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Alberta Politics: You take the high road and we’ll take the low road: The Kenney Cabal’s strategy to grab back power in Alberta for the right

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney with Preston Manning. Below: Likely Kenney opponents Sandra Jansen, another possible PC candidate, and Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Party in happier times. In many ways, as was said here two days ago, Jason Kenney is a miscas… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: You take the high road and we’ll take the low road: The Kenney Cabal’s strategy to grab back power in Alberta for the right

Montreal Simon: Michelle Rempel’s Monstrous Cannibal BBQ

When I heard that Michelle Rempel had hosted a BBQ for declared and potential Con leadership candidates, I knew it would be a ghastly story.I knew it couldn't have been a pig roast, for obvious reasons.But who knew it was such a cannibal affair?Rea… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michelle Rempel’s Monstrous Cannibal BBQ

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney: Conservative saviour or a guy with the appeal of a trip to the dentist?

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney at a NATO do, looking positively Nixonian (from his Facebook page). Below: The only shot I ever managed to get of Mr. Kenney myself; former Progressive Conservative saviour Jim Prentice; Mr. Kenney letting his hair down at Toronto . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney: Conservative saviour or a guy with the appeal of a trip to the dentist?

Montreal Simon: Rachel Notley and the Hatred That Kills

For years I have been warning that hatred kills. Like it did in Orlando last Sunday. Or like it did in Britain last Thursday.When the gentle, decent Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death by a another cowardly bigot.And I've also warned tha… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rachel Notley and the Hatred That Kills

Alberta Politics: When Tories, the Fraser Institute and media team up to attack plans to improve the CPP, you have to know it needs fixing!

ILLUSTRATIONS: A luxurious retirement? Do you get the feeling that ship may have sailed? Well, rich conservatives and their flunkies want you to think that a better Canada Pension Plan is a bad idea anyway. Below: Conservative Party of Canada Finance C… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: When Tories, the Fraser Institute and media team up to attack plans to improve the CPP, you have to know it needs fixing!

Alberta Politics: Appalling gun lobby press release begs Canadians not to blame the gun used in massacre

PHOTOS: Retired Quebec Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette (Alchetron.com), whose Senate bill would make a sensible model for government gun-control legislation. Below: Conservative British Columbia MP Bob Zimmer, an advocate of lifting all Canadi… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Appalling gun lobby press release begs Canadians not to blame the gun used in massacre

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Un-Googling of Stephen Harper

As you probably know I have been extremely pleased by the systematic way Justin Trudeau and his Liberals have been demolishing Stephen Harper's foul legacy.Scrapping his monuments, deep sixing his fascist crime bills, taking out the garbage, and i… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Un-Googling of Stephen Harper

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Senate’s recent attempts to claim any relevance to Canadian politics, and what they should tell us about the failures of our actual elected representatives.For further reading…- OpenParliament’s status report on Bill C-14 (featuring the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Montreal Simon: The Trudeau Government and the Case of the Injured Veterans

As you know I think Justin Trudeau and his government are doing an amazing job of destroying Stephen Harper's foul legacy.And have have made this country a better place to live in, as well as restoring our image abroad.But that doesn't mean tha… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Trudeau Government and the Case of the Injured Veterans

Alberta Politics: We need a referendum on electoral reform? No! We need a national referendum on the TPP!

PHOTOS: Justin Trudeau, back in 2015 before he was prime minister, promising Canadians real change, including electoral reform, if we gave him the chance. We gave him the chance. Below: Opposition Conservative interim Leader Rona Ambrose (CBC Photo) an… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: We need a referendum on electoral reform? No! We need a national referendum on the TPP!

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 23: The year of the fallen icons

The Oxford English Dictionary defines icon as ‘a symbol or graphic representation on a screen of a program, option, or window’, which doesn’t work until you look at the second definition, which is ‘a person or thing regarded as a representative symbol or as worthy of veneration.’ There are few words in English usage today more […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 23: The year of the fallen icons

Alberta Politics: The Annals of Cybercrime: U of C pays ransom to cyberbandits, argues it’s OK because data was at risk

PHOTOS: Don’t worry, now that the ransom has been paid, Calgary Police are on the job investigating the cybercrime at the University of Calgary. Actual Calgary Police Service personnel may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: University of Calga… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: The Annals of Cybercrime: U of C pays ransom to cyberbandits, argues it’s OK because data was at risk

the disgruntled democrat: Canada Is Cool Once Again

Our Prime Minister Justin.  Check out his tattoo. Before coming out and saying so, I had to wait a bit.  I had to make sure that the Trudeau-led Liberals were the real thing.  There are times when electoral expectations are not met,… . . . → Read More: the disgruntled democrat: Canada Is Cool Once Again

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 22: Muhammad Ali, when boxing mattered

The death on Friday of Muhammad Ali, described by the New York Times as a “titan of boxing and the 20th century” reminded me of a time when boxing mattered. There was a time, before Ali and for a while after he retired, when boxing was one of the premiere sports in the world. Everyone […] . . . → Read More: In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 22: Muhammad Ali, when boxing mattered

Alberta Politics: Hard truth from the Parkland Institute: New pipelines won’t much improve the price fetched by Alberta oil from Bitumen

PHOTOS: An oil tanker, floating in “tidewater” – in this case the balmy Persian Gulf. Below: Earth scientist David Hughes, and a caribou strolling along a pipeline, this one in Alaska. That’s tonight’s harvest of royalty-free photographs. My … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Hard truth from the Parkland Institute: New pipelines won’t much improve the price fetched by Alberta oil from Bitumen

Montreal Simon: The Day a Ghastly Trudeau Hater Came After Me

It had to be one of the most bizarre posts I've ever read. One of the most notorious Trudeau haters in the blogosphere, claiming that he doesn't hate Justin Trudeau. There are some who say that I hate Justin Trudeau. One even claimed that I h… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day a Ghastly Trudeau Hater Came After Me

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: What Our Media Doesn’t Understand About Feminism Makes Rona Ambrose Look Enlightened

During last weekend’s Conservative Party convention, interim leader Rona Ambrose suggested that Justin Trudeau was not our first “female” Prime Minister, but that that distinction went to Kim Campbell.It was met with a round of applause, resonating wit… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: What Our Media Doesn’t Understand About Feminism Makes Rona Ambrose Look Enlightened

Montreal Simon: The Day The Opposition Losers Decided Not To Punish Justin Trudeau

Well I see that after threatening to punish Justin Trudeau for his role in the so-called elbowgate kerfuffle.And either suspend him or humiliate him. Or hopefully hang him.The Cons and the NDP have decided to drop the idea like a hot potato.Or pour w… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day The Opposition Losers Decided Not To Punish Justin Trudeau

Montreal Simon: Will Rona Ambrose Ever Apologize for Anything?

I still can't quite believe that Rona Ambrose hasn't apologized for calling Justin Trudeau a woman, or a female prime minister.And is denying ever saying that, even though her little "joke" was caught on tape.But then when I think abo… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Will Rona Ambrose Ever Apologize for Anything?

Montreal Simon: The Cons Claim Rona Ambrose Didn’t Call Justin Trudeau a Woman

It was for me the lowest moment of the Con convention. The sight of Rona Ambrose strutting across the stage bragging about her party's feminist credentials.While making a "joke" about Justin Trudeau as the first female Prime Minister.As o… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Cons Claim Rona Ambrose Didn’t Call Justin Trudeau a Woman

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