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The Canadian Progressive: Conservative MPs Jumping Harper’s Sinking Ship

Conservative MPs are not ready to face what appears to be a guaranteed drubbing by the opposition during the 2015 federal election; they’re jumping Harper’s sinking ship.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Start of the Next Election Campaign

Well there he was yesterday, kicking off the new session of Parliament, not in the House of Commons, but at the Ottawa Convention Centre.Strutting across a stage in front of a giant Canadian flag, and the Con seals in his caucus. Looking like a used car salesman, or an American televangelist.Promising tax cuts for the faithful at an election-style rally. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Insane and Treasonous FIPA Deal

I've already written what I think about Stephen Harper's sellout trade deal with China.I've called it the worst deal this country has ever signed. An act of treachery if ever there was one.But even that isn't enough. For what can you say about a document that even the conservative columnist Diane Francis has called the worse deal since the one Neville Chamberlain made with Hitler. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Indiana Harper and the Doomed Return To Parliament

Twas the night before Parliament, and at 24 Sussex Drive not a creature or a mouse rat was stirring.Except in the dark basement where Stephen Harper was planning his triumphal return, after his golden photo-op summer.And no doubt rehearsing his new role as Indiana Harper or Great Explorer Leader. The man, who in his mind at least, led the successful search for the Franklin expedition.As I'm sure you remember…

But sadly for him I fear his flight voyage of fancy will be short-lived. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime and the Buying of the Next Election

We know how many millions the Cons have spent on their ghastly porky propaganda designed to brainwash into believing that Stephen Harper is a great leader.And that they are a great government instead of the worst one in Canadian history.We know how much of our money Harper has spent pursuing the ethnic vote, in Ukraine, Israel, and soon China.Even if that means selling this country down the river.But when you see how much money they spent trying to buy votes on this summer's BBQ circuit it's absolutely shocking. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s Sellout Canada-China FIPA Deal Dismays Canadians

Canadian civil society organizations, activists, political parties and First Nations react with dismay to the news that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had quietly ratified of sellout Canada-China FIPA trade deal.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Chinese Betrayal

He waited until late Friday afternoon to announce that the Cons had ratified their controversial trade deal with China. Hoping that most people wouldn't notice. Ottawa confirms it has ratified a foreign investment treaty with China, more than two years after the controversial agreement was signed, as CBC News first reported Friday. The controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) will come into force on Oct. 1, said International Trade Minister Ed Fast in a news release Friday afternoon.He couldn't even wait to see if the courts would rule it unconstitutional.And with good reason. For it (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper: The Political Predator and the E.I. Scam

It was the PMO's Picture of the Week. Stephen Harper receiving a report on the situation in Ukraine from the brutish former Premier of Ontario Mike Harris.In his never-ending pursuit of the ethnic vote.Even though, sadly for him, the only ones who covered the event were his PMO flunkies.Because even the dullards in the MSM could guess what was in that report…

But then Harper is desperate, and as The Economist reminds us, he is a political predator.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Return of Parliament

After a long summer break Parliament returns on Monday, and all the political parties are revving up their engines. A splashy, campaign-style launch for the government's fall agenda, a surprise tax cut for small business owners, a brand new NDP battle cry and a prime-time speech from Justin Trudeau: welcome to the 2015 election season. With Parliament poised to resume on Monday, all three main political parties are clearly revving their political engines on the road to the next vote, currently scheduled to take place some 12 months from now.For it will mark the official beginning of (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Political business in great waters: When they that go down to the sea in ships are up to no good!

Prime Minister and First Lord of the Admiralty Stephen Harper. For all we know, actual Canadian prime ministers do appear in silk stockings and tri-corner hats exactly as illustrated. You know, in private. Below: The unlucky Sir John Franklin.

O Eternal Lord God, who alone rulest the raging of the sea; who has compassed the waters with bounds until day and night come to an end; be pleased to receive into Thy almighty and most gracious protection the persons of us Thy servants, and the Fleet in which we serve. Preserve us from the dangers of the sea, and (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Scott Clark and Peter DeVries criticize the Cons’ choice to prioritize right-wing dogma over sound economic management: What should Canada do? For starters, the passive approach isn’t working. In the face of global economic uncertainty and a secular decline in growth, Canadian policy makers need to get at the levers that can strengthen growth at home.

…Of course we have options — they just happen to be ones that clash with the Conservatives’ hands-off economic orthodoxy. The Harper government is committed to lower taxes, lower spending, balanced budgets and smaller government. But why (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford and the Mike Tyson Fiasco

I suppose by now I shouldn't be surprised by anything Rob Ford says or does. Because that ghastly Con has been crawling through a sewer from the moment he came to office.And the very sight of him offends me, as it should all decent people.But I still thought that getting an endorsement from Mike Tyson was another low moment. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Ghost of Captain Franklin

It was just two weeks ago that Stephen Harper was talking about the search for the lost Franklin expedition.And how he couldn't wait to find, in his macabre words, "the skeleton of Franklin slumped over the helm."And today he did. Or a least a team of researchers did find one of the ships. Read more »

Montreal Simon: What Excuse Will Stephen Harper Use to Trigger An Early Election?

He is not supposed to call an election until October 19, 2015 according to his own fixed-date election law.But everybody knows that Stephen Harper won't hesitate to hold one if and when it suits him.The question is what excuse will he use to trigger an election?And could it be a clash with the federal public service unions? Read more »

Alberta Diary: Dispatches from your crazy Uncle Steve: It’s all the fault of the media elite!

“Isn’t that Brian Mulroney talking to some guy … Hey! Isn’t that one-a those Trudeaus?! Mulroney’s just another Trudeau lover! Like the Ottawa media elite!” Yadda-yadda… Below: The real Crazy Uncle Steve, Mr. Mulroney again, Heather Mallick. You can tell she’s a member of the urban Ottawa media elite because she’s wearing pearls!

VICTORIA, B.C.

You may think the Harper Tories are getting ready to do battle with the Liberals under Justin Trudeau (whom former Conservative prime minister Brian Mulroney just called “a potent package”) and the New Democrats under Thomas Mulcair (whom Mr. Mulroney called “the best (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Steve Nickelback and the Rebranding of Stephen Harper

Well as you know the young fanatics in the PMO are desperately trying to improve Stephen Harper's image. Frantically trying to put a fresh coat of lipstick on it, before the next election campaign.But it's all going horribly wrong. Trying to portray Harper as a Great Strong Leader, who is almost as fresh and just as pretty as Justin Trudeau, AND a Mr Nice Guy, just isn't working eh?No matter how hard they try. No matter how hard the PMO pit bull Jenni Byrne screams or grunts…

So now a former PMO member has come up with the (Read more…)

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

- The Tyee’s recent series on important sources of inequality is well worth a read, as Emily Fister interviews Andrew Longhurst about precarious work and Sylvia Fuller about the role of motherhood.

- David Cole asks just how corrupt U.S. politics have become, while Frances O’Grady observes that U.K workers don’t believe for a second that their employer can’t afford to pay living wages. Robert Reich sees Detroit as a prime example of wealthy individuals shirking their responsibility to pay for the public goods they enjoy. And Joseph Stiglitz notes that gross (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Real Reason Stephen Harper Wants to Cling to Power

Well I'm not surprised that Stephen Harper was looking so beat up at the end of the NATO summit. I mean just look at him.For a moment I though he was going burst into tears, or resign on the spot.But then it must have been painful to have to tell the other leaders that despite screeching like a chicken hawk, he won't put his money where his mouth is, because he needs the cash to bribe voters in the next election.So much for Great Warrior Leader.And as fate would have it, on the very same day, (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and his Ghastly Flying Monkeys

I've been warning for a while that the number of young right-wing fanatics in the PMO War Machine had reached dangerous levels.And that with their master Stephen Harper so desperate, some of them would eventually take wing like the flying monkeys in The Wizard of Oz.And sure enough they have. And now they're out of control.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper Can’t Destroy Justin Trudeau

Ever since Justin Trudeau was elected Liberal leader, Stephen Harper has based his entire strategy on trying to destroy him.But a new Abacus poll is out, and it's not good news for Great Ugly Leader.For it shows that his depraved attempts to destroy Justin just aren't working.And that if he hopes to win the next election, and avoid humiliation, he's going to have to change that strategy. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Absurd and Humiliating Trip to Europe

Well I see Great Chicken Hawk Leader is on his way to the NATO summit. With a strong message for his friends AND enemies."NATO I'm a raging bull not a piggybank. !!!!!""Putin gimme me the ethnic vote or ELSE. !#@!!! "And the best one eh?"ISIS you will not stop me from bribing Canadian voters !!!!!!"Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: A Prime Minister Hath No Honour In His Own Country

That paraphrase of a famous line from the Bible perhaps sums up the pitiable plight of Stephen Harper, gallant man of the world and fearless foe of evil on the world stage. Despite his indefatigable efforts to denounce the Teutonic tendencies of Vladimir Putin in the Ukraine or stand unreservedly with Israel in its disproportionate responses to Gazan irritants, like the late Rodney Dangerfield, he appears to be unable to secure any respect.

There is, for example, that chronic naysayer at The Toronto Star, Tim Harper, who opines that for all of his tough talk, Mr. Harper has no defining (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Why Are the Harper Cons Stealing Government Land?

Its design has not been finalized, but it will be called the Memorial to the Victims of Communism.It will be built on a choice piece of land in the heart of official Ottawa.Land a well known architect is now accusing the Harper regime of stealing.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Harper Nobel Peace Prize nomination “a disgrace and insult”

A fast-growing online petition on Change.org is calling on the Norwegian Nobel Committee to reject Prime Minister’s Stephen Harper’s pending nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for his unequivocal support of Israel.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper the Chicken Hawk Gets his Feathers Plucked

Well as you know, no world leader has screamed as loudly about the crisis in Ukraine as has Stephen Harper.If words were weapons the Russians would have surrendered by now.But now NATO is demanding that he put his money where his mouth or his snout is.And the chicken hawk has been plucked.Read more »