Babel-on-the-Bay: Jason Kenney is showing his fear.

Any political apparatchik has to handle his or her share of losses. You can keep winning for a while and then you have to take one on the chin. It is how you handle that loss that shows what you are made of. That is why we have come to the conclusion that Calgary Tory ...

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Denying Women Canadian Citizenship Does Nothing to Fight Opression

Are Stephen Harper and the Conservatives actually trying to argue that denying a woman citizenship for wearing the niqab is somehow promoting equal rights?  It would seem to me that by denying a woman citizenship, the government is actually contributing to oppression rather than fighting… ..

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Denying Women Canadian Citizenship Does Nothing to Fight Opression

Are Stephen Harper and the Conservatives actually trying to argue that denying a woman citizenship for wearing the niqab is somehow promoting equal rights?  It would seem to me that by denying a woman citizenship, the government is actually contributing to oppression rather than fighting… ..

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: Denying Women Canadian Citizenship Does Nothing to Fight Opression

Are Stephen Harper and the Conservatives actually trying to argue that denying a woman citizenship for wearing the niqab is somehow promoting equal rights?  It would seem to me that by denying a woman citizenship, the government is actually contributing to oppression rather than fighting… ..

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Stephen Harper Doesn’t Trust Stephen Harper

Today, Stephen Harper announced that Stephen Harper doesn’t trust Stephen Harper. OK, he didn’t quite put it that way, but that was a logical conclusion that one could draw from his announcement. At an event in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, Harper added a “Tax Lock” law plank to the Conservative election platform. Under this law, the government ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bruce Carson’s Bigger Scandal

When Harper appointed Carson as a top adviser, the fraud used his position to undermine research into climate change. About the only part not worth reading is the line saying “There is no easy way to cut emissions and grow the economy”, and now you’ve read it, and can recognize that tired line as untrue.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper Can’t Grasp the Solution to ISIS

Fisk puts his finger on the failing pulse of Canadian leadership the last decade. “We had a chance to do something at the end of the First World War [when Sykes-Picot was signed], but we didn’t. Nobody reads history books anymore. One of the first things ISIS did was to put up a badly filmed ...

Left Over: Let’s Not Face the Truth….

  Canadians of all stripes oppose face coverings at citizenship ceremonies: Vote Compass Conservative and BQ supporters most opposed; Liberals, NDP and Greens more mixed CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2015 3:58 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 22, 2015 11:11 AM ET Do I think that politicians of all stripes in this election, mostly male, ...

Left Over: Let’s Not Face the Truth….

  Canadians of all stripes oppose face coverings at citizenship ceremonies: Vote Compass Conservative and BQ supporters most opposed; Liberals, NDP and Greens more mixed CBC News Posted: Sep 21, 2015 3:58 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 22, 2015 11:11 AM ET Do I think that politicians of all stripes in this election, mostly male, ...

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Buy Now Pay Later Approach to Public Policy

As Canadians we are used to personal debt.  Debt has become the new normal.  So when Justin Trudeau says that his government plans to spend more than what it will bring in, the statement just breezes by us with little reaction.  And when Stephen Harper says he has a billion dollar… ..

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Buy Now Pay Later Approach to Public Policy

As Canadians we are used to personal debt.  Debt has become the new normal.  So when Justin Trudeau says that his government plans to spend more than what it will bring in, the statement just breezes by us with little reaction.  And when Stephen Harper says he has a billion dollar… ..

Random Ranting Raving and Ratings: The Buy Now Pay Later Approach to Public Policy

As Canadians we are used to personal debt.  Debt has become the new normal.  So when Justin Trudeau says that his government plans to spend more than what it will bring in, the statement just breezes by us with little reaction.  And when Stephen Harper says he has a billion dollar… ..

Susan on the Soapbox: Santa Gets Citizenship, Zunera Ishaq Does Not

Citizenship is a serious matter, right? That’s why Santa Claus is a Canadian citizen but Zunera Ishaq is not. Or to put it more accurately—that’s why a man covering his face with a fake beard and dressed in a Santa suit was officially declared a Canadian citizen by Jason Kenny (twice) and issued a high ...

OpenMedia.ca: Maclean’s: Conservatives made deal to quiet dissent on C-51, gun group says

Conservatives offered a deal with the National Firearms Association to quiet C-51 dissent, and then broke their promise.  Article by Laura Payton for Maclean’s The president of the National Firearms Association says the Conservative government offered to make changes to its gun licensing bill if the NFA held its fire on the controversial bill C-51, then reneged on the ...

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: Tories yank ’24 hour surveillance’ stickers on signs in Harper’s Calgary riding

File this under “So amazing it’s actually true.” Stephen Harper’s constituency team have been busying themselves by adding “24 hour surveillance” stickers to their own election signs. And then removing them when CBC noticed. Article by Haydn Watters for CBC read more

OpenMedia.ca: Let’s make Canada’s parties endorse our pro-Internet action plan

Exciting news! Green Party leader Elizabeth May has just announced her endorsement of our crowdsourced pro-Internet action plan. So far Ms. May is the first major party leader to do so – and we’re thrilled to have her waving the flag for Canada’s Internet. This is great news for Canada’s pro-Internet movement and never would ...

The Disaffected Lib: For Harper, It’s Showtime – the Sequel. Fremdschamen, Indeed.

Okay, it’s not Mike Duffy. We won’t hear much of him again until the election is over. Today’s fare is more like a light lunch, maybe just a handful of trail mix. It’s Bruce Carson time! The two-time jailbird, fraudster and, naturally, top Harper aide goes back to his old stomping grounds today, the prisoner’s ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Can Lynton Crosby Save Stephen Harper?

Big news this week for the Harper campaign watchers—uber political strategist Lynton Crosby joined the Harper campaign team. Why this is news now and not when Crosby started working with the Harper team in March is a mystery, but never mind. Mr Crosby has a stellar record. He brought John Howard, the former Australian prime ...

kirbycairo: The Facebook Problem. . . .

Imagine, if you will, young men like Stephen Harper or Jason Kenny (gasp!) growing up today in our present atmosphere of technology. Try to picture what such mens’ internet profile might look like. Take Jason Kenny – an angry, sexually ambiguous, Catholic, college drop-out. Just imagine what sorts of angry highschool and college tweets and ...

kirbycairo: The Tragedy that Will Return Harper to Office. . . .

We are eager to write off Harper and his government as dead in the water. We were especially eager to write them off after their reaction to the tragedy of the refugee crisis in Europe. Harper’s effort to change the channel on the terrible hardships of the refugees fleeing the Middle-East and North Africa and ...

The Disaffected Lib: Stephen Harper’s Oily Comeuppance

A Saudi prince once said that the Stone Age didn’t end because man ran out of stones.  The Age of Oil may be headed for the same fate.  A Goldman Sachs outlook suggests the price of crude oil will hover around $45 a barrel for the next year or so and could even hit $20. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Canada’s Next Tyro?

Either Tom Mulcair doesn’t know his ass from his elbow or, as some of us suspect, he’s a pandering huckster with a loose tongue who, like Harper, sees riches in trawling for bottom votes. Either way, he’s not the sort of leader any Canadian should want to re-open our constitution. Yet if Mulcair becomes our ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Morning Line: Conservatives 10 – 1.

(Note: Your Morning Line is prepared for each race day to give the wagering public a starting point for their Totalisator bets on the day’s races. The Totalisator then computes the betting pool as bets are received until post-time and then computes the payouts for the win, place, show and combination bets.) It is becoming ...

Susan on the Soapbox: A Poll Assesses Harper’s Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Nelilfu Demir’s photograph of the body of three year old Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach has taken its place among other iconic photographs that, in the words of Ryerson prof Paul Roth, have the power to concentrate the mind. Canadians are concentrating their minds on one question: is Harper’s government doing enough ...

LeDaro: Meanings of Life

Don’t eat apple and don’t vote for Harper.