In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 7: Horror in Sweden?

Doesn’t it seem like weeks ago that Justin Trudeau visited Donald Trump? It was the story on this side of the border for days. But Trudeau had barely lifted off from Washington and his visit was forgotten, overwhelmed by a tsunami of terrible Trump news. But let’s briefly look back on the Trump-Trudeau visit, which ...

Susan on the Soapbox: How to Get Rid of an Autocrat

Donald Trump isn’t the first Western politician to attack the judiciary, muzzle scientists, erode evidence-based decision making by making up alternate facts, disenfranchise voters, create two-tiered citizenship, push a corporate agenda, insult the very government leaders he needs to help him achieve his vision, and wage a divisive Islamophobic campaign to shore up core support. ...

Eh Types: O’Leary Can’t Lead The Conservatives, And They Know It

When the Conservative party elects a new leader, it will be an important decision for the party’s future. Should the membership decide that reality TV star Kevin O’Leary is the best choice to carry the party forward, they will have to contend with the party’s own past. Attack ads against O’Leary have already been written, ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 5: Horror hits home; Trudeau breaks a promise; Stupor Bowl ads

Events on Sunday in Quebec City served as a reminder, if we needed one, that Canada is not immune to madness. Last Sunday, a sad loser walked into a Quebec City mosque and opened fire on people who were praying. Yes, praying. He killed six,  injuring many others; it could have been so much worse. ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Circus and the Two Trumpanzees

As you know the Con leadership circus has not one but two second third-rate Donald Trump impersonators.But I'm sorry to report that after this week's ghastly show, both Kevin O'Leary and Kellie Leitch have been demoted.And will now march in with the clowns.Read more »

Eh Types: How Canadians Can Resist Trump

The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency was not at all what many expected — it was considerably worse. Following his election, many found solace in the idea that a serial liar like Trump was unlikely to fulfill the many ugly promises he made. His border wall and Muslim ban were no more likely to ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Sad State of the Con Leadership Race

It's still his party. He created it in his own image. Those who survived the Great Humiliation are still trying to keep his monstrous legacy alive. But Stephen Harper these days is a shrunken version of the monstrous leader he once was, and has said nothing about Con leadership race, even as it descends into farce.Until ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Carnival Sideshow

While people with normal cognitive abilities likely see the farce in Kevin O’Leary’s effort to become the next leader of the Conservative Party, it would be unwise to underestimate the power of less able and less stable people to influence the course of events. If nothing else, the Trump spectacle attests to the importance of ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Kevin, Donald, and Danny #nlpoli

A Forum poll released on Monday showed 27% of those surveyed thought celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary would make the best leader of the federal Conservative party with Maxime Bernier a distant second at 11% and Lisa Raitt coming in at a mere seven percent. Among self-identified Conservatives,  O’Leary’s support climbs to 31%, according to Forum and with ...

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 »