Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Graham Lowe and Frank Graves examine the state of Canada’s labour market, and find a strong desire among workers for an activist government to ensure improved pay equality and social supports. Oxfam reaches similar conclusions in studying workers and employers in Scotland. And Emma Teitel reports on ...

Alberta Politics: St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative candidate Michael Cooper must clearly state his position on women’s reproductive rights

PHOTOS: St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative candidate Michael Cooper, centre, with former Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis, left, and Employment Minister Pierre Pollievre in a photo grabbed from Mr. Cooper’s campaign website. Below: A shot of Mr. Cooper snapped on my doorstep when he turned up campaigning for the Conservative nomination. ST. ALBERT, Alberta St. Albert-Edmonton Conservative ...

Montreal Simon: Does Stephen Harper Agree With the Republican Loon Scott Walker?

Scott Walker is one of the most reactionary Republican candidates, a union basher, an anti-gay bigot, and a fascist if ever there was one.And now he's trying to out trump Donald Trump.For while Trump wants to build a wall along the U.S.- Mexico border,Walker thinks it might be a good idea to build a wall ...

Alberta Politics: Give a thought to Alberta’s approaching budget day: there’s little to gain and plenty to lose from ‘debt free’ government

PHOTOS: Former premier Ralph Klein, now elevated to sainthood by the neoliberal cargo cult, celebrating the retirement of Alberta’s debt in 2004, never mind the mess the infrastructure was in. Below: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci, Canadian economist Jim Stanford and Wildrose Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt, with, bottom, his old debt-trailer. Anyone remember Ralph Klein’s ...

Left Over: The Donald Bleats , Harper/Walker Meet..And Other Rightwing Treats…

Stephen Harper met with controversial Wisconsin governor Scott Walker last month and didn’t tell anyone Glen McGregor, Postmedia News | July 9, 2015 | Last Updated: Jul 9 3:42 PM ET More from Postmedia News Donald Trump, Stephen Harper, and the Bigots That Flock Together http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/07/donald-trump-stephen-harper-and-bigots.html     No one in ‘Merka should be surprised by ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump, Stephen Harper, and the Bigots That Flock Together

Golly. I never thought I'd be happy to see the grotesque billionaire bigot Donald Trump doing well at anything.But I must say this is very encouraging.  "Trump's really caught fire with voters on the far right — 66% of 'very conservative' voters see him favorably to only 24% with a negative view of him." Especially since Trump's soaring ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Who’s values will prevail on Thursday?

Whoever shows up to the polls tomorrow may determine Ontario’s next Premier and whether she or he enjoys a majority or minority government. The question is, will that be decided by a majority of Ontarians, or will it reflect a … Continue reading →

Montreal Simon: The Abominable Tim Hudak and the Koch Connection

I have to admit that I sometimes find it hard to take Tim Hudak seriously. He's such a goof, such a lousy campaigner, such a loser. Until I remember that after Stephen Harper he is the most beastly Con in Canada, and  a Republican clone if ever there was one.A man who lives to bust ...

Alberta Diary: Upstairs, downstairs in Alberta explained by Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk: ‘We’re dealing with different job descriptions’

Furious Alberta civil service “oranges” protest high-handed Tory “apples” during their illegal st**ke of 1980. Below: Provincial Treasurer Lou Hyndman in 1976; Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk, no longer missing in action. Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose! After a spell during which he appeared to be missing in action, Alberta Labour Minister Thomas ...

Alberta Diary: With free expression under assault in Alberta, where’s ‘free speech advocate’ Ezra Levant?

So-called free-speech advocate and celebrity commentator Ezra Levant. Below: Free-speech opponent Alison Redford, Canada’s answer to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, shown below her; that Voltaire guy; nearly forgotten Tory political strategist Stephen Carter. Where’s Ezra Levant now that we need him? Mr. Levant, after all, is frequently billed as Canada’s foremost “free speech advocate,” although ...

Alberta Diary: Yikes! U.S. program with remarkable knack for spotting future foreign leaders picks … Danielle Smith

Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith prepares to set off on her 19-day American tour. Future America-friendly leaders may not be exactly as illustrated. Below: Ms. Smith for real. With tout le monde political Alberta focusing on the province’s final farewell to Peter Lougheed, founder of the 41-year Conservative dynasty who passed on last Thursday, Alberta ...

DeSmogBlog: Was Scott Walker Chosen to Headline Heartland Institute Gala Due to His Bradley Foundation Ties?

800px-ScottWalker.jpeg Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker will keynote the Heartland Institute's 28th Anniversary Benefit Dinner this evening at Navy Pier in Chicago, IL.  Walker recently won the Kochtopus-funded Americans for Prosperity George Washington Award. Now, two months after his recall election steamrolling of Democrat Tom Barrett, the climate change denying group famous for its Unabomber billboard ...

Art Threat: A doc that makes you want to occupy – We Are Wisconsin at Hot Docs 2012

Yesterday we caught three political docs at Hot Docs, and before I race off to The Law In These Parts, here is the first of many more micro-reviews. We Are Wisconsin, directed by Aimee Williams, is the first film I’ve seen at the festival that champions activism and calls on the audience to join in ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Perilous Road Ahead for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Scott Walker’s day of judgment is coming.   Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board has set June 5th for the special recall election of Walker and five other GOP pols also recalled. Walker has gone to astonishing lengths to derail the recall and the recall election.  So far he’s struck out every time. Walker, it seems, is a ...