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Alberta Diary: Advice to Canadian politicians and media: Proceed with caution on your support for Ukraine’s rebels

Anti-Government Ukrainians prepare to fight police in Kiev. Below: Rioters throw gasoline bombs at police in Ukraine; Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. (Wikimedia photos.)

You can bet money that when trouble is brewing abroad things are always far more complicated than local enthusiasts for one side or the other make them out to be.

Here in Canada we have many citizens, including a number of prominent politicians who ought to know better, proclaiming noisy support for the violent protests in western Ukraine, demonizing Russia and demanding Canada play an active role in in ensuring the success of the rebels’ (Read more…)

LeDaro: Harper’s Conservatives Further Damaging Canada

 Are Harper’s CONs completely out of touch? Don’t they realize this is a multicultural country? Harper’s CONs seem to have no use for Muslims, given statements by Harper’s Chief of Communications towards a leading Canadian Muslim group, the National Council of Canadian Muslims, deriding them as a group with “terrorist” ties. This derisive statement reinforces negative stereotypes against Muslims, and is unbefitting for someone speaking on behalf of the Prime Minister. The flippant attitude of the Conservatives is appalling, especially in light of a libel action by the Muslim group against the Prime Minister’s Office. The response of Foreign Affairs (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: The Real Reason We Need to Get Rid of Corporate Media

Goodbye.

While I’m also sad that the Kamloops Daily News is closing, I think Warren Kinsella is over-simplifying a few things [see below] with respect to how the media climate will be affected by the closing of this for-profit business, earning shareholder value by producing mass media content, while sometimes allowing its corporate revenue-generating employees to produce some adequate-to-good journalism.

Let’s explore all this:

“Idiot bloggers, and idiot politicians, will continue to be happy about this sort of thing. The former will say the disappearance of the so-called MSM means more audience for them.” [read the rest of his (Read more…)

Calgary Grit: Quotes of the Year

Scroll to the bottom to vote on your favourite quote…

“I am Conservative. I am a traditionalist. I wish I left Cabinet in the traditional way – with a sex scandal!” -Stephen Fletcher, after being removed from Cabinet

“When I stand back and look at the cast of candidates, even I would pick me. I have to be plain about that.” -Sandra Pupatello

“You know, there’s a level of of admiration I actually have for China because their basic dictatorship is allowing them to actually turn their economy around on a dime and say ‘we (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: John Baird and the Con’s New Foreign Policy

OK. Let me be clear, as we say in Harperland. I ALWAYS thought it was a bad idea to make John Baird Foreign Minister.I couldn't help but feel that he lacked the necessary diplomatic skills. I never believed him when he declared that the Cons were human rights champions.Not after the way the Cons are muzzling them in Canada. And not after he declared that human rights were good, as long as they were good for business.And sure enough I was right eh?Read more »

LeDaro: Canada Stands Alone – John Baird on Iran

Is John Baird trying to out-Netanyahu the Israeli Prime Minister? Canada used to be seen as a force for peace on the world stage, but Baird is opposing a widely supported deal that would see Iran eliminate its nuclear weapons program. President Obama and other world leaders played a key role in spearheading this deal, Secretary of State John Kerry is also to be commended for his efforts on this.

John Baird and Stephen Harper are an embarrassment to our country on the world stage, they are standing for war and belligerence rather than peace and diplomacy. This is not (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: In His Master’s Voice?

I didn’t realize that John Baird and Benjamin Netanyahu were so close:

The 2:20 mark especially shows their affinity:

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LeDaro: John Baird is unhappy about the Iran nuclear deal and very skeptical

John Baird is not happy with the Iran nuclear deal. The deal with Iran is signed by six nations which are the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China -and Iran. I believe it is a foot in the door for future negotiations and stopping nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. I don’t understand Baird’s point of view. Baird’s view is:

He said that because of previous Iranian leaders had made hostile comments toward Israel, “we’re deeply skeptical of the deal and the work that’s brought us to this stage.”Read more here.

wRanter.com: A clear message to the world

FB.Event.subscribe(‘edge.create’, function(response) { _gaq.push(['_trackEvent','SocialSharing','Facebook - like button',unescape(String(response).replace(/\+/g, " "))]); }); Share this: Regardless of one’s political predilections, one’s attitude toward the policies of Israel’s current government, or one’s view of Benjamin Netanyahu’s strengths and weaknesses as a retail politician, one has to admire the Israeli prime minister’s ability to make his point. His speech before the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 will long be […]

LeDaro: John Baird in his Santa’s lap

“I am concerned that there is a little bit too much enthusiasm as a result of the different tone. And what we hope is, the world won’t take the pressure off the regime (Iran) to make the substantive changes that are needed.”

“The stakes are so high, we have to stay focused on what actions they take,” Baird said.I believe that Iran must not develop nuclear weapons. But by the same token Israel must hand over its nuclear and chemical weapons to U.N. to be destroyed. U.S. must demand the same from Israel what it is (Read more…)

LeDaro: John Baird does not trust Iran

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada remains ‘skeptical’ of Iran despite a historic telephone call between U.S. President Barack Obama and Iranian President  Hassan Rouhani on Friday. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press)

He only loves Israel. What about Israel’s over 200 nuclear warheads? Israel used chemical weapons on Palestinians and Lebanese yet Baird only trusts Israel. Iranian President said categorically that his country is not interested in developing nuclear weapons.

“I am concerned that there is a little bit too much enthusiasm as a result of the different tone. And what we hope is, the world won’t take the (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Barbara Kay on REAL Women Canada’s Outburst

In one sense, I was very happy to read Barbara Kay’s column excoriating Gwen Landolt and REAL Women Canada for their attack on Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird this week.  I was pleased to see that at least someone on the far right could see the ridiculousness of Landolt’s position.

That said, there are a couple of aspects of Kay’s column that I find somewhat troubling.  Superficially, it gives off the impression that she is truly outraged by Landolt’s statements.  But, there is an undercurrent of a parent scolding a wayward child for doing something phenomenally stupid … like throwing a (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: John Baird and the Hoggy Homophobe

Lordy. It's taken me a day to recover from this stunning sight. I haven't seen such a match up since El Macho met La Cuca in the finals of the Tijuana Wrestling League.And I still can't believe it eh?Was that really John Baird doing the right thing for once? By denouncing the anti-gay repression in Russia? Brother John?And was that really the old homophobic haggis Gwendolyn Landolt, spewing and farting in his general direction? Read more »

Scott's DiaTribes: Do you consider folks of a different political ideology your ‘enemy’?

I ask that because apparently John Baird, Canada’s Foreign Minister, does.

Mr Baird has been rightly praised for condemning Russia’s anti-gay laws and for taking on the social conservative REAL Women group for their condemnation of him doing so. His one day of praise, at least with me, is over for this quote he did today when asked to comment on whether his friend Tim Hudak of the Ontario PC party should have a leadership review or not:

Former MPP John Baird, now federal foreign affairs minister, said Klees and Hillier “should be focusing on the real enemy” instead of (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Summer of Discontent

Well I see Stephen Harper is back in Canada after his disastrous performance at the G8 Summit.He was wrong about a Syria agreement. The other leaders did manage to cobble one together.He was wrong about Vladimir Putin. He wasn't the odd man out at the meeting, Harper was.He couldn't get a trade deal. Wherever he went Old Duff followed him. And when it was over all reporters wanted to know was, why is his PMO using OUR tax dollars to go after Justin Trudeau? 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…)

Montreal Simon: Stompin’ Tom Connors and the Con Stooges

It was a wonderful Canadian moment.One of my Canadian heroes, Romeo Dallaire, talking about another of my heroes, the late great Stompin' Tom Connors.Telling Evan Solomon about the day when him, his U.N. soldiers, and about 200 civilians were in a Rwandan hotel under heavy enemy fire.How he played Stompin' Tom's song The Blue Berets, and how it cheered them all up, had them clapping their hands and stomping their feet, even as the mortars and shells rained down on the hotel.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada’s House of Commons, A Profound Fear Of “Zombies” (VIDEO)

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 14, 2013: Those of us who live in Ottawa are quite used to the talk and sightings of Zombies on Parliament Hill. Today was different. It all started with the NDP‘s outspoken Winnipeg MP, Pat Martin, asking Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird if he’s “working with his American counterparts to develop READ MORE

Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons and the Bigot Trap

It was an extraordinary sight. John Baird sitting next to Julian Fantino at a committee meeting this morning, blasting the hideous anti-gay statements of a Canadian religious organization. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird took aim Tuesday at "offensive" and "mean-spirited" statements on the website of an organization that gets federal funding to do aid work in Uganda.A page from the group's website that has been removed, but is still available as a cached version, calls homosexuality and transvestism perversions and lists them along with pedophilia and bestiality.A day after Fantino defended his decision to fund that organization's

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Impolitical: Missing Hillary already

A little too jokey for my taste. When Hillary met with these Conservatives, you always had a sense that she knew exactly where they were coming from and treated them accordingly. There seems to be a bit of a shift with the new guy.

Come back…

Leftist Jab: Absurd Talking Point of 2012: Carbon Tax!

Climate change requires a steadfast and responsible approach from all nations to respond to increased carbon emissions.

Or you could douche it up.

That’s the Conservative strategy. Demonizing the “carbon tax” and calling “cap and trade” the equivalent to a “carbon tax” is neither responsible nor helpful.

Neither is an Environment Minister suggesting that environmental groups are laundering

The Canadian Progressive: The Ugly Canadian in the Canada-Israel relationship (VIDEO)

Canadian writer and commentator Yves Engler discusses the Harper Conservative government’s pro-Israel policy with The Real News. Yves’ new book, The Ugly Canadian, Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy, “sets out to provide “a small spark in lighting a fire of interest in Canadian foreign policy.” This video is available on YouTube RELATED: “Israel is demolishing hope” READ MORE

LeDaro: John Baird finally says something about Israeli settlements

John Baird and the Harper CONS had been trying to outdo Netanyahu on the UN vote recognizing Palestine, threatening to cut off ties to the Palestinians showing incredible indifference to their plight. Now, an about-face… at least to a degree.

While it is commendable that Baird is finally speaking out against the Israeli settlements on the West Bank, one cannot help but wonder if this is a face-saving measure in light of earlier behaviour.

Click here for the story.

Montreal Simon: Why John Baird Should Be Fired

Three days ago he was the mouth that roared. Lecturing U.N. delegates like some crazed televangelist, as if they were children.Blasting the Palestinians for daring to ask for humble observer status, claiming it was an "impediment to peace."… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why John Baird Should Be Fired

Montreal Simon: The Day Benny and Steve Got Hitched

Oh no. How could I have been so wrong?This is no mere bromance, no sordid one or fifty-night stand.This the real thing. Harper tweeted on Saturday that he spoke to Netanyahu and that he "thanked Canada for its friendship and principled position … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Benny and Steve Got Hitched