Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are probably too young to remember the 1920s to 1950s Hollywood comedy team of Laurel and Hardy but they seem to have a comparable act. It was Monsef’s turn on Thursday to dismiss the work of her own committee on electoral reform. She had given . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: “Well here’s another nice mess, Ollie!”
The neoliberals who have driven the western world into the ditch over the past three decades need to decide whether to rehabilitate liberal democracy or allow themselves to be erased from memory by generations of strongman rule.
Yeah, Justin – you too.
First up, theoretical physicist extraordinaire, Stephen Hawking. In an opinion piece in The Guardian, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: An Impassioned Plea to Tear Down the Walls of Inequality from Stephen Hawking.
“In this recent government-commissioned risk-analysis report on tanker traffic safety in Canada, figure 3 shows in vivid red the “very high risk zone on Southern Vancouver Island. Within that area lie 17 of the province’s 33 Ecological Reserves which have a marine component within their boundaries. The report indicates that the Kinder Morgan proposal . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: This Is Trudeau’s Idea of a Bitumen Supertanker Route
Neoliberalism has been the default operating system of western governments, Canada included, since it was ushered in during the Thatcher/Reagan/Mulroney era.
Justin Trudeau is a neoliberal as were his predecessors over the last three decades. Canada remains in the clutches of neoliberalism and no one, no leader, no party is putting forward an alternative . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Monbiot Tackles Neoliberalism’s Death Grip on the West
For the first time, we find ourselves not as a reflection of another power. Our politics is not a derivation of Westminster or Washington anymore. Our politics is specific to us, not a derivation from a distant metropolis. — “Canada in the Age of Donald Trump” — Stephen Marche, The Walrus
Hello Prime Minister Trudeau, . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: Don’t Throw Away Our Shot
He’s saying some of the right things. It’s a start.
Prime minister Trudeau has announced a 5-year, 1.5 billion dollar programme to upgrade responses to tanker and oil spills on all three of our coasts.
Trudeau said the funding over five years will include creating a marine safety system, restoring marine ecosystems and research into . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Encouraging Noises from the Dauphin
Last week gave us a good idea of the economic model that Trudeau’s Liberals are gradually putting forward and it is business-friendly to the core. The infrastructure bank privatization scheme was the big news item in the fall fiscal upate (see my post from last week), but there are far more goodies to make . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Trudeau’s economic model is clear and it is not good
With today’s fiscal update, the Trudeau government has really shown itself to be at the forefront of global left neoliberalism. Taking nearly all his cues from his business-dominated Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Finance Minister announced a new Canada Infrastructure Bank as the centerpiece of the fiscal update and the Liberal’s economic strategy. Don’t . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: The great rentier give-away
You wonder what a writer such as Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs) would make of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s most recent elitist appointments to the Senate of Canada. What is really different in this circumstance is that these people are reported to have actually applied to be appointed. It is a strange type . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The silence of Trudeau’s lambs.
This scenario has taken place before. He does it in Quebec thinking nobody in the rest of Canada is going to hear about it. Justin Trudeau is hardly the first politician to test the waters before diving into the deep end of the pool. In this case the prime minister gave an interview to Quebec’s . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau tests veto on vote reform.
That is not a selfish question. It came up the other day when reading another boring presentation to the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform. “What is in it for us” is likely to be the cri de coeur of Canadians when they see what the months of gestation of the electoral reform . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: What’s in it for us?
What? You do not believe that? Why just the other day, we received a large envelope from the Liberal Party of Canada. In big capitol letters across one side of the mailing were the words “Transparent. Open.” and “Real.” And if you believed that you were deluding yourself. Inside the overly large envelope were the . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The one shouting loudest tells the truth.
It seems we might be seeing more of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s elitist senate. A committee of senators think they should have their own television channel. It is just a recommendation at the moment but you never know with these things. After all, who would have believed a TV channel that does nothing but burn . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Patience: Elites at work.
There has been another example of how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can suck and blow at the same time. It took three federal cabinet members to burst the environmental bubble in B.C. They travelled from Ottawa unnecessarily to provide word that the government would allow the building of a gas pipeline from Alberta to the . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: How green is my gas?
This would have run sooner if we had not written the weekend’s commentaries earlier last week. Have these Liberals learned nothing from watching former Prime Minister Harper over the years? Those hypocrites on the Conservative benches ridiculed the new and experimental House Leader who gamely tried to stick her fingers in the dike. The neophyte […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Oh, what wimps these Liberals be!
With one of the least experienced ministers in the government responsible for democratic institutions, you sometimes wonder what this special committee on electoral reform is supposed to solve. It seems to be a distraction. If there was a list prepared of the 100 most serious problems facing Canada’s democracy, it is likely that how we […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: What does electoral reform solve?
One of these days, our dear prime minister is going to have to make some decisions. Watching him doing selfies while trying for an even higher approval rating is getting boring. Some time, soon, he will have to take a stand. There are too many moves on hold. It is best exemplified by the pipelines […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Watching the Prime Minister suck and blow.
“How does a person charged with murder get bail for $10,000?” There are some people in Saskatchewan who think* like this: ““In my mind his only mistake was leaving witnesses,” is one troubling post that appeared online. ” *Racism is not thinking, it’s a feeling like fear and anger. He’s another theory about the bail. […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Murder for $10,000
It has always seemed a Canute-like task of denying the tides to defend the Liberal Party. There just seem to be too many of the elements aligned against us. A party leader can work at destroying his or her party on whims and the rest of us are left with the pieces on which to […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Who owns this party anyway?
A friend sent me this article, and I am adding my answer…I don’t have permission to print out the article in its entirety, but you can look for it at FP..it’s short and succinct… WORTHY OF THEIR ANGER Our leaders’ … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Left Over: Just another E-Mail from the Real World…
It has been noted—with some surprise by certain observers—that the honeymoon with Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government continues. Why would anyone expect it to have ended? The major opposition parties are leaderless. There is no real competition on the horizon. And Justin is skating along very nicely, thank you. Our Prime Minister must have been watching […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trudeau honeymoon carries on.
I’ve been holding back on commenting….reality has been so overwhelming and I feel as if, for the first time since possibly the War of 1812, that the West is slowly, inexorably being pulled into another war, this time on home … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Left Over: There’s Somethin’ Happening Here…
Recycling is supposed to be a good thing, so when the federal Liberals quietly announced that “asset recycling” would be part of their strategy for meeting their much-ballyhooed infrastructure promises, not many eyebrows were raised. They should have been. Asset recycling is an obscure code word for selling our public goods for private profit. It’s […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: How not to fund infrastructure
It was last year on Canada Day that Babel-on-the-Bay asked if we could consider a kinder Canada. We never said it was based on getting rid of Mr. Harper and his awful Conservatives but we might as well have. And we did it. That was a heady time late last year when Justin Trudeau and […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Did we cause a kinder Canada?
The so-called Three Amigos met in Ottawa this week. It was nothing more than a public relations exercise. Nothing substantive could be resolved. The American, Canadian and Mexican leaders simply tried to ignore the problems their countries face. They certainly did not want to talk about the elephant in the room; Donald Trump. With Barack […] . . . → Read More: Babel-on-the-Bay: Amigos, meet the elephant.