Alberta Politics: Conservative antics let PM Justin Trudeau off the hook for India debacle and show why Andrew Scheer is not fit to govern

PHOTOS: What Canadians will soon see in their minds when they think of Conservative Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer (Photo: Andrew Scheer’s Flickr stream). Below: The actual grown up Mr. Scheer (Photo: Andre Forget, Andrew Scheer’s Flickr stream), Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper (Photo: Wikimedia Commons), and federal NDP Leader ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Shameful Contempt for Parliament

Andrew Scheer was without a doubt the worst Speaker of the House of Commons in modern Canadian history.A Speaker so biased, so incompetent, and so depraved, that he allowed his fellow Cons to make a mockery out of our Parliament.Cutting off debate, heckling and howling like beasts, stomping around like bullies, defecating on our values and ...

In This Corner: Revisiting ‘the Wimp Factor’. Will it return?

For most of the 1970s, Canada had the coolest leader in the room. His name was Pierre Trudeau, and he was undeniably the hippest, coolest, and dare I say “grooviest” leader in the world. Trudeau was elected 50 years ago, the summer of ’68, surfing a wave of ‘Trudeaumania’. Later that same year, the U.S.A. ...

Montreal Simon: Has The Con Media Handed Scheer’s Cons A Majority?

Pity poor Andrew Scheer. The Con media has stopped attacking Justin Trudeau for a moment, so they can go after the NDP's Jagmeet Singh.Which is bad for the Cons, because they want the NDP strong enough to split the progressive vote.But it doesn't really matter.The shrilly little scribblers managed to make such an absurd fuss over Trudeau's ...

Montreal Simon: How Doug Ford Will Have The Whole World Laughing At Us

In one of my last posts I wondered how any sane Canadian could vote for a bestial Con ape like Doug Ford.And whether we should call those who support him the ugly Canadians.I pointed out that Ford was both intellectually and emotionally unfit to be the leader of  anything, let alone the Premier of Canada's most ...

Montreal Simon: The National Post Goes After Justin Trudeau. Again.

When I last checked out Paul Godfrey, Postmedia's Big Boss, he was cursing Justin Trudeau, and demanding money to bail out his sinking operation.And his frantic employees were running around, or splashing around, desperately trying to please him.Which is the only way to explain this story.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Justin Trudeau Made Donald Trump Look Like A Loser

For months our ratty Con media has tried to damage Justin Trudeau, and diminish his status abroad.And of course some like the miserable Andrew Scheer have gone even further… But luckily that treasonous Trumpling is only negotiating with others in his own mind.And it's just been revealed that when Justin met Donald he made the president ...

Montreal Simon: David Akin and the Ugliness of the Con Media

David Akin has always been one of the shabbiest members of our grotesque Con media.Once he used to inhale Ezra Levant's farts at Sun TV News, until the farts caught fire, and it went down in flames.But it seems old habits die hard, and now he spends his days looking for any excuse to attack Justin ...

Alberta Politics: Unity at all costs? Ontario PC choice of Doug Ford as leader shows need for principled conservative division

PHOTOS: Doug Ford in 2014 (Photo: Bruce Reeve, Creative Commons). Below: Toronto’s calamitous mayor Rob Ford, who died in 2016; second-place Ontario PC candidate Christine Elliott, who has not yet conceded the victory to Doug Ford; Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney; and U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photos: All from the Wikimedia Commons but for the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Martha Friendly, Susan Prentice and Morna Ballantyne discuss how universal child care is a necessary element of any serious push toward equality for women. Dennis Grunding notes that it will take a concerted public effort to secure the universal pharmacare program Canadians want and deserve – even though ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Taming of Donald Trump

Justin Trudeau has always known how to handle Donald Trump better than any other world leader, with the possible exception of Vladimir Putin.He knows how to use his charm to disarm him. He knows how to avoid the grip of a bully.He knows how to return the favour, and squeeze Trump's tiny hands like a rubber ball. ...

The Disaffected Lib: I’ve Got an Idea to Rescue Justin From His Slump

Unfair or not, Justin Trudeau has taken a hit in the public’s mind over his pretty clumsy trip to India. With JT et famille sporting an elaborate wardrobe of Bollywood’s best fashions, the Indian press took the piss out of him pretty relentlessly. The local scribblers piled on. Now Trudeau’s approval numbers have dropped to ...

Montreal Simon: Is the Con Media Winning The War on Justin Trudeau?

I wasn't sure I had enough material to write even a short post about day three of Andrew Scheer's Great Con Clown Tour of London.And his desperate attempt to land a big league photo-op, with someone famous, or just important.Only to fail, again and again.But Scheer does have something to celebrate these days. For while the ...

Montreal Simon: The Real Reason The Con Media Went After Justin Trudeau

Ever since the Con media ganged up to go after Justin Trudeau and his budget like a pack of rabid rats, I've been wondering what could have triggered such a frenzied orgy of naked bias.For it was frenzied, it was deeply disturbing, I had never seen anything like it. It was like the old white men ...

Montreal Simon: Michelle Rempel and the YouTube Bully Channel

We don't hear much from Michelle Rempel these days. Ever since her political sugar daddy Stephen Harper faded to black, or blue, her paint has been peeling off too.And she's not happy.Once she was a rising star, or at least that's what the Con media said. And she was in the news all the timeBut these days she ...

Montreal Simon: How A Con Plan To Smear Trudeau Backfired Disastrously

A few months ago, Hamish Marshall, the Rebel co-founder who is now the Con's campaign manager, addressed the annual gathering of uber right-wingers at the Manning Centre.And told them that if the Harper Party was ever going to return to power, it needed to regain the support of ethnic communities it had lost during the ...

Montreal Simon: Is Andrew Scheer Slowly Losing His Marbles?

Ever since the Liberal government tabled its new budget, Andrew Scheer has been looking distinctly under the weather.Or as one might say a little less delicately, looking like a man losing his marbles. But while we can all understand how he feels. The new budget is a masterful political document that will boost Justin Trudeau's already ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Women’s Budget

Of all the good things that Justin Trudeau has done since he liberated us from Stephen Harper's monstrous regime, the one thing I like the most is his support for women's rights.For there is no bigger or better or more pressing issue than finally assuring the equality of women.And I can never forget how the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – The Council of Canadians sets out the key numbers in the Libs’ all-talk, no-action federal budget, while David Macdonald highlights its ultimate lack of ambition even when there’s plenty of fiscal room to work with. David Reevely focuses on the grand total of zero dollars allocated to the ...

Alberta Politics: Stephen Mandel to lead Alberta Party; probably won’t take Tory insider’s advice to go ‘ultra-left’

PHOTOS: Stephen Mandel, always a natty dresser, was chosen as the leader of the Alberta Party last night. He was dressed more conservatively than in this old picture, though, which has the advantage of having been taken by your blogger back when Mr. Mandel was Jim Prentice’s unelected health minister. Below: Former Harper Government insider ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – The New York Times’ editorial board comments on the predictable flow of the Trump tax cuts toward primarily the few who already had more wealth than they could possibly put to productive use. And Tom Parkin discusses Jagmeet Singh’s expectation that Canadians expect better from their government: ...

Alberta Politics: Trudeau in India, Part II: Canadian governments, and not just Liberals, have a history of playing footsie with bad actors

PHOTOS: A screenshot of what looks like a video of the controversial snapshot of Jaspal Atwal and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, grabbed from Twitter. The ownership of the photo is attributed variously, usually to the last place someone saw it. What does seem clear is that Mr. Atwal was almost as assiduous about having his photo ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Magical Thinkers: Horgan and Kenney

I’m not sure what’s more bizarre, BC Premier John Horgan’s rationale for asking the BC Supreme Court to rule on whether BC can limit the amount of diluted bitumen flowing on Trans Mountain or Jason Kenney’s reaction to Horgan’s decision to take the issue to court. Magical molecules Horgan defended his decision to refer the ...

In This Corner: Stuff I Learned This Week no.3: Why our best ever Olympics feels like a loss

The Olympics are over, and we in Canada can now go back to ignoring ‘big air’ and ‘half-pipe’ and even ‘mixed-doubles curling’. The record book will show that this was Canada’s best Olympics ever. Twenty-nine medals in total (11 gold, eight silver, 10 bronze). That’s third overall. We beat the U.S. and the Olympic Drug ...

Montreal Simon: How The Con Media Made Themselves Look Like Idiots. Again.

As we all know, the good old boys from the parliamentary press gang have been in a frigging frenzy recently. Covering Justin Trudeau's visit to India, from Ottawa and/or somewhere in Toronto.Mocking Trudeau and his young family for dressing up in Indian garb…  Accusing him of having invited a former terrorist to dinner. Only thirty-four years after he ...