Montreal Simon: Why the Con’s Phony Tax Revolt Is Doomed to Fail

If you believe our Con media you might think that the entire country was rising up to fight the Liberal government's plan to make our tax system fairer.If you believe Andrew Scheer, you might think that millions of middle class Canadians are as mad as hell at Justin Trudeau for calling them tax cheats. Even ...

Montreal Simon: Why Rich Tax Dodgers Should Be Named and Shamed

The Panama Papers' scandal has revealed a steaming mountain or pyramid of corruption.Where the super rich live high off the hog, while countries deprived of tax dollars grow more and more miserable.So I'm glad to see that the Liberal government is planning to step up efforts to go after our own tax cheats. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Who Knew Harper Is Now Working For The Republicans?

As soon as I saw that picture of Stephen Harper a few months ago, posing for a selfie outside a Shake Shack in Las Vegas, I was almost sure I knew why he was really there.Not to soak up the sun, or stuff himself with the Shack's crinkle cut cheese fries, or its almost legendary frozen custard.But to ...

Montreal Simon: The Greedy One Percent and the Moral Message of Bernie Sanders

I remember seeing a lot of signs like those one during the heady days of the Occupy movement. Back in the days when everything seemed possible, and it looked like the beginning of a revolution. But of course it didn't happen, the movement was brutally put down, and seemed to fade away. Even as the ...

Political Eh-conomy: Branko Milanovic on inequality and the new global plutocracy

Last week I interviewed Branko Milanovic, one of the world’s foremost authorities on inequality. Our conversation moved freely from global trends in inequality over the past quarter-century to the rise of a new plutocracy and the threat it poses to democratic governance. I thought it worthwhile to transcribe our chat in full. A bit more about Branko: he is currently a professor at ...

Montreal Simon: Jimbo Flaherty and the Con Country Snatchers

Oh goody. Another episode of The Invasion of the Con Country Snatchers. And tonight it's one of the scariest ones ever !!!! For as Jim Flaherty prepares to meet with business leaders, we find out what kind of Canada they would like us to live in. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The One Percent and the Party Animals

In 1985 the late Quebec filmmaker Pierre Falardeau made a short movie called Le Temps des Bouffons (The Time of the Buffoons).It showed members of the Montreal elite partying at the exclusive Beaver Club, dressed in colonial costumes. And Falardeau used those scenes to make a biting, and deliciously vulgar comment, about the state of ...