Alberta Politics: OK, maybe B.C. has a case against Alberta’s wine embargo … but so what?

PHOTOS: Well! Now we’re trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored! (Photo: Asociación De Vecinos “virgen Coronada,” Creative Commons.) Below: Alberta Trade Minister Deron Bilous and his British Columbia counterpart, Bruce Ralston. It certainly seems like British Columbia has a strong case against Alberta’s wine embargo before a Canada Free Trade ...

Alberta Politics: The Alberta NDP’s Sour Grapes Strategy will only strengthen Coastal B.C.’s nearly universal opposition to pipelines

PHOTOS: Grape vines grow in B.C.’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, one of the prime wine producing regions of the world (Photo: Kelowna Wine & Cuisine Flickr, Creative Commons). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, B.C. Premier John Horgan, and Alberta Opposition Leader Jason Kenney. With Alberta’s Sour Grapes Strategy, the official boycott of wine from British Columbia ...

Alberta Politics: Where are they now? Well-known Tories, including former justice minister and former police chief, have ‘gone to pot’

PHOTOS: Jonathan Denis, during his tenure as premier Alison Redford’s Progressive Conservative Justice Minister. Below: Former Calgary Police Chief and PC candidate Rick Hanson (Photo: CBC), former PC culture minister Lindsay Blackett, and Conservative activist Piotr Pilarski (Photo: Twitter). A couple of high-profile Progressive Conservative candidates swept away by the NDP sweep in May 2015 ...

Politics and its Discontents: On Public-Private Partnerships

Much has recently been written about the Trudeau government’s plan to establish an Infrastructure Bank whose putative purpose is to leverage private sector money to help fund projects. One can legitimately ask why that is necessary, given the record -low rates at which the government can currently borrow money. Trapinawrpool provided a Twitter link to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Ready, Aye Ready

That noble motto of the Royal Canadian Navy can now perhaps perversely be described as the modus vivendi of Justin Trudeau in his ongoing efforts to get on the right side of Donald Trump. The alacrity with which he danced to the Orange Ogre’s tune on Syria after the latter launched his Tomahawk missile attack ...

The Disaffected Lib: Sorry If I’m Cynical, But Now They’re Looking?

I guess they’ve been winging it so far. Kirsty Duncan has finally located her lost mandate letter, the one that instructs her to find a Chief Science Advisor for the Trudeau government. That would be the same letter she’s apparently ignored throughout Year One when bitumen trafficking and pipelines were on the table. Today, the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, Back At Home

While the Gong Show unfolding in the U.S. will likely continue to preoccupy a great many of us in the weeks, months and years to come, we would be remiss to ignore disquieting occurrences in our own country. Many of these occurrences are unfolding under the blinding glare of our prime minister’s sunny smile; indeed, ...

Alberta Politics: Right-wing newspaper owners want your taxes to subsidize their obsolete, mismanaged, biased publications

PHOTOS: A typical daily newspaper press, once a common sight in small cities and larger towns throughout North America. This one was photographed through a window Tuesday in Brigadoon, Alberta, so it should be good as is for another 10 years. Oh, wait, I made it out of town this afternoon … it must’ve been ...

Alberta Politics: OMG! Energy industry faces ‘existential threat’ from Hollywood, ‘ever-growing matrix of activists’

PHOTOS: Brad Wall, increasingly the Mr. Disagreeable of Confederation. Below: Calgary’s Glenmore Reservoir as dreamed of by supporters of the Saskatchewan Party of Alberta. Actual Calgary beaches may not appear exactly as illustrated, either with regards to oil production or the quality of surf. Below that, environmentalist Mike Hudema in a tie that’s way too ...

Montreal Simon: Why the Liberal Government is Defending Bill C-14 So Strongly

Because I know a lot about death, and I've seen a lot of people die, some of my friends have been coming up to me and asking the same question:Why is Justin Trudeau's government clinging so stubbornly to its assisted dying bill C14?My blogging friend Kirby Evans asks the same question here.And my answer to ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Saudis’ Assurances Are Worth Nothing, As Trudeau Well Knows

The Trudeau government is adamant about seeing through the $15 billion sale of armoured vehicles to human rights’ suppressor Saudi Arabia, trying to hide behind assurances given that they will not be used against its civilian population. That, of course, is absolute nonsense, a fiction intended to paper over the fact that our leaders are ...

The Canadian Progressive: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Diverse 31-Member Cabinet

Justin Trudeau unveiled his diverse 31-member cabinet as he was sworn in as Canada’s 23rd prime minister at Rideau Hall, the Ottawa official residence of the Governor General, Queen Elizabeth’s representative in Canada, on Wednesday, Nov 4, 2015. The post Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Diverse 31-Member Cabinet appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Potential And Reality

I remember when I first started teaching, everything seemed so clear, so obvious: students, for example, were no longer writing very well because they weren’t taught grammar; a rigourous and systematic approach would fix that. I soon learned, however, that such a prescription was unspeakably naive. Like everything else, it did not exist in a ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Fragile Flower

The majority of Canadians are currently basking in the promise the new government holds, the promise of openness, transparency, accountability and progressivity, all notably absent from the enshrouded regime of the outgoing dictator. But while we all deserve to feel deep relief from the collective burden the country has borne for the last decade, I ...