Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Some people are concerned about the Senate’s self-definition as a council of owls seeking to keep less-privileged citizens from governing in their own interests. But have they considered this might be a perfectly fair description?

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Some of us might offer a lot more outrage over the histrionics in response to Justin Trudeau’s statement of fact on the need to phase out fossil fuels if his own attack dogs hadn’t fomented the exact same hysteria when it suited their purposes.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Memo to those commentators perpetually seeking any available excuse to compare Brad Wall to historical leaders: now would be an ideal time to point out his government’s turn toward the Reaganesque.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

If, having spent spending nearly a decade and hundreds of thousands of dollars of donors’ money as a national party leader, I could think of no more important issue to be flogged at every opportunity than how much TV air time other people demanded for me, I’d see reason for a serious look at whether ...

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

In general, we should be appalled by the idea of letting catastrophic climate change run amok and force people to abandon their homes and communities. But for a few self-selected people, it’s tough not to see some poetic justice in the possibility.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

It’s always a relief to know our governments are constantly negotiating free trade deals to make sure no possible bidders are unfairly shut out of public procurement processes. That is, unless they’re Canadian.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

I’ve written before about the dangers of government by manufactured crisis – which is all too familiar under the Harper Cons and the Wall Sask Party alike. But in light of recent events, I feel compelled to add that an inexplicable “you must accept our plan NOW! NOW! NOW!” only gets worse when followed by ...

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

The Liberals, at their self-perceived best, lag many years behind the principled curve set by the NDP. (Meanwhile, who’s taking odds as to the number of formerly-Lib Senators who will be recruited by the we’ll-take-anybody Greens?)

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

In times like these, it’s vitally important that we not connect dots like “oil”, “rail”, “deregulation”, “explosion” and “disaster”. Because otherwise, people might start demanding that our corporate reduce the likelihood that we’ll have far more similar incidents to come.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

“The Conservatives are being asinine, let’s shut down Parliament!” isn’t a recipe for more functional politics, it’s a means of encouraging more asinine behaviour from the Conservatives.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

An infinite number of monkeys using an infinite number of typewriters will eventually produce the Kirby report on health care reform. This is not a sound argument for spending hundreds of millions of public dollars on monkeys with typewriters.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

If a non-Con federal government even hinted at this kind of policy in dealing with provinces, the western Village would collapse under the weight of its own hysterical shrieking. But because it only involves Stephen Harper trying to extort resources from First Nations, I don’t expect to hear of it again.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Brad Wall’s contrived outrage over foreign interference in domestic policy might be a bit less laughable if he didn’t make so much of a show of trying to dictate the U.S.’ own decisions. [Edit: fixed wording.]

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

I for one proudly stand in favour of preventing bad things from happening. And I’d think it’s worth being rather concerned that our federal government and its corporate puppetmasters disagree.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Much as I generally promote open access to information, I’m starting to come around to the idea that the Cons should feel free to apply a “national security” exemption to pretty much any information about their decision-making. After all, if anybody around the globe knew exactly what they’re dealing with in the Cons, Canada would ...

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Boy, this would seem like a great opportunity for anybody truly concerned about government interference in a fulsome political debate to make the case for freedom of speech. We could even label that hero with a pithy term like “free speech warrior”. Now if only such a person existed.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

I’m pretty sure the monorail salesmen concerned business interests spending so much money equating “keeping Regina growing” with “sticking Regina with the tab for a new stadium” will start showing their evidence linking the two any day now. Yesiree, any day now…

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Five months after the election of Canada’s first-ever NDP official opposition at the federal level, it’s now been declared conventional wisdom that the real opposition comes from provincial governments (who, last I checked, were limited in their ability to spend much time pointing out the federal government’s failings since they have their own provinces to ...

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

I’m sure it’s utterly preposterous to even suggest that it’s theoretically possible that the Harper Cons might want to torch public money just for the sake of torching public money.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

If there’s any more important qualification for a Harper Con cabinet member than being described as “incredibly stupid” with a “colossal lack of judgment”, it’s a willingess to mislead the public.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

I know I appreciate when partisan hacks who declared the NDP could never become the Official Opposition then fought to keep it from happening offer their entirely sincere instructions as to how to how to build from here.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Somehow, I’m sure this proves that the NDP can’t hope to hold its public support now that Jack Layton isn’t around to lead it into the next election.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

The Conservatives might stand a better chance being taken seriously in talking about health-care accountability if they hadn’t been the ones to end it.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Nothing says open and accountable government like a little-known fiscal commission labouring in the shadows to decree what public services will get slashed and/or sold off. That is, unless it’s also timed to to override the results of an election.

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Anybody who sees the need to treat Amnesty International as an “adversary” has every reason to take a much closer look at whether they’re on the right side.