I have to admit it was a great photo-op, and a sure way to get the attention of the Con media.A small group of demonstrators at the CLC's Young Workers Summit turning their backs on Justin Trudeau. "Honour your promises!" hollered some in the crowd, as event moderators tried to keep the peace. "We . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Farcical Youth Summit Protest
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
– Terry Pedwell reports that young workers who were apparently expected to provide Justin Trudeau with a public relations backdrop instead delivered an important dose of reality by protesting his appearance. And Angella MacEwen points out that contrary to the Libs’ spin, there’s in fact plenty a government can . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links
It is 10:20 p.m. and Conservative Party candidate Glen Motz has cruised to a crushing victory in the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner federal by-election. With 190 of 223 polls reporting, Mr. Motz had earned 69.3 percent of the vote, which is slightly higher… Continue Reading →
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
– Thomas Walkom writes that the federal Libs’ idea of “real change” for the economy reflects nothing more than the same old stale neoliberal playbook: At its core, the federal government’s “bold” new plan for economic growth is strikingly familiar.
The scheme, worked out by Finance Minister Bill . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
Today is election day in the federal riding of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. Polls are open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. What was expected to be a sleepy by-election campaign in this long-time Conservative-held riding in southeast Alberta turned out to be… Continue Reading →
PHOTOS: Who says Jason Kenney is full of baloney? These guys do! And they’re the Fathers of Confederation! Below: PC leadership candidate Mr. Kenney; federal Liberal Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr, MP for Calgary Centre; and Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Opposition in the Alberta Legislature (Wildrose.ca photo). Ottawa’s carbon tax is “is an . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Pigs will fly before the fantasy that Ottawa’s carbon tax ‘invades provincial jurisdiction’ will ever persuade a court
It's a strange thing about Justin Trudeau. He may be the most popular Prime Minister in recent Canadian history, and a nice guy.But nobody is hated and demonized by some Canadians as much as he is, and now that hatred is out of control.For what else can explain that some crazy from the Green . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Dangerous Demonization of Justin Trudeau
Yesterday I celebrated the one-year anniversary of the day Justin Trudeau brought down the Con regime, after a decade of darkness.Only to be reminded how fragile was that victory.And how desperately the Con media are to return us to the nightmare we escaped.And to try to destroy Justin.Read more »
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This and that for your Thursday reading.
– Owen Jones highlights the toxic stress and other health problems borne disproportionately by members of the LGBT community who face systematic discrimination. And Tayla Smith and Jaitra Sathyandran discuss how temporary foreign workers (and others facing precarious work situations) tend to suffer preventable harm to their health . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
I was so excited to see Donald Trump hit the canvas last night, that I forgot that it was also the one year anniversary of the day Stephen Harper also went down like palooka.And the sun finally set on his foul Con regime.
One year since Canadians finally gave them the boot. Humiliated their . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Remembering the Day The Harper Regime Went Down In Flames
PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses supporters for her “state of the province” speech in Calgary’s Jack Singer Concert Hall yesterday. (Photo from the Premier of Alberta’s Flickr account.) Below: Would-be Progressive Conservative leader Jason Kenney and current Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean. It was so busy in political Alberta yesterday those folks who were . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Alberta right now: The state of the province, its parties, and its oil after 1 year without Stephen Harper
Today we read that PM Trudeau is musing that his government is so popular that they might back off their solemn promise before last year’s election to carry out electoral reform.
The NDP reaction was swift:
NDP critic Nathan Cullen warned that if the Liberals “think they’re so incredibly popular that people will forgive them any broken promise, . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau should resign as PM if this is true
It wasn’t long ago when a series of Canadian federal elections saw Stephen Harper and his Conservatives take more and more power – culminating in over four years of a false majority government – even as upwards of 60% of voters opposed virtually everything it stood for.
Some of us then figured it was worth . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On false prophets
PHOTOS: Given the alternatives, most of the world would be delighted if this scene could be repeated, don’t you think? Probably most Americans would be too. Below: Four-time presidential winner Franklin D. Roosevelt and other presidents who contemplated third terms, but were thwarted for on reason or another, Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson and Grover . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Just say no to term limits! They’re fundamentally undemocratic and that’s why the right likes them
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– Peter Rossman explains why the CETA falls far short of the mark in accounting for anybody’s interests other than those of big business. And Dani Rodrik discusses the dangers of laissez-faire fundamentalism, particularly to the extent it threatens to undermine the foundation of a functional society: (T)he . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
No media personality in this country has attacked Justin Trudeau as viciously as has Ezra Levant.He has called him a terrorist, he has attacked his family in the lowest possible way.During Trudeau's fight with Patrick Brazeau he got so carried away, he practically came in his pants wondering whether Justin would be removed in . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant’s Pathetic Plea To Justin Trudeau
As we all know, Rona Ambrose likes to spend most of her time accusing Justin Trudeau of being a big spender.She has attacked him for employing two nannies to take care of his three young children.He has blasted him for taking his mother to Washington even though Barack Obama invited her.But now the acting . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Incredible Hypocrisy of the Con Queen Rona Ambrose
More than two thousand Albertans showed up to see Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tonight at a rally in the southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat. Mr. Trudeau was in town to support Liberal candidate Stan Sakamoto, a popular local businessman, in… Continue Reading →
This and that for your Tuesday reading.
– Baratunde Thurston makes the point that even beyond income and wealth inequality, there’s an obviously unfair distribution of second chances in the U.S. depending on one’s race and class. Denis Campbell reports on the link between poverty and childhood obesity, while Jen St. Denis highlights how poverty . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links
Here, on how the Libs’ carbon price rollout managed to maximize the resulting sound and fury while signifying little actual progress.
For further reading…– Marc Lee offered a reality check on the minimal effect of Justin Trudeau’s price announcement, with reference to Marc Jaccard’s study here (PDF). And Karri Munn-Venn also pointed out how . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day
PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Chris Schwarz, Premier of Alberta/Flickr). Below: Brad Wall, Saskatchewan’s cranky premier; a tease from the Calgary Herald’s web page that maybe, just maybe, swings and misses; SAIT journalism instructor and former Calgary Herald reporter Jim Cunningham. CALGARY Was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement Monday . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A compelling counter-narrative: Are Justin Trudeau and Rachel Notley singing from the same hymn book?
The Liberal government of Justin Trudeau is making significant investments in the Canadian public broadcasting, the arts and creative industries. A lesson for other countries on “how to tap into the creative capital of a society.”
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Vindication took eight years, but it finally showed up for Stephane Dion:
“The government proposes that the price on carbon pollution should start at a minimum of $10 per tonne in 2018, rising by $10 each year to $50 per tonne in 2022.”
And then the kicker.
“If neither a price nor cap-and-trade system is . . . → Read More: Scott's DiaTribes: Stephane Dion and his Green Shift are vindicated. More Hard Work needed though.