Babel-on-the-Bay: Don’t count the Liberals out in Ontario.

It has been a bit disquieting lately to see the progressive bloggers’ web site infiltrated by conservatives. In checking to see what people are saying these days, I came across a conservative who was telling readers why he was voting for Patrick Brown in the Ontario PC leadership fiasco. Rather than just write him off ...

Canadian Soapbox: Am I still standing with Patrick Brown? Read and find out…

I just got off the phone with my brother, a long time member of Ontario’s PC party.  He wanted to know if, in light of recent revelations, I still supported Patrick Brown’s bid to reclaim the leadership of the party.   I wrote a blog post on February 16th that’s been viewed over 1,000 times, which ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Ontario PCs: The Morning Line.

It’s a muddy, cold day at the track but thankfully this race is not too long. The candidates for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party will be At Post before you know it. Tanya Granic Allen: 20 to 1 Why anyone would want to put up a $125,000 entry fee to include this ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Caroline Mulroney: Off To A Grand Start!

Caroline Mulroney defined energy poverty at #MNC2018 as only an elitist can. “People are living in energy poverty, people have to choose between buying hockey equipment or going out to dinner with their families”https://t.co/AF582tnkGo#PCPO #PCPOLdr pic.twitter.com/RSMtT9dUSm — JohnToryWatch (@JohnToryWatch) February 10, 2018 Serious, though, this is the kind of thing that makes Doug Ford PCPO ...

Montreal Simon: Patrick Brown, Doug Ford, and the Collapse of the Con Castle

It's hard to believe that just over two weeks ago Patrick Brown was the king of his Con castle.And getting ready to bury Kathleen Wynne's Ontario Liberals in the next provincial election.He had chiseled the rough edges off his Cons, made them look like a bluish version of the Liberals, a party fit for the ...

Northern Reflections: On The Side Of The Nabobs

Tom Walkom writes that Doug Ford just might become the leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party. Ford is no progressive. But he is angry. And, in conservative circles these days, you can get a lot of mileage out of anger: So far none of the candidates has said much that would substantively differentiate them. Elliott ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: And now there are three.

Even in this shortest of all leadership races, it is too early to produce a morning line on the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party contest. How are you expected to consider workouts and past performance for this mixed bag of candidates? And when you only have three—so far—you have to wait until the official cut off. ...

Alberta Politics: Chill the champagne! Market-fundamentalist newspaper owners primed for infusion of taxpayer cash!

PHOTOS: The Canadian newspaper industry celebrates the coming of tax subsidies from the federal government. Actual Canadian newspaper publishers may not appear exactly as illustrated – in this case, by Jean-Francois le Troy in 1735 – but readers will get the general idea. Below: Federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joy (Photo: Province of British Columbia) and ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lord Black lauds buddy Trump.

You get the feeling that there could be another boring book by Lord ‘Cross-the-Pond’ in this. Yes, Conrad Black came out of seclusion on his Toronto estate the other day to promote another book that will look good on your coffee table. He told the news media that his raison d’etre for the lordly appearance ...

Alberta Politics: Every time you bug this 85-year-old city councillor, your library could lose a few books! Have you got that, people?

PHOTOS: St. Albert City Councillor Bob Russell – fending off annoying letters from voters since 1950-something! Time to send him back to the greenhouse? (St. Albert Gazette photo.) Below: A crowd of irritating readers at a recent library event. Probably every one them sent an email to Bob Russell, dammit! Below that: Proof that I ...

Montreal Simon: The Desperate Stephen Harper and the Rob Ford Nightmare

I suppose for a man as desperate as Stephen Harper, it must have have seemed like the answer to his prayers.  In his crazed mind it must have seemed like a brilliant last minute Hail Mary or Hail Rob pass. One that might still spare him from being humiliated by Justin Trudeau.By calling upon the depraved ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: EPIC OLD MAN RANTS #3 Rob Ford – Blame Other People For His Own Problems

EPIC OLD MAN RANTS #3 Rob Ford – Blame Other People For His Own Problems So Rob and Doug Ford don’t like Fiona Crean’s report on the failings of City Hall Security while Rob was Mayor.  Ya, I know, but try to act surprised,.. Doug Ford, who simply just will not go away, said the ...

Eh Types: No Doug, No Problem

If at first you don’t succeed, try something you’re even less qualified for? Not exactly conventional wisdom, but very little of that applies when talking about the Fords. For example, holding a press conference to announce you’re not running for office. Doug Ford announced earlier he will not seek to replace Tim Hudak, as leader ...

Alberta Diary: Why libraries – and library users – need their librarians and other library workers to be union members

Maureen O’Reilly, president of the Toronto Public Library Workers Union, speaking in Toronto last weekend. Below: Renowned author Margaret Atwood on an Alberta union picket line, circa 2000, Doug Ford and his Brother Rob. Doug Ford? Doug Ford? Who is Doug Ford again?  I think he’s Rob Ford’s brother? OK. Who is Rob Ford? Didn’t ...

Montreal Simon: The Wonderful Day the Ford Nation Died

Well it was closer than I thought it would be, the bestial Fordzilla  put up a desperate struggle.But at last he could hold on no longer.And after four long nightmarish years the Ford Nation has finally been defeated. Read more »

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Toronto Mayoral Election: A Brief Note

I just told a Doug Ford Robo-Call I’d vote for him.  But I lied!  Tee hee! #TOpoli  PS. He’s now promising 32 K of new subway lines.— Bigcitylib (@Bigcitylib2) October 23, 2014

The Ranting Canadian: John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto…

John Tory, the leading Conservative Party candidate for Toronto mayor, has gotten endorsements from the Conservative Toronto Sun (after they previously promoted the Ford brothers), the Conservative Globe and Mail, Conservative Toronto city councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong, a bunch of other lesser-known Conservative city councillors, federal Conservative Transport Minister Lisa Raitt, Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper ...

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is…

Doug Ford should drop out of the Toronto mayoral race – he is splitting the anti-John Tory vote. John Tory should drop out of the mayoral race because he is splitting the anti-Doug Ford vote. They should both drop out because they are both splitting the pro-Chow vote. If that sounds silly or presumptuous, then ...

Eh Types: The Dogs of Ford

The term “dog whistle politics” refers to politicians making a public statement, which also has a deliberate unspoken message for a targeted group of supporters. Like a real dog whistle, what they’re actually saying is something only meant for certain ears. It is a despicable tactic the Ford borthers have employed for quite some time. ...

The Ranting Canadian: Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

Gallery: Doug Ford campaign posters.

Eh Types: Dangerous Games

I have called Rob Ford a coward. I have a criticized his politics, his ability to govern, and his morals or lack there of. I have made jokes about his inability to do math or tell the truth. I may have used the phrase “serial liar with ties to gangs & drugs” more times then ...

Autonomy For All: The Ford Family Political Machine

The recent switch of Doug for Rob in the Mayor’s race, and Rob for Michael in the Ward 2 race is in a sense shocking, but not surprising. Speculation about this possibility had existed for some time.  I see outraged talk about “feudalism” and family dynasties.  Good.  It’s been apparent that the Fords were always ...

Autonomy For All: The Ford Family Political Machine

The recent switch of Doug for Rob in the Mayor’s race, and Rob for Michael in the Ward 2 race is in a sense shocking, but not surprising. Speculation about this possibility had existed for some time.  I see outraged talk about “feudalism” and family dynasties.  Good.  It’s been apparent that the Fords were always ...

Autonomy For All: The Ford Family Political Machine

The recent switch of Doug for Rob in the Mayor’s race, and Rob for Michael in the Ward 2 race is in a sense shocking, but not surprising. Speculation about this possibility had existed for some time.  I see outraged talk about “feudalism” and family dynasties.  Good.  It’s been apparent that the Fords were always ...

The Canadian Progressive: Rob Ford statement on dropping out of Toronto mayoral race

The scandal-plagued mayor dropped his bid for a second term at the helm of Canada’s largest city after being hospitalized with an abdominal tumor on Wednesday. The post Rob Ford statement on dropping out of Toronto mayoral race appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.