I wrote last year:So there’s an T.O. East End Newspaper called Your Ward News. From what I gather its mostly a direct mail affair; the publisher, a guy named Leroy St. Germaine, has Canada Post deliver it to folks down in Ward 31 (The B… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Your Daily Nazi: Important News On Your Ward News
Sadly, there are far too many half-baked outside arguments being made about the federal NDP’s leadership review and how it connects to provincial-level choices. (To be clear, I contrast those against some genuine concerns being raised by members.) But … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Spun out
This week’s kerfuffle over the Rebel Media website’s fight with the Government of Alberta has dominated the news cycle, demonstrating the lack of experience of an NDP government still in their first year in government. Here is a quick summary… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Journalism degrees or degrees of journalism
PHOTOS: Right-wing commentator Ezra Levant in a typical pose, photo by David Stobbe of the University of Saskatchewan. Below: stringer Sheila Gunn Reid in a screen shot of The Rebel’s approach to journalism; Mr. Levant in another familiar pose, a few… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Go figure! Ezra Levant, the Pied Piper of right-wing-nuttery, has the mainstream media singing his tune!
Progressive Conservative activist Jamie Lall was unexpectedly disqualified for unknown reasons before his party’s April 1 nomination meeting in Chestermere-Rockyview, allowing Wildrose PC MLA Bruce McAllister to be acclaimed. After months of campaigning, Mr. Lall lashed out at his party and questioned why he… Continue Reading →
2008, pre-election: Liberal bigwigs make a ridiculous spectacle of themselves proclaiming that they’ll never deign to cooperate with the likes of the NDP.
2008, post-election: Having spent the campaign echoing Stephen Harper’s desperate message that a coalition would be illegitimate, the Liberals conclude that they’re willing to cooperate after all, only to botch the job.
2011, pre-election: Liberal bigwigs make a ridiculous spectacle of themselves proclaiming that they’ll never deign to cooperate with the likes of the NDP.
2011, post-election: Having spent the campaign echoing Stephen Harper’s desperate message that a coalition would be illegitimate, the Liberals conclude that they’re (Read more…)
Toronto seemed gripped in a mix of terror and disbelief yesterday. Rumours Wednesday night were a new poll would show Ford in the lead. Yesterday the poll while having Tory in front, had a significant bump for Ford. Panic ensued as though a raccoon army had arrived carrying signs that read “First Your Green Bins, […]
We could get Nigel Wright’s resignation, but so what? His polling numbers don’t matter. If he trends on Twitter during his scandal, who cares? Nobody is going to vote for him, or against him.
Mike Duffy, ditto. He can be the least popular politician in the country, and it changes positively nothing. Even if a Senate Conflict of Interest Code hearing is called at a Senate committee, even if that committee makes a report to the Senate itself, and even if the Senate itself makes a finding against Duffy – even then we should not pretend that this is (Read more…)
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: On Friday, hactivist collective Anonymous announced it had a confession from one of the boys who gang-raped Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year old Canadian girl who committed suicide last week. Anonymous’ involvement in the case undoubtedly pressured the RCMP, politicians and other authorities to get serious about [...]
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WK ignited a crap storm yesterday when he tasked the hackivist group Anonymous with finding the identity of four male teens who allegedly assaulted Miss. Parsons. Anon now claims to have done just that. Furthermore, they have threatened to name names should it become apparent that the Nova Scotia authorities intend to do nothing further in what appears on the face of it to have been a case of gang-rape and subsequent cyber-bullying of the rape victim.
Some writers, like Chris Selley, have suggested that Kinsella and others are engaged in dangerous vigilantism. I don’t think so.
One thing that (Read more…)
Checking my Twitter feed this morning, I came upon a link to a story appearing in Sun News, an organization for which I usually refuse to spare the time of day, given its rather robust roster of strident, often hysterical voices desperately seeking to emulate the tone of Fox News. Nonetheless, I can recommend something that strikes me as balanced and fairly reasonable, terms I never thought I would use to describe anything emanating from the lair of people like Brian Lilley and Ezra Levant.
Writing on the subject of a merger between the Liberals and the NDP, a subject
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Eric Hoskins | Gerard Kennedy | Sandra Pupatello | Charles Sousa | Harinder Takhar | Kathleen Wynne
Victor Toews, Canada’s Minister of Public Insecurity and Zombification, rendered by Edmonton artist William Prettie. Below, a shifty looking Mr. Toews as he appears in the halls of Parliament. Pat Martin is a Great Canadian. ™
What a perfect way to throw a little red meat to your gun-nut money machine!
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s so-called Conservatives – of whom it cannot be said too many times are radicals bent on remaking Canada in the image of the worst aspects of the United States – managed to hit on a moment of worldwide horror at the slaughter of 20 small
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Last week, Martha Hall Findlay and Karen McCrimmon declared their candidacies for the Liberal leadership race. This week, George Takach has taken the plunge. I’ve posted one blog interview with David Merner, and will have others with David Bertschi and Alex Burton next week. Deborah Coyne, meanwhile, has already released more fresh ideas than we’ve seen from Stephen Harper during his entire tenure as Prime Minister. These are seven very different candidates with seven very different messages, but the one … → . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Canada’s Greatest Losers
Dalton for leader of LPC?
With Dalton McGuinty stepping down as leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, the timing it is perfect for Warren Kinsella to start a Draft Dalton Movement to persuade Dalton to throw his hat into the ring for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Kinsella is a big fan of Dalton, and is well-connected. The deadline for candidates to sign a nomination form to run as leader is January 14, 2013, with the election taking place via our brand new primary mechanism (set out in Article 56 of our party Constitution) on April . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Warren Kinsella should start a Draft Dalton Movement
WK says Justin Trudeau is going to run! Great news? Potentially. If the guy can perform long-term. But Justin’s fucked a few things up in his time as MP, in ways that have made folks (me included) question his maturity and readiness. I won’t get into specifics, but history may be repeating itself. WK says:
I am told the Trudeau campaign will make a point of insisting that all of the team (or its bosses) are under age 40. If accurate, that is the stupidest idea I have ever heard.So the guy supposed to save the LPoC is
. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Rise Teenage Jesus…Or Fall!
Ready the fainting couch for Warren Kinsella, because I’ve got a scoop that he’ll find shocking and appalling.
The NDP has been fund-raising for years based on appeals to Jack Layton’s public image.
In fact, Layton’s face and signature regularly appeared on financial appeals to his party’s supporters not just in the year since his death, but in the entire time since he became the leader of the federal NDP. And one might even speculate that Layton and the NDP made a concerted effort to build his public profile, then to maximize its effectiveness as a means of raising money
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Part three of the underlooked Stephen Harper quotes from the leaked documents.Part one and two here.
Neo-nazis and right-wing extremists. He [Stephen Harper] likens the current anti-racism climate to medieval hysteria over witch-craft. ‘We’re talking about fighting unseen enemies,’ he says. ‘It’s getting spooky.’16/04/2001
To provide context, this was commentary over some obscure event involving the Minister of State for Multiculturalism at the time brining up cross-burnings that weren’t actually happening or something.
Regardless, Harper downplays the activity of racists and right-wing extremists in Canada. Which is strange, considering his history and close-involvement in the Reform Party.
. . . → Read More: An individual with opinions.: Underlooked Stephen Harper quotes P3. Neo-nazis and right-wing extremists
Richard Warman watching Warren Kinsella’s band play for the troops at Camp Pendleton. I have warned Warren about playing that kind of music in front of men with guns, but its not my problem. Also, congrats to Richard on his recent promotion.
So my dad and “Tom” (Thomas Mulcair) met up at Briarwood Park in Beaconsfield the other day.
Yeah, really. Two grandfathers laughing it up with a couple of toddlers. They didn’t know each other beforehand, but my dad can still spot a pol with a national profile, and the wily salesman that he is, he was none too shy about starting up a conversation.
I had no idea the leader of the Opposition was my dad’s neighbour, nor that he had long-since been, for roughly 30 years, since about the time we ourselves moved there from Sherbrooke.
Will wonders never (Read more…)
While most of the time Warren Kinsella is a scheming, puerile, self-aggrandizing hypocrite (the list of examples is far too long but suffice it to bring up his recent outrage at Mulcair’s questioning of the impact of the Petro dollar on the rest of Canada when his man, Dalton McGuinty has previously done the exact same thing while Kinsella sat idly by) today he unwittingly revealed the truth of Liberal ideology.
You see historically Liberals have defended themselves against the charge of arrogance, entitlement, opportunism by arguing that the Liberal big tent, I mean crawl space, is a non-ideological, pragmatic, (Read more…)
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Calgary West MP Rob Anders plot the destruction of Alberta Premier Alison Redford and her Progressive Conservative Party. Warning: neo-Con Alberta politicians may not have been scheming when this photo was taken. Then again… Below: a very creepy CP picture of Rob and Steve all dressed up with nowhere to go; Andrew Constantinidis; Tim Dyck.
The probability is very high that the next Canadian federal election will happen before the next Alberta provincial vote.
So, will Premier Alison Redford’s Tories just sit on their hands? Or will they get out and actively work against Prime
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As any student of Canadian politics knows, Ellen Fairclough was Canada’s first female cabinet minister, appointed by Diefenbaker in 1957 and serving until her defeat as MP for Hamilton West in 1963. I have mixed feelings about Fairclough’s politics: she did good work on the immigration file, but she was a Tory, of course, and reportedly had a thing against gays, if you buy the fictionalization from Robertson Davies’ What’s Bred in the Bone. But I digress.
Although far from being, say, a Judy LaMarsh, Fairclough did mention after her stint in government that the male ministers treated her, well,
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Wildrose is under attack! The same people that caused the Liberal Party of Canada to be in power for 13 uninterrupted years now have Wildrose in their crosshairs. They want nothing more than to see the Redford PCs re-elected to impose their big government knows best, ivory tower views on all of us.
In a fundraising email sent to supporters yesterday by campaign chairman Cliff Fryers, the Wildrose Party revved up its political fear machine by pointing out that others are revving up theirs.
Reform Party of Canada
Progressive Conservative Party leader Premier Alison Redford has started to hone
. . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta politics blog: the reform-conservative family feud continues in alberta’s election.
Fox News North’s @kinsellawarren puts down his 30 pieces of silver to spank @fernhilldammit for consorting w/ teh enemy is.gd/zoW25t
— Matthew Elliot (@matttbastard) April 9, 2012
Seriously, dub tee eff?