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Montreal Simon: Tony Clement and the Blinding of Canada

It's been five long years since the Cons gutted the census, and left us stumbling in the darkness, unable to determine who we really are, or what kind of country we're really living in.But now the long-form census is back. And while I'm ha… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tony Clement and the Blinding of Canada

Alberta Politics: Votaries of right-wing unity gather in Red Deer, vote to form yet another conservative party

PHOTOS: Progressive Conservative interim Leader Ric McIver and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean in a rare recent moment of amity at, but of course, the Manning Centre’s Ottawa beanfest for right wingers in February 2016. This snapshot, the only one of its … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Votaries of right-wing unity gather in Red Deer, vote to form yet another conservative party

Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose Sips Leninade. Really?

Just when you thought you’d seen it all the Wildrose Official Opposition upped the ante on red-baiting. They’re using Members’ Statements, a part of the Legislature’s Daily Order of Business, to push their “NDP-are-commies” narrative. Members’ Statements Members’ Statements give … Continue reading . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Wildrose Sips Leninade. Really?

Montreal Simon: Will the Gay Marriage Issue Tear the Cons apart?

For almost ten years Stephen Harper never ceased to show his contempt for gay Canadians.He voted against every gay rights bill that came before parliament. He cut off funding to all LGBT groups.And he never changed the party platform that calls for sam… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Will the Gay Marriage Issue Tear the Cons apart?

Montreal Simon: John Ibbotson’s Scary Journey Into Harper’s Head

Ten days ago the Globe writer John Ibbotson was awarded the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, for his book Stephen Harper.With the jury praising him for managing to "put us inside Harper’s head during some of the most critical mom… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: John Ibbotson’s Scary Journey Into Harper’s Head

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Secret Society

Well no doubt Stephen Harper is waiting anxiously to see whether his lawyer's letter on the Duffy trial has convinced Canadians that he acted honourably.And helped repair his soiled legacy.But since we know he's doomed to disappointment.I'd… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Secret Society

Montreal Simon: Why Are We Still Building a Monument To Stephen Harper?

Well it's going to be a lot smaller than Stephen Harper had hoped.And it won't be erected right in front of the Supreme Court, on the ground reserved for a new federal court building widely expected to be named after Pierre Trudeau.So Harper co… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Are We Still Building a Monument To Stephen Harper?

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial and Stephen Harper’s Lawyer’s Letter

When the judge at the Duffy trial delivered his verdict, and his scathing indictment of the Harper PMO, I couldn't help wondering what Stephen Harper must have been thinking.And now we all know. He wasn't too happy. He must have been furious.O… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Duffy Trial and Stephen Harper’s Lawyer’s Letter

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Incredible Shrinking Legacy

Once the swaggering bully must have thought that his monstrous legacy would last forever.And that he would change this country and its values beyond recognition.But only six months after he was defeated, what amazes me more than anything else is how … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Incredible Shrinking Legacy

Montreal Simon: Will the Cons Bring Back Stephen Harper From the Dead?

It's almost impossible to believe. It's like a scene out of an old made in Harperland horror movie. Stephen Harper may have led his Con zombies to disaster. His depraved rule may have disgusted more Canadians than any other leader in modern … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Will the Cons Bring Back Stephen Harper From the Dead?

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On Why the Truth In the Duffy Case Must Be Flushed Out

Yesterday I wrote that the RCMP owed Canadians an explanation about the way it handled the Duffy case.Because it has raised some disturbing questions about the relationship between the police and the Harper regime, that strike at the heart of our d… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On Why the Truth In the Duffy Case Must Be Flushed Out

Alberta Politics: Same old same old at the CPC: The Conservative boss hasn’t gone crazy, and he may even be the same guy …

PHOTOS: The Conservative Party of Canada is still singin’ the same old tune – Stephen Harper’s. (CBC photo.) Below: Senator Mike Duffy, former Conservative cabinet member Jason Kenney, Manitoba Tory MP Candice Bergen, Ontario Court Judge Charles … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Same old same old at the CPC: The Conservative boss hasn’t gone crazy, and he may even be the same guy …

Montreal Simon: Duffy’s Revenge and the Ashes of Stephen Harper’s Legacy

I'm pretty sure Mike Duffy must dream of telling Stephen Harper what he thinks of him. Dream of suing him, and his little monsters in the PMO, and his Senate stooges, for what they did to him.But his legal options are limited. His lawyer says he … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Duffy’s Revenge and the Ashes of Stephen Harper’s Legacy

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Verdict and the Cowardly Con Losers

Nobody really expected Stephen Harper to comment on the Mike Duffy verdict. Not after the way the trial judge blasted the sleazy behaviour of his monstrous PMO.And he didn't. His office didn't even respond to media requests for a statement. Bu… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Duffy Verdict and the Cowardly Con Losers

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris on the Duffy Verdict and the Harper Nightmare

In one of my last posts I looked at the fallout from the Duffy trial. Celebrated the way the judge's scathing indictment had damaged what was left of Stephen Harper's legacy.Rejoiced at the way it must have left him quivering in his closet.A… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris on the Duffy Verdict and the Harper Nightmare

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Verdict: The Judge Slams Stephen Harper’s PMO

Well today was going to be the day Stephen Harper finally emerged from the closet where he has been hiding. The day the Duffy trial finally ended.But sadly for Great Feathered Leader it seems he's going to have to stay there a while lot longer. Or … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Duffy Verdict: The Judge Slams Stephen Harper’s PMO

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr and the Power of Love

For most of his 29 years Omar Khadr's life has been an absolute nightmare.Dragged off to Afghanistan, caught up in the horror of war, badly wounded, jailed and tortured in Guantanamo, abandoned by his own government.And his struggle for justice c… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr and the Power of Love

Montreal Simon: More on Stephen Harper’s Mysterious Visit to Las Vegas

Three days ago I told you about Stephen Harper's visit to Las Vegas, to meet with the shadowy right wing billionaire Sheldon Adelson.And lecture Republicans on how to united their fracturing party.But I wasn't able to determine whether Harper … . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: More on Stephen Harper’s Mysterious Visit to Las Vegas

Alberta Politics: Just when the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativism felt safe to write off the NDP, the crack of Doomsday opens!

PHOTOS: Actor David Suchet as Agatha Christie’s imaginary Hercule Poirot. Below: Postmedia Alberta Frankenpaper political columnist Lorne Gunter, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Prosperity Fund President Barry Mc… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Just when the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativism felt safe to write off the NDP, the crack of Doomsday opens!

Montreal Simon: The Killer Drug and the Killer Cons

I took this picture yesterday of a humble monument next to a community clinic in Toronto.It's believed to be the first monument anywhere, to those who died of drug overdoses or drug related causes.But if we were to build a monument to all those who… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Killer Drug and the Killer Cons

Montreal Simon: Who Knew Harper Is Now Working For The Republicans?

As soon as I saw that picture of Stephen Harper a few months ago, posing for a selfie outside a Shake Shack in Las Vegas, I was almost sure I knew why he was really there.Not to soak up the sun, or stuff himself with the Shack's crinkle cut chees… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Who Knew Harper Is Now Working For The Republicans?

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris on the Resurrection of Stephen Harper

The other day I told you how some members of the Con establishment are so desperate they are even thinking of resurrecting Stephen Harper.Bringing him back from the dead, to try to keep the party from splitting into two factions, the Reformers and th… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Michael Harris on the Resurrection of Stephen Harper

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Panama Connection

In a post earlier today, I noted that the Cons were playing down the Panama Papers scandal which is rocking the world.And that Rona Ambrose hadn't said a single word about it.I attributed this to Stephen Harper's other tax scandals.But there is… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Panama Connection

Montreal Simon: Dean Del Mastro Finally Goes to the Big House

He claimed he was totally innocent.When a judge said he wasn't, he said he didn't share her opinion.But sadly for him, the judge had the last opinion.And Dean Del Mastro is finally going to jail. Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Dean Del Mastro Finally Goes to the Big House

Montreal Simon: The Rapid Collapse of Stephen Harper’s Legacy (Continued)

One of the things that has surprised and pleased me the most, is to see how quickly the foul legacy of Stephen Harper is disappearing.Demolished by Justin Trudeau's Liberals, and slowly buried by the sands of time.So I'm glad to see that even t… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Rapid Collapse of Stephen Harper’s Legacy (Continued)