Alberta Politics: Abandon hope, all UCP who enter here? Ted Byfield may have opened the gates to Lake of Fire 2.0

PHOTOS: Social conservative publisher and ideologue Ted Byfield (Photo: Screenshot of Youtube Video). Below: United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney, NDP Education Minister David Eggen, and Calgary-West UCP MLA Mike Ellis (Photo: Screenshot of CBC broadcast). It’s fair to suggest Ted Byfield always dreamed of being able to direct Alberta’s political agenda. Now, perhaps, he’s ...

Alberta Politics: One big problem for Alberta’s ‘unite-the-centre’ effort: the NDP already occupies that space

PHOTO: Stephen Mandel, would-be uniter of Alberta’s “centre,” when he was a Tory minister. The effort by a group of politicians previously associated with the Progressive Conservative, Liberal and Alberta parties to “unite the centre” suggests divisive social conservative doctrines that increasingly dominate the Wildrose and PC parties are starting to seriously worry economic conservatives. ...

Alberta Politics: One big problem for Alberta’s ‘unite-the-centre’ effort: the NDP already occupies that space

PHOTO: Stephen Mandel, would-be uniter of Alberta’s “centre,” when he was a Tory minister. April 19, 2017 – The effort by a group of politicians previously associated with the Progressive Conservative, Liberal and Alberta parties to “unite the centre” suggests divisive social conservative doctrines that increasingly dominate the Wildrose and PC parties are starting to ...

Alberta Politics: Appalled maybe, but no one should be surprised by the ugly threats against Rachel Notley

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. She has been threatened more than any other Alberta premier, and she reacts with aplomb. Below: British politician Jo Cox, murdered last year by a right-wing extremist for her beliefs; federal Conservative leadership candidate Chris Alexander while a right-wing crowd chanted “lock her up” about Ms. Notley; U.S. President Donald ...

Alberta Diary: Collapse of rickety Wildrose coalition of market fanatics and religious fundamentalists could be bad-news/good-news story for Alberta’s NDP

A recent meeting of the Wildrose Party Legislative caucus. Actual members of the official Opposition party may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: NDP Leader Rachel Notley and Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith. Monday’s bombshell that the rickety coalition of ideological market-perfection fanatics and social-conservative religious fundamentalists called the Wildrose Party was coming unstuck may turn ...

Alberta Diary: Tory income-splitting tax policy: It’s about creating and preserving gender inequality and making rich guys richer

Whew! This income splitting is a killer. Actual perfect families as seen by the Harper Government may not appear exactly like Canadian reality. Below: Queen’s University tax law professor Kathleen Lahey. A fundamental purpose the Harper Government’s ideologically driven income-splitting tax scheme is to undermine women’s equality, Queen’s University tax law professor Kathleen Lahey told ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: It Was Wrong When Ronald Reagan Did it and Just as Wrong For Stephen Harper

In, albeit not their sleaziest act, the Harper government blanketed the Ontario federal riding of Scarborough-Agincourt with flyers, aimed at the Liberals, for the upcoming bi-election. Not unusual during an election campaign. What made these flyers beyond the pale, was their content. Hoping to tap into the abundant immigrant community for votes, they suggest that ...

The Progressive Right: Joy Smith, Minister of Censorship #cdnpoli #censorship #cpc

Joy Smith, the Conservative Minister for Censorship, has an op-ed up in the Huffington Post continuing her call to filter internet content at the internet service provider level. I won’t link to it because I can’t help but think I’m giving her more than the 15 minutes of fame she has already used up. You ...

The Progressive Right: Yes, the Manning Centre is a Registered Charity … Still

A Mennonite magazine, ‘Canadian Mennonite’, has received a warning from the Canadian Revenue Agency, about what articles and editorials it can publish, citing their pieces “appear to promote opposition to a political party, or to candidates for public office”. That’s a no-no under the rules for maintaining registered charity status. Meanwhile, the Manning Centre, as previously ...

The Progressive Right: Whip the Vote, Mr. Rae (#lpc #prochoice)

Citation: R. v. Morgentaler, [1988] 1 S.C.R. 30 Date: January 28, 1988 State interference with bodily integrity and serious state-imposed psychological stress, at least in the criminal law context, constitutes a breach of security of the person. … Liberty in a free and democratic society does not require the state to approve such decisions but ...

The Progressive Right: The Manning Centre is Still a Registered Charity

Ethical Oil has written a letter to the Canada Revenue Agency to review the David Suzuki Foundation’s charitable status because, they allege, the Suzuki Foundation is a partisan political organization. I won’t link to it because I don’t want to. The National Post and the Toronto Sun are also carrying stories – I won’t link ...

The Progressive Right: Will the Real Rob Ford Please Stand Up?

Rob Ford’s former press secretary, Adrienne Batra, addresses the hullabaloo regarding the mayor’s pending absence from Pride events: I know Rob Ford. He is a far more tolerant individual than many of the people attacking him. Ford’s problem isn’t homophobia, nor does he have a hidden agenda to take away gay rights. His concern is ...

The Progressive Right: Larry O’Brien Loves Glenn Beck

I don’t pay much attention to Larry O’Brien. I know he was Ottawa’s mayor, but he had no direct impact on me or my life. The only thing I paid attention to was when Toronto elected Rob Ford, Rob Ford was dubbed “our Larry O’Brien” and that Toronto shouldn’t vote for him. Makes me hopeful ...

The Progressive Right: Disturbing Conservative Viewpoints on Education

Interesting how social conservatives in both Canada and the United States are blaming universities for their being “too much edumacation”. On his Facebook profile, former Liberal MP Omar Alghabra, found and posted this letter to the editor on Mississauga.com that highlighted one of Canada’s problem to those of the so-called common sense thinking variety – there ...

the reeves report: Laureen Harper’s Big Opportunity

Laureen and Stephen Harper. Even though it has been Ottawa’s worst kept secret for years, the rumour (which in all likelihood has some truth to it) that Laureen Harper has moved out of 24 Sussex Drive and into the Chateau Laurier has been making the rounds yet again. The rumour also suggests not only that ...

the reeves report: Conservative MP warns abortion debate has been reopened in Canada

Saskatoon-Humboldt MP Brad Trost Conservative backbencher for Saskatoon-Humboldt Brad Trost has indicated that the abortion debate in Canada has been reopened after Prime Minister Stephen Harper declared in May that the issue would remain closed. Trost’s statement comes on the heels of an announcement made last week that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has ...

The Progressive Right: Women’s Centres Rally Today Against Thompson Rape Case Judge’s Suggestion of "Implied Consent"

Via the Canadian Federation of Students – Manitoba. NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Thursday, February 24, 2011 WOMEN’S CENTRES RALLY AGAINST THOMPSON RAPE CASE JUDGE’S SUGGESTION OF “IMPLIED CONSENT” MANITOBA—Women’s Centres are appalled that a Manitoba Judge seems to be holding a Thompson rape survivor responsible for her rapist’s actions, on the basis of her ...

The Progressive Right: Judge Rules Rape Did Not Occur Because of "Misunderstanding"

According to Winnipeg judge Robert Dewar (appointed September 2009 by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson), women should not talk to men because it could be unintentionally conveyed that there is “sex in the air” and the laws regarding rape are thrown out the window. No means no, only if you say no first. “They made their ...

The Progressive Right: Portugal — Drug Experiment

Portugal must be a social conservative’s worst nightmare. For one, they decriminalized possession of narcotics ten years ago, increased treatment for addiction and targeted their criminal prosecution efforts solely on distribution and trafficking. [Drug Experiment, Boston.com]: Faced with both a public health crisis and a public relations disaster, Portugal’s elected officials took a bold step. They ...

The Progressive Right: Blogging Tories in their Own Words

When it’s become clear that it’s time to review our words and avoid demonizing our political opponents, I am thankful for sites like Blogging Tories in their Own Words to shine the light on this distastful practice.

The Progressive Right: Charles McVety was for Censorship before he was Against It

Charles McVety, the best spokesman for the Conservative Party a partisan Liberal could ever hope for, has come out against censorship despite being for it.

The Progressive Right: Did PBS censor Tina Fey?

Tina Fey, winner of the 2010 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, had her speech edited during the PBS broadcast of the show. Critics claim it’s due to the controversial nature of the speech where she addresses the rise of Sarah Palin to prominence; PBS says it was due to time constraints. It’s funny, relevant, ...