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Montreal Simon: The Desperate Loneliness of Stephen Harper

I've watched a lot of Stephen Harper speeches over the years, but the farewell speech he gave for Peter MacKay yesterday had to be one of the most bizarre.For not only was Harper strangely agitated, and managing to look both cheerful and horribly lonely at the same time.What was supposed to be MacKay's political obituary ended up sounding like an obituary for his own government.As well it might be. Because yesterday couldn't have been more of a disastrous day.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris: The Three Ways Nigel Wright Could Hurt Stephen Harper

As you know the trial of Mike Duffy resumes on Monday, and as you imagine Stephen Harper must be shaking like a leaf, or a coward in a closet.Or tossing and turning in his bed at night, wondering when Nigel Wright might be called to the stand. And asked to explain, among other things, what exactly Boss Harper meant when he told his faithful henchman that the plan to bury a scandal was "good to go."Because as Michael Harris writes, while the trial may be farcical.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr and the Monster Stephen Harper

Of all the Canadians Stephen Harper has muzzled during his reign of terror nobody was muzzled more than Omar Khadr.For years Harper prevented the media from meeting with him, hearing about his ordeal, or even taking his picture. So he could portray Khadr as a monster.And since I have never defended anyone as long and as strongly as I have that child soldier, you can imagine how I feel to see him ride free at last.

And hear him tell his story in his own words. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Harperland Spring and the Phony War

I must admit I'm finding Harperland this week a little strange and rather depressing. Or should I say even stranger and more depressing than usual.For although we could be just two months away from the start of an election campaign, as I pointed out yesterday. You'd never know, it's eerily quiet out there.It's like the so-called phony war, when Britain and Nazi Germany declared war on each other, and nothing happened for months.And in this country, as parliament prepares to take a five-month break, the only thing breaking the silence, or breaking wind, is the horrible sound of (Read more…)

LeDaro: 2015 campaign has been started by Stephen Harper

Harper’s main strategy to vilify the leaders of the opposition parties has begun.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Con Pension Scam

You might think that Stephen Harper has done enough to hurt poor seniors. By making them wait until they are sixty-seven to receive Old Age Security payments. And treating our veterans like dirt.You might think that his Great Con Debate scam would have satiated his corrupt instincts.But no, now he has ordered his dilapidated stooge Joe Oliver to flog a phony pension scam. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Is Stephen Harper Planning to Call an Election in Early August?

As you know the Con Death Machine, in a desperate attempt to soften Stephen Harper's image, has just released an ad portraying him as a kinder gentler Big Daddy.A man who works late into the night on the nation's business, so we can sleep soundly knowing the economy is in good hands. And that we won't be beheaded in our beds.Which of course couldn't be more fraudulent…

When in fact he's a dangerous maniac who spends all his time on party business trying to buy and steal the next election, is leading the economy to disaster, and would (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Does advertising plagiarism suggest Harper Government’s running on intellectual fumes?

PHOTOS: A screen shot from the new Harper Government anti-Tom-Mulcair advertisement. Actual Harper government plagiarism may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Scenes from the nearly identical 2011 Manitoba NDP 30-second spot and 2015 Harper Con spot. If political ads were popular songs, the Manitoba NDP would probably be getting ready to sue the Harper […]

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Montreal Simon: The New Campaign to Mind Bomb the Harper Government

It's been almost two months since a ship spewed oil all over Vancouver's English Bay.And who can forget how slow the federal reaction was, or how the hapless Con beluga James Moore reacted?So now that we know how much an oil spill in nearby Burrard Inlet could cost that city. A major oil spill in Burrard Inlet would devastate Vancouver's marine and shore-based economy resulting in losses amounting to $1.2 billion, according to a University of B.C. study commissioned by the city.I'm really glad that Adbusters has just launched this new ad.Read more »

LeDaro: Stephen Harper: Reality and dream

Following picture depicts Harper quite well. In the mirror he thinks he looks like a macho man but the reality is quite different.

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper’s Attack Ads Made Him look Like an Idiot

As I've been telling you for a while, Stephen Harper's PMO is not the mighty Death Machine it once was.These days it's looking desperate and disorganized. Its election campaign is veering wildly in all directions. It's making a lot of dumb mistakes.And there couldn't be a better example of that than what happened yesterday. When the fanatics in the PMO launched two new attack ads.Only to have them go horribly wrong.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Staying the flawed course

John Ivison is right to note that the Cons’ latest ad reflects the Harper braintrust sticking to what seems to have been a long-established plan. But it’s worth highlighting how that plan has been overtaken by events – and how even the Libs may be able to use the message to their advantage if they’re smart in the approach to this fall’s federal election.

In principle, a “just not ready” message is tailor-made for a two-party race where a party’s ability to attach a single personality flaw to the opposing leader can make all the difference between victory and defeat.

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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Con Debate Fiasco

Whatever Stephen Harper and his grotesque Con regime say about the way they have blown up the political leader debates. Or the stinking fish they are trying to sell us.Nothing can change the fact that a fish is a fish.The process is now a fiasco. It is yet another assault on our electoral process.And yet another attempt by Harper and his thuggish gang to bend or manipulate the rules. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Laureen Harper and the Batty Leader of Parliament Hill

When I saw all those bats flapping around over Parliament Hill the other night, I wondered where they were coming from.And because of the ghastly things they were squeaking, and the foul smell of their droppings, I naturally assumed they must be coming from the Harper PMO.But now the horrifying truth has been revealed.They're coming from 24 Sussex Drive !!!! Read more »

Susan on the Soapbox: An Open Letter to Stephen Harper about the Debates

Dear Mr Harper: I understand that you’ve decided not to participate in the traditional election debates hosted by the three major TV networks, Global, CTV and CBC. Incidentally, isn’t it convenient they’re known as The Consortium? Conjures up all sorts of sinister images of The Firm and The Company and lends a smattering of credence to your objection.

You’ve rejected The Consortium because you want “more opportunities for freewheeling interaction” and greater “diversity and innovation”. Apparently you expect to get these opportunities with other media organizations like Macleans.

Have you lost your mind?

May I remind you that the last (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Assorted content for your Sunday reading.

- Heather Boushey writes about the Great Gatsby Curve showing a direct correlation between equality and social mobility – and conversely, that high inequality severely limits opportunity for large numbers of people. And Vikas Bajaj discusses how high inequality also harms overall economic development.

- But of course, we’ll never get policies to address those problems without a government willing to highlight the need for change and acknowledge that there are no non-controversial answers – as Sadiq Khan points out in discussing the U.K. Labour Party: (I)nsecurity reaches right up the income scale, (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper Gets Three Slaps in the Face From his Own Supporters

As you know I've started portraying Stephen Harper not only as a cowardly puppet, and the most monstrous leader this country has ever known.As well as a hopeless incompetent, and the turkey king of Canada.But also as a leader so long past due, the flesh is falling off him and his rotting government.And as more evidence of that, I have three examples that demonstrate that even some of his own natural born supporters think he's so far gone.That they are giving him one slap in the face after the other.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper’s Great Con Debate Scam Could Backfire Badly

Well now we've heard it from the horse's mouth, or the horse's ass, or the scary puppet Stephen Harper himself. He will NOT take part in the biggest of the political leader debates.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper reiterated Friday he will not take part in a national English debate that would be broadcast by the major TV networks.He will not say why he would boycott a debate that is watched by more Canadians than any other. But he will try to suggest that this democratic demolition derby isn't really his idea. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Chicken Harper and the Great Con Debate Scam

Well now it’s official. The Con fluffer Kory Teneycke and his chicken leader Stephen Harper really don’t want any serious political leader’s debates.They want to hold their own mini-debates, and prevent as many Canadians as possible from watching them.

So they won’t take part in any organized by the country’s major broadcasters. The Conservatives have rebuffed the latest offer from Canada’s major broadcasters to host two nationally televised leaders’ debates at the height of the federal election campaign. Even though only they can deliver a massive audience, and provide French Canadians with the country-wide coverage they deserve.And (Read more…)

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Montreal Simon: Will Stephen Harper Really Get Away With Rewriting History?

It couldn't be a more Orwellian move, or a greater threat to our democracy.Stephen Harper's outrageous decision to protect the RCMP by rewriting history. But this is Harperland, he is drunk with power, he really does believe the truth is what he says it is, and he is out of control.So it seems there is nothing we can do to stop our Big Brother from bending the law to suit his sinister purposes. Read more »

Alberta Politics: Bitter Twitter commentators battle Dippers: Apparently size matters after all! Who knew?

Back in February 2013, then-Alberta-premier Alison Redford announced that, “recognizing the impact of falling resource revenues on our bottom line, my government will lead by example with a smaller, more focused cabinet.” At the time, the usual suspects in the provincial news media seemed to think her reduction of the cabinet from 20 to 19 […]

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Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on this post about the new challenges the Cons are facing heading into this fall’s election.

For further reading…- Geoffrey Stevens offers his own take on the Cons’ weaknesses. – Meanwhile, Nik Nanos (as reported by Theophilos Argitis) focuses on the possibility of vote splitting working to the Cons’ benefit. But that analysis seems to miss the point that no amount of vote-splitting between two competitors can get the Cons into majority territory if their own support levels remain stuck in the low 30s.- And on a more interesting note, Robin Sears wonders whether the (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Will the Con’s Porky Behaviour Cost Them the Next Election?

As you probably know Stephen Harper's Cons have been in a feverish, grunting frenzy recently.Running wildly all over the country, spewing our tax dollars out of every orifice, in a blatant attempt to bribe voters, and try to buy the next election.But although Canadians have seen this disgusting spectacle before, in the lead-up to an election it looks even worse.And as John Ivison points out, this porky act just might cost Stephen Harper the next election. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney, Stephen Harper, and the Absurd Chicken Hawk Cons

In retrospect it could only be called a triumph of bad timing. For there was Jason Kenney at the Canadian Club in Toronto, puffing out his chest like a chicken hawk, and claiming that the Great War in Iraq was going according to plan.Despite the setback in Ramadi. The seizure of Ramadi by ISIS is a regrettable setback, Defence Minister Jason Kenney says, but no indication that coalition forces are losing the battle in Iraq against the militant organization."Just imagine if we weren't there, how much more territory they would have claimed," Kenney told reporters following a (Read more…)

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley sets transition schedule for NDP government, gives impression grownups are in charge in Alberta again

Premier Designate Rachel Notley addresses reporters in the Alberta Legislature Building’s media room yesterday. (CBC photo.) Below: MLA Deborah Drever, new Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell. If Alberta’s Conservatives weren’t worried about the long-term effects of their surprise defeat in the May 5 general election, by gosh they should be now! Premier Designate Rachel Notley gave […]

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