Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau, and the Gay Pride Parade

For almost ten years Stephen Harper waged a stealthy war against gay Canadians.He forced a second vote on gay marriage, he voted against every gay rights bill that ever came before Parliament, including those designed to protect gay people from hate crimes.He cut off funding for all LGBT organizations, he did nothing to fight homophobia, ...

Montreal Simon: Celebrating Our First Harper-Free Canada Day

It was a beautiful blue summer day in the Great White North. The kind I dream about all year round.A chance to get away from the city, feel the clean lake air in my face. Try to forget about all the problems we face in this increasingly scary world.And prepare to celebrate what will be ...

Alberta Politics: Ottawa won’t say if former Ukrainian prime minister is now a Canadian citizen, as Russian media report

PHOTOS: Former Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and former Canadian PM Stephen Harper in their July 13, 2015, news conference announcing a Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement. (Screen shot of CBC broadcast.) Below: Former Conservative immigration minister Chris Alexander speaking to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Toronto on Feb. 22, 2015 (screen shot of UCC Youtube ...

Alberta Politics: Standard & Poor’s downgrades Saskatchewan’s credit rating and The Anger Machine falls silent

PHOTOS: Like a flock of starlings, the entire Canadian Perpetual Outrage Industry knows when to wheel and turn instantly. Since they do it electronically, it’s almost as if they’re … a machine! Below: Brad Wall, the crumbling Colossus of the Prairies, and Stephen Harper, the former prime minister of Canada, snapped in Calgary’s Blackfoot Diner ...

Alberta Politics: A spectre is haunting Alberta, and Wildrose Leader Brian Jean wants to assure you it’s not him!

PHOTOS: The plot thickens … like the gravy at a certain truck stop restaurant. The spectral presences of Jason Kenney and Stephen Harper eating breakfast are not quite visible in the booth. Below: Mr. Jean, plus the real Mr. Kenney and the real Mr. Harper as he may appear today. A spectre is haunting Alberta, ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Conservatives nominate candidate in Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner

Glen Motz will be the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the upcoming federal by-election in the riding of Medicine Hat-Cardston-Warner. Mr. Motz defeated five other men, including former Wildrose Party leader and Cardston-Taber-Warner MLA Paul Hinman, in a contest that… Continue Reading →

Alberta Politics: You take the high road and we’ll take the low road: The Kenney Cabal’s strategy to grab back power in Alberta for the right

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney with Preston Manning. Below: Likely Kenney opponents Sandra Jansen, another possible PC candidate, and Brian Jean, leader of the Wildrose Party in happier times. In many ways, as was said here two days ago, Jason Kenney is a miscast and unattractive candidate for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservatives – an ...

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney: Conservative saviour or a guy with the appeal of a trip to the dentist?

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney at a NATO do, looking positively Nixonian (from his Facebook page). Below: The only shot I ever managed to get of Mr. Kenney myself; former Progressive Conservative saviour Jim Prentice; Mr. Kenney letting his hair down at Toronto’s Caribbean Fest; and Mr. Kenney with senior Republican Paul Ryan.  “There is an end ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Afghan Torture Scandal

For years there have been rumours that Stephen Harper knew that some of our soldiers in Afghanistan were torturing the prisoners they captured. Or did nothing to stop others torturing them.But didn't do anything about it, because he just didn't care, and always enjoyed the pain of others.And the truth about what happened was covered up, or lost in ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal Election

Brigette DePape was right when she vowed that “despite the Harper government making it harder for us to vote, young people are going to be the game-changers nobody saw coming” during the 2015 federal election. Elections Canada’s 2015 National Youth Survey confirms it. The post Canadian Youth Overcame Harper’s Fair Elections Act, Owned 2015 Federal ...

Alberta Politics: Time for parties of the Canadian and Alberta right to deal with the violent extremists in their midst

PHOTOS: Nigel Farage, leader of the extremist U.K. Independence Party, at the 2013 Manning Conference in Ottawa. That’s former Australian prime minister John Howard with his back to the camera, for what it’s worth. Below: The target picturing Alberta Premier Rachel Notley used by the Brooks Big Country Oilmen’s Association golf tournament last Friday, a ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Un-Googling of Stephen Harper

As you probably know I have been extremely pleased by the systematic way Justin Trudeau and his Liberals have been demolishing Stephen Harper's foul legacy.Scrapping his monuments, deep sixing his fascist crime bills, taking out the garbage, and improving our image in the eyes of the world.And in that regard this is another excellent move.Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Trudeau Government and the Case of the Injured Veterans

As you know I think Justin Trudeau and his government are doing an amazing job of destroying Stephen Harper's foul legacy.And have have made this country a better place to live in, as well as restoring our image abroad.But that doesn't mean that I agree with everything they are doing.And I definitely don't agree with ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Fatal Legacy of Stephen Harper

As you know, Rona Ambrose is finally trying to put some distance between herself and Stephen Harper.Desperately trying to dispel the notion that she's no longer his faithful puppet, as she was for so many years.And if you remember, at the recent Press Gallery dinner, she even went so far as to declare that "the ...

Alberta Politics: We need a referendum on electoral reform? No! We need a national referendum on the TPP!

PHOTOS: Justin Trudeau, back in 2015 before he was prime minister, promising Canadians real change, including electoral reform, if we gave him the chance. We gave him the chance. Below: Opposition Conservative interim Leader Rona Ambrose (CBC Photo) and the New Democrats’ Alexandre Boulerice. Lately it’s been very hard to avoid noisy demands for a ...

Montreal Simon: The Disgusting Con War On Women Continues

One of the worst things about about our fallen king Stephen Harper, was the way he treated women.The very first thing he did when he came to power was order that the words "women's rights" be erased from thousands of government documents.His wacko church instructed him that women should be submissive.He treated even his own female ...

Alberta Politics: A timely reminder on this historic day: The hammer of D-Day crushed Hitler on the anvil of Russia

PHOTOS: Canadians soldiers storm ashore at Juno Beach on June 6, 1944, 72 years ago today. Below: The late University of Victoria Professor Reginald H. Roy, author of 1944: The Canadians in Normandy. It’s now been two years since I wrote this piece on the intersection of Canadian politics and the history of World War ...

Montreal Simon: Now We Know Why the Liberals Don’t Want to Scrap the Saudi Deal

Well it's taken a while, but now we know why the Liberal government is so reluctant to scrap the deal to sell armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia.Not just because it would cost thousands of jobs, in an area of Canada which has been ravaged by the collapse of our manufacturing industry.But also because there would be ...

Alberta Politics: Keeping things in in the Right perspective: Wildrose says NDP’s carbon levy is much like killing 10 million people

PHOTOS: Wildrose Agriculture Critic Rick Strankman thinks the NDP Government’s carbon levy is just murder. (Photo grabbed from his Facebook page.) Below: NDP Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous, Wildrose MLA Drew Barnes, another member of the nutty nine, and former Wildrose leader and would-be Conservative candidate Paul Hinman. A sensible person could easily reach the ...

Alberta Politics: Leader Brian Jean appears to have violated Wildrose constitution when he tried to suspend Derek Fildebrandt

PHOTO: Now-restored Wildrose Party Finance Critic Derek Fildebrandt and party Leader Brian Jean, photographed in happier times. (Photo grabbed from Mr. Jean’s Facebook page.) Below: A screen capture of the photo accompanying today’s news release on the Wildrose Party website. Wildrose Opposition Brian Jean appears to have been operating in violation of the party’s constitution ...

Alberta Politics: Brian Jean’s Wildrose Party leadership is now unquestioned: the fall of Derek Fildebrandt explained

PHOTOS: Brian Jean will be in the background no more … Back in 2015, Derek Fildebrandt was dominating the conversation, refusing to answer questions from a CBC reporter who had annoyed him, as his former party leader looked on, apparently bemused (CBC photo). Below: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, from her Twitter page, and a very ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Verdict of History

I'm going to spend some time this weekend filing away or deleting some of the more than a thousand photoshop creations I made of Stephen Harper during his hideous years in power.Because after his pathetic speech the other night, even I am now convinced that he really is gone, and that he won't ever be back.So after so ...

Alberta Politics: Wildrose Party’s half-hearted apology to Ontario premier doesn’t mean much

PHOTOS: Wildrose Party Finance Critic and chief Legislative greeter Derek Fildebrandt, demonstrating a typical attitude. Below: Shocked and appalled critics Naheed Nenshi, mayor of Calgary, David Swann, Alberta Liberal leader, Greg Clark, Alberta Party leader, and Brian Mason, Government House Leader. Thanks to the Wildrose Party, the phrase “Alberta welcome” may enter the popular lexicon ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Convention and the Foul Legacy of Stephen Harper

It was as ghastly as I had imagined. The tacky tribute video looked as if it had been put together by the same Cons who brought us the Porky Action Plan.But it did bring back horrible memories of the way Stephen Harper loomed over us for so long, trying to brainwash us into submission.While he brutalized this ...

Alberta Politics: Watching the Wildrose in the Legislature: Beverly Hillbillies … or Deliverance?

PHOTOS: The Beverly Hillbillies in campaign mode. Actual members of the Alberta Wildrose caucus may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, left, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, right, answer reporters’ questions in the Legislature Rotunda yesterday morning (screen shots … can’t say I was there) and, below them, Wildrose Leader Brian ...