Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Madness in the White House

It's a scary sight, but the Trump White House is starting to look a lot like the last days in the Fuhrer bunker.With the Orange Fuhrer raging like a madman, and firing people left and right.Everybody in that sweaty bunker wondering who is next? And nobody able to feel safe.Read more »

Warren Kinsella: Hate and extremism in the Trump era – today at U of C’s Faculty of Law, live

This afternoon, I will be doing the Merv Leitch Memorial Lecture at my alma mater, the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law. The topic, as the poster says, is the explosion in hate and extremism post-Brexit and post-Trump. And what we, in a civil society, can do about it. It’s open to the public and ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Justin Trudeau Made Donald Trump Look Like A Loser

For months our ratty Con media has tried to damage Justin Trudeau, and diminish his status abroad.And of course some like the miserable Andrew Scheer have gone even further… But luckily that treasonous Trumpling is only negotiating with others in his own mind.And it's just been revealed that when Justin met Donald he made the president ...

Montreal Simon: President Chicken and the Gun Control Kids

He talked up a storm after the Stoneman Douglas high school massacre. He talked about raising the age you can buy certain weapons. He said he wasn't afraid of the NRA.But sadly Donald Trump WAS afraid of the NRA, and he folded like a cheap suit. On Sunday night, Trump unveiled his proposal on guns in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The last adult has left the White House.

President Donald Trump has fired secretary of state Rex Tillerson. He fired him on that children’s program Twitter. And, in case Tillerson might not have checked Twitter, Trump phoned him from Airforce One and made sure he knew he was fired. Tillerson will, regrettably, go down in history as the least effective American secretary of ...

Alberta Politics: Who saw Donald Trump coming? Not Simon Reisman, that’s for sure, but maybe Ed Broadbent and John Turner

PHOTOS: Simon Reisman’s business card. Below: Mr. Reisman, chief Canadian negotiator of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement in a screenshot of a blurry CBC archival broadcast; a recent shot of Brian Mulroney (Photo: Mike Feraco); Toronto Star political columnist Thomas Walkom; and lobbyist Robin Sears. Circa 1986, I recognized Simon Reisman one afternoon on a ...

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney find common ground, sort of … on dubious pipeline posturing

PHOTOS: Kinder Morgan Inc.’s Trans Mountain Pipeline. (Photo: Handout from Kinder Morgan Canada.) Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney, U of A economist Andrew Leach, and British Columbia Premier John Horgan. I guess we can understand why Jason Kenney acts like Alberta has all the powers of a sovereign nation. After all, ...

Mind Bending Politics: Doug Ford Wins Ontario PC Leadership With Chants of MOGA

Trumpism has come to Ontario. The highly unpopular movement in the US fueled by social conservatives has reared its head in Ontario politics last night when controversial PC leadership candidate Doug Ford won the Progressive Conservative leadership amidst social media chants of Make Ontario Great Again (MOGA which is ripped from Trump’s Make America Great ...

Alberta Politics: Unity at all costs? Ontario PC choice of Doug Ford as leader shows need for principled conservative division

PHOTOS: Doug Ford in 2014 (Photo: Bruce Reeve, Creative Commons). Below: Toronto’s calamitous mayor Rob Ford, who died in 2016; second-place Ontario PC candidate Christine Elliott, who has not yet conceded the victory to Doug Ford; Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney; and U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photos: All from the Wikimedia Commons but for the ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Ballad of Stormy Daniels

I never did understand, and never will, how Donald Trump could boast of grabbing women by their private parts, act like a sexist pig, and a pervert.And still be elected president of the United States of America.It's so depressing, and so infuriating, and the stench of corruption burns the nostrils.But it seems that justice may ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: ‘Chuckles’ Scheer, meet Donald Trump.

Did you hear that Andrew ‘Chuckles’ Scheer, Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in Ottawa, wants to move the Canadian embassy in Israel to Jerusalem? He must have heard that is what U.S. President Trump intends to do. That is a very bad move by Chuckles. The problem is that the Canadian conservative leader wants ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Taming of Donald Trump

Justin Trudeau has always known how to handle Donald Trump better than any other world leader, with the possible exception of Vladimir Putin.He knows how to use his charm to disarm him. He knows how to avoid the grip of a bully.He knows how to return the favour, and squeeze Trump's tiny hands like a rubber ball. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Russian Spy Poisoned, Steele Dossier, Donald Trump – Sounds Like a Hollywood Movie

He was a former Russian intelligence officer nabbed in Moscow in 2004 for having betrayed his country to Britain’s MI6 in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was a colonel when he retired in 1999, moving on to work for the Russian Foreign Ministry. Tried and convicted of high treason, Sergei Skripal was handed over ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: “We stand on guard for thee.”

The last time our parliamentarians screwed around with Canada’s national anthem, they were trying to make it gender neutral. What they accomplished was to have some of us singing different words, others of us confused and all of us stuck with awkward phrasing. And it is tough to fake that you are singing along under ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Bully Pulpit of Donald Trump.

President Theodore Roosevelt said, more than 100 years ago, that the White House is a bully pulpit. It means something very different to the bully in today’s White House. Roosevelt saw the bully pulpit as a position for good. Trump sees it as a position to abuse the less powerful. He is a bully in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Small men. Big rockets. Bad news.

What are the similarities between Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un? They all think they have the biggest, fastest, most invincible nuclear weapons. They all think of themselves as wielding immense power. They all fear for their position in a true democracy. How would Mr. Putin survive in a country with a free news ...

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Finally Cracking Up?

He's shown signs of cracking up before. His shrinking inner circle claims he's still the same old Donald Trump.But others say something is happening to him. And that he's never looked or sounded so crazy. And I see what they mean.He's threatening to impose punishing tariffs on steel and aluminum products, even though that could ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The bravado of President Trump.

Every time we have needed a warming thought in these blah days of winter, we have pictured President Trump running into a school to rescue children from a mentally ill person with a gun. It is similar to the bravado of a 12-year old suggesting that teachers be armed: ludicrous. There are times when that ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Putin Told Trump The Bromance Is Over

It was never as torrid an affair as many people imagined. The two political thugs were forced to admire each other from afar.Thank goodness.But it was an affair. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin slathered praise all over each other.While I, like so many others I'm sure, just hoped that the two men would stare into ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Thomas Walkom and Andre Picard took the time to wonder whether the Libs actually planned to deliver on pharmacare before Bill Morneau confirmed otherwise. – Joe Fries examines the history of P3s in British Columbia. And Alex MacPherson breaks the news that the Saskatchewan Party is planning ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump: Comic Book Hero or President Chicken?

The voices in Donald Trump's head are screaming so loudly these days, he's been shooting off in all directions.One moment he's all for raising the age limit for buying a gun, the next moment he isn't.And of course this is just a really bad joke.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – The New York Times’ editorial board comments on the predictable flow of the Trump tax cuts toward primarily the few who already had more wealth than they could possibly put to productive use. And Tom Parkin discusses Jagmeet Singh’s expectation that Canadians expect better from their government: ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: They are killing their children in America.

It seems that Bashar al-Assad needs the Russians to help him kill children in Syria. Many world organizations have already charged al-Assad with crimes against humanity. But what about Donald Trump’s crimes against humanity? Is he not culpable when he caters to his friends in the National Rifle Association (NRA)? Does he really think the ...

Montreal Simon: The Parkland Kids Take On Donald Trump and the Gun Lobby

It was a day to remember. A day of extraordinary sights and sounds. Like Donald Trump being forced to listen to sobbing teenagers and the parents of their murdered friends. And trying to show he felt their pain, with the help of some scribbled notes. Which as Billy Bragg says is beyond belief. When I saw this pic late last ...

Montreal Simon: Lost in the Madness of the Land of the Trump Beast

When I was a boy no book made more of an impression on me than did William Golding's Lord of the Flies.And no scene was more horrifying than the one when the gentle Simon comes across the Lord of the Flies himself, a pig's head on a stake.And as the other boys rampage across the ...