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Alberta Politics: I come to bury Castro, not to praise him: unpacking conservative fury at PM Justin Trudeau’s condolences

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

Montreal Simon: Mad Max and the Con Leadership Crazies

In my continuing coverage of the Con leadership race, I haven't written much about Maxime Bernier's candidacy, for obvious reasons.I didn't think the Bobo from the Beauce, as we call him in Quebec, had a snowflake's chance in hell of winning.Unless he recruited his former girlfriend's biker friends, rode through the convention hall, and . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Mad Max and the Con Leadership Crazies

Montreal Simon: Why the Con Leadership Race is Turning Into a Nightmare

The Con leadership race was always going to be a spectacle only a mad emperor like Caligula or Stephen Harper could enjoy.Especially since it was revealed that some Cons are so desperate they're thinking of bringing back Harper, to try to keep the… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why the Con Leadership Race is Turning Into a Nightmare

Montreal Simon: The Con Circus and the Return of Stephen Harper

As you probably know, the Con leadership race is slowly warming up, and the orthopaedic surgeon Kellie Leith has become the first to throw her cap, or a leg, into the ring Former cabinet minister Kellie Leitch has become the first official candida… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Con Circus and the Return of Stephen Harper

Montreal Simon: Maxime Bernier’s Really Bad Driving Day

Golly. I bet the Cons are really regretting having gone after Tom Mulcair for ignoring a stop sign on Parliament Hill.For not only did it make them look ridiculous.It also made them look hypocritical.And now to make matters even worse eh?Watch out !!!! Here comes Maxime Bernier !!! Read more »

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Leftist Jab: Political Stooge of 2012: Pierre Poilievre

To be perfectly honest, I struggled with this. Here’s Pierre Poilievre repeating talking points ad nauseam without a hint of even considering answering the reporter’s question.

So it should be a slam dunk. Game over! Pierre Poilievre is the stooge of 2012!

And yet…

Here’s Maxime Bernier repeating boilerplate talking points, some of which are . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Political Stooge of 2012: Pierre Poilievre

Montreal Simon: Watch a Con Minister Being Coached to Lie

I've always believed the Cons are a cult, where the truth means nothing, and the Big Lie RULES.A cult where Con operatives tell Ministers what to do and say.But never to my knowledge have they been caught on tape lying like thieves. Now watch this… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Watch a Con Minister Being Coached to Lie

Accidental Deliberations: On editorial decisions

By all means, I agree with the commentators pointing out that this is rather less than surprising treatment of (and by) a Con cabinet minister. But as always, there’s another rather important followup question: why would Don Martin or anybody else stil… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On editorial decisions

LeDaro: Blogposts – Past Favourites: Julie Couillard and Pamela Anderson: Shake, shake, shake

Maxime Bernier must be in the news again. This post has become quite popular again.

Maxime Bernier, eat your heart out. What’s next for Ms. Couillard? Hollywood… or at least Playboy?

The Progressive Right: Maxime Bernier Photo

Does “cliché” mean the same in French as it does in English? If so, perhaps this is an unfortunate photograph of Maxime Bernier, the MP for Beauce.

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": Ok I’ll Bite

So, what are the Conservatives saying, that Denis Lebel has no chance of ever becoming leader of the Conservatives because of his separatist past? How about Maxime Bernier? Does that reasoning apply to him as well? . . . → Read More: They Call Me “Mr. Sinister”: Ok I’ll Bite

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- L. Aaron Wright nicely contrasts the fabricated hysteria over Nycole Turmel against the choices of the Libs and Cons:Where was the outrage when Stephen Harper tried to recruit Mario Dumont of the ADQ in Quebe… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: June 22, 2011

The second-last day of debates in this spring’s session dealt mostly with Bruce Hyer’s motion on small business. But lest anybody think there would be agreement on the details of an issue where every party supported the motion itself (resulting in a ra… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: June 22, 2011

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Sixth Estate examines which party’s candidates have violated the Canada Elections Act in recent elections. And it shouldn’t be much surprise that Canada’s supposed law-and-order party doesn’t have much respect f… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Right of Center Ice: Of what value is Bernier to Harper?

Maybe Harper really is the master tactician that Flanagan and Levant swoon about. Maybe. After all, I cannot for the life of me figure out the value Bernier has to Harper and the CPC caucus in Quebec. Well, that’s not true, I have a loose hypothesis but I’m not really seriously considering it. Sorta.

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A. Picazo: Lies, Damned Lies, And The Census

“(The Unites States), and particularly your conservative movement, is a light and an inspiration to people in this country and across the world.” – Stephen Harper, 1997 In an astonishing display of incompetence, and a complete disregard for the facts, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is forging ahead with plans to scrap the mandatory long form . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Lies, Damned Lies, And The Census