Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Marty Warren highlights why Tim Hortons workers – and other people facing precarious and low-paying work – need union representation to ensure their interests are respected. And Christo Aivalis writes that the current discussion of minimum wage pairs fairness issues about distribution of wealth with the economic importance ...

Montreal Simon: The Inspiring Courage of Justin Trudeau

I've now had a chance to watch two of Justin Trudeau's Town Halls. And although I always find it hard in the cold dark days of January to get excited about anything. I have been extremely impressed by this remarkable democratic exercise.   Justin Trudeau's town halls are a great democratic exercise and example of ...

Montreal Simon: Why Do Andrew Scheer And His Cons Lie So Much?

Andrew Scheer likes to portray himself as a man on a mission, a man chosen by his God to bring truth and light to Canada.As well as an avenging Trumpkin born to rain fire and brimstone down on Justin Trudeau and his "elites."But sadly for Scheer, as even some in our Con media have pointed ...

Montreal Simon: The Slow Implosion and Appalling Cowardice of Andrew Scheer

For months Andrew Scheer has attacked Justin Trudeau like a bat out of hell.Accusing him of being incompetent, corrupt, a crook, even a terrorist sympathizer. The Con media let him and his Cons get away with it, and it has been a sordid spectacle that has badly damaged our democracy.A reminder of the days when ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Wanda Wyporska highlights the UK’s corporate executive fat cats, and argues that it’s long past time for the public to stop rewarding them: So let’s put fat cat pay in context. Yes it has come down slightly, as Sir Martin Sorrell has seen his pay cut from ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Brent Patterson rightly worries about the prospect that Justin Trudeau will choose to emulate Donald Trump’s anti-social agenda (just as he’s too often done with Stephen Harper’s): At the time of last year’s federal budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau commented he would exercise prudence “to ensure that ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Insane Attempt To Try To Change His Image

Not long ago I warned that Andrew Scheer's shadowy inner circle of religious fanatics, the group known as The Conclave, was in a full blown panic, or a friggin' frenzy.Their attempt to destroy Justin Trudeau had failed, and worse, had left Schmear looking like Mr Ugly.So the time had come to try to make him ...

Montreal Simon: The Almost Fatal Year of 2017 and the Hope of 2018

It's hard to believe. The year 2017 is finally over, and we're still here. But although just about everyone I know seems to heaving a giant sight of relief, and declaring that 2017 was a REALLY bad year.I think some really good things happened during its brief reign.Even though it was the year when I was almost ...

Montreal Simon: Candice Bergen and the Trudeau Hating Cons

I've been trying to write something about what the year 2017 felt like to me, but it isn't easy.So many things happened, I can't decide whether it was a good year or a bad one. Or whether we're making progress, or going back to the Stone Age.And to make matters worse every time I start, I keep ...

Alberta Politics: Happy New Year! It wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without AlbertaPolitics.ca’s Top Ten political predictions for 2018

PHOTOS: Will U.S. spear hunters like this guy still be able to come to Alberta after 2018? Your blogger predicts they’ll have to find ursine victims elsewhere. (Photo: Youtube screengrab, grabbed by the CBC and re-grabbed by me.) Below: Demonstrators on Cambie Street in Vancouver protest against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion in November. (Photo: ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and the Conapocalypse

It was Rosemary Con Barton's last At Issue panel of the year, and as usual it was a horror show.The ghastly Con conclave declared Pierre Poilievre to be the politician of the year for smearing Bill Morneau as only he could. Yes, that Pierre Poilievre.Then to make matters even more obscene, Con Barton did solemnly declare that the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Rupert Neate reports on the latest numbers showing the world’s 500 richest people adding a full trillion dollars to their wealth in 2017. And Will Fitzgibbon and Dean Starkman highlight how offshore tax avoidance schemes are sucking prosperity out of the rest of the world. – Noah ...

Alberta Politics: There was a whole lotta scrambling going on, 24/7 … can the 2015 PMO security breach whodunit be solved?

PHOTOS: Former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, at right, somewhere in Iraq in 2015 (Photo: Screenshot of Global News video). Below: The very model of a modern major general, although not necessarily a Canadian one (Photo: Wikimedia Commons), and the Canadian defence minister of the day with some ghostly military personnel passing behind him (Photo: ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – The Economic Policy Institute charts how inequality and precarity are growing in the U.S. – and how that can be directly traced to the erosion of organized labour. And the World Inequality Report examines the trend toward increasing inequality on a global scale. – Meanwhile, Kemal Dervis ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media’s Pornographic Assault On Our Democracy

I think by now you probably know what I think about our grubby Con media, and how much they disgust me.You know what I thought about them during Stephen Harper's monstrous decade in power, when they fell over themselves trying to polish his behind, or blow his tiny trumpet.And I'm sure you also know what ...

Alberta Politics: Put the Christ back in Christmas? Never mind that! Keep the marks in the market! Merry Christmas!

PHOTOS & ILLUSTRATIONS: Early opponents of the War on Shopping fight back at Christmastime (Photo: Chicago History Museum). Today consumerism is the state religion of both the United States and Canada, helping to put the marks back in the market. Below: Sol Invictus. Any resemblance to the Statue of Liberty is purely coincidental. Is it ...

Montreal Simon: Mary Dawson and the Con Smearing of Justin Trudeau

Ever since she ruled that Justin Trudeau had violated ethical guidelines, Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson has become the darling of the Con media.After attacking her for months they now swoon at her feet, and accept her ruling without question.But I believe that ruling is hideously flawed, especially on the key question of whether the Aga ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media and the Aga Khan’s Island

It's the last thing I needed to do at this time of the year. Stare at a picture of a lovely Caribbean island with all that light blue water and all those warm sandy beaches.While freezing my butt off in Canada.But unfortunately that's the Aga Khan's private island, Justin Trudeau and his family had a short ...

Alberta Politics: Kent Hehr: He’s not necessarily an empathetic guy, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing

PHOTOS: Kent Hehr, back in the days he was an Alberta Liberal MLA. I have to tell you, Mr. Hehr is not crazy about this picture, probably because he regrets wearing that particular shirt. Below: The image Mr. Hehr would prefer to project; Niccolo Machiavelli, advisor to princes through the ages; and Prime Minister Justin ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Desperate Attempt to Change His Image

As I'm sure you have noticed, Andrew Scheer is looking a little ragged these days. For six months he has been attacking Justin Trudeau like a bat out of hell, or a maniac. Or an alt-right religious fanatic.But sadly for him it's just not working.In fact, it's an absolute disaster.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Andrew Scheer Was Exposed As A Liar

In my last post I told you how Andrew Scheer had been caught lying like a thief or a Trump.Claiming that Justin Trudeau had called some Canadians "tax cheats." When in fact Trudeau never used those words.But while Scheer has yet to admit he lied, it seems that what little credibility he had left, has ...

Montreal Simon: The Many Hateful Lies of the Con Clown Andrew Scheer

For a man who claims to be a religious fanatic, Andrew Scheer seems to have a very casual relationship with the Ten Commandments.Especially the one about not bearing false witness.Because he breaks that one all the time.And this is just the latest example.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Day Andrew Scheer’s Creepy Smile Fell Off

There is something very disturbing about this picture of Andrew Scheer, taken on the last day before Parliament adjourned for the holidays.As he stares at Justin Trudeau with his creepy smile missing, and a strange almost crazed look in his eyes.But then who can blame him? He attacked Trudeau like a rabid beast for months. He blew ...

Scott's DiaTribes: Andrew Scheer & the Conservative Party have to be nervous. The NDP as well.

A rather good night for the Liberal Party last night. They held all their seats, and were able to win away a seat from the Conservatives in Surrey, BC, which elected a Liberal as an MP there for the first time since 1952. The Conservatives under Andrew Scheer have now lost 2 by-elections since he ...

Montreal Simon: Andrew Scheer’s Long Night of Humiliation

As you know Andrew Scheer has been looking a little desperate recently. And who can blame him?Ever since he became leader of the Harper Party he has thrown everything but the kitchen sink at Justin Trudeau. He has all but called Trudeau a crook, and a traitor. He has accused him of being soft on ISIS. He ...