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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Outrageous Boondoggle Tour of the North

We knew it was just another extravagant photo-op, a chance for Stephen Harper to pose as a Great Strong Leader and a Great Explorer.The man who found the remains of the Franklin expedition, and told Putin to take a hike…

We knew he made an absolute fool of himself.We knew he managed to spend a week in the Arctic without ever mentioning the words climate change…

Which takes a certain skill. The kind they teach you in prison.But holy moly poley bear, who knew it was so EXPENSIVE !!!! Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Score Another One For Rick

Another acerbic commentary from Canada’s conscience.

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Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- George Monbiot comments on the far more important values we’re endangering in the name of constant financial and material growth: To try to stabilise this system, governments behave like soldiers billeted in an ancient manor, burning the furniture, the paintings and the stairs to keep themselves warm for a night. They are breaking up the postwar settlement, our public health services and social safety nets, above all the living world, to produce ephemeral spurts of growth. Magnificent habitats, the benign and fragile climate in which we have prospered, species that have lived (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver’s Dangerously Reckless Budget Scam

Well as you know, I wasn't exactly impressed by Joe Oliver's totally political fiscal update, and by the way he is recklessly blowing the surplus.To try to buy votes and leave no money in the cupboard, so the opposition can't make their own spending promises.While also leaving no money for a rainy day should the economy take a dive, and oil prices keep tanking.So I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thinks that Ol' Joe, and his equally incompetent master Stephen Harper, could be leading us to DISASTER.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Rick’s Latest Rant

In his latest, Rick Mercer turns his acerbic wit on the theft of copyright being engineered by the Harper regime to facilitate its campaign of attack ads.

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Adam Lent highlights the strong majority of respondents in the UK who see the political system as serving the powerful rather than the public. And Elizabeth Warren explains why the same conclusion applies in the U.S., while making the case that there’s room to improve matters simply by emphasizing the choices voters face: The system is rigged. And now that I’ve been in Washington and seen it up close and personal, I just see new ways in which that happens. But we have to stop and back up, and you (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Assesses Andrew Scheer’s Job Performance

Unsurprisingly, the House Speaker gets a failing grade.

My two favourite lines:

“Show me one person who believes he’s done a good job on the decorum front. 308 meth addicts on the dance floor have better manners.”

“We [should] replace the Speaker with a bag of flour with a smiley face drawn on the front with a sharpie.”

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Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer On Why the Con Speaker Should be Fired

As you know I'm not a big fan of the Con Speaker Andrew Scheer. I blame him for allowing our Parliament to be turned into a fascist circus, or a dog and pony show.

By allowing the Cons to get away with never giving a straight answer to any question, and for always tilting the same way like the Tower of Pisa. Or in his case the Tower of Harper.

In fact, I recently wrote I think he should be fired.

And now I see so does Rick Mercer…Read more »

Cowichan Conversations: RMR Rick’s Rant Against Harper’s Secret Trade Deal (FIPA)

Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Rants About The ‘Fair Election Act’

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer’s Solution To Voter Apathy

Sure beats the ‘Fair’ Elections Act:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer – One Of Our True Patriots

I love this guy. Watch the following video to see why:

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Dean Starkman writes about the media’s failure to see and report on the culture of corruption and manipulation that led to the 2008 economic meltdown: Was the brewing crisis really such a secret? Was it all so complex as to be beyond the capacity of conventional journalism and, through it, the public to understand? Was it all so hidden? In fact, the answer to all those questions is “no.” The problem—distorted incentives corrupting the financial industry—was plain, but not to Wall Street executives, traders, rating agencies, analysts, quants, or other financial (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Another Gem From Our National Treasure

Oh, Rick, may your voice never be silenced.

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Montreal Simon: Pierre Poilievre’s Incredibly Horrible and Embarrassing Week

Oh dear. I can't help feeling that Pierre Poilievre is starting to regret that Big Daddy made him the Minister of Democratic Reform.And is probably wishing he could have another job PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE !!!!!!Because first the Chief Electoral Officer shredded his arguments in an appearance before a House committee.Then the author of a report on the last election made a complete fool out of him for misrepresenting his report. Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Wipes Up With Pierre Poilivre

Rick Mercer does his usual excellent job in putting the smug and arrogant in their places:

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calgaryliberal.com: Liberals triple support in Lethbridge: Liberals at 24%, NDP at 14%, Conservatives at 38%

Something is happening in Lethbridge. According to a group out of Lethbridge College the Liberals under Trudeau have jumped from 8.38% (2011) to 24% for the area of Lethbridge. Provincially, Raj Sherman’s Liberals have jumped from 14.7% (2012) to 18% in Lethbridge-East, a point ahead of the Wildrose and the clear alternative compared to the […]

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- David Macdonald comments on Statistics Canada’s latest wealth survey, with particular emphasis on the continued gap between a privileged few and the vast majority of Canadians: (T)he top 20% of families have twice as much wealth as the bottom 80% of families combined. Even if the bottom 80% of families doubled their net worth tomorrow, they still wouldn’t have as much as the top 20% presently do.

Inequality is not only about the wealthy, it’s also about the middle class. Looking at the middle 20% of families, while they represent 20% (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer On The ‘Fair’ Elections Act

With Rick on the job, there is always reason for hope:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer Takes Aim At Julian Fantino

Rick Mercer surely is one of our national treasures:

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Cowichan Conversations: Rick Mercer Reports

Politics and its Discontents: The Measure Of The Man

Sounds like Rick Mercer has the Harper cabal’s number:

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Politics and its Discontents: Some Things Never Change

Although the following Rick Mercer rant was made early in 2013, most, I think, would agree that nothing has changed in the interim:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer On The Harper Regime’s Shoddy Treatment Of Vets

As a supplement to The Disaffected Lib’s excellent post on Remembrance Day, take a look at Rick Mercer’s thoughts on a government that not only has turned its back on wounded war vets but also tossed them out on the street:

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Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer’s Disgust With Harper

The following video is self-explanatory, but if you would like to read more about it and the Harper clan’s seemingly endless capacity to not answer questions, check out this link to The Huffington Post.

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