Alberta Politics: From the Twitter account of the former Deputy Leader of Free Alberta: Angela Merkel’s the leader of the free world

PHOTOS: The leader of the free world, listening to Neil Young on sound cancelling headphones. Click here for the soundtrack to this post. The confused looking elderly man with a comb-over to her left is thinking: “Who is that person?” Probably not in those exact words, though. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons.) Below: Angela Merkel and Vladimir ...

Alberta Politics: Madmen in the White House … this time it’s a thing, not just a ‘strategy’

PHOTOS: U.S. President Richard Nixon pointing the way to the exit for Donald Trump’s benefit. Below: Mr. Nixon about to board the helicopter that would take him away from Washington for the last time in an official capacity; a recent photo of President Trump; the sinister Dr. Henry Kissinger, then and now.  Richard Nixon wasn’t ...

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Alberta Politics: Russia seeks international arrest warrant for former Ukraine PM, reported to now hold Canadian citizenship

PHOTOS: Arseniy Yatsenyuk, former prime minister of Ukraine, with then Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper in July 2015. (Screen capture of CBC news broadcast.) Below: Alberta Conservative Leader Jason Kenney, federal Conservative leadership candidate Chris Alexander (Wikimedia Commons) and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, all of whom figure in this story. Earlier this spring, a ...

Alberta Politics: With Rachel Notley off to Texas, it helps to understand why Canadians and Texans are naturally simpatico

PHOTOS: The magnificent Texas State Capitol in Austin – taller that the U.S. Capitol in Washington! Below: The interior of that Texas dome and some musicians making the scene in Austin, which is not only warmer than Edmonton, it’s more liberal too, and the sort of thing I had in mind when I made the ...

Montreal Simon: The Day Trump’s Bromance With Putin Overheated

You might think Donald Trump would want to keep his passionate bromance with Vladimir Putin under wraps, or at least under control.Especially after the Obama administration just punished his friend for allegedly trying to help Trump win the election.But yesterday when Putin refused to retaliate.In a head-spinning turn of events on Friday, President Vladimir V. ...

Alberta Politics: A Happy New Year to all – seriously, to all of you – as AlbertaPolitics.ca begins its 10th year of publication

PHOTOS: Some of the high points … This one was taken about the time I broke the story that Danielle Smith would be running for the leadership of the “upstart” Wildrose Party. Below: chats, and photos, with Ed Stelmach, Alison Redford, Jim Prentice and Rachel Notley. Dear Readers, On this day in 2007 I sat ...

Alberta Politics: Deep irony in the deep state: Some thoughts about those post-Christmas American ‘spy’ expulsions

PHOTOS: A couple of Russian “intelligence operatives” pensively contemplate the news they’re about to be kicked out of the United States for acting like journalists. Actual GRU deep cover agents may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: Russian President Vladimir Putin disguised as well-known journalist Clark Kent; U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in a characteristic pose; ...

Alberta Politics: Merry Christmas to all! Santa is bringing presents for everyone this holiday, regardless of political orientation

PHOTOS: Merry Christmas! Your blogger with a man who can penetrate North American air defences with ease. Russian President Vladimir Putin may not appear exactly as illustrated. (Joke.) Below: Political strategist Stephen Carter with the same blogger; Alberta pollster Janet Brown; Conservative strategist Alan Hallman, who is now associated with Jason Kenney’s Alberta Progressive Conservative ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Spectre of Treason

The only thing scarier than thinking about what Donald Trump might do to our neighbours, is thinking what he might do to the planet.Because not only is he planning to torch it, by ending the war on climate change. His foreign policy plans are as dangerous and as crazy as he is.Read more »

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Great Russian Conspiracy

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Montreal Simon: Putin Ally: Vote for Donald Trump Or Die

As we know Donald Trump has a cozy relationship with the Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.So cozy in fact that the Obama administration has accused the Russians of trying to influence the result of the American election. The Obama administration on Friday formally accused the Russian government of stealing and disclosing emails from the Democratic National Committee and a ...

Alberta Politics: Part I: What will NATO get up to in the north now that the chill is off between Russia and Turkey in the south?

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Montreal Simon: The Day Donald Trump Declared War On His Own Country

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Montreal Simon: Is Donald Trump Putin’s Siberian Candidate?

We know that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have an unusually warm relationship.We know that Trump greatly admires the Russian strongman, and that Putin feels the same way about him.And although they do make an odd couple, I have always assumed it was just one power hungry narcissist, admiring the other.But what if it was ...

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

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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 ...

Alberta Politics: Tories’ Senate gambit shows Harper still runs the party and the party still holds Parliament in contempt

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Alberta Politics: Year in review: from plunging oil to rising hope, the Top Ten news stories of 2015

PHOTOS: Cameras try to follow a nearly invisible Rachel Notley through the crowd at an Edmonton hotel on May 5, 2015, moments after she had been declared the winner of the Alberta election. No one could quite believe that the NDP had just won a majority government, in Alberta of all places, Ms. Notley’s talents ...

LeDaro: Donald Trump ‘honoured’ by Putin compliment, much to Republicans’ chagrin

Poor Trump. He is so proud of his buddy Putin. Repugs are not fair to him.:)))).

LeDaro: Donald Trump ‘honoured’ by Putin compliment, much to Republicans’ chagrin

Poor Trump. He is so proud of his buddy Putin. Repulsive are not fair to him.:)))).

LeDaro: Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is $ 70 billion

“Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is thought to be around $70 billion according to Forbes, which makes the Russian the second-richest man in the world since Bill Gates’ net worth is $79.3 billion in 2015.Mar 7, 2015.” However, according to some reports he is worth $100 to $200 billion. Beat that Donald Trump.

LeDaro: Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is $ 70 billion

“Officially, Vladimir Putin’s net worth is thought to be around $70 billion according to Forbes, which makes the Russian the second-richest man in the world since Bill Gates’ net worth is $79.3 billion in 2015.Mar 7, 2015.” However, according to some reports he is worth $100 to $200 billion. Beat that Donald Trump.

LeDaro: Vladimir Putin calls Donald Trump a ‘very colourful and talented man’

Russian president speaks warmly of US presidential hopeful at press conference in Moscow, following Trump’s praise for him. What Vladi is upto? Maybe he is thinking that with a stupid man, Donald Trump,in the Whitehouse he can screw U.S.

LeDaro: Vladimir Putin calls Donald Trump a ‘very colourful and talented man’

Russian president speaks warmly of US presidential hopeful at press conference in Moscow, following Trump’s praise for him. What Vladi is upto? Maybe he is thinking that with a stupid man, Donald Trump,in the Whitehouse he can screw U.S.