Alberta Politics: Something useful for the premiers to talk about: the right’s perpetual myth making about equalization

PHOTOS: Edmonton’s stately old Macdonald Hotel, named for the prime minister of the same name and site of Canada’s premiers’ annual summertime beanfest this week. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.) Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Jake Wright) and B.C. Premier-Designate John Horgan, who will be busy being sworn in tomorrow. ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 25: Khadr’s big payday a big pain for Trudeau

I’ve always found the Omar Khadr story infuriating. That $10 million smile. Khadr is, of course, the Canadian-born former child soldier (just 15 at the time) who was forced to join al-Queda by his despicable parents. His upbringing could be described as child abuse. His father was a pal of Osama bin Laden, and the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Damian Carrington reports on new research showing that the actual change in temperature caused by greenhouse gas emissions may be larger than anticipated in even the most cautious forecasts to date. And Chloe Farand highlights France’s plan to rein in its contribution to climate change by banning ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: A purchased presidency.

Is it possible to place a price on the American presidency? Can its worth even be determined? Whatever the price might be, it probably is nowhere near the damages being done to America’s honour and reputation by Donald Trump. And why nobody has thought to sue him remains a mystery. Does the American president have ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Hijacking of the Presidency

As you know today is July the Fourth, or Independence Day in the United States.But as you also know, many of our good neighbours have very little or nothing to celebrate this year.With the look on the face of the Statue of Liberty no doubt even more sombre than the day it arrived in America.With ...

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, ...

Montreal Simon: Now Donald Trump Is Accused of Threatening The Media

In my last post I looked at Trump's frenzied assault on the media. And I wondered whether he was crazy or evil.  Well now we know that he is both. After he posted this deranged tweet.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Crazy Or Evil?

It's the elephant or the monster in the room. The question that should haunt us all. Is Donald Trump mad or bad or both?For there he was yesterday morning, attacking the media again. Trying to intimidate it into submission, like a rabid beast, or a would be dictator.Only to tell a gathering of religious fanatics a ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The tremors of Trump.

Each year at this time, we do a little introspection. While Canada Day 2017 is as joyous as ever, we feel it is the impact of the American President that causes those ground tremors we are feeling. The man seems to stomp a lot. At first, we were under the impression that he might just ...

Montreal Simon: Will Donald Trump Now Be Charged With Extortion?

In my last post I told you what I thought about Donald Trump's depraved assault on the two hosts of the Morning Joe show.And I said it only proves that you can't put lipstick on an orange hog.But now it seems I might have been too soft on Trump.For here he comes again exposing his inner pervert.And ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Donald Trump Went Over the Deep End

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump started to fall apart, or was driven over the edge by the pressures of being president. He never thought he'd win, so he wasn't ready. He never thought that running a country could be so difficult. And all things considered he'd rather play golf.So as I'm sure you know, ...

Montreal Simon: Will Donald Trump Be The One Who Finishes Off Kellie Leitch?

As we all know, Kellie Leitch tried her best during the Con leadership race to make us believe that she was Canada's Donald or Donalda Trump.Denouncing the One-Percent even though she's one of them. And ranting and raving about immigrants and refugees.It didn't do her any good of course. She finished in sixth place, behind even Brad ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Ryan Meili writes about the fundamental importance of trust in both politics and medicine – and the corrosive effects of corporate donations in both: When we talk about the problems with political donations, we’re not really talking about campaign financing. We’re talking about something much more fundamental. We’re ...

Montreal Simon: Why Do So Many Trump Supporters Still Believe What He Says?

According to some reports Donald Trump's friends are worried about him. They say he's never sounded so agitated, and never looked so bagged.Which is of course great news, for it suggests that he could be felled by stroke or a heart attack, even before he's impeached or forced to resign.But what really worries me is ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the 2020 Nightmare

Donald Trump has only been in office for five months, but to me and I'm sure many others all over the world it seems longer than that. Much longer.So you can imagine how I felt when I heard that the orange oaf is already making plans to occupy the Oval Office for a full EIGHT years.And ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The anger factor.

A reader on the west coast asked the other day if we are seeing anger in Liberal ranks directed at Prime Minister Trudeau’s disrespect for the party? What was strange about the question was that most of that anger is building on the west coast. The flash point will be the funding and tooling up ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis

In withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, U.S. President Donald Trump demonstrated monumental ignorance about climate change and the agreement itself, writes David Suzuki. The post David Suzuki: Trump is a pariah in the face of climate crisis appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Getting Tired of Playing President?

Donald Trump made his first visit to Camp David on the weekend, no doubt hoping to escape the madding media, and try to pull himself together, after yet another terrible week in office.A week where he seemed to confirm that he was under investigation, and was seen yelling at TV sets in the White House.So ...

Montreal Simon: Trump Caesar and Ezra Levant’s Rebel Loonies

It's a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar. It's being staged in New York's Central Park.And it's controversial because its Caesar looks a lot like Donald Trump, and his supporters can't stand the sight of their hero being assassinated. And neither it seems can Ezra Levant.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Isn’t It Time To Ask What’s Wrong With Donald Trump?

You can see the fear in Donald Trump's piggy eyes. You can smell his desperation.After somebody shot some Republican congressmen, he tried so hard to look and sound like a president. But that new found restraint only lasted for about 48-hours.Before his madness erupted again.Read more »

CuriosityCat: Trump: The asymmetric revolutionary warrior

Asymmetric Beaver Why are Americans reeling in dismay over the state of politics? Why is the American media locked into total disbelief every day? What has happened? A revolution. Donald Trump is President, the result of a campaign that was totally different from any other; and is governing in a manner that is different (Read ...

Montreal Simon: Trumpdiddlydumper’s Worst Birthday Ever

It was Donald Trump's 71st birthday yesterday, and I think it's safe to say it wasn't a very happy one.First he found out that somebody had been shooting Republicans.Which since he is notoriously cowardly, must have had him wondering whether he might be next, and whether he really needed to be president.Then came the devastating news ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Ellie Mae O’Hagan writes about Jeremy Corbyn’s much-needed work in addressing the loss of hope by young people in the UK: For the first time in a good few years, I’ve stopped worrying about money. I can imagine living somewhere nice without having to move to another country. ...

The Canadian Progressive: Watch Naomi Klein Explain “How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine”

In the video, produced by The Intercept, the award-winning Canadian social activist and bestselling author says though Donald Trump occupies the most powerful office on earth, his shock doctrine-oriented “wildly pro-corporate policies” can be resisted. The post Watch Naomi Klein Explain “How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Deeply Disturbing Loyalty Test

Donald Trump is still claiming that he did not try to force James Comey to sign a loyalty oath. And that Comey is the liar not him. But yesterday we got an idea of the kind of loyalty Boss Trump demands from those who work for him. And not only did it reinforce Comey's claim, it couldn't ...