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Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Foul Con Assault On Our Values

It was Family Day in Ontario, and and a slow news day at CBC Ottawa, so they invited Rona Ambrose to appear on Power and Politics.So she could talk about the subject that excites her the most: bombing Iraq and Syria, and Justin Trudeau. Not necessarily… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Foul Con Assault On Our Values

wRanter.com: What does the Liberal win mean for Jewish groups?

The longest election campaign in modern Canadian history delivered more than a surprise Liberal majority – it yielded six new Jewish MPs for the winning party: Michael Levitt in Toronto’s York Centre; Anthony Housefather in Mount Royal, and Jim Carr in Winnipeg South Centre – all ridings with large Jewish populations – as well as . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: What does the Liberal win mean for Jewish groups?

wRanter.com: Four ‘Jewish’ battleground ridings to watch

It’s no secret that Jewish voters have apparently shifted from being largely supportive of the Liberal party to heartily supporting the Conservatives in what seems like majority numbers, due largely to the party’s full-throated support for Israel under Prime Minister Stephen Harper (and to a much lesser degree its commitment to security for religious institutions). . . . → Read More: wRanter.com: Four ‘Jewish’ battleground ridings to watch

Accidental Deliberations: On unjust cause

Shorter Peter Kent, Stephen Harper Talking Point Dispenser Level Infinity: The Dear Leader fired me for making some effort to do a job with the work “environment” in the title, rather than merely going through the motions. And through much re-education, I’ve come to see that he was right to do it.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Ed Broadbent comments on Parliament’s review of inequality in Canada: In a more encouraging vein, the majority report cautiously endorses some positive proposals. Given stated support from both of the opposition parties, these could, and should, move to the top of the government agenda as we approach . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Climate Change: The Comedy Show?

Well I didn't think anyone would be able to turn the tragedy of climate change into a comedy show. At least not since the hapless Con stooge Peter Kent returned from the Durban conference to announce that Kyoto was dead. And that was a GOOD thing.But apparently somebody has tried. And it's getting . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Climate Change: The Comedy Show?

Canadian Political Viewpoints: All Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing…

Many people were waiting for the on the horizon cabinet shuffle in Ottawa that finally took place today. Pundits saw it as an opportunity for a scandal plagued government to turn the page and change the channel by getting Canadians to talk about something other than Duffy-Wright. And while people have focused on it for . . . → Read More: Canadian Political Viewpoints: All Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing…

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– Martin Lukacs offers up the definitive response to the Lac-Mégantic rail tragedy: The deeper evidence about this event won’t be found in the train’s black box, or by questioning the one engineer who left the train before it loosened and careened unmanned into the heart of this tiny . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Northern Reflections: The End Of Kent?

Peter Kent signaled this week that he expects to be demoted or dismissed by Stephen Harper. Rick Smith, the Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute, suggests that Kent’s tenure as Minister of the Environment can’t come to an end soon enough:

Since the advent of Canada’s first federal Environment Minister in 1971, there have . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The End Of Kent?

The Canadian Progressive: Environment Minister Peter Kent embraces his imminent demotion from Conservative cabinet

by: Obert Madondo | Twitter: @Obiemad:

Environment Minister Peter Kent. (Photo: Environment Canada)

It’s a preemptive strike of sorts.

Environment Minister Peter Kent knows he’ll be a backbencher after PM Stephen Harper’s much-anticipated cabinet reshuffle. That much the Conservative MP for Thornhill, Ontario, confirmed in a message published on Facebook on Friday.

“If, in . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Environment Minister Peter Kent embraces his imminent demotion from Conservative cabinet

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

– David Miller makes the case to take aim at inequality in Canada: With globalization being the holy grail of efficiency, it became a race to the bottom as international capital sought the lowest cost and the lowest wages. The result in Canada and many other countries was the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition

From Warren Bell’s devastating comparison between the Peter Kent of yesteryear and the embarrassment he’s become, here’s Canada’s environment minister on why we shouldn’t worry our pretty little heads about the environment effects of the tar sands: “One of the opposition parties has taken the treacherous course of leaving the domestic debate and heading abroad . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Juxtaposition

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

– Yes, there’s plenty more on the Cons’ Senate scandal, with Tim Harper headlining the latest discussion: Mike Duffy is radioactive.

The one-time Conservative cheerleader is now the poster boy for the filth which envelops the party brand.

The man holed up on Friendly Lane in Cavendish, . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: The Crap That Comes Out of Peter Kent’s Mouth

Harper EnviroShill, Peter Kent, is one of the sleaziest actors in Ottawa.  

His latest pitch – we have to get out from under the U.S. dilbit discount – i.e. get those pipelines up and running from the B.C. coast – so that the Athabasca oil barons will be able to invest in technology to curtail . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Crap That Comes Out of Peter Kent’s Mouth

350 or bust: Not The Old Canada: A New Tourist Souvenir Reflects Nation’s New Reality

Here’s Dan Murphy ‘s suggestion for a new “tar-sational” souvenir for tourists visiting our beautiful , along with Big Oil corporate donation opportunities:

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Doublespeak Watch: Kent, environmentalists & “money laundering”

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Mar 7, 2013: The Harper Government is increasingly using doublespeak to stifle the democratic conversation on the issues of our time, including: the Alberta tar sands. It’s quite possible that this government has studied Joseph Goebbels. First, let’s take a look at the one where Stephen Harper’s . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canada Doublespeak Watch: Kent, environmentalists & “money laundering”

BigCityLib Strikes Back: You Don’t Get Credit For Choices Forced Upon You

And therefore Peter Kent gets no credit for announcing, for about the third time now, that Canada will follow U.S. emissions standards for heavy duty vehicles made in this country.  Because Canada’s demand for such vehicles is too small that makers of them could not survive if shut out of U.S. market. This is . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: You Don’t Get Credit For Choices Forced Upon You

Leftist Jab: Absurd Talking Point of 2012: Carbon Tax!

Climate change requires a steadfast and responsible approach from all nations to respond to increased carbon emissions.

Or you could douche it up.

That’s the Conservative strategy. Demonizing the “carbon tax” and calling “cap and trade” the equivalent to a “carbon tax” is neither responsible nor helpful.

Neither is an Environment Minister suggesting that environmental . . . → Read More: Leftist Jab: Absurd Talking Point of 2012: Carbon Tax!

Alberta Diary: Hockey-starved Canucks pray for brawl as Peter Van Loan channels Darrel Stinson

Prime Minister Jean Chrétien gets up close and personal with a protester. Below: NDP leader Thomas Mulcair, Tory chuck-a-bub Peter Van Loan, Liberal Fuddle-Duddler Pierre Trudeau, New Democrat Nathan Cullen, known for his gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

Maybe I’ve just spent too much time hanging . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: Hockey-starved Canucks pray for brawl as Peter Van Loan channels Darrel Stinson

Northern Reflections: The Price Of Power

The prime directive of any good journalist should be the people’s right to know. But consider the saga of Peter Kent. Lawrence Martin writes that Kent, a member of The Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame, has been in the forefront of those who make sure Canadian scientists don’t talk to journalists:

The latest . . . → Read More: Northern Reflections: The Price Of Power

350 or bust: COP18: Canada’s Climate Fail Or Climate Legacy?

    DirtyOilSands.org, tells us that for the first time since taking the position of Canada’s Environment Minister, Peter Kent has agreed to meet with climate organizers. “Over the past year, Kent has met with the oil lobbyist 48 times, and so this may be our one shot to even things out. But we can’t . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: COP18: Canada’s Climate Fail Or Climate Legacy?

drive-by planet: Greenhouse gases up 20% since 2000: climate change likely ‘more severe than models predict’

A report by the UN Environment Programme warns that world governments are doing too little to meet the stated goal of limiting global warming to 2 C. In failing to meet their commitments governments are increasing the likelihood of catastrophic glob… . . . → Read More: drive-by planet: Greenhouse gases up 20% since 2000: climate change likely ‘more severe than models predict’

drive-by planet: Peter Kent: climate change ‘a real and present danger’

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Autonomy For All: Is Peter Kent Trying to Move Harper on Climate Change?

This starts with a tangent:  I’ve been trying to understand why the World Bank’s climate report is big news.  It’s just a rehash of long available science.  The World Bank is not my idea of some kind of recalcitrant climate denial shop, but obviously they have some reason to be concerned since the prospect of . . . → Read More: Autonomy For All: Is Peter Kent Trying to Move Harper on Climate Change?

The Disaffected Lib: Will Anybody Demand Peter Kent’s Resignation?

Would someone who didn’t have prior knowledge of this please demand Peter Kent’s resignation?   This, of course, is the deliberate dumping last July of 200,000 pounds of iron sulphide into the waters off the Queen Charlotte Islands or Haida Gwaii.

The Old Massett Village band, scrambling for cover, says the Harper department of fisheries . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will Anybody Demand Peter Kent’s Resignation?