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Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

- Barrie McKenna takes a look at how the Cons are pushing serious liabilities onto future generations in order to hand out short-term tax baubles within a supposedly-balanced budget, while Jennifer Robson highlights the complete lack of policy merit behind those giveaways. And Ian McGugan writes that even as they’re trumpeted as attempts to improve saving none of the Cons’ plans have anything to do with actually improving retirement security, especially for the people who need it most: Our reliance on private savings to fund our retirements makes Canada an outlier among developed countries. (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris on the Case Against Duffy and the Case Against Harper

If you've been following the trial of Mike Duffy, you know that the prosecution is having trouble making its case that he broke the rules, because it seems the Senate didn't have any.And that the judge is getting impatient. But as Michael Harris points out while the case against Duffy is in shambles. Three weeks into the trial, Judge Charles Vaillancourt spoke for a lot of Canadians when he stung the Crown with a comment about the administrative swampland of Senate expenses and the unfocussed case against Duffy. So far, the Crown’s evidence, (and there is a long (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: What the Case of Omar Khadr Tells Us About Stephen Harper

Years ago I predicted that Canadians who didn't care about the way Stephen Harper was raping the human rights of the child soldier Omar Khadr would live to regret it.For if he was able to get away with it once, and enjoy the taste of blood in his mouth, it was only a matter of time before the monster would try to rape THEIR rightsAnd sure enough he we are living in his ghastly Harperland, where the bully is trying to use fear to win an election, while stealthily turning us into a police state.And the way (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Insanity of the Con Regime

As Stephen Harper continues his desperate struggle to snatch another bloody majority there can be no doubt that the stress is getting to him.And one can't help get the feeling that the voices in his head are now screaming at each other.For one moment he is a Great Warrior Leader, and the next moment he's Great Gentle Leader. The Mother of the Nation and the Great Protector of Children.And now it seems the leading voice in his head is telling him: why not be BOTH?At the same time. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: What you know in the PMO

Obviously, the revelation that Mike Duffy saw his job in the Senate as including a role as a publicly-funded lobbyist for the climate denial movement raises a whole new set of questions about the Cons’ misuse of public resources. And if, say Enbridge is being at all honest in its own public spin, Stephen Harper was well aware of what was going on: Duffy’s conversations with Enbridge officials [between January and June 2012] aren’t listed in the company’s lobbying registrations. However, in an email to CBC News, Enbridge’s vice-president of enterprise communications called those conversations “unsolicited.”

“Senator Duffy (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: From beyond the grave

Andrew Coyne wants to pretend we shouldn’t worry what legislation gets passed by the Harper Cons on the theory that there’s absolutely nothing stopping a future elected government from reversing course.

Which means it’s a good thing there’s no antiquated, undemocratic chamber of Parliament where regardless of the results of any federal election, a Conservative majority will continue to hold the power to unilaterally negate the decisions of elected representatives.

Oh, wait.

Montreal Simon: Omar Khadr and the Grubby Con Hogs

Over the last eight years I have written almost a hundred posts about the case of Omar Khadr, Canada's child soldier.For I consider it one of the greatest cases of injustice in the history of this country, a shameful episode that should haunt us forever.So you can imagine how I felt today when I read that he may finally be free. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the New Happy Harperland

It's been a cold miserable spring that feels more like fall. After the winter from hell.

And it is Harperland. Where a depraved would be dictator is trying to buy the next election, turn us into a police state, and lead us into one war after the other.After running the economy into the ground, and doing his best to torch the planet.So I must say I was surprised to see that so many Canadians are so happy. Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Bill C-51 undermines Canada’s business climate and global reputation

Canadian business leaders and tech entrepreneurs are convinced that Stephen Harper’s Bill C-51 undermines Canada’s business climate and global reputation.

The post Bill C-51 undermines Canada’s business climate and global reputation appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Canada Advances to Top Tier Warmongering. Congratulations All.

Did you hear the news?  Pakistan has inked a deal to buy eight modern Chinese submarines.  Pakistan, yeah.  And the Pakistan navy is looking at developing nuclear warheads for the torpedoes and cruise missiles those subs carry.  What do you think of that?  Does it evoke any sort of visceral reaction in you? I wouldn’t bet on it.

Those familiar with this blog know that I devote some time monitoring arms races underway in many corners of the world but especially in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia and, of course, Russia and Eastern Europe.  They’re all little beehives (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how the massive shift in public opinion against the Conservatives’ terror bill should remind us that people are more than willing to reconsider their initial position on a policy – and how it should signal to political parties that it might be a good idea to do the same.

For further reading…- My previous columns on the terror bill can be found at the links here, here and here, while general coverage of C-51 is here. And the B.C. Civil Liberties Association points out why the few amendments the Cons were prepared to (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper’s Totally Disastrous Budget Launch

It was a frightening sight, and for a moment I thought Stephen Harper had finally gone off the deep end.For there he was, on the day when he was supposed to be celebrating the launch of his new budget, screaming at the opposition, waving his arms around wildly, trying to explain why he's trying to bribe the rich.While simultaneously trying to shrug off what Oily Joe Oliver had to say about his granddaughter. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver’s Monstrous Assault on the Future

It is without a doubt one of the most irresponsible statements I have ever heard, and it comes courtesy of the old Con zombie Joe Oliver.Who not content with delivering a smoke and mirrors budget worthy of a Con artist as I pointed out yesterday.A so called balanced budget which is intended only to give them an excuse to try to buy the next election, by bribing some of the wealthiest Canadians.Now says take the money, suck it up, and let future generations pay for it. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Jim Stanford kicks off the must-read responses to the Cons’ budget with a modest list of five points deserving of public outrage, while PressProgress identifies seven points where the Cons’ spin is far out of touch with reality. Citizens for Public Justice notes that climate change and poverty are among the important issues which don’t rate so much as a mention in the Cons’ plan for an entire term in office, while Jorge Barrera reports that First Nations were also conspicuously omitted other than some cynical re-announcements. Angella MacEwen points out that any (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: The Harper Regime and the Con Artist Budget

It won't happen of course, not in this corrupted Harperland, where decency goes to die.But if there was any justice, Boss Harper, Oily Joe Oliver, and the rest of the Con mob would be in a police lineup. Preparing to be charged with crimes against democracy and electoral fraud.For conspiring to bribe voters, and trying to con Canadians into believing that what they presented us with yesterday was a budget.When in fact it was nothing more, as John Geddes points out, than a 518-page campaign pamphlet. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver and the Ghastly Cinderella Budget Show

Well let's put it this way, his PMO handlers did their best to turn it into a glamorous photo-op, but it wasn't exactly Cinderella slipping on her dainty glass slipper.And it wasn't pretty.It was just Ol' Joe Oliver, pulling on his new pair of Made in America, New Balance running shoes with Con blue laces. But as bizarre as that spectacle was, it did mark the beginning of Stephen Harper's final push for another bloody majority. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Betrayal of the Canadian Rangers

They are one of Stephen Harper's favourite photo-op props. The thin red line of Canadian Rangers who guard Canada's sovereignty in the Arctic.He even likes to dress up as one of them…

But now that there is news that the Rangers may be in trouble. A "significant number" of Canadian Rangers in the Arctic have died in recent years, a trend that is causing concern about the strains on those tasked with being Canada's "eyes and ears" in the North, according to documents obtained by CBC News.There is no comment from him or the Canadian military.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great War on Russia

As we all know Stephen Harper is no Great Warrior Leader, no matter what his faithful flunkies, and the voices in his head tell him.And we'd be crazy to trust him with our safety, when he's the greatest threat we face.But it seems tomorrow's long delayed budget, won't just be a crass attempt to buy votes, it will also be a Great War and Security Budget. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver and the Con Plan to Kill Government

OK. I realize that Joe Oliver doesn't know what's he's doing. And that the budget he will finally deliver tomorrow was written in the PMO.But you'd think the Cons would have stopped promoting his absurd balanced budget bill, which would punish cabinet ministers with a five percent wage freeze if they dared run a deficit.After the NDP pointed out how much it would cost them and their Great Economist Buffoon Leader.

But no, since they are shameless, they're promoting it harder than ever. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Bill C-51 and the Virtual Prison

He must be so excited. In just a few more days his monstrous anti-terrorist bill C-51 will become law, Canada will become a police state.And he can start going after all his enemies real or imagined. For by now in the final stages of his mental and moral degeneration, his paranoia knows no limit.And his depraved desire to jail even more Canadians can barely be restrained. But if he thinks he is going to get away with it he is sadly mistaken, as tens of thousands of people all over Canada made clear again yesterday. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Slogan from Hell

Yesterday I wrote about how Stephen Harper is invoking a clause in the anti-terror act to try to prevent a court from revealing his family's secrets, in a case brought by a former RCMP officer.And today the Judge in that case reserved her decision. But that's not the only secret Harper is trying to conceal. He also doesn't want us to know how the Cons came up with the slogan they are now bombarding us with: "Strong, Proud, Free."Read more »

Montreal Simon: Harper Confidential: The Secrets He Doesn’t Want Canadians To know

As we know Stephen Harper is preparing to pass Bill C-51 so he can turn Canada into a police state and spy on us all.Because he does want to dig up as many dirty secrets as possible, use them against his opponents. And finally achieve the state of Total Control the voices in his head have been demanding for so long. Because they don't call him Ol' Handcuffs for nothing eh?But it seems that Great Ugly Leader doesn't like the idea of Canadians finding out his dirty secrets. So he's making that a terrorist offence.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: In Vancouver, Canada’s first annual Charter of Rights and Freedoms march

Canada’s first annual Rights and Freedoms March, a celebration of the anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, launches in Vancouver on April 17.

The post In Vancouver, Canada’s first annual Charter of Rights and Freedoms march appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Harvesting of Religious Extremism

You had to see it to believe it. Stephen Harper welcoming the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Canada.Then travelling on the plane with him to a massive rally in Toronto.

Even though Modi is a Hindu extremist, and has been accused of enabling mass murder. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Supreme Court Beats Up Stephen Harper Again

Uh oh. Somebody call an ambulance, or his make-up artist, or the guy who fixes his hair helmet.Because it seems the Supreme Court has just given Stephen Harper, our Dark Lord of the Flies, another massive slap in the face.The Supreme Court has delivered a major blow to the Conservative government’s crime agenda, striking down a mandatory minimum sentence for illegal gun possession in a way that suggests other laws could also fall.Ouch. Or *KAPOW !#@!!! as Batty Harper's faithful Robin, Ray Novak, might say…Read more »