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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- John Quiggin examines – and refutes – a few key complaints about fairer taxes on the wealthy. But Kathryn May reports that the Cons are eager to use public resources to investigate and punish public servants … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: On dividing lines

For the most part, Joan Bryden’s report signals that there isn’t much controversy left arising out of Alexandre Boulerice’s comments about niqabs in the civil service. But it’s worth asking whether the trial balloon floated by Boulerice serves any purpose whatsoever: Martin added that he has no problem with Boulerice’s suggestion that a pan-Canadian commission . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On dividing lines

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Pat Martin Affair: Straight Talk, Lost Gonch

So Pat Martin arrives in the HOC today looking disgruntled, uncomfortable.  In the middle of this morning’s session, during a vote on a motion to salute Canada’s Crappie fishermen, he sneaks out, comes back a little bit later…at ease and smiling!  Turns out his underwear was too tight, but they’re better now!  So what happened . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Pat Martin Affair: Straight Talk, Lost Gonch

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the Cons’ secretive giveaway of what’s left of the Canadian Wheat Board can only be explained by their desire to eliminate collective marketing in favour of total corporate control.

For further reading…– Janyce McGregor reported on the Cons’ refusal to consider allowing the Farmers of North America to bid on the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Alberta politics today: Caribou, Cell Phone Bills, and backing down on Term-Limits

TweetAnother news report this week focused on the devastation of caribou habitat in northwestern Alberta. The CBC story reported that deforestation caused by seismic cutlines and snowmobile traffic has caused irreparable damage to habitat critical to the survival of Alberta’s caribou herds. “About five per cent of range for the Little Smoky and a la . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics: Alberta politics today: Caribou, Cell Phone Bills, and backing down on Term-Limits

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Bruce Livesey discusses Tony Blair’s role in corporatizing social democracy. And Stephen Elliott-Buckley writes that there’s little reason to listen to the policy prescriptions of a financial elite class which is conspicuously ensuring that its future bears no resemblance to that of the general population.

. . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

ParliamANT Hill: NDP ethics chair Pat MartinAnt denounces ‘black shroud of secrecy’

Inspired by this headline: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/10/ndp-ethics-chair-pat-mart_n_4421940.html

Alberta Diary: Sic Twansit Gloria: your blogger, elevated to Alberta’s Twitterati … for the moment, anyway

A typical member of the Alberta Twitterati, pretty much any time of year except yesterday. Your blogger and other renowned Wild Rose Country Twittarians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Daveberta author Dave Cournoyer, apparently Tweeting.

I may not be on Alberta Venture magazine’s list of the 50 most influential Albertans, or . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Sic Twansit Gloria: your blogger, elevated to Alberta’s Twitterati … for the moment, anyway

Alberta Diary: Pack the Senate with cheats, then call for reform, then take off for Peru? Good plan!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, not pictured because he’s pretty well disappeared, has heeded the touristic lure South America, illustrated above. Below: Canadian Parliamentarian Joan Crockatt and U.S. Representative Davy Crockett. Note to Globe and Mail: There is a difference! Below them: Allaudin Merali.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was apparently grinding away at his . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Pack the Senate with cheats, then call for reform, then take off for Peru? Good plan!

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: NDP MP Pat Martin calls Conservatives “dirty, rotten bastards”

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: New Democrat Pat Martin once called the Conservatives “rat faced whores“. In later 2011, he dropped a raw f-word-laden bomb on Twitter after the Harper government voted to nuked the debate on a budget-related bill. Now the Winnipeg Centre NDP MP is calling the Harper Conservatives “dirty, rotten . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: NDP MP Pat Martin calls Conservatives “dirty, rotten bastards”

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada’s House of Commons, A Profound Fear Of “Zombies” (VIDEO)

By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive, Feb. 14, 2013: Those of us who live in Ottawa are quite used to the talk and sightings of Zombies on Parliament Hill. Today was different. It all started with the NDP‘s outspoken Winnipeg MP, Pat Martin, asking Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird if he’s “working with his . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: In Canada’s House of Commons, A Profound Fear Of “Zombies” (VIDEO)

Alberta Diary: Toews an ill-timed Johnny-on-the-spot justifying imposition of U.S.-style gun-show anarchy

Victor Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Insecurity and Zombification, rendered by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Below, a shifty looking Mr. Toews as he appears in the halls of Parliament. Pat Martin is a Great Canadian. ™

What a perfect way to throw a little red meat to your gun-nut money machine!

Prime Minister . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Toews an ill-timed Johnny-on-the-spot justifying imposition of U.S.-style gun-show anarchy

Montreal Simon: Pat Martin and the Rat Faced Cons

Golly. I have no idea why Pat Martin called the Cons rat faced whores.Martin launched into a Twitter tirade for the ages Wednesday night, calling the Conservative Party “rat faced whores” and attacking Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ personal life to express his displeasure over not being invited to an announcement for a local . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Pat Martin and the Rat Faced Cons

Calgary Grit: Opto Civilitas

Martin then jabbed the button into Peter Van Loan’s eyeball.

Some of you may recall Pat Martin’s noble quest to bring civility to Parliament:

“This is my new policy,” Martin said, holding up a handful of party-coloured buttons he had made reading “Opto Civitas.”

“I choose civility. That’s the new me.”

He had . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Opto Civilitas

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: MPs in the dark about the billions in Conservative government spending

Now we know why Treasury Board President Tony Clement did not think twice before spending $50-million of G8 funds in his Muskoka riding. Why Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page threatened to sue the Harper government for refusing to comply with his repeated requests for financial and related information. Now we know why some of the . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: MPs in the dark about the billions in Conservative government spending

Song of the Watermelon: Retiring the Monarchy

Alright, what longstanding Canadian institution shall we dispense with today?

Queen Elizabeth II has been all over the news of late in honour of her Diamond Jubilee. Never satisfied, some of those rabble-rousing muckrakers in the NDP have refused to join in the festivities. That killjoy Pat Martin in particular, MP for Winnipeg Centre, is . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Retiring the Monarchy

Impolitical: 24 hours in legal politics

First, on the Racknine suit against Martin and the NDP…NDP MP Pat Martin issued an apology yesterday for the statements he made regarding Racknine when the issue appeared in the news around late February. His apology was unequivocal, offering no defence, making it appear to be an attempt to mitigate damages in the lawsuit. Note . . . → Read More: Impolitical: 24 hours in legal politics

CuriosityCat: The Root of the Conflict between NDP’s Ed Broadbent and Thomas Mulcair

Canadians can be excused for feeling a bit out of touch with the squabble that has engulfed the NDP. Ed Broadbent, the old warhorse with a long record of service to the NDP, has come out swinging at the upstart Thomas Mulcair, who has overshadowed Broadbent’s preferred candidate for new leader of the left wing . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: The Root of the Conflict between NDP’s Ed Broadbent and Thomas Mulcair

Firms Use #CPC Tactics To Halt Bad PR

Many of you will remember yesterdays post about John Fryer, the UVic professor who wrote a letter to the editor of the Globe and Mail about the two day Manning Center intensive campaign course he attended where-in he allegidly had heard about Robocalls and voter suppression. Turns out the group that Fryer had claimed were . . . → Read More: Firms Use #CPC Tactics To Halt Bad PR

Canadian Progressive World: Activist Communique: Ottawa Rally Against Robo-calls Electoral Fraud

Hundreds of people, including members of parliament, rights activists and average citizens, are expected on Parliament Hill at noon tomorrow to protest the unfolding Robo-calls election scandal. Renowned activist Brigette Depape (pictured) and MPs Pat …Read More

Occupy Ottawa: Activist Communique: Ottawa Rally Against Robo-calls Electoral Fraud

Hundreds of people, including members of parliament, rights activists and average citizens, are expected on Parliament Hill at noon tomorrow to protest the unfolding Robo-calls election scandal. Renowned activist Brigette Depape (pictured) and MPs Pat …Read More

Canadian Progressive World: Robo-Gate: Harper Conservatives stole the 2011 election from the NDP

The New Democratic Party (NDP) suggested in a press conference today that the Conservatives rigged the May 2011 federal election against the Bloc Quebecois, NDP and Liberals. Call it election rigging western style. Apparently, RackNine …Read More

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Your seasonal anti-social-media message: Have a V**y Me**y Christmas!

Pierre Trudeau: What? Fuddle-Duddle? Below: Justin Trudeau; Pat Martin.

O Sir, we quarrel in print…

I blame Twitter, one of the first examples of genuinely anti-social media online, for the recent decline in the already debased state of public discourse in Canada.

Leastways, Twitter certainly makes it easy to slam off a reproof valiant . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Your seasonal anti-social-media message: Have a V**y Me**y Christmas!

So how are the Conservatives doing?

Fine, thank you. Spending is up 22 percent the last five years. Pot busts were up 14 percent in 2010. Harper’s tantrum wins an expensive new shiny paint job on the VIP airbus. Closure has been used six times in 33 days to stifle debate, much to the delight of the Conservative media.

While the . . . → Read More: So how are the Conservatives doing?