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Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Antidote to Cynicism

Well it took a while, but I finally found a writer in the MSM who shares my feeling about Justin Trudeau's first 100 days.One who unlike the others sees the glass half full instead of half empty.One who remembers the horror of the Con regime, and o… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Antidote to Cynicism

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 6: Trudeau keeps promise, gets roasted

The Trudeau government made good on one of its election promises this week. Whether it was a good decision remains to be seen. As promised, Trudeau is pulling our fighter jets out of the international bombing mission that is kicking the crap out of ISIS. Trudeau has never fully explained why we would pull out, […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 6: Trudeau keeps promise, gets roasted

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and Justin Trudeau’s First 100 Days

Well yesterday was the day the MSM decided to devote a lot of their coverage to Justin Trudeau's first 100 days in office.And I must say I found it a rather depressing spectacle.For there they were toting up his promises, made, kept, or in their o… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Media and Justin Trudeau’s First 100 Days

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Sally Goemer writes that extreme inequality is a cause of economic instability for everybody. And Tom Powdrill discusses the importance of organized labour in ensuring the fair sharing of income, while Steven H… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: The Curious Disappearance of Stephen Harper’s Climate Change Speech

Stephen Harper’s important 2007 speech, in which he stated that climate change was “perhaps the biggest threat to confront the future of humanity today” while visiting Germany, is missing from the official website of the Prime Minister of Canada. … . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: The Curious Disappearance of Stephen Harper’s Climate Change Speech

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, the New Military Mission, and the Madness of Rona Ambrose

Now I understand why Justin Trudeau took his time before unveiling our new military mission in Iraq and Syria.For it was worth the wait.It's far more rational and sophisticated than the Con's one dimensional bombing mission.Much bigger than Ron… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, the New Military Mission, and the Madness of Rona Ambrose

Susan on the Soapbox: Trudeau On Pipelines: Maybe

Last week Justin Trudeau walked into the lion’s den—a boardroom filled with the country’s top oilpatch executives—and got it half right. Luckily he had the good sense to take Premier Notley with him. Mr Trudeau, Ms Notley and Big Oil … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Trudeau On Pipelines: Maybe

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Con Pipeline Hysteria

By the way Rona Ambrose and the Con zombies have been clamouring for the Energy East pipeline to be built NOW, you might think that if it isn't we're all doomed.Even though that's nonsense. And considering the state of the planet one might… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Con Pipeline Hysteria

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On the Con Smearing of Justin Trudeau

I was glad to see Justin Trudeau have the courage and the decency to visit Alberta, a province where so many Cons hate him with an intensity that borders on insanity.I was happy to see him provide Rachel Notley with some badly needed support, and reass… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On the Con Smearing of Justin Trudeau

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Thank goodness we didn’t build that Firewall!

Fifteen years ago, in Jan. 2001, six prominent Conservative lobbyists and university professors, including future Prime Minister Stephen Harper and provincial cabinet minister Ted Morton, penned the Firewall Manifesto. Prime Minister Jean Chretien&#82… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Thank goodness we didn’t build that Firewall!

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Politics of Empathy

I thought Justin Trudeau's question and answer session with ten so-called ordinary Canadians the other night on the CBC, was a pretty decent little TV show.Another pleasant sign that our country is starting to look like Canada again, after the muz… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Politics of Empathy

Alberta Politics: Grits in Ottawa and Dippers in Edmonton: far from the worst combination for keeping Alberta’s economy in motion

PHOTOS: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley take questions from the media in this screen shot of the government’s video. Bloggers were not invited, but I’m blaming the feds and promising not to go all Rebel Medi… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Grits in Ottawa and Dippers in Edmonton: far from the worst combination for keeping Alberta’s economy in motion

Alberta Politics: Premier Rachel Notley introduces six new cabinet members … pretty flawlessly

PHOTOS: Premier Rachel Notley introduces her expanded, 19-member (that is, 18 full + 1 associate member) cabinet to the media at Government House yesterday morning. (Photo by Dave Cournoyer, used with permission.) Below: New cabinet members Christina G… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Premier Rachel Notley introduces six new cabinet members … pretty flawlessly

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Very Different Prime Minister

It's hard to believe that Justin Trudeau has now been in power for just over a hundred days.For although I'm sure it seems longer than that to him, it still seems to me like yesterday that he brought down Stephen Harper's foul Con regim… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Very Different Prime Minister

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Rex Murphy’s Ghastly Anti-Trudeau Campaign

Once upon a time I used to fly though the air like Peter Pan in search of the remote control, whenever the ghastly Rex Murphy popped up on my big TV.In a desperate attempt to change the channel, before his oily fumes started pouring out of every orifi… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Rex Murphy’s Ghastly Anti-Trudeau Campaign

Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

PHOTOS: The Senate chamber, empty, as it should be. Below: Stephen Harper, apparently still the de facto leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Conservative Opposition… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

Left Over: A First Step For Government, a Semi-Giant Leap for Labor

Liberal government moves to repeal controversial union laws Employment Minister MaryAnn Mihychuk meets reporters on Parliament Hill at 10:15 a.m. ET CBC News Posted: Jan 28, 2016 10:08 AM ET Last Updated: Jan 28, 2016 10:13 AM ET     … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Left Over: A First Step For Government, a Semi-Giant Leap for Labor

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Not So New/Nouveau Harper Party

Ever since she was elected interim Queen of the Cons, Rona Ambrose has been claiming that they are the new/nouveau Cons, not the shattered remnants of the Harper Party.But now that Parliament has returned that is turning out to be just another Big Lie…. . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Not So New/Nouveau Harper Party

Alberta Politics: C’mon … admit it, Wildrosers! Denis Coderre’s zinger burned because it landed a little too close for comfort

PHOTOS: Welcome to Bedrock City, AB. Actual rural Wildrose ridings in Southern Alberta may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Alberta Opposition Leader Brian Jean (CBC photo), Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, former Canadian Alliance leader Stockwe… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: C’mon … admit it, Wildrosers! Denis Coderre’s zinger burned because it landed a little too close for comfort

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Erasing of the Harper Legacy

As you know I really like this image of Justin slowly but surely demolishing Stephen Harper's foul legacy.And today he took another step in that direction. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau​ says his job is to look out for Canada's best interest… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Erasing of the Harper Legacy

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau: CRA must allow charities to do their work “free from political harassment”

In his recent Ministerial Mandate Letter to Diane Lebouthillier, the Minister of National Revenue, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) must allow charities to do their work free from political harassment. The post Trudeau… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau: CRA must allow charities to do their work “free from political harassment”

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.- Steve Hilton suggests that we should make attending Davos as much a marker of shame as being responsible for a sweatshop – though I’d argue we have a ways to go in holding people accountable even for the latter. Da… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Deathly Gloom of the Con Media

I realize that the Con media in this country is going through some hard times.One day the sorry slaves who toil in its bowels have a job, the next day they don't.And of course their bosses are still VERY unhappy that Canadians ignored their advice … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Deathly Gloom of the Con Media

Alberta Politics: A good day for Rachel Notley – but you’d never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at yesterday’s press conference in Toronto. Below: Ms. Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and U.S. Democratic Presidential candidat… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A good day for Rachel Notley – but you’d never know it with media and opposition in full-scale, unrestrained meltdown

Alberta Politics: Hints of Sun news-management style emerge in plans for Edmonton’s combined Postmedia newsrooms

PHOTOS: “Well, Fred, they used to wrap the grocery flyers in these things. They were called ‘newspapers.’” Below: Gerry Nott, senior Postmedia functionary, and Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister most hated by the Canadian newspaper ind… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Hints of Sun news-management style emerge in plans for Edmonton’s combined Postmedia newsrooms