Shorter Tim Naumetz on the NDP’s consistent stance opposing Bill C-51, a position supported by 17% of respondents in a recent poll (with plenty more undecided):Boy, it’s weird that a political party would take stand on a policy issue despite the public… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Verbatim Brad Wall then:(W)e may — possibly — campaign on [privatizing liquor stores] in the next election, but people will be able to decide then. In other words, we would never change the act without a mandate to do so.Shorter Saskatchewan Party … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
On the one hand, there’s what Canadian voters actually want… (N)early 60 per cent of respondents support the idea of two or more parties forming a coalition government, if no party gains a majority of seats in October’s election.
And this: By a margin of almost two-to-one, the voters of today would send Mr. Harper . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
From one stunt… The news of McCain’s suspension drew gales of derision from the press. No one was willing to give him the slightest benefit of the doubt…that his motivations were anything less than craven…
McCainworld had assumed that the suspension would be viewed as an authentic, characteristic act of putting country first. But…McCain was . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition II: Humanitarian Boogaloo
In 2008, a floundering candidate for public office made a fool of himself by turning serious economic danger into an opportunity to showboat, only to find that nobody was buying his self-proclaimed leadership (Heilemann & Halperin, Game Change at p. 384-385): McCain set off back to the Hilton. In the car he called Bush and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Stephen Harper plays chess: Sources say Conservative planners did factor in testimony by Wright and Harper’s former legal counsel Perrin. Once the testimony was over, they calculated, the sting would fade, and those voters who were inclined to believe Harper’s version would continue to do so. Those who never believed him would never vote for . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
ZOMG A CANDIDATE SAID UNFETTERED TARSANDS EXTRACTION WON’T GO ON FOREVER!!!! HERESY AGAINST OUR PETROLEUM OVERLORDS!!! THAT PARTY IS DOOMED!!! DOOMED I SEZ!!!
Also, pay no attention to this guy: Justin Trudeau: The reason environmental groups in Canada and across the United States are so concerned about Canadian oil is because Mr. Harper has turned . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
The current Liberal leader, who apparently saw no reason to think his actions in the present might result in the loss of his party’s self-proclaimed brand: Trudeau said he finds Canadians he talks with when he travels are open to the idea of balancing security and rights. But he conceded that he may have underestimated . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Justice James Stribopoulos sees the G20 human rights abuses as highlighting the problems with handing over poorly-defined powers to law enforcement: In an essay published in a new book on policing during the summit, Justice James Stribopoulos blames the abuses that took place on an absence of specific legislation to “confine, structure and check police . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On inevitable abuses
Sure, it might be tempting to say there’s no difference at all between this… The federal government touted a number of initiatives Wednesday for improving First Nations’ well-being but could not explain why a new report showed the prosperity gap between aboriginal and non-aboriginal people was widening in some cases.
The report, released by the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party is trumpeting the “success” of a hiring freeze in which the entire government saved $8 million in a quarter – or roughly $32 million per year – by not hiring staff.
Brad Wall’s Saskatchewan Party has increased the cost of consultants in the Ministry of Highways alone by roughly $50 million . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
The Cons can’t wait to lock up any refugee who might arrive in Canada on the wrong ship: Immigration Minister Jason Kenney insists Canada’s new measures [including mandatory detention for every single passenger on a designated ship] will provide a strong deterrent to anyone thinking of paying a human smuggler to cross the Pacific…
Canada’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Bert Brown this week, shedding crocodile tears over blind partisanship in the Senate: The real problem, Brown told HuffPost, is that the overwhelming majority of senators don’t do the job they were appointed to do.
Senators are supposed to represent their province’s interest “but they don’t,” he said; they just follow what their party’s . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
From Warren Bell’s devastating comparison between the Peter Kent of yesteryear and the embarrassment he’s become, here’s Canada’s environment minister on why we shouldn’t worry our pretty little heads about the environment effects of the tar sands: “One of the opposition parties has taken the treacherous course of leaving the domestic debate and heading abroad . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
This is a work that came about during my recent consolidation of images past, present, (and future?) . The projection happened in the early 90′s when I was experimenting with arbitrary images I had shot on streets, off television sets and so on, then projecting them on houses, walls, backyards, etc. and re photographing them. . . . → Read More: Walking Turcot Yards: Untitled (The Woman In Red)
Shorter tar sands shills trying to get the general public to do their PR work: Our oil industry affects every single Canadian from coast to coast to coast. Speak up in defence of your corporate masters – it’s your patriotic duty!
Shorter tar sands shills when it comes to assessing the potential environmental damage from . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Bert Brown today, trying to justify the public footing a nine-figure annual bill for a cesspool of patronage and corruption: “It’s one of the five major institutions of the Canadian government and if you were to take that away, you’d just be creating a dictatorship,” Brown said in an interview in his office overlooking Parliament . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Jim Flaherty… Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Monday new rule changes to define “suitable employment” and “reasonable” efforts at finding work have yet to come down, but as far as he’s concerned people should be prepared to take pretty well any available job.
“There is no bad job, the only bad job is not having . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Ah, the memories of Stephen Harper and his bestest international buddy deciding what to do about the economic pain they’ve inflicted on the world: Mr. Cameron, hailing Canada as a model of fiscal probity and pointing to his own deep spending cuts, argued that debt cutting is the only way to fix a disturbing pattern, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
The Lib take on NDP policy a year ago at what was supposed to be their policy renewal conference: At the time, those were the two big, important, structural differences in policy — the only two, if I recall correctly, although readers are welcome to … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
An unnamed person with some clue about economics: Pundits, Very Serious Politicians, and more have spent the past two years plus doing everything they can to make the deficit the center of public discourse, to focus all our fears on the attack by bond … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Stephen Harper’s rule for others when it comes to interfering in the affairs of other governments: Tory provincial election rule number one: don’t become the story In other news, Harper becomes the story: Stephen Harper locks himself in Brazilian min… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Kenneth Rogoff describes the type of policy needed to push developed economies out of their current slump:too many policy-makers have relied on the belief that, at the end of the day, this is just a deep recession that can be subdued by a generous help… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition
Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman:Some of us have long complained about the cult of “balance,” the insistence on portraying both parties as equally wrong and equally at fault on any issue, never mind the facts. I joked long ago that if one party declared… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition