Montreal Simon: Now Can We Call The Cons The Rebel Party?

For months I've been warning that Andrew Scheer aka Schmear or Schmeagol, is a religious fanatic and a right-wing extremist.And that along with his mini-me Hamish Marshall, is trying to turn the Cons into the Rebel Party.And now there is more evidence of that.Read more »

The Disaffected Lib: The Whiny Man Baby President Goes After Theresa May

With a skin as thin as Donald Trump’s it is not surprising that the Great Orange Bloat took to twitter to fire back at Theresa May for her stiff rebuke this morning. The British prime minister took Trump to task for retweeting three videos put out by the racist, anti-Muslim group, “Britain First.” A statement ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the LGBT Apology

When I heard that Justin Trudeau was going to deliver an apology to LGBT Canadians  I arranged to get the day off.I wanted to watch all the speeches, and hear what the survivors had to say about those dark times when gay people had no rights, and were treated like criminals.But I wasn't sure how ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the Fatal Rebel Connection

As we now know, Hamish Marshall, the Con's new campaign manager who used to work at The Rebel, has been desperately trying to change Andrew Scheer's image.From Dr Schmear and Mr Schmeagol, depending on the phase of the moon, to Mr Nice Guy, or Mr Average Canadian.But it's not easy, and it's not working. Not when ...

Montreal Simon: Is Andrew Scheer the New Jason Kenney?

When we last left Andrew Scheer he was walking through a quiet suburb looking like a dazed Forrest Gump, or a weirdo trying to pick up women.And now we know what the ad produced by his new Mini-Me, Hamish Marshall, the nasty little man who used to work for the hate mongering Rebel, is supposed to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Gabriel Zucman discusses how the wealthy currently avoid paying their fair share of taxes – and how to stop them by properly attributing income and ensuring registers of wealth. And Micah White is optimistic that the public response to the Paradise Papers may be to develop lasting ...

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Ghastly Cheerleader Margaret Wente

He's the shiny bigot balloon of Alberta, the new leader of that province's United Conservative Party.And although he is widely despised by most decent Canadians, Jason Kenney does have one big supporter, or cheerleader in the east.The ghastly Margaret Wente.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Mark Karlin interviews George Monbiot about the prospect of politics based on empathy, sharing and belonging. – Andrew Jackson and Kate McInturff each offer their take on the federal fiscal update – with both lamenting the Libs’ lack of ambition. – Karl Nerenberg highlights how the federal ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Yves Engler discusses how Justin Trudeau is now the face of the exploitation of poor countries and workers by the Canadian mining industry. And Penny Collenette writes that governments and business should both bear responsibility for human rights – though it’s worth being skeptical of her use ...

Montreal Simon: Meet Canada’s New and Dangerous Trudeau Haters

As I'm sure you know, I have been fighting back against the virulent Trudeau hate which is infecting our country like a hideous disease.It's normalizing bigotry, it's slowly killing our Canadian values.And judging from the comments I have been receiving, is resulting in a record number of death threats aimed at Trudeau… And at myself… ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Jeremy Nuttall interviews Nelson Wiseman about the Libs’ attempts to spin their way out of a trumped-up tax controversy – and how they’re making matters worse in the process. And Murray Dobbin points out that there’s a long way to go in making sure the wealthy pay their ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Peter Whoriskey examines how inequality is becoming increasingly pronounced among U.S. seniors. And Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson discuss how inequality contributes to entrenching social divisions: The toll which inequality exacts from the vast majority of society is one of the most important limitations on the quality of life – particularly ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the Con’s Alt Right Candidate

One week ago, I wrote about how Andrew Scheer had given his blessing to a certain candidate in a by-election to replace Rona Ambrose.Even though that candidate, Dane Lloyd, was less qualified than some of the other ones in that race.And had once called feminists "feminazis."Well now it turns out that Lloyd has a few other dubious ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the Neo Nazi Invasion

As we all know, Andrew Scheer likes to claim that he's a godly man, with a "positive" message for Canadians, or Conadians.And not long ago he asked those Conadians what issues they would like him to focus on when Parliament returned. And although one might think that they had told him to focus on his phony tax scam, judging ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Republican Civil War

Donald Trump likes to compare himself favourably to Abraham Lincoln, the only president he believes who was (slightly) greater than him.And when there's a full moon, he has even been heard to describe himself as the Great Uniter.Which of course is hilarious. MAGA !!! MAGA!!! MA HA HA HA!!!But now at least he may have earned himself the ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the New Reform Party

Andrew Scheer likes to describe himself as a new generation leader, but like everything else about him that claim couldn't be more fraudulent.For instead of leading his Cons out of the darkness of the Harper years, he's taking them back to the cowboy days of the Reform Party.And he just can't seem to do anything ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Matt Bruenig examines who is living in poverty in the U.S. – and how policy choices result in many people who can’t feasibly earn wages being stuck below the poverty line: (C)hildren, elderly, disabled people, and students make up around 70 percent of the poor. If you ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Antifa Question. Again

Donald Trump is trying to make us believe that he has turned over a new leaf, and that he's not as bad as we thought he was.But sadly for him it's just not working.For it seems he can't stop comparing Nazis to the Antifa, or anti-fascists, who confront them in the streets.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the federal NDP’s leadership campaign. – NDP McGill has prepared handy summaries of the background and policy proposals of each of the leadership candidates. – Tim Harper writes that Charlie Angus is relying on the NDP’s grassroots as the foundation for his campaign – particularly compared to the new members signed up ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and Canada’s Monstrous Trump Party

In a world where the 24 hour news cycle rules, it's easy to forget how Andrew Scheer became Con leader, after one of the most disgusting leadership campaigns in modern Canadian history.A campaign right out of the Night of the Living Dead… Where the Con zombies stumbled about gnawing on our Canadian values, and trying to out ...

Accidental Deliberations: On discriminatory treatment

Following up on this post, let’s take a look at Tom Parkin’s other recent post which offers plenty of food for thought. Parkin’s view broadly matches Guy Caron’s position on Quebec’s treatment of people who wear niqabs – but seems to me to fall short of making the case for deferring to Quebec’s politicians when ...

wmtc: harry hoo, nick yemana, and the persistence of racism on mainstream tv

My “comedy before bed” TV watching — the habit of a lifetime, and the surest way for me to fall asleep — has gone retro again.* I watched “Get Smart” end-to-end and am now making my way through “Barney Miller”. Harry Hoo, Dr. No, and “Craw, not Craw!” Get Smart was a TV comedy conceived ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Naomi Klein offers her take on why we need to talk about climate change when its effects are most visible: (E)very time we act as if an unprecedented weather event is hitting us out of the blue, as some sort of Act of God that no one foresaw, ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and The Rebel Ties That Bind

As we all know, Andrew Scheer has vowed not to grant more interviews to Ezra Levant's hate mongering Rebel until it changes its "editorial direction."Whatever that means.But after having spent so much time with the Rebel, and after having one of Levant's flunkies run his Con leadership campaign, severing the ties that bind isn't easy.So ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Seth Hanlon and Alexandra Thornton review the evidence from the U.S. showing that tax handouts to the rich don’t produce job gains for the general public. And Binyamin Appelbaum reports on Janet Yellen’s warning that financial deregulation produces bubbles, not sustainable growth. – Alan Freeman is rightly ...