Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Jeremy Nuttall interviews Nelson Wiseman about the Libs’ attempts to spin their way out of a trumped-up tax controversy – and how they’re making matters worse in the process. And Murray Dobbin points out that there’s a long way to go in making sure the wealthy pay their ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Sturgeon River-Parkland: The Forgotten By-Election

Photo: Liberal candidate Brian Gold and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a campaign event in Spruce Grove on October 20, 2017. (Source: Twitter) Overshadowed by this past Monday’s municipal elections, the federal by-election in Sturgeon River-Parkland scheduled for October 23, 2017 could be described as the forgotten by-election. I drove through Sturgeon County and the town ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the latest confirmation from the Parliamentary Budget Office that a national pharmacare plan would both improve our health and save public money – and the Libs’ and Cons’ insistence on standing in the way. For further reading…– Brent Patterson weighs in on the Libs’ refusal to work toward a national pharmacare plan, while ...

Montreal Simon: Celebrating the Day Justin Trudeau Defeated the Harper Cons

It's now been two years to the day since Canadians gave Justin Trudeau a crushing majority. And he sent Stephen Harper packing… And into the garbage can of history. Who can forget what a magical night it was? And who can forget what the Cons looked like once it was over.Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Paul Wells writes about Justin Trudeau’s natural affinity for the rich and privileged, while the Star remains unduly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt when it comes to fulfilling promises of Indigenous reconciliation and tax fairness. And Chantal Hebert discusses Bill Morneau’s role at the ...

Montreal Simon: The Many Crusades of the Con Monster Andrew Scheer

As I'm sure you know by now, the sinister religious fanatic Andrew Scheer is on a crusade to try to turn Canada into a theocracy.Two days ago I told you how he had humiliated the would be feminist Rona Ambrose, by arranging to replace her with a candidate who once called feminists "feminazis."And has strong ...

Montreal Simon: Justin, Jagmeet, and the Triumph of the Millennial Voter

It's that time of the year. The leaves are finally turning red, the nights are suddenly cool. After one of my the wildest summers ever, it's time to put away the boat.And prepare for winter in the Great White North.Sad.But the changing of the seasons can be beautiful where I live. And this year I ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the growing gap between the Trudeau Libs’ “middle class” messaging and the self-perception of a growing working class in Canada. For further reading…– Ekos’ polling is discussed here, with detailed tables here (PDF).– The Libs’ 2015 platform is again here (PDF). And again, PressProgress discussed Bill Morneau’s message that Canadian workers should accept ...

Montreal Simon: Trudeau, Trump, and the Ghastly Margaret Wente

As you may know, Justin Trudeau is going to meet with Donald Trump this week to fight for the future of NAFTA. And try to hold back a tidal wave of protectionism. And since hundreds of thousands of jobs in this country hang in the balance, you might expect that most Canadians would wish him luck.But no, ...

CuriosityCat: Good news coming on electoral reform says Andrew Coyne

In a thoughtful article Coyne ranges over the positive news springing up at levels below the federal level, regarding changes to our undemocratic first past the post electoral system (the one that PM Trudeau favours, given his decision to walk away from his campaign promise to end it). Ontario is showing political and democratic (Read ...

Alberta Politics: Municipal politics: If you choose to run with a slate, don’t complain when you’re asked about other members’ views

PHOTOS: St. Albert’s iconic city hall, site of the growing community’s only public library. Image grabbed from Councillor Wes Brodhead’s website. Below: Mayoral candidates Cathy Heron and Cam MacKay (photos grabbed from their campaign materials), and one side of the anti-branch-library leaflet published by a group of six candidates for city council. The group distributes ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 38: Trans Canada pulls the plug; Vegas joins the club

Pipeline builder Trans Canada dropped a bomb on the Liberal government on Thursday when it cancelled its $15.7-billion proposed Energy East pipeline, which was designed to carry 1.1-million barrels a day of Western crude to Eastern refineries and export terminals.. The reason, according to Trans Canada: “changed circumstances”. Hmmm. An answer that deliberately vague allows ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Reuters examines how well-being improves when people live in urban areas rather than suburban ones. But Tannara Yelland reminds us that we can’t pretend for a second that people will have the opportunity to do so when there’s more immediate money to be made pricing housing out ...

Alberta Politics: TransCanada pulls the plug on Energy East: the fallout in Alberta will be measurable

PHOTOS: Protesters opposed to the Energy East Pipeline project in Montreal last summer (Photo: Radio Canada). Below: United Conservative Party leadership contender Brian Jean, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Canadian prime ministers Trudeau, Pierre and Justin, and sometime UCP leadership candidate Jeff Callaway. It’s been quite obvious for some time now to ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The Energy East Blame Game. Who blames who?

Today’s announcement by the TransCanada Corporation that it would no longer pursue the construction of the Energy East Pipeline from Hardisty, Albert to St. John, New Brunswick triggered a storm of statements, accusations and criticisms from politicians trying to drive their political narratives. Here is a quick look at who is blaming who for the demise ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2017 Links

The latest from the NDP’s federal leadership campaign following Jagmeet Singh’s impressive first-ballot victory. – Paul Wells discusses how Singh’s youth and optimism fit with the NDP’s history and self-image. Jeremy Nuttall interviews Brian Topp about some lessons Singh can take from Jack Layton – including his apparent plan to engage first and foremost in ...

Montreal Simon: Are the Scheer Cons Becoming the Trump Party?

I've been having so much fun enjoying the dying days of summer that I haven't spent much time in my political observatory, scanning the stars, and trying to figure out where this country is going.And the polls haven't helped since they have been all over the place. First the Liberals were ahead, then another poll suggested the ...

Alberta Politics: Don’t expect an NDP cold war between Jagmeet Singh’s federal New Democrats and Rachel Notley’s Alberta caucus

PHOTOS: Jagmeet Singh, whose campaign to lead the national New Democratic Party came to a successful conclusion yesterday. (Photo: NDP.ca.) Below: Alberta NDP Leader and Premier Rachel Notley, former Alberta Progressive Conservative premier Alison Redford, and former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith. So, it’s Jagmeet Singh, and decisively. But don’t expect many hints from Alberta ...

Montreal Simon: Polls Wars: Who Is More Popular The Cons Or The Liberals?

I realize that a poll is just a snapshot in time, and that all of them come with a margin of error.But trying to figure out who is doing better these days, Andrew Scheer's Cons or Justin Trudeau's Liberals, is getting to be almost impossible.For first there was a Forum poll five days ago that suggested that ...

The Canadian Progressive: Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada

In a development that will most certainly strengthen the view that the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will do anything appease the Trump administration, Canadian immigration authorities just barred Chelsea Manning from entering Canada. The post Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada

In a development that will most certainly strengthen the view that the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will do anything appease the Trump administration, Canadian immigration authorities just barred Chelsea Manning from entering Canada. The post Chelsea Manning barred from entering Canada appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Is Andrew Scheer Now More Popular Than Justin Trudeau?

It's going to feel like 40 degrees again in Ottawa today. And I was pretty sure that Andrew Scheer was melting.Not just because of the brutal temperature, but also because of the heat he's been taking over all the lies in his phony tax campaign.But could I be wrong?Could this nightmare be true?Read more »

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 36: Trudeau vs. Trump

Donald Trump, the increasingly, dangerously irrational U.S. president, addressed the UN General Assembly this week. So, too, did Justin Trudeau, the poster boy for all that is liberal in the world. Their addresses could not be more different, which is to be expected. And thank God for that. Trump was terrible, as expected. He gave ...

Montreal Simon: Why the Con’s Phony Tax Revolt Is Doomed to Fail

If you believe our Con media you might think that the entire country was rising up to fight the Liberal government's plan to make our tax system fairer.If you believe Andrew Scheer, you might think that millions of middle class Canadians are as mad as hell at Justin Trudeau for calling them tax cheats. Even ...

Alberta Politics: Between the lines, Calgary MLA Rick Fraser’s UCP resignation letter is an indictment of Wildrose-ified party

PHOTOS: Rick Fraser in a screenshot from the Legislature of Alberta. Below: Legislative loners Greg Clark, David Swann and Richard Starke, Calgary MP Kent Hehr, and environmentalist and former Green Party candidate Chris Turner. Let’s cut to the chase about what Calgary MLA Rick Fraser’s decision to quit the United Conservative Party really means. Mr. ...