The Return of Stuff Happens, week 41: Now the hard part begins for the UCP

The United Conservative Party – somehow fresh-faced and old at the same time – has chosen its first leader.   Jason Kenney, a career politician who has spent his entire life has been devoted to right- wing politics and causes, is the first leader of the shotgun marriage party. He defeated the much more likeable… Continue reading The Return of Stuff Happens, week 41: Now the hard part begins for the UCP

The Return of Stuff Happens, week 9: Jason does Alberta

As expected, Jason Kenney easily won the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta at a convention in Calgary on Saturday, with about 75% of the vote. Kenney was a steamroller who flattened his two remaining challengers, an inconspicuous MLA named Richard Starke, and an even less conspicuous guy named Byron Nelson. The other… Continue reading The Return of Stuff Happens, week 9: Jason does Alberta

The Return of Stuff Happens, week 4: Trump’s rule by fiat

We all know how powerful the President of the United States is. But I don’t know if we ever recognized just how powerful. Almost … dictatorial? Don’t agree? Well, what other kind of leader can decide, with the stroke of an expensive pen, to ban immigrants from 14 countries, on the basis that they belong… Continue reading The Return of Stuff Happens, week 4: Trump’s rule by fiat

Stuff Still Happens, week 27: Black Days in July

Back in 1968, singer Gordon Lightfoot released one of his greatest songs, Black Day in July, about the race riots that left “Motor City burning” as he sang. That song flashed in my head on Thursday when America — and the world — looked on in horror as five Dallas police officers were shot dead… Continue reading Stuff Still Happens, week 27: Black Days in July

Loose lips sink Locke.

You have to feel badly for Harvey Locke. Locke is a Liberal candidate in Monday’s federal byelection in Calgary Centre. Normally, being a federal Liberal candidate anywhere in Alberta generates sympathy, but not enough to win any pity votes. Liberals here are sacrificial lambs, names on the ballot, road kill. But Locke, against all odds,… Continue reading Loose lips sink Locke.