Cowichan Conversations: Whistling Past The Graveyard-Michael Harris

Michael Harris is an established journalist with purpose and clarity. This important piece tells it like it is. It is well worth a read. The comments that follow are a chilling reminder of the state Read more…

Alberta Politics: Appointment of environmentalist Tzeporah Berman sparks Wildrose hysteria – here’s why

PHOTOS: Environmentalist Tzeporah Berman, whose appointment to the Alberta Government’s climate panel prompted a full-scale freak-out by the province’s right, which, apparently, sees her as, well, an Orc. Below the Orc: B.C. Premier Christy Clark and former Progressive Conservative finance minister Robin Campbell. Last year, when environmentalist Tzeporah Berman was appointed to British Columbia Premier ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Missing RCMP Documents

Who can ever forget Stephen Harper's Great Tour of India back in November of 2012?The trip was an absolute disaster, he managed to alienate his Indian hosts, there was no trade agreement. Not even a photo-op with the country's Prime Minister. But he did manage to get his picture taken at every sacred temple of every Indo-Canadian community ...

Montreal Simon: Rona Ambrose and the Disposable Canadians

Rona Ambrose did a lot of bad and stupid things during her years of faithful service to Stephen Harper's monstrous Con regime. And most of them were things that just made me shake my head, or laugh, or wonder how an idiot could be a minister.But there is one ghastly act of deliberate cruelty, for which ...

Montreal Simon: Is Jason Kenney’s Alberta Crusade Heading for Disaster?

As we all know, Jason Kenney has set out to conquer Alberta by uniting the right.And he has launched an all-out blitz to try to discourage anyone from even entering the leadership race for the heart and soul of that province's Progressive Conservative party.So I was not surprised to see this poll come along to ...

Alberta Politics: About those conservative coup attempts: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, but three times has got to be enemy action!

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney and Stephen Harper seal the deal. Actually, I think Mr. Harper was welcoming Mr. Kenney to his cabinet as defence minister in this official looking portrait found on the Internet without attribution. I’m assuming it was created with taxpayer dollars and grabbing it on that basis. Below, a few of the people ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Coming Soon: A federal by-election in Calgary-Midnapore

Jason Kenney said last week that he will resign as the Member of Parliament for Calgary-Midnapore when the Progressive Conservative Party leadership campaign officially starts on October 1, 2016. He is expected to spend the summer months campaigning for the party leadership while presumably continuing… Continue Reading →

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On The Many Delusions of Jason Kenney

As we all know only too painfully, Jason Kenney is trying to reinvent himself as the Saviour of Alberta.Even though he was born in Ontario, has spent the last twenty years in Ottawa, and couldn't save anything or anyone.Including apparently HIMSELF.For as we also know, he just got that other Ontario cowboy Stephen Harper to give ...

Alberta Politics: Does the federal Tory pivot toward Alberta show they’ve given up on power in Ottawa?

PHOTOS: Stephen Harper, the former prime minister, not exactly as he appeared at the Conservative Party’s Calgary Stampede barbecue last night, but close enough. Below: Jason Kenney, Mr. Harper’s former sidekick in Ottawa, whom the former PM endorsed Saturday as a candidate for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party; Justin Trudeau, the prime ...

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Blessing of Jason Kenney

For weeks Jason Kenney has been all but begging Stephen Harper to endorse his crusade to unite the right in Alberta. He promised us his master's blessing was coming. He's been practically quivering with excitement at the thought of being anointed by the one he served so faithfully for so long.So I only hope Kenney was wearing diapers yesterday, when that blessing finally arrived.Read ...

Alberta Politics: ‘I had an abortion and I thank God I was able to,’ says MLA, pointedly asking Jason Kenney: ‘Pro-choice or not?’

PHOTOS: St. Albert MLA Marie Renaud. Below: A young Jason Kenney in a 1990 TV interview, Archbishop Emeritus John R. Quinn of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and British MP George Galloway. Marie Renaud, the New Democrat MLA for St. Albert, is a brave and forthright woman. Yesterday she named the elephant in the room ...

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney makes it official with fresh-faced extras and unattributed tribute to the Nixon Era

PHOTOS: A screen grab from yesterday’s video feed of Jason Kenney announcing his candidacy for the leadership of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party in Calgary. Immediately behind him is Caitlyn Madliner, who has prominently figured in anti-PC campaigns. Below: The late Alberta premier Ralph Klein, defeated Conservative MP Joan Crockatt, President Richard M. Nixon and ...

Montreal Simon: Northern Gateway and the Latest Humiliation of Stephen Harper

Graphic:Press Progress Once upon a time Stephen Harper must have thought it would be so simple. He'd fly his oily Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta to beautiful British Columbia.He'd soar over the Rockies and the Great Bear Rainforest, and ram it into the Pacific.After muzzling his critics, rejecting scientific evidence, all but ignoring BC's First Nations, ...

Alberta Politics: Jason Kenney reported ready to announce his bid to lead a Tory Restoration effort as soon as tomorrow

PHOTOS: Former federal Conservative cabinet minister Jason Kenney looks like he’s describing how he’ll capture the Alberta PC Party, then the Wildrose, and unite them whether they like it or not, in this shot grabbed from his Parliamentary Flickr account. Below: Rick Orman, Rob Anders, Thomas Lukaszuk and Brian Jean. Jason Kenney, putative leader of ...

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 ...