It’s been five long years since the Cons gutted the census, and left us stumbling in the darkness, unable to determine who we really are, or what kind of country we’re really living in.
But now the long-form census is back.
And while I’m happy to see it back, it still bothers me to see that Tony Clement, the Con who presided over the blinding of this country, has still not been held properly accountable.
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Capitalism leads to actions only a self-destructive wastrel would want, but does so entirely rationally. Think of rationality as being of two types. Means-ends, and Internal-Coherent. In means ends rationality we say “I want to get to point A. How do I do that?” “I want to grow a garden so I can eat food. […]
For almost ten years Stephen Harper never ceased to show his contempt for gay Canadians.
He voted against every gay rights bill that came before parliament. He cut off funding to all LGBT groups.
And he never changed the party platform that calls for same sex marriage to be banned.
But now with their convention only weeks away, that issue may be coming back to haunt the Cons.
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Ten days ago the Globe writer John Ibbotson was awarded the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, for his book Stephen Harper.
With the jury praising him for managing to “put us inside Harper’s head during some of the most critical moments of his life.”
But although I’ve always been interested in meeting the voices in Harper’s head, and asking them to explain themselves, I haven’t read the book.
Not after I read Bob Rae’s review, and what he had to say about Ibbotson, and what Ibbitson had to say about Harper.
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Well no doubt Stephen Harper is waiting anxiously to see whether his lawyer’s letter on the Duffy trial has convinced Canadians that he acted honourably.
And helped repair his soiled legacy.
But since we know he’s doomed to disappointment.
I’d be fascinated to know what he might tell the members of his favourite secret society, when he pays them a visit this weekend.
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Well it’s going to be a lot smaller than Stephen Harper had hoped.
And it won’t be erected right in front of the Supreme Court, on the ground reserved for a new federal court building widely expected to be named after Pierre Trudeau.
So Harper could moon both of them for eternity.
But the man who brutalized this country for so long will be getting his monument.
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When the judge at the Duffy trial delivered his verdict, and his scathing indictment of the Harper PMO, I couldn’t help wondering what Stephen Harper must have been thinking.
And now we all know. He wasn’t too happy. He must have been furious.
Or humiliated beyond recognition.
And had instructed his lawyer to write an open letter to Canadians.
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Once the swaggering bully must have thought that his monstrous legacy would last forever.
And that he would change this country and its values beyond recognition.
But only six months after he was defeated, what amazes me more than anything else is how quickly Stephen Harper’s legacy is shrinking.
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It’s almost impossible to believe. It’s like a scene out of an old made in Harperland horror movie.
Stephen Harper may have led his Con zombies to disaster. His depraved rule may have disgusted more Canadians than any other leader in modern Canadian story.
But it seems many of his faithful followers miss him so much, they want to bring him back from the dead.
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Yesterday I wrote that the RCMP owed Canadians an explanation about the way it handled the Duffy case.
Because it has raised some disturbing questions about the relationship between the police and the Harper regime, that strike at the heart of our democracy.
And now Michael Harris has a lot more questions for everyone involved.
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I’m pretty sure Mike Duffy must dream of telling Stephen Harper what he thinks of him.
Dream of suing him, and his little monsters in the PMO, and his Senate stooges, for what they did to him.
But his legal options are limited.
His lawyer says he is battling serious health issues.
So it probably was his last hurrah.
But what a hurrah it was.
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Nobody really expected Stephen Harper to comment on the Mike Duffy verdict. Not after the way the trial judge blasted the sleazy behaviour of his monstrous PMO.
And he didn’t. His office didn’t even respond to media requests for a statement.
But he wasn’t the only Con running for cover.
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Let us revisit what capitalism is. Capitalism, everywhere, is defined by the removal of capital from most ordinary people and the concentration of capital in the hands of a few. Capital, in this definition, is not money. It is the tools required to feed, house and cloth onself. Medieval serfs, in most areas, had access […]
Every generation is a product of its time, from the genuinely hard-done-by kids who grew up in the 1930s Depression era and were rewarded for their hardscrabble existence by being shipped off to war in the 1940s, to the pampered, entitled …
No one is so confident in their opinion as an ignorant person.
The screams coming out of the right-wing about the horrors of resettling 25,000 refugees from the bloody Syrian-Iraqi corridor controlled by Daesh, (you may know the group as ISIS or ISIL)…
Tonight I will sleep well knowing that democracy is alive and well in this great Canada, the country I so dearly love.We voted in record numbers for change; to have our uniquely Canadian values restored; to recommit to our peace building ways and respe…
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|Trudeau: The Fighter|
Let’s start with the view of how Tom Mulcair behaved in the Munk foreign policy debate, from Gerald Caplan:
But if I remove my mask of detachment, I must report that it was not at all the night the NDP needed to recover its faded lead. But there’s still three weeks left – a lifetime in politics. We have the most polarizing and, yes, dangerous, government in Canadian history and we have the NDP positioned to take advantage of it. Yet the NDP focuses its attacks far more on Mr. Trudeau and gives the government almost a free pass. A huge mistake, in my view. And not too late to change, by any means. It ain’t over till it’s over, in baseball or politics.
Each of his debates have proved disappointing, when they were supposed to seal his deal with the electorate. I fear the deal is almost becoming null and void.
This time, there was political blood in it.
Then, close on his heels, came Mulcair.
And Trudeau? Most thought it would be a victory for him if he did not fall flat on his face while walking to the podium; once there, if he did not collapse like a squeaky and ill-tied birthday balloon; and during the one-on-one segments, if he could snatch a small portion of the air time away from the two debatemeisters.
Trudeau has the luck of being underestimated, like Jean Chrétien was, and the intelligence to turn to experienced people the way Pierre Trudeau and Lester B. Pearson did. Perhaps like all Liberals, there is the will to win in his blood. Given his family pedigree, perhaps the will to win is not only powerful but predestined. Yet if he achieves victory, it will not be just because of his last name, but because he works hard, performs well, knows his weaknesses, and plays to his strengths.
Speaking to the Globe and Mail’s editorial board on Wednesday, Mr. Mulroney said he believes Mr. Trudeau is a strong candidate who shouldn’t be underestimated. “He’s a fine young man, he’s going to do well,” he said. “And I’ll tell you: People who underestimate him, they do so at their own peril.”
He said he considered Mr. Trudeau’s father to be a “very tough, able man,” adding, “You know, the apple sometimes doesn’t fall far from the tree. He certainly has some of the grit of his dad, and he’s obviously got, as well, he obviously has some of the qualities required to win an election.”
“Let’s be very clear. My fists will be up. I am a boxer,” he said.
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It would be one thing if the mainstream Canadian news media merely ignored partisan attempts to cast Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a Frankenstein hybrid of Charles Manson, Al Capone and (your favorite 20th century criminal dictator here…
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Dear Readers: Coming soon to a city near you ………,stupid laws and regulations! Yup, they’re doing it in England and the States, BUT, we got them all beat!! In England, Councils creating ‘bizarre new criminal offences’ &amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;img alt=”PA Wire” src=”http://news.images.itv.com/image/file/629342/article_update_img.jpg”A campaign group has criticised a new law which allows councils to ban activities such as […]
Remember the big kerfuffle because the Republicans in the States claimed Obama was ineligible to be President because he was born in Nigeria, or Slobvania, or somewhere else ……… anywhere else except the United States? (Wrong, and that asshole Donald Trump is STILL going on about that!) Well kids, apparently what’s good for the goose is […]
On the heels of the whole “Toy Of The Year” fiasco, we now have this: Lego is handing out beauty tips to girls aged 5-12. Yup. If you remember, back in 2011 Lego introduced their Lego Friends line. Aimed at […]
Image via My husband asked me the other day if I had changed the password on his phone. My negative reply caused us to pause for a moment before turning to our daughter. Let’s just say that she needs to […]
When you have time to think and assess life, ever wonder what you can do to make the world a better place? I’m not talking about massive changes—unless you want to, of course. But what manageable steps can we take […]
To end 2014 off on a high note, Redbook released some of its cover interview with Big Bang Theory star, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting. Cuoco-Sweeting, 29, had some choice comments about feminism and the internet responded with its usual vitriol. The magazine […]
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Now, over the past few days we have looked at an American Democrat with Republican leanings, and an American Republican who likes the Democrats. How about somebody who doesn’t like either? By Lance Freeman Americans, I have some bad news for you: You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by […]
Thousands of Germans are mourning the death of 23-year-old student Tuğçe Albayrak, who was murdered after confronting a group of men harassing teenage girls in a McDonald’s bathroom. Back on November 15, Albayrak was at a McDonald’s in Offenbach when she […]