Impolitical: Kenney gets a letter

In the Globe today: “An open letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.” Dear Mr. Kenney We, the undersigned, all members of the Ontario Bar, agree with the statement of Guidy Mamann when he asserted that it was not credible that the decision taken in relation to the Conrad Black Temporary Resident Permit was made without ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Evening Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – George Monbiot discusses the effect of inegalitarian and austerian policies imposed by the UK Conservatives: (T)he neoliberal programme has closed down political choice. If the market, as the doctrine insists, is the only valid determinant of how societies evolve, and the market is dominated by giant corporations, ...

Impolitical: Kenney’s bogus stats on refugee health care

Jason Kenney has come out with some stats on refugee claimants from ‘safe’ countries and the cost of their using Canadian health care. They will likely come off as sounding high and will serve the political purpose of getting the usual base riled up, but they need to be considered more carefully. Here is what ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sayed Shah Sharifi Arrives In Canada

Thanks to the doggedness of The Toronto Star, for whom social justice and journalistic integrity are more than mere words, the long tale of Sayed Shah Sharifi, the Afghan interpreter, is finally over. In a world where victories are often few and far between for the ‘good guys,’ today is a day we all should ...

Canadian Progressive World: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Official White Supremacist Portrait: PHOTO

Our Ford, the (Lord) Mayor of Toronto is rabidly right-wing. No doubt about that. After all, he recently proposed exiling Toronto’s convicted criminals, most of whom tend to be persons of color. Fellow Conservative and immigrant-bashing minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Jason Kenney, endorsed the idea. Still, I would never have imagined the Mayor of ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Is A. Raoul Nembhard The New Patrick Brazeau?

Jason Kenney appoints him to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF).  The day of the CRRF’s first meeting, he phones it in after dancing it up in Spain. Boogey down Raoul!  Whatever it is you do with the CRRF apparently doesn’t require your physical presence.

Impolitical: Kenney’s recent appointment to the CRRF

Missed his first meeting as a board member of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation on Friday ‘cuz he was clubbing in Ibiza: First meeting as a member of the CRRF Board today, was interesting, & awesome to meet my new colleagues although I called in from Spain — A. Raoul Nembhard (@ARaoulNembhard) July 20, 2012 ...

Montreal Simon: Rob Ford: When the Bigot is a Moron

Damn. I've been trying to think of something nice to say about Rob Ford for soooo long. It's the kind of guy I am. Always looking for the good in people. Or the pony in the manure.  And besides after calling him an incompetent buffoon, a crass and vulgar redneck, and a pathetic bigot, I ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Victory To Celebrate

I have expressed more than once in this blog my opinion that the Harper regime aims to make Canadians feel powerless and disenfranchised, thereby facilitating the government’s efforts to remake Canada in its own calloused corporatist image. Once in a while, however, a victory comes along to remind us that we still have power and ...

Politics and its Discontents: Making Political Hay

Well, you have to hand it to them. The Harper regime never forgoes an opportunity to exploit tragedy: In an interview airing on CBC’s Power & Politics on Friday, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said “clearly the recent rash of gun crime in Toronto is connected to criminal gun activity, and we are aware ...

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Attack of the Angry Doctors

OMG. I don't blame the Cons for thinking that Canada's doctors are after them. But that'll teach them to treat sick refugees as less than human. “There is a new way of thinking in medicine, which is that doctors, because of their stature, privilege and expertise, have a duty to speak out and cannot remain ...

Politics and its Discontents: Embarrassing The Harper Government

The rhetoric about overpaid doctors notwithstanding, I suspect the public loves it as much as I do when the medical profession defends its principles and embarrasses Tory lap dogs in the process. As reported in today’s Star, although it is not something they are used to doing, doctors feel it is morally incumbent upon them ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your weekend. – Will Hutton discusses how the increasing gaps in economic equality are leading to radical differences in opportunity – with the U.S./U.K. push toward private schooling serving as a particular source of exclusion: (T)he middle class of whatever ethnic background is spending more on what Putnam calls its children’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: New Crime Discovered in Edmonton

Known in legal circles as politicius pontificus interruptus, Edmonton police are doing everything within their power to prevent this terrible crime from spreading and becoming a national scourge. Recommend this Post

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: what happens after prime minister harper? prime minister redford? prime minister mulcair?

TweetWith the start of Stampede season came the latest round of gossip and predictions about what the future might hold for Calgary MLA and Alberta’s Premier Alison Redford. Earlier this week in a column in the Edmonton Journal, Graham Thomson speculated that Premier Redford’s next political challenge could be the biggest in the land – ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Sid Ryan rightly criticizes Tim Hudak’s anti-labour plans as a push toward poverty rather than prosperity. – Via Climate Progress, Steven Mufson reports on the causes of Enbridge’s Michigan oil spill – with Enbridge’s complete failure to repair known defects over a period of five years included among ...

Montreal Simon: Jason Kenney and the Monstrous Cons

I made this little Photoshop  graphic a few years ago, but I see I was completely right to call Jason Kenney a freak. For only a freak would run a petition on his website inviting people to thank him for being Jason Kenney. Canadians who want to sign a petition showing their support for Immigration Minister Jason ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Jason Kenney: Thank Me For Cutting Refugee Health Benefits

Canada’s federal immigration minister is way out of line here. The Calgary South East MP has posted a petition on his website – jasonkenney.ca – asking Canadians to thank him for a job well done. The petition’s exact words: “We, the undersigned, thank Jason Kenney for his efforts to streamline benefits afforded to refugees claimants under the Interim ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Immigration Bill C31: Auschwitz Survivor Wiesel Confronts Harper

“I feel morally compelled to remain on the side of other uprooted men and women everywhere. Today, as yesterday, a nation is judged by its attitude towards refugees.” The sobering words of Jewish-American political activist, Nobel laureate, writer, professor, Elie Wiesel. The Holocaust survivor’s response to the Harper Conservative governments’ draconian changes to Canada’s refugee ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta politics blog: calgary stampede: the greatest political show on earth.

TweetThe Greatest Show on Earth, also known as the Calgary Stampede, kicked-off celebrating its 100th anniversary this weekend. Between the chuck wagons and rodeo clowns, politicians off all stripes will drop into Calgary over the next week to kiss babies and grill pancakes. Twitter was, well, atwitter with chatter comparing the level of applause received ...

Impolitical: Idle Saturday speculation

Will the real Minister of International Cooperation please stand up? Chris Alexander, Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, is attending the Tokyo Conference on Afghanistan, to discuss international development efforts in Afghanistan for the next decade. As part of his trip, Mr. Alexander will make ...

Calgary Grit: Riding Talk

The electoral commission could have saved us a lot of time by painting this map blue The new riding maps are out! The new riding maps are out! It’s Christmas in July for political geeks! As you may be aware, new riding boundaries will be in place for the 2015 election, and the commissions tasked ...

OPSEU Diablogue: Refugee Health: The Harper government blinks

The Harper government blinked this week. Determined to bulldoze through unpopular cuts to the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for refugees, the government partially backed off claiming they were simply “clarifying the wording” on the plan. The plan provides interim comprehensive … Continue reading →

Impolitical: That curious backtrack on refugee health cuts

Jason Kenney offered up some tremendous spin on his controversial refugee health care cuts that came into force on Saturday yet were the subject of a last minute government change at the end of last week: “Refugee health cuts ‘clarified,’ not reversed, Kenney says.” Read the report for his version of how the government intended, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Roy Romanow comments on Medicare as a major part of Canada’s identity: The achievement of universal health care took a long, acrimonious and protracted road. It is no surprise to me that Saskatchewan was at the forefront of this journey. The province’s citizens learned many hard lessons ...