Following the death of Conservative Member of Parliament Jim Hillyer on March 23, 2016, Elections Canada has announced that a by-election must be called in the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner electoral district before September 26, 2016. The earlies… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Is the sky blue? A Conservative win in Southern Alberta by-election a certainty
The Great Budget Debate at the Progress Summit of course reflected a thorough clash in values. But there was one note of obvious agreement which makes the conservative position untenable once its implications are drawn out.
All four speakers spent plenty of time talking about the fact that some investments are worthwhile, and acknowledging that . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On value assessments
Sun News Network columnist Lorne Gunter is presented an award by National Firearms Association President Sheldon Clare for his commentary on the so-called “High River Gun Grab.” (Grabbed from the NFA’s website.) Below: Floodwaters roar through High River last year. (CBC Photo)
Rain is falling and floodwaters are rising again in Southern Alberta.
. . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: With floodwaters rising again, will Sun News Network renew its hysterical ‘gun grab’ attacks on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police?
“The Alberta Job.” Will the original “Self Preservation Society” get to keep the Tory gold? Is Jim Prentice – above, not exactly as illustrated – the man to help them do it? Read on to find out why we’ll probably never find out. Below: The actual Jim Prentice. Below him: Possible, rumoured, putative . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The ‘Self Preservation Society’ wants Jim Prentice for ‘The Alberta Job’ – but can he forgo his ambition to be PM?
Admiral Horatio Nelson gives up his life in the service of his country on the deck of HMS Victory on Oct. 21, 1805. Below: Horatio Nelson; his famous signal to his fleet: “England expects that every man will do his duty.” Surely, Canada should expect no less!
“England expects that every . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Everyone must do their duty for Canada – even Sun News Network ideologues
President John F. Kennedy signs the proclamation of the “Interdiction of the Delivery of Offensive Weapons to Cuba” on Oct. 23, 1962. The order imposed the U.S. naval blockade on Cuba that Mr. Kennedy had announced during his televised address the night before. Below: Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev, Russian President Vladimir V. . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Vladimir Putin’s strategic crisis in 2014 sure looks a lot like John F. Kennedy’s in 1962
This and that for your Labour Day reading.
– Jared Bernstein writes about the fight for fair wages in the U.S. fast food and retail industries. And Karen McVeigh notes that political decision-makers are starting to try to get in front of the parade of workers seeking a reasonable standard of living: Organisers said the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
The brouhaha over the revelation that the Prime Minister’s Office prepared enemies lists has died down somewhat, although former Harper cabinet minister Monte Solberg weighed back in this weekend with a rather weak defense of the government you and I both pay for making enemies lists of its own citizens: The point is there . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: On enemies lists, and what our mothers would say
With not much happening in Ottawa these days, I thought I’d check in on the state of Ezra Levant’s Freedom Cruise. And the news is…its still sucking. But in a slightly different way:
Wildrose leader Danielle Smith has also scraped [sic] her original summer plans, including a weeklong Alaska “Freedom Cruise” organized by Sun News . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Freedom Cruise Update!
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
– Shawn McCarthy discusses the Cons’ latest plan to sell Keystone XL to the U.S. – which involves hoping that the best-resourced government on the planet will be suckered into accepting a transparently false pretense that the Cons have the slightest interest in addressing climate change. And Harper cabinet . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links
TweetCALGARY STAR-TRIBUNE In 1935, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’ hit song “Cheek to Cheek” topped the music charts and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers became the first western Canadian team to win the Grey Cup. It was also the year that t… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Social Credit celebrates 77 years in government.