Oh no. Not more weird Con scandals. And not bloody Julian Fantino !!#@!!!What with Stephen Harper whipping up bigotry to try to snatch another bleeding majority, I don't know if I can handle it eh?This could be the story that finally drives me over the edge. And sends me tumbling into the moral abyss . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Julian Fantino and the Horrible Ketchup Scandal
A few days ago I wrote a post about how Stephen Harper was turning the RCMP into Harper's police.Just another tool in his campaign to try to win the next election.Now please stand to attention, kiss our democracy goodbye.And salute Harper's Army. Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: First It Was Harper’s Police Now It’s Harper’s Army
Will Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson run for the Progressive Conservatives in the upcoming spring provincial election? His surprise resignation announcement today timed with the PCs abrupt delay of their nomination in the northeast Calgary-Cross constituency until March 14 has led some… Continue Reading →
To which of the myriad Machiavellian Harper strategies do I refer? It’s the one that says if you don’t like what a group is saying, muzzle them or shut them down.
The Hill Times today reports the following: Newly-appointed Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole has informed an advocacy group for wounded and psychologically injured veterans . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Strategy Strikes Again
Mr. Fantino was replaced by Durham Conservative MP, Erin O’Toole. Ostensibly, a sound pick – a former RCAF officer.
Someone with such a background, you’d think would bring a sympathetic ear to what veterans need.
You would be forgiven if you had forgotten that O’Toole fully parroted Julian Fantino’s hard line stance against honouring veterans benefits at every turn – fully endorsing the government’s inaction in the care of Canada’s veterans.
You would argue that it was up to O’Toole to simply toe the party line and publicly support the previous minister.
You would hope his first act would have been to set a new course and a new direction for the troubled ministry.
Well, you’d be disappointed.
The new minister has decided not to listen to certain veterans advocacy groups – especially, it seems, if they do not follow the party line that everything is fine with Veterans Affairs.
Mike Blais, who helped launch Canadian Veterans Advocacy in 2011 to advocate for veterans and serving Canadian Forces members who did combat tours in Afghanistan and their families, told The Hill Times that Mr. O’Toole (Durham, Ont.) gave the bad news [that it is no longer a stakeholder adviser to the Veterans Affairs department] in a voicemail he left on Mr. Blais’ phone service Jan. 7. [Hill Times]
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.
. . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Canada’s Veterans Still Need Protection from Conservatives ( #cdnpoli )
Canada’s veterans rejoiced when Julian Fantino was finally booted from Veterans Affairs on January 5. Mr. Fantino was replaced by Durham Conservative MP, Erin O’Toole. Ostensibly, a sound pick – a former RCAF officer. Someone with such a background, you’d think would bring a sympathetic ear to what veterans need. You would be forgiven . . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Canada’s Veterans Still Need Protection from Conservatives ( #cdnpoli )
In my last post I pointed out that Erin O'Toole, Julian Fantino's designated successor, was just another tool of the Harper regime.And that there was no real reason to celebrate…
Well thanks to Press Progress, here's the video evidence…Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Meet the Useless Con Who Replaced Julian Fantino
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The Veterans Affairs department says some veterans are exaggerating their injuries to continue receiving financial benefits from the government and to avoid joining the work force.
Rumour has it he won’t run again, the notion being that if he planned to he would have announced already.
I’m not sure if the CPC would . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Happy New Year From Julian Fantino!
I must admit I didn't think these two shabby Cons could insult our veterans more than they did last year.Or act in a more cowardly manner.But a Con is a Con is a Con, and here they go again. Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime Insults Our Veterans. Again.
If the Conservative government – led by Harper in Question Period no less – has now decided they’re going to try to blame the Liberals for the current mess in Veteran Affairs (led by their mess of a minister Fantino), polling and reaction to their current shabby treatment of Veterans must be pretty bad.
Their . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Internal CPC polling on Veterans Affairs issues must be terrible.
At the Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa this year there was an impostor. Frank Gervais attended ceremonies in Ottawa in a military uniform, but was later found to be playing a despicable game of dress up. He is facing well deserved charges, but is not the impostor I was referring to. The impostor was Prime . . . → Read More: Eh Types: Playing Soldiers
Well after spending most of the past month travelling around the world, hopping from one photo-op to another, Stephen Harper finally returned to Parliament yesterday.And as you can see from this grainy photo, and the weird look on Candice Bergen's face, it was not a pretty sight.He was angry, he was bitter, he snarled . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sad and Desperate Return to Parliament
Well as you know, I have been calling the Harper government a Con Clown Circus.But I'm afraid I was wrong, and I want to apologize. To the clowns of the world.Because after closer inspection, and after what happened in the Commons yesterday, I think it's safe to say that the Con regime is . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day the Con Clown Circus Became a Ghastly Freak Show
It's hard to believe that even when they claim they are making up for treating veterans so shabbily.Still they can't control themselves. And still they would scam them.Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Julian Fantino and the Cons Scam the Veterans. Again.
Assorted content to end your week.
– Jeremy Warren reports on the latest Canadians for Tax Fairness events working to ensure that Cameco and other megacorporations pay at least their fair share. And Sheila Block and Kaylie Tiessen point out that Ontario could do plenty to reduce its deficit by reining in regressive tax giveaways.
. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
As you know I've been having a bit of trouble lately trying to decide who should be awarded my monthly weekly daily Con Clown Award.There are just so many candidates, starting with Great Leader, who deserve it so much.And today it was just too hard, and too dark in Harperland, for me to make . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Where YOU Get to be the Judge of the Con Clown Awards
Is Julian Fantino (Minister of Veteran Affairs) the worst Cabinet Minister in the Harper Conservative government right now? That’s saying something in this government, but some folks are now openly asking if he should be replaced. His department faced a withering Auditor-General report on the inefficiencies of the Department is getting aid and help to . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: Quick question/poll
As you know, I sometimes like to portray the foul Harper regime as a Con clown circus.Because although they are the most sinister government in Canadian history, fanatical, brutish, and cruel. They are also hysterically incompetent.And today was one of their best shows EVER !!!!Read more »
. . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Jason Kenney, and the Con Clown Circus
For a government that frequently and loudly proclaims its veneration of our military, the Harper regime has a strange way of showing the love: Veterans Affairs Canada has returned $1.13 billion to the federal treasury in unspent funds since the Conservatives came to power in 2006 — cash that critics say should have gone . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Must Be A Form Of Tough Love
When I heard the news that Julian Fantino had met with a group of veterans in an apparent effort to rebuild all those bridges he has blown up in the last few years, I was suitably impressed.Until I found out the meeting was at the Citadel in Quebec City, not Ottawa as is usually . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Julian Fantino and the Royal Conadian Choir
Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans were outraged when this man allegedly passed himself off as a Forces member at the scene of a flood in Calgary, Alberta. As you can see, he seemed to have a couple of civilians fooled. However, his weird haircut gave him away to keen observers familiar with . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Maybe fake soldier didn’t understand only Tory politicians and TV stars are allowed to play military dressup in Canada
I've written many stories about the callous way the Con regime and the military treat our wounded soldiers.But since nothing ever seems to be done about it, and I've seen the horror up close, I'm just going to have to keep repeating this:Making soldiers choose between their pensions and their mental health is the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: When Canadian Soldiers Must Choose Between Their Pensions and Their Mental Health
A few weeks ago I told you how veterans are preparing to declare war on the Harper regime, that has treated them so shabbily.And how they are planning to make their presence felt in the next election campaign.A network of veterans across Canada is planning a co-ordinated campaign against the Conservative government during next . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: A Canadian Veteran Prepares to Go After Peter MacKay
A report just released by Canada’s Veterans ombudsman Guy Parent reveals that half of Canada’s wounded soldiers are not receiving the benefits the government of Canada is obliged to pay them.
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