daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: How former PC MLAs fared in the 2017 municipal elections

Photo: Former Alberta PC MLAs Jacquie Fenske, Don Scott, Linda Johnson and Art Johnston Former PC MLAs elected in Fort McMurray They served together in the Legislature from 2012 until 2015, and last week former Fort McMurray-Conklin MLA Don Scott was elected Mayor and former Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo MLA Mike Allen was elected as a Councillor in ...

Montreal Simon: Michelle Rempel’s Bizarre Political Marriage of Convenience

Well we all knew Michelle Rempel was desperate, and I mean desperate to become the interim leader of the shattered and shell shocked Cons.Her late night boozy woozy Twitter monologues have made that only too clear. But who knew she was so desperate that she'd enter into a bizarre political marriage of convenience with of all people Denis ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Regime and the Great Bridge Debacle

Well I see that Denis Lebel, Stephen Harper's Quebec lieutenant, has been forced to beat a humiliating retreat.After trying to rename Montreal's Champlain Bridge after the famous hockey player Maurice "Rocket" Richard.Only to fail miserably.  The replacement for the Champlain Bridge will not bear the name of Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Maurice Richard. Federal Infrastructure Minister ...

A BCer in Toronto: Duffy drama obscures a concerning rift on sovereignty in Harper cabinet

While yesterday’s press conference by Mike Duffy’s lawyer further ensnaring the Prime Minister’s Office (beyond the departed Nigel Wright) into the Senate expense drama and Stephen Harper’s transparent evasions in question period will dominate today’s clips and political chatter, it’s obscuring a more serious and concerning issue: an apparent rift in Harper’s cabinet over sovereignty. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Question and answer

Sixth Estate and impolitical have both followed up on the Cons’ attempts to attack Canada’s opposition parties for having the nerve to ask questions of their government by noting that in contrast to the Cons’ spin, the UK offers answers to MPs’ questions at a hundredth of the cost. But I’ll note that there’s plenty ...

Leftist Jab: Aveos: Denis Lebel More Or Less Says Chuck Strahl Lied To Parliament

Denis Lebel’s formal salute to union workers involves another finger. When Air Canada passed off its maintenance jobs to Aveos in 2011, there was a significant outcry about the move. Nobody at Air Canada wanted to go to Aveos which had financing issues as late as 2010. They were told to take the deal that ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – The Mark is the latest to point out that the NDP’s success in winning over former Bloc members and/or sovereigntists should be considered a huge victory rather than reason for criticism: The Globe, at least, notes that “Canadians want, and need, former sovereigntists to join the ranks of ...

CalgaryGrit: Fun with Numbers: The Conservatives

Last month, I looked at ridings where the Liberals exceeded expectations. Today, a look at ridings where the Tories did better than we would have thought given what was going on around them. If you’re confused about what the numbers in brackets mean, check out my first post on this topic. I’m not saying it ...

Accidental Deliberations: Still feigned indignation

At the very least, the media finally seems to have picked up on the reality that all Canadian national parties include some former Bloc members and/or sovereigntists in their ranks. But that leads to the next obvious problem: that it’s scolding the NDP for a position it doesn’t hold rather than picking up on a ...

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": Ok I’ll Bite

So, what are the Conservatives saying, that Denis Lebel has no chance of ever becoming leader of the Conservatives because of his separatist past? How about Maxime Bernier? Does that reasoning apply to him as well?

Accidental Deliberations: On distinguishing factors

Lest there be any doubt, it’s still ridiculous to pretend that any person’s past involvement in a Quebec sovereigntist party should be taken to disqualify that person from Canada’s public discourse. But for those looking to facilitate the Cons’ attacks on the NDP by trying to differentiate between Con MP and cabinet minister Denis Lebel ...

Impolitical: The bridge silliness

I think Patrick Lagacé has it right on the comedy of errors we saw play out this week in respect of Montreal’s Champlain bridge, its decrepit state and the oh-so-secret study on its state of repair that Transport Minister Denis Lebel tried not to release. Lagacé wonders what we should be afraid of more, Denis ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Evening Links

Assorted content to end your day. – Charlie Angus is leading the charge against the Cons’ plan to ram through lawful access legislation, labeling it as warrantless snooping and spying on Canadians. We’ll have to see how far Angus can get in swaying public opinion, but a concerted effort over the summer could go a ...

Accidental Deliberations: A bridge to know-nothingness

Shorter Denis Lebel: Ignorance is bliss. And we’re hard at work making sure Canadians are nothing less than euphoric.