Montreal Simon: My Fabulous Canada Day Long Weekend

Well I must say my Canada 150 long weekend was about 150% better than I had hoped it would be.The music and the fireworks were amazing. Some friends from Montreal were staying with me, so I was able to party in both official languages.And for the first time I felt that our other founding nations ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Absurd Alberta Kerfuffle

I thought Justin Trudeau did a great job of presiding over the Canada Day festivities in Ottawa, as well as representing the spirit of the new generation.But as you probably know, he made a small mistake. To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a speech to a cheering crowd in Ottawa Saturday, highlighting the ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 24: Enough Canada already … eh?

I am now, officially, Canada’d out. Canada celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation on Saturday with an orgy of government-sponsored patriotism. Now, I’m as patriotic as the next person, but I feel like I’ve OD’d in the most Canadian way … on maple syrup. Even that joke is too Canadian for me today. Sorry. Oops, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada 150: Reconciling who we are with who we want to be

Today, on the occasion of Canada 150, we should be asking ourselves tough questions relating to the role of public policy in Canada’s ongoing efforts at reconciling with Indigenous people. According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: “Above all, we must deliberately put Indigenous voices and lived experiences at the centre of policy-making conversations ...

Montreal Simon: Canada Day: Is It True Canadians Don’t Know How To Party?

I must admit I'm in a mood to party, I've got so many reasons to celebrate.The regatta season has begun. I've just graduated from more than two months of rehab to fully recover from my motorcycle accident. So I can finally join them out there this weekend.I'm off to Europe next week, and I'm taking you with ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Asserting our Knowledge #nlpoli

Opinions are great things. Everyone is entitled to them. Not every opinion, though, is equal in value or validity or, as former CBC boss Tony Manera showed recently, in veracity.  Manera wrote an opinion column for the Ottawa Citizen that appeared on Thursday. He offered three changes to the constitution that he said would fittingly ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Asserting our Knowledge #nlpoli

Opinions are great things. Everyone is entitled to them. Not every opinion, though, is equal in value or validity or, as former CBC boss Tony Manera showed recently, in veracity.  Manera wrote an opinion column for the Ottawa Citizen that appeared on Thursday. He offered three changes to the constitution that he said would fittingly ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 1: The taxman cometh

Here in the Glorious People’s Republic of Alberta, we have begun the process of saving the Earth, 4.5 cents a litre at a time. The NDP government introduced its Climate Change Plan Jan. 1 , slapping taxes on the stuff that we use to drive our vehicles and heat our homes. The fuel tax is ...

Montreal Simon: The Great Con Canada Birthday Scam

I'll always remember the day Stephen Harper decided to start celebrating Canada's 150th birthday, three years early.And how critics warned that the infrastructure money that came with it could be used by the Cons as a giant slush fund.And sure enough they were right. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Great Canada Birthday Scam

Stephen Harper has spent more than a billion dollars on porky ads trying to brainwash   Canadians, with their own money.He has tried to hypnotize us into believing that his is a good government, and that he is a Great Leader. Even though he is the worst leader of the worst government in Canadian history.And ...

Bill Longstaff: Our 150th birthday bash … all about war

If there was any remaining doubt that the Conservative government has a militaristic view of history, check out Canada 150, the website for Canada’s 150th anniversary. Note that the only subject with its own heading is “World War Commemorations.” Then click on the “Road to 2017” and peruse the milestones. You will discover that out ...