Alberta Politics: Never mind apologies, it’s time for Canada’s Tories just to admit Jack Layton was right about talking to the Taliban

PHOTOS: Jack Layton in Edmonton in 2011. Below: Forgettable Harper Government foreign minister Lawrence Cannon (Photo: Abigail Veronneau, Wikimedia Commons) and Peter MacKay, who took some of the cheap shots at Mr. Layton in 2006 (Photo: Department of National Defence, via the Wikimedia Commons). Never mind the apologies. That ship has sailed. We Canadians need ...

Alberta Politics: Friday, Sept. 23, will be Resignation Day for Jason Kenney, PC leadership candidate tells St. Albert campaign stop

PHOTO: Alberta Progressive Conservative Party leadership candidate Jason Kenney shares a laugh with a supporter last night. Below: He brings his message to the party rank and file in St. Albert. Friday, Sept. 23, will be Resignation Day for Jason Kenney, the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership candidate told a crowd of about 50, most of ...

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Fatal Legacy of Stephen Harper

Yesterday I warned that the Cons, with the help of the Con media, were trying to whitewash Stephen Harper's monstrous legacy.As Michelle Rempel has been trying to do… Against all odds.And sure enough here comes another Con fluffer…Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Fatal Legacy of Stephen Harper

Yesterday I warned that the Cons, with the help of the Con media, were trying to whitewash Stephen Harper's monstrous legacy.As Michelle Rempel has been trying to do… Against all odds.And sure enough here comes another Con fluffer…Read more »

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, and Nerve of Peter MacKay

I was quite enjoying watching the pictures of Justin Trudeau in New York last night, championing the cause of gender equality. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was lauded as an "agent of change" at the United Nations today for pushing gender equality and urging more men to join the movement.And promising that Canada would re-engage with the United Nations.Because ...

The Canadian Progressive: Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski called female candidate an “NDP whore”

In yet another example of pervasive misogyny in Canada, a new YouTube video shows Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski calling a provincial candidate an “NDP whore.” The post Conservative MP Tom Lukiwski called female candidate an “NDP whore” appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Why Peter MacKay Should Not Lead Any Canadian Party

When I saw Peter MacKay heading off into the sunset, and paying for his own flight for a change.After jumping over the side of the sinking Con ship… I was hopeful that we'd seen the last of him.But sadly it's pretty clear now, even if he won't admit it, that he is planning to run ...

In This Corner: Stuff Happens, week 22: A death in Edmonton; Peter MacKlown strikes again; an NDP miscue

A dark week in Edmonton. Const. Daniel Woodall, performing what should have been a fairly routine arrest at a west Edmonton home, was greeted with a hail of gunfire that took his life, and injured another officer. It’s an oft-repeated cliche (that’s what makes it a cliche) that cops never know when the routine can turn terrifying. As ...

Montreal Simon: The Real Reason the Con Clown Peter MacKay Resigned

Greg Perry/Toronto StarOh boy. I should have figured it out. I should have known the real reason Peter MacKay decided to resign just a few months before an election.Suddenly decided to ride off gently, or clatter off noisily into the sunset.He may have wanted to spend more time with his young family, or spend more time ...

Politics and its Discontents: Peter MacKay In Farewell Profile

Happy trails to you, Peter. H/t Greg Perry Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: He Won’t Be Missed

H/t Michael de Adder Anyone who regularly reads this blog will know that I (along with guest posters The Salamander and The Mound of Sound) regard Peter MacKay as just one of far too many blights on the political landscape, perhaps distinguished only by his less-than-pedestrian intellect and very public absence of integrity. The most ...

Montreal Simon: The Desperate Loneliness of Stephen Harper

I've watched a lot of Stephen Harper speeches over the years, but the farewell speech he gave for Peter MacKay yesterday had to be one of the most bizarre.For not only was Harper strangely agitated, and managing to look both cheerful and horribly lonely at the same time.What was supposed to be MacKay's political obituary ...

Montreal Simon: The Abominable Legacy of the Con Clown Peter MacKay

Well I see Peter Dumbo MacKay is going to have a lot more time for fishing, and has  announced that he is finally resigning.And since politicians of all parties are falling over themselves to praise him, I thought I should take some time to set the record straight.And remind everyone of his abominable legacy. Read more »

Blevkog: A question for the crowd…

Today’s announcement that Peter MacKay is not going to run for his seat in Parliament this fall has me thinking that maybe this is a sign that Stephen Harper is losing control of his party finally. Some months ago when John Baird announced that he was stepping down to spend more time with his corporations, ...

Blevkog: The miracle of birth…

It’s so thrilling to see a foundling cracking the shell for its first few pecks at freedom. (And never has a better beak been built to crack one, too!) And now, with today’s announcement, Peter MacKay marks his transition from pupa form (Canadian politician) to what I can only assume to be a fully-fledged adult ...

daveberta.ca - Alberta Politics: Politicians with embarrassing Facebook photos? Get used to it.

Since Alberta’s provincial election on May 5, Calgary-Bow MLA-elect Deborah Drever has been the target of much criticism over some photos posted on Facebook from before she was a candidate. Working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology at Mount Royal University,… Continue Reading →

Montreal Simon: The Duffy Diary and the Panic in the PMO

Lordy. The Duffy trial is just beginning, and I don't think I've ever seen the fanatics in the PMO looking so frightened, or their Great Leader in a such a state of obvious panic.And it's not just because so many of them are going to have to testify under oath, or the thousands of their secret ...

Accidental Deliberations: On unclear motivations

Shorter Peter MacKay: We should tremble in our boots at the possibility that the people plotting a mass shooting in Halifax might have been susceptible to motivation by religious fervour. But if they’d instead carried out their actual plan, we should be willing to write off the resulting deaths as the price of free access ...

The Disaffected Lib: Peter’s Porky Pals

One of the perks that comes with being justice minister is the ability to lay on the pork.  Peter MacKay seems to have that well in hand.  Why, just ask his personal friends – the gang who Peter has appointed to the bench in Nova Scotia. MacKay was appointed attorney general and justice minister in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Paul Rosenberg writes about the high-priced effort to undermine public institutions and the collective good in the U.S. And Paul Krugman highlights how the Republicans’ stubborn belief in the impossibly of good government (regardless of large amounts of evidence that such a thing is possible and desirable) has ...

Montreal Simon: The Further Insane Adventures of Peter Dumbo Mackay

Once upon a time I thought that Peter MacKay was a fairly harmless Con buffoon, of limited intelligence, masquerading as a minister.The happy idiot who was easily conned into selling the once proud Progressive Conservative party, and his soul, to Stephen Harper and his Reform rednecks.The hopeless loser who shamelessly used his neighbour's dog to ...

Montreal Simon: Peter MacKay and the Great War on Marijuana and the Police

I suppose it was too good to be true. Most things in Harperland are like that eh? Any good idea that sticks its head above the ground is mown down by the ghastly Cons.So one moment I'm pleasantly surprised by the RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, telling a reporter that marijuana use is not a big deal. “I don’t ...

Montreal Simon: A Canadian Veteran Prepares to Go After Peter MacKay

A few weeks ago I told you how veterans are preparing to declare war on the Harper regime, that has treated them so shabbily.And how they are planning to make their presence felt in the next election campaign.A network of veterans across Canada is planning a co-ordinated campaign against the Conservative government during next year’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: #MacKayTees

I won’t claim to match Stephen Lautens’ collection of #MacKayTees. But I will add a couple to the mix. First, making using of a picture which fortuitously made its way around the Internets yesterday: And second, encapsulating conservatism in four small words: