Tag Archive 'Stephen Harper'

Appeared in the North Shore News – October 23, 2015 I have been standing back admiring the brilliance of my prediction that the Conservatives would win Monday’s election. The logic was impeccable, though not unique — just more genially expressed. It follows. Liberal Justin Trudeau and especially New Democrat Thomas Mulcair were as zealous campaigning […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – October 9, 2015 The Conservatives will win the election. Could get a majority. They’ll win on the economy (the Globe and Mail recently ran a glowing double-page spread, declaring “the West Coast is on a roll” while “much of Canada’s economy sputters”). They’ll win big on the terrorism […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – March 13, 2015 The transportation referendum — hold on, we interrupt this rant for a breaking rant from our opinion room: Stephen Harper will win this year’s federal election. We now return you to regular ranting . . . You read it here first. The Conservatives have taken […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – August 15, 2014 Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow was bloodier, but West Van council’s U-turn on its slamming of proposed liquefied natural gas tankers on Howe Sound was quicker. Councillors at the Aug. 4 meeting volubly backed off their unanimous decision two weeks earlier when they had asked Ottawa […]

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Appeared in Business in Vancouver – January 14, 2014 Hello, business persons (I’ll ask other citizens some other time): Do you sometimes get mad at the media? Me too. But in my case the annoyance is as complex as love and as fat with conflict of interest as a Montreal mayor or two. At this […]

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The Harperland version of democracy has slipped over the border from the knuckle-under-or-else whip system into soft fascism   Appeared in Business in Vancouver – April 9, 2013 There are three problems that periodically surface to trouble the Canadian mind. 1. What is the meaning of life? 2. Did Romeo ever actually sleep with Juliet? […]

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Appeared in Business in Vancouver – January 8, 2013 Today Canada is eagerly kissing neo-imperialist China’s backside, its face clearly revealed by the still-ubiquitous public posters of mass murderer and towering economic bungler Mao Zedong   No, the following rant wasn’t fuelled by a weekend of intense liquid partying, a warm-up for New Year’s. It […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – October 12, 2012 ATTENTION, abortion pro-choicers: If you disliked Stephen Woodworth, you’ll hate Mark Warawa. First, the North Shore angle: Praise for Conservative MP John Weston, who joined the surprisingly large minority supporting Woodworth’s House of Commons Motion 312, defeated 203-91, to create an all-party parliamentary committee to […]

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Appeared in the North Shore News – September 16, 2011 I’M uncomfortable sounding upbeat. It’s so out of character. But – in the face of assured opinions that are becoming conventional wisdom, which has proven unwise so often in history – that America is in terminal decline, finished as the world’s uncontested superpower . . […]

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Appeared in Winnipeg Free Press – May 14, 2011 VANCOUVER — Ready for the Parliamentary Channel switching to re-runs of Sesame Street? How about a private member’s bill bringing acne into the Canada Health Act? Think diaper boards in the washrooms will raise public respect for the Commons? The parliamentarians’ informal afternoon naps may be […]

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