When the Conservatives where in opposition they raised – as they often did – a legitimate point about the patronage within the then Liberal government. At the front of the pack was Justice Critic Vic Toews, who – quite rightly – decried the partisan appointments themselves and the process by which they were made. As has become far too familiar, such legitimate criticisms seemed to evaporate the minute the Conservatives won power. Vic Toews has now been appointed to the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench. That he abandoned his criticisms of the process for such selections (wanting an independent advisory (Read more…)
Golly. Can you believe it? It seems Stephen Harper and the Con regime have changed their minds about marijuana.Forget everything they said before, or the disgusting way they tried to smear Justin Trudeau.Justin is still a junkie, but the killer weed is NOT the source of all EVIL. Read more »
Well I think it's safe to say it's the last thing Stephen Harper needed, what with all his other scandals.It must be a bit like Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past.But like it it or not old Brucie is BAAAACK !!!! Read more »
by: Obert Madondo
Last week’s “Canadian delegation” to Ukraine wasn’t a Canadian delegation. It was an all-Conservative outfit. The opposition was completely shut out.
The shut out reminds me of how Third World tyrants do politics. How they exploit global crises to score cheap domestic political points. The shut out makes a mockery of our multi-party liberal democracy. And the idea of by-partisanship that comes with it.
But shut-out is mostly part of the Conservatives’ campaign to retain power in 2015. It’s part of the effort to woo the ethnic vote, something the Conservatives would have to do on a (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.
- Brian and Karen Foster question why steadily improving productivity has led to increasing stratification rather than better lives for a large number of people: (W)ith all the optimism, why hasn’t technological progress actually opened up a world where we all work, and we all work less? Why do we still have some people working overtime while others sit idle, wishing for employment? Why are we not seeing the spread of work-sharing schemes, where the duties of one job are divided into two or more jobs?
We have a government program that helps companies (Read more…)
If Stephen Harper thought he could get away with his foul assault on democracy, by ramming his so-called Fair Elections Act through Parliament, after this weekend he must be having second thoughts.Because first he got spanked by the Godfather of the Conservative movement, Preston Manning, for trying to muzzle the chief electoral officer.And now a former chief electoral officer has pointed out yet another flaw in that anti-democratic bill. Read more »
If the crisis in Ukraine wasn't so ominous, the sight of the Harper Cons mobilizing for war would be absolutely hilarious.Stephen Harper sucking in his gut, puffing out his chest, inflating his propaganda balloon, talking tough to the fascist dwarf Vladimir Putin.Ominous developments in Ukraine have prompted Prime Minister Stephen Harper to strongly condemn Russian military intervention in the country while urging President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his troops immediately.John Baird going the extra mile to win the Ukrainian-Canadian vote…Read more »
Andre Turcotte – the Curves Tracker
Sometimes a picture is really worth a thousand words, much to the consternation of the conservatives huddled in Ottawa for the annual Manning Centre rightwing navel-gazing gathering. Pollster Turcotte presented a series of graphs showing what a poll of a thousand Canadians today think about the (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Election 2015: The Crossing of the Curves
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- The New York Times editorial board points out that a higher minimum wage can produce clear economic benefits for businesses as well as for workers: One 2013 study by three economists — Arindrajit Dube, T. William Lester and Michael Reich — compared the experiences of businesses in neighboring counties in different states and found less turnover in states that had raised the minimum wage. Workers were less likely to leave on their own, and managers were more likely to keep the workers they had on staff to avoid the cost of recruiting and (Read more…)
There are many issues that could topple Stephen Harper off his throne.His party could get tired of him like so many other Canadians. The sordid scandals could engulf him. The police could arrest him.But the two issues that could probably do him the most damage are trust and taxes.And right now he's failing both of them. Read more »
As you probably know the Preston Manning is holding a big Con Conclave in Ottawa, and it's not just the hookers who are quivering with excitement. So are the pundits and poobahs.Because it's the BIG EVENT !!! Given the potential for spirited and substantial political debate, is it any wonder that ManningFest has become one of the hottest political tickets in town?Which in itself tells you how low we have fallen eh?And that's BEFORE you check the guest list and discover that Mark Steyn is one of the main speakers…Read more »
The devil is in the details. For the longest time, the Conservatives have identified a resurgent Liberals as their go-to target. Pollsters confirm that the Liberals have indeed enjoyed a bump in their support thanks to the new Trudeau Era. Even the media has placed greater emphasis on the Liberals, over the NDP as official opposition. As such, many have concluded that this is a two horse race; and the Cons will focus their ammunition on the Liberals and forego the NDP. But a recent development suggests that may not be entirely accurate. I have held a long standing (Read more…)
The latest Angus Reid poll highlights the Achilles heel of Prime Minister Stephen Harper: Most Canadians do not trust him to protect our elections, as Susan Delacourt points out. This is a stark finding of the Angus Reid poll: The views of an increasingly larger number of Canadians have hardened about Harper’s likeability, trustworthiness, and fitness to lead the country. And this swift, dark and deadly undercurrent is what will ensure that this is his last term as prime minister of Canada. . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Stephen Harper’s Achilles heel: Trust
CBC Chief Correspondent Peter Mansbridge, back in the day before he could seriously contemplate receiving a $28,000 speaking fee just for flapping his gums over dinner. (Photo found on the Internet.) Below: Similarly compensated CBC commentator Rex Murphy, presumably at about the same moment in history. Below that: Wildrose Party Leader Danielle Smith’s enthusiastic review of Mr. Murphy’s remarks to an oil industry audience and a shot Mr. Mansbridge’s appearance before CAPP from the group’s Facebook page.
There he is, not quite as large as life and rather blurry, but nevertheless front and centre on the Facebook page of (Read more…)
Oh. Mein. Gott. I see Tom Flanagan, the Dr Strangelove of Canadian politics, is back with a new book.And a warning for his former master Stephen Harper.His all-out assault on Justin Trudeau is just not working. Read more »
Yesterday I wrote about the sordid tale of the Con MP Brad Butt, who claimed that he had "personally witnessed" people picking up voting cards out of the garbage.So they could rush to the nearest polling station, with an accomplice to vouch for them, and commit voter fraud.Until he suddenly admitted it was all a Big Lie. A Con whopper if ever there was one.And It all happened so suddenly, I couldn't help wondering what had driven him to confess? Had Butt found Bejesus or what?But today the truth was revealed.Read more »
Riley Climenhaga, who has some duties as an actual watchdog despite being one of the Canadian Taxpayer Federation’s 70,000 “supporters,” watches suspiciously. Below: CTF Alberta mouthpiece Derek Fildebrandt and Operations VP Shannon Morrison.
In a stunning development, membership in the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has slumped close to 17 per cent – from six members, to five!
Alert readers will recall Alberta Diary’s revelation in March 2013 that the much-quoted organization, which is as pure an example of political AstroTurfing as can be found in Canada, in reality has only five members.
The self-described “citizen advocacy” group had been allowing (Read more…)
Well we know that he has a touch of Nero in him, and we know he loves to eat.But who knew the Cons were throwing themselves Roman banquets, and sending the tab to the taxpayers?Read more »
Well I think we can safely say that Stephen Harper didn't have a very good weekend.First his plans for the total destruction of Justin Trudeau at the Liberal convention failed miserably…
Greg Perry/Toronto StarWhen Justin managed to get away unscathed. Beep Beep.And his designated agent of personal destruction Pierre Poilievre was left looking like an IDIOT. Read more »
by: Obert Madondo
Speech by leader Justin Trudeau to the Liberal Party of Canada’s biennial convention convention, held in Montreal, Quebec, over the weekend:
My friends, my fellow Liberals; what a great Convention!
Thank you for your work. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your passion
I want to paint a picture for you.
There’s a young woman, let’s call her Nathalie. She works hard. Maybe in an office in old Montreal. Maybe at a retail outlet along Sainte-Catherine Street.
She makes 40k a year. It’s about what her spouse makes too.
She sits in traffic a lot. Often (Read more…)
Assorted content to end your weekend.
- Lana Payne highlights the Harper Cons’ culture of hate with just a few recent examples: Veterans. Informed-debate. People’s right to a union and free collective bargaining. Voting rights. These are all under threat in Harper’s Canada.
This really is a government that hates; hates anyone that disagrees with them. Hates unions and the ability of people to work collectively to get a fair share of the economic pie. Hates democracy. Hates people who vote for other parties. Just plain hates.
This is not healthy for our country, our society. This is no way (Read more…)
He's back in Canada after his disastrous trip to Mexico and rarely has he looked so diminished.For while he is desperately trying to spin the trip into a triumph, nothing can conceal the humiliation of this slap in the face. Read more »
If Stephen Harper fails to get his precious Keystone pipeline, he’ll have Tom Steyer to blame almost as much as Barack Obama.Because the anti-pipeline billionaire has just produced a devastating poll that could kill the project dead.By reminding his fellow Americans that Harper’s bitumen won’t be fuelling their country, it will be fuelling China.For years, a majority of Americans have been telling pollsters they favour building the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. But if asked whether it makes a difference that Alberta’s oil sands crude could be exported to China then sentiment turns negative, according to the project’s opponents. (Read more…)