Alberta Politics: Russian boots on Syrian ground create new reality for Canadian leaders, whether they discuss it or not

PHOTOS: Russian President Vladimir Putin – creating new realities for Canadian leaders to talk about … or not. Below: The three Canadian debating amigos, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. As the three principal contenders for the job of running the country were sparring entertainingly over the ...

Alberta Politics: Who ends up allied with whom in a ‘Pizza Parliament’? It may not be as simple as you think

ILLUSTRATIONS: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, left, and Conservative Leader and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, right, get together in a liaison dangereuse … actual Canadian politicians may not behave exactly as predicted, or expected. Below: The real Mr. Harper, NDP Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair, the real Mr. Trudeau and notorious Republican political consultant Karl Rove. Today’s ...

Politics Canada: Harper government a textbook Karl Rove approach

That the Harper government is anywhere near the top of the polls is a testament to their discipline and adherence to the political strategies of Karl Rove.  The Conservative Party of Canada applies Rove’s strategies more effectively than any other organization, including the George W Bush administration. Stephen Harper has managed to: Close the Health ...

Cowichan Conversations: Why Is the West Spoiling for a Fight with Russia?

At a time where the commercial media, or much of it, serves to whip up hysteria over challenges from ISIS, the so called aggressive actions of Putin and other US/Nato driven issues we can be grateful for the internet, bloggers and social media. Murray Dobbin’s articles would get short shrift today by most media outlets ...

Cowichan Conversations: Six pieces of ID and still not allowed to vote-Elizabeth May

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger The controversy swirling around the democratic right to vote has been increasing in its velocity. Canadians are recognizing that this plan targets voters who are unlikely to vote for the Conservatives. This abomination is right out of US Republican Karl Rove’s playbook and has no place in a democracy. Ironically the illegal ...

Alberta Diary: Caught in an apparent conflict like Chuck Strahl? No problem! Just double down!

Manning Centre-Security Intelligence Review Committee Chair and Enbridge lobbyist Chuck Strahl. Below: Former would-be Reform Party prime minister Preston Manning; Reform Party prime minister in waiting Jason Kenney. All these slightly out-of-focus profile shots were taken by your blogger during his infiltration of the 2013 Manning Centre conference in Ottawa. When people at the top levels ...

Alberta Diary: Got trouble with ‘overbearing urban planners’? The Manning Centre wants to help!

A civic election all-candidates’ meeting in Calgary. “Why don’t we pass the time with a game of solitaire?” Actual Manning Centre supported candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Manning Centre namesake Preston Manning; Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Calgary developer Cal Wenzel (CTV photo). If on Oct. 21 the market-fundamentalist slate trained and sponsored ...

Montreal Simon: Why We’re ALL On Stephen Harper’s Enemy List

When I first read that Stephen Harper had an Enemy List I was not surprised. For it's his madness that makes him so dangerous.But I was worried about my country and its democracy. For no democracy can survive in such an atmosphere of intimidation.And of course, I was also worried that I was not on Great Paranoid Leader's list of enemies… real ...

Alberta Diary: Tom Flanagan, neoconservative spiritual leader, consigned to utter darkness

Conservative icon Tom Flanagan’s defining moment. Below: Dr. Flanagan in happier times; the six signatories of the Alberta separatist Firewall Manifesto; Richard Nixon saying goodbye during his 1952 Checkers speech. Unlike Dr. Flanagan’s likely career trajectory, Mr. Nixon came back.  Who could have predicted that yesterday would be the pope’s last day on the job? ...

Alberta Diary: Perfesser Dave explains negative TV advertising and the job-killing Tory carbon tax

Zap! You’re frozen! … In the dark! The Harper Tories’ latest TV advertising attack on NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. Perfesser Dave, below, explains why Prime Minister Stephen Harper will do the same thing he’s accusing Mr. Mulcair of planning if he manages to get re-elected. Below Perfesser Dave: Robert Stanfield, the underwear guy, Allan Fotheringham ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Petals Have Fallen Off the TurdBlossom

 Mojo No Mo George w. Bush gave Karl Rove the nickname “turdblossom.”  It’s a west Texas term for a desert wildflower that can sometimes grow out of cow dung. The Republican strategist/organizer went into overdrive in the runup to the 2012 elections, getting wealthy Republicans to part company with some $300-million in donations.   And they’re ...

Montreal Simon: Mitt Romney and the Con Cicadas

Oh boy. I don't know how to say this, but I feel I almost owe Mitt Romney an apology. For while it's true that he's a shameless huckster who lied so much he almost fooled enough Americans into making him President. Which scared the bejeezus out of me eh? Read more »

Alberta Diary: Thanks to a murderous nut, long gun registry will be Harper’s first post-PQ test – he will likely fail

Gavrilo Princip under arrest in Sarajevo in 1914. But a speedy arrest wasn’t enough to avert a long war. Below, Quebec Premier Designate Pauline Marois. If you think about it – and you can bet on it that the Canadian gun lobby will refuse to do so – the murderous man with the assault rifle ...

Alberta Diary: Post-Confederate Albertans in Ottawa, the PQ in Quebec: Can Canada afford a national leader with no national vision?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper takes note of Quebec’s aspirations. Alberta politicians may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Mr. Harper exhibiting the post-Confederation Alberta zeitgeist (Calgary Herald photo); PQ Leader Pauline Marois. With the PQ back in power in Quebec City, no matter how tenuously, one prays Stephen Harper can overcome his tin Albertan ear ...

DeSmogBlog: Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS Doubles Down On Gas Price Talking Points

Karl-Rove.jpg The Karl Rove-helmed lobbying group Crossroads GPS (in conjunction with their parent group American Crossroads) has decided to double down on the debunked talking point that President Obama is to blame for the spike in gas prices. Their latest ad, titled “Too Much,” specifically takes aim at the President’s claim (based on facts) that ...

Saskboy and Jymn rub The Globe’s nose in #RoboCon | #cdnpoli

RoboCon: Journalism Failure at the Globe – UPDATED | Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: “And what’s the reason that John Ibbitson, a professional journalist for a national newspaper, treats Giorno with so much respect and kid-gloves that he talks him up as some sort of non-lying politician, while a nobody blogger in Regina has quickly demonstrated the ...

L. Ian MacDonald quacks: “Even if there were robocalls, Stephen Harper won fair and square”

Old MacDonald had a wank I, L. Jymn Parrett, almost spit a mouth full of Cazadores over my PC reading that headline from Postmedia. The lede is just as good: “Dirty tricks are nothing new in politics. Sometimes they’re even part of the fun.” I realize that modern journalism is like reading a . . . ...

L. Ian MacDonald wanks: "Even if there were robocalls, Stephen Harper won fair and square"

MacDonald relaxes at home I, L. Jymn Parrett, almost spit a mouth full of Cazadores over my PC reading that headline from Postmedia. The lede is just as good: “Dirty tricks are nothing new in politics. Sometimes they’re even part of the fun.” I realize that modern journalism is like reading a cereal box; it ...

Montreal Simon: Did the Cons Steal the Last Election?

When I first heard that Elections Canada is investigating attempts to suppress the vote during the last election, I wrote that at the very least bye-elections should be held in the 18 swing ridings that were targeted by robot calls. But now I believe that it must declare the last election null and void, because ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Halftime in America

It seems Wingnuttia is in a furious tizzy over Chrysler’s Super Bowl ad: Former Bush “brain” Karl Rove, now a Fox “News” contributor resembling a large ham with glasses, paragon of moral integrity, and founder of a super-secret PAC funded by a handful of evil billionaires, said he was “offended” by the advertisement, calling it ...

Throw the baby out with the Atwater. Karl Rove has tantrum over Clint Eastwood Super Bowl ad.

“Hey Turd Blossom, catch that Dirty Harry flick. Man, that Eastwood is a mofo.” “Uh-huh”. Karl “Dirty Tricks” Rove is upset that director/actor Clint Eastwood appeared in a Super Bowl ad for Chrysler. Why? Because Chrysler received a bailout. And Rove thinks this makes Eastwood a purveyor of “Chicago-style politics” and a “minion of Obama”. ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: The Wildrose Party’s Redford Files: Not nearly as funny as the first time…

The Redford Files website: evidence the Wildrose Alliance is on the ropes. Below, an image grabbed from the site. If “the Redford Files” really are “authorized by the Wildrose Party,” as the blog-style attack website that appeared on the Internet a few days ago indicates, it is the best evidence yet the whole ramshackle far-right ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Who is behind the ‘push poll’ attacking Alison Redford?

Is this the Albertan to whom I am speaking? The mystery push-pollster busy in Alberta this week – the caller you’re speaking with, of course, may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith, sleazy U.S. political tactician Karl Rove; Redford Chief of Staff Stephen Carter. Who is behind the sleazy “push poll” ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Put Those Things Away Ladies. This Is Too Important

The Wall Street protests continue, with activists promising to hold out for months. However, another element has been brought in, that has no place in a legitimate rally. Topless women with signs requesting that gawkers not look at them but listen to them. I can’t help but think that Karl Rove has outdone himself. They ...

Karl Rove: Sarah Palin will run

The shiny mettle that used to be Karl Rove is a bit tarnished these days, what with his grand failure of 2006. Anything he says any more is suspect. But he is one thing and that is resilient – and persistent. But his judgement? Hmm. So when Rove comes out and announces that he is certain Sarah Palin ...