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Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the New Liberal Movement

I don't know how Justin Trudeau does it. Less than two days ago he was in Japan attending the G7 summit.But there he was in Winnipeg yesterday, putting his leadership on the line.Addressing the faithful at the Liberal convention.And making Canadia… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the New Liberal Movement

Politics and its Discontents: Your Morning Smile

Enjoy.H/t Toronto StarRecommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Your Morning Smile

Montreal Simon: Elbowgate: How the Haters Failed to Hurt Justin Trudeau

In my last post I ran a video by John Oliver, where he strongly suggested that Justin Trudeau had apologized enough for elbowgate.And that it was all just a tempest in a very Canadian teapot.Now it seems that's also what most Canadians believe.Rea… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Elbowgate: How the Haters Failed to Hurt Justin Trudeau

Montreal Simon: John Oliver On Why Elbowgate Isn’t a Real Scandal

I think that most sensible Canadians understand that elbowgate isn't a real scandal.No matter how loudly Ruth Ellen Brosseau screamed, or tried to look as if she had been shot.And that by trying to make a huge deal out of it the opposition is just… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: John Oliver On Why Elbowgate Isn’t a Real Scandal

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

In early December 2012, the Toronto Star reported:  Near-brawl erupts in Commons between Tory Peter Van Loan and NDP’s Nathan Cullen Apparently Van Loan was upset with the NDP’s delaying tactics on getting the Conservative budget measu… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

Montreal Simon: Elbowgate and the Trudeau Hater Losers

I don't think the so-called two-four long weekend has ever come at a better time in the whole history of Canada.So we can all recover from that act of collective madness that was the elbowgate affair. For it has been a real nightmare.The Trudeau h… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Elbowgate and the Trudeau Hater Losers

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- James Wilt discusses a much-needed effort to map out the connections between fossil fuel corporations. And Bruce Campbell highlights how the resource sector is among the most prominent examples of regulatory … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: The Trudeau Haters and the Con Media

Sometimes when I hear the Harper Party, the Mulcair Party, and all the other Trudeau haters going after Justin Trudeau with blood in their eyes, and foam in their mouths.I can't decide whether I'm living in the New Canada, the liberated Harperl… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Trudeau Haters and the Con Media

Montreal Simon: Why Elbowgate Could Make Justin Trudeau Even More Popular

It was a very sad and contrite looking Justin Trudeau yesterday, apologizing over and over again for his behaviour in the House of Commons.And if you relied on our Con media you might think that his political career had been damaged beyond repair. Or… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Elbowgate Could Make Justin Trudeau Even More Popular

Montreal Simon: When Is Tom Mulcair Going to Apologize for His Disgraceful Behaviour?

It's the ugliest picture of the whole so-called elbow gate bumpgate incident. The Commons is in an uproar, Justin Trudeau has apologized as a decent person should, And there standing in the gaggle of NDP MPs is Tom Mulcair grinning like a ha… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: When Is Tom Mulcair Going to Apologize for His Disgraceful Behaviour?

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Loser Party

They have gone after his wife, they have gone after his kids, they have gone after his mother.They have tried to sabotage his legislative agenda, by turning our parliament into a monkey house.And today Justin Trudeau finally lost his temper.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Loser Party

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Triumph of Love Over Hate

It seems only right that after enduring a torrent of hatred aimed at him, his wife, his children, and his mother.Justin Trudeau should move today to protect the rights of a group of Canadians who know only too well what it feels like to be hated.Read … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Triumph of Love Over Hate

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Murray Dobbin argues that the Trudeau Libs’ response (or lack thereof) to wealthy tax cheats will tell us what we most need to know about their plans for Canada.- Meanwhile, Tonda MacCharles reports on Justin Tru… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how Justin Trudeau’s control over the federal electoral reform committee looks to extend a familiar pattern of top-down government into the design of our electoral system. (And I’ll add one point here which didn’t make it into the column: the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

A Different Point of View....: The tale of two communities in crisis: Fort McMurray and Attawapiskat

Crisis situations are shaking two Canadian communities to their very core – the terrifying wildfires that destroyed Fort McMurray, and the epidemic of attempted youth suicides on the Attawapiskat First Nations reserve.The question arises: Why are bil… . . . → Read More: A Different Point of View….: The tale of two communities in crisis: Fort McMurray and Attawapiskat

Montreal Simon: The Monstrous Ambrose Cons Go After Justin Trudeau’s Mother

I don't know how much lower Rona Ambrose and her monstrous Cons can sink, when they are already wallowing in their own excrement at the bottom of the pit of depravity.But just in the last few days they have managed to crush the dreams of the dying … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Monstrous Ambrose Cons Go After Justin Trudeau’s Mother

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Carolyn Ferns writes that a long-awaited child care program would represent the best possible Mother’s Day gift for Canadian families.- Danyaal Raza and Ritika Goel remind us how housing affects a wide range … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: The Monstrous Cons Go After the Trudeau Children Again

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at their latest atrocity.Not after the way Rona Ambrose's cruel Cons treated the dying Liberal MP Maurice Belanger.But still it shocks me, and makes me wonder whether they are humans or beasts.Because believe … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Monstrous Cons Go After the Trudeau Children Again

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- David Crane identifies the good news in the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report on climate change – which is that we can meet our greenhouse gas emissions targets through readily feasible policy choices as long a… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Misogyny of Ezra Levant’s Rebel Rag

As you probably know, the hate mongering internet rag The Rebel is as revolting as it's self-styled "Rebel Commander" Ezra Levant.It's a swollen sewer, a raging torrent of bigotry aimed at all kinds of people, especially Muslims.It … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Misogyny of Ezra Levant’s Rebel Rag

The Canadian Progressive: First Nation Chief to Trudeau: “You can demonstrate that Indigenous lives and Treaties do matter”

Last week, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Chief Erwin Redsky welcomed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to his community by reminding him that “unfortunately, we have a whole museum full of fine Canadian promises that are unfulfilled.” The post First Nation Ch… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: First Nation Chief to Trudeau: “You can demonstrate that Indigenous lives and Treaties do matter”

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines

On Wednesday, over 40 Canadian groups wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal cabinet and urged them to reject the pressure to champion the expansion of tar sands operations and pipelines. The post Trudeau urged to reject pressure to ch… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Tyler Hamilton offers a roundup of the growing threat of climate change – and Canada’s shameful contribution to making it worse. – Andy Blatchford reports on the Libs’ plans for a massive selloff of federal p… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Alberta Politics: Same old same old at the CPC: The Conservative boss hasn’t gone crazy, and he may even be the same guy …

PHOTOS: The Conservative Party of Canada is still singin’ the same old tune – Stephen Harper’s. (CBC photo.) Below: Senator Mike Duffy, former Conservative cabinet member Jason Kenney, Manitoba Tory MP Candice Bergen, Ontario Court Judge Charles … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Same old same old at the CPC: The Conservative boss hasn’t gone crazy, and he may even be the same guy …

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- The BBC reports that even UK business groups are acknowledging that excessive executive pay is leading to public concern and distrust in the state of the economy. And Alex Hern notes that Steve Wozniak for one isn’t … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links