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Alberta Politics: ‘Event logisticians’? Give us a break! They’re bouncers! What’s that tell you about the Tories?

PHOTOS: Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets a group of foreign event logistics consultants while travelling abroad (Government of Canada photo). Below: Pierre Trudeau does suppressed fury the right way; Mr. Harper does it with considerably less appeal. Clearly, the continuing uproar about Stephen Harper’s “event logistics team members” tells us something fundamental about the increasingly […]

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CuriosityCat: The Duffy Trial: Not Unexpected Consequences

Can we expect this soon?

For those Conservative spokespersons who don’t believe that the sorry tale of a Prime Minister’s Office scrambling to come up with the very best way to deceive the public, as told by witnesses at the Senator Duffy expenses trial, has had an effect on the popularity of their leader and of their party, welcome to the latest polls. Here’s the gist: The latest survey by Ipsos Reid for Global News, also published Thursday, showed weakening support for the Conservatives. Like Forum, it placed the Tories in third place, though with 29 per cent. That put them (Read more…)

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 along the Canada-U.S. border. Read more »

LeDaro: Stephen Harper and Vladimir Putin meet

Accidental Deliberations: On transitions

Bob Hepburn makes clear that while the Libs may still be in denial about the importance of cooperating to remove the Harper Cons from power, their best friends in the media are under no such illusions. But the most noteworthy contribution to Canada’s discussion about post-election options comes from Aaron Wherry – particularly in highlighting what factors have, and have not, been taken into account in determining who gets a chance to form government: (A) Progressive Conservative government in Ontario in 1985 was defeated in the legislature and replaced by a Liberal government that had signed a governing accord with (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: The secret platform

It never figured to take long for the Cons to start making up numbers for lack of any legitimate criticism of the NDP’s platform – and Jason Kenney has charged into the breach. But it’s worth noting the source of many of the supposedly-costed items, which consist of NDP MPs’ committee reports.

To be clear, committee reports represent an important contribution in Parliament’s governance of public policy. And what makes them stand out is that fact that they offer independent review by representatives tasked with assessing particular issues – who can then be expected to reach their own conclusions on (Read more…)

LeDaro: Stephen Harper’s Dance Moves

Montreal Simon: What I Believe This Election Should Be About But So Far Isn’t

It has to be the strangest election campaign I have ever known. In the condo jungle where I live it's hard to know one is even underway. There are no lawns, so there are no lawn signs.I have received only one pamphlet, from the local Con candidate. Which I quickly turned into a paper plane, and floated out of my window. In the fond hope that it might land on someone's head, and gently remind them that we are in a battle that will determine whether this country lives or dies.Read more »

LeDaro: Harper’s election platform

He will keep his promise. What more public wants? !!

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Michal Rozworski calls for the election to include far more discussion as to who benefits from our economy as it’s designed, and who gets left behind. Michael Wilson examines how Canada’s economy has become far less equal over the past few decades. And Michelle Zilio talks to Munir Sheikh about the “made in Canada recession” under the Harper Cons, as a rare divergence between Canada and the rest of the world is seeing us headed in the wrong direction even as the U.S. and other developed countries do relatively well.

- Joanna (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: More Evidence the Duffy Scandal Is Destroying Stephen Harper

It was a shocking and deeply disturbing sight. And it could only make Canadians wonder whether Stephen Harper was still mentally fit to be Prime Minister.For there he was today, trying to mock the size of Justin Trudeau's deficit.But only managing to look more crazy and more desperate.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: On crystallized positions

I’ve largely held off on discussing federal polls since few of them seem to be out of line with my initial assessment of the election as a three-way race with the NDP in a narrow lead, but with plenty of room for movement during the election campaign.

But EKOS’ latest signals that we may have reached the point where more of the same is news in and of itself – particularly for the party which most needs to try to change the direction of public opinion.

While there might once have been reason to wonder whether public assessments of the (Read more…)

OpenMedia.ca: National Post: Public servant being investigated for writing and performing anti-Tory ‘Harperman’ song

An Ottawa federal scientist’s job is in danger after he recorded a song speaking out against the government’s politics of fear.

Article by Kathryn May, Post Media News at the National Post

An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song to get rid of the Harper government.

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LeDaro: Big Brother is watching you

Big Brother Harper is watching you. Bill c 51.

Montreal Simon: The Incredible Cowardice of the Mad King Stephen Harper

He is already the best protected Prime Minister in Canadian history. Wherever he goes he is surrounded by an army of RCMP bodyguards.His motorcade of sinister black vehicles is as big or bigger than Obama's secret service convoys.No ordinary Canadians can get anywhere near him. Only Con supporters who have been vetted by his office.But even that isn't enough to reassure our cowardly mad king.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: On final choices

Following up on this post and some additional discussion, let’s take a look at the question of what options would be available to Stephen Harper if he decided he wanted to escape a drubbing at the polls by cancelling the federal election. And fortunately, the answer looks to be “not much”.

The Canada Elections Act does allows for a writ to be withdrawn, but only with some important limitations (emphasis added): 59. (1) The Governor in Council may order the withdrawal of a writ for any electoral district for which the Chief Electoral Officer certifies that by reason of (Read more…)

LeDaro: Stephen Harper’s dance moves

Needs more practice.

LeDaro: Prime Minister Stephen Harper taking a break from campaigning

Is he drunk?

Accidental Deliberations: Keep Quiet – Chess Master At Work

Yessiree, Stephen Harper’s choice to impose a longer election period rather than waiting to see whether his party would have a shred of credibility left after the PMO went under the microscope looks more brilliant by the day.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Michal Rozworski reminds us that austerity in Canada is nothing new under Con or Lib governments, while pointing out what the public needs to do to repel it: The campaigning Stephen Harper boasts that his tough austerity policies saved the Canadian economy. Lost in the rhetoric are two important facts. As most economists will tell you today, austerity measures are lousy ways to expand jobs and investment. And Harper’s Conservatives were just carrying on the work of their austerity embracing Liberal predecessors.…

The first round of Liberal cutbacks were quick and deep. (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper’s Latest Fear Campaign Won’t Work

It says something really horrible about Stephen Harper, that whenever he feels threatened he tries to scare Canadians.First he tried to scare them by claiming that the criminals were EVERYWHERE and that only he could save us by sending even more Canadians to jail. Even though the crime rate is at its lowest level in decades. Then he claimed that the terrorists were EVERYWHERE, and that only he could save us from being beheaded in our beds.Now he's showing his teeth again, and trying to scare Canadians with the Great Economic Menace. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Is the Con Clown Joe Oliver Missing In Action?

The economy is teetering on the edge of disaster. The stock market is on a wild roller coaster ride. The loonie or Harper peso has fallen to its lowest level in eleven years. Thousands are losing their jobs.But Joe Oliver, the alleged Con FInance Minister, is nowhere to be seen.He has held no newsers, issued no reassuring statements to worried Canadians. He has been missing in action. And it seems the only Canadians he's willing to talk to are the rich old guys at private men's clubs.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Now that CAPP’s president has called for quick energy royalty review, Wildrose and PC leaders can be expected to fall into line

PHOTOS: Never mind the Opposition parties, guys like these want Alberta’s energy royalty review to get cracking right now! Below: CAPP President Tim McMillan, Wildrose Opposition Leader Brian Jean, Progressive Conservative Party Leader Ric McIver and NDP Labour Minister Lori Sigurdson. While Alberta’s New Democratic Party government has been pushing ahead with its plan to […]

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Accidental Deliberations: On biased decisions

It shouldn’t come as much surprise that the Duffy trial has revealed that the Harper Cons sought to make the Senate as subservient to the PMO as the Cons’ trained seals in the House of Commons: Mr. Rathgeber said the PMO staffers’ handling of the situation was all too familiar and speaks to a “culture of invincibility” among some of the PMO staff.

“It’s shocking, but it validates everything I’ve ever said about their modus operandi. They have no ethical, or sometimes legal, boundaries and I would say without any doubt that a Senate report into expenses is a higher (Read more…)

LeDaro: Stephen Harper getting ready for Thanksgiving and October 19, 2015 elections

It is hoped that after October 19, 2015 he will have a lot of time to dance preferably in Calgary, Alberta.