Politics and its Discontents: On The Company You Keep

This kind of makes it easy to judge Harper, doesn’t it? Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Parental Warning

The following contains coarse language. While I know it is perhaps beneath the standards I try to maintain on my blog, I rather liked this: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: A Quick Thought About The TPP

I was not planning to write about the Trans Pacific Partnership deal gleefully announced by Mr. Harper yesterday, trade and economics not being my strong suits. However, looking at the overall details of what it entails prompts me to make an observation. First, a few of the details: Beef and Pork Under the deal, Canada ...

Politics and its Discontents: Seeing Harper For What He Is

John Langs carved “Anybody But Harper!!” into his 46-acre field of rye near Brantford, Ont. Each letter is 100 metres tell. Star readers once more offer their trenchant assessments of Stephen Harper’s character (or lack thereof): It’s hard to reconcile Stephen Harper’s ongoing tough talk on standing up to terrorism when we remember that during ...

Politics and its Discontents: I Hope This Gets A Lot Of Airplay

Here is the newest NDP ad, a clever sendup of the Conservative record using the job interview format so favoured by the Tories in their attacks on Trudeau. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Go On, Make Her Day

You’ll understand the relevance of my post’s title when you get to the end of the following video, about the efforts of 81-year-old Doreen Routley, a former steadfast Conservative, to convince people not to vote for Stephen Harper in October. I shudder to ponder what expletives Angry White Guy would hurl at her. And as ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Pinocchio Effect

Those of us who have followed the machinations of the Harper regime over the years know that it is a rare occasion indeed when Stephen Harper tells the truth, either inside or outside the House of Commons. His capacity to convincingly dissemble, or effect what Stephen Colbert has called ‘truthiness,’ no doubt comes from long ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Record Of Failure

Stephen lacks the requisite skills and temperament to succeed in any position of responsibility; recommend removal at earliest possible date. Stephen’s oil monomania suggests a pathology deeply harmful both to himself and the entire country. Stephen’s addiction to rabid and exclusionary ideology and his capacity for gross fabrications are also cause for deep concern: Harper ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sometimes, Few Words Are Needed.

Many thanks to my sister-in-law, Vicki, for alerting me to this. The saddest thing for Canada is the fact that from the second panel on, everything is true. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Under Seige

Once more, editorial cartoonist Graeme MacKay scores a solid bullseye. As does Corrigan over at The Star: And let’s not forget Star readers: Since the post-2008 Great Recession, Stephen Harper’s primary focus on energy (oil/gas) economic action strategies have painted our economic flexibilities into a corner. Now we find our transnational economic drivers near exhausted. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Our Baby-In Chief Strikes Again

It doesn’t take a degree in psychology to know that Stephen Harper has, as they say, issues. His obsessive secrecy, reported emotional volatility, deep vindictiveness and completely ruthless dispatch of those who represent perspectives, policies and values differing from his own are all markers of a deeply disturbed individual. That he is Canada’s prime minister ...

Politics and its Discontents: Unfriendly Fire

One hopes and expects that veterans have long memories; if they do, the Harper regime will find their lies catching up with them. A new campaign, entitled Vote To Stop The Cuts, has been launched by the Public Service Alliance of Canada, its aim to put the Harper record under scrutiny with facts that even ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Very Good Week

H/t The Toronto Star For progressives, it has been a very good week. For Stephen Harper and his adherents, not so much. First, there was the resounding and iconic defeat of the Progressive Conservative dynasty in Alberta. The message to the broader population: change is possible, a message not likely to be forgotten as we ...

Politics and its Discontents: Bye, Bye, Steve

Operation Maple has a series of videos in which ordinary Canadians discuss their reasons to ‘leave Steve’ in 2015. Here they begin: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: On Harper’s Mastery Of The Economy

H/t The Toronto Star ‘Nuff said. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Can Stephen Harper Buy Your Conscience?

Stephen Harper offers so much to so few – tax cuts, increased Tax-Free Savings Accounts, income-splitting, to name but a few of his ‘gifts.’ His disingenuous rhetoric notwithstanding, however, Harper is really offering all kinds of bribes inducements for you to think only of yourself, and to ignore the niggling voice within telling you that ...

Politics and its Discontents: Less Than Meets The Eye

So much for fiscal prudence. So long credibility. Those words, written By Scott Clark and Peter DeVries, succinctly summarize the illusions, misdirection and magical thinking that Joe Oliver’s budget is based on. As the authors point out, six ‘rabbits’ that Oliver pulled out of his hat on Tuesday conceal some disquieting truths: First, the government ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Harper Dynasty?

That’s what the leaden-tongued Finance Minister seemed to be suggesting last night in discussing his budget. Either that, or the message was “Screw future generations.” You decide: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Under Harper’s Economic ‘Stewardship’

H/t Stephen Lautens Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Canada’s Outlier Status

Well, this is bauble budget day, the day the Harper regime makes its big pre-election push to convince us that all is right with the world, and that our natural selfishness is something we should revel in, not revolt against. It is a day in which further plundering of the federal coffers is presented as ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Peek Behind the Curtain

As usual, Star readers get it: Re: Doubling is troubling, April 11 Eleven million people with TFSAs seems like a lot of lost tax revenue. It is simply another way to avoid taxes and should be stopped, not increased. Of course under Harper it will only increase and continue to decimate our social programs. The ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Vindication Of Thomas Mulcair

Some will remember the abuse heaped upon NDP leader Thomas Mulcair back in 2012 when he said that Canada was suffering from the same Dutch disease that afflicted the Netherlands after natural gas fields boosting that nation’s currency reduced the competitiveness of its exports back in the 1970s. The culprit in Canada was the unrestrained ...

Politics and its Discontents: Amanda Lang Interviews Ed Broadbent

If you have as low an opinion of the CBC’s disgraced chief business correspondent, Amanda Lang, as I do, watch the following video. I think you will find that, with her absolutist questions typical of the extreme right and the intellectually deficient, she does not exceed expectations. For Broadbent’s thoughts on how Harper has failed ...

Politics and its Discontents: And Speaking Of Harper’s Former Friends and Appointees….

Another one sends his greetings from jail in Panama. The disgraced Arthur Porter, the Harper-appointed former Chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee of Canada and alleged fraudster, has a message for his former good buddy: Porter told The Canadian Press in a recent phone interview from La Joya prison that he wouldn’t mind a ...

Politics and its Discontents: Tells You All You Need To Know, Doesn’t It

It is a mental picture I hope all Canadians carry to the polls this October: “To Duff, a great journalist and a great senator, thanks for being one of my best, hardest-working appointments ever,” reads a photo signed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper entered as an exhibit Thursday. Recommend this Post