The World Famous Dan Shields: 3829…Russell Barth Is Back

After taking a sabbatical during the election campaign, yes his insight was missed, Russell Barth is back. For those of you umfamilliar with Mr. Barth, he is a prolific letter writer and an eloquent spokesman for the underclass. A letter of his was printed in the Sunday Ottawa Sun where he salutes Brigette DePape, the ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Federal Budget Refried

Was it worth the wait?  Hardly.   Today’s federal budget is about as appetizing as two month-old pizza warmed up in the microwave.  I guess they deserve high marks for consistency, though not for economic policy or a long list of other things. The Harper government’s June Budget is almost entirely a reprinted version of the ...

CalgaryGrit: Rerun Season

For the first time in a long time, we have a budget that can be judged on its content, rather than its electoral implications.So while the opportunity now exists to read the actual document without worrying about who will vote for and against it, there’s not a lot to be said about it – it ...

Hill Queeries: Question period: a scattershot first day

Dear MPs: If you’re going to institute a ban on heckling during question period, could you at least engage in some witty repartee to replace it? Thanks! Me. And that really sums up the first question period of the new Parliament. There was no drama, and given that it was carried out in a hugely scattershot ...

Canadian Dimension Feed: Cuba changing; US stuck

President Obama and his advisers share with most of the mass media the same visual weakness when it comes to Cuba: they don’t see the obvious, the crucial facts and context that stare them in the face. As Cuba begins to undergo basic changes to its economy and governmental structure, the reporting from western media ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Peggy Nash Meet Jack Layton

I haven’t perused Hansard yet, but according to Brian Topp, in praising Peggy Nash: She went directly to the heart of the government’s economic strategy, asking the Conservatives why their sole priority was a corporate tax plan, when there is no evidence that this approach has created a single job. Why not put jobs rather ...

LPC Keeps Focus on Jobs, Economy

This is good to see.  Team Red isn’t being distracted by vote subsidies and other issues nobody cares about.  —————– Budget Shows Profound Complacency: No Plan for Jobs, No Plan for the Deficit, No Plan for Poverty, No Plan for Sustainability OTTAWA— Given the chance to set the tone for a new Parliament, the Conservative ...

Canadian Political Viewpoints: The Federal Budget

Source: CTV News: Highlights of the Federal BudgetSource: CBC News: Flaherty Sticks to Deficit Pledge, But Adds No DetailsAgain, I’m still on the mend, so getting here to post isn’t always a priority at the moment. However, I’ve found some time and a comfortable sitting position, so let’s begin.The House of Commons in back in ...

Morton's Musings: D-Day — a day to remember

The operation was the largest amphibious invasion in world history, with over 160,000 troops landing on 6 June 1944. 195,700 Allied naval and merchant navy personnel in over 5,000ships were involved. The invasion required the transport of soldiers and material from the United Kingdom by troop-laden aircraft and ships, the assault landings, air support, naval ...

ParliamANT Hill: PM Inspects Quebec Flood Zone

Inspired by these stories: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Harper+miss+historic+moment/4900101/story.html  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/06/harper-quebec-flooding.htmlhttp://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2011/06/05/michael-moore-depape-harper-protest.html

Drive-by Times: Palin-speak

Morton's Musings: Hassan Diab: Canada allows bomb suspect’s extradition

A Canadian judge has approved the extradition to France of a man charged in a deadly 1980 bombing outside a Paris synagogue.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-13671315Mr Diab, who was arrested in 2008, says he was not in Paris at the time of the attack

Palin makes history

No, Paul! Ride the other way! Next: “General Benedict Arnold, our revolutionary hero who captured Fort Ticonderoga, who won the Battle of Ridgefield, who relieved Fort Stanwix and was wounded on the field of battle at Saratoga—is nowhere honoured! Who’s writing those history books, America? No statues of him anywhere around the Capitol building! I ...

Morton's Musings: Statements compelled under provincial highway legislation are not admissible in a criminal trial

R. v. Soules, 2011 ONCA 429, released this morning, holds that compelled statements are not admissible against their maker in a criminal trial: [40] In Powers, the majority referred to Orbanski/Elias and held that White was determinative of the issue. That is, statutorily compelled statements were not admissible for any purpose including for the purpose ...

The Common Sense Canadian home page: Shades of Green: Extreme Weather – Floods, Fires, Storms and Droughts

The realization that we might be partly responsible for the recent spate of destructive weather is difficult to accept because it requires us to change the image of ourselves from innocent victim to guilty perpetrator. And, given the psychology of denial, we are inclined to avoid this sea-change of perspective. However, as climate science tracks ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Mythbusting: Not Kari, but still worth a look

labradore charts the total electricity output from Nalcor, less Churchill Falls, Menihek and a few other bits and pieces. Note that thermal generation – mostly Holyrood has been less than 20% of the total in four of the past five years.  Total generation in 2010 was about 5,000 gigawatts compared to more than 6,300 in ...

How much do I despise Anthony Weiner?

He shows up late to his own press conference, allowing Breitbart to grab the mic and hog it! He gave the spotlight to Breitbart because he couldn’t be on time. The networks are babbling about Breitbart’s claims and his victimization instead of concentrating on what you have to say. How incompetent! Fuck you, Anthony Weiner. ...

Blunt Objects: The Sinking Pequiste Ship

Despite somewhat healthy leads and something of a moral high ground these days (thanks the the PLQ’s various scandals), the separatist Parti Quebecois had three high-profile defections from their caucus today, dropping from 52 seats to 49, as well as screwing over any chance Pauline Marois had at credibility in the near future. The defections ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Town Without Poverty

A guest post from Richard Pereira, a recent winner of the PEF Essay Contest… – Canadian Economics Association – The Town Without Poverty  There were hundreds of speakers at this year’s CEA conference in Ottawa.  About a dozen of these were designated “Special Lectures/Conférences spéciales” and among them were Jack Mintz on “The GST After ...

Conrad Black is such a good guy: lazy, demeaning, treating fellow inmates ‘like servants’

Since his conviction for fraud and obstruction of justice, Conrad Black has portrayed himself the victim of liberal, over-zealous courts. He is really innocent and a good guy all around, according to his pals in the media. The truth about the man, however, is less than flattering and closer to reality. Here’s the consensus from ...

GOP-friendly Howard ‘The Wolf’ Kurtz comes to Roger Ailes’ rescue

The right can always count on conservative Howard Kurtz to spread their talking points, especially when it comes to conservative media. He is their protectorate against criticism and is unafraid to be their useful idiot. He is, in effect, their ‘cleaner’. When Rolling Stone came out with a devastating piece on Fox News’ prez Roger ...

Accidental Deliberations: On responsibility

Shorter Con instructions to ministers: If your underlings break the law based on your instructions, it’s their own damn fault for taking orders. So go nuts!

LeDaro: Stephen Harper’s Kitty’s Plea

Accidental Deliberations: Burning questions

Since when does a faction of the Cons get to declare that Denise Savoie should stand down as a candidate for speaker for their own benefit? And if Lee Richardson and his supporters were genuinely concerned about Andrew Scheer’s inexperience (rather than merely wanting to make a power grab at the NDP’s expense), wouldn’t they ...

CuriosityCat: Jack Layton’s balancing pole

In today’s Toronto Sun, Lorrie Goldstein, the Senior Associate Editor, has an interesting article in which he writes about the Layton balancing act, caused by his schitzophrenic NDP party caucus makeup: Layton is now riding atop a two-headed tiger as official opposition leader. It’s half made up of Quebec MPs elected by pro-sovereignist voters in ...