In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 3: Welcome to the world of alternative facts

“The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself.” Franklin Roosevelt, 1932 inauguration. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy, 1960 inauguration. “From this day forward, it’s going to be America first, America first.” Donald J. Trump, 2017 inauguration Well, it’s ...

Northern Reflections: Mr. Wonderful?

Kevin O’Leary is in. But Brent Rathgeber isn’t impressed by either O’Leary or his prospects: The first few times I saw Kevin O’Leary harshly criticize a contestant, I thought it was so over the top that it had to be contrived. His affected viciousness repelled me; predictably, it also earned him a seat on the ...

Montreal Simon: Why I Have Decided To Support Kevin O’Leary

Well now it's official. Kevin O'Leary has finally announced that he does indeed want to be the leader, or the new King of the Harper Party.He claims ordinary rubes Canadians are excited and grateful that he's going to save them from the Liberals.  And he wants Justin Trudeau to know that he is going to be his ...

Montreal Simon: The Farcical Con Debate and the Coming of Kevin O’Leary

The headline in today's Journal de Montréal just about says it all. Yesterday's Con leadership debate was a "hard evening for the French language."So badly did some Con candidates mangle their French, that even the translators couldn't understand them.And no serious person could call it anything but a farce.But at least the gloves finally came off.Read more ...

Accidental Deliberations: On corruptible structures

Yes, there’s no doubt that Kevin O’Leary’s suggestion of selling off Senate appointments is nothing short of asinine. That’s not so much because the idea is inherently unconstitutional, but because of its substantive implications. The sale of Senate seats it would involve institutionalizing the worst aspects of the Senate’s historical purpose (creating a systemic on ...

Northern Reflections: O’Leary

Kevin  O’Leary is muttering about entering the Conservative leadership race. Lisa Raitt is trying to head him off at the pass. She’ll do us all a favour if she succeeds. Michael Harris writes: Bottom line? O’Leary will flounder in the Smart Tank because he knows squat about Canada and is about as homegrown as a ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race: Now It’s Even More of a Porky Show

As we all know the Con leadership race badly needs any publicity it can get. Because not only has it been a porky show, it's also been incredibly boring.And if pigs could fly there would be pork in the trees.But now at last that ghastly show could become the mud wrestling match, I've been hoping ...

Alberta Politics: Merry Christmas to all! Santa is bringing presents for everyone this holiday, regardless of political orientation

PHOTOS: Merry Christmas! Your blogger with a man who can penetrate North American air defences with ease. Russian President Vladimir Putin may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Joke.) Below: Political strategist Stephen Carter with the same blogger; Alberta pollster Janet Brown; Conservative strategist Alan Hallman, who is now associated with Jason Kenney’s Alberta Progressive Conservative ...

Montreal Simon: Kevin O’Leary Prepares To Join the Con Leadership Race

Ever since Kevin O'Leary's infamous "Summit Meeting" with Tony Clement, I've been sure that O'Leary would end up running for Con leader.He knows a third-rate Shark Tank when he sees one.And after sizing up Clement over a bottle of wine, he probably came to the conclusion that he could easily beat him and any of these ...

We Pivot: Who Is Canada’s Bernie Sanders?

As we pivot to a new world, of course, we’ll have to contend with the election of Trump as president. But it’s not an absolute road block. Yesterday I wrote about how Trump won because he appealed to various populations of disenfranchised people who have been screwed by the political and global economic order. Honestly, ...

Montreal Simon: Tony Clement and the Con Clown Meeting in Muskoka

As announced, today is the day Tony Clement, the King of Muskoka aka Gaz Boy or Gas Bag, will make what he calls an "important announcement." When he will solemnly declare that he too wants to be the new leader of the Harper Party.And while the poor scribblers in the MSM draw straws to see who ...

Northern Reflections: Entertainment And Politics

So you think Canada would never elect a Donald Trump? Think again. Debra Van Brenk writes: Conservative voters would be more more likely to choose outspoken TV personality Kevin O’Leary as their party leader among a field of seven declared and potential candidates for Stephen Harper’s old job, a Forum Research poll suggests. But among ...

Montreal Simon: The Shameless Cons and the Phony Deficit Bomb

As you know Jason Kenney is preparing to launch his campaign to try to become the new leader of the Cons. And he is taking a page out of his beloved Benjamin Netanyahu's play book. By trying to scare us into believing that Justin Trudeau's new budget is a deficit BOMB. And that only he, ...

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer on Donald Trump and Kevin O’Leary

Well as you know Donald Trump is edging ever closer to the Republican nomination.So it is at least theoretically possible that he could be the next President.And since as you also know, Kevin O'Leary is thinking of running for leader of the Harper party.And he would be our Trump.There is at least one chance in million ...

Montreal Simon: Kevin O’Leary and the Con Clowns

I've been trying to ignore the so-called Con Woodstock at the Manning Centre this weekend.Because life is too short.And there are no signs of (intelligent) life there… But maybe the deathly gloom is contagious, for I have to admit I've been feeling a little down myself.So I'm glad to see that I can always count on ...

Montreal Simon: Kevin O’Leary Blows His Chances of Becoming Con Leader

Well it's looks as if Kevin O'Leary has blown his last chance for a new career in politics.He's too late to run for the Tea Party in the United States, even though he lives in Boston.And now he's just destroyed any hope he had of becoming the new leader of the Harper Party.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Lana Payne highlights how Kevin O’Leary’s obliviousness to inequality makes him a relic. But Linda McQuaig notes that however distant O’Leary may be from the public, he’s not that far removed from all too many Conservatives. – Gerald Caplan points out that even a campaign where the ...

Northern Reflections: Forcing The Decision

                                                        http://www.cbc.ca/ There has been a lot of chatter recently about whether or not Kevin O’Leary should make a bid for the leadership of the Conservative Party. Linda ...

Politics and its Discontents: Blowhard Blah Blah Blah

Please pardon the rather inarticulate nature of this post’s title, but it seemed appropriate in dealing with this subject: And it would appear that Toronto Star readers have taken the full measure of Kevin O’Leary: O’Leary mulls Tory leadership bid, Jan. 15 Our Donald Trump of the North. A hard-nosed, right-wing Conservative who loves his ...

Montreal Simon: The Incredibly Sad and Sorry State of the Harper Party

I can only imagine what Stephen Harper must be telling his psychiatrist these days. But if he's claiming he's still a Great Economist Leader it must be crazy stuff.   As his oily obsession and his rampant incompetence come back to haunt us. And of course Rona Ambrose also deserves some down time on that shrink's ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 2: Caution, bad news ahead

Hoo-boy, what a bad news week for Alberta, and Canada. Oil continued its slide, falling to below $30 a barrel. The Canadian dollar continued its slide, falling to below 70 cents US. If it weren’t for the fact that Mexico already has the peso, we’d be calling the loonie the peso of North America. Thanks ...

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper’s Economic Record Needs to Be Put on Trial

Stephen Harper hasn't been seen in public now for almost a month, and almost nobody knows where he is hiding.Some say he's still in Las Vegas, others say he's been spotted in Mexico.But he might as well have never left.Because his ghastly legacy has come back to haunt us. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Dilapidated State of the Harper Party

It tells you a lot about the dilapidated state of the Harper Party, and the lamentable judgment of their hapless interim leader Rona Ambrose.That just a few days after being criticized by some anonymous party officials for failing to properly organize the Con leadership race, by just standing around doing nothing, and looking stupid.Something that comes naturally to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

This and that to end your week. – Serina Sandhu writes that everybody is worse off when inequality is allowed to run rampant. And Danny Dorling highlights the principles we’ll need to follow in order to reverse the trend in that direction: There was a time when hardly anyone was roofless in the UK, when ...

Blunt Objects Blog: Will Kevin O’Leary become "Canada’s Trump"?

“Yes, Mr. Bond, I do believe I can take over Canada.” The news so far in this latter week has been all-a-chatter about Kevin O’Leary. First it was for his attempt to buy the resignation of the Premier of Alberta in a coup-d’etat attempt reminiscent of the Business Plot, if not in style then at ...