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Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Great Russian Conspiracy

We already knew that a small legion of Russian hackers had intervened in the U.S. election, hacking e-mails, and spreading fake news stories.And we knew that Vladimir Putin would not be displeased to see the U.S. descend into chaos.Which is what most experts believe the Russians were trying to do.

But if this . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Great Russian Conspiracy

Montreal Simon: Putin Ally: Vote for Donald Trump Or Die

As we know Donald Trump has a cozy relationship with the Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.So cozy in fact that the Obama administration has accused the Russians of trying to influence the result of the American election. The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the Russian government of stealing and disclosing emails from the Democratic . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Putin Ally: Vote for Donald Trump Or Die

Alberta Politics: Part I: What will NATO get up to in the north now that the chill is off between Russia and Turkey in the south?

PHOTOS: NATO pilots salute back in the day, when you could make a case there was actually a reason for the military alliance to exist. Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. MUNICH, Germany Relations between… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Part I: What will NATO get up to in the north now that the chill is off between Russia and Turkey in the south?

Montreal Simon: The Day Donald Trump Declared War On His Own Country

Once upon a time Donald Trump's passionate bromance with Vladimir Putin had its comic qualities.But not any longer. Not after this.And what Trump said yesterday was not only dangerous and crazy.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Day Donald Trump Declared War On His Own Country

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Putin’s Siberian Candidate?

We know that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have an unusually warm relationship.We know that Trump greatly admires the Russian strongman, and that Putin feels the same way about him.And although they do make an odd couple, I have always assumed it was… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Putin’s Siberian Candidate?

Alberta Politics: Ottawa won’t say if former Ukrainian prime minister is now a Canadian citizen, as Russian media report

PHOTOS: Former Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Canadian PM Stephen Harper in their July 13, 2015, news conference announcing a Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement. (Screen shot of CBC broadcast.) Below: Former Conservative immigra… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Ottawa won’t say if former Ukrainian prime minister is now a Canadian citizen, as Russian media report

Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

PHOTOS: Canadians soldiers storm ashore at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944, 72 years ago today. Below: The late University of Victoria Professor Reginald H. Roy, author of 1944: The Canadians in Normandy. It’s now been two years since I wrote this piece o… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

PHOTOS: The Senate chamber, empty, as it should be. Below: Stephen Harper, apparently still the de facto leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Conservative Opposition… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

PHOTOS: Cameras try to follow a nearly invisible Rachel Notley through the crowd at an Edmonton hotel on May 5, 2015, moments after she had been declared the winner of the Alberta election. No one could quite believe that the NDP had just won a majorit… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

LeDaro: Donald Trump ‘honoured’ by Putin compliment, much to Republicans’ chagrin

Poor Trump. He is so proud of his buddy Putin. Repugs are not fair to him.:)))). . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Donald Trump ‘honoured’ by Putin compliment, much to Republicans’ chagrin

LeDaro: Donald Trump ‘honoured’ by Putin compliment, much to Republicans’ chagrin

Poor Trump. He is so proud of his buddy Putin. Repulsive are not fair to him.:)))). . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Donald Trump ‘honoured’ by Putin compliment, much to Republicans’ chagrin

LeDaro: Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is $ 70 billion

“Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is thought to be around $70 billion according to Forbes, which makes the Russian the second-richest man in the world since Bill Gates’ net worth is $79.3 billion in 2015.Mar 7, 2015.”However, … . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is $ 70 billion

LeDaro: Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is $ 70 billion

“Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is thought to be around $70 billion according to Forbes, which makes the Russian the second-richest man in the world since Bill Gates’ net worth is $79.3 billion in 2015.Mar 7, 2015.”However, … . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is $ 70 billion

LeDaro: Vladimir Putin calls Donald Trump a ‘very colourful and talented man’

Russian president speaks warmly of US presidential hopeful at press conference in Moscow, following Trump’s praise for him.

What Vladi is upto? Maybe he is thinking that with a stupid man, Donald Trump,in the Whitehouse he can screw U.S. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Vladimir Putin calls Donald Trump a ‘very colourful and talented man’

LeDaro: Vladimir Putin calls Donald Trump a ‘very colourful and talented man’

Russian president speaks warmly of US presidential hopeful at press conference in Moscow, following Trump’s praise for him.What Vladi is upto? Maybe he is thinking that with a stupid man, Donald Trump,in the Whitehouse he can screw U.S. . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Vladimir Putin calls Donald Trump a ‘very colourful and talented man’

Alberta Politics: Are moderate Alberta conservatives likely to find themselves waking up to a Wildrose nightmare?

ILLUSTRATIONS: It’s a nightmare alright – but whose? Actual Alberta voters may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and NDP Premier Rachel Notley. (Both shown in CBC photos.) The prevailing narrative in the Alberta m… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Are moderate Alberta conservatives likely to find themselves waking up to a Wildrose nightmare?

LeDaro: Putin orders sanctions against Turkey

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for sanctions against Turkey, following the downing this week by Tur1key of a Russian warplane.The decree published on the Kremlin’s website Saturday came hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Er… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Putin orders sanctions against Turkey

Alberta Politics: Reassessing NATO: Canada shouldn’t let itself be ‘Article Fived’ into a war by Turkey’s Islamist president

PHOTOS: A bunch of NATO political bureaucrats try to look busy in this file photo. Recognize anyone? Below: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. Does it benefit Canada in … . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Reassessing NATO: Canada shouldn’t let itself be ‘Article Fived’ into a war by Turkey’s Islamist president

LeDaro: Turkey downing Russian jet

Europe is distancing itself from Turkey, it looks a reckless action by Turkey in shooting down the Russian plane. It has potential implications because Turkey is a NATO country.Vladimir Putin is a ruthless dictator, but he is very clever and crafty. Th… . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Turkey downing Russian jet

Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics

PHOTOS: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (CBC Photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott and B.C. Premier Christy Clark. Bottom: Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is either demonized or ignored by Western mainstream media. In light of the inevitably angry and emotional response to the Paris terror attacks on Friday the 13th, for . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Brad Wall’s call to block refugees from Syria is just more of the same old conservative wedge politics

Alberta Politics: Lawyers, guns and money: Russia’s intervention in Syria offers a useful teaching moment for Canadians

PHOTOS: A Russian Su-34 bomber releases a bomb near the provisional ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria. (Russian Ministry of Defence photo.) Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Russia’s military intervention in the Syrian civil war has offered a unique teaching moment for Canadians about the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Lawyers, guns and money: Russia’s intervention in Syria offers a useful teaching moment for Canadians

Alberta Politics: Russian boots on Syrian ground create new reality for Canadian leaders, whether they discuss it or not

PHOTOS: Russian President Vladimir Putin – creating new realities for Canadian leaders to talk about … or not. Below: The three Canadian debating amigos, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair. As the three principal contenders for the job of running the country were sparring entertainingly over the . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Russian boots on Syrian ground create new reality for Canadian leaders, whether they discuss it or not

LeDaro: Stephen Harper and Vladimir Putin meet

Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper Has Suddenly Stopped Talking About the Russians

It's the greatest Arctic mystery since the Franklin expedition. Why after taunting the Russians and their leader for the last two years, in relentless pursuit of the ethnic vote. And shooting his mouth off like a cannon, as only that Con clown could…

Why is Stephen Harper suddenly not talking about the Russians . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Why Stephen Harper Has Suddenly Stopped Talking About the Russians

Alberta Diary: The PM’s Christmas Message reimagined: What are Canadians willing to do about our most dangerous Arctic enemy?

The so-called Santa Claus, a militant socialist leader who poses a serious threat to Canada’s national security, lights up a cheap Russian cigarette and relaxes after persuading a group of Canadian children unschooled in Austrian economics to give up the benefits of the free market for socialist dependency on government handouts. Below: the . . . → Read More: Alberta Diary: The PM’s Christmas Message reimagined: What are Canadians willing to do about our most dangerous Arctic enemy?