CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau Cannot Be Trusted

Perhaps hoping to hide behind the Tumultous Trump’s first weeks in power, Justin Trudeau has rashly walked away from his firm commitment to remedy Canada’s democratic deficit. He has decided that he prefers the archaic first past the post electoral system, and has ceased any attempts to bring about meaningful electoral reform and make (Read ...

CuriosityCat: Justin Trudeau Cannot Be Trusted

Perhaps hoping to hide behind the Tumultous Trump’s first weeks in power, Justin Trudeau has rashly walked away from his firm commitment to remedy Canada’s democratic deficit. He has decided that he prefers the archaic first past the post electoral system, and has ceased any attempts to bring about meaningful electoral reform and make (Read ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Kudos to Trudeau for welcoming refugees.. now let’s do (a lot) more.

Lots of attention was paid to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeting out how refugees were welcome in Canada – many interpreted this to be a subtle jab at the odious Muslim / Refugees ban President Donald Trump imposed by Executive Order (except the Muslim countries he has business dealings with – but that’s another story). ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Terry Glavin argues that Canada’s response to Donald Trump’s Muslim ban needs to consist of more than the platitudes offered by Justin Trudeau, while Tom Parkin and Chantal Hebert point out that even Trudeau’s words to date have unduly downplayed Trump’s dangers. And Andrew Coyne writes about ...

Eh Types: How Canadians Can Resist Trump

The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency was not at all what many expected — it was considerably worse. Following his election, many found solace in the idea that a serial liar like Trump was unlikely to fulfill the many ugly promises he made. His border wall and Muslim ban were no more likely to ...

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Justin Trudeau on Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, In the wake of Sunday’s horrendous terrorist attack on Quebec’s Muslim community, I am writing to ask that you forcefully condemn not just the shooting itself, but the rising tide of Islamophobia that appears to have prompted it. On January 27, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau responds to Québec City mosque shooting: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims”

Responding to Sunday night’s Québec City mosque shooting, which left six people dead, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims.” The post Justin Trudeau responds to Québec City mosque shooting: “We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Scotland, and the Values That Define Us

It was only a tweet, but it was like a flash of decency in a darkening world.It has been favourited more than 500,000 times already.And it did send a powerful message to the bigot demagogue Donald Trump.Read more »

Alberta Politics: Canadian newspaper industry advances on Ottawa, hands out, awash in red ink and democratic platitudes

PHOTOS: Stop the presses! … I mean the losses! Put me through to the red ink department … I mean the tax department … Actual Canadian newspaper owners may not be as committed to jobs as the sign on the press suggests. Below: Edward Greenspon of the Public Policy Forum and late of the Globe ...

Montreal Simon: Why Justin Trudeau Is Well Suited To Save Canada from Donald Trump

I'm glad to see that Justin Trudeau has been training hard for his upcoming bout with Donald Trump.And testing both his courage and his charisma by entering lion dens like this one in Alberta. Because he's going to need all the courage and the charisma he possesses when he meets this monster.Read more »

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Notley NDP’s latter-day conversion to Keystone XL boosterism

It has been fascinating to watch the Alberta New Democratic Party transition from being skeptical of oil pipelines as opposition to fairly effective advocates for pipelines as government. While the approval of the Trans-Canada Keystone XL Pipeline from Hardisty to… Continue Reading →

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 3: Welcome to the world of alternative facts

“The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself.” Franklin Roosevelt, 1932 inauguration. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy, 1960 inauguration. “From this day forward, it’s going to be America first, America first.” Donald J. Trump, 2017 inauguration Well, it’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Evening Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Peter Goodman observes that any meaningful action to build a more equal economy needs to involve bolstering wages and workers’ rights – meaning that the elites-only musings in Davos miss the point entirely: Davos is — at least rhetorically — consumed with worries about the shortcomings of ...

Alberta Politics: Oilsands phase-out freak-out explained: Conservatives see the road back to Ottawa going through Edmonton

PHOTOS: G7 leaders including Canada’s then prime minister, Stephen Harper, wander down the garden path in Schloss Elmau, Germany, in June 2015. Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Alberta Federation of Labour leader Gil McGowan, Opposition Leader Brian Jean and would-be Progressive Conservative Leader Jason Kenney. OTTAWA “Funny,” Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan observed ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 2: My hush money has arrived

Deposited into my bank account this week was a payment of $150, my “Alberta climate leadership adjustment rebate”. The rebate covers the period of January to June of this year, which is a rebate for money I haven’t spent yet (or, as I call it, a prebate). The prebate is part of the “climate leadership ...

Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Some of us might offer a lot more outrage over the histrionics in response to Justin Trudeau’s statement of fact on the need to phase out fossil fuels if his own attack dogs hadn’t fomented the exact same hysteria when it suited their purposes.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Dean Baker discusses some of the myths about the effects of corporate globalization – with particular attention to how our current trade and immigration structures are designed to provide easy profits for capital at the expense of labour around the world. And Jason Hickel reports on new research ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and the Fake Helicopter Scandal

It was a horrible way to end a long and grim week. I crawled across the Friday finishing line, turned on the TV, and there was Rosemary Barton, looking even more like a dominatrix than usual.And leading her grim increasingly boring show with the story of Justin Trudeau, the helicopter, and the Aga Khan's island. ...

Alberta Politics: The Jason Syndrome: Conservative candidate melts down about Hollywood star turn in bid to derail NDP strategy that’s working

PHOTOS: Conservative carbon-tax foe Jason Kenney in a screen shot taken from his recent Facebook video. Actual best experiences may not result as promised from turning on the sound. Below: Hollywood actress Jane Fonda aboard a helicopter somewhere over Fort McMurray. Just what is the pilot pointing at? Below her: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Alex Hemingway highlights the similarities between Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump in pushing infrastructure plans designed primarily to turn the promise of public services into long-term corporate profit centres: But as I described recently in the Canadian context, these “partnerships” have proven enormously costly: “P3s are simply ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on how a change in government hasn’t done anything to slow the spread of Canada’s surveillance state – both in terms of intrusive new legislative proposals, and a continued determination to operate even outside the law. For further reading…– Again, Dave Seglins and Rachel Houlihan reported on the Cold War-era wiretapping approvals which are ...

Accidental Deliberations: The Minister of Silly Excuses

Yes, Justin Trudeau has set up his predictable excuse for breaking his promise of electoral reform by putting a new minister in charge of the file during a crucial period. But let’s see what Karina Gould has had to say about a more fair democratic system in communicating with her constituents (PDF): Participants focused on ...

CuriosityCat: Canada’s Trudeau about to make a colossal mistake re Trump Inauguration

False compass? Trudeau and his advisors have decided to snub the most powerful nation in the world by staying away from the inauguration of its next president on January 20. Despite the fact that Americans voted in a free vote for their next president, and Donald Trump won the presidency in accordance with the rules ...

CuriosityCat: Canada’s Trudeau about to make a colossal mistake re Trump Inauguration

False compass? Trudeau and his advisors have decided to snub the most powerful nation in the world by staying away from the inauguration of its next president on January 20. Despite the fact that Americans voted in a free vote for their next president, and Donald Trump won the presidency in accordance with the rules ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: The Winter of Discontent over the Carbon Tax

Alberta’s carbon tax, lauded by economists and experts and derided by opposition conservatives, came into force on January 1, 2017. From photo-ops at gas pumps to outright climate change denial, opposition to the carbon tax has been nothing short of hysterical… Continue Reading →