Alberta Politics: Inside baseball: Legislature picks Speaker; Albertans to get first glimpse of NDP policy Monday

PHOTOS: Opposition Leader Brian Jean, at left, and Premier Rachel Notley, far right, drag the new Speaker, Medicine Hat MLA Bob Wanner, to his chair, a tradition dating to the days when chairing the Legislature wasn’t as desirable a job as it is today. Below: Another shot of Mr. Wanner, like the one above provided ...

Left Over: Why Would the Opposition Take Debate?

Federal election 2015: Conservative move on election debates raises questions Forget philosophical battles over free-market democracy – how, exactly, is this going to work? By Kady O’Malley, Janyce McGregor, CBC News Posted: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 17, 2015 5:00 AM ET   Big whoop..no one watches anyway, and Harper is so ...

The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

Jim Flaherty was unethical, incompetent and he should have been fired. Those aren’t my words, they’re Thomas Mulcair’s, spoken just last year in Question Period. Yet after the former Finance Minister’s death, Mulcair has called him a good man and a great public servant. There’s no doubt that the NDP Leader genuinely mourns the loss ...

The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

Jim Flaherty was unethical, incompetent and he should have been fired. Those aren’t my words, they’re Thomas Mulcair’s, spoken just last year in Question Period. Yet after the former Finance Minister’s death, Mulcair has called him a good man and a great public servant. There’s no doubt that the NDP Leader genuinely mourns the loss ...

The Scott Ross: Flaherty’s Curtain

Jim Flaherty was unethical, incompetent and he should have been fired. Those aren’t my words, they’re Thomas Mulcair’s, spoken just last year in Question Period. Yet after the former Finance Minister’s death, Mulcair has called him a good man and a great public servant. There’s no doubt that the NDP Leader genuinely mourns the loss ...

Left Over: Intervention and Dissention…

The Ukraine crisis: John Kerry and NATO must calm down and back off The Guardian 2 Mar 2014: Jonathan Steele: The hysterical reaction to Russian military movements in Crimea won’t help. Only Kiev can stop this crisis becoming a catastrophe This was a great analysis of the  real issues in the Ukraine, and  the plea to the ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Mulcair’s Beard Is Not The Point

There are days that I am positive that the “image consultants” who hover around our political leaders don’t have a clue what they are talking about.  Today, we find the discussion of the week is whether or not Mulcair should shave off his beard. But media consultant Barry McLoughlin told HuffPost that if Mulcair was his client, ...

LeDaro: Syrian Crisis and Stephen Harper’s role

Stephen Harper does not want Parliament or the public to know that he will covertly participate in any Syrian attack by the U.S. Please read my earlier post on this subject matter here.

LeDaro: The Keystone XL pipeline: Harper will have to wait

Environmentalists are quite unhappy with the The Keystone pipeline project. Too much pollution. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “While the possible construction of the Keystone XL pipeline has made for contentious disagreements from the halls of Congress to ranches in Nebraska, the real environmental debate begins in a ...

Left Over: Not Taking Debate…….

  B.C. Liberal candidate turned away from UBC debate Organizers say Premier Christy Clark should have attended Vancouver-Point Grey debate CBC News Posted: Apr 3, 2013 7:41 AM PST What..? Christy Clark didn’t show up for a real debate? I’m gonna play forecaster here and state the blatantly obvious..not only will Clark be too ‘busy’ ...

LeDaro: Gun Laws in the US

Read the story FURY! More Headlines Rand Paul Vows Gun Challenge… State Rep. Proposes Bill Targeting Federal Agents… Mississippi Gov: I’ll Block… Second Congressman Floats Impeachment… Wyoming Lawmaker: Make Assault Weapons Enforcement A Felony… LONE STAR LOON: Rep. Tries To Ban Gun Laws… LAWLESS SHERIFFS: We Won’t Enforce Gun Laws… NRA UNHINGED: Ad Targets Obama ...

350 or bust: Oil Poisons Everything – Defend Our Coast And Our Democracy

* Today there are community actions happening at MLA offices across BC. People are participating in the Defend Our Coast Campaign, and are showing up across the province to link arms and symbolize BC’s unbroken wall of opposition to tar sands pipelines and tankers. For more information, go to DefendOurCoast.ca

The Scott Ross: A Tale of Two NDPs

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it ...

CalgaryLiberal: Three arguments for a Liberal think tank

If you haven’t already heard, Ed Broadbent has stated he’ll be starting a think tank (named after himself, even) in the fall. It’s a smart move–a move that the conservatives amongst many different parties have been doing for almost thirty years. It’s smart because it builds their coalitions of support (see my previous blog post ...

That ‘disrespectful’ Brigette sparks the wrath of Ottawa’s Villagers

Really, it’s just so awkward when the lower orders forget their rightful station in the order of things. The harrumphing, glaring and disdainful sniffing from the self-appointed members of Ottawa’s elite is palpable. The political and media establishment types are getting their noses all out of joint because Brigette DePape showed “disrespect” for the institutions ...

Re Brigette DePape: I will now eat my words

What was I saying about having to build an extra-parliamentary opposition? This young woman shows us all how it’s done. If saying she’s got cojones makes me sound sexist, I apologize and beg your indulgence, because it’s said in a spirit of unabashed admiration. Clearly I’m not the only one who thinks so. Linkfest here, ...

Working against a permanent Conservative majority

This originated as a comment over at Thwap’s place, but perhaps I should expand on it a bit. Call me a hair-splitter if you must, but while certain individual Liberal activists might be open to some new electoral thinking, I wouldn’t be so sanguine about the Liberal Party itself.I understand that they need some time ...

MadLibMadLib: The Four Cs: Coalition, Coalition, Coalition and Coalition

In the House of Commons on Friday when the historic contempt motion was being debated Deputy Liberal Leader Bob Rae shouted across the aisle that it was the “four Cs”: Contempt, Corruption, Carson & Conservatives! On the second day of the election campaign it seems that the four Cs have found themselves to be just ...

MadLibMadLib: Election Called for May 2

The Governor General, as expected, has agreed to drop the writ and dissolve parliament. The first day of the election period seems to be shaping up to be about the coalition and whether or not the Canadian public is being lied to by the Liberal Party and their sneaky agenda to run a coalition through ...

MadLibMadLib: Harper Government Falls on Contempt Motion

For the first time in history the presiding party in Canadian government has been found in contempt of parliament. It’s exceptional that this hasn’t happened before now given the often-contentious mood of parliament.  The Harper Conservatives, however, have shown themselves to consistently and unwaveringly think that they are above parliament and unanswerable to anyone (between ...

World Headlines Review: Revolution in Tunisia?

Zine el Abidine Ben Ali The President of Tunisia, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, has been driven from office. Following up on a previous article here at World Headlines Review about civil unrest in Tunisia, demonstrations only intensified in the face of the lethal force applied by police and military in attempts to quell the ...

Pop The Stack: Out with the Guns, In with the Green

I’ve been putting off this article for a week or so, and its been piling up links, so here’s some unsolicited advice from me to the leaders of her majesty’s loyal opposition, both Mr. Ignatieff and Mr. Layton.  Start opposing with something Canadians actually want, not what the media punditocrocy and ‘common wisdom’ tell you. ...