Is there no shame!

Conservative MP Scott Reid accused the prime minister of sneaking a bagel under his House of Commons desk.

Rules state members “may refresh themselves with glasses of water during debate, but the consumption of any other beverage or food is not allowed.”

Reid, a longtime Tory MP, also called out the defence and heritage ministers for the same violation.The defence minister reportedly snuck in a  Canadian Armed Forces Individual Meal Pack (IMP) of his favourite smoked meat with mustard sauce and the heritage minister had  Arancini Meatballs and Stonewall Kitchen Pesto with Canada Geese, the natural mineral water from Nova Scotia a healthy and refreshing beverage with natural minerals. This gently sparkling water with a balanced and harmonious taste is perfect as a thirst-quencher or as a companion to food during filibusters and procedural wrangling.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rose to admit to breaching the no-food rule, but said the item wasn’t a baked good. “It was a chocolate bar. I apologize,” he said.

A House of Commons Food police spokesperson speaking off the record, determined it might have been a Hershey’s Coffee Crisp ,a recipe explicitly created in 2013 for the discerning Canadian palate. Unlike their American counterparts, the bars are sweeter, smoother, higher in fat content, and have a creamier flavour profile designed specifically for Canadians.


Diverse hardworking middle class Canadians and wildlife held their heads in shame as another rule was broken by the Prince of Principle.

Alas,can the Conservative Party be any better since a veteran member of parliament can’t tell a bagel from a chocolate bar (or his arse from a hole in the ground). Editors note: That last part was added as partisan spice!

What is to become of the Great Dominion at this….the crossroads of our nation crossing the Rubicon and taking the irrevocable step that commits our nation to a specific course and stuff like that?  Editors note: not sure what this means but decided to leave it in anyway!

Tortoise not the Hare

“We are the tortoise, not the hare,” Green Party leader Elizabeth May says. “But people don’t often notice the tortoise until the tortoise is suddenly in the lead.”

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. Hal Borland

Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”
Margaret Atwood,The Penelopiad


In Advance of the Darkness

Court Painter , casting aside his bout of painter’s block and bursting with enthusiasm, got out his colour box and went to town…Washington town that is …painting elite subjects hungry to be memorialized before the north light plunges into deep shadow and a pit of darkness!


  1. delay or block (a request, process, or person) by refusing to answer questions or by giving evasive replies, especially in politics.

In only 30 minutes members of the Liberal-dominated House of Commons justice committee stonewalled an invitation to the former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould for a second round of testimony on how senior government officials pressed her to abandon the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.




High Time

Court Painter equestrian statue ‘high time’ for Calgary, group think tank says

artist concept

As was reported earlier, The Court Painter’s (painter’s block) condition has put him in a funk however he received good news today about The Court Painter Equestrian Statue of Commemoration spearheaded by a local artist who never forgets to forget Court Painter’s first name but agreed to spear this project as a civic duty trophy.

A local group of civic minded Calgarians, initiated by artist initiator CC (name available upon request) are raising funds to erect a statue in honour of Calgary’s favourite son, The Court Painter.
“I am delighted to have initiated this initiative.  I feel that it is high time that something like this, honouring the Court Painter, is most timely ,on time and well positioned to be deserved. He has been without talent, acclaim, attention,sales and any Stampede recognition for far too long.”
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It is estimated the monument would cost $3000 for proof of concept, creation, placement and upkeep. The Court Painter Society of Calgary has raised $57 so far from private donors, and hopes to complete fundraising efforts and install the statue …sometime.
 CC seen with A Girl Named Robin proudly displaying his collection of Court Painter self portraits
“We’re confident in raising $3000 simply because The Court Painter’s accomplishments, legacy and connection to southern Alberta, we think, are worthy of celebrating,” said artist CC , president of the society. “If The Court Painter, who fought to have me taken seriously  can’t be celebrated, then I don’t think there is anyone that we can celebrate with a statue not even Ole Winnie.” he said with a wink and a chuckle which was lost on the small gathering.
 CC seen with small gathering attending his remarks
The Court Painter came to Alberta as a rhymeless poet and paintless painter from the cornfields of Iowa in 1971 when he first viewed the oilfields southwest of Calgary at Turner Valley, spent time in the Rocky Mountains mostly at Wild Bill’s in Banff and gave a few speeches between modelling jobs. 
Court Painter in modelling shoot
The revered artist changed the course of local art history and CC (name available upon request) believes “it’s high time” for Calgary to celebrate his legacy and connection to the city. There are a number of places in the city that commentate The Court Painter already, including plaques outside of the Ship and Anchor, Dinny’s Den at the U of C and by his studio in the fashionable Inglewood neighbourhood.
It should be duly noted that a painting by The Court Painter of his Press Attache A Hardon MacKay, dressed up like a clown was sold at auction to an anonymous collector for $87 in March 2018.
The anonymous buyer who can only be identified by encrypted facial recognition software, told Postmedia through a leggy interpreter that making sure the painting stayed in Western Canada was “important if not incredibly important.”
 “It’s something how you say ….I feel The Courtly Painter appreciates if not very much appreciates,”  the mysterious buyer said in halting foreign tongue interpreted seamlessly by a well turned out assistant.
Mysterious collector with interpreter 
Meanwhile : CC (name available upon request) said there are many ideal locations for the statue, including in view of the Calgary Tower or next to the Great Blue Hula-hoop out there on the road.
CC seen locked out of limo by his power wife
The project will be entirely funded by private donors, and no city tax dollars will be sought for its creation as  CC (name available upon request) is against any taxpayer dollars to artists making art “up out of their head”.
When the funds are secured, commissioning of the statue will be awarded to the The Court Painter himself,” for only he can do justice to such a revered project,” said CC without a hint of emotion.
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Monies (only cash accepted) should be sent to Press Attache A Hardon MacKay c/o The Court Painter’s Fish or Cut Bait Far Eastern Branch in Halifax.

Painter’s Block

Painter’s block is a condition, primarily associated with painting, in which an artist loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. In Court Painter’s case the condition is brought on by a failure to attract new portrait commissions.

Press Attache A Hardon MacKay had a curt no comment when asked ” is  not that your job to line up new commissions?”

So in lieu of politically charged new works, Court Painter is releasing from the archives, a whole whack o bunch of unrelated images….because he can!

Daring but Necessary

In a daring yet welcome announcement this morning by  the Prime Minister; Justin Trudeau revealed that Elizabeth (with a Z) May leader of the Green Party of Canada and Member of Parliament for Saanich—Gulf Islands, would take over as the sole member of the Justice Committee.

The PM was forced to point out that Ms. May’s 6 minutes of questioning in the previous 2 meetings stood up as an outstanding example for the kids of the Great Dominion on “how to use limited question time ‘to gedder done'”

In a gesture he no doubt will regret he asked Ms. May to say a few words. The ever obliging Ms. May went on to say ,”Figure out what prosecutorial independence means, and stop compromising it.”

In the PM’s final remarks he admitted the appointment of Ms. May  was “the last feminist arrow left in his quiver”. He did ramble on a bit about jobs,the middle class,eroding trust,the middle class and jobs until the room emptied and the press all scurried off to meet their deadlines.