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Politics and its Discontents: “A Betrayal Of Conservative Values, And A Betrayal Of Canadian Values.”

That’s how impassioned tech entrepreneur Frederick Ghahramani describes Bill C-51 in this interview with Power and Politics’ Rosemary Barton. As you will see, he is willing to put his money where his mouth is:

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Politics and its Discontents: It Has Come To This

I am prefacing this by reproducing a comment I made 0n kirbycairo’s post, A Dark Hour Upon Us. Kirby, one of our top-shelf bloggers, always provides insightful analysis and commentary, and in yesterday’s piece, he offered a rather gloomy assessment of the human condition.

I wrote back:

I find myself in agreement with your gloomy . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: It Has Come To This

Politics and its Discontents: The Evolving Harper ‘Narrative’ On The Duffy Scandal

Of course, I am using the word narrative quite euphemistically here.

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Politics and its Discontents: Michael Chong And The Reform Act

Yesterday, Owen at Northern Reflections wrote a post on Michael Chong, one of the few members of Stephen Harper’s caucus with real integrity, attested to by his principled resignation as Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs after Harper’s unilateral declaration of Quebec as a nation. A legitimate question posed is why he remains in the caucus, given . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Michael Chong And The Reform Act

Politics and its Discontents: Who Do You Trust?

My money is on environment watchdog Julie Gelfand. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s parliamentary assistant, Colin Carrie? Not so much:

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Politics and its Discontents: Sorry, I’ve Been Kinda Busy…

That must be the reason that people like Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and her parliamentary secretary Jeff Watson haven’t yet had time to read the Transportation Safety Board’s damning report on last year’s Lac-Mégantic train derailment that killed 47 people:

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Politics and its Discontents: More On Duffy

Like many others, I have been trying to fathom how Nigel Wright has escaped without charges for the cheque he wrote to Mike Duffy, while the latter has been charged with accepting a bribe. I have also been attempting to get video of two programs, Power and Politics and last Thursday’s At Issue Panel, which . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: More On Duffy

Politics and its Discontents: Is Dear Leader Trending Downward?

I certainly hope so:

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Politics and its Discontents: Everyone’s A Politician

At least that might seem to be a reasonable inference to draw given people’s increasing capacity not to answer questions that make them uncomfortable or expose a weakness in their position.

I have listened to Dan Kelly, President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, twice recently. Like a politician, he keeps ‘on-message’ with . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Everyone’s A Politician

LeDaro: Pierre Poilievre -Minister for "democratic’ Reform

How to dodge a question? Pierre Poilievre will teach you how. I felt sorry for Evan Solomon. He did try but Poiliever proved that he is the champion of fudging.

Politics and its Discontents: …Gone?

The tale of Eve Adams gets increasingly melodramatic, and increasingly reminiscent of Helena Guergis. That she will suffer Helena’s political fate is looking more likely with each passing day.

Readers may recall that prior to her fall from grace, Helena Guergis, at the Charlottetown airport in February of 2010, allegedly threw a tantrum and screamed . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: …Gone?

Politics and its Discontents: On Tory Intractability And Contempt

Today’s blog entry is really a video one, based on the testimony yesterday of Harry Neufeld, the elections expert and former B.C. Chief Electoral Officer whose report is being consistently misrepresented by Pierre Poilievre in his zeal to suppress the vote through the misnamed ‘Fair’ Elections Act. Perhaps one of the most disturbing points to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On Tory Intractability And Contempt

Politics and its Discontents: Election Bill Sends ‘Very Poor Message’ To Budding Democracies

So says Andrew Reynolds, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of 18 professors from around the world who earlier this week signed an open letter about their concerns regarding the ‘Fair Elections Act. Their letter came the week after an open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper by . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Election Bill Sends ‘Very Poor Message’ To Budding Democracies

Politics and its Discontents: Law Professors Are Not Impressed By The ‘Fair’ Elections Act

Yasmin Dawood is one of 160 professors from across Canada behind an open letter to the government asking for major revisions to the ‘Fair’ Elections Act. Yesterday, she appeared on Power and Politics. As you will see, Dawood regards the act’s provisions as posing a grave threat to Canadian democracy:

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Environmental Law Alert Blog: The world is better when charities are heard

Friday, February 7, 2014

You may have heard our sister organization, the West Coast Environmental Law Research Foundation, mentioned last night on CBC’s Power and Politics; Power and Politics discussed whether current audits of environmental charities were politically driven. In the current political climate it is important to remember that charities have . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: The world is better when charities are heard

Politics and its Discontents: We Stand On Guard Against Thee

If you are a member or supporter of the Harper regime, who is Thee? The list is long, but let’s start with environmental organizations that have previously been labelled as terrorists.

The latest weapon in this war against dissenting voices, voices the Harper cabal has shown remarkably little tolerance for as they try to . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: We Stand On Guard Against Thee

Politics and its Discontents: Progress Or Politics?

If you start the following video at about the 5:30 mark, you will hear a surprising answer from Conservative MP Braid Braid when asked by Evan Solomon if the Harper government believes in climate change.

Progress or mere politics? You decide. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Progress Or Politics?

Politics and its Discontents: Pierre Poilievre Does It* Again

If you start at about the 5 minute mark, you will witness Harper’s pet parrot Pierre, through endless repetition, parody a Member of Parliament actually answering a question and showing respect for Canadians’ intelligence.

* Show an absolute absence of anything that could be even remotely interpreted as integrity. Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Pierre Poilievre Does It* Again

Politics and its Discontents: Kellie Leitch Speaks Again In Her ‘Master’s Voice’

Like the good yeo(wo)man she is, Ms Leitch never deviates from the Harper regime script as she ‘answers’ Evan Solomon’s questions about the Temporary Foreign Worker’s Program. One only hopes that her collar is not pulled too tightly; given Canada’s doctor shortage, it would be sad to lose a trained practitioner who will, one hopes, . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Kellie Leitch Speaks Again In Her ‘Master’s Voice’

Politics and its Discontents: Speaking of Political Integrity …

See if you can detect even a modicum of it in Kellie Leitch, who starts talking at about the 9-minute mark of this video dealing with the massive abuses in the Temporary Foreign Workers Program:

Somehow, I don’t think this is what Judith Timson meant when she talked about authenticity.

H/t Sandra . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Speaking of Political Integrity …

The Ranting Canadian: There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian…

There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian political scene lately, it’s hard to keep on top of it all. Here are just a few recent examples:

fraud and theft being officially endorsed in the Canadian senate prime minister Stephen Harper and his stooges lying through their teeth every day . . . → Read More: The Ranting Canadian: There’s been so much bullshit and insanity in the Canadian…

LeDaro: F-35: Harper government lied about its cost stealthily

Harper and minions were hoping no one will catch on to their lies. Too bad for them because stealth lies about the cost of the F—35 Jet turned out to be not so stealth after all and truth started showing bit by bit on the public radar. Kevin Page, the Parliamentary Budget Officer, appeared on . . . → Read More: LeDaro: F-35: Harper government lied about its cost stealthily

JimBobby Sez: Power & Politics & Parody – Harper Answers F-35 Questions

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I spent a little time putting words into ol’ King Steve’s mouth. In this episode, “Kevin” Solomon hears how those who question the PM on the F-35 deal are enemies of freedom & enemies of Canada. . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: Power & Politics & Parody – Harper Answers F-35 Questions

JimBobby Sez: Power & Politics & Parody – Harper Answers F-35 Questions

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I spent a little time putting words into ol’ King Steve’s mouth. In this episode, “Kevin” Solomon hears how those who question the PM on the F-35 deal are enemies of freedom & enemies of Canada.

JimBobby Sez: CBC’s Power & Politics… after the budget cuts

Whooee! Well, friends an’ foes, I cobbled up another video. This time, I’m takin’ a shot at the budget cuts to the CBC. It’s kinda long so I won’t blather on too much about it. Here it is: . . . → Read More: JimBobby Sez: CBC’s Power & Politics… after the budget cuts