Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau’s Wonderful Message of Tolerance

It's finally starting to feel like Spring in the place where I live, and after a long hard winter I am reminded again why I love Canada so much.Soon I'll be out on the lake feeling the fresh wind in my face, far from the madding crowd and all the problems of this troubled world. And ...

Montreal Simon: Ramadan and the Story of Ibraheem

As you may know, Muslims around the world are preparing to observe Ramadan, a month of fasting and religious reflection.And it comes at a difficult time.What with the horror in Gaza.And the rise of anti-Muslim bigotry everywhere including Canada, where scuzzy hate mongers like Ezra Levant make a living peddling hatred against them.So to try ...

Montreal Simon: Doug Ford and the Rise of the Beastly Bigots

You don't see or hear much from Doug Ford these days. The Team Harper gang who are running his campaign are clearly planning to muzzle their monkey.And turn his bus into a fortress where the media aren't welcome.And who can blame them eh?The last thing they need is the big gorilla trying to answer complicated ...

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Celebrate #EmpathyDay with a good book. Last year, a prosecutor in the US state of Virginia asked a judge to hand down an unusual sentence. Five teens had defaced a historic structure — a Jim Crow- era schoolhouse for African-American children — with swastikas and other racist graffiti. The judge agreed with the prosecutor — ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the Fascist Horror of Faith Goldy

It looked like some kind of low budget religious TV program, with a host and a guest who were made for each other.Faith Goldy, the monstrous Christian Crusader and white supremacist, and Andrew Scheer, the creepy religious fanatic and alt-right sympathizer who would be Prime Minister.Sitting in one of Ezra Levant's ratty Rebel studios, all but ...

Montreal Simon: Doug Ford and the Enema of My Enemies

Well he's now officially the leader, or the Boss of Bosses, of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario.After complaining about "serious irregularities" poor old Christine Elliott has hurriedly surrendered.“After completing my review, I am confident in the results. I extend my congratulations to Doug Ford on a hard-fought campaign.” And Doug "Meat Head" Ford, Brother ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – May Boeve and Michael Brune comment on the danger that political- and court-based attacks on U.S. unions could substantially weaken the progressive movement as a whole. But Jane McAlevey writes that West Virginia’s successful teachers’ strike may provide an important reminder that the power of collective action can ...

Montreal Simon: The Day The Ontario Cons Ate Themselves Alive

I watched the first debate of the Ontario PC leadership candidates live on Twitter yesterday afternoon at work, instead of watching the tape on TV several hours later when I got home.Which was annoying, since I was occasionally interrupted, and missed parts of it.But as it turns out that wasn't a totally bad thing, because it ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media, Andrew Scheer, and the Rebel Connection

For months I have been hoping that our shabby media would notice how Andrew Scheer's Cons and Ezra Levant's hate mongering Rebel were beginning to resemble each other.With Levant seeming or screaming to tell Scheer what to do.And yesterday they finally did, sort of.It began when the Con propaganda machine began calling for an emergency debate on ...

Montreal Simon: The Killing of Colten Boushie and the Bigots in Saskatchewan

APTN News A young indigenous man out for a joy ride with his friends. An old white farmer with a gun collection large enough to equip a small army.A gun that goes off "accidentally" and an "accidental bullet" that hits Colten Boushie in the back of the head.An all-white jury that acquits Gerald Stanley of ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Bigot Nonos

Last Monday night Justin Trudeau attended a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Quebec City mosque massacre.And during his speech he criticized one of Quebec's largest far-right groups, La Meute or Wolf Pack.Calling them "nonos" which roughly translates as dummies or bozos.It's easy to condemn racism, intolerance and discrimination against the Muslim community. We know who ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Matthew Sears writes that we would be much better off prioritizing more than just cutting short-term costs and prices in making choices: Are we really unwilling to pay more for our coffee as we are on our way to our well-paid and comfortable jobs (as mine certainly ...

Montreal Simon: The Mosque Massacre and the Bigotry of Indifference

It's been one year since the Le Pen groupie Alexandre Bissonnette burst into a Quebec City mosque and opened fire on a group of helpless worshippers.He killed six people, and wounded nineteen others. It was a horrifying massacre and a real nightmare. But what I find almost as disturbing, is what happened afterwards.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Scary Story And Many Roles of Kellie Leitch

She came charging out of the Great White Somewhere on her trusty Canadian steed, Goober.She claimed that we were in great danger, and that only she could save our country, and its precious Tim Horton values.But sadly Kellie Leitch couldn't even save herself.And now she's finally calling it quits.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Did Ezra Levant’s Ghastly Rebel Trigger a Terrorist Act in Britain?

I like to mock Ezra Levant and his ratty rag The Rebel.As I did yesterday.But of course the man is not a joke, or at least not funny, and I have always worried that his relentless hate mongering might lead to tragedy.By inspiring one of his sick followers to hurt or kill people.And now it ...

Montreal Simon: Ezra Levant and the Slow Death of The Rebel

As everybody knows Ezra Levant is Andrew Scheer's favourite right-wing YouTube host.Although relations have been strained ever since Scheer was forced to pretend he hardly knew Levant.And ran off with the co-founder of The Rebel, Hamish Marshall.Leaving Levant bobbing up and down in his own excrement, and The Rebel sinking like the Titanic.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Shithole Presidency

Donald Trump has always been a racist. From the day he launched his campaign to the monstrous place we are in now.But yesterday had to be his worst and most racist day ever.He was up late the night before, tweeting away. Trying to deny that he had called El Salvador, Haiti, and some African countries "shitholes" ...

Montreal Simon: The Inspiring Courage of Justin Trudeau

I've now had a chance to watch two of Justin Trudeau's Town Halls. And although I always find it hard in the cold dark days of January to get excited about anything. I have been extremely impressed by this remarkable democratic exercise.   Justin Trudeau's town halls are a great democratic exercise and example of ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Gerald Caplan writes about the existential threats to humanity which are being either escalated or ignored: We are rapidly approaching the same kind of escalation that led the world to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, with humankind on the very brink of nuclear war and nuclear destruction. ...

Montreal Simon: The Slow Implosion and Appalling Cowardice of Andrew Scheer

For months Andrew Scheer has attacked Justin Trudeau like a bat out of hell.Accusing him of being incompetent, corrupt, a crook, even a terrorist sympathizer. The Con media let him and his Cons get away with it, and it has been a sordid spectacle that has badly damaged our democracy.A reminder of the days when ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Big Beyak Bigot Problem

As you know Andrew Scheer is now desperate to improve his image, and try to convince Canadians he is not a bigot.After the Globe editorial board questioned his commitment to tolerance.Mr. Scheer has apparently made it a priority to rebrand his party as a Canada's brightest beacon of tolerance. Based on what we've seen, he may ...

Montreal Simon: Is The Con Media Turning Against Andrew Scheer?

Yesterday, I wrote about a Globe article where Andrew Scheer claimed that him and his Cons were more tolerant than the Liberals.And I wondered whether Scheer was losing his mind, and why the Globe would print such nonsense. So I'm happy to see the Globe is now trying to make up for that.And for Scheer and ...

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 ...