QUEBEC — Ex-media baron Pierre Karl Peladeau may want to create a sovereign Quebec but a former Canadian prime minister is battling to get the province its second NHL team. Brian Mulroney has emerged as a key player to bring […]
OTTAWA — If Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives ever thought they had a friendly ideological soulmate in Pierre Karl Peladeau, they must still be reeling from the bombshell the Quebec media mogul dropped on the weekend. Not only is the […]
OTTAWA — Three years after hackers were found snooping around Treasury Board systems, a successful cyber-attack remains the biggest risk facing the department, according to a new report to Parliament. And Treasury Board is not alone. IT security risks are mentioned […]
Oh, H-E-double-hockey-sticks, PKP wants another D-I-V-O-R-C-E!
This time, having just given his common-law wife of a decade the old heave-ho, it’s from us!
And I don’t know about you, but this smells a bit like C-O-N-S-P-I-R-A-C-Y.
Let me explain…
PKP for those of you who live in the ROC and are therefore wondering WTF is Pierre Karl Péladeau, who until recently was the CEO of Quebecor Inc. (QBR to the TSE.) Also until recently he was the common law husband of broadcaster Julie Snyder.
QBR was recently described as “one of the worst employers Quebec has ever known,” a statement that it would certainly be fair to extend Canada-wide.
The way that trans people are housed in detention and correctional settings has come to attention recently, after British comedian Avery Edison was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) for having previously overstayed her visa — and then she was initially sent to a mens’ prison while the issue was sorted out. After an outcry. Ms. Edison was moved to a female facility, but a number of other experiences that trans people have had with CBSA and Correctional Services Canada (CSC) have also come to light.
On Friday, I’d posted an article discussing some of the issues (Read more…)
Whatever else one might be tempted to say about Harper, nobody is going to claim he is not politically savvy. His latest move – considering changing marijuana laws to include a ticketing system – is tactically brilliant.
Consider the context: Justin Trudeau has adopted the brave stance to support marijuana legalization after it became Liberal policy at a the 2012 convention. Since then, the Conservatives have blasted Trudeau relentlessly in talking points and ads, particularly to their base, featuring rather conspiratorial “think of the children!” themes. To the base, it can be a great issue to demagogue on. . However, (Read more…)
Here, where women are socially and legally equal to men, official sympathy for rape victims at every institutional level has created a climate so overwhelmingly sympathetic to female victims of sexual abuse that the emerging cultural danger is injustice to falsely alleged perpetrators.
Perhaps each measure would not seem so troubling on its own; nor even would the whole if the government did not seem so intent on smuggling it into law
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand presented a long brief on his concerns and changes he would like to see to the House Committee studying the Fair Elections Act and stated that the Fair Elections Act includes measures that “under…
Amazing coincidence – Peter Mackay muses that liberalization of pot/marijuana laws/legislation easing criminal charges are now a real possibility, and like magic, the anti-Justin Trudeau ads running on Toronto area AM radio that claim his stance on legalizing marijuana would ‘make it easier for kids to smoke pot” and “he isn’t up to the job” that were running incessantly for the month of February prior and after the LPC Biennial Convention have magically disappeared. Funny that.
Amazing occurrence: Ontario Liberal MPP Mitzie Hunter’s Private Member Bill (Bill 166) that would authorize Toronto to choose ranked ballots for their electoral voting system (as they voted to ask for late last year) [...]
Yesterday, at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Canada Minister of Natural Resource, Joe Oliver, announced with great fanfare a new initiative to compel mining companies to disclose payments of over $100,000′s to foreign and domestic governments. On the surface this looks like a win for transparency, particularly for a sector that is of […]
Last September, when Tim Hudak announced that he intended to break Ontario’s unions, it came as no surprise to labour activists. The head of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party, cynically framing the issue as one of “choice,” talked about “right-to-work” – a familiar euphemism for union busting – and repealing the Rand Formula. That 1946 Canadian Supreme Court decision ensures that everyone who enjoys the benefits of belonging to a union contributes union dues, which in turn ensures that union workplaces can survive.
And that, in turn, sets a standard for all Ontario workers, union or not. This is (Read more…)
Cue the music: Carry On by FUN
The week before convention was a tough one for my team – tempers were running high, work and school obligations were pressing, we were spending more money than we had planned, I was travelling, doing founding meetings and still trying to be a responsible employee and everyone was just plain tired. So, driving to the airport to pick up Erich was a nice opportunity to shift gears and get into the “Convention mindset”. Things got even better when I ran into a friend from Law school and ended up with two passengers for the long, slow drive downtown. The guys hit it off [...]
I took a bit of a break in blogging the past week – partially to recharge batteries from the Montreal Biennial.. partially because I’ve been doing some other political stuff behind the scenes… but back to a regular blogpost today, with some thoughts of the week behind and a look ahead:
- I read with amusement at the Manning Centre Conference where a pollster warned those conservative attendees of “grim” polling statistics they found on the CPC losing ground on issues to the Liberals and the NDP. Grim for them, perhaps, but certainly not for me or likeminded people who want the Conservatives gone (and there are many of us)
There has been a lot of talk in the Canadian mainstream media and from the mainstream Canadian political parties about the middle class, but almost no discussion of the working class. Even the (slightly) left-of-centre New Democratic Party (NDP) keeps using the buzzwords “middle-class families” instead of “workers” or “working-class people”.
I understand they do it because the PR consultants told them it would help them attract potential swing voters, who are irrationally scared off by honourable but misunderstood terms like “socialism”, “labour movement” and “leftist”, but it’s still disappointing. It drives me nuts when Conservatives and Liberals spread the (Read more…)
The tone is of serious people who want to talk about serious ideas, stripped (mostly) of hyper-partisan rhetoric and name-calling: the good faith Conservatives
What matters, in other words, is not simply how much you spend, but how it is spent — a qualitative, not merely a quantitative judgment
OTTAWA — He was once ridiculed for his squeaky voice and large eyeglasses, accused of leading a rump of political right-wingers, and written off as an outsider from the Canadian West. But these days, no one says that about Preston […]
Where oh where has the NDP gone?
One of the most wonderful things about Canada, for me, has always been the presence of a viable third party on the left. When we first moved here, it was so amazing to hear Jack Layton, Libby Davies, Peggy Nash, Paul Dewar, Olivia Chow, Linda Duncan, and many others defend the rights of working people, speak out against war, stand up for democracy, and in general represent the interests of average Canadians. Sometimes I would hear a speech and think, that’s an elected MP speaking! People say things like that in Parliament here!
Tweet Former City Councillor and mayor candidate Kerry Diotte announced on his Facebook page today that he plans to seek the Conservative Party of Canada nomination in the new Edmonton-Griesbach riding. Mr. Diotte represented Ward 11 on Edmonton City Council from 2010 until 2013. He ran against Don Iveson for mayor in the 2013 election, placing […]
Riley Climenhaga, who has some duties as an actual watchdog despite being one of the Canadian Taxpayer Federation’s 70,000 “supporters,” watches suspiciously. Below: CTF Alberta mouthpiece Derek Fildebrandt and Operations VP Shannon Morrison.
In a stunning development, membership in the Canadian Taxpayers Federation has slumped close to 17 per cent – from six members, to five!
Alert readers will recall Alberta Diary’s revelation in March 2013 that the much-quoted organization, which is as pure an example of political AstroTurfing as can be found in Canada, in reality has only five members.
The self-described “citizen advocacy” group had been allowing (Read more…)
History books teach young Quebecers that they are a conquered people, struggling to survive in a hostile Canada
By James Keller VANCOUVER — A coroner’s jury will examine what happened when a Mexican woman died after hanging herself while in custody of border agents at Vancouver’s airport, the B.C. Coroners Service announced Tuesday. Lucia Vega Jimenez, 42, was […]
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former campaign manager says the governing Conservatives are falling short in their personal attacks on Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and will have to shift their emphasis to his policies. In an interview with Postmedia […]
OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau apologized Tuesday for comments he made over the weekend about how Russia might react to the volatile situation in Ukraine given its Olympic hockey loss. In a tweet, Trudeau said he spoke with the […]
OTTAWA — Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he hasn’t yet decided whether he’ll run again in the 2015 federal election, sparking more speculation as to whether the only finance minister the Harper government has ever known is about to exit […]
This is going to be a shorter post then my others I only was here til 11 am before I had to run for my train home and didn’t catch the constitutional stuff.. but thanks to the good flow of motions as done by the chairpersons (Maryanne Kampouris and Ralph Goodale), the policy resolutions were all gotten through ahead of schedule. I’ll be brief on those; I was pleased on a couple of things – the Basic Income Supplements measure(s) were passed, as was Section 31 on voting reform.. and one on looking to ban neocontinoids – the pesticide being blamed for killing off honeybees and other pollen-bearing insects. If [...]
OTTAWA — A provision in the Conservative government’s new elections act will limit the ability of Elections Canada to experiment with online voting — a limit the Opposition argues will suppress the votes of young people who are less likely […]
By Dean Beeby OTTAWA — Canada’s middle-class is mortgaging its future to stay afloat, making the Canadian dream “a myth more than a reality.” That’s the blunt assessment of an internal Conservative government report, an unvarnished account of the plight […]
Canada’s political institutions have not evolved significantly from their conception nearly 150 years ago. We still regularly go to the polls and choose between the candidates from various political parties to represent us in Parliament and in the provincial legislatures.
Effectively, we transfer our popular sovereignty to a few individuals, who in turn vote according to the dictates of their political leaders. Importantly, once the votes are counted and the seats distributed, almost the entire population is shut out of the political process that governs us. We are left standing as spectators, hoping that are elected officials will be able (Read more…)
TweetInteresting nomination races are emerging across Alberta as parties prepare to choose candidates to run in the next federal election, slated for October 2015. Below are some of the most recent updates from ridings across the province, where candidates are seeking nominations to run in two by-elections and the general election. By-elections Macleod Conservative Party […]
Anti-Government Ukrainians prepare to fight police in Kiev. Below: Rioters throw gasoline bombs at police in Ukraine; Alberta Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. (Wikimedia photos.)
You can bet money that when trouble is brewing abroad things are always far more complicated than local enthusiasts for one side or the other make them out to be.
Here in Canada we have many citizens, including a number of prominent politicians who ought to know better, proclaiming noisy support for the violent protests in western Ukraine, demonizing Russia and demanding Canada play an active role in in ensuring the success of the rebels’ (Read more…)
Le parti, c’est lui. How total is Justin Trudeau’s control of the Liberal party after this convention? So total that, the leader having brutally kicked the party’s senators out of caucus, suddenly, unilaterally and in explicit contravention of the party’s […]
MONTREAL — It will be deemed by Liberals to have been a brilliantly successful event. And by some lights, it was. This conference was efficient, focused and energetic. The leader gave a good speech. The troops are motivated. The tills […]
MONTREAL — Federal Liberals have passed a controversial resolution calling for the de-criminalization of medically-assisted suicide during their policy convention here Sunday. The resolution is timely as Quebec is on the verge of adopting a law to the same effect, […]
A very early start to the day (7 am) when I visited the Breakfast Suite for Leanne Bourassa, one of the National Membership Secretary candidates (at the time – more on that later). I’ve known of Leanne for a while now, and she seems to have known of I and of bloggers in general, thugh we haven’t figured out yet where our paths would have crossed in the past. At any rate, I sat down there to a welcome breakfast and juice. I was joined eventually by fellow blogger Jeff Jedras, and we both were given time by Leanne to chit-chat for quite a bit, even though she had a [...]
MONTREAL — Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne used an appearance at the federal Liberal convention here on Saturday to attack the Harper government’s often-tense relationship with the provinces, and predict more collaboration should Justin Trudeau become prime minister. “Having a federal […]
MONTREAL — Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau issued a warning to businesses and the wealthiest Canadians Saturday as he said the country’s middle class isn’t reaping the rewards of decades of economic growth. In a speech to thousands of party […]
The Liberal Party of Canada has some reasons for feeling good at its Montreal convention this weekend. (Eg : “Majority says it’s ‘time for another federal party to take over’: poll” ; “More Canadians share Justin Trudeau’s values: poll” ; and “Liberals open wider lead over Conservatives: poll.”) Two members of CBC TV’s most widely [...]
MONTREAL — Federal Liberals have received a sharp reminder that for all the progress and excitement over the last year, the party is still in third place and can’t afford to rest on its laurels. The Liberals have been riding […]