record straight and offer his own opinion on our federal government, which he terms ‘neanderthal’ on the topic of climate change. The video of that interview is available below:

UPDATE: Read Sorry, Jim: Apologies (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Give Me a Boilin’ Hot Cup of Joe

Ol’ Joe is in the hotseat in the House of Commons today.  The New Democrats plan to grill NatResMin Oliver over his remarks smearing leading climate scientist James Hansen.  Oliver who is openly inimical to parts of the country, including the entire province of British Columbia, accused the former head of NASA’s Goddard Space Laboratory as “always crying wolf” for his opposition to the Athabasca Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline.

Slackjaw Joe is also on record as claiming that he heard somewhere that the whole business of global warming is less than true.  That is (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the one point of agreement about the environmental impact of the tar sands is that we still don’t have enough information to so much as evaluate the effects of the industry at the core of the Harper Cons’ economic strategy.

For further reading…- The Canada-Alberta Oil Sands Environmental Monitoring Information Portal is here, with the disclaimer mentioned in the column here. – CBC reports on the EPA response (PDF) to the State Department’s current environmental assessment of Keystone XL. – And Joe Oliver is doing what Joe Oliver does by publicly bashing climate science (Read more…)