Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

In early December 2012, the Toronto Star reported:  Near-brawl erupts in Commons between Tory Peter Van Loan and NDP’s Nathan Cullen  Apparently Van Loan was upset with the NDP’s delaying tactics on getting the Conservative budget measures passed, and crossed the floor to the NDP caucus, pointing his finger and shouting obscenities.In typical fashion, Thomas Mulcair ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

In early December 2012, the Toronto Star reported:  Near-brawl erupts in Commons between Tory Peter Van Loan and NDP’s Nathan Cullen  Apparently Van Loan was upset with the NDP’s delaying tactics on getting the Conservative budget measures passed, and crossed the floor to the NDP caucus, pointing his finger and shouting obscenities.In typical fashion, Thomas Mulcair ...

Montreal Simon: Ruth Ellen Brosseau: Now She’s Not a Clown She’s a Martyr

We all saw Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the House of Commons trying to physically block the Con whip from returning to his seat.And then after getting accidentally elbowed by Justin Trudeau, carrying on as if she had been shot.Now she's being used by the Con media to damage Trudeau's image abroad.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: The Elbowgate Kerfuffle

While I think elbowgate is much ado about little (will Ruth-Ellen Brosseau now claim to be a ‘survivor’ of workplace violence?), the episode does raise some unsettling concerns that the old Liberal arroagance is quickly reasserting itself, doesn’t it? H/t Globe and Mail Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: When Is Tom Mulcair Going to Apologize for His Disgraceful Behaviour?

It's the ugliest picture of the whole so-called elbow gate  bumpgate incident. The Commons is in an uproar, Justin Trudeau has apologized as a decent person should, And there standing in the gaggle of NDP MPs is Tom Mulcair grinning like a hairy ape.Read more »

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 41: World notices Canada, enjoy it while you can.

Canadians, forever the neglected middle child in the family of nations, are always weirdly excited when the world pays us any attention. So worldwide reaction to the election of Justin Trudeau got media play this week, as the world is briefly paying attention to Canada in a way not seen since, well, Pierre Trudeau. And ...

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 41: World notices Canada, enjoy it while you can.

Canadians, forever the neglected middle child in the family of nations, are always weirdly excited when the world pays us any attention. So worldwide reaction to the election of Justin Trudeau got media play this week, as the world is briefly paying attention to Canada in a way not seen since, well, Pierre Trudeau. And ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics: Nomination update: Yellowhead by-election, Bow River Tories vote, and Anybody but Xiao

TweetPremier Jim Prentice announced this week that five-term Conservative Member of Parliament Rob Merrifield would be appointed as Alberta’s representative in Washington D.C. Mr. Merrifield’s resignation from the House of Commons means that a federal by-election will need to be called in the Yellowhead riding by March 17, 2015. This would be the fourth federal ...

The Equivocator: The 2011 “You Go Girl!” Awards. Presented by: The Equivocator

Context: I don’t like to think of this blog as existing in a vacuum. You may not be aware of it but I am also an avid user of the twitter and the facebook (my twitter feed is there on the right side of my blog btw.) On twitter (you can follow me at @Uranowski) ...

CalgaryGrit: Where do they go from here?

After a week of tributes and mourning, the talk in Ottawa is sure to turn to “what now” this week, as the NDP begins the process of replacing Jack Layton. Of course, some did not wait that long. Anonymous NDP insiders let it be known that Brian Topp was the “front runner” to replace Layton ...

At Least Ruth-Ellen Brosseau Knows the Difference Between a Lockout and a Strike

I’ve been following the marathon debates on forcing the locked out Canada Post workers back to work on the CBC page live feed since last night and observing the debates on Twitter.  The rookie NDP MPs have been actively participating and have, in my opinion, all been quite articulate.  Sure some of them had some ...

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Two words put the Ruth Ellen Brosseau brouhaha in perspective: ‘Rob Anders’

Above: Ruth Ellen Brosseau in her riding. Below: Rob Anders and Peter Goldring. Need we say more? Since the media has shown such reluctance to let it go, let’s put this whole Ruth Ellen Brosseau brouhaha in perspective. Ms. Brosseau is the young woman elected as the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for the ...

Death By Trolley: NDP Leaders: Stop Sugar-Coating Brosseau’s Election

As a Canadian secular progressive who has followed US politics closely for a few years and is just now making a serious effort to get into Canadian politics, I have not been impressed with how I’ve seen the NDP deal with the Berthier-Maskinonge, Quebec riding. Firstly, their selection of Ruth Ellen Brosseau – a 27 ...

Ruth Ellen Brosseau and the corporate-media cowards

You remember those nasty, sadistic little pricks who used to burn ants with magnifying glasses? And then in school they used to get their kicks ganging up on younger kids? Seems they grew up, in a manner of speaking, and got jobs with newspapers.

Right of Center Ice: The Candidate

Like dipping a single toe into the lake from the dock before jumping in, Ruth-Ellen Brosseau robocalled her constituents yesterday. It was the first thing she has done to earn their trust as their MP since filling out (in whole or part) of her nomination papers. For many on Pro Blogs, criticism of her election ...

The Equivocator: Ceci n’est pas un député.

I have no problem with Ruth Ellen Brosseau, she is probably very nice. However, I strongly dislike almost everything she represents. The argument that the NDP have been using to defend their accidental MP is that “she will just work hard to represent the people of Berthier – Maskinongé.” Unfortunately she doesn’t speak French, the first ...