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 »

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 ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Whole Gay Thing

Recently Brad Trost and Jason Kenney made some troubling comments about the whole gay thing and the progressives just won’t let it go. Trost, a “full spectrum” conservative, believes in all three conservative values: social conservatism, fiscal conservatism, and democratic populist conservatism.  He recently shared his views on “the whole gay thing” in a campaign ...

Susan on the Soapbox: A Pollster Finally Gets It Right

We see chaos, Nik Nanos sees trends. Mr Nanos heads up Nanos Research, a leading Canadian research company and official pollster for CTV News, the Globe and Mail, and Bloomberg News.  Last week he spoke at the Merv Leitch Lectures Series sponsored by the University of Calgary. His topic—politics in the age of voter rage ...

Alberta Politics: Happy New Year! AlbertaPolitics.ca’s Top Ten political predictions for 2017

PHOTOS: Your blogger, in hat, contemplates the difference between the renamed Conservative Party of Alberta and the renamed Conservative Party of Alberta. That’s not a typo. See Prediction No. 9 below for an explanation. Actual Alberta political commentators may not appear exactly as illustrated in this screenshot. Below (with predictions): Former Progressive Conservative MLA Sandra ...

Alberta Politics: Canada’s Conservatives have taken their greatest strength and bulldozed it to the ground: this will not end well for them

PHOTOS: Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates Kellie Leitch, Chris Alexander and Brad Trost get ready for their next debate on how best to Make Canada Great Again. Actual CPC leadership candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Former Alberta Progressive Conservative premier Ed Stelmach, Alberta PC leadership candidate Jason Kenney, and Liberal Prime ...

Alberta Politics: Death threats, a noose on a hockey stick, opponents kicked out … Calgary Rebel Media rally was another goon show

PHOTOS: They say a photo is worth a thousand words. This one, taken at Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media rally in Calgary yesterday, certainly speaks for itself. Obviously, not all the NDP supporters were successfully purged from the meeting. Below: Chris Alexander, Mr. Levant and Kellie Leitch. Mr. Aleander and Ms. Leitch appears in CBC photos ...

Alberta Politics: ‘Oh, there you go Bradsplaining again!’ Like it or not, Brads from Saskatchewan just can’t control their Bradsplaining

PHOTOS: Federal Conservative leadership candidate and Bradsplainer Brad Trost shows he’s hip to the jive with this newfangled technology stuff. (Photo from BradTrost.ca.) Below: Brad Wall, another well-known Bradsplainer, Bradsplaining, and blogger word-coiner Dave Cournoyer, kitted out to observe one of Rebel Media’s rallies. Uh-oh! We’re about to be “Bradsplained”! Bradsplaining, a useful coinage by ...

Politics and its Discontents: More From The Conservative Braintrust

Well, we know what an abomination Kellie Leitch is as a Conservative leadership hopeful, but what about Brad Trost? The pool, it would seem, is very, very shallow: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose’s Desperate Attempt to Sabotage Electoral Reform

You might think that Rona Ambrose's main concern would be the way her allegedly new/nouveau party is turning into a collection of bigots and right-wing religious extremists. What with Kellie Leitch trying to scapegoat refugees and immigrants for their "anti-Canadian values."While Brad Trost stands up for those anti-Canadian values by taking aim at women and gay Canadians.And the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Owen Jones offers his take on how the UK’s Labour Party should proceed following Jeremy Corbyn’s most recent leadership victory – and while the exact circumstances may not apply to the NDP’s upcoming leadership campaigns, his ideas as to how to combine the interests of base supporters and ...

Montreal Simon: Brad Trost, Jason Kenney, and the Homophobic Cons

Press ProgressIt seems I might have been a bit too hasty when I labelled the Harper Party, the Trump Party.For while Kellie Leitch and Tony Clement are doing their pathetic best to foster that impression… And I'm sure both those losers will eventually succeed in labelling it the Trump Party in the eyes of most Canadians.It's ...

Montreal Simon: Candice Bergen and the Sad State of the Con Leadership Race

Yesterday I tried illustrate the effect Stephen Harper's foul legacy was having on the Con leadership race.With the most mediocre candidates that party and this country has ever seen shuffling around or buzzing around, seeking to replace him.And I wrote that I didn't think it could get any worse.But sadly I was wrong.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Candice Bergen and the Sad State of the Con Leadership Race

Yesterday I tried illustrate the effect Stephen Harper's foul legacy was having on the Con leadership race.With the most mediocre candidates that party and this country has ever seen shuffling around or buzzing around, seeking to replace him.And I wrote that I didn't think it could get any worse.But sadly I was wrong.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Another Religious Fanatic Prepares to Join The Con Leadership race

Yesterday I told you how ever since Jason Kenney announced he was flying off to Alberta to fight the godless commies, the Con's religious base has has been in a frigging frenzy.Demanding that another religious fanatic be summoned to lead the Harper Party.And it seems that their prayers are being answered. The former speaker Andrew ...

Montreal Simon: Another Religious Fanatic Prepares to Run for Con Leader

As we all know the hideous religious fanatic Jason Kenney has been hinting strongly that he is about to leave Ottawa, and ride west to unite the right in Alberta.No doubt believing that he will be given a hero's welcome, or be greeted like Jesus himself.Which sadly for him appears to be more and more ...

Montreal Simon: The Courage of Mauril Bélanger and the Idiocy of the Cons

I don't know how he did it. It must have taken all the strength still left in his dying body.His muscles are locking up. By now he probably can't smile or even close his eyes. It's getting harder and harder to breathe.But somehow Mauril Bélanger made it to the House of Commons for what is almost certainly ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Rona Ambrose Called Justin Trudeau a Woman

It was a bizarre apparition. At the Con convention yesterday during a discussion on how to modernize the Harper Party, MP Marilyn Gladu came out dressed as the Grim Reaper. In what was apparently an attempt to make fun of the idea that the Cons are doomed after losing the last election.But as it turns out maybe ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Tabatha Southey rightly turns Brad Trost into a poster boy for the Harper Cons’ deliberate aversion to critical self-evaluation: We shouldn’t be too quick to judge. Let’s instead take a cue from Conservative MP Brad Trost, who, when questioned regarding the calls, said, “I don’t think there was ...

Canadian Soapbox: Brad Trost says Harper is not Pro-Life and chastises the PMO

I just finished reading a Macleans interview with Conservative backbench MP Brad Trost.  For those, like me, who’ve seen his name in the press about the issue of abortion, and formed the opinion that he is a one string banjo plucking the Pro-Life chord over and over…I strongly suggest giving it a read.  I think you’ll find the interview ...

Brad Trost equates limiting women’s choice with US civil rights movement. Really.

The newest attack on progressives in the US has been to preempt liberal heroes like Martin Luther King for their own devices, to skew their point of view into attacks on women, the poor and the infirmed. It’s a brilliant if somewhat limited strategy. The ridiculousness of this form of attack soon overcomes its short ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: First Abortion Then Contraception or is it the Other Way Around?

Remember the Lil Rascals and their He-man Women Haters Club?  Well they grew up and helped to launch the conservative movement. In the United States, in the 21st century, GOP presidential hopefuls, are now arguing over the legality of contraception.  Can you imagine? Contraception? It’s being labelled a womens issue, but how many men out there ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Abortion Debate

 This Interim piece proceeds upon the wrong assumption.  Progressives want to have a “respectful” debate with the government side on Abortion.  We do!  So please keep those petitions and private Members bills coming.  And, Prime Minister Harper, I beseech you, let your back-benchers speak!

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Paul Wells points out that despite the Cons’ best efforts to get Canadians to panic over the state of our retirement system, the truth is that we’re actually better positioned now than was projected 20 years ago. (And for those looking inexplicably for middle ground between the status ...