Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney – just visiting Alberta? – piously congratulates Michael Ignatieff for Order of Canada

PHOTOS: A screen shot from the Conservative Party of Canada’s vile “Just Visiting” ads, which were designed to undermine then Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff in the spring of 2009. They worked. Below: Dr. Ignatieff, who on Friday was awarded an Order of Canada, and Jason Kenney, candidate for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative ...

The Canadian Progressive: Manitoba Chiefs Suing Trudeau Over Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline Approval

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is suing the Trudeau government over its approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline. First Nations leaders have repeatedly stated that no genuine reconciliation is possible as long as Canada continues to approve fossil fuel-based projects that threaten their communities and the planet. The post Manitoba Chiefs Suing Trudeau ...

Alberta Politics: Happy New Year! AlbertaPolitics.ca’s Top Ten political predictions for 2017

PHOTOS: Your blogger, in hat, contemplates the difference between the renamed Conservative Party of Alberta and the renamed Conservative Party of Alberta. That’s not a typo. See Prediction No. 9 below for an explanation. Actual Alberta political commentators may not appear exactly as illustrated in this screenshot. Below (with predictions): Former Progressive Conservative MLA Sandra ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 52: Let’s recap 2016 … sorry, it’s the law.

Yeah, yeah,  I know. It was a terrible year. One of the worst in recent memory. But the rule for anyone who writes a weekly blog or column is that you must write some sort of year-end recap. So, with apologies, here we go. Newsmaker of the Year Is there any doubt about this? Donald Trump, ...

Alberta Politics: A Happy New Year to all – seriously, to all of you – as AlbertaPolitics.ca begins its 10th year of publication

PHOTOS: Some of the high points … This one was taken about the time I broke the story that Danielle Smith would be running for the leadership of the “upstart” Wildrose Party. Below: chats, and photos, with Ed Stelmach, Alison Redford, Jim Prentice and Rachel Notley. Dear Readers, On this day in 2007 I sat ...

Montreal Simon: Steve Blaney and the Con Apocalypse (Continued)

Although it wasn't a very big story, and most Canadians didn't pay it much attention, the Con leadership race was one of the recurring horror stories of 2016.A real zombie apocalypse and a virtual cesspool of bigotry. With Kellie Leitch going after immigrants, Brad Trost going after LGBT Canadians, and Rona Ambrose just standing there looking stupid.So who ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the need for progressive leaders and activists alike to build connections beyond borders and party lines to combat a reactionary movement which spans the globe. For further reading…– Sam Kriss discusses how the systematic stifling of the left has given rise to the toxic politics of the right.– Demi Lee points out why ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Jared Bernstein argues that the limited stimulus provided by tax cuts for the rich is far from worth the overall costs of exacerbating inequality and damaging public revenues: I’m encountering progressives who are compelled to be at least somewhat supportive of wasteful, regressive tax cuts, like those proposed ...

Michal Rozworski: #RealChange wearing thin: A look back at Trudeau’s first year

We’re one year into Justin Trudeau’s government of #RealChange, yet it’s mostly the rhetoric not the policies that have changed. Some of the shine is finally wearing off. Whether approving pipelines, settting electoral reform up to fail or privatizing airports and transit, the Liberals are showing themselves to be the good capitalist managers they’ve always been, ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on Justin Trudeau’s broken health care promises – and the need for a concerted provincial push for an equal partnership in maintaining and enhancing a universal health care system for all Canadians. For further reading…– The Liberal and NDP 2015 election platforms (PDF) offer a useful indication of the expectations Canadian voters had of ...

Alberta Politics: Canada’s Conservatives have taken their greatest strength and bulldozed it to the ground: this will not end well for them

PHOTOS: Conservative Party of Canada leadership candidates Kellie Leitch, Chris Alexander and Brad Trost get ready for their next debate on how best to Make Canada Great Again. Actual CPC leadership candidates may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Former Alberta Progressive Conservative premier Ed Stelmach, Alberta PC leadership candidate Jason Kenney, and Liberal Prime ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Lynn Parramore interviews Mariana Mazzucato about the options available to build a more fair and inclusive economy even in the face of corporatist leaders like Donald Trump: LP: In your earlier book, The Entrepreneurial State, you describe a model of capitalism that would address many of these ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Jonathan Sas highlights why we’re best off having public services delivered by the public sector: The three decades long bashing and diminishing of the redistributive capacities of the state has led to pronounced inequality, degraded infrastructure stock, and a blunted ability of government to respond to current societal ...

CuriosityCat: Andrew Coyne on Justin Trudeau and discussing Uganda

The political uproar in Canada over the questionable (Read more…) used by the newish Trudeau Liberal government to raise funds though what seems to many to be a Cash for Access method, has not died down. Now Andre Coyne, one of Canada’s most astute journalists, has put this mess in a context that the Liberal ...

CuriosityCat: Andrew Coyne on Justin Trudeau and discussing Uganda

The political uproar in Canada over the questionable (Read more…) used by the newish Trudeau Liberal government to raise funds though what seems to many to be a Cash for Access method, has not died down. Now Andre Coyne, one of Canada’s most astute journalists, has put this mess in a context that the Liberal ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and the Liberal Fundraising Gang Bang

As we all know, the Con media and the opposition have been having a ball attacking Justin Trudeau and his Liberals for charging people to attend Liberal fundraisers.And suggesting that Trudeau could be bought for $1,500 bucks.Even though he has denied that in a manner that seems to me both honest and reasonable. Read more »

CuriosityCat: Trump energy policy holds out dangers for Canada

Chairman of the Board of USA Inc. President-elect Trump has started selecting his “cabinet”, and the implications for Canada’s economy are significant: In a move that might be a bit more predictable than the rest, given Trump’s public statements, the memo places a priority on building more pipelines. Just a few days ago, Trump (Read ...

CuriosityCat: Trump energy policy holds out dangers for Canada

Chairman of the Board of USA Inc. President-elect Trump has started selecting his “cabinet”, and the implications for Canada’s economy are significant: In a move that might be a bit more predictable than the rest, given Trump’s public statements, the memo places a priority on building more pipelines. Just a few days ago, Trump (Read ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Jacob Levy highlights the importance of “identity politics” – or more specifically, the willingness to fight against systematic inequality of all kinds – as part of an effective progressive movement. And George Monbiot writes that we should be returning to first principles when it comes to the economy, ...

Alberta Politics: Former B.C. NDP premier’s pro-pipeline sentiments boost Rachel Notley’s ‘social license’ strategy

PHOTOS: One of the few photos your blogger could find of Dan Miller (found on the Internet, original source unknown). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan and B.C. Premier Christy Clark (from the Canadian Encyclopedia). There’s more evidence out of British Columbia this week that Rachel Notley’s social licence approach to ...

Montreal Simon: Kevin O’Leary Prepares To Join the Con Leadership Race

Ever since Kevin O'Leary's infamous "Summit Meeting" with Tony Clement, I've been sure that O'Leary would end up running for Con leader.He knows a third-rate Shark Tank when he sees one.And after sizing up Clement over a bottle of wine, he probably came to the conclusion that he could easily beat him and any of these ...

CuriosityCat: Trudeau’s Liberals pay a 20% price in poll of their bungling

Lack of Leadership takes a toll The Pay for Access scandal coupled with the incredible bungling of the very important electoral reform initiative, has led to a 20% drop in Liberal Party support: After soaring in public approval for more than a year, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals tumbled last month in a new poll that reflects ...

CuriosityCat: Trudeau’s Liberals pay a 20% price in poll of their bungling

Lack of Leadership takes a toll The Pay for Access scandal coupled with the incredible bungling of the very important electoral reform initiative, has led to a 20% drop in Liberal Party support: After soaring in public approval for more than a year, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals tumbled last month in a new poll that reflects ...

The Disaffected Lib: Justin’s Folly – Selling Death Wagons to a Despotic Regime Going Broke

You remember the Saudi death wagon controversy when the Trudeau regime gave the go ahead to the sale of 15-billion dollars worth of armoured fighting vehicles to Saudi Arabia. Well, what if those death wagons fall into the hands of the very people we’ve been over there fighting, radical Sunni Islamists? Justie would have a ...

In This Corner: Stuff Still Happens, week 49: On the ‘lock her up’ chant, and the woman they DID lock up.

Last Saturday, the right-wing rabble rouser, Ezra Levant, roused the rabble just enough to host an anti-carbon tax rally at the Alberta legislature. The crowd of probably a few hundred heard the usual stuff from the usual suspects, and the event was mostly uneventful. The Edmonton Journal’s story on the rally, in the Monday paper, ...