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Montreal Simon: Has Kellie Leitch Finally Lost Her Marbles?

It's always been a bizarre cabaret act, a real freak show. Kellie Leitch's squeaky voiced imitation of Donald Trump, and her xenophobic campaign to make us believe that only she can defend our Canadian values.Even as she disgraces them.But now that ghastly drag show is becoming even weirder, with Leitch claiming that the "liberal . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Has Kellie Leitch Finally Lost Her Marbles?

The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

AmeriKa’s president, Donald Trump, will not be the leader of the free world. He will, however, be the leader of the global right wing. Across Europe, the radical right is embracing the next US leader as one of their own. Donald Trump validates their ugly bigotry, racism and xenophobia. He is one of them. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: How the Leader of the Free World Became the Leader of the Global Right Wing.

The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Embolden Bigots in Canada?

Yesterday we read Kinsella’s post about a white power, Alt.Right handbill posted in his neighbourhood. Today we have an account from CBC Ottawa of a woman, Anna Maranta, a rabbi no less, who awakened in the early hours of Tuesday morning to find a swastika and the word “kike” spray painted across the front . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Will Trump Embolden Bigots in Canada?

Politics and its Discontents: If You Are Judged By The Company You Keep

Watch this video for confirmation of things you probably already know about Donald Trump:Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: If You Are Judged By The Company You Keep

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

In the eleven years since I started publishing this blog, I have almost entirely focused on Alberta politics. But while my writing focuses on provincial politics here at home, like many Canadians I pay close attention to what is happening… Continue R… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Republican Senator’s speech against McCathyism could have been about Trump

Politics and its Discontents: Democracy In Crisis

This is a clearer and more succinct explication of the rise of dangerous right-wing politics than I think I have ever heard.

Don't let Trump fool you: rightwing populism is the new normal

It might be tempting to view the political success of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump as something uniquely American. But, argues Gary Younge, rightwing populism and scapegoating of society’s vulnerable is cropping up all across the west. This is what happens when big business has more power than governments

Posted by The Guardian on Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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A. Picazo: #RefugeesWelcome

This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on November 27, 2015. “This is not a federal project, this is not even a government project, it’s a national project for all Canadians,” declared John McCallum, minister of immigration, refugees a… . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: #RefugeesWelcome

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Perspective

…along with xenophobia, bigotry and demagoguery, the folks at Fox News would seem to be quite ignorant about their country’s own history.Here is a timely festive reminder of that history for those soon to be celebrating American Thanksgiving:Thanksgi… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Perspective

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better

The Conservative party of Canada is clearly playing into fear, xenophobia and racism as a way to win votes, as its “War on Terror” narrative, its racial baiting and its new snitch line show. This is sickening. Mind you, the Liberals and NDP have eerily similar agendas to the Conservatives on key issues of the . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Conservatives in Canada swing further to the far right – the other two major parties are little better

Politics and its Discontents: Exactly How Does Facebook Define Community Standards?

Living in a democratic society, of course, entails the promotion, encouragement and defense of a diversity of views. With that I obviously have no quarrel. But, as the saying goes, with that freedom comes responsibility. it is the second part of this equation that some people refuse to accept.

When, for example, does freedom of . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Exactly How Does Facebook Define Community Standards?

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Foul Flames of Bigotry

In his more than nine years in power Stephen Harper has done many foul and disgusting things. But he has never stooped lower than he has now.And he has never been more dangerous.So I'm glad to see that some in the MSM are finally waking up to what he is trying to do.And criticizing . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Foul Flames of Bigotry

Montreal Simon: Tom Mulcair, Bill C-51, and the Monstrous Xenophobia of Stephen Harper

It was good to see Tom Mulcair finally take a stand against the Con regime's totalitarian anti-terrorism bill. Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair says the NDP will fight the Conservative government's new anti-terrorism bill when it goes before the House on Wednesday and pushed for the Liberals to do the same. After his party's weekly . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Tom Mulcair, Bill C-51, and the Monstrous Xenophobia of Stephen Harper

Politics and its Discontents: Reassuring Legislation For Xenophobes and Bigots, A.K.A. The Harper Base

I don’t know who composes the names for government bills these days, but they are blatantly selective in their intended audiences. The latest proposed piece of Harper legislation leaves little doubt that its target audience is the red meat supporters of our current regime: the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act (Bill S-7).

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Melissa Fong: How to ABUSE Canadian Citizenship: Blame Temporary Foreign Workers for problems of a global Capitalist Economy

How to ABUSE Canadian Citizenship: Blame Temporary Foreign Workers for problems of a global Capitalist Economy: Once again, the media uses the wrong gaze to look at a program that does […]

Melissa Fong: Xenophobics out to get Chinese-language Acupuncturists AKA Idiots volunteering to be discriminatory, racist idiots

  Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine that Canadians have the PRIVILEGE of using as an alternative medicine. But some idiots who VOLUNTEER to see an acupuncturist wants to enforce […]

Melissa Fong: Coke advert unleashes the bigots, racists and xenophobics because the world sings, “America is beautiful”?

There are a million and one reasons why you should dislike coke – most of which involve taking advantage of sugar addiction and capitalist monopoly on beverages that are made […]

The Canadian Progressive: In Hungary, Racist Harper Government Billboards Targeting Roma Ethnic People

Hindus have termed Canadian government billboards in Hungary targeting Roma (Gypsy) asylum-seekers as highly inappropriate and blatant racism. by The Canadian Progressive reporters on Jan. 30, 2013 Hindus have termed Canadian government billboards in Hungary targeting Roma (Gypsy) asylum-seekers as highly inappropriate and blatant racism. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: In Hungary, Racist Harper Government Billboards Targeting Roma Ethnic People

Five of Five: "France Bans Public Protests Over Cartoons"

Jason Ditz: “There will be strictly no exceptions,” cautioned Interior Minister Manuel Valls, saying that any demonstrations will be broken up by security forces. France had previously closed a number of embassies across the Muslim World fearing … . . . → Read More: Five of Five: "France Bans Public Protests Over Cartoons"

Dutch election aftermath: it’s pretty much all good

Dutch election yesterday, with preliminary results as follows, via Parties and Elections in Europe:

Party – Preliminary results (99,5%) – Ideology, Affiliation, Founding 2012 Seats 2010 Seats Volkspartij voor Vrijheid en Democratie (VVD) People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy Conservative liberalism ELDR, LI 1948 26,5% 41 20,4% 31 Partij van de Arbeid (PvdA) Labour Party . . . → Read More: Dutch election aftermath: it’s pretty much all good

Tattered Sleeve: The Cross is Boss: Marois 1, Frontwoodsers 0

As a proud fifth-generation anglo Québecker de souche, properly baptised by the Plymouth Trinity United Church of Sherbrooke, I must take a moment here to salute Parti-Québecois leader Pauline Marois for her bold statement pledging to keep my belle province the rightful Backwoods capital of North America.

Because here in Quebec, backwoods is where it’s at. And to underline that, Marois spent time on the campaign trail today defending her party’s proposal to secularize the province’s civil servants’ appearance, lest it offend the non-believers of whatever faith is projected by the bearer’s attire (sacred or not).

Unless, of course, the bearer’s faith happens to be Christianity (the “good”, or at least, “officially-sanctioned” faith, apparently).

Bravo, I say. I mean, I don’t know about you, but when I go down to the S.A.A.Q. to renew my driver’s license, the last thing I want to see is a fully-bilingual, smiling civil servant wearing a Scottish kilt. I don’t want to think about what’s behind that Sporran, thank you very much. There is nothing Catholic about the Scots, after all.

And it’s not just them, but those snooty Saudi-Arabian immigrant women – you know, the ones who aren’t even allowed to drive in their country of origin – but when they come here to pursue a better life pursuant to the United Nations declaration of Universal Human Rights, think they can go on following their Muslim faith and shit anyway. I mean, come on!

And I suppose there are other creeds with their ceremonial daggers and headscarves and other horrifyingly provocative faith-based attire. I just shudder to think. I mean, where did these Muslim people get the idea to have their women-folk cover up their hair with cloth anyway?

It’s just so …barbaric. I mean, really, how dare these carefully selected immigrants wear their headscarves and whatnot once they arrive here, just like they did their whole lives in their some-such places of origin? Why can’t they understand they can never become a true Québecois until they completely lay themselves down and take the holy ghost up the wazoo like the rest of us all did from the time ol’ Samuel de Champlain put his two fingers together in 1609 and whistled across the pond for La Vieille France to fork over a few hundred God-fearing Filles du Roi (yowza!).

Now that, my friends, was an inspired immigration policy. See, this is why it’s so important to wrest that from Ottawa. Oh, wait, I suppose that’s already happened. Shhh! Don’t tell them that until AFTER the election.

(ahem)

Seriously, any Péquiste with the slightest bit of self-respect – or respect for their visionary founder, Rene Levesque, and his strong sense of democracy – should be voting for either Solidarité Québec, or Option Québec. The PQ has gone so Backwoods, the only sound their pollsters will hear is the distinctive August buzz of mosquitoes and blackflies.

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Tattered Sleeve: The Cross is Boss: Marois 1, Frontwoodsers 0

As a proud fifth-generation anglo Québecker de souche, properly baptised by the Plymouth Trinity United Church of Sherbrooke, I must take a moment here to salute Parti-Québecois leader Pauline Marois for her bold statement pledging to keep my belle province the rightful Backwoods capital of North America.

Because here in Quebec, backwoods is where . . . → Read More: Tattered Sleeve: The Cross is Boss: Marois 1, Frontwoodsers 0

Dented Blue Mercedes: Montreal LGBT couple beaten in Paris

I’ve heard via Michelle Blanc that on the afternoon of Wednesday August 1st, a Montreal trans advocate (who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting) was assaulted with her partner in Paris, in view of the couple’s children. Marie-Ève is with l’association Fierté Montréal Pride and has been active within Montreal’s transgender community. Claire, who has . . . → Read More: Dented Blue Mercedes: Montreal LGBT couple beaten in Paris

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: So What Does Larry Miller Think of Jason Kenney’s Hitler-Like Move?

‘Walking past the hundreds of stately Somali refugees lined up outside the gates of the UN High Commission for Refugees here in Nairobi — men in tidy shirts and slacks, women in baby blue, fuchsia or copper chadors — the pasty face of Jason Kenney floats into my mind.

Later, watching the images . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: So What Does Larry Miller Think of Jason Kenney’s Hitler-Like Move?

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It’s a Good Thing Tim Hudak Wasn’t Around When Plavnice Podatransk Came to Canada

The latest Tim Hudak ad focuses on his grandfather, a Czech immigrant who “believed in the value of hard work”. There is even a close up shot of his immigration papers dated 1898.All I can say is that it was a good thing that Tim Hudak wasn’t around th… . . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It’s a Good Thing Tim Hudak Wasn’t Around When Plavnice Podatransk Came to Canada

Runesmith's Canadian Content: "When did we become for immigrants?"

HT to Oakville Mayor Rob Burton (or as we like to call him, @OakvilleMayor) for pointing out the quote of the day from Burlington PC candidate Jane McKenna:

“We have 550,000 Ontarians who are unemployed and yet the government wants to pay $10,000 to hire immigrants for jobs. When did we become for immigrants? You should have one law that fits everyone.”

Wow. I got nuthin’. . . . → Read More: Runesmith’s Canadian Content: "When did we become for immigrants?"