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Alberta Politics: Whatever happens next, Justin Trudeau has brought the Liberals back from the brink

PHOTOS: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau addresses his supporters in Edmonton this morning. Below: Mr. Trudeau’s supporters line up in the pale morning light to get into his rally; Mr. Trudeau greets supporters as he bounded to the stage. Charisma matters. I don’t know if Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will win the federal election tomorrow or not, . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Whatever happens next, Justin Trudeau has brought the Liberals back from the brink

Alberta Politics: Independence Day: an excellent moment to remember Stephen Harper is no ‘Tory’

PHOTOS: Today is Independence Day in the United States, and also in Texas, where this photo was snapped. Below: Stephen Harper, not a Tory, unlike John A. Macdonald, below him, who was. Below both of them, a Hessian soldier gets ready to load up and shoot at an American insurgent. Only the Hessians’ pants were . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Independence Day: an excellent moment to remember Stephen Harper is no ‘Tory’

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gruending On John A. & Clearing The Plains

Since James Daschuk’s Clearing The Plains came out last year Canadian’s have been forced to reassess  John A. MacDonald’s place in the pantheon of Canadian heros.  Among a fair bit of back-and-forth on the subject, Dennis Gruending’s short piece stands out.  My favorite bit from it:

In Macdonald’s case, his attitude about the inferiority of . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Gruending On John A. & Clearing The Plains

The Disaffected Lib: Who Knew? Tory Poster Boy, Sir John A., Was a Right Racist Bastard.

They never taught this stuff when I was in high school.  Arlene Ewert writes in today’s Victoria Times Colonist that our veneration of Sir John A. Macdonald is undeserved and seriously misplaced.

Macdonald was articulate in his plans to build the country we call Canada: “Indian [First Nations] children should be withdrawn as much as . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Who Knew? Tory Poster Boy, Sir John A., Was a Right Racist Bastard.

Alberta Diary: Red in Central Canada, blue in Ottawa an immutable rule that favours Harper’s Tories? Don’t bet on it!

Is Justin Trudeau finished because Kathleen Wynne just won in Ontario, like the mainstream media’s pundits are telling you? Don’t be too sure! (Say, as one Twitter commenter asked, who is that old man with Mr. Trudeau?) Below: The same guy with NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Weird! Below them: Lawrence Martin and Tim . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Red in Central Canada, blue in Ottawa an immutable rule that favours Harper’s Tories? Don’t bet on it!

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Farber Vs. Gwyn On John A.

From Bernie’s piece in The Star:The latest hullaballoo around renaming Toronto’s Union Station after Sir John A. Macdonald should have and could have been avoided from the start. It simply boggles the mind that Toronto Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a savvy municipal politician, would have suggested such a change without engaging in at least some research.

. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Farber Vs. Gwyn On John A.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: What To Do About John, Eh?

Bernie Farber had a piece in the Ottawa Citizen yesterday re our nation’s first Prime Minister:

…Sir John A. Macdonald was also a racist who disdained Chinese rail workers, the very same men who helped build his national dream, by imposing a discriminatory head tax on each of them. And it was Macdonald whose policies . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: What To Do About John, Eh?

Eclectic Lip: Newsflash: Canadian PM’s American Idol supports Stephane Dion-esque carbon tax shift

Note: for non-Canadian readers (or, indeed for Canadian readers who don’t follow politics) Stephane Dion was the milquetoast who led the Liberal Party of Canada to its then-worst-ever federal election result in 2008. He ran on a campaign of a carbon tax shift (“The Green Shift“), for which the Conservative Party mocked and savaged him. We’ll […] . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Newsflash: Canadian PM’s American Idol supports Stephane Dion-esque carbon tax shift

Accidental Deliberations: On contrasting treatment

BigCityLib comments on the Cons’ hasty backtracking over Helen MacMurchy. But I find it particularly interesting to note the contrast between their treatment of MacMurchy and their handling of John A. MacDonald.

Remember that MacDonald’s fervent commitment to an “Aryan Canada” and racial purity was publicly noted just as the Cons named a freeway after . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On contrasting treatment

Alberta Diary: About Stephen Harper’s ambassadorial timeshare: maybe he missed the lesson on the Statute of Westminster!

Canadian and British Joint-Embassy diplomats work out their timeshare arrangements. Below: The young Stephen Harper on the day he missed his history lecture after lingering too long over Atlas Shrugged; Perfesser Dave feeds lines to Opposition leader Tom Mulcair last weekend; Mr. Harper at the NCC.

Like Sir John A. Macdonald, a British . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: About Stephen Harper’s ambassadorial timeshare: maybe he missed the lesson on the Statute of Westminster!

Calgary Grit: Liberal Leadership Races Through History: Prologue

George Brown helped found both the Liberal Party and the Globe & Mail. Brown may very well have been the first-ever “anonymous Liberal insider”.

Between now and the Liberal leadership convention next spring, my intent is to draft a series of blog posts recapping Liberal leadership races throughout history.

Some of these . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Liberal Leadership Races Through History: Prologue

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: canada needs national leadership on energy and natural resource development.

TweetIf there ever was a time for Canada to show national leadership on the energy file, now is it. Why Nexen sale can’t be allowed Diane Francis, Financial Post · Jul. 28, 2012 The proposed takeover of Nexen Inc. by China National Offshore Oil Co., or any other like it, cannot be allowed. If the . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: canada needs national leadership on energy and natural resource development.

Alberta Diary: As goes California, so goes the nation!

The Beach Boys, now, and, below, then. Below them, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, then and now. As goes California, so goes Canada?

As goes California, so goes the nation – the nation in the normal scheme of things being what the world knows as the Good Ole U.S.A.

For many practical reasons that . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: As goes California, so goes the nation!

Alberta Diary: Yes Minister MacKay! Perfesser Dave explains the French role in the War of 1812

One of our heroic French allies, armed with a bassoon, holds off a Russian soldier near Niagara on the Lake some time during the War of 1812 with the Russians and the Taliban. Below: Perfesser Dave; Defence Minister and amateur historian Peter MacKay. Was he overtired? Elmer MacKay, at right, with Karlheinz Schreiber. . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Yes Minister MacKay! Perfesser Dave explains the French role in the War of 1812

Alberta Diary: Preston Manning is no saint, as secretive Carleton University scheme illustrates

Preston Manning and his then-protégé Stephen Harper back in the day. Below: Mr. Manning as he now appears (United Church Observer photo): Alberta premier E.C. Manning, Preston Manning’s father; Mr. Harper as a Reform Party candidate.

Nowadays, folks think of Preston Manning as a benign force in Canadian politics – possibly because of . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Preston Manning is no saint, as secretive Carleton University scheme illustrates