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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 he… . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: Harper not about to have sex with sheep. Nope nope nope

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, th… . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: Will the really smart Trudeau – Sacha – please stand up?

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 in the next five years.
R.I.P. The Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms.
R.I.P. Any effective political opposition to The Party.
R.I.P. Dissent (what do you think the new jails are for?)
R.I.P. A future for Québec within Canada.

…please feel free to add more in the comments.

We now are ruled by the All-knowing Great Leader, who will not be swayed by any finger-waving from the opposition benches. Stephen Harper is a Christian Fundamentalist, whose views are shaped by his beliefs. He now has carte-blanche.

How far will he go?
Just watch him.

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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 . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: R.I.P. Canada

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 much of the previous night. But also, because Ignatieff really came across, and contrasted strongly against Harper, who himself seemed unsure of his French, and off his game generally. I found Harper did not seen strong tonight, which is the worst thing for the guy who is the current PM to convey.

Layton was taken off his game again by Duceppe’s jabbing on the Bill 101 question. Harper’s only really good moment was when he pointed at the two of them and asked the audience to imagine them working together in a coalition. That’s not saying all that much.

Duceppe went whole-hog on his separatist cred tonight, and that is perhaps a sign he may be setting down some touchstones for a potential jump to provincial politics. He may be positioning himself to take the Parti-Québecois mantle from Pauline Marois, who appears weak going into a confidence vote among the party faithful in coming weeks.

Back to Ignatieff. He looked tough, secure and in charge. His French was generally good, and when it wasn’t, his obvious passion made up for it. That is key for the Québec population, so good on him. He can ride this into a lead in coming days.

Again, that’s if he plays his cards right.

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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 . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: French Debate Kicked Ass (mostly Harper’s)

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 . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: Ignatieff: I hear a statesman

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 . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: Smells like ’93 Spirit

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 situat… . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: Missing the Canada that stood for human rights

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 trut… . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: Peevey Stevie stimulated by doorknobs?