Babel-on-the-Bay: Joining the #IMBUSYTOO movement.

What can be more appropriate for Saint Valentine’s Day than to recognize true love. And even if it is not true, it is what passes for true love over in Ole Blighty! It is the upcoming nuptials of Prince Harry and his American bride Megan. Have you got your invitation yet? It must have been ...

The Disaffected Lib: Great. Now Notley Imagines She’s Speaking for All Canadians. You Too?

Rachel Notley is taking to the interwebs in her war with British Columbia. If it’s war B.C. wants, it’s war she’ll get. Now the Alberta premier, speaking for Alberta and all Canadians (including you, I guess) is going to expose the recalcitrant coastal curmudgeons, damned hippies and geriatric draft dodgers,  as never before. Speaking to ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Jagmeet’s first challenge.

The new leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party (NDP) has been busier than you think. Taking his party’s leadership was Jagmeet Singh’s easiest task. His journeys around Canada since then have been to convince the party members that an observant Sikh does not have two heads and can also be an effective politician. Now he ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin in the pipeline pretzel position.

It is new to yoga. Among the latest postures for the ancient health and fitness practice is the pipeline pretzel position. It is for those who believe they can make money from the tar sands while reducing the carbon we are spewing into our environment. While we might all look silly in the downward dog ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Our leaders need to ‘man up.’

It is unlikely that in this era of #MeToo that we can find many men willing to stick their neck out—or any other body part, for that matter. It is just that the we are getting into the realms of ridiculousness with some of today’s witch (or more accurately, warlock) hunts. Our political leaders are ...

The Disaffected Lib: Setting the Record Straight on Trudeau, Notley, Bitumen, and Our Future.

What’s the difference between all-out nuclear war and catastrophic climate change? So far we haven’t been stupid enough to resort to all-out nuclear war. Both of them can end civilization, indeed most life on Earth. The way we’re going it’s unclear which will get the job done first. Canada, of course, doesn’t field a nuclear ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Justin’s dad had no rule book.

Frankly, I am getting tired of this schmaltzy feminist dialogue from the prime minister. Enough is enough. He needs a new playbook. This business reminds me of the time his father gave a feminist speech to a dinner in Toronto at the Royal York Hotel. I had a table with the key media people and ...

The Disaffected Lib: Neil Macdonald on Trudeau’s Betrayal of the Canadian People

Political cowardice is something we’re getting used to from our federal Liberal government.  Justin Trudeau may have a lovely smile but very, very weak knees. When it comes to taking bold steps demanded of true vision, he’s usually a no-show. Can you say “electoral reform”? I know Justin cannot. Then there’s the problem of Canada’s ...

The Disaffected Lib: $2,000,000,000.00 – Now There’s a Figure That Grabs Your Attention.

Two trillion dollars. I’m guessing that, even for you, that’s a lot of money. It’s the estimated liability of Alberta’s five largest energy producers according to the Parkland Institute, a think tank at the University of Alberta. “The Big Five need to start publicly disclosing their emissions modelling for the sake of transparency and accountability,” ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The travels and trials of Trump.

President Donald Trump of the U.S.A. went to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland the other day. Few of the attendees at the world convention of capitalism cared. The reigning head of the most powerful nation on earth had nothing to contribute. He did not even ski. It was the younger world leaders who ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Political parties are not private.

There was an interesting question raised last week by Toronto Star columnist Susan Delacourt about political parties. She was questioning whether political parties are public or private entities. Before we get legal minds involved in determining this, it is important to stress that a political party is created by and owned by its membership. It ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Walls of NAFTA.

There is more than one wall to consider when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiators meet in Montreal this week. The wall that the negotiations is creating between Canada and the United States of America is just as serious as the wall of ignorance President Trump wants to build against Mexico. The difference ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: If there is a wrong way?

The Trudeau government seems to be fated to find the wrong way to do things. Whether it is just a contrariness or a strange quirk is still something we have not figured out. It is probably the reason that we say so little about the coming legalization of marijuana in Canada. Legal or illegal, whatever ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Welcome to our Gripes of Wrath.

It makes sense to save up our complaints and just share them periodically. There is no need to write too much about them. We should see if we can give them the quick shot in the head they deserve. It is like that guy Desmond Cole who is playing coy about running for mayor in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Change Canada’s Senate: ‘There’s the rub.’

Some of our readers thought that was a got-cha. “Aha,” they exclaimed in their e-mails, “How do you think we are going to get rid of the senate?” Obviously, they have never heard of my idea of a constitutional conference. I suggested it once in a conversation with Justin Trudeau. His eyes rolled in his ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: In a land where greed beats need.

The last time Canada took a systematic look into its tax system was at the instigation of a Prairie populist, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker. The royal commission headed by Bay Street accountant Kenneth Carter was famous for determining “A buck is a buck.” Here we are more than 50 years later and no finance minister ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Forget Beyak, dump Canada’s Senate.

Why just dump Senator Lynn Beyak? You do not have to like what she says or posts on the Internet? We have all heard it before. Bigotry is hardly new. The problem is that there is not much you can do about it. She was appointed to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Stephen ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Democracy destroyed.

The years of Pierre Trudeau’s leadership seem to be backing into the mists of time. It was the strength of a democratic Liberal Party in Canada that back stopped him in those years. He thought of the party at first as similar to the top-down managed situation in Quebec. He almost lost the 1972 election ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Defending Democracy.

You would think in all the many years of human social development that democracy should have gained support and growing wide-spread usage around the world. We certainly agree that it is not perfect but we do agree that it is better than any alternatives. Yet tell it to the Russians and they want the oligarchy ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Isn’t it supposed to get easier?

With two years in office behind him, you would expect Justin Trudeau to be getting more adept at his job. He is not. This has been a year for criticisms, errors, lectures, let-downs and too many apologies. Were he with us, Justin’s father would not be pleased with his son’s performance. He would likely agree ...

Willy Loman: I think Warren is right

Even though I am blocked from commenting on his blog, I often check out his take on current events. After all he is the most recognizable name and certainly the only true celebrity that regularly posts on Progressive Bloggers. An author, TV personality and an expert on backroom political tactics, whom certainly knows more about ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: This Lone Ranger wears a skirt.

You have to admit the lady has guts. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has the nerve and verve that denies her gender. She is tough and even when she is wrong she is unwavering. She does Alberta proud but rides the range alone. The daughter of a former New Democratic Party leader, Ms. Notley defies the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Trudeau plays to the home crowd.

Surprise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau played it safe the other day. He appointed Quebec’s Richard Wagner as chief justice of the Supreme Court. We Canadians have had little chance to hear from Wagner prior to this appointment. We have had no real chance to assess what his leadership might mean. We were left out while ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Beating off the NAFTA bogymen.

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) might not make it to New Year’s. Who knows? Mr. Trump might just like to go out of this year with a clean slate. He has promised his ignorant and uncaring sycophants a pyrrhic victory and he might as well deliver the killing blow. It looks like the ...

The Disaffected Lib: We’ve Done a Good Job at Pretending. Now We Have to Figure Out If the Liberals Deserve to Be Called "Liberal"?

It’s a safe bet that Trump’s announcement on Jerusalem as Israeli capital will likely bring a motion to the floor of the United Nations General Assembly. The Harper/Trudeau machine has been in Israel’s pocket for a decade.  Whenever there’s a motion dealing with Israel and Palestine the vote comes down to this : The World ...