Susan on the Soapbox: Huffing and Puffing “Leadership”

Last week BC Premier John Horgan said BC would ban any increase in shipments of diluted bitumen (dilbit) to BC until a scientific advisory panel determined whether shippers can adequately prevent and clean up dilbit spills.  If the panel decides this isn’t possible, the ban on increased dilbit shipments will become permanent. This announcement gave ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Victor Cyr discusses the problems with a public policy focus on capitalism without any concern for human well-being. And Ann Pettifor highlights the concentrated wealth and power arising out of corporate monopolies, while noting that political decisions are behind those realities. – Alan Freeman points out that ...

Montreal Simon: Is This Why The Con Media Hates Justin Trudeau So Much?

As you know, I've often wondered why the Con media is so biased against Justin Trudeau, and hates him so much.I've blamed that bias on shameless scribblers trying to please their corporate bosses, who are furious with Trudeau for raising their taxes. I've wondered whether our dilapidated media are being secretly propped up by uber right-wing ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Thomas Kochan takes a look at what workers would want done with the cost of corporate tax cuts if they weren’t being silenced by the U.S.’ corporatist political system. And Steven Greenhouse points out a new set of protests and strikes intended to make sure that advocates for ...

Montreal Simon: The Awesome Courage and Class of Justin Trudeau

When I saw this picture of Justin Trudeau preparing to face a town hall in Edmonton the other day, I wondered how it must feel to go where no Prime Minister has gone before.And I was impressed by his courage, for it takes guts to face a crowd like that in a country with so ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Bigot Nonos

Last Monday night Justin Trudeau attended a memorial ceremony for the victims of the Quebec City mosque massacre.And during his speech he criticized one of Quebec's largest far-right groups, La Meute or Wolf Pack.Calling them "nonos" which roughly translates as dummies or bozos.It's easy to condemn racism, intolerance and discrimination against the Muslim community. We know who ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Andrew Scheer’s Cons Were Left Looking Like Idiots

As you know Andrew Scheer and his Cons returned to Parliament determined to pound Justin Trudeau into submission by asking him the same question over and over again.But the Liberals frustrated that dastardly plan by having their House Leader Bardish Chagger reply instead, as she did again yesterday. Which strangely enough seemed to catch the ...

Alberta Politics: The bitumen hits the fan in Alberta and Ottawa as British Columbia moves to restrict pipeline and rail flow

PHOTOS: B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman, foreground, with members of his environment and climate change strategy council last fall (Photo: Province of British Columbia). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan (Photo: Wikimedia Commons). I’m not going to try to go all legal scholarly on you, dear ...

Canadian Soapbox: Is Trudeau next? The future is female and the politics of anything goes

I like Justin Trudeau, I don’t always agree with his politics but I do like the man.  Do I think he’s the greatest Prime Minister Canada has ever had?  Uhm…..no.  But I do think his heart is in the right place and that he genuinely wants to make Canada a better, fairer and more prosperous ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The Great Constitutional Pipeline War of the Rockies

Fresh from the Alberta NDP’s victory over Saskatchewan in the Fake Trade War on the Prairies, the ongoing political fight over the expansion of the existing Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby is heating up. In the British Columbia NDP government’s most recent move to block the oil pipeline, Environment and Climate Change ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer and the Ghost of Stephen Harper

For weeks Andrew Scheer has been claiming that when Parliament resumed he would destroy Justin Trudeau with a new and devastating assault on his ethics.But when it did resume yesterday, all he could come up with was more of the same. Conservative leader Andrew Scheer spent his first question period of 2018 reminding Justin Trudeau that he ...

Alberta Politics: Chill the champagne! Market-fundamentalist newspaper owners primed for infusion of taxpayer cash!

PHOTOS: The Canadian newspaper industry celebrates the coming of tax subsidies from the federal government. Actual Canadian newspaper publishers may not appear exactly as illustrated – in this case, by Jean-Francois le Troy in 1735 – but readers will get the general idea. Below: Federal Heritage Minister Melanie Joy (Photo: Province of British Columbia) and ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Noam Scheiber and Ben Casselman comment on the role of corporate consolidation in undermining pay and working conditions. And Meagan Day rebuts the claim that employers can be excused for ignoring not-yet-qualified pools of workers by pointing out that the same people once treated as unqualified are ...

Montreal Simon: The Monstrous Cons and the Epidemic of Hatred

A long time ago I warned that the way Stephen Harper was demonizing Justin Trudeau was cowardly and evil, and would lead this country to a very bad place,So when the bully was finally booted from office, I hoped that the Cons had learned their lesson, and would at last start acting like Canadians, instead of ...

Montreal Simon: Rick Mercer On The Incredible Drabness of Andrew Scheer

It couldn't have been a more revealing contrast. Andrew Scheer gathered with his Con caucus in Victoria.Plotting 101 ways to destroy Justin Trudeau, in a small sweaty room reeking of boredom.While Trudeau was at the Davos summit, and together with Angela Merkel, was being acclaimed as the most respected leader in the world. And the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Wanda Wyporska discusses why we can’t expect a group of cloistered elites to do anything to solve the changeable dimensions of inequality. – Jonathan Ford and Gill Plimmer write that the UK is beginning to learn its lesson about the dangers of privatizing public services. And PressProgress offers ...

centre of the universe: Keep ’em separated

Recently the Government of Canada included on its summer student funding program a check box that asks whether the business (non-profit/agency/charity/etc.) applying for federal tax funding complies with Canadian law. Normally, that’s not a problem. Normally, if you apply for federal funding, you’re all, hells yes we comply with federal laws. It’s exceedingly rare for ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Larry Elliott writes about the fragility of the political and economic structures which the world’s most privileged people are seeking to entrench in Davos. And Branko Milanovic discusses the importance of intra-country inequality which is getting worse around the globe. – Laurie Monsebraaten reports on new research ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Andrew Sheng discusses the role of oversimplified assumptions about economic development in exacerbating wealth and income inequality: The American era has been very comfortable with the timeless, universal model of the free market. Inconvenient problems such as inequality are market failures, which the state can take care of, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Elizabeth Kolbert comments on the psychology of inequality, and particularly how the current trend in which a disproportionate share of gains goes to a small number of wealthy individuals produces no ultimate winners:  As the relative-income model predicted, those who’d learned that they were earning less than their ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Jim Hightower writes about the importance of a popular movement to build the policy foundation for middle- and working-class prosperity. And Doug Henwood notes that the U.S. union movement managed to hold its ground in 2017. – Ellie May MacDonald points out how austerity imposes a disproportionate ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Why Do We March?

Of the 120,000 people who attended the Women’s March in Canada, 10,000 marched in Alberta and 3,500 marched in Calgary. They were repeatedly asked, “Why do you march?” They replied they were concerned about equal pay, violence against women, protecting human rights, and ensuring the ugliness of Trumpism doesn’t seep into Canadian politics. Ashley Bristowe, ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and the Religious Fanatics Go After Justin Trudeau

Ever since Justin Trudeau came to power, the Con media in this country has found any excuse to attack him like a pack of rabid zombies.But now they may have found the foulest excuse yet. Now they're accusing the son of the man who brought in our Charter of Rights of violating that charter.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Whose side should Canada take if two NATO states start shooting at each other? Don’t laugh … it could happen

PHOTOS: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. If he looks ticked off, it’s probably because he is. (Photo: Kremlin.ru via Wikimedia Commons.) Hey! Don’t blame me if the only good royalty-free pictures of President Erdoğan come from Russia! Below: U.S. President and Commander in Chief Donald J. Trump (Photo: Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons), Canadian Prime Minister ...

Montreal Simon: Blue Monday and the Gloomy Canadians

Today is Blue Monday, the day some say is the most depressing day of the year. For obvious reasons.AS the Christmas memories fade, all we are left with are a hammered bank account, a bulge around the waist, gloomy weather and a return to work after weeks of partying.  These factors all come together in ...