Tattered Sleeve: Harper not about to have sex with sheep. Nope nope nope

That appears to have been the gist of the point made to the CBC news camera of a Harper-Con supporter at today’s Conservative campaign event. Point taken. And lo and behold! The Ford brothers – even the crack-cocaine smoking one – are trotted out to help rally the faithful in a Toronto riding the Conservatives ...

Tattered Sleeve: Will the really smart Trudeau – Sacha – please stand up?

Dear Justin, I was very disheartened to hear our current PM today distort your thoughtful positions on restoring diplomacy with Iran and pulling out of the bombing campaign in the Iraq-Syria joint civil war. That said: nice ad! I have to say though, that I was previously crestfallen to see all Liberals in HoC vote ...

Tattered Sleeve: R.I.P. Canada

R.I.P. Canadian Long-gun registry.R.I.P. Women’s reproductive rights in Canada.R.I.P. The Canadian Senate.R.I.P. Same-sex marriage (we barely knew you).R.I.P. National funding for the arts.R.I.P. Canada Health Act.R.I.P. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.R.I.P. The Governor-General of Canada.R.I.P. Any Canadian action on climate change.R.I.P. CIDA.R.I.P. Canadian democracy.R.I.P. National funding for universities and research.R.I.P. Any hope of a national daycare program ...

Tattered Sleeve: R.I.P. Canada

R.I.P. Canadian Long-gun registry.R.I.P. Women’s reproductive rights in Canada.R.I.P. The Canadian Senate.R.I.P. Same-sex marriage (we barely knew you).R.I.P. National funding for the arts.R.I.P. Canada Health Act.R.I.P. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.R.I.P. The Governor-General of Canada.R.I.P. Any Canadian action on climate change.R.I.P. CIDA.R.I.P. Canadian democracy.R.I.P. National funding for universities and research.R.I.P. Any hope of a national daycare program ...

Tattered Sleeve: French Debate Kicked Ass (mostly Harper’s)

I hope people were watching, because tonight’s French-language leaders’ debate was lively, passionate and substantive. After fighting sleep at about the half-way point in yesterday’s English-language debate, tonight I found myself riveted. This is in no small part due to Gilles Duceppe’s fiery energy tonight, after being content to sit quietly on the side-lines for ...

Tattered Sleeve: French Debate Kicked Ass (mostly Harper’s)

I hope people were watching, because tonight’s French-language leaders’ debate was lively, passionate and substantive. After fighting sleep at about the half-way point in yesterday’s English-language debate, tonight I found myself riveted. This is in no small part due to Gilles Duceppe’s fiery energy tonight, after being content to sit quietly on the side-lines for ...

Tattered Sleeve: Ignatieff: I hear a statesman

This piece by Jane Taber of the Globe and Mail harangues Michael Ignatieff for his lack of specifics, but I think he sounds pretty reasonable here: There was no mention of the hydro mega-project in the Liberal platform, released Sunday. But when asked about it Monday, Mr. Ignatieff spoke about involving Quebec – and maybe ...

Tattered Sleeve: Smells like ’93 Spirit

Well I’ll be damned if Michael Ignatieff isn’t suddenly hitting his stride. Now I can’t say I have ever been a big believer in the man as a potential PM, but today has me thinking back to 1993, when a guy who had been reviled as a weak and ineffective Opposition Leader came to power ...

Tattered Sleeve: Missing the Canada that stood for human rights

RE: Bureaucrats and other critics often face wrath of ConservativesIt’s too bad the Conservative government is so hellbent on political gamesmanship and throwing good civil servants under buses; when they instead could be working to fix a broken situation, take responsibility for errors in the directives provided to our soldiers in Afghanistan, and own up ...

Tattered Sleeve: Peevey Stevie stimulated by doorknobs?

Tip ‘o the hat to Le Daro and Scott Tribe for uncovering this startling fetish of the Canadian Prime Minister. (Okay, perhaps the Libs figured it out first, as reported by the CTV).I always took him to be one of those boing-y doorstopper guys, but truth is stranger than fiction I guess.