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Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Dirty War on the Unions

It's a foul anti-union bill worthy of a Banana Republic or a tea bagger place like Alabama.It would strip unions of their privacy rights, bury them in paperwork, and cripple their ability to defend Canadian workers.It was introduced by the obscure Con backbencher Russ Hiebert in 2011.

And all but gutted in the . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Dirty War on the Unions

Montreal Simon: The Incredible Clown Convolutions of the Loser Tim Hudak

There's an old saying in Quebec, more Con or more stupid than that and you die.But it clearly doesn't apply in Ontario eh?Because if it did the loser Tim Hudak would be mummified by now. Instead of bouncing up and down like a Con clown.Read more »

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Montreal Simon: Margaret Thatcher and the Con War on Unions

I know why they called her the Iron Lady. May she rust in peace. I know why she's the patron saint of Stephen Harper's Con regime.I know why she waged war on the miners of BritainSo she could smash the unions and Thatcherize her country, like the Cons would Harperize this one.But who knew . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Margaret Thatcher and the Con War on Unions

Montreal Simon: Why It’s Time to Chase the Dream in Harperland

And so ended, unofficially at least, the summer of 2013. Another Labour Day parade has marched into memory. The Snowbirds have drawn a giant heart in the sky and departed. The boats are going home, the birds are flying south.But what a day it was eh? Starting with this amazing march. Read more »

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Montreal Simon: A New Union Declares War on the Con Regime

In a country where so many have lived on their knees for so long. In a country where so many have looked on helplessly as the Harperite cult destroys everything that once made us proud to be Canadians. It's really great to see that Canada's newest union is declaring war on the Con . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: A New Union Declares War on the Con Regime

Politics and its Discontents: Canada, Doesn’t This Sound Familiar?

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Montreal Simon: The Monkey King and the Koch Brothers

Sometimes in the court of the Monkey King it's hard to keep your eyes on the prize.To lower your sight enough to understand his real role in Canadian history.For while we all know he's now China's latest plaything. Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Monkey King and the Koch Brothers

Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Great Betrayal

When I see how the workers at Electro-Motive are suffering it breaks my heart.

From Lynda:

We have discussed the food bank. Worry that Paul will not be able to find another job that will pay our bills Now the worry that we will have no health coverage. The worry that we will have . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Great Betrayal

Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Sellout Cons

First they were told they must agree to have their wages cut in half, their benefits slashed, and their pensions gutted. Then when they refused to get down on their knees, they were locked out.

Tonight they’re worrying about how they are going to feed their families after their plant was closed down. 

Even . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Sellout Cons

Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Real Battle for Canada

I couldn’t make it to London, Ontario today. And I was so disappointed. For it must have been a stirring sight.

A crowd of more than 10,000 descended upon this city’s Victoria Park to support local workers who have been locked out of their jobs since the new year. They came from all over, . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Electro-Motive and the Real Battle for Canada

Montreal Simon: The Ugly Lockout and the Quiet Revolution.

Golly. I don’t think I’m going to have to consult my horoscope to find out where I’m going to be, and what I’m going to be doing on Saturday the 21st of January. Because I already know.

In London, Ontario, supporting these locked out Canadian workers.

And why am I so excited I’m marching . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Ugly Lockout and the Quiet Revolution.

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Choo Choo Run

Well I see that Great Choo Choo Leader is trying to put some distance between him and the lockout at the Electro-Motive plant in London, Ontario.

Even though he once used the factory to shill his corporate tax cuts.

“This is a dispute between a private company and the union and we don’t comment . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Choo Choo Run

Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons and Our Hollowed Out Country

It was -17 degrees in London, Ontario, today, where a foreign company has locked out 400 Canadian workers. To try to slash their wages and benefits by more than fifty percent, and gut their pensions.

And in Alma, Quebec, where another foreign company has locked out 700 Canadian workers, and is using the courts . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons and Our Hollowed Out Country

Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons and the Race to the Bottom

What would you say if you worked at Caterpillar’s Electro-Motive plant in London, Ontario, and found yourself locked out?

Because you wouldn’t agree to have your wages and health benefits cut by more than fifty percent, and your pension eliminated altogether.

Even though Caterpillar is making record profits.

Its CEO ain’t doing too badly . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Harper Cons and the Race to the Bottom

Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Nature of the Beast

Twenty four hours after this little campsite was demolished, I see that Margaret Wente couldn’t restrain herself from going down to St James Park, squatting on all fours, and delivering this dreary dump.

Despite the current circumstances, every single protester in North America is pretty well guaranteed a comfortable middle-class existence – so long . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Occupy Movement and the Nature of the Beast