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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Great Failed War on Marijuana

As you know, Stephen Harper has made The Great War on Marijuana one of his main weapons in the Great War on Justin Trudeau.So he could accuse him of being a dangerous junkie who would make the drug more accessible to kids…

But when that attack ad didn't work, he decided to use our tax dollars to produce an anti-marijuana ad.And get the country's doctors to endorse it…

But the doctors refused to play his game.

Because they they could see right through it, like so many other Canadians.Read more »

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta Politics Roundup – Eve of Fall Sitting

TweetFall Legislative Session November 17, 2014 will mark the start of the first legislative session for new Premier Jim Prentice, Health Minister Stephen Mandel and Education Minister Gordon Dirks. The 43-year old governing Progressive Conservatives have promised to introduce new laws focusing on property rights and ‘ending entitlements’ for their MLAs. This will be Rachel Notley’s first session as […]

Politics and its Discontents: I Feel Better Already

….knowing that Mr. Harper’s fight against ISIS hasn’t distracted him from an even greater threat to all that is holy and good:

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Montreal Simon: The Scandal on the Hill and the Old Boy’s Club

As if Stephen Harper hadn't degraded the image of our Parliament enough. Reduced it to a fascist circus where the Big Lie rules, and shame goes to die.Mocked it, muzzled it, or just crapped on it like a monstrous alien monkey from outer space. Now we find out it's also a place where power corrupts even basic human decency. A boozy place stuck in the past, where young women are routinely harassed. And considering all of the above, I have to say I found what Tom Mulcair had to say today extremely disappointing. Read more »

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Sleepy Yellowhead by-election set for November 17

TweetA big Conservative win is inevitable in this rural Alberta riding When recently resigned Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield was appointed by Premier Jim Prentice as Alberta’s Representative in Washington D.C., many political watchers in Alberta were caught by surprise. It was known that the MP was spending an increasing amount of time lobbying American politicians in the Capitol and I […]

The Canadian Progressive: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s Speech on Ottawa Shooting

Here’s the prepared text of Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s address to the nation following the fatal shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday.

The post Liberal leader Justin Trudeau’s Speech on Ottawa Shooting appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Liberals lost Canadians’ support, NDP gained: Poll

A new poll by Abacus Data suggests that, in the the last month, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals lost the support of Canadians and the NDP made game-changing gains.

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the similarities between the federal political scene now and in the lead up to the 1988 federal election – and how the Liberals may soon face the NDP’s hard-learned lesson that personality politics may not go far in a sharp policy debate.

For further reading…- The NDP unveiled its child care plan here. And the commentators taking a close look at the plan – and its contrast against the Cons’ anti-government nihilism – include Karl Nerenberg, Jeffrey Simpson, Chantal Hebert and Linda McQuaig. – Meanwhile, Les Whittington reports on the Cons’ latest tax baubles, (Read more…)

Left Over: Harper’s Zipper: Stuck Again

ANALYSIS

Conservatives’ copyright law changes could backfire Does the government really want to trigger a debate over the use of political attack ads?

By Kady O’Malley, CBC News Posted: Oct 14, 2014 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 14, 2014 8:12 AM ET

The Cons haven’t had much success so far in trashing Junior Trudeau…well, not too surprising, but then they are guilty of the same sort of overstatement, so hard for the pot to call the kettle..and what they’ve focused on seems odd in the extreme..if their new regulation vis a vis the press and what is and (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Principled Abstention: Why Liberal MP Irwin Cotler Abstained From Iraq War Vote

Did Liberal MP Irwin Cotler rebel against party leader Justin Trudeau when he abstained from Tuesday’s House of Commons vote on Harper’s decision to drag Canada into an unwinnable military campaign in Iraq?

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Montreal Simon: Will Stephen Harper Win the War in Iraq and Canada?

Golly. If you depended exclusively upon some of the poobahs in our useless MSM to know what's happening, you might think that Stephen Harper was not only about to deal the ISIS crazies a crippling blow.With six planes, and when they finally get there.He's already dealt his chief political opponent a mortal blow, and is on his way to win the next election.Because there's Chantale Hébert, already declaring that Justin Trudeau is Harper's War's first casualty. Read more »

Alberta Diary: Welcome to Alberta, where, baby, these are the days of miracles and wonders…

Conservative political leaders distribute loaves and fishes, part of the school lunch program planned for the hundreds of new schools that will be popping up overnight out here in Alberta. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Premier Jim Prentice, Opposition Leader Danielle Smith and Education Minister Gordon Dirks, all of whom we can have faith will deliver.

It is no longer a metaphor when we say Alberta’s conservative politicians are performing miracles and wonders.

Leastways, yesterday, Premier Jim Prentice announced his intention to perform an actual, literal miracle – to create 230 new (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau “cannot and will not” support Harper’s Iraq war motion

Responding to Harper’s Iraq war motion, introduced Friday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said his party “cannot and will not support this Prime Minister’s motion.”

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Canadian Political Viewpoints: War Is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

I am a great admirer of George Orwell, the man whose quote has provided the title of this post. The first and last part of it are, sadly, greatly applicable to the situation we now find ourselves facing.

Since the 1950s, the Western World has found itself clenched in the jaws of the Military-Industrial Complex; an idea so insipid that former General, and outgoing President, Dwight D. Eisenhower found it necessity to condemn it to Americans in his final televised address. Learned men who fought wars, from Eisenhower to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, often found it necessary to condemn (Read more…)

Dead Wild Roses: Canada’s Liberal Party Gets One Thing Right – They Are Unabashedly Pro-Choice

Conservative media has attempted to portray the notion of women as autonomous human beings as “radical”.

The recently decimated Liberal Party is stirring back to life with the election of a new Leader. Justin Trudeau has decreed that his MP’s will vote pro-choice, no exceptions.

The woolly anti-choicers that still remain within the party, or loosely affiliated, have recently penned an open letter to Mr.Trudeau about his policy.

“How can such a discriminatory policy serve the democratic ideals of our great nation?” wrote the ex-MPs, many of whom are known for being outspoken on socially conservative issues.

Actually (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Silence of Ezra Levant and the PMO Network

Well I see Ezra Levant is keeping a low profile, and remaining unusually silent.After being spanked by his bosses at Sun News, with a soft fluffy feather. Even as critics call for Levant to make a personal apology for a monologue that included calling the late Pierre Trudeau a “slut,” the host of Sun News Network’s The Source declined to answer the Star’s questions when reached by email Tuesday morning, and again in person later in the afternoon as he was leaving the network’s downtown Toronto studios. “My comments are that I have no comment,” said Levant, (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Sun Media – not its squalid commentator Ezra Levant – is the problem

Ezra Levant, on the job with his Sun News microphone. Mr. Levant is not the problem. Sun Media is the problem. Below: Justin Trudeau, Bernie Farber, and Brian Mulroney.

Ezra Levant is a squalid nuisance, barely worth contemplating.

Sun Media is the problem.

On Monday, Sun Media apologized for Mr. Levant’s repellent and sexually obsessive hysterics about Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s parents, one dead and the other an elderly grandmother and thus neither in a position to defend themselves.

This only happened, of course, because Mr. Trudeau threatened no longer to talk to legitimate Sun Media journalists, of which we (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Disgraceful Sham Apology of Sun News and Ezra Levant

Well it wasn't much of an apology. The Sun News network has apologized to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and declared that an “offensive” rant against his parents’ morality — which included a description of Pierre Trudeau as a “slut” — should have never made it to air.Ezra Levant wasn't man enough to deliver it himself.So instead it was scrolled on the screen like a public health warning…

But it did tell us all we need to know about Sun News.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: When Is An Apology Not Really An Apology?

When it is delivered, not by the offending party, but rather by an unseen narrator instead.

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Montreal Simon: Did Brian Mulroney Order the Humiliation of Ezra Levant?

Yes, according to Robert Fife:

Brian Mulroney called Liberals to say Sun Media will apologize tomorrow for offensive rant by @ezralevant vs @JustinTrudeau. #cdnpoli— Robert Fife (@RobertFife) September 28, 2014

You know, the CTV reporter who first exposed the Senategate scandal.And if it's true it couldn't be more delicious.Or more humiliating for Levant.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Another Pundit Supports Trudeau’s Rejection Of Sun News

Reaction continues to be mixed on Justin Trudeau’s decision to boycott Sun News following resident madman Ezra Levant’s tirade against his entire family. Pollster Bruce Anderson is now the second pundit to support the decision, as he makes clear in his inaugural digital column for The Globe and Mail.

His has several reasons for taking this stance: First off, if a competing politician uttered the things that Mr. Levant said about Justin Trudeau, we would expect an apology or a resignation, or both. If we wouldn’t tolerate such shameful behavior among political competitors, what would it say about how low (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Why Justin Trudeau is Right to Boycott Sun News

I must admit when I first saw what Ezra Levant had said about Justin Trudeau's parents, I wondered whether Justin would challenge him to a duel.So he could do to him what he did to Patrick Brazeau…

Because Levant was there that night covering the fight live for Sun News with his reptilian colleague Brian Lilley…

And I've never seen those two Con stooges look so bitterly disappointed after it was over. It was HILARIOUS.But what really disappoints ME is the way so many of the useless stooges in the MSM are saying that Trudeau is wrong to boycott Sun News. Read more »

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: No, It’s Not "Short Sighted"

I’ve seen stories popping up recently where Justin Trudeau is being criticized for refusing to engage with Sun Media.   The issue is that Sun Media has allowed people like Levant to run amok.  Of course, they’re going to play the taunting card.  What Levant’s tirade demonstrated was that Sun Media is acting as a mouth organ for the PMO.   From the Liberal party’s perspective, why would they engage with a group who is so obviously biased, and will no doubt take anything that Trudeau says before their cameras and splice it into something entirely different?   If Sun (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: On Trudeau’s Sun ‘News’ Boycott

When I wrote a brief post the other day on Ezra Levant’s disgusting and puerile tirade against the Trudeaus the other day, I had no intention of revisiting the issue, but two columns calling into question the decision by Justin Trudeau to boycott the organization leads me to further comment.

Writing in The Globe, Simon Houpt, while fully agreeing that the attack was just the latest in a series of outrageous nonsense from the mouth of the perpetually angry Levant, says that when a politician cuts off access to select media, it is an affront to everyone. Sun Media (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Utter Disgustingness of Ezra Levant

I never thought Ezra Levant could stoop as low as he did when he donned a red wig after Jack Layton died to mock his supporters.But his recent attack on Justin Trudeau shows that he is still crawling through the gutter.Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is refusing to speak with Sun Media until the company responds to his allegation it aired an "offensive" attack against his family. Because let's be clear eh?This is nothing less than political pornography…Read more »