Alberta Politics: Right-wing newspaper owners want your taxes to subsidize their obsolete, mismanaged, biased publications

PHOTOS: A typical daily newspaper press, once a common sight in small cities and larger towns throughout North America. This one was photographed through a window Tuesday in Brigadoon, Alberta, so it should be good as is for another 10 years. Oh, wait, I made it out of town this afternoon … it must’ve been ...

Alberta Politics: Wildrose leader’s public spat with the mayor of Montreal may not help, but it’s likely to continue

PHOTOS: Wildrose Opposition leader Brian Jean has been giving Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre the sink-eye again lately. Below: Mr. Coderre, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Don’t expect Alberta Opposition Leader Brian Jean’s public spat with Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, which has flared up again recently, to end any time soon. After all, ...

Scott's DiaTribes: I have faith in Quebec voters….

… to recognize the dog-whistles coming out of the PQ for what they are.. and not allow wedge politics and narrow-mindedness to rule the day. The PQ has fallen into out and out panic mode, accusing the Liberal leader Couillard of more or less abandoning Quebecois, merely because he supports bilingualism.. and I don’t need ...

Alberta Diary: Good advice for Alberta New Democrats from Quebec: this time, make it easy for voters to support you

Ray Guardia, one of the key architects of the federal NDP’s 2011 breakthrough in Quebec, at yesterday’s closing session of the Broadbent Institute’s 2014 Progress Summit in Ottawa. Below: Environmental activist Tzeporah Berman. OTTAWA Here’s a tip for Alberta New Democrats from one of the principal architects of Jack Layton’s historic 2011 Quebec campaign: don’t ...

Canadian Soapbox: Les raisons pourquoi un anglophone va voter pour le PQ

J’habite à Québec pour une bonne boute, mais j’ai jamais essayer d’écrire en français…donc svp excusez me plusieurs fautes pendant que j’explique les raisons pourquoi un “tête carré”  va voter pour les pésquistes. La première chose à confronter c’est la question d’un referendum. Philippe Couillard joue la politique de peur en disant que la journée ...

Canadian Soapbox: Les raisons pourquoi un anglophone va voter pour le PQ

J’habite à Québec pour une bonne boute, mais j’ai jamais essayer d’écrire en français…donc svp excusez me plusieurs fautes pendant que j’explique les raisons pourquoi un “tête carré”  va voter pour les pésquistes. La première chose à confronter c’est la question d’un referendum. Philippe Couillard joue la politique de peur en disant que la journée ...

Canadian Soapbox: Les raisons pourquoi un anglophone va voter pour le PQ

J’habite à Québec pour une bonne boute, mais j’ai jamais essayer d’écrire en français…donc svp excusez me plusieurs fautes pendant que j’explique les raisons pourquoi un “tête carré”  va voter pour les pésquistes. La première chose à confronter c’est la question d’un referendum. Philippe Couillard joue la politique de peur en disant que la journée ...

Alberta Diary: PKP to run for PQ: Why PKP, with SNN and CPC PMO spell SOS for Canada, which could be FUBAR

Impressionable English Canadian youngsters tune in to SNN for sinister ideological conditioning by RWN (right-wing nuts) on the staff of the PMO-favoured network. Below: PKP and his now-ex wife (NXW), grabbed from the Internet; SNN broadcaster Ezra Levant. Oh, H-E-double-hockey-sticks, PKP wants another D-I-V-O-R-C-E! This time, having just given his common-law wife of a decade ...

the disgruntled democrat: Three Reasons Why This Anglo Is Thinking About Leaving Quebec: Breach of Trust, Loss of Confidence, Demographics

Truth be told, I have lived in Quebec for the last twenty years.  Last week, not much of a surprise, a poll revealed that about 50% of the anglophone and allophone respondents were thinking about moving out of Quebec.  Too bad I wasn’t contacted.  I would have loved to explain why.  So here goes. For me, ...

Canadian Soapbox: Does tolerating intolerance make one tolerant? Québec’s secular charter

Québec’s secular or ‘values’ charter is quite the paradox.  Those who are opposed to it accuse proponents of being xenophobic and intolerant.  Supporters of the charter consider detractors to be supporters of intolerance.  So who are the intolerant ones, the supporters of the charter or its detractors? While the legislation is aimed at banning many ...

Canadian Soapbox: Does tolerating intolerance make one tolerant? Québec’s secular charter

Québec’s secular or ‘values’ charter is quite the paradox.  Those who are opposed to it accuse proponents of being xenophobic and intolerant.  Supporters of the charter consider detractors to be supporters of intolerance.  So who are the intolerant ones, the supporters of the charter or its detractors? While the legislation is aimed at banning many ...

Canadian Soapbox: Does tolerating intolerance make one tolerant? Québec’s secular charter

Québec’s secular or ‘values’ charter is quite the paradox.  Those who are opposed to it accuse proponents of being xenophobic and intolerant.  Supporters of the charter consider detractors to be supporters of intolerance.  So who are the intolerant ones, the supporters of the charter or its detractors? While the legislation is aimed at banning many ...

Calgary Grit: 2014: Year in Preview

We don’t know what will make headlines in 2014. After all, most political predictions are about as accurate as a Forum poll. So I won’t try to guess how 2014 plays out, but here are a few things we can reasonably expect to see this year: With the new electoral map coming into force, all ...

Canadian Soapbox: Québec’s values charter, starting to win me over

Like anyone I can be prone to knee jerk reactions, its normal. When Québec proposed values charter was first put forth I was opposed.  I cheered when I saw an Ontario ad seeking to attract employees of the Islamic faith to Lakeridge health centre in Oshawa with the tag line:   “We don’t care about ...

Canadian Soapbox: Québec’s values charter, starting to win me over

Like anyone I can be prone to knee jerk reactions, its normal. When Québec proposed values charter was first put forth I was opposed.  I cheered when I saw an Ontario ad seeking to attract employees of the Islamic faith to Lakeridge health centre in Oshawa with the tag line:   “We don’t care about ...

Canadian Soapbox: Québec’s values charter, starting to win me over

Like anyone I can be prone to knee jerk reactions, its normal. When Québec proposed values charter was first put forth I was opposed.  I cheered when I saw an Ontario ad seeking to attract employees of the Islamic faith to Lakeridge health centre in Oshawa with the tag line:   “We don’t care about ...

Calgary Grit: Charter Polling Misses Mark

For those hoping Quebecers would abandon Marois over her utterly repugnant charter, this is an encouraging headline: Quebec Liberals jump to 7% lead over PQ as backlash grows over values charter A recent boost in support for the Quebec Liberals means the party could secure a “hair thin” majority in the province if an election ...

Calgary Grit: Chopping Bloc

The good news for the Bloc is that there’s now a bit more elbow room in the back of the caucus car: Maria Mourani, Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Ahuntsic, has been kicked out of the Bloc Quebecois caucus over her opposition to the controversial “charter of values” proposed by the Quebec ...

Politics and its Discontents: More On Quebec’s Purity Charter

If the above interests you, you may wish to take a few minutes to check out Haroon Siddiqui’s column in today’s Star. Entitled Pauline Marois issues fatwa on Quebec secularism, his thesis can be summed up in his final paragraph: Marois is engaged in an ugly cultural warfare of the rightwing Republican kind. She is ...

Politics and its Discontents: Quebec’s Purity Values Charter

The following is reported in today’s Vancouver Sun about Quebec’s impending purity values charter: The Quebec government has released plans for a “values charter” that would impose unique-in-North America restrictions on religious clothing for employees at all government institutions starting with schools, hospitals and courts. If adopted by the legislature, the plan would apply to ...

Calgary Grit: Nos Valeurs

It’s unclear if Habs jerseys count as religious symbols or not. This is going to be a hot topic for the foreseable future in Quebec, and since hot topics in Quebec have a way of becoming hot topics outside Quebec, expect to hear a lot about the PQ’s “Values Charter”. Even Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi ...

Politics and its Discontents: My Second Surprise Today

Earlier today., I posted a brief piece on how, despite my reservations about Justin Trudeau’s leadership capacity, I found his openness and honesty refreshing when it came to pot. The second surprise I got today was the fact that he spoke quite candidly about his opposition to Quebec’s proposed ban on religious symbols and clothing ...

Calgary Grit: Poutinesque

With their raison-d’etre of separatism neutralized, one would have hoped the PQ would set to work trying to turn around Quebec’s economy. Instead…this: Quebec is heading into another fierce debate over the future of religious freedom in the province with the Parti Québécois government set to release a Charter of Quebec Values that could ban ...

Musings on Canadian Politics: The Quebec Soccer Federation deserves condemnation

In the wake of the Quebec Soccer Federation’s banning of “turbans” on the playing field, FIFA has announced “turbans” can be worn on the field of play. FIFA issued a news release yesterday saying the Canadian Soccer Association should “allow male players in Canada to wear head covers.” Of course, this wasn’t an issue for ...

Musings on Canadian Politics: Quebec at forefront of right-to-die movement

The Quebec National Assembly introduced a bill on Wednesday that will allow health professionals to use medical procedures to end the lives of patients near death who are suffering and want to end their lives. The legislation “is intended for people at the end of their life to die with autonomy and dignity,” said Veronique ...