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 Sad Fate of the Bigot Harper Party

This is how the Cons would like us to imagine them. As the kind of party that would send out a Valentine card like that one.Inviting us to bee their friends.But of course, the Cons and the truth don't go as well together as honey and peanut butter.And this is who they really are.Read more ...

Montreal Simon: The Abominable Cruelty of Rona Ambrose

As you may know, I have absolutely no respect for Rona Ambrose, the monstrous leader of the Harper Party.I can't forget how that cruel Con put her inhuman ideology before the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in this country.By trying to close down the Insite clinic in Vancouver, and making it almost impossible ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Pit of Hypocrisy

The other day I said that I had been struck by the strange way Rona Ambrose had been behaving. How she had practically gone to ground.After accusing Justin Trudeau of being unable to "resist the billionaire lifestyle" by vacationing at the Aga Khan's private island. Only to have it revealed that she had been attacking him, while ...

Montreal Simon: The Sunny Humiliation of Rona Ambrose

For weeks Rona Ambrose has been attacking Justin Trudeau for taking a helicopter ride to the Aga Khan's private island, instead of swimming there.But not any longer.Yesterday in Question Period she was a mute as a carp.And with good reason. Read more »

Alberta Politics: Why Canadians are lucky Rona Ambrose was hanging around the Caribbean with a billionaire

PHOTOS: The scene abroad N. Murray Edwards’ yacht imagined. Actual Canadian bitumen billionaires and their onboard guests may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The real N. Murray Edwards, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau aboard a helicopter, although not the Aga Khan’s, Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose in a yacht harbor, and J.P. Veitch, Ms. Ambrose’s significant ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your weekend reading. – George Monbiot examines how politics in the UK and the U.S. are dominated by unaccountable corporate money. And Stephen Maher and B.J. Siekierski report that both the Libs and Cons are fully on board – as Rona Ambrose managed to take (however justified) umbrage at Justin Trudeau’s vacation ...

Alberta Politics: This feels like it’s happened before … it’s Groundhog Day and the Liberals have just broken a promise!

PHOTOS: Can you not quite shake the feeling, like the Canadian voter at left, things keep happening over and over again? Actual Canadian voters may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and NDP Democratic Reform Critic Nathan Cullen. So long, electoral reform! ...

Montreal Simon: The Opioid Epidemic and the Great Con War on Drugs

I began warning about Canada's opioid abuse epidemic, and about the danger of the killer drug fentanyl, a long long time ago.And about the crying need to create more drug rehabilitation centres, and more frontline medical facilities like Vancouver's model Insite clinic.So I'm glad to see that the Liberal government is taking action. But I also want to remind people, that thousands of ...

Alberta Politics: ‘Oh, there you go Bradsplaining again!’ Like it or not, Brads from Saskatchewan just can’t control their Bradsplaining

PHOTOS: Federal Conservative leadership candidate and Bradsplainer Brad Trost shows he’s hip to the jive with this newfangled technology stuff. (Photo from BradTrost.ca.) Below: Brad Wall, another well-known Bradsplainer, Bradsplaining, and blogger word-coiner Dave Cournoyer, kitted out to observe one of Rebel Media’s rallies. Uh-oh! We’re about to be “Bradsplained”! Bradsplaining, a useful coinage by ...

Alberta Politics: They can still feel shame! Conservative leaders duck and cover in wake of Saturday’s disgraceful display

PHOTOS: Chris Alexander, at the moment the chant of “lock her up” began from the right-wing mob at the Alberta Legislature Saturday. Does this look to you like a man who is “shocked, taken aback, mortified even”? Me neither. Below: Michael Chong, Deepak Obhrai, Rona Ambrose and Brian Jean, all among the conservative leaders running ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Notley’s Climate Change plan earns Trudeau’s Pipeline approval

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today the fate of three pipelines that have dominated political debate in Alberta over the past six years. Yes to Kinder Morgan Trans-Mountain Pipeline. No to the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline. Yes to the… Continue Reading →

Montreal Simon: The Cons, the NDP, and the Referendum Trap

As you know for almost a year Rona Ambrose and her Cons have been demanding that any plans for electoral reform must be approved by a referendum.Screeching away like a broken record.And for a very simple reason. They know that a referendum would almost certainly end up by reinforcing the status quo, and burying the idea of electoral ...

Alberta Politics: More Bernard-trutherism: An update on Alberta’s (now ex) Roughneck

PHOTOS: Bernard the (now-ex) Roughneck enjoys some of the acclaim that goes with his newfound prominence here in Wild Rose Country. Photo grabbed from Facebook. Below: Neal Hancock as Bernard during his Parliamentary Press conference two months ago. Below that: A screenshot of Interim Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose at her Edmonton news conference on Thursday. ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Is the Sky Blue? Conservatives crush in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner by-election

It is 10:20 p.m. and Conservative Party candidate Glen Motz has cruised to a crushing victory in the Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner federal by-election. With 190 of 223 polls reporting, Mr. Motz had earned 69.3 percent of the vote, which is slightly higher… Continue Reading →

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Conservative favourite and Liberal underdog in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner by-election

Today is election day in the federal riding of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. Polls are open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. What was expected to be a sleepy by-election campaign in this long-time Conservative-held riding in southeast Alberta turned out to be… Continue Reading →

Montreal Simon: The Incredible Hypocrisy of the Con Queen Rona Ambrose

As we all know, Rona Ambrose likes to spend most of her time accusing Justin Trudeau of being a big spender.She has attacked him for employing two nannies to take care of his three young children.He has blasted him for taking his mother to Washington even though Barack Obama invited her.But now the acting Con queen ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose’s Desperate Attempt to Sabotage Electoral Reform

You might think that Rona Ambrose's main concern would be the way her allegedly new/nouveau party is turning into a collection of bigots and right-wing religious extremists. What with Kellie Leitch trying to scapegoat refugees and immigrants for their "anti-Canadian values."While Brad Trost stands up for those anti-Canadian values by taking aim at women and gay Canadians.And the ...

Montreal Simon: The Trudeau Summer and the Slow Death of the Cons

It still feels like summer in the place where I live, but fall officially arrives tomorrow.So I have been spending as much time as I can soaking up every precious ray of sunshine.And I am finding it very hard to get excited about the return of Parliament.For just one quick glance at Question Period was enough to ...

Montreal Simon: Will the Con Leadership Race Help Destroy the Harper Party?

Yesterday I ran a Michael Harris column that looked at the Cons apparent death wish.And how they seemed unable to escape the deathly legacy of Stephen Harper.And I also wondered how Rona Ambrose's decision to criticize Kellie Leitch for her demagogic proposal to screen immigrants for "anti-Canadian values,"would affect Ambrose's leadership.And her ability to hold her ...

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On the Death Wish of the Harper Party

When Rona Ambrose was named interim leader of the Cons, I predicted that the hissing ghosts of the Harper Party would come back to haunt her.And turn her job into a nightmare.And sure enough now they have.With Kellie Leitch dredging up the corpse of her infamous cultural barbarism campaign.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Cult of Political Violence

The other day I wrote about how the threat of political violence was growing in Canada, and about all the death threats aimed at Justin Trudeau.I wondered why the Ambrose Cons weren't doing anything to rein in their violent supporters.  And I also wondered why the MSM had ignored this story for so long, even though it's ...

Montreal Simon: The Cons and the Cult of Political Violence

The other day I wrote about how the threat of political violence was growing in Canada, and about all the death threats aimed at Justin Trudeau.I wondered why the Ambrose Cons weren't doing anything to rein in their violent supporters.  And I also wondered why the MSM had ignored this story for so long, even though it's ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media’s Disgusting Attack on the Trudeau Government

Yesterday I wrote about how Rona Ambrose and her Cons were going after the decent Health Minister Jane Philpott for having rented a limo Lexus to travel around the Greater Toronto Area.Instead of taking a taxi or a bus.As well as going after the equally decent Environment Minister Katherine McKenna, for the "crime" of having spent ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Media’s Disgusting Attack on the Trudeau Government

Yesterday I wrote about how Rona Ambrose and her Cons were going after the decent Health Minister Jane Philpott for having rented a limo Lexus to travel around the Greater Toronto Area.Instead of taking a taxi or a bus.As well as going after the equally decent Environment Minister Katherine McKenna, for the "crime" of having spent ...