PHOTOS: Fidel Castrol in his heyday. Mr. Castro died Friday at 90. Below: An affectionate Havana scene … “Viva Fidel por siempre;” Margaret Trudeau, Mr. Castro and Pierre Trudeau in 1976; King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died at 90 last year; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Before I start, let’s just make one thing perfectly . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: I come to bury Castro, not to praise him: unpacking conservative fury at PM Justin Trudeau’s condolences
As you may have heard, the absurd Con clown Lisa Raitt is said to be preparing to enter the Con leadership race.And to try to boost her profile she's been posing as the Con's finance critic, and attacking Justin Trudeau's plans for a national carbon tax.
But when she recounted the story about how . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Painful Education of the Con Clown Lisa Raitt
PHOTOS: “Alright, everyone, here’s what we’re gonna say: ‘Expanding the CPP is a solution in search of a problem.’ Everybody got that? Fraser? Check! APEC? Check! CFIB? Check! Taxpayers? Check! … ” Actual right-wing echo chamber conferenc… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Explaining how the right wing echo chamber operates … operates … operates … The Strange Case of the Canada Pension Plan
As long as Stephen Harper was in power there was never any hope of enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.Because he always claimed the economy was too fragile to afford it, he didn't like the idea of pensions, and believed that Canadians should save fo… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Canada Pension Plan and the Cruelty of the Cons
ILLUSTRATIONS: A luxurious retirement? Do you get the feeling that ship may have sailed? Well, rich conservatives and their flunkies want you to think that a better Canada Pension Plan is a bad idea anyway. Below: Conservative Party of Canada Finance C… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: When Tories, the Fraser Institute and media team up to attack plans to improve the CPP, you have to know it needs fixing!
I learned long ago that if you want to help build a more equal, kinder, gentler society, you have to be as tough and as ruthless as the Con zombies who infest this world.For they will try to destroy you, and being nice will get you nowhere.So when I he… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Playing Nice With the Cons Won’t Work
You might think that Lisa Raitt would have learned her lesson, when she put out this big shiny poster about two months ago.Only to have it greeted with jeers, howls of laughter, and calls that she be arrested for lying like a thief.Or a Con artist.But … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Lisa Raitt and the Foul Legacy of Stephen Harper
PHOTOS: Kevin O’Leary, in a typical pose (CBC photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and perpetual Alberta conservative leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk. Give Kevin O’Leary his due. At … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: ‘Kevinismus’ in Canada: Should Kevin O’Leary run to lead the sad-sack federal Conservatives?
As we all know from the moment Justin Trudeau was sworn in, the Con media has been claiming that he is breaking one promise after another.And nobody has been screaming that louder, than the gang at Postmedia.So I wasn't surprised to see the old Ha… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Incredible Nerve of the Con Clown Lisa Raitt
“If it were in my power I would try the sunny way…Do you not believe that there is more to be gained by appealing to the heart and soul of men rather than to compel them to do a thing?”—Sir Wilfrid Laurier
“Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways.” When Justin Trudeau quoted Sir Wilfrid . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Sunny Ways?
Shorter Lisa Raitt: Now that I think about it, somebody should probably be responsible for regulating vehicle safety. (aide whispers in ear) Wait, that’s me? Why is this the first I’ve heard of it?
While I have written about the importance of critical thinking many times on this blog, I have always considered it an ideal, a destination that we should strive for throughout our lives. Never is the journey complete; never are we entirely free from our cultural, political and social contexts and values, all of which act . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Reconsideration
Assorted content to end your week.
– Natasha Luckhardt examines what we can expect from Burger King’s takeover of Tim Hortons – and the news isn’t good for Canadian workers and citizens alike. But Jim Stanford reminds us that we’re not without some public policy options by following up on the employment effects of an . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links
That must be the reason that people like Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and her parliamentary secretary Jeff Watson haven’t yet had time to read the Transportation Safety Board’s damning report on last year’s Lac-Mégantic train derailment that killed 47 people:
Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Sorry, I’ve Been Kinda Busy…
It’s not a huge surprise, but it’s still big news. After 8 years, the only Finance Minister Stephen Harper has ever known and loved is calling it quits:
Jim Flaherty steps down as finance minister
OTTAWA – Jim Flaherty is leaving the federal cabinet after more than eight years as finance minister to prepare . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Hanging up the shoes
This and that for your Thursday reading.
– Donovan Vincent reports on the Institute for Social Research’s study showing Canadians are highly concerned about income inequality: “People think the income gap has gotten worse. What was surprising to me was the universality of this belief. Younger people, older, higher levels of education, lower, men and . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
– The Star’s editorial board sees Canada’s woeful job numbers as a signal that it’s time for some economic management in the interests of people (rather than artificial manipulation of numbers): Economists used words like “dismal” and “ugly” for these results, and no wonder. Last year turned out to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
Expect the new faces of Canadian politics to be young faces – like those of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, 34, shown above with some clapped-out old geezer, and Manitoba MP and former NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton, 31, below.
“Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Happy New Year! Get ready for generational change in Canadian politics
O’Brien held up his left hand, its back toward Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended. “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?” “Four.” “And if the Party says that it is not four but five — then how many?” “Four.” The word ended in a gasp of pain. — George . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up, Winston?
New Title, Same Job
The much-hyped Cabinet shuffle was about what you’d expect: retiring Ministers swept aside, talented backbenchers and Pierre Poilievre promoted, and a few big names swapping portfolios to give them a fresh start.
The opposition will argue this is very much the same government as before, and they’re right . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Oh my God – they shuffled Kenney! Those Bastards!
… complete with Dippers, Lisa Raitt, Ashley (boo-yaa) Madison! And fish trafficking too! —————————————————————————————————————————————————— The NDP leadership convention is this weekend and NDPers from across the nation are flocking to the land of the Toronto Blue Jays (used to be the Leafs) to choose and bless the leader to replace Mr. Jack Layton. How will . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Friday miscellany…
The General Assembly (GA) of Occupy Ottawa last night resolved to join Air Canada flight attendants’ rally on Parliament Hill at 12:00 noon on Friday, Friday, October 21, 2011. Occupy Ottawa is encouraging all in the movement to come out and “… . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive World: Occupy Ottawa to Join Air Canada Flight Attendants Rally on Parliament Hill
Jasmine honey, get the fuck out of the way. I’ve got a new assistant. Hi, Jane!It never ends with our little Jane Taber. Her job as she knows it is to do one thing: shill her ass off for the Conservative party. Her assignment this month it seems is to … . . . → Read More: Tory Taber, fresh off Hoeppner tribute, soars the friendly skies with Lisa Raitt
I write this from Arizona, where I’ve been attending a work conference this week in the Phoenix area. I’m staying through the weekend to see some hockey, as the Coyotes play their home opener vs. the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The old Jets vs. the new … . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: More belated political musings