Alberta Politics: Alberta appoints new deputy minister of health to replace department’s controversial former top civil servant

PHOTOS: Milton Sussman, Alberta’s new Deputy Minister of Health, as president and CEO of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (Photo: CBC). Below: His controversial predecessor, Carl Amrhein, whose last day of employment with the Alberta Government was Friday (Photo: Government of Alberta). The Alberta government has appointed a new deputy minister to oversee the province’s ...

Alberta Politics: Derek Fildebrandt’s mini-Skypalace: proof Tory entitlement is still a thing in Alberta

PHOTOS: A scene from Derek Fildebrandt’s mini-Skypalace, the taxpayer subsidized Fildepartment in downtown Edmonton, grabbed from his Airbnb listing. Note the binoculars to the right of the window, presumably used for spotting examples of taxpayer dollars being wasted in the high-rises beyond. Below: The Fildebed, the Fildecloset, the Fildepot and the Fildebrandt. Can you imagine ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Meagan Gilmore examines how an increased minimum wage is good for business. – Hannah Aldridge offers some suggestions to keep a poverty reduction strategy on target. And Make Poverty History notes that Brian Pallister is offering a textbook example of how not to do it by ignoring his ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Jordon Cooper writes that the Saskatchewan Party’s slash-and-burn budget confirms that for them, the poor don’t matter. CBC reports on the devastating effect the budget will have on municipalities, while Courtney Markewitch reports that Saskatoon’s city council is fighting back. And Joel Senick notes that the planned shutdown ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson comment on the moral and practical harm done by continued inequality: Inequality matters because, as a robust and growing body of evidence shows, the populations of societies with bigger income differences tend to have poorer physical and mental health, more illicit drug use, ...

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley does remarkably well in face of unrelenting campaign of vilification … Sun newspapers? Not so much …

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Below: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, the Mr. Congeniality of Confederation if you believe his press clippings; Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. Notwithstanding a flagging economy and an unprecedented campaign of continual vilification by mass media, Astro-Turf agitators, corporate-bankrolled think tanks, right-wing academics and a nearly hysterical online conservative rage machine, Alberta ...

Paul S. Graham: What’s a Manitoba Lefty to do?

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives won a majority government last week, leaving many left-of-centre citizens feeling somewhat shell-shocked and adrift on a sea of uncertainty after 17 years of predictable but increasingly unsatisfactory NDP government. Even though the outcome had been foreseen for many months by all but the most optimistic Dippers, many professed shock that the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Post: A Manitoban Reflects On His Province’s Choice of Brian Pallister’s Conservatives

I have a friend in Winnipeg with whom I regularly speak and correspond. Although he does not work in the field, he is possessed of a keen mind and a journalist’s instincts and methodology that enable him to frequently uncover an array of misbehaviour on the part of public officials and organizations. I have urged ...

Alberta Politics: Ric McIver’s tantrum and return to the House explained: In Alberta, being a Tory means never having to say you’re sorry!

PHOTOS: Interim Tory Leader Ric McIver, mid tantrum, tells Alberta Speaker Bob Wanner he’s not sitting down until he gets his way! Below: Mr. Wanner, looking appropriately annoyed; the notorious Dr. Benjamin Spock; and an advertisement for Brylcreem, just one of the many terrible things North American liberals keep having to answer for. Bottom: My ...

Montreal Simon: Brian Pallister is Caught Stretching the Truth. Again.

Two days ago I told you how Brian Pallister, the PC leader of Manitoba, had been found to be spending a LOT of time in sunny Costa Rica.And had lied about where he was during the height of the 2014 flood.Well now it turns out that he wasn't entirely honest about his holdings in that Central American ...

Montreal Simon: Meet Brian Pallister the PC Leader of Manitoba AND Costa Rica

Brian Pallister is the Progressive Conservative leader of Manitoba.And in just four days he is widely expected to be elected as the new premier of that province.But now there seems to be some confusion.Will he be the new leader of Manitoba or Costa Rica?Read more »

Calgary Grit: Quotes of the Year

Scroll to the bottom to vote on your favourite quote… “I am Conservative. I am a traditionalist. I wish I left Cabinet in the traditional way – with a sex scandal!” –Stephen Fletcher, after being removed from Cabinet “When I stand back and look at the cast of candidates, even I would pick me. I ...

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Tis The Season For Bigotry And Ass-Hattery!

Religiously deluded, bigoted, right-wingnuts say the darndest things. Just the other day, Manitoban PC leader Brian Pallister wished the very best to “all you infidel atheists out there”. Say again? “All you infidel atheists” He didn’t say that. He really did. On camera. Check the vid. Pretty amazing, right? But it gets even better. This ...

Montreal Simon: Brian Pallister and the Theocon Conspiracy

Well I see that Brian Pallister, the leader of the Manitoba Conservatives, wants everybody to know that he didn't mean to offend any unbelievers by calling them "infidel atheists." Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says he didn’t mean to offend anyone last week when he wished everyone, including "infidel atheists," the best of the holiday season ...

Blevkog: Greetings from Winnipeg, you infidel atheists!

Just in case we waver and forget how the base Conservative actually views those of us who have eschewed organised religion: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/seasons-greetings—-even-to-infidel-atheists-pallister-234034381.html Conservative Leader Brian Pallister says he didn’t mean to offend anyone last week when he wished everyone, including “infidel atheists,” the best of the holiday season… “I’m always disappointed when people misrepresent the ...

Trashy's World: Wow. This guy is a piece of work!

Conservatives. Ah. Some of them never cease to amaze me. Take this guy for example. I guess, as one of those infidel atheists (or I.A’s, as we like to be called) I should thank him? But this is just so damned awkward. He clearly doesn’t quite know what to make of us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfs_Rg3YeXY Let see… ...