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Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer and the Refugee Lifeline

As you know, I believe the challenge of settling thousands of Syrian refugees in this country is a gift not a burden.A chance to show that after the darkness of the Harper years, we still remember what it means to be a Canadian.So although the Con medi… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer and the Refugee Lifeline

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer on the Disgraceful Failure of the MSM

I've wrote quite a few posts about the shameless role most of the MSM and their porky bosses played in the election campaign.How they betrayed Canadians.How they even censored Andrew Coyne.How almost all of them endorsed the Cons.So now I think I'll just let Rick Mercer sum up their disgrace…Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Rick’s Rant: About Those Conservative Newspaper Endorsements

Redoubtable Rick is relentless in his excoriation of both The Globe and Mail and The National Post for their corporate-driven endorsements of the Harper regime during our recent election:

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Things Are Good: Rick Mercer Wants Canada to Vote

If you can vote in the Canadian election, you should.

Rick Mercer, who has a great reputation of mocking Canadian politicians, has called every Canadian to vote this coming election on Monday October 19th. For too long this country has suffered under climate change deniers and people’s who only care about not letting certain people work in the civil service because of their garb.

Tell everyone that you are voting and go participate in change this Monday. You can share that you are voting using Vote Nation, check out why:

Voting is contagious — we know this. If you tell (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer and the Small-Time Election Campaign

It's been the longest and ugliest election campaign I have ever seen. A monstrous bigot game that has made us look cheap and ugly, and shamed us in the eyes of the world.And as if that wasn't bad enough, then there is this deeply disturbing question: How can such a big young country have such small dreams?Read more »

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer on Stephen Harper’s Great Niqab Distraction

As we know Stephen Harper has tried to make the niqab controversy the centrepiece of his campaign, as instructed by his brutish Aussie flying monkey Lynton Crosby.And while most sane people might find that disgusting.As Rick Mercer points out, for some it is a handy distraction.Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: RMR–Rick Mercer– Canada’s Federal Election October 19th

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Scott Santens writes about one possible endpoint of the current trend toward precarious employment, being the implementation of a basic income to make sure a job isn’t necessary to enable people to do meaningful work. And Common Dreams reports that a strong majority of lower-wage workers support both unions, and political parties and candidates who will allow them to function.

- Harvey Cashore and David Seglins follow up on the multiple connections between the Cons, the Canada Revenue Agency and KPMG even as the latter was under investigation for facilitating offshore tax (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Opines On The Campaign

The always interesting and insightful Rick Mercer needs no introduction from me. Enjoy.

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer On The Youth Vote

Rick says it would be ‘a seismic shift” if young people turned out in force to vote. Let’s hope they heed his words.

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Dead Wild Roses: Thank Goodness for Rick Mercer and the CBC – The Para-Pan Am Games

Rick Mercer reports on our Canadian para-Panam/para-Olympic athletes with a vivacious gusto and aplomb that leaves one smiling and quite pleased to be Canadian. I am very glad the CBC exists and can provide a platform for the likes of Mercer and the good, often funny, work that he does.

Filed under: Canada, Humour Tagged: Canada, CBC, Para Pan Am Games, Rick Mercer

Montreal Simon: My Full, Frank, and Totally Sober Defence of Elizabeth May

I didn't think I'd have to ride to the defence of Elizabeth May again. I thought one post was enough. But since she has been mercilessly pilloried, and some are actually suggesting she should resign, and you know how I hate bullies.I thought I better write another one, and restate the obvious.Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: Oh! Oh! Canada

Montreal Simon: Why Does the Chicken Hawk Jason Kenney Lie So Much?

Well let nobody say that I didn't warn them. I predicted that Jason Kenney would be the worst Defence Minister this country has ever known.A Cold War warrior, a chubby chicken hawk, who would lead us to disaster.Or judging by the crazy stuff he tweets…

Help trigger the Third World War.I knew he didn't know what he was doing. But who knew he would lie all the time?Read more »

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer Goes after the Monstrous Monument to Harperism

I've written a few posts about the plans for a monstrous Memorial to the Victims of Communism And how it's really a monument to Stephen Harper and his ghastly regime. A Harper/Kenney/Baird production designed to pleasure their base and glorify themselves.And since the land had been reserved for a new federal court, is just another slap in the face of our justice system.I have also pointed out how many distinguished architects have criticized it for being too big and too ugly.While others have attacked it for its monumental cynicism. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Vigilantes

Oh boy. It's so hard to keep up with Stephen Harper and all the voices in his head.One moment he's urging people in rural areas to get a gun to protect themselves if they don't live near a police station.The next moment he's claiming he's NOT supporting vigilantism.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.

- Tavia Grant, Bill Curry and David Kennedy discuss CIBC’s analysis showing that Canadian job quality has falled to its lowest level recorded in the past 25 years: Several reports have concluded that the country’s job market is not as strong as it looks and now a study from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce paints an even worse picture. According to the bank’s analysis, job quality has fallen to its lowest level in more than two decades. A CIBC index that measures 25 years worth of data on part-time versus full-time work, paid versus (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer On That Fear Thing

Our National Treasure nails it yet again:

And for additional biting commentary, be sure to check out Alison’s latest at Creekside. Recommend this Post

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the many problems with building social benefits and employment policies alike on a foundation of distrust.

For further reading…- Rick Mercer rants about the obstacles the Cons are throwing in the way of veterans. And the CP follows up on the Cons’ response to Paul Franklin’s case here.- CBC reports here on the Cons’ plans to slash existing sick leave for the federal civil service.  Kathryn May points out the complete lack of any justification for that course of action, and has since noted that the plan is further being extended to out-of-scope positions. (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Hammering Harper’s Hypocrisy – Rick Mercer Does It Again

Should you ask Rick Mercer if he thinks the Harper regime is treating our vets fairly, he will give you this earful:

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Hypocrisy of Great Warrior Leader

As we all know Stephen Harper is trying to make us believe that we are at war with a giant Jihadi conspiracy. And that only he can save us from those who would behead us in our beds, and Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair. Because only he is a Great Warrior Leader. And in pursuit of that absurd illusion he is clearly willing to do or say anything.

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Politics and its Discontents: Remembering The Harper Record

If the progressive community is to have any hope of ridding the country of the Harper scourge next election, it must be relentless in reminding as many people as possible of his sorry record.

While Harper is now desperately rebranding himself from the now-failed Oil Czar to Strong Leader Standing Against ISIS (even if he has to command from the closet) remembrances of things past are crucial, as in the following Rick Mercer rant on the master economist’s ineptitude:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick’s Latest

As usual, Mr. Mercer does us all proud as he yet again lambastes the obdurate, arrogant Mr. Harper, this time over the fact that he doesn’t play well with others (a.k.a. the provincial premiers).

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Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Closet Cowards

The following is also thanks to a link from Skeena’s page:

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Most Sad and Disappointing Christmas

Well it finally snowed where I live, as if to remind me that I'm still living in Canada, even in the ghastly darkness of Harperland.The deathly place where the frozen bodies of the hopeless are stacked up like cord wood, or those kayaks.But it's also beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

And although I can't remember a grimmer holiday season, with the world never looking more depressing and dangerous, and all the horrible stories in the news.At least I'm comforted by the warm thought that this must be Stephen Harper's worst Christmas EVER !!!!Read more »