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Accidental Deliberations: Time for some adult supervision

The latest Con dodge on greenhouse gas emission regulations for the oil and gas industry is to say that they’ll promise to deal with a few collateral activities, just as long as actual production continues to receive a free pass: Aglukkaq also announced new rules to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Time for some adult supervision

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Insanity of the Con Regime

As Stephen Harper continues his desperate struggle to snatch another bloody majority there can be no doubt that the stress is getting to him.And one can't help get the feeling that the voices in his head are now screaming at each other.For one moment he is a Great Warrior Leader, and the next moment . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Insanity of the Con Regime

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Con Clown Circus Strikes Again

They were already the worst government Canada has ever known, a freakish horror show and a fascist circus. But as the economy heads south, and their desperation grows, Stephen Harper's Con clowns are sinking to new levels of depravity and incompetence.Because everywhere you look they are making fools out of themselves…Read more »

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Accidental Deliberations: On projection

Shorter Leona Aglukkaq to Canada’s provinces: I’m very disappointed in all of you for my government’s longstanding failings, and demand that you take responsibility immediately.

Accidental Deliberations: Excuses, excuses

Shorter Leona Aglukkaq: It’s absolutely essential that we align our greenhouse gas emissions policies with the U.S. if that means delaying regulations which could limit pollution from the tar sands. Also, it’s absolutely essential that we refuse to align our greenhouse gas emission policies with the U.S. if they’re committing to targets which could limit . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Excuses, excuses

Montreal Simon: Is It Time To Shame Those Who Still Support the Cons?

It was a magnificent and moving sight, fourteen beams of light reaching into the sky from the top of Montreal's Mount Royal.One for each of the women murdered at the École Polytechnique, in the shadow of the mountain where I want my ashes scattered, twenty-five years ago.But as beautiful as that sight was, for . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Is It Time To Shame Those Who Still Support the Cons?

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

This and that for your weekend reading.

– Reviewing Darrell West’s Billionaires, Michael Lewis discusses how extreme wealth doesn’t make anybody better off – including the people fighting for position at the top of the wealth spectrum: A team of researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute surveyed 43,000 Americans and found that, by . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sad and Desperate Return to Parliament

Well after spending most of the past month travelling around the world, hopping from one photo-op to another, Stephen Harper finally returned to Parliament yesterday.And as you can see from this grainy photo, and the weird look on Candice Bergen's face, it was not a pretty sight.He was angry, he was bitter, he snarled . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Sad and Desperate Return to Parliament

Montreal Simon: The Day the Con Clown Circus Became a Ghastly Freak Show

Well as you know, I have been calling the Harper government a Con Clown Circus.But I'm afraid I was wrong, and I want to apologize. To the clowns of the world.Because after closer inspection, and after what happened in the Commons yesterday, I think it's safe to say that the Con regime is . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day the Con Clown Circus Became a Ghastly Freak Show

Montreal Simon: Leona Aglukkaq, the Hungry Kids, and the Callous Cons

Last night I wrote about the hunger crisis in the North, and how the hapless Harper stooge Leona Aglukkaq was trying to muzzle critics of the federal Nutrition North program.As only she could.Even though the Auditor General was even more scathing in his recent report. And even though the situation couldn't be more horrifying.Read . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Leona Aglukkaq, the Hungry Kids, and the Callous Cons

Accidental Deliberations: On inconsistent statements

Shorter Leona Aglukkaq: It’s libellous to suggest that I privately demanded that Sam Tutanuak apologize for exposing the fact that my constituents are going hungry. But while I have your attention, I may as well take the opportunity to publicly demand that Sam Tutanuak apologize for exposing the fact that my constituents are going hungry.

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Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Leona Aglukkaq and the Hungry North

We all know that Leona Aglukkaq is a shameless climate change denier and the worst Environment Minister in Canadian history.We know that she is one of the most aggressive hecklers in the House of Commons, or one of its worst bullies.Well now she's at it again. Denying that some people in a northern community . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Leona Aglukkaq and the Hungry North

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Jeremy Warren reports on the latest Canadians for Tax Fairness events working to ensure that Cameco and other megacorporations pay at least their fair share. And Sheila Block and Kaylie Tiessen point out that Ontario could do plenty to reduce its deficit by reining in regressive tax giveaways.

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Montreal Simon: Leona Aglukkaq and the Ratty Trouble With the RCMP

We already knew that for almost five dismal years Leona Aglukkaq was the worst Health Minister this country has ever known.Having done absolutely nothing to improve our medicare system, preferring to let it wither on the vine, while embarrassing us at conferences all over the world.We know she's worst and most shameful Environment Minister . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Leona Aglukkaq and the Ratty Trouble With the RCMP

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the politics and economics of energy production are changing around the world – and how Canada is being left behind due to governments focused solely on pushing oil interests.

For further reading…– Again, Vivek Radhwa discusses the progress that’s being made in developing – and broadly implementing – renewable alternatives to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Montreal Simon: Leona Aglukkaq’s Disgraceful Con Clown Summit Show

She was Stephen Harper's designated hitter at the Climate Change Summit in New York.And although the Con Propaganda Ministry tried to stir up media interest in her speech. And Leona Aglukkaq seemed to believe afterwards that she had hit one out of the park…

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Politics and its Discontents: The Big Mac VS The Whopper

Clearly, based upon the shameful falsehoods she uttered at yesterday’s U.N. climate summit about Canada being a “global clean energy leader” doing “its part” to cut carbon emissions that warm the earth, Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s preference is clear. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: No Surprise Here- An Update

Tuesday’s post discussed the apparent disappearance of a committee made up of representatives from Environment Canada, the Alberta government and oil and gas companies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the tarsands. Investigative reporter Mike De Souza provides important new information about this committee on his website.

Putting the heat on Environment Minister Leona . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: No Surprise Here- An Update

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Sarah Jaffe examines the “bad business fee” proposal which would require employers who pay wages below public assistance levels – receiving work while forcing the public to subsidize their employees’ livelihood – to at least make up the difference: As inequality has become a hot-button issue, the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Cons and the Climate Change Monster

I went down to my favourite beach today to celebrate the Rites of Spring, only to find the last remnants of the Winter from Hell still clinging to the pier.And for some reason the sight of that ghastly chunk of ice reminded me of the monster in the movie The Blob.And of the climate . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ghastly Cons and the Climate Change Monster

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Andrew Coyne sees the powerful impact of local forces on nomination contests as evidence that grassroots democracy is still alive and well in Canada – no matter how much the Cons and Libs may wish otherwise: What’s common to both of these stories is not only the willingness . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Insane Clown Circus

I have to admit that sometimes I can't decide whether Stephen Harper and his Cons are an insane clown posse, or just circus clowns who are so dumb they're dangerous.But today at least that choice was a little easier.Because the leader of the Con posse was in Germany, scaring the bejesus out of the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Insane Clown Circus

Montreal Simon: Leona Aglukkaq and the Latest Con Scandal

OMG. Not another Con money scandal. Why are those Harperites so greedy?Why can't they follow the rules like the rest of us?

What was Leona Aglukkaq thinking? Conservative MP Leona Aglukkaq, the minister of economic development for the North, attended a fundraiser in her honour Tuesday evening where guests included the very people who receive . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Leona Aglukkaq and the Latest Con Scandal

Susan on the Soapbox: Neil Young is Right

“Take a second to really look at what you hear.” – Neil Young, singer/songwriter

Neil Young knows how to rile up a crowd. In a 15 minute press conference* to kick off his Honour the Treaties Tour with Diana Krall he said some things that sent Big Oil and a number of Canadians into orbit. . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Neil Young is Right

Montreal Simon: The Unbearable Lightness of Leona Aglukkaq

Well as you know I'm not a big fan of Leona Aglukkaq. I had high hopes that as an Inuk she might do a better job as Environment Minister that she did as Health Minister.But she has disappointed me from the moment she got her new job,And this doesn't help…Read more »

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