Politics and its Discontents: My New Anti-Asbestos T-Shirt

Obsessed and outraged as I am over the Harper government’s ongoing sowing of death and disease through the export of asbestos to countries such as India, and inspired by the example of Michaela Keyserlingk in her efforts to promote a ban, despite the Conservative threat of a lawsuit against her, the other day I looked ...

In Solidarity With Michaela Keyserlingk And Jean Charest Also Has Dirty Hands

Ok, for lack of anything original, I’m going to do a variation of what DeBeauxOs did earlier over at Dammit Janet. Boys ‘n’ girls, how do you spell ReformaTory? C-A-N-C-E-R. I do mean cancer in oh so many ways as anything they touch is poison. But today, of course, we’re talking about their persistent,  gung-ho ...

Politics and its Discontents: Is This a ‘Goodbye Charlie Brown’ Moment?

Those with long enough memories will recall a famous confrontation that took place in 1986 between Brian Mulroney, then just nine months into his mandate, and Solange Denis, a senior citizen defiant in her resolve to hold the Prime Minister to account. At the time, Mulroney [made] a controversial decision to partly de-index pensions. At ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Who NOT to bully

We’re going to continue where we left off yesterday on the theme of Conservative bullying. Yesterday it was Madame Supreme Court Justice Beverly Mclachlan who made it clear she wasn’t impressed by Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney’s attempt to bully the judiciary into being cowed into ruling for Harper’s policies. Today, the Conservatives are figuring ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Asbestos Wars – My Respone To The Position Of My Conservative MP

Given Canada’s unconscionable ongoing export of death (i.e., asbestos) and given that it is back in the media spotlight thanks to the brave efforts of Michaela Keyserlingk, about whom I wrote a brief posting yesterday, now seems a propitious moment to post the response I wrote to my Member of Parliament, David Sweet, on June ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Curse of Canada’s Asbestos Exports

While I have written previously about Canada’s ongoing indefensible export of death, also known as asbestos, a story in today’s Star puts this abominable practice back into the public consciousness. Entitled Tories tussle with asbestos widow over use of party logo in ad campaign, the piece details how Michaela Keyserlingk, whose husband Robert died in ...

Stevie Harper’s Conservatives Show Just How Spiteful They Are As They Go After a Widow Of an Asbestos Victim

Yep, no holds barred with this gang of miscreants. That asbestos lobby is just so damned important to them that they won’t let a widow of a man who died of asbestos related mesothelioma get in the way of their agenda.  They’re going after her for the use of their contempt party logo. Michaela Keyserlingk, ...