TweetMany Canadians hoped to have bid a final farewell to offensive conservative Member of Parliament Rob Anders when he lost the Conservative Party nomination in Calgary-Signal Hill to Ron Liepert earlier this year. But perhaps it was wishful thinking to believe a stunning rebuke in the area of the city he represented for 17 years was enough to end […]
“As of this moment, Alberta is under new management.” — Jim Prentice, 16th Premier of Alberta*
Transition. There’s nothing more unsettling; no, strike that, nerve-wracking, for an organization than a change-out of senior leadership, particularly when the old leader is universally regarded as an abject failure (will I be condemned by association?) and the new leader is hailed as the messiah (am I within his orbit of influence?).
Mr Prentice knows that the burden of a successful transition, in this case from the tired old PC party to the shiny new PC (Read more…)
Purely by accident (I swear) I saw the noisy, Big Green sponsored mob go by on W Georgia St. Appropriately, it began at the CBC building.
The turnout was small.
Veronica Alice (pictured) expressed an opinion to the Vancouver Sun:
“It’s the system that got us in the mess,” said Alice. “It’s the system that needs to change. …”
A sentiment straight out of the “Occupy” protest. Mess? What mess? These highly privileged ingrates protest the system that brought them (and billions more around the world) whatever wealth, freedom and and life expectancy they enjoy. It is the best it has been in the history of mankind, and getting better. They should be celebrating that system, not protesting it and advocating its demise. If these foolish dupes and useful idiots have their way, their (and our) children’s futures will be very, very bleak indeed.
The full name of an article I read today is, “The Fallacy of Online Surveys: No Data Are Better Than Bad Data.” It’s from 2010 and very good. You can find it on the Responsive Management website. It makes some key points about the invalidity of online surveys: For a study to be unbiased, every member […]
By skipping the UN Climate Summit, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is solidifying his place among the ranks of global climate criminals.
The post Climate Criminals: Harper Misses Canadian People’s Climate March Caravan appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
This and that to end your weekend.
- Paul Krugman notes that a concerted effort to combat climate change could be as beneficial economically as it is important for the future of our planet: Where is the new optimism about climate change and growth coming from? It has long been clear that a well-thought-out strategy of emissions control, in particular one that puts a price on carbon via either an emissions tax or a cap-and-trade scheme, would cost much less than the usual suspects want you to think. But the economics of climate protection look even better now than they (Read more…)
This article is not about abortion. It’s about India, and why her booms have been busts. But this part interests: The dystopic details don’t end there. The use of new technology to abort fetuses selectively has led to a rapidly declining female-to-male birth ratio, with a nationwide average of 914 girls per 1,000 boys in […]
I had been living in Canada but a few short months when Stephen Harper, as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, formed his first minority government. At the time, this blog hosted an active and lively ongoing discussion about Canadian culture and politics, and my personal acculturation. I did not like Harper or his Conservatives, but I balked at what I saw as hyperbole from certain progressive people: Harper will turn Canada into the United States. I felt the two countries were different enough to make that particular magic trick impossible.
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In April, when New Brunswick’s Morgentaler Clinic announced it would be forced to close, the barriers to accessing abortion in the Maritimes came to national attention. Now, with the New Brunswick election on September 23 and the federal election coming in 2015, reproductive justice activists across Canada are hoping to keep the momentum going for […]
Seriously, I’m asking. I am certainly pro-life. I acknowledge that, and I see things through that lense, that worldview. But can anyone, pro-choice or pro-life watch this girl recite her poem and not feel a sinking sense of pain? That is what I felt. She spent way too much time describing how she would have […]
|Franke James‘ nightmare is now our reality|
Just came across this quote while doing some research. Thoughts? When arguing for their own equality, feminists condemn the unethical use of power by which men have usurped the rights of women. The price of men’s privilege, they conclude, has been paid by women, and the price is too high. Feminists believe that rights must […]
…But deciding what a woman must think–now that is totally kosher. Really ridiculous for Justin Trudeau to tweet this, that the days “when old men get to decide what a woman does with her body are long gone.” Apparently the days of dictating thought are here to stay? I hope people realize what is happening […]
I grew up watching and loving Star Trek, and just over a year ago I started a side blog called Trekkie Feminist. It wasn’t long after that my attention was drawn to a post filled with some pretty grossly sexist replies on the official Star Trek Facebook page, which is run by StarTrek.com, under CBS. Since then I’ve […]
From a tuna sport fishing derby to golf tournaments to brain research, Conservative MPs rang up a whopping $1.4 billion bill handing out cheques on the summertime spending circuit. The annual summer spending spree began on June 21 when the House of Commons shut down for the summer recess and it ends Monday when the […]
A few people over the past few weeks have asked me what I think about the Scottish independence vote and honestly, I think it’s a little facile for me to even have an opinion. I mean: I’m not Scottish. I’m not even Scottish by descent. I have basically no stake in this whatsoever, and it […]
Ian Brown is the author of The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Journey to Understand his Extraordinary Son. It’s going to be put on as theatre, and that’s a play I’d like to see. Ian Brown in this interview expressly says what so many of us feel about people with illness or disability of […]
The premise — after 11 months he might be improperly exploiting his connections, but after 12 months everyone would have forgotten who he was — is absurd
From Trevin Wax over at The Gospel Coalition: Are abortion rights supporters fully embracing an absolutist agenda, one that legitimizes and praises a woman’s choice to abort, no matter the circumstances? It sure seems that way. In the past few years, activists have moved away from Bill Clinton’s philosophy that abortion should be “safe, legal, and rare.” Or that abortion […]
Well now that I know that Stephen Harper is planning to stay on and lead his Cons into the next election.
Unless the Duffy trial starts sooner than he is hoping.
And now that I know that despite what he said about Michael Ignatieff…
With just five full days of campaigning to go until New Brunswickers vote on Monday, Liberal Leader Brian Gallant will be struggling to recover from the worst media interview a politician ever gave in mid-campaign since Stéphane Dion got confused in the 2008 federal election. But while Gallant’s mix-up, like Dion’s, involved a re-do, Gallant […]
It’s taken a long time, but Mike Duffy’s trial process has finally begun, and you can be sure that Stephen Harper must be absolutely terrified.
Especially after Duffy’s lawyer said Harper could be called to testify.
Suspended senator Mike Duffy’s lawyer will not rule out calling Prime Minister Stephen Harper as a witness, as his client’s fraud case goes to trial.
After petitioning the court Tuesday morning to set the earliest possible trial date for his client, Donald Bayne said the defence is “considering any potential witness. It’s too early to rule anything out.”
And Ol’ Duff is doing what he can to try to make sure the trial could have a BIG impact on the next election.
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A few thoughts from Mike Schouten from We Need a Law: Gallant’s position seems largely influenced by federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau. For months now Trudeau has been talking nonsense about the legal status of abortion in Canada. He is either ignorant of the jurisprudence or is intentionally misrepresenting what the law says. Even as […]
…but we don’t want to see it for the violence that it is. Because that is going too far. New Brunswick Liberal leader Brian Gallant says the graphic postcards distributed by Campaign Life Coalition Youth and the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform go too far: “There’s no doubt that during a campaign you’ll have many […]
With the vote for Scottish independence less than 48 hours away, the similarities with the Quebec referendums in 1980 and 1995 is striking. First of all, the separatists are appealing to emotions, rather than good ol’ common sense, and they are also trying to rig the election by throwing in all sorts of stuff that […]
Recently, Huffington Post had a great little picture montage honouring fathers. Number 19 is the best one to me but they are all good. Juxtapose with this story about a father whose girlfriend aborted their baby. He describes how he felt during the process. Sad. Wounds do heal over time – even deep ones – […]
Well there he was yesterday, kicking off the new session of Parliament, not in the House of Commons, but at the Ottawa Convention Centre.
Strutting across a stage in front of a giant Canadian flag, and the Con seals in his caucus.
Looking like a used car salesman, or an American televangelist.
Promising tax cuts for the faithful at an election-style rally.
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The Liberal leader’s ambiguous message has carried him, and his party, this far. But the other parties are already trying to turn it against him
I’ve already written what I think about Stephen Harper’s sellout trade deal with China.
I’ve called it the worst deal this country has ever signed. An act of treachery if ever there was one.
But even that isn’t enough. For what can you say about a document that even the conservative columnist Diane Francis has called the worse deal since the one Neville Chamberlain made with Hitler.
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Is the China-Canada investment agreement a sell-out for Canada? When an agreement is conducted with so much secrecy and lack of consultation with Canadians that Rick Mercer dedicates an entire rant to the subject, you know something is up. Two … Continue reading →
Twas the night before Parliament, and at 24 Sussex Drive not a creature or a
mouse rat was stirring.
Except in the dark basement where Stephen Harper was planning his triumphal return, after his golden photo-op summer.
And no doubt rehearsing his new role as Indiana Harper or Great Explorer Leader. The man, who in his mind at least, led the successful search for the Franklin expedition.
As I’m sure you remember…
But sadly for him I fear his
flight voyage of fancy will be short-lived.
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We know how many millions the Cons have spent on their ghastly porky propaganda designed to brainwash into believing that Stephen Harper is a great leader.
And that they are a great government instead of the worst one in Canadian history.
We know how much of our money Harper has spent pursuing the ethnic vote, in Ukraine, Israel, and soon China.
Even if that means selling this country down the river.
But when you see how much money they spent trying to buy votes on this summer’s BBQ circuit it’s absolutely shocking.
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He waited until late Friday afternoon to announce that the Cons had ratified their controversial trade deal with China.
Hoping that most people wouldn’t notice.
Ottawa confirms it has ratified a foreign investment treaty with China, more than two years after the controversial agreement was signed, as CBC News first reported Friday. The controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) will come into force on Oct. 1, said International Trade Minister Ed Fast in a news release Friday afternoon.
He couldn’t even wait to see if the courts would rule it unconstitutional.
And with good reason. For it is one of the greatest sellouts this country has ever seen.
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It was the PMO’s Picture of the Week. Stephen Harper receiving a report on the situation in Ukraine from the brutish former Premier of Ontario Mike Harris.
In his never-ending pursuit of the ethnic vote.
Even though, sadly for him, the only ones who covered the event were his PMO flunkies.
Because even the dullards in the MSM could guess what was in that report…
After a long summer break Parliament returns on Monday, and all the political parties are revving up their engines.
A splashy, campaign-style launch for the government’s fall agenda, a surprise tax cut for small business owners, a brand new NDP battle cry and a prime-time speech from Justin Trudeau: welcome to the 2015 election season.
With Parliament poised to resume on Monday, all three main political parties are clearly revving their political engines on the road to the next vote, currently scheduled to take place some 12 months from now.
For it will mark the official beginning of the next election campaign and Stephen Harper couldn’t make that clearer by turning the occasion into a party.
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With one week to go in the Scottish referendum the YES side’s surge to independence appears to have been at least temporarily halted, with a new poll suggesting the NO side is leading again.
The YouGov survey for The Times and Sun newspapers put supporters of the union on 52 per cent, narrowly ahead of supporters of independence on 48 per cent, excluding those who said they did not know how they would vote.
But with 97% of those eligible registered to vote, either side could still win.
And the good news for the YES side is that most of it’s support is still intact even after being battered by an all-out assault worthy of Darth Vader himself…
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I suppose by now I shouldn’t be surprised by anything Rob Ford says or does.
Because that ghastly Con has been crawling through a sewer from the moment he came to office.
And the very sight of him offends me, as it should all decent people.
But I still thought that getting an endorsement from Mike Tyson was another low moment.
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The question is not ‘are we better off?’ but ‘what’s Harper got to do with it?’. Or rather, ‘how much does any prime minister have to do with it?’
It was just two weeks ago that Stephen Harper was talking about the search for the lost Franklin expedition.
And how he couldn’t wait to find, in his macabre words, “the skeleton of Franklin slumped over the helm.”
And today he did.
Or a least a team of researchers did find one of the ships.
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He is not supposed to call an election until October 19, 2015 according to his own fixed-date election law.
But everybody knows that Stephen Harper won’t hesitate to hold one if and when it suits him.
The question is what excuse will he use to trigger an election?
And could it be a clash with the federal public service unions?
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