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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.

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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:

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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 »

Alberta Diary: Insufficient data, bad planning and so-con overreach help explain Prentice Government’s gay-straight-alliance gong show

Led by Premier Jim Prentice, members of the PC cabinet try to get away from the issue of gay-straight alliances in Alberta schools. Actual Alberta politicians may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real Mr. Prentice, Edmonton-Centre MLA Laurie Blakeman and caucus rebel Thomas Lukaszuk.

The spectacular incompetence exhibited by the Prentice Government in its effort to curry favour with social conservatives by scuttling an opposition MLA’s private bill to protect gay-straight peer support groups in Alberta’s schools is breathtaking, reminiscent of the Redford Government’s lowlights.

This is “new management”?

Late yesterday, Premier Jim Prentice tried to press the (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Repudiates Economic Action Plan Ads

Dishonest and manipulative, such taxpayer-funded government propaganda deservedly earns the scorn of Rick Mercer:

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Porky Action Plan From Hell

Well I see Stephen Harper is leaving the country again today, this time to attend the Francophone Summit in Senegal. Which as you may or may not know is the greatest collection of corrupt dictators in the whole wide world.But that's not the only reason he's going.He is no doubt also fleeing Canada so he doesn't have to answer any more embarrassing questions about his latest and most disgusting Porky Action Plan.Read more »

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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