Alberta Politics: ANDREW WHO? Oh, wait! I grabbed the wrong picture from the file cabinet!

PHOTOS: Andrew Scheer … I mean Joe Clark, a then-almost-unknown MP from Alberta, celebrates his victory in the Tory party leadership contest with his wife, Maureen McTeer, on Feb. 22, 1976. (Photo: Toronto Public Library.) The real Andrew Scheer, seen below, an almost-unknown MP from Saskatchewan, was doing the same thing this evening after a ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 15: O’Leary out; the return of softwood lumber

Just as Conservatives across the country were about to begin voting for their next leader, one of the front runners threw a wrench into the works. Kevin O’Leary, the bombastic TV star (sort of a hairless, much smarter Donald Trump), pulled out of the race, causing a collective jaw drop amongst the Canadian political elite ...

Northern Reflections: O’Leary’s Out

Kevin O’Leary has dropped out of the Conservative leadership race because, he says, he can’t get support in Quebec. That was obvious on the day he announced his candidacy. Even though he was born in Montreal, he never lived outside Quebec’s Anglophone bubble. But, Paul Wells writes, there is another reason why O’Leary’s candidacy failed: ...

Montreal Simon: Kevin O’Leary and the Death of the Harper Party

Kevin O'Leary is said to be leading the Con leadership race by a comfortable margin. Even though he won't commit to remaining Con leader, unless Canadians give him a majority.This is balls to the wall. I can’t do what I need to do in this country without a majority mandate. I can’t cast out the virus of Trudeau ...

Susan on the Soapbox: A Pollster Finally Gets It Right

We see chaos, Nik Nanos sees trends. Mr Nanos heads up Nanos Research, a leading Canadian research company and official pollster for CTV News, the Globe and Mail, and Bloomberg News.  Last week he spoke at the Merv Leitch Lectures Series sponsored by the University of Calgary. His topic—politics in the age of voter rage ...

Montreal Simon: Now Can We Call the Cons the Bigot Party?

Yesterday was the deadline for the Con leadership candidates to sign up new members. And as you can imagine, as the clock ran out on them, it was not a pretty sight. The stench of desperation hung heavy in the air, and the squealing was deafening.But at least they did manage to provide even more proof that the Cons should now ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose, the Budget, and the Scandalous Cons

I almost felt sorry for Rona Ambrose yesterday, as she tried to say something intelligent about the Liberal's new budget. Only to fail miserably.And end up looking, once again, like the village idiot. Claiming that Liberal spending was out of control, and that it was a "nightmare scenario."Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Leadership Scandal Just Got Worse

In one of my last posts I wrote that the Con leadership race was starting to look like a crime story.And I suggested that it might be time to call in the police.Or at the very least the Keystone Cops.Because that grubby leadership race is becoming more and more farcical. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Why the Police Should Investigate The Con Leadership Race

The other day I warned that the Con leadership race was becoming more desperate and more porky by the day.With so many mediocre candidates, and no new ideas. And now to make matters even worse, the suffocating stench of scandal.With Kevin O'Leary aka Mr Wonderful, claiming he was robbed.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race Is Now a Stinky Scandal

It's a horrible sight, it sounds bestial. Oinky, oinky, honky honk!!!!And it smells even worse. But who can be surprised?As the never ending Con leadership race heads towards the final stretch, the stench of porky is in the air.And the most disgusting leadership campaign in modern Canadian history is in danger of gassing itself.Read more »

Northern Reflections: O’Leary Doesn’t Get It

Kevin O’Leary skipped the last Conservative leadership debate. Instead, he held his own event at a near by hotel. Brent Rathgeber writes that, more than anything else, O’Leary’s no show shows that O’Leary is profoundly ignorant about how politics work: O’Leary claims he boycotted the debate because the format, with all the candidates on stage ...

Northern Reflections: O’Leary Doesn’t Get It

Kevin O’Leary skipped the last Conservative leadership debate. Instead, he held his own event at a near by hotel. Brent Rathgeber writes that, more than anything else, O’Leary’s no show shows that O’Leary is profoundly ignorant about how politics work: O’Leary claims he boycotted the debate because the format, with all the candidates on stage ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Clowns and the Voice In Their Heads

It was such a boring show I had to remember to keep breathing. And needless to say I couldn't watch it for more than a few minutes. No sane person could.Although it seems it did have its farcical moments. For there were thirteen of the fourteen Con clown leadership candidates yesterday, trying to compress The Thoughts ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Clowns and the Voice In Their Heads

It was such a boring show I had to remember to keep breathing. And needless to say I couldn't watch it for more than a few minutes. No sane person could.Although it seems it did have its farcical moments. For there were thirteen of the fourteen Con clown leadership candidates yesterday, trying to compress The Thoughts ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race Becomes Even More Bizarre

Tonight the Con leadership candidates, all fourteen of them, will converge on the Roger's Centre in Edmonton for the last debate of their long and dismal campaign. And already things are going horribly wrong. In fact, to borrow a line from the Lion in Winter, if pigs could fly there would be pork in the trees.Because for starters, ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race Becomes Even More Bizarre

Tonight the Con leadership candidates, all fourteen of them, will converge on the Roger's Centre in Edmonton for the last debate of their long and dismal campaign. And already things are going horribly wrong. In fact, to borrow a line from the Lion in Winter, if pigs could fly there would be pork in the trees.Because for starters, ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: O’Leary skips Conservative debate, federal NDP debate skips Alberta

The most high-profile candidate running for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada will be skipping tomorrow’s leadership debate in Edmonton. As the thirteen other candidates for the leadership gather on stage at the Citadel Theatre, Boston-resident and American reality television personality Kevin O’Leary will instead be hosting a “fireside chat” in a fireplace-less ...

Montreal Simon: Kevin O’Leary, Justin Trudeau, and the Millennial Vote

I must admit I was amused to see Kevin O'Leary claim that he could get most of the millennials in Canada to support him.And make him the country's next prime minister.When every millennial I know thinks he's just another Con clown, who should be flushed like all the others.O'Leary's last chance to impress them came and ...

Montreal Simon: Kevin O’Leary, Justin Trudeau, and the Millennial Vote

I must admit I was amused to see Kevin O'Leary claim that he could get most of the millennials in Canada to support him.And make him the country's next prime minister.When every millennial I know thinks he's just another Con clown, who should be flushed like all the others.O'Leary's last chance to impress them came and ...

Northern Reflections: You Can’t Believe A Word He Says

Kevin O’Leary has been making the occasional trip up from Boston in his bid to become Prime Minister of Canada. His sales pitch — like Donald Trump’s — is that, as a business man, he knows how to get things done. Alan Freeman writes: O’Leary’s Trump-esque bid to lead the Conservative party is based on ...

Northern Reflections: You Can’t Believe A Word He Says

Kevin O’Leary has been making the occasional trip up from Boston in his bid to become Prime Minister of Canada. His sales pitch — like Donald Trump’s — is that, as a business man, he knows how to get things done. Alan Freeman writes: O’Leary’s Trump-esque bid to lead the Conservative party is based on ...

Politics and its Discontents: Kevin O’Leary Laid Bare

I have never cared for that blowhard known as Kevin O’Leary. A shallow man intellectually, he appears to have only two reasons for seeking the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada: ego and a thirst for power, likely the same imperatives that impelled Trump to run for the U.S. presidency. As Mark Cuban observes ...

Politics and its Discontents: Kevin O’Leary Laid Bare

I have never cared for that blowhard known as Kevin O’Leary. A shallow man intellectually, he appears to have only two reasons for seeking the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada: ego and a thirst for power, likely the same imperatives that impelled Trump to run for the U.S. presidency. As Mark Cuban observes ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 7: Horror in Sweden?

Doesn’t it seem like weeks ago that Justin Trudeau visited Donald Trump? It was the story on this side of the border for days. But Trudeau had barely lifted off from Washington and his visit was forgotten, overwhelmed by a tsunami of terrible Trump news. But let’s briefly look back on the Trump-Trudeau visit, which ...

Susan on the Soapbox: How to Get Rid of an Autocrat

Donald Trump isn’t the first Western politician to attack the judiciary, muzzle scientists, erode evidence-based decision making by making up alternate facts, disenfranchise voters, create two-tiered citizenship, push a corporate agenda, insult the very government leaders he needs to help him achieve his vision, and wage a divisive Islamophobic campaign to shore up core support. ...