In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 6: All Trump, all the time

Has there ever been a leader (or, in this case, a ‘leader’) who has so dominated every minute of every news cycle the way Donald Trump has? In the pre-Trump era, you could easily go a few days without hearing or seeing one word from the President of the United States. Today, we can’t go ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump Goes After The Pets Of America

We know that Donald Trump is a ghastly beast, one who resembles the porky Napoleon  in Orwell's Animal Farm. The one who betrays the other animals, like Trump is betraying millions of Americans including many of his own supporters… But it's not just people he's threatening to kill. He's going after all kinds of other ...

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, ...

Montreal Simon: Bill Maher on Donald Trump’s Horrible Week

I must confess that after only three weeks of President Donald Trump, I am being forced to contemplate a horrible possibility: I might go completely bonkers before he does.Because although at the present time he has a good lead over me… According to the resistance INSIDE the White House.I don't know how much more of Trump or Kellyanne ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Bruce Campbell points out how Donald Trump’s blind hatred toward any type of regulation can impose costs in Canada and elsewhere to the extent we’re bound by trade deals which make “harmonization” an expected standard. And Pia Eberhardt recognizes that there’s no point in locking ourselves into the ...

Northern Reflections: L’Etat C’est Donald

The Trump administration is only three weeks old, but already its character is easy to define. It’s all Donald, all the time. Paul Krugman writes: It’s already clear that any hopes that Mr. Trump and those around him would be even slightly ennobled by the responsibilities of office were foolish. Every day brings further evidence ...

Montreal Simon: Samantha Bee On The Original Trump Haters

Scotland is a small, peaceful country, but one with a proud history of resistance dating back about two thousand years.The people of that land have had to battle all kinds of invaders, from the Roman legions of the Emperor Hadrian, to in more modern times, the vulgar presence of the mad would be Emperor Donald Trump.So ...

Montreal Simon: The Scary Corruption of Donald Trump

It's not like it was impossible to predict what might happen when the Trump mob took over the White House.Or guess that they might make the Sopranos look like angels.So who can be surprised that the stench of corruption now hangs heavily in the air?And that el capo de tutti is now totally out of control.Read ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians expect Trudeau to stand up to Donald Trump: Poll

A new Nanos poll found that most Canadians expect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to have the spine to defend Canada against Donald Trump’s aggressive America-first strategy. The post Canadians expect Trudeau to stand up to Donald Trump: Poll appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump is not funny anymore.

The presidential oath of office in the United States needs to borrow a clause from the Hippocratic Oath of doctors: to do no harm. Come the time for an accounting, let us hope that the damn fool who told Trump about presidential directives gets his or her deserts. Trump is not only abusing his executive ...

Montreal Simon: Steve Bannon and the Undermining of Pope Francis

Much has been written recently about Steve Bannon, Donald Trump's closest adviser, and the man many believe is the real president of the United States.The alt-right fanatic who believes that an apocalyptic "cleansing war" is coming, and is obsessed with global destruction.But did you know that Bannon's fascist tentacles also reach into the Vatican?Read more »

Alberta Politics: Alberta public employees, subject to constant Wildrose and media vilification, win national award for effective service

PHOTOS: An image of the May 2016 Fort McMurray fire taken by Alberta Government photographer Chris Schwarz. Below: The Wildrose Party sees government workers like forest fire fighters (GoA photo) and Licensed Practical Nurses (AUPE photo) as “union bosses.” Just guessing, but you probably won’t read much news coverage about the national award the Alberta ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trump should be barred from entering Canada for promoting hate propaganda, says petition

A petition spreading like wildfire online demands that U.S. President Donald Trump be barred from entering Canada because his policies and actions promote hate propaganda. The post Trump should be barred from entering Canada for promoting hate propaganda, says petition appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: How The Europeans Are Trolling Donald Trump

When you see the way some of Europe's most respectable magazines are portraying Donald Trump, you get a pretty good idea what many Europeans think of him.For their covers couldn't be more brutal or more incendiary.Read more »

Babel-on-the-Bay: Waiting for Mr. Trump.

The reporters and pundits are causing unnecessary concerns. Does anyone really believe that Justin Trudeau cannot handle a meeting with Donald Trump? What is to worry about? Trudeau meets Trump; each takes a couple selfies; they ask about the respective families; tell each other, we’ve got to get together for a state dinner sometime and ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 5: Horror hits home; Trudeau breaks a promise; Stupor Bowl ads

Events on Sunday in Quebec City served as a reminder, if we needed one, that Canada is not immune to madness. Last Sunday, a sad loser walked into a Quebec City mosque and opened fire on people who were praying. Yes, praying. He killed six,  injuring many others; it could have been so much worse. ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Horrible Saturday Night

I think it's safe to say that Donald Trump had a lousy Saturday night. And either ended up climbing the golden drapes in his Mar-a-Lago estate, or rolling on the floor and biting the carpet.For he's been ranting and raving and going after another judge for daring to block his bigoted travel ban. And getting nowhere.The thousands of noisy ...

Alberta Politics: Wildrose reaction to proposed raise for front-line health workers illustrates the party’s rightward shift

PHOTOS: Rob Anderson, on the right, the Wildrose Party’s finance critic under Danielle Smith, at a rally supporting public sector workers in 2012. With him are AUPE President Guy Smith, left, and Alberta Liberal Leader David Swann, centre. Below: The Wildrose Party’s intemperate current finance critic, Derek Fildebrandt, Ms. Smith, and premiers Ed Stelmach and ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – George Monbiot examines how politics in the UK and the U.S. are dominated by unaccountable corporate money. And Stephen Maher and B.J. Siekierski report that both the Libs and Cons are fully on board – as Rona Ambrose managed to take (however justified) umbrage at Justin Trudeau’s vacation ...

Montreal Simon: Trumpland: 1984 or Brave New World?

It's fashionable to compare to Donald Trump to Big Brother in Orwell's 1984. And there are some disturbing similarities. President Trump on Friday moved to chisel away at the Obama administration’s legacy on financial regulation, announcing steps to revisit the rules enacted after the 2008 financial crisis and to back away from a measure intended to protect ...

The Canadian Progressive: Van Jones Unleashes His Love Army Against Trump’s Muslim Ban

So far, more than 100,000 people have joined social justice champion and longtime civil rights activist Van Jones’ #LoveArmy campaign against Donald Trump racially-loaded exclusionary policies targeting immigrants and other vulnerable groups. The post Van Jones Unleashes His Love Army Against Trump’s Muslim Ban appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how we shouldn’t be impressed with our political leaders’ reactions to the bigotry on display in Donald Trump’s Muslim ban and the Quebec City mosque shooting – but should see the popular response as a far more useful starting point for progress. For further reading…– I posted here on how Brad Wall has ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Donald Trump Declared War on the World

I must admit I thought that warnings like that one would ensure that every progressive in America would walk or crawl to the polls, in order to stop Donald Trump from setting fire to the world.But sadly I was wrong. Many progressives didn't bother to vote. Others wasted their votes on third parties, or fought ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Republican Fausts

He's only been in office a short time, but already Donald Trump is setting the world on fire.Along with his grubby adviser Steve Bannon, the man many believe is the real president, he has been causing chaos all over the world, triggering huge demonstrations all over America.And the Republicans in Congress aren't even trying to restrain ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Populism: the lesson from Venezuela #nlpoli

Born and raised in Venezuela,  Andreas Miguel Rondon is an economist who now lives in Madrid. He wrote for The Washington Post last week on the lesson Americans should learn from the Venezuelan experience with Hugo Chavez.  Trump may be a capitalist and Chavez may have been a socialist but the populist formula remains the ...