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: 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 »

Montreal Simon: Maxime Bernier and the Red Pill Road To Ruin

For most of the Con leadership campaign, Maxime Bernier was the happy warrior or the  happy biker.Roaring down the highway selling extreme libertarianism instead of racism and bigotry like many of the other candidates.But even though that approach has served him well, and propelled him past Kellie Leitch.It seems that the boob from the Beauce is ...

Montreal Simon: Maxime Bernier and the Red Pill Road To Ruin

For most of the Con leadership campaign, Maxime Bernier was the happy warrior or the  happy biker.Roaring down the highway selling extreme libertarianism instead of racism and bigotry like many of the other candidates.But even though that approach has served him well, and propelled him past Kellie Leitch.It seems that the boob from the Beauce is ...

Montreal Simon: The Farcical Con Debate and the Coming of Kevin O’Leary

The headline in today's Journal de Montréal just about says it all. Yesterday's Con leadership debate was a "hard evening for the French language."So badly did some Con candidates mangle their French, that even the translators couldn't understand them.And no serious person could call it anything but a farce.But at least the gloves finally came off.Read more ...

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 ...

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 ...

Alberta Politics: I come to bury Castro, not to praise him: unpacking conservative fury at PM Justin Trudeau’s condolences

PHOTOS: Fidel Castrol in his heyday. Mr. Castro died Friday at 90. Below: An affectionate Havana scene … “Viva Fidel por siempre;” Margaret Trudeau, Mr. Castro and Pierre Trudeau in 1976; King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died at 90 last year; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Before I start, let’s just make one thing perfectly ...

Montreal Simon: Mad Max and the Con Leadership Crazies

In my continuing coverage of the Con leadership race, I haven't written much about Maxime Bernier's candidacy, for obvious reasons.I didn't think the Bobo from the Beauce, as we call him in Quebec, had a snowflake's chance in hell of winning.Unless he recruited his former girlfriend's biker friends, rode through the convention hall, and scared ...

Montreal Simon: Why the Con Leadership Race is Turning Into a Nightmare

The Con leadership race was always going to be a spectacle only a mad emperor like Caligula or Stephen Harper could enjoy.Especially since it was revealed that some Cons are so desperate they're thinking of bringing back Harper, to try to keep the Reformers and the Red Tories from tearing each other to pieces.But whether Harper returns ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Circus and the Return of Stephen Harper

As you probably know, the Con leadership race is slowly warming up, and the orthopaedic surgeon Kellie Leith has become the first to throw her cap, or a leg, into the ring  Former cabinet minister Kellie Leitch has become the first official candidate to replace Stephen Harper as Conservative leader, sounding the starting gun on a race that ...

Montreal Simon: Maxime Bernier’s Really Bad Driving Day

Golly. I bet the Cons are really regretting having gone after Tom Mulcair for ignoring a stop sign on Parliament Hill.For not only did it make them look ridiculous.It also made them look hypocritical.And now to make matters even worse eh?Watch out  !!!! Here comes Maxime Bernier !!! Read more »

Leftist Jab: Political Stooge of 2012: Pierre Poilievre

To be perfectly honest, I struggled with this. Here’s Pierre Poilievre repeating talking points ad nauseam  without a hint of even considering answering the reporter’s question. So it should be a slam dunk. Game over! Pierre Poilievre is the stooge of 2012! And yet… Here’s Maxime Bernier repeating boilerplate talking points, some of which are deliberately ...

Montreal Simon: Watch a Con Minister Being Coached to Lie

I've always believed the Cons are a cult, where the truth means nothing, and the Big Lie RULES.A cult where Con operatives tell Ministers what to do and say.But never to my knowledge have they been caught on tape lying like thieves. Now watch this shocking video, and the "education" of Maxime Bernier. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: On editorial decisions

By all means, I agree with the commentators pointing out that this is rather less than surprising treatment of (and by) a Con cabinet minister. But as always, there’s another rather important followup question: why would Don Martin or anybody else still bother wasting their time interviewing MPs who are guaranteed from years of experience ...

LeDaro: Blogposts – Past Favourites: Julie Couillard and Pamela Anderson: Shake, shake, shake

Maxime Bernier must be in the news again. This post has become quite popular again. Maxime Bernier, eat your heart out. What’s next for Ms. Couillard? Hollywood… or at least Playboy?

The Progressive Right: Maxime Bernier Photo

Does “cliché” mean the same in French as it does in English? If so, perhaps this is an unfortunate photograph of Maxime Bernier, the MP for Beauce.

They Call Me "Mr. Sinister": Ok I’ll Bite

So, what are the Conservatives saying, that Denis Lebel has no chance of ever becoming leader of the Conservatives because of his separatist past? How about Maxime Bernier? Does that reasoning apply to him as well?

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – L. Aaron Wright nicely contrasts the fabricated hysteria over Nycole Turmel against the choices of the Libs and Cons: Where was the outrage when Stephen Harper tried to recruit Mario Dumont of the ADQ in Quebec, a leader of the Yes side in the 1995 referendum? Where is ...

Accidental Deliberations: Parliament In Review: June 22, 2011

The second-last day of debates in this spring’s session dealt mostly with Bruce Hyer’s motion on small business. But lest anybody think there would be agreement on the details of an issue where every party supported the motion itself (resulting in a rather inexplicable standing vote)… The Big Issue So what did the parties find ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Sixth Estate examines which party’s candidates have violated the Canada Elections Act in recent elections. And it shouldn’t be much surprise that Canada’s supposed law-and-order party doesn’t have much respect for either when it comes to its own campaigns: In addition to the in-and-out fraud cases against ...

Right of Center Ice: Of what value is Bernier to Harper?

Maybe Harper really is the master tactician that Flanagan and Levant swoon about. Maybe. After all, I cannot for the life of me figure out the value Bernier has to Harper and the CPC caucus in Quebec. Well, that’s not true, I have a loose hypothesis but I’m not really seriously considering it. Sorta. My ...

A. Picazo: Lies, Damned Lies, And The Census

“(The Unites States), and particularly your conservative movement, is a light and an inspiration to people in this country and across the world.” – Stephen Harper, 1997 In an astonishing display of incompetence, and a complete disregard for the facts, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is forging ahead with plans to scrap the mandatory long form ...