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Montreal Simon: Nightmare in Amerika, and the Lesson for Canada

At first sight it couldn't be a more depressing sight, or more of a nightmare.Team Mitch McConnell and his ghastly Republican tea baggers, seizing control of Congress, and promising to bring change to America.Which has some progressives in that country wondering whether it's the end of irony.Or the beginning of fascism. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Keystone Pipeline Dream Takes Another Hit

I never understood how the U.S. State Department could conclude that building the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially increase carbon emissions.It didn't make sense.And sure enough it turns out somebody didn't know how to count.Because now it seems the pipeline's impact could be FOUR times higher than estimated.Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: How Obama Shocked Harper as Keystone’s Frustrator-in-Chief

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger

Here is a ‘Bloomberg Business News’ snapshot of todays strained US Canada relations. Our troubles are politically driven and stalled by the ups and downs of the Keystone pipeline controversy.

US President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper are dissimilar in most if not all respects.

Many environmentally concerned Americans and Canadians are virtually standing shoulder to shoulder cheering the delays.

With the Keystone pipeline and the Northern Gateway (Enbridge) proposal meeting with increased opposition it is now a possibility that they may both be rejected in their entirety.

The once all powerful PM Steve Harper (Read more…)

350 or bust: Indians And Cowboys Join Together To Reject & Protect

On April 22, an alliance of pipeline fighters — ranchers, farmers, tribal communities, and their friends — called the Cowboy and Indian Alliance rode into Washington DC and set up camp on the National Mall. For 5 days, they will hold ceremonies and demonstration to remind him of the threat this tar sands pipeline poses […]

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Not So Good Good Friday

Lordy. I see that Stephen Harper didn't have a very good Good Friday.His Easter Message was no doubt well received by his dwindling flock, the 28% of Canadians who still support him.Because they all agree that Jimbo Flaherty would want the Cons to keep his legacy alive.Canada’s budget watchdog says the federal public service has already lost more jobs than expected and projects thousands more cuts.By killing government in his memory.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Man Who Could Destroy Stephen Harper’s Pipeline

If Stephen Harper fails to get his precious Keystone pipeline, he’ll have Tom Steyer to blame almost as much as Barack Obama.Because the anti-pipeline billionaire has just produced a devastating poll that could kill the project dead.By reminding his fellow Americans that Harper’s bitumen won’t be fuelling their country, it will be fuelling China.For years, a majority of Americans have been telling pollsters they favour building the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. But if asked whether it makes a difference that Alberta’s oil sands crude could be exported to China then sentiment turns negative, according to the project’s opponents. (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Horribly Humiliating Day in Mexico

Well I think it's safe to say that Stephen Harper's Great Tiny Tour of Mexico is shaping up to be the most pathetic foreign trip ever by a Canadian Prime Minister.For one thing the Three Amigos aren't the Three Amigos anymore, not when the two others hate him.And he has so little to offer or receive, that he has been forced to resort to desperate measures to occupy his time.Like hastily organizing his own mini summit with Big Oil.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harper Oil Pimps and the Attack of the Billionaires

Well you'd think Stephen Harper and his pipeline pimps would be celebrating the U.S. State Department's decision to declare the Keystone project almost good to go.The State Department released a report on Friday concluding that the Keystone XL pipeline would not substantially worsen carbon pollution, leaving an opening for President Obama to approve the politically divisive project.But strangely enough they're not. They're worried, angry, and bitter about BILLIONAIRES !!!Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Keystone Ad Stephen Harper Doesn’t Want Americans to Watch

Well as you know he's been putting pressure on the Obama administration to approve his Keystone XL pipeline.And so have his Republican buddies. Republican leaders in Congress are planning a legislative offensive to force the White House’s hand on the Keystone XL pipeline decision if the Obama administration does not declare its support for the project in the coming weeks. Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, said Republicans are considering attaching a Keystone decision to a new law to raise the debt ceiling, which may be needed by the end of February for the U.S. to (Read more…)

Northern Reflections: A Candian Snow Job

While Neil Young was reminding Harper and Co. that they had obligations to Canada’s native peoples, John Baird was in Washington, trying to extract a promise from Barack Obama and John Kerry that the United States would build the Keystone XL pipeline.

But Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry were unmoved. They know that American opinion is turning against Keystone. And they know the real reason Baird was in Washington. Jane Kleeb, the founder of Bold Nebraska — a network of American activists — understands what’s going on:

“Canada and TransCanada made a really bad investment in tar sands, and the (Read more…)

Calgary Grit: 2014: Year in Preview

We don’t know what will make headlines in 2014. After all, most political predictions are about as accurate as a Forum poll.

So I won’t try to guess how 2014 plays out, but here are a few things we can reasonably expect to see this year:

With the new electoral map coming into force, all parties will begin nominating candidates, as they gear up for the next election. And since the media loves election speculation, there will no doubt be more rumours of the 2015 election being moved up to 2014 – though I can’t imagine Harper would want to (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Harper Sticks Taxpayers With Huge Hotel Bill !!!

Oh no. Not ANOTHER sordid Con scandal. How many more can we endure, how much longer can Stephen Harper keep debasing himself, shaming us in the eyes of the world? And how dare he make the TAXPAYERS pay for HIS political debauchery !!! Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Tom Steyer Has Stephen Harper Running Scared

Well I see that Stephen Harper hasn't dared reply to Tom Steyer's letter demanding to know whether he has been working with the Tea Party extremists to blackmail the U.S. government. We have a saying in the United States that I believe may also resonate in Canada: When you go to bed at night with no snow on the ground, and you wake up in the morning to find snow, you can safely conclude it snowed. And I must say I'm not surprised eh? Not just because he'd rather not admit that his Harperite oil pimps HAVE been lobbying the Tea (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Is Stephen Harper Collaborating with the Teabaggers?

Uh oh. I knew Stephen Harper's all out offensive to try to force Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline was going to end badly eh?First he made a fool of himself by declaring that he wouldn't take no for an answer. Now Tom Steyer wants to know if he's been collaborating with the Republican teabaggers who are trying to shutdown the U.S. government.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Con Klown Pushers

Well I see Stephen Harper has returned from his disastrous attempt to try to force Obama to approve the Keystone pipeline. And that after shooting himself in both legs by insulting the American President, the long ride back from New York City was more like Napoleon's retreat from Moscow than Lincoln's march to victory.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Declared War on Obama

OMG. Sound the humiliation alert siren. I just KNEW that Stephen Harper's deranged Crusade to try to get Obama to aprove the Keystone Pipeline was going to end badly.I knew the writing was on the wall when his army of Con lobbyists was laughed out of Washington after trying to fool the Americans into believing that the Big Oil boys in Alberta were model environmentalists. And that Great Green Leader was the next best thing to Mother Nature…Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: Our Prime Minister Steve Has Pretty Shaky, and Dubious Friends and Colleagues, but then…

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

The days of easy-going top down manipulation and disregard for almost everyone could be drawing to an end for PM Steve Harper.

In todays National Post Dean Del Mastro MP is a featured cheater of the week.

Oh, yes it is a beautiful day but when are we going to see the back of Steve?

He is not having fun anymore. People talk back, question his integrity and refuse to roll over for his pipelines are good for you mantra.

Dean De Mastro MP Peterborough nailed by Elections Canada

The Keystone Pipeline is looking dimmer (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The New York Times Goes After the Harper Regime

Uh oh. It looks like Stephen Harper has been exposed. He's been trying to fool the Americans into thinking he's a REAL environmentalist, so Obama will give him his precious Keystone pipeline. But being called a tongue biter, or a muzzler, by the New York Times, isn't going to help.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Joe Oliver Collided with Robert Redford

OMG. How embarrassing. I see that old Con man Joe Oliver just won't give up. Once he tried to fool us into thinking that the water from the tar ponds would be safe to drink. Now he's in New York trying to scam the Americans into believing that the Cons are real environmentalists. Read more »

LeDaro: Stephen Harper and Keystone Pipeline

Cartoon by Greg Perry.   This cartoon says it all.  

Montreal Simon: The Ad Campaign that Will Finish off the Keystone Pipeline

Well as you know, Stephen Harper is trying to convince Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, by claiming he's serious about reducing green house gas emissions. And as you also know, I believe the pipeline will be one of the casualties of a missile strike on Syria, as Obama tries to repair the damage to his political base. Especially since Big Oil now claims it doesn't need it.But this is the ad campaign that should finish it off… Read more »

Montreal Simon: Will Obama’s War Cost Stephen Harper the Keystone Pipeline?

Well at least we now know what Stephen Harper expects for his strong support of Obama's missile strike on Syria. He wants Obama to do the right thing and give him his Keystone XL pipeline Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Road to Armageddon

Well there he was today in his crumbling bastion of Quebec City, in the province of the fiery nightmare, looking as shaken, or just plain weird, as I have ever seen him. Trying to reply to Obama's humiliating slap in the face. Prime Minister Stephen Harper responded Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama's dim view about whether the Keystone XL pipeline would spur significant job growth, holding firm to his belief that the project will boost employment "on both sides of the border" and bolster the continent's long-term security.But never daring to challenge his figures. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Surrender

He likes to pose as a patriot. Or go on and on about standing up for our sovereignty, in the True North strong and Conservative !!!!He has bombarded us with propaganda about the War of 1812, and how we beat the Americans eh?But now that the Americans are threatening to invade us again, it appears that Great Patriotic Leader is preparing to surrender. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Desperate War with the White House

Well I never said the end of the Con regime would be pretty eh? But who knew it would be so humiliating? Such a crude awakening. Read more »