This and that for your Tuesday reading.
- In the course of grading Canada’s job market, Kayle Hatt traces the rise of precarious employment in both absolute and relative numbers – and notes that other countries haven’t seen the same type of move toward temporary employment encouraged by the Cons. And in a similar vein, Duncan Cameron rightly brands the Cons as the “bad jobs party”.
- Meanwhile, the lack of stability in any single job makes it all the more important to ensure that Canada’s retirement system provides for security even among workers who have been pushed from employer (Read more…)
Well I see Stephen Harper's trip to the Mandela funeral started off on a high note, with a macabre political version of the Mile High Club.With Harper obviously glad to leave the sordid Senate scandal behind him, and consorting with three former Prime Ministers.Even tweeting this photo of him and his old arch enemy Jean Chretien…
But I did notice that Great Ugly Leader was the only one drinking, and no wonder eh?Read more »
It's hard to decide which Con clown is more pathetic. The one on his way to the funeral of Nelson Mandela. The man he once called a terrorist who should be kept in prison, or hanged.Or the one waddling down the street at a Santa Claus parade throwing candy canes to children.As their parents tried to shield some of them from his ghastly sight.But what is only too obvious is the damage both are doing to Canada's reputation. Read more »
In my sadness over the death of Nelson Mandela, and because I'm so tired, I forgot that Friday was the anniversary of a monumental Canadian tragedy. That on a snowy day in Montreal twenty four years ago, an angry man with a gun stormed through an engineering school and killed fourteen young women. Fourteen young women who were killed in Canada’s worst mass shooting were remembered on Friday amid repeated calls for more to be done to eradicate violence against women.Read more »
Assorted content to end your week.
- Hassan Arif theorizes that a failure to identify and address growing inequality may have played a significant role in the rise of Rob Ford’s destructive anti-socialism: The Toronto of towering new condos, of downtown coffee shops and trendy restaurants and stores, is far removed from the Toronto of these low-income, suburban, and largely visible minority residents. A “plain-talking” politician who rails against downtown elites, against “slick talking lawyers”, “consultants”, and recipients of “research grants” appeals to those who feel left behind.…These concerns, about suburban alienation, about inequality, are concerns that need to (Read more…)
They both have problems with telling the truth.
Yesterday, news broke that Rob Ford had been attempting to purchase the video of him smoking crack cocaine – before Gawker and the Toronto Star made the existence of the video public. In this morning’s news, we find Ford denying that he was doing that at all.
So far, in the course of this saga, every time Ford has denied something, evidence has come along to disprove his denials. At first, he denied ever having smoked crack cocaine, and then at the end of October, the video mysteriously turns up in the (Read more…)
with apologies to The Clash Here’s a few names for you. Richard Hatfield, Kim Campbell and Brian Mulroney. What’s the significance you ask? Well, One was flung out of power like a union rep in a Walmart, bringing about a one party legislature in New Brunswick, one learned from his example and skipped town before […]
As I watched Stephen Harper being grilled by Tom Mulcair today I couldn't help being struck by how beaten he looked. How the fight seems to have gone out of him. At one point after slumping into his seat, he even let Paul Calandra the Con buffoon answer a question from Mulcair, something he never does.Only to be forced back to his feet by Mulcair with this question:
And you can see what I mean eh? He's there but he isn't.
And it all made me ask myself the same question John Ivison asks today: Is Stephen Harper getting ready to RESIGN? Read more »
Well it's not exactly the French Revolution eh? But this being Canada it's probably the closest we can get to one. Michael Chong has presented his Reform Act that would shake up our Parliament to its very foundations. Conservative MP Michael Chong today tabled the proposed reform act, a private member's bill intended to restore a system of checks and balances that would shift some power away from party leaders towards members of Parliament and their party caucuses.And trim the power of would be dictators like Stephen Harper.Read more »
Source: CBC News: Conservative MP Michael Chong Makes Bid to Fix Parliament
Even with Perrin’s e-mails being found amongst the clutter, and some shake ups in the Senate, let’s take a bit of a break and look at a ‘non-releated-but-totally-releated’ consequence of the Senate Scandal fallout.
Ontario Conservative MP Michael Chong is bringing forward a bill to redistribute some of the power of the Prime Minister, and all party leaders. It would take the leadership establishment out of the nomination process, and even establish a method by which the party caucus could remove a leader from power.
The biggest change (Read more…)
In the light of Stephen Harper’s announcement of an upcoming visit to Israel, it might be worth taking a closer look at the country he will be visiting. Coverage of Israel’s apartheid-like policies isn’t readily available via Canadian mainstream media outlets. Instead we get stories such as the report in today’s Toronto Star about Netanyahu’s spending and liking for scented candles and flower arrangements.
Due to the pro-Israel bias in much mainstream media in Canada, MSM is not a reliable source when it comes to the hard facts on the ground, especially as they pertain to the ugly underside of (Read more…)
Well he wasn't in the House of Commons today to answer questions about the latest twist in his sordid Senate scandal. No doubt recovering from his long musical set at a Jewish community fundraiser the night before. Or too busy promoting his boring hockey book in downtown Toronto this morning. So he didn't have to try to explain why his PMO lawyer's e-mails mysteriously disappeared. Read more »
Well I see that Brian Pallister, the leader of the Manitoba Conservatives, wants everybody to know that he didn't mean to offend any unbelievers by calling them "infidel atheists." Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says he didn’t mean to offend anyone last week when he wished everyone, including "infidel atheists," the best of the holiday season — and he believes the comment has been "torqued" by his political opponents.In this bizarre Christmas message…
But he says an infidel is an infidel. He blames his opponents for the controversy. And he's not really sorry.Read more »
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Nick Cohen writes that the corporate sector is home to some of the most dangerous cult philosophy in the world: (T)he language of business has become ever more cultish. In the theory of “transformational leadership”, which dominates the business schools, the CEO is a miracle worker. In Transformational Leadership, by Bernard Bass and Ronald Riggio, he is described, not by some gullible Forbes hack, but by two supposedly intelligent American academics. The transformational leader “inspires” his follower to “achieve extraordinary outcomes”, they say. He “empowers them” to “exceed expected performance” and show (Read more…)
Golly. It's a miracle I tell you. Remember how the Cons told us that Benjamin Perrin's e-mails had been deleted when he left the PMO? So we couldn't determine what that PMO lawyer told Stephen Harper about the Duffy deal.Well it turns out that was just another oops, or another Big Lie. Read more »
Miscellanous material for your Sunday reading.
- Sean McElwee highlights the fact that inequality is an avoidable result caused by policies oriented toward rewarding greed: The problem, then, is not machines, which are doing a great deal to boost productivity; the problem is that the benefits from increased productivity no longer accrue to workers. In a provocative paper earlier this year, Josh Bivens and Mishel argued that the gains for the richest 1 percent were due to “rent-seeking” behavior by CEOs and financial professions, not competitive markets. As John Kenneth Galbraith said, “The sense of responsibility in the financial (Read more…)
News roundup: November 30, 2013
Here are a few thoughts about recent Canadian political stories (in no particular order).
Liberal spin on the Toronto Centre by-election
Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have been falsely claiming they ran a wholly positive campaign in the Toronto Centre by-election, and that this is why they beat the “angry” and “negative” New Democratic Party (NDP).
First, the Liberals did go negative during that campaign, including distributing a flyer that was a personal attack against NDP leader Tom Mulcair. When called on it, the dishonest Liberals cynically claimed that the personal attack was not (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Alison chronicles how the definition of “accountability” has changed since the Cons’ own actions started to come under the microscope, while Paul Wells writes about the three different interests at play in the Cons’ scandal. And Tonda MacCharles explores how the Senate bribery scandal developed – though her willingness to take Con talking points at face value seems questionable given how consistently they’ve crumbled when compared to actual evidence, particularly when the likes of Chantal Hebert and Don Martin are eviscerating the Cons’ ever-more-farcical spin.
- Meanwhile, Don Lenihan discusses why gratuitous secrecy (Read more…)
OMG. I can hardly believe my furry ears. But a strange sound is coming from the Con Castle. And no, it's not the sound of Great Scandalous Leader standing in front of a mirror, and screaming "I know NOTHING !@#!!!" Over and over again. To see which one looks more credible.No, it seems that one of his faithful traitorous followers, Michael Chong, is planning a revolt of the Con sheeple !!!!! Read more »
In light of the 50th anniversary of the death of Jack Kennedy, and the media discussion that the event motivated, I want to open this post with a few words about so-called “conspiracy theories.” The simple fact is that while many people belittle any talk of a conspiracy concerning almost anything, there is a simple and understandable motivation for such ideas. When any “official” explanation is not believable or stretches the boundaries of credibility, people look around for other possible explanations. Such is the case with the Kennedy assassination. There are so many strange coincidences, so many difficult to (Read more…)
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- The Economist takes a look at the effect of international trade agreements – and confirms the long-held concern that the erosion and non-enforcement of labour standards consistently follows the signing of government suicide pacts: Some results are rather unsurprising. Countries with better civil liberties tend to have higher labour standards. Countries in the OECD, which are richer, do better than those outside (only one OECD member, Turkey, has a score less than 15). But other results in the paper are alarming. During the 1980s and 1990s, the labour-rights index fell precipitously (see (Read more…)
Well there he was again today answering all questions about the Senate scandal by repeating the same mantra. Nigel Wright and Mike Duffy are the ones responsible. That's why Duffy is no longer a member of the Conservative caucus, that's why I fired Wright.But for some reason not explaining why he hasn't fired Irving Gerstein, the Con bagman-in-chief. Read more »