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EXCERPT: The Longer I'm Prime Minister

Paul Wells | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada
Paul Wells

In 2004 voters barely had a clue who Stephen Harper was. So he appeared in those hilariously contrived ads in which he complained about the Liberals, offered some kind of solution, and then paused and added, slowly, "My name is Stephen Harper." Viewers came away wondering about his speaking style but pretty sure, whoever this guy was, his name must be Stephen Harper.

How Canadian Tax Dollars Become Lavish Personal Spending Accounts

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Alberta Premier Allison Redford was forced to resign last week following revelations that she had charged the treasury $45,000 to attend President Mandela's funeral. Redford's quick hand with the expense account chequebook, in turn, obviously brings to mind the shenanigans of our old pals in the Senate.

Harper's Nodding Off at the Auto Industry Wheel

Russ Blinch | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

I guess Prime Minister Harper is busy finding a new finance minister along with all the other stuff involved with his single-minded pursuit of the Alberta carbon bubble. Because he sure doesn't have time to join the hand wringing over a key engine of growth in a once prosperous province called Ontario. I'm talking about the so-called "free" trade agreement with South Korea and the future of the auto industry.

We Need to Save Canada From the Harper Economy

Russ Blinch | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

Canada's economy has lost its balance. Trouble looms. Those are not words you will hear from Prime Minister Stephen Harper but it is the grim reality of the unsustainable economic ethos of his Conservative government. Instead of the telling us the truth, the government is spending unprecedented gobs of our money to mislead us about the health of the country with the Canada Action Plan advertising campaign saturating the airwaves. In reality, our petro premier has transformed a balanced country into a petro-state that is "hollowing out" the economy.

Israel-Palestine: Focus More on Talking and Less on the Politics of Talk

Avi Goldberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

The Jewish community in Canada didn't even concentrate on Israeli politics until the Six Day War in 1967. Resulting, however, from the fear that Israeli Jews were facing a second Holocaust, as well from a new confidence that was born out of decisive victory in the war, Israel was officially adopted by the Canadian Jewish mainstream.

What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

We're producing so much oil sands crude that we've overwhelmed cross-border pipeline capacity. Now the industry is stuck in a Catch-22. Profit margins have dropped dramatically. To reassure investors, bitumen miners talk about dramatically expanding production. But the more we produce, the more we exacerbate the supply glut.

Media Bites: Harper Defines the New Anti-Semitism

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Stephen Harper's first-ever trip to the Holy Land wrapped up this weekend, and the reviews were basically worse than I, Frankenstein. But if one specific outrage loomed above all others, it was the PM's January 20 address to the Israeli parliament, during which, in the words of Warren Kinsella, "Harper, a Gentile, literally took it upon himself to redefine anti-Semitism."

'10 Reasons Neil Young Is Right About The Tar Sands'

Mike Hudema | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

To say that rock legend Neil Young has been making waves on his ACFN 'Honour the Treaties' tour would be an understatement. His comments about the horrors of the tar sands have made front-page headlines, set social media ablaze, and have brought out more than a few attacks mostly from stalwarts of the oil industry.

Confessions of a Former CEO: Leadership at a Time of Crisis

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Business
Andreas Souvaliotis

It's been a season of startling crisis-management parallels between the worlds of business and politics. An American politician who so artfully swung his scandal-slaying dagger and dealt with a crisis head-on, contrasted with our Prime Minister who let his credibility evaporate through evasion.

Has Canada Lost Its "Cool"?

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
Andreas Souvaliotis

We've always loved being such a "cool" country. We've loved our own brand. We've loved comparing ourselves to our gigantic southern neighbour and bragging about our much more progressive, much more "worldly" social values...from racial integration, to gender equality, our social safety net, our smaller income disparity, lower crime rates, gun laws, gay marriage, environmental sensitivity -- you name it! We just loved being the continental superstars and we always corrected every unaware European who would dare call us "American." But is that still the case?

Media Bites: We Can't Reform the Senate if We're Constitutionally Constipated

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Our constitutional amendment rules are so terrible, so poorly-written and caked with complex regulations designed to eliminate any hope of ever achieving any meaningful improvement to anything, we barely even know how to read some of them. And we're not talking about 18th century legalese here -- this stuff was written all of 30 years ago.

Huffy Duffy versus King Harpernicus: Who wins? Not Canada

Jordon Froese | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jordon Froese

Like many, I think King Harpernicus could have handled this whole expense mess in the Uppity Chamber better. There's been rhetorical flourishes, sure,...

Harper's Keynote at CPC13 - A Make Or Break Moment For The Tories?

Emma Pullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Emma Pullman

In perhaps the most significant line of his keynote Harper proclaimed, "As Conservatives, we believe that actions have consequences." Harper might not realize it, but this is perhaps the most telling line of the weekend and goes to the core of the Senate scandal. Opinion polls have slammed Harper for his handling of the scandal, and delegates at this conference have called for him to take responsibility and accept the consequences.

Althia Raj

5 Things To Watch At The Tory Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Politics

1. The mood of the delegates Some 3,000 delegates and observers are expected to attend the party’s biennial convention in Calgary that kicks off ...

Media Bites: Will EU Free Trade Put Harper in the History Books?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Prime Minister Harper finally has his very own tombstone-ready one-liner, too: "he got us free trade with the Europeans." That seems to be the consensus bouncing around the Canadian punditocracy at the moment, at least. Everyone agrees this trade deal rules. An estimated 80,000 new jobs, an annual $12 billion boost to GDP, cheaper vino from Italy, yadda yadda. But perhaps there's another story here, too.

Three Things to Worry About if Canada Was the One Shutting Down

Russ Blinch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

It's pretty sad to see the U.S. government shutdown and all the havoc it has wrought. Can you imagine if the same thing occurred in Canada and the Harper government was prevented from reading its Speech from the Throne next week as planned?

Think Harper Doesn't Raise Taxes? That's What He Wants You to Think

Ralph Goodale | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

A government's claims of economic competence must surely depend upon a sound record in certain crucial areas -- such as economic growth, debt reduction, balanced budgets and management of the tax burden. On all four counts, the Harper regime is a serious disappointment. As for taxes, that's where Mr. Harper brags the most. But check reality! While claiming they never raise taxes, the Harper Conservatives have in fact increased the net tax burden on Canadians in each of their last four budgets. It happens in dozens of nefarious ways which they hope you won't notice.

What Harper Had To Say About Quebec's Values Charter

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.16.2013 | Canada Politics

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has predicted that the Parti Quebecois' controversial values charter will fail because of opposition within Quebec.The p...

Harper's Vaunted Arctic Project Going Nowhere Fast

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.01.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - One of the crown jewels in the federal government's Arctic strategy is mired in a slow-moving environmental clean-up and the threat of legal ...

Canada's Surveillance State Equates Protest to Terrorism

DeSmog Canada | Posted 10.06.2013 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The idea of a stranger listening to our phone calls, monitoring our Internet searches, reading our emails, trawling our social media accounts. These things are not only possible, but thanks to government fear mongering feeding our increased tolerance for supervision in a post-9/11 world, they're also entirely legal. Welcome to modern Canada.

Harper's Audit-the-Enemy Strategy Fulfills Nixon's Dream

DeSmog Canada | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

Last week it was revealed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office created an "enemy list" to include in briefing books for newly appointed Cabinet members. Pundits were quick to point out that US President Richard Nixon also had such a list of enemies that his office maintained.

Now He's Convinced Syria's Assad Used Chemical Weapons

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Politics

PARIS - Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday he is convinced the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons, a day after the U...

One Debate Harper Hopes To Avoid At Conservative Convention

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Alberta

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is said to be concerned that a divisive debate over party leadership rules could rear its head again at the Con...

The Harper Government Has no Insite on Canadians With Addictions

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

Harper's government introduced Bill C-65, a Bill that may make it nearly impossible to build another safe-injection site. The government surely knows that the law may not stand Charter scrutiny. But the Conservatives don't care about that. They will push ahead with the Bill because it makes it sound like they care about (some) Canadians. But in doing so, the Harper government harms not only those with addictions, but all Canadians.

How Dirty Hands Win Campaigns

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

The political style of Harper and Christy Clark has been polarizing and driven by wedges designed to shore up their base. They haven't governed; their modus operandi is obfuscation and public relations. They lie as a matter of deliberate political strategy, but they come out winners. If Adrian Dix and Michael Ignatieff have taught us anything, it is that opposition leaders must not allow themselves to become human piñatas in the name of the "high road". They have a solemn duty to hold governments accountable for their records. That means fully engaging in the fight, not being passive in the face of it.