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Politics and its Discontents: More Indifference From Health Canada’s Towards Canadians’ Health

Health Minister Rona Ambrose really has no reason to smile.

Last week, based on a Star Investigation, I outlined the shocking incompetence, indifference and completely unacceptable secrecy within Health Canada that allows for tainted, ineffective, and dangerous drugs to be sold regularly to Canadians. It was only because of the transparency of the American Federal Drug Administration that The Star was able to uncover this wholly unacceptable and outrageous state of affairs.

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there.

Continuing its investigation, The Star has uncovered, thanks to the FDA database and freedom of information requests that were answered fully (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Denial And Outrage

During my teaching career, it was occasionally my unpleasant task to confront a student with evidence of his or her cheating; most situations revolved around plagiarizing essays or having skipped a test. The student’s responses when confronted were invariably the same; indeed, they tended to parallel Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ five stages of grief.

I won’t bore you with the details, but common initial reactions were denial that any offence had occurred, (“I have no idea what you are talking about”), and when that failed, anger that I would harbour such unfounded and unworthy suspicions (“I am really hurt that you would (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Reefer Madness and the Corruption of Rona Ambrose

Well it could have been just another day in the glamorous life of Rona Ambrose Health Minister. Serving the public, like an Angel of Mercy, and servicing Stephen Harper, like the Angel of Death.Not necessarily in that order. But then she blew it. Again. By trying to make the country's doctors believe that the Con cult's massive tax payer funded anti-marijuana ad campaign wasn't blatantly political.

Read more » - Alberta politics: Parties gear up for federal election 2015 – Alberta nominations update

TweetAside from recent updates about Kent Hehr running in Calgary-Centre and Darshan Kang running in Calgary-Skyview, it has been a while since I have published an update to accompany the list of candidate nominations for the next federal election, expected to be held in 2015. So, without further ado, let me present you the latest update: The Lethbridge -> Medicine […]

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Honey Bee Apocalypse

In the garden of a waterfront theatre not far from where I live, there is a little band of bees.

They've been there for years, and time and the elements have taken their toll. Their colours have faded a little and some of their wings have fallen off.

But they're still in better shape than many of the real bees, who are being killed by human greed.

Because now it's official, they are being poisoned by pesticides.Read more » - Alberta politics: Big names running for federal party nominations in Alberta

TweetThere has been plenty of activity this week as candidates from all political parties put forward their names to run in Canada’s next federal election, scheduled to be held in October 2015. Wooing voters and potential candidates alike, both New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau travelled through Alberta this week. […] - Alberta politics: Scramble for federal nominations begins in Alberta

TweetIt’s a fight – or at least it could be if two southern Alberta Conservative Members of Parliament seek their party’s nomination in the same riding. Boundary changes in the next federal election will mean that Lethbridge Conservative MP Jim Hillier will find himself living within the boundaries of the new Medicine Hat riding. Mr. Hillyer has already announced […]

Politics and its Discontents: A Debt Owed To The Media

As fashionable as it is to denigrate the mainstream media for their frequent timidity and conservatism, public knowledge about both Rob Ford’s disgraceful performance as Mayor of Toronto and the current Senate scandal embroiling Stephen Harper, impeaching the integrity and honesty of both politicians, would not exist were it not for a diligent media, especially the press.

I have often stated in this blog that I am both proud and pleased to subscribe to The Toronto Star, given the integrity of its work and the fact that many of its investigations have resulted in change at both the local and (Read more…)

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Conservatives: Punish, Punish, Punish

Canada’s Harper Government once again revealed the ugly side of its views this past week.

First up, we have the Harper Government axing the pittance that inmates are paid for their labour while in prison.

The government began deducting the money from prisoners’ paycheques as part of a move to recover costs under the federal government’s Deficit Reduction Action Plan. The move was first announced in May 2012 by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. Until now, the top pay an inmate could earn was $6.90 a day, but only a small percentage of inmates received that. The average is $3 a day.

This is (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Why Leona Aglukkaq Must Be Fired Immediately

OMG. You'd think she would do better. You'd think she would live up to the honour of being the first Inuk appointed to a federal cabinet. You'd think she would do all she could to help and protect the people who live in the arctic from the devastating effects of climate change. Her people.But no, Leona Aglukkaq is no Minister of the Environment. She's just another shabby Con climate change denier. Read more »

Montreal Simon: When the Cons Start Attacking Themselves

Well I suppose it was inevitable. The Cons have spent their years in power attacking others like rabid hyenas. It's the only thing they know how to do eh? So now that they're in trouble, and Stephen Harper is crazy desperate, I'm really not surprised that they've started attacking themselves. Read more »

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Legalize It, Control It

One of the most devastating problems that our society faces is that of addiction.  Whether that is to tobacco, alcohol or narcotics – any substance addiction can have long term consequences for the addict, those around them and society at large.

Smoking is known to cause cancers, alcoholics can destroy their families and careers, and drug addicts become pariahs of society.

Tobacco is not illegal in this country, but it is highly regulated and among the most heavily taxed of all products out there.  Over the course of my own lifetime, I have seen smoking go from common and nearly (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose, and the Con War on the Sick

Well I see it didn't take long for the new/nouveau Con Health Minister Rona Ambrose to show her true colours. Health Minister Rona Ambrose is slamming her own department's decision to provide heroin to certain addicts under a special access program and insisting it won't be allowed to happen again. "Our government takes seriously the harm caused by dangerous and addictive drugs," Ambrose said. "These drugs tear families apart, promote criminal behaviour, and destroy lives.By suggesting that doctors are acting like drug dealers.Read more »

Calgary Grit: Oh my God – they shuffled Kenney! Those Bastards!

New Title, Same Job

The much-hyped Cabinet shuffle was about what you’d expect: retiring Ministers swept aside, talented backbenchers and Pierre Poilievre promoted, and a few big names swapping portfolios to give them a fresh start.

The opposition will argue this is very much the same government as before, and they’re right – but that’s the point. Voters elected a Stephen Harper government two years ago and they’re going to get a Stephen Harper government until the man retires or is defeated. Most Canadians didn’t know who the Minister of Justice was before the shuffle, so no one is going (Read more…) - Alberta politics: How Brent Rathgeber changed Edmontons political map and why the Tories might like it

TweetEdmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber unleashed a political storm last night when he announced on Twitter that he is leaving the Conservative Party of Canada caucus. Initially citing a “a lack of commitment to transparency and open government,” he expanded his criticisms to the control Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s office exercises over backbench MPs as interfering with [...]

Cowichan Conversations: Canada-We Are Being Governed By Thugs in Suits

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes- Political Blogger

Canada has changed and is still changing before our very eyes. We are being governed by ‘thugs in suits’ and we are going downhill at an alarming rate.

Who will stop them?

Well the NDP and Liberal’s are trying, but of course joining forces to derail Harper and take Canada back seems not to be as enticing as pretending that one or the other could become PM one day.

Their ‘Canada can wait policy’ is worrisome and could play into the Harper crowds hands.

Well in any case it seems as though ‘Harper and his Wrecking (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Flying Gong Show

Holy Mayan prophesy. I think I now know how the Con regime is going to end eh? Not with a bang but a whimper. With acts of sheer folly, and howls of laughter.For there was Stephen Harper today, in the Con circus that was once our Parliament, accusing the NDP of being a "gong show."Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the F-35 Debacle

Oh no. Tora, Tora, Tora !!!!!!I mean… Mayday, Mayday, Mayday !!!!!It looks as if Stephen Harper's plans for Total World Domination, have come crashing down to earth.Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: The Missing First Step

Rona Ambrose has a typically Ambrosian approach to hunting down Canada’s next combat jet to replace the stellar but aging CF-18s.Rona’s gonna chat.  She’s going to talk to our allies – the U.S., Australia and Britain.   Maybe she wants t… . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Missing First Step

Montreal Simon: The Con Klowns Strike Again (PG rated)

Gawd. Living in Harperland isn't easy eh?Sometimes you weep, and sometimes you laugh.And sometimes on a day like this one you can do both. Weep for the bullied children of Canada who the Cons are refusing to help.Read more »

Left Over: Rona, are You Paying Attention?

Democracy 101..When a person of either gender is elected to office, and then appointed to a Ministry, (s)he is obligated to vote based, not on personal belief, but on the verifiable will of the people…further, as a Federal Minister, that person should take into consideration the will of the majority of Canadians..who recently were polled and voted 75% not to re-open the abortion debate…a pretty strong mandate by anyone’s standards. Those are the principles by which democratic electees vote- to say that they “vote their conscience” is to denigrate the idea of representation, and put forward a rationale

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Wacky Woody Show

About five years ago I made this button of Rona Ambrose. So I'm glad to see that my confidence in her was fully justified.Canada’s minister for the status of women joined nine other Conservative cabinet ministers and dozens of backbenchers in voting in favour of a motion to study the rights of the fetus, even as the Prime Minister’s Office suggested it is time to move on.Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion to have a committee look at when human life begins was defeated 203-91 in a vote on Wednesday night.So I can wear it again.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Wacky Woody Show I was wrong

I’m outraged that Rona Ambrose, Minister of State for the Status of Women in Canada, voted to re-open the abortion debate. The legal right to choose if and when to have children is absolutely fundamental to women’s rights, and I find it appalling that there’s an anti-feminist in charge at Status of Women. Doesn’t the Harper Government have any respect for women?

I’d estimate that half the women I know have had both abortions and children. Some had abortions in their youth, followed by children later on. Some had abortions after they’d had all the children they wanted.

It’s rarely

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Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP insults Canadians with confused take on F-35 jet plan

Yesterday we’d a jolly good laugh when Yukon Tory MP Ryan Leef got overjoyed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit and invited those gathered to “join me in welcoming back to the Yukon, the Prime Minister of Cannibal.” Conservative MP, Chris Alexander’s recent take on the F-35 fighter jet controversy is no such laughing matter. It’s an insult to Canadians’ intelligence. During a CBC News’ Power & Politics panel discussion on the Harper Government’s F-53 jet plan, Alexander offered the following statement: “There was a misunderstanding, to some extent, in the Canadian public opinion, to some extent perpetrated by

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Leftist Jab: Want To Know Who Leaked Jason Kenney’s "Asshole" Email?

Camouflage won’t help this man.

Let’s work through the list of suspects, shall we?

Here’s a copy of the email in question:

.Part II

So the suspects are obviously all Alberta Conservative caucus members. Let’s trim that down using the evidence in question. There were 27 Conservatives from Alberta elected in 2011. Easily excluded are Jason Kenney, Stephen Harper (who isn’t on the list