Montreal Simon: The Ugly Hidden Face of the Con Messiah Andrew Scheer

Ever since his grotesque campaign to attack Justin Trudeau by trash talking Canada blew up in his face, Andrew Scheer has been desperately trying to repair his image. Gone with the wind, or dropped like a hot potato, is all that treasonous talk that could have stirred up the maniac Donald Trump, and cost Canada thousands ...

Alberta Politics: Year after year, about now, Alberta conservatives shoot themselves in the same foot

PHOTOS: Then-Wildrose MLAs Kerry Towle, leader Danielle Smith and Jeff Wilson (in Wildrose T-shirts behind the sign) take part in the August 2014 Calgary Pride parade. Below: Wildrose staffer Cory Johnston, current party leader Brian Jean, former leader Smith (Photo: Dave Cournoyer) and Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley. Bottom: Calgary blogger Susan Wright. Plus ca ...

Montreal Simon: Now Can We Call the Cons the Bigot Party?

Yesterday was the deadline for the Con leadership candidates to sign up new members. And as you can imagine, as the clock ran out on them, it was not a pretty sight. The stench of desperation hung heavy in the air, and the squealing was deafening.But at least they did manage to provide even more proof that the Cons should now ...

Dead Wild Roses: Catering to Identity Politics – Blowback.

“Transgender is an anti-gay, anti-lesbian, homophobic and sexist movement. Their aims are to roll back the visibility and pride of homosexuals and undo the scant gains made for women in the female equality movement. The Kennebunk High School administration is perfectly clear: Gay Pride should go back in the closet.” Fascinating stuff.  I’m wondering how ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Susan Mabey to receive 2017 Chaplin Memorial Award

“A Christian who happens to be a lesbian”, Susan Mabey’s is a name which has been more than incidental in the long struggle for LGBT inclusion in the United Church of Canada.  Cited by the Chaplin Award committee for her recent bridge-building, even as a self-described ‘lightning rod’, as the multi-ethnic Toronto school where she ...

Politics and its Discontents: Something Wicked This Way Comes

There can be no doubt now that true evil resides in the White House. A leaked copy of a draft executive order titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” obtained by The Investigative Fund and The Nation, reveals sweeping plans by the Trump administration to legalize discrimination. The four-page draft order, a copy ...

Dead Wild Roses: Gay/Lesbian Conversion Therapy for Liberals – Magdalen Berns

Well let’s take a look at the issue of sexual orientation and sexual preferences when it meets with some of the gender ideology that is popular today.  It would seem, at least according to Ms.Berns, that it just homophobia dressed up to look and sound like its progressive and inclusive. Highlights gleaned from ‘never-obey‘. Riley: ...

Montreal Simon: What Christmas Means to Me In The Time of Trump

It's Christmas Day in Canada, and now that the shopping frenzy is over, and with snow on the ground in the place where I live, the country has never seemed so peaceful and so beautiful.But this year even those colourful lights can't blot out the darkness threatening to envelop us.The darkness of those who would appeal ...

Montreal Simon: What Exactly Is Jason Kenney Peddling in Alberta?

I've always thought that Jason Kenney was a bit of a snake oil salesman.For what else can explain that after spending twenty years in Ottawa he should think he's the only one who can unite the right in Alberta?Or explain why he thinks that Canadians should keep paying him his MP's salary, while he campaigns for another job?But ...

Montreal Simon: What Exactly Is Jason Kenney Peddling in Alberta?

I've always thought that Jason Kenney was a bit of a snake oil salesman.For what else can explain that after spending twenty years in Ottawa he should think he's the only one who can unite the right in Alberta?Or explain why he thinks that Canadians should keep paying him his MP's salary, while he campaigns for another job?But ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and the Gay Pride Parade

For almost ten years Stephen Harper waged a stealthy war against gay Canadians.He forced a second vote on gay marriage, he voted against every gay rights bill that ever came before Parliament, including those designed to protect gay people from hate crimes.He cut off funding for all LGBT organizations, he did nothing to fight homophobia, ...

The Canadian Progressive: Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic?

This research-based piece discusses the possibility that Orlando shooter Omar Mateen was motivated by a struggle with his own homosexuality, Islam and parental pressure. The post Orlando shooting: Is there a link between being in the closet and being homophobic? appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: The Bloated Ambition of the Con Bigot Jason Kenney

For a long time after his Cons were crushed and humiliated, the foul Harper stooge Jason Kenney kept a very low profile.So low in fact that some of his closest accomplices feared he had lost his mind at the thought of losing so much power.But now he's back.His burning ambition has inflated him like some ghastly ...

My journey with AIDS…and more!: I am reminded

I am reminded of December 6, 1989 at Montreal’s Ecole Polytechnique. I am reminded of February 5, 1981 – Toronto’s bath house raids, the catalyst for my coming out. I am reminded of stolen innocence as a child at the hands of a stranger. I am reminded of the “flu” I couldn’t shake in May ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Christian Wrong

That, I humbly submit, should be the new name for the Christian right. They are wrong and depraved morally, ethically, theologically and humanly. It should be a source of collective shame that they are part of our species, as the following clip from Rachel Maddow’s show makes clear: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: The ISIS Crazies Threaten To Attack the Toronto Pride Parade

The other day I told you that I’m planning to attend Toronto’s Gay Pride parade, even though I’m recovering from knee surgery.Because I want to honour the victims of the Orlando massacre, and show the hate mongers of this world that we are not afraid.Even if I have to hobble through that crowd on crutches, or ride ...

Politics and its Discontents: In Memory Of …

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Montreal Simon: When the Right Wing Media Tries to Deny the Reality of Homophobia

I attended this memorial in Toronto last night to remember the victims of the Orlando massacre.And although it was a beautiful peaceful event, afterwards I couldn't help but notice the anger of some of the LGBT people who attended.Anger over the fact that some in the media are trying to downplay the homophobic nature of the attack.And ...

Politics and its Discontents: Unfiltered Hatred

I don’t feel completely right posting this video in which a hatred-spewing ‘Christian’ pastor, Stephen L. Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church, offers his evaluation of the Orlando massacre. However, we cannot turn away from such evil ranters; their malignity only grows if left unchallenged and not held to account. I will warn you, ...

Montreal Simon: The Orlando Massacre and the Hatred that Kills

I am sure that by now most of you have heard the horrible news. A gunman entered a gay nightclub in Orlando, and opened fire on the innocent.So even though they are a relatively small minority, LGBT people are now the victims of the worst mass murder in American history.And while I'm still so stunned by that act ...

Montreal Simon: The Day a Ghastly Trudeau Hater Came After Me

It had to be one of the most bizarre posts I've ever read. One of the most notorious Trudeau haters in the blogosphere, claiming that he doesn't hate Justin Trudeau. There are some who say that I hate Justin Trudeau. One even claimed that I had suggested that JT be tossed in prison and ass raped. I ...

Montreal Simon: The Cons Claim Rona Ambrose Didn’t Call Justin Trudeau a Woman

It was for me the lowest moment of the Con convention. The sight of Rona Ambrose strutting across the stage bragging about her party's feminist credentials.While making a "joke" about Justin Trudeau as the first female Prime Minister.As only a Con could.But now Ambrose's office is claiming that never happened.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Brian Jean’s Wildrose Party leadership is now unquestioned: the fall of Derek Fildebrandt explained

PHOTOS: Brian Jean will be in the background no more … Back in 2015, Derek Fildebrandt was dominating the conversation, refusing to answer questions from a CBC reporter who had annoyed him, as his former party leader looked on, apparently bemused (CBC photo). Below: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, from her Twitter page, and a very ...

Montreal Simon: Why Rob Ford Does Not Deserve to be Honoured With a Statue

I don't really mind that Rob Ford's body has been lying in state at Toronto's City Hall for the last two days.Even if he did so much to dishonour his city and his country.He was once the mayor, and it did give his so-called Ford Nation a chance to say goodbye. But when it comes to honouring ...

Alberta Politics: Party City’s PR problem illustrates the need to be anticipatory about promoting tolerance

PHOTOS: The ugly message as relayed by mainstream media, in this case the CBC. Below: Shelley Bramhoff Sikorski’s original Facebook post. Party City is a huge chain of party supply stores based in Elmsford, New York, just five kilometres down the road from Sleepy Hollow, the setting for Washington Irving’s famous short story published in ...