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Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Was Forced to Hide in a Closet

It was a remarkable scene in the House of Commons. Stephen Harper hugging Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau. And I must admit I was impressed, because I've never seen Harper look so human.But then there's nothing like having to cower in a broom closet, while the Con caucus prepares to defend you with spears.Stephen Harper spent about 15 minutes hidden in a Parliament Hill closet after a gunman stormed Centre Block where he and the rest of the Conservative caucus were guarded by MPs who’d fashioned sharp spears from flagpoles, sources say.To make a Great Warrior Leader more humble…Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Assault on Democracy: When Fear is the Enemy

It was for me strangely enough, the most terrifying moment of a nightmarish day. Standing in a crowded subway station, waiting for a train to take me home, watching the fear on people's faces.It was only a few hours after most of them must have heard about, or seen what had happened on Parliament Hill.So I can understand why they were so deathly quiet. Many were probably still stunned by what they had seen. Or the idea that it could happen here. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Ottawa Shooting: Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Address

Here’s the full transcript of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s address to the nation following the shootings at the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, The Great Fear, and the Great War on Justin

Uh oh. Now we really are at war again. The ominous signs are unmistakable.The CF-18s are on the way to the Middle East. To save us from the ISIS hordes that would behead us in our beds. Or mow us down in a Tim Horton's parking lot.Because you're not safe anywhere eh? And even if you arrest them you can't stop them.The dreaded Threat Level, which I didn't even know existed, is glowing yellow. And in the Seventh Sign of the Apocalypse, Stephen Harper has just fired another missile out of his rear orifice, in the (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, the Terrorist Scare, and the Police State

I warned that Stephen Harper was looking for a way to scare Canadians, so he could try to stampede them into believing that only a Great Strong Leader like himself could save them.So he could use fear to try to save himself, and turn this broken country into a police state.Well today he got his "terrorist incident." A 25-year-old man who injured two soldiers in a hit and run and was later fatally shot by police in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was known to federal authorities as someone who had been "radicalized," according to the RCMP and (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Monstrous Ebola Scandal

A few days ago I pointed out that Stephen Harper was trying to fan the flames of an Ebola panic.Even though his response to the epidemic has been lethally inadequate. And far from making us safer he has been decimating the ranks of those who would protect us from dangerous diseases.But this is simply obscene. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Journey to the End of the Con Regime

I was watching them make a music video on an old schooner in the harbour yesterday, when I suddenly realized that in exactly one year, if Stephen Harper doesn't break his own law, we'll be voting in a general election.And then, like the cabin boy lashed to the mast on a ship of female pirates, I thought oh boy this could be a long and exhausting journey eh?Because while just a few days ago I was almost sure that Harper was going to go for an early election, maybe even a late fall election. In a last desperate (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Party of One: The Book That Will Help Destroy Stephen Harper

Eight years ago when I started attacking Stephen Harper and his ghastly Con regime, it sometimes felt lonely out there.Almost nobody, and certainly nobody in the MSM, was attacking him like I did. Many of the old poobahs in the blogosphere thought I was over the top. That he was bad but not THAT bad. And that I should grow up.Then a few years ago things started to change. The blogosphere caught fire, Lawrence Martin wrote his book Harperland.And now Michael Harris' new book Party of One should just about seal the record and finish him off. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Thomas Frank reviews Zephyr Teachout’s Corruption in America, and finds there’s even more reason to worry about gross wealth buying power than we could identify before: We think of all the laws passed over the years to restrict money in politics — and of all the ways the money has flowed under and around those restrictions. And finally, it seems to me, we just gave up out of sheer exhaustion. According to Teachout, however, it’s much worse than this. Our current Supreme Court, in Citizens United, “took that which had been (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Michael Harris’ New Book

Veteran journalist and current national affairs columnist for iPolitics, Michael Harris, has just had his new book on Stephen Harper published. While the 500-page tome, entitled Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, may offer nothing startlingly new to those of us who follow national politics closely, it serves as both a useful reminder of the democratic depredations Harper is responsible for, as well as an alert to those who are so disengaged as to regard him as a benign presence on the political landscape. While few of the latter will likely read the book, I suggest (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Deadly Politics of Ebola

The scene couldn't have been more ironic or more appalling. For even as the Ebola epidemic raged out of control, and Oxfam sent out a desperate call for more boots on the ground, in Africa. On Saturday Oxfam took the unusual step of calling for troops to be sent to west Africa, along with funding and medical staff, to prevent the Ebola outbreak becoming the “definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation”. It accused countries that did not commit military personnel of “costing lives".And leaders like Obama urged Americans not to surrender to fear and hysteria.There was Stephen (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: BREAKING: Russian Ship Threatens BC Coast Again

Well it looks as if Stephen Harper has jumped the gun again. For this morning he tweeted this:

Thank you to the @CCG_GCC's Gordon Reid and others for the great work they are doing off the coast of the Haida Gwaii off the coast of BC.— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) October 18, 2014

After it looked like the Canadian Coast Guard had managed to avert disaster by towing a disabled Russian ship away from the B.C. coast.Until the tow lines broke. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper the Big Lie and the Merchant of Venom

It's hard to tell these days whether Stephen Harper is lying because he's desperate, or because he's lost his moral compass.Or on a day like yesterday, because he's simply delusional. He says he doesn't want to sound paranoid, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper is concerned his own federal bureaucracy is trying to bring back the long gun registry "through the back door.""I don't want to feed paranoia, but as prime minister I can tell you I share the frustrations of our caucus members," said Harper, before alluding to "bureaucratic initiatives that we think are effectively trying (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Big Brother Harper and the Gentle Birdwatchers

First he came for the environmentalists and the activists. Then he came for the scientists.

Then he came for those who fight poverty, and help the poor.

Now he's come for the birdwatchers. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Michal Rozworski responds to idealized views of Canadian equality with the reality that we fall well short of the Scandinavian model: Canada appears on many accounts much closer to the US than Sweden, the stand-in for a more robust social democratic and redistributive state. Indeed, looking at the three top rows of the table, there is a clear link between the higher share of income going to the top (inequality) and the higher share of taxes paid for by those at the top (redistribution a la Vox authors Martin and Hertel-Fernandez). On both (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime’s Republican Assault on Canadian Children

It was one of the first things Stephen Harper did when he came to power. Declare war children.By destroying plans for a national childcare program. Parents have been paying for that decision ever since, with a lack of daycare spaces, and exorbitant fees. And children have been paying for it with their lives.But still the Harperite cult is unrepentant.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Propaganda War on Canadians

Ever since he came to power Stephen Harper has been trying to brainwash Canadians with the greatest barrage of propaganda this country has ever seen.A barrage of lies and half truths worthy of Big Brother, and almost impossible to avoid.They're on TV, and on the radio, they jump out at you in newspapers and magazines.And now you can't even get away from them when you check out the weather.For all you have to do is scroll down to the bottom of the newly redesigned Environment Canada site to see what I mean. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Will Stephen Harper Go For a Late Fall Election?

It's been the subject of much fevered speculation. Will Stephen Harper call an early election? And if so how early?And no doubt Great Desperate Leader is consulting his crystal ball, and the fevered voices in his head.And in his brief moments of lucidity, probably wondering if he DID go early what would be his excuse?But now some Cons are apparently saying that he already has two good excuses, and he should pull the plug immediately.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime’s Lethally Inadequate Response to the Ebola Epidemic

We are still awaiting our first case of Ebola.And even though the risk of a major outbreak in Canada is almost negligible, in the emergency rooms of the nation, doctors, and nurses, are already struggling to contain an epidemic of fear.Not just the irrational fears of their patients, but legitimate fears over their own safety. Linda Haslam-Stroud, president of the Ontario Nurse’s Association, said Tuesday that her organization is particularly concerned that nurses are not being offered all the equipment they might need to protect them from contracting the virus, as a Texas nurse did last week. (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Murderous Con War on Drugs

As you know, I can't criticize and denounce enough what Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime are doing to this country. Just like I can't praise our Supreme Court enough for standing up to those beastly bullies, and defending our Canadian values.And today I get to do both at the same time. By pointing out that if the court hadn't stopped the Cons three years ago from closing down Vancouver's Insite Clinic. Sixteen people could have died yesterday.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: On gleeful destruction

Others have pointed out Stephen Harper’s remarkably joyful mood at the prospect of getting into another Iraq war. But lest we let the moment pass without some photographic and Photoshop memory, I’ll offer up the following…

Montreal Simon: The Abominable Horror of Harper Night in Canada

I haven't been a regular viewer of Hockey Night in Canada for a long time. The thuggish goons, the concussion casualties, the grotesque Don Cherry, as well as the sad fact that a Canadian team hasn't won the Stanley Cup for more than twenty years, having gradually turned me off the game.So I didn't watch the new Rogers version of the show with George Stroumboulopolos the other night.But after reading what happened on the broadcast, I think I can safely say that I will NEVER watch Hockey Night in Canada again.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Adam Lent highlights the strong majority of respondents in the UK who see the political system as serving the powerful rather than the public. And Elizabeth Warren explains why the same conclusion applies in the U.S., while making the case that there’s room to improve matters simply by emphasizing the choices voters face: The system is rigged. And now that I’ve been in Washington and seen it up close and personal, I just see new ways in which that happens. But we have to stop and back up, and you (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Climate Change Charade

With every day that passes, the devastating consequences of climate change become more obvious and more alarming.The galloping horsemen or signs of the impending apocalypse. Flooding, famine, disease and war to name but a few.Only to be joined by the latest one: the fish are swimming towards the poles. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Big Business of War

In the fog of war there are some things about Stephen Harper's plan to use airstrikes to defeat the ISIS crazies that are already abundantly clear.One, they make him look as if he's taking decisive action, even though so far they are proving notoriously ineffective. Two, they are REALLY expensive. In a crazy sort of way.And three, so far the only clear winner is the U.S. military industrial complex, and Harper's really good friends at Lockheed Martin. Read more »