Montreal Simon: The Final Humiliation of the Con Clown Joe Oliver

It isn't the biggest story in the world, compared to the coming of Trump, or for that matter any other story.But like the ghost of Harper past, the old Con Joe Oliver is back in the news. And sadly for him not in a happy way.For after losing his seat in the last election, now he's ...

Montreal Simon: Michelle Rempel and the Whitewashing of Stephen Harper

Well it seems that Michelle Rempel got what she wanted. Got comedian Mark Critch to surrender.With a deranged Twitter rant, and a volley of vulgar words. Comedian Mark Critch has removed a photo mocking former prime minister Stephen Harper from his Instagram account following a barrage of tweets from a Conservative MP that included obscenities.Which is both ...

Montreal Simon: Michelle Rempel and the Whitewashing of Stephen Harper

Well it seems that Michelle Rempel got what she wanted. Got comedian Mark Critch to surrender.With a deranged Twitter rant, and a volley of vulgar words. Comedian Mark Critch has removed a photo mocking former prime minister Stephen Harper from his Instagram account following a barrage of tweets from a Conservative MP that included obscenities.Which is both ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Growing Darkness of the Cons

Pity poor Rona Ambrose. With every day that passes her claim that she's the leader of the new/nouveau Cons grows darker and more dubious.She's still claiming she knows what she's doing, and that she is in charge.But she just keeps repeating the same message over and over again.And she can't even control her caucus.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver and the Con War on Justin Trudeau

You might think that Joe Oliver would have stayed missing after the Cons lost the election, and he lost his seat.Or sought refuge in his private Bay Street Boy's Club… So he wouldn't have to answer questions about what him and Stephen Harper's oily policies have done to our economy.But no, now he's everywhere, accusing ...

Montreal Simon: Why the Con Clown Joe Oliver Should Go Missing Again

It's hard to imagine a more absurd spectacle, than the old Harper Con Joe Oliver making an absolute fool out of himself. Again.For after going missing for two months during the election campaign.Until half the country was wondering where he was… And the other half was looking for him.Read more »

wRanter.com: What does the Liberal win mean for Jewish groups?

The longest election campaign in modern Canadian history delivered more than a surprise Liberal majority – it yielded six new Jewish MPs for the winning party: Michael Levitt in Toronto’s York Centre; Anthony Housefather in Mount Royal, and Jim Carr in Winnipeg South Centre – all ridings with large Jewish populations – as well as ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Alex Himelfarb writes about the urgent need to reverse the vicious cycle of austerity. And Toby Sanger takes a look at the economic records of Canada’s political parties, and finds that the NDP ranks at the top of the class not only for balancing budgets, but also for ...

wRanter.com: A national icon takes his leave

One of the questions I posed in this space a few weeks ago was: who will be the next big-name Jewish MP? With apologies to Joe Oliver, Canada’s first Jewish federal finance minister, what I may subconsciously have been asking is who will be the next Irwin Cotler, now that the 75-year-old Mount Royal Liberal ...

Montreal Simon: Why Is the Con Clown Joe Oliver Missing In Action?

The economy is teetering on the edge of disaster. The stock market is on a wild roller coaster ride. The loonie or Harper peso has fallen to its lowest level in eleven years. Thousands are losing their jobs.But Joe Oliver, the alleged Con FInance Minister, is nowhere to be seen.He has held no newsers, issued ...

wRanter.com: Who will be the next big-name Jewish MP?

Last week, we examined four “Jewish” battleground ridings, including two – York Centre in Toronto and Mount Royal in Montreal – where, one way or another, a Jewish candidate is likely to win. This week, we look at Jews running for all four major parties across the country. Jews have served in the House of ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Company You Keep

You remember, I’m sure, what your mother taught you: you are judged by the company you keep. By that standard, almost all of the MPs who form the Harper regime are to be condemned, willing, as they apparently are, to trade any vestige or semblance of integrity and self-respect for the chance of obtaining power. ...

The Canadian Progressive: LeadNow Activists To Storm Joe Oliver’s Eglinton-Lawrence Riding

LeadNow activists are planning to storm the key Toronto-area battleground riding of Eglinton-Lawrence and snatch from the Harper Conservatives during the 2015 federal election. The post LeadNow Activists To Storm Joe Oliver’s Eglinton-Lawrence Riding appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

wRanter.com: Four ‘Jewish’ battleground ridings to watch

It’s no secret that Jewish voters have apparently shifted from being largely supportive of the Liberal party to heartily supporting the Conservatives in what seems like majority numbers, due largely to the party’s full-throated support for Israel under Prime Minister Stephen Harper (and to a much lesser degree its commitment to security for religious institutions). ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada’s new recession and the push for alternatives

The Bank of Canada today cut its benchmark interest rate two weeks ago to nearly record lows, now just 0.5%. In the face of an oil shock and other weakness, monetary policy is expected to do the heavy lifting of beating an economic funk. Today’s move reflects a poverty of economic policy from the ruling ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Lost His Economic Crown

The other day I ran a video of Joe Oliver literally running for cover, so he didn't have to answer questions from reporters about the state of the economy. And explain why the Parliamentary Budget Officer says he has a billion dollar DEFICIT instead of a billion dollar SURPLUS as he has been claiming.And now I'm ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Stephen Harper Was Exposed As a Con Artist

For weeks Stephen Harper and his grubby flying monkey Joe Oliver, have been trying to fool Canadians into thinking that they had balanced the budget for the first time in eight years.Harper has been travelling around claiming that the economic shock waves that are rocking this country are just a "downturn" not a recession. And that ...

Michal Rozworski » Political Eh-conomy: Canada’s new recession and the push for alternatives

The Bank of Canada today cut its benchmark interest rate today to nearly record lows, now just 0.5%. In the face of an oil shock and other weakness, monetary policy is expected to do the heavy lifting of beating an economic funk. Today’s move reflects a poverty of economic policy from the ruling Conservatives and ...

Political Eh-conomy: The alternative to economic fatalism

The Bank of Canada today cut its benchmark interest rate today to nearly record lows, now just 0.5%. In the face of an oil shock and other weakness, monetary policy is expected to do the heavy lifting of beating an economic funk. Today’s move reflects a poverty of economic policy from the ruling Conservatives and ...

Montreal Simon: How the State of the Economy Could Kill the Harper Cons

As you know Stephen Harper is now engaged in a delicate balancing act, or caught in a compromising position.He's trying to claim that when the economy was doing well it was because he's a Great Economist Leader.But now that it isn't doing well it's not his fault.But sadly for him it's just not working.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why It’s Too Risky To Let The Harper Cons Remain in Office

Well there was Stephen Harper last night, at the opening ceremony of the Pan Am Games with his hapless stooge Joe Oliver at his side.Both of them trying to look like they were having a good time.But not quite pulling it off, and with good reason.For it was yet another day when they had nothing ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Disappearing Budget Surplus

Well he's still out there with his trusty sidekick the rhinestone Cowboy Jason Kenney, trying to put a brave face on the situation.Still serving pancakes to the faithful, and judging from this photo, no doubt scoffing back a few of them himself.But it's clear that the stress is getting to him. For it seems that every day ...

Montreal Simon: Joe Oliver, Stephen Harper, and the Great Con Economic Meltdown

As you know, I believe that we need a Con like Joe Oliver as our Finance Minister at a time like this one, like a drowning man needs an anvil. I think that he's just a puppet of the PMO, that Stephen Harper pulls his strings, and tells him what to say.And that Oliver is so ...

Accidental Deliberations: The definition of insanity

Shorter Joe Oliver: We’re fully prepared to blame any recession on Canada’s exposure to international instability. But as proof of our economic competence, we’re planning to spend billions in higher drug prices and transition costs to expose ourselves further.

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Maude Barlow and Sujata Dey point out that the job promises linked to CETA and other new trade agreements are no more plausible than the false ones made in previous rounds of corporate rights giveaways. And the Canadian Labour Congress discusses the secrecy surrounding the new set ...