Montreal Simon: The Abominable Cowardice of Andrew Scheer

This much we know about Andrew Scheer, the man who likes to call himself Stephen Harper Two, or Harper with a smile.We know he is a serious religious fanatic, who owes Brad Trost his new job.We know that his political philosophy is more Republican than Canadian.But who knew he was such an appalling coward?Read more ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Bigot Party and the Shame of Kellie Leitch

You might think that Kellie Leitch had embarrassed herself enough. Done what was left of her reputation enough damage.During the last election, her cultural barbarism show bombed so bad, the stench alone helped bring down the Harper regime. And the way her campaign for the Con leadership race went down in flames, after all that ...

Montreal Simon: Is Andrew Scheer a Ghastly Con or a Reagan Republican?

We already knew that Andrew Scheer is a sinister religious fanatic, who doesn't believe in women's rights, and believes that gay Canadians are "abhorrent."We knew that he likes to smile a lot, even when he's talking about child rape and other dirty sex stuff in the House of Commons.Except when he is in his office working ...

Montreal Simon: Brad Trost and the Shaming of Andrew Scheer

As I'm sure you know, Brad Trost is a religious fanatic who likes to think of himself as a holy warrior battling Muslims, women who need an abortion, and gay people.Not necessarily in that order.And like most religious fanatics he likes to think that he is better than we are.So this must be REALLY embarrassing.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Hidden Face of Andrew Scheer

As you know, I've been trying to warn people that Andrew Scheer is not the nice guy he pretends to be.Warn them that his perma smile conceals the frightening depth of his religious fanaticism, as well as a truly ugly mean streak.And that far from being a howdy doody farm boy, Scheer is a ruthless ...

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On The Cheating Party of Canada

As I'm sure you know Andrew Scheer, the smiling religious fanatic is trying to give himself a saintly image.Or at least portray himself as an aw shucks, gee whiz, Jimmy Stewart version of a priest or a farm boy.So there he was the other day at the Press Gallery dinner, chugging milk out of a ...

Montreal Simon: Should Andrew Scheer Resign as Con Leader?

It was such a moving photo. Maxime "Mad Max" Bernier raising the arm of Andrew "Smiley" Scheer, at the end of the Con leadership convention.And for a moment it looked like that long running Con mob story would have a happy ending.But sadly for them, and the Harper Party, that good feeling didn't last.Because now ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Choosing a Conservative caretaker.

The Conservative Party hierarchy could not have the better fall guy for the next federal election. Whomever came up with the convoluted voting system that was used to choose this poor guy last weekend might have saved the party years in the wilderness. It will likely be 2023 before the Conservative Party comes roaring out ...

Politics and its Discontents: Some Interesting Facts About Andrew Scheer

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Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the Theocon Conspiracy

It was a bizarre sight, and a deeply disturbing one.Andrew Scheer preparing to address his caucus for the first time as leader. Looking like a minister about to deliver a sermon, or lead his Con flock to the Promised Land.But still claiming that he is not a religious fanatic.Read more »

Alberta Politics: How but as a leadership campaign brochure are we to interpret Derek Fildebrandt’s paean to ‘Max’ Bernier?

PHOTOS: Derek Fildebrandt, the Alberta Wildrose Party’s finance critic and, possibly, third unofficial candidate to enter the non-race to lead the still-nonexistent United Conservative Party. Below: Maxime Bernier (Photo: CBC), who is apparently Mr. Fildebrandt’s ideological hero, and British Columbia NDP Leader John Horgan, who seems very close to grasping the first-ministerial brass ring in ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and The Rebel Connection

I'm pretty sure that most Canadians know very little about Andrew Scheer, the new leader of the Cons, who likes to call himself "Harper with a smile."They just see a friendly looking man who always has a smile on his face, even when he's talking about the recent death of his mother. Or trying to stick ...

Alberta Politics: Corporate media have reached consensus about Andrew Scheer: He’s Stephen Harper with a human face!

PHOTOS: Andrew Scheer, demonstrating his vaunted smile. (Photo: Rabble.ca.) This fills corporate media with hope. It shouldn’t. In Canada, with or without a smile, social conservatism is ballot-box poison. Below: former prime minister Stephen Harper, who really doesn’t have a very nice smile at all. Below him, former PM Joe Clark and serving PM Justin ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 19: Will there be ‘Scheer madness’?

At long last, the federal Conservatives have a new leader … and it’s NOT Maxime ‘Mad Max’ Bernier, who would have been the first deeply libertarian leader of a major Canadian political party. After a vote counting process that was only slightly less difficult to understand than watching Game of Thrones midway through a season (the ...

Accidental Deliberations: On changing opposition

While there will be plenty more to discuss about how the Conservatives’ choice of Andrew Scheer as their new leader, I’ll offer a few preliminary thoughts now – starting with a warning about knee-jerk reactions. We shouldn’t presume that Scheer’s apparent lack of current definition will last long: the Libs are obviously wasting no time ...

Montreal Simon: The Day The Cons Became the Reform Party Again

When I saw Rona Ambrose at the Con convention giving her farewell speech, praising herself extravagantly  and bragging about how "she could kick Trudeau in the balls," I knew it was going to be a weird night.And that I was right, Ambrose has no class.But who knew the Cons would end up giving themselves, and their ...

Alberta Politics: ANDREW WHO? Oh, wait! I grabbed the wrong picture from the file cabinet!

PHOTOS: Andrew Scheer … I mean Joe Clark, a then-almost-unknown MP from Alberta, celebrates his victory in the Tory party leadership contest with his wife, Maureen McTeer, on Feb. 22, 1976. (Photo: Toronto Public Library.) The real Andrew Scheer, seen below, an almost-unknown MP from Saskatchewan, was doing the same thing this evening after a ...

Alberta Politics: Missing Jason Kenney surfaces, safe and sound, speaking up for Christy Clark at chichi Vancouver steak house

PHOTOS: Alberta Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, from the days no so long ago he could still be found in in this province. Below, from various Twitter photos: Vancouver journalist Bob Mackin, “Liberal” B.C. Premier Christy Clark, and Conservative federal leadership candidate Andrew Scheer. Got questions for the elusive Jason Kenney? Look no further than ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: O’Leary skips Conservative debate, federal NDP debate skips Alberta

The most high-profile candidate running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada will be skipping tomorrow’s leadership debate in Edmonton. As the thirteen other candidates for the leadership gather on stage at the Citadel Theatre, Boston-resident and American reality television personality Kevin O’Leary will instead be hosting a “fireside chat” in a fireplace-less ...

Alberta Politics: Why Canadians are lucky Rona Ambrose was hanging around the Caribbean with a billionaire

PHOTOS: The scene abroad N. Murray Edwards’ yacht imagined. Actual Canadian bitumen billionaires and their onboard guests may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real N. Murray Edwards, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau aboard a helicopter, although not the Aga Khan’s, Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose in a yacht harbor, and J.P. Veitch, Ms. Ambrose’s significant ...

Montreal Simon: Why Justin Trudeau Should Attend Fidel Castro’s Funeral

As you know the Cons and the Con media are going after Justin Trudeau's statement on the death of Fidel Castro, like a pack of hysterical hyenas.And are trying to portray him as an embarrassment to Canada, or a communist, or Castro himself.While their flying monkeys swarm him on Twitter…Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race Is Getting Ugly

I knew the Con leadership race was a total bust. With the desperate search for a good leader continuing, but getting nowhere.But at least it's been peaceful, and incredibly dull… For obvious reasons.But now that the SoCon Andrew Scheer has joined the race, that's changing.Now it's getting ugly.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Another Religious Fanatic Joins the Con Leadership Race

As if the Con leadership race wasn't bizarre or pathetic enough. With Kellie Leitch trying to stir up hatred against refugees and immigrants.And Brad Trost trying to stir up hatred against gay Canadians.Now another Con fanatic is joining the race.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race and the Religious Fanatics

When I wrote a post about the sad state of the Harper Party's leadership race the other day, and ran a group photo of the sorry losers that contest has so far attracted. I forgot to say that with the departure of Jason Kenney, there will be at least one more candidate. The candidate of the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: The NDP Must Stop Victimizing Women if They Hope to be Taken Seriously Again

In early December 2012, the Toronto Star reported:  Near-brawl erupts in Commons between Tory Peter Van Loan and NDP’s Nathan Cullen  Apparently Van Loan was upset with the NDP’s delaying tactics on getting the Conservative budget measures passed, and crossed the floor to the NDP caucus, pointing his finger and shouting obscenities.In typical fashion, Thomas Mulcair ...