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Alberta Politics: Inside baseball: Legislature picks Speaker; Albertans to get first glimpse of NDP policy Monday

PHOTOS: Opposition Leader Brian Jean, at left, and Premier Rachel Notley, far right, drag the new Speaker, Medicine Hat MLA Bob Wanner, to his chair, a tradition dating to the days when chairing the Legislature wasn’t as desirable a job as it is today. Below: Another shot of Mr. Wanner, like the one above provided […]

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Left Over: Why Would the Opposition Take Debate?

Federal election 2015: Conservative move on election debates raises questions Forget philosophical battles over free-market democracy – how, exactly, is this going to work?

By Kady O’Malley, Janyce McGregor, CBC News Posted: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET


Big one watches anyway, and Harper is so paranoid that he’s not gonna deal with anything real..the other leaders will, and should, refuse to ‘join’ his march to the bottom, and that leaves him all kinds of time to spew his rhetoric, undaunted by any actual debate..and few if any (Read more…)

The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

Jim Flaherty was unethical, incompetent and he should have been fired. Those aren’t my words, they’re Thomas Mulcair’s, spoken just last year in Question Period. Yet after the former Finance Minister’s death, Mulcair has called him a good man and a great public servant.

There’s no doubt that the NDP Leader genuinely mourns the loss of  Jim Flaherty, but this recent death and the response to it by all politicians, not just Mulcair, shows the real tragedy of a political life.

Because it’s only now, after resorting to the lowest denominator in attacks against Mr.Flaherty for his whole political (Read more…)

Left Over: Intervention and Dissention…

The Ukraine crisis: John Kerry and NATO must calm down and back off

The Guardian

2 Mar 2014: Jonathan Steele: The hysterical reaction to Russian military movements in Crimea won’t help. Only Kiev can stop this crisis becoming a catastrophe This was a great analysis of the real issues in the Ukraine, and the plea to the US and others to back off is a valid one.. There is a Russian-speaking majority in the Crimea that doesn’t want it’s language and culture threatened, as it is by a new law forcing all Ukrainians to adopt the language, and this is (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Mulcair’s Beard Is Not The Point

There are days that I am positive that the “image consultants” who hover around our political leaders don’t have a clue what they are talking about.  Today, we find the discussion of the week is whether or not Mulcair should shave off his beard.

But media consultant Barry McLoughlin told HuffPost that if Mulcair was his client, he’d recommend he take two weeks off in the summer and shave it. McLouglin said that although Mulcair’s beard is well-styled, trimmed and looks good on him, it creates a barrier between him and the voter. Hiding some of his face makes it (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Mulcair’s Beard Is Not The Point

LeDaro: Syrian Crisis and Stephen Harper’s role

Stephen Harper does not want Parliament or the public to know that he will covertly participate in any Syrian attack by the U.S.

Please read my earlier post on this subject matter here.

LeDaro: The Keystone XL pipeline: Harper will have to wait

Environmentalists are quite unhappy with the The Keystone pipeline project. Too much pollution.

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“While the possible construction of the Keystone XL pipeline has made for contentious disagreements from the halls of Congress to ranches in Nebraska, the real environmental debate begins in a place most Americans have never heard of…..

The whole operation is a carbon intensive process sending more global warming gases into the atmosphere. How much depends on your point of view. The oil industry downplays the impact, but opponents claim it is (Read more…)

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Left Over: Not Taking Debate…….


B.C. Liberal candidate turned away from UBC debate Organizers say Premier Christy Clark should have attended Vancouver-Point Grey debate CBC News Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:41 AM PST

What..? Christy Clark didn’t show up for a real debate? I’m gonna play forecaster here and state the blatantly obvious..not only will Clark be too ‘busy’ to attend debates within her own riding, she will not be representing that riding within a year of the next election..oh, yes, she’ll run, despite the many non-Liberal voters in that riding (I used to live there, for almost 20 years…) and

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LeDaro: Gun Laws in the US

Read the story FURY! More Headlines Rand Paul Vows Gun Challenge… State Rep. Proposes Bill Targeting Federal Agents… Mississippi Gov: I’ll Block… Second Congressman Floats Impeachment… Wyoming Lawmaker: Make Assault Weapons Enforcement A Felony… LONE STAR LOON: Rep. Tries To Ban Gun Laws… LAWLESS SHERIFFS: We Won’t Enforce Gun Laws… NRA UNHINGED: Ad Targets Obama Children… ‘Fight Of The Century’This is the top story today in The Huffington Post – US.

Obama has a major battle on his hands to pass any gun-laws or impose any gun restrictions through executive orders.

350 or bust: Oil Poisons Everything – Defend Our Coast And Our Democracy

* Today there are community actions happening at MLA offices across BC. People are participating in the Defend Our Coast Campaign, and are showing up across the province to link arms and symbolize BC’s unbroken wall of opposition to tar sands pipelines and tankers. For more information, go to

The Scott Ross: A Tale of Two NDPs

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way

There are two NDPs and there is no starker contrast between the two than the

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CalgaryLiberal: Three arguments for a Liberal think tank

If you haven’t already heard, Ed Broadbent has stated he’ll be starting a think tank (named after himself, even) in the fall. It’s a smart move–a move that the conservatives amongst many different parties have been doing for alm… . . . → Read More: CalgaryLiberal: Three arguments for a Liberal think tank

That ‘disrespectful’ Brigette sparks the wrath of Ottawa’s Villagers

Really, it’s just so awkward when the lower orders forget their rightful station in the order of things. The harrumphing, glaring and disdainful sniffing from the self-appointed members of Ottawa’s elite is palpable. The political and media establis… . . . → Read More: That ‘disrespectful’ Brigette sparks the wrath of Ottawa’s Villagers

Re Brigette DePape: I will now eat my words

What was I saying about having to build an extra-parliamentary opposition? This young woman shows us all how it’s done. If saying she’s got cojones makes me sound sexist, I apologize and beg your indulgence, because it’s said in a spirit of unabashe… . . . → Read More: Re Brigette DePape: I will now eat my words

Working against a permanent Conservative majority

This originated as a comment over at Thwap’s place, but perhaps I should expand on it a bit.Call me a hair-splitter if you must, but while certain individual Liberal activists might be open to some new electoral thinking, I wouldn’t be so sanguine abou… . . . → Read More: Working against a permanent Conservative majority

MadLibMadLib: The Four Cs: Coalition, Coalition, Coalition and Coalition

In the House of Commons on Friday when the historic contempt motion was being debated Deputy Liberal Leader Bob Rae shouted across the aisle that it was the “four Cs”: Contempt, Corruption, Carson & Conservatives!

On the second day of the election campaign it seems that the four Cs have found themselves to be just one C – and none of them is Rae’s.

Surprisingly, though, it’s not Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff who’s getting dogged by the question: it’s the Conservative Leader, Mr. Harper. At a rally today he was repeatedly asked to explain his governments attempt in 2004 (Read more…)

MadLibMadLib: Election Called for May 2

The Governor General, as expected, has agreed to drop the writ and dissolve parliament.

The first day of the election period seems to be shaping up to be about the coalition and whether or not the Canadian public is being lied to by the Liberal Party and their sneaky agenda to run a coalition through behind the backs of Canadians. Michael Ignatieff, meanwhile, has unequivocally stated that he doesn’t intend to form a coalition with any of the parties.

The NDP has indicated their willingness to work with any party and the Bloc has said that it will work (Read more…)

MadLibMadLib: Harper Government Falls on Contempt Motion

For the first time in history the presiding party in Canadian government has been found in contempt of parliament.

It’s exceptional that this hasn’t happened before now given the often-contentious mood of parliament. The Harper Conservatives, however, have shown themselves to consistently and unwaveringly think that they are above parliament and unanswerable to anyone (between elections). Clearly they are wrong.

The ethical lapses, the unwillingness or inability to work with other parties, the blatant disregard for the public service and expression of ministerial supremacy have finally come to bite them in the ass. And for that they (Read more…)

World Headlines Review: Revolution in Tunisia?

Zine el Abidine Ben Ali

The President of Tunisia, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, has been driven from office. Following up on a previous article here at World Headlines Review about civil unrest in Tunisia, demonstrations only intensified in the face of the lethal force applied by police and military in attempts to quell the protests.  Security forces have killed 30 people amidst the protests according to confirmed official counts, with sources on the ground reporting the death toll as higher than 60, after several instances of security forces firing into crowds.  The CBC is reporting (Jan. 14) (Read more…)

Pop The Stack: Out with the Guns, In with the Green

I’ve been putting off this article for a week or so, and its been piling up links, so here’s some unsolicited advice from me to the leaders of her majesty’s loyal opposition, both Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Layton. Start opposing with something Canadians actually want, not what the media punditocrocy and ‘common wisdom’ tell you. [...] . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Out with the Guns, In with the Green