As you’re probably aware, the conservative elite have gathered in Ottawa for the Manning Centre conference on being super-duper conservatives. During the conference, Carleton University’s André Turcotte presented a poll that painted a dark future for Canada’s Conservative Party. The number of people that identify themselves as Conservative is down (especially in British Columbia), and: On the question of ability to deal with the economy, the Liberals and Conservatives are essentially tied.
Both the Liberals and NDP rate ahead of the Conservatives on the separate questions of managing health care and unemployment.
The worst result for the Conservatives comes on (Read more…)
Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney, Canada’s second-worst prime minister (Harper is the worst).
Stephen Harper and Silvio Berlusconi, disgraced former prime minister of Italy.
Vic Toews and Stephen Harper. Toews is a disgraced former Conservative MP with fascist tendencies and a sleazy personal life.
Pamela Wallin and Stephen Harper. Wallin is a disgraced Conservative senator who fraudulently misused senate expense money for personal and partisan purposes.
Bev Oda and Stephen Harper. Oda is a a disgraced former Conservative MP who misused tax money for personal benefit. She also fraudulently altered a government document.
Rob Anders and Stephen Harper. Anders is (Read more…)
Stephen Harper and Pierre Poilivere, the minister in charge of dismantling democracy in Canada.
Stockwell Day, Chuck Strahl and Stephen Harper. Day and Strahl are disgraced former Conservative MPs who now work as sleazy lobbyists.
Tom Flanagan and Stephen Harper. Flanagan, who is Harper’s political mentor and former colleague, is a creep who has said many creepy things.
Stephen Harper and Hamid Karzai, the corrupt president of Afghanistan.
Stephen Harper and Andrew Prescott, the alleged “Pierre Poutine” in the Conservative election fraud phone scandal.
Michael Sona and Stephen Harper. Sona is one of the alleged footsoldiers in the Conservative election (Read more…)
Harper-&-Rogues Gallery – Part 1
Recent news that the drummer in Stephen Harper’s terrible cover band was charged with sex crimes re-emphasizes the fact that Harper loves to surround himself with sleazebags, crooks and various ne’er-do-wells. That’s because he is one of them. Here is part one of a gallery of photos of Harper with undesirables. From top to bottom, Harper is with:
1. Phillip Nolan (on the far right), charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation over alleged incidents while he was a school teacher.
2. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s quasi-fascist, corrupt, bigoted president.
3. Justin Bieber (Read more…)
On the following motion. That, in the opinion of the House, the men and women who bravely serve Canada in the armed forces should be able to count on the government for support in their time of need, and that the government should demonstrate this support by (a) immediately addressing the mental health crisis facing Canadian soldiers and veterans by hiring appropriate mental health professionals; (b) reversing its decision to close veterans’ offices; and (c) prioritizing and concluding the over 50 outstanding boards of inquiry on military suicides so that grieving families may have answers and closure.
Conservatives voted unanimously (Read more…)
Long thought of as a core constituency of Conservative parties in Canada, veterans have been the target of Conservative cutbacks and slights over the past couple of years. Conservatives are more than willing to hold veterans up as election props, but for whatever reason, have taken to attacking them.
Conservative MP Rob Anders arrived late to a meeting to discuss homeless veterans and then proceeded to stretch out, and fall asleep. Homeless veterans don’t vote, I guess.
Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper is proud of the fact that 67% of applications for the Last Post Fund, a fund that helps (Read more…)
When they got up on Wednesday morning, everyone in the province who was paying attention knew that Bill Barry was going to launch his bid for the provincial Conservative Party leadership later that afternoon in Corner Brook.
Barry made his plans clear the week before. He’s the only one definitely in the race so far. On Tuesday night, Barry posted an invitation on facebook for people to come out and join him if they were alienated from provincial politics and fed up with the way things were going.
Any news hunter scanning the radio dial on Wednesday heard about the Barry newser, but just before 8:00 AM, VOCM news director Fred Hutton played the tape of an interviewed he’d bagged the night before with former Liberal leadership contender Cathy Bennett. No one had heard from her since the Liberals elected Dwight Ball, but there was Bennett telling the audience of . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Competition #nlpoli
Having tried to slide by without renewing their party, the provincial Conservatives are now talking up the joys of change.
They’ve talked about everything else.
Change is the only thing they haven’t talked about.
So now it’s their new talking point.
Problem is that they don’t seem to be doing much to … well… change.
The same people saying and doing the same things as they have always done won’t change anything
A provincial Conservative started out the week explaining why he cut a deal with a couple of provincial Liberals so he could get re-elected.
As part of his speech on Monday, Paul Lane said:
While there are indeed many people doing quite well in this economy…there are still many people who are not experiencing the positive impacts of our economy. As a matter of fact for many people, this economy is causing many people to fall further behind…
Those people include seniors, people with disabilities, people on fixed and low incomes, and in many cases, children. Government must focus on matters important to these people and the “everyday person”, said Lane.
Another provincial Conservative changed his political life last week. On Friday, Tom Marshall became the 11th Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Forget the rinse. Just repeat. #nlpoli
Since Kathy quit and Tom Marshall taking over on Friday morning, people are wondering when we will go to the polls.
There’s talk about a snap election.
There’s talk about the clock starts ticking on Friday so the election has to be done within the next 12 months.
To help guide you through it, here’s an overview of the issue.
It’s not that all Conservatives are opposed to proportional representation. Senator Hugh Segal is onside and Conservative MPs Peter Braid, Stephen Woodworth and Scott Reid have presented Fair Vote Canada petitions to the House of Commons on behalf of their constituents.
Even Stephen Harper complained about our electoral system in a 1996 essay entitled “Our Benign Dictatorship” he co-authored
Stephen Harper and Rob Anders
……….as Tories take a dive in the polls and the chances of re-election in 2015 — especially with another majority — grow dimmer, the cracks are beginning to show. The latest comes in the form of a nomination challenge to Calgary MP Rob Anders by a group of more centrist Conservatives.
Read more here.
Crappy New Year 2014: Canada’s economy in the shitter
Yes, it’s the economy, stupid! As of January 2014, the Canadian economy continues to be shite, swirling down the toilet. The Harper Conservatives are flushing our country down the drain.
When I say “the economy”, I mean the real, boots-on-the-street, money-in-your-pocket economy, job market and standard of living, not the abstract, pie-in-the-sky “economy” that’s measured in charts and graphs that reduce the concept of economic health to little more than GDP and corporate profits.
It’s infuriating that so many in the media – even those who are usually critical of the (Read more…)
News roundup: November 30, 2013
Here are a few thoughts about recent Canadian political stories (in no particular order).
Liberal spin on the Toronto Centre by-election
Justin Trudeau and the federal Liberals have been falsely claiming they ran a wholly positive campaign in the Toronto Centre by-election, and that this is why they beat the “angry” and “negative” New Democratic Party (NDP).
First, the Liberals did go negative during that campaign, including distributing a flyer that was a personal attack against NDP leader Tom Mulcair. When called on it, the dishonest Liberals cynically claimed that the personal attack was not (Read more…)
It’s not really about the crack, or at least it’s not all about the crack. The crack-centred Rob Ford jokes, skits, songs and Internet memes certainly have been entertaining, but Ford’s recent crack use is but one of the many reasons he is hopelessly unqualified to be mayor of the largest city in Canada.
It’s about the lying, the cover-ups, the hypocrisy, the unpunished crimes, the nepotism, the football charity bribe scheme, the blatant disregard for the rules, the pilfering of expensive government resources for personal benefit, the bigotry and discrimination, the bullying, the back-room deals, the promise-breaking, the unexplained (Read more…)
The average Canadian can be forgiven for not being able to follow all of the bouncing balls being bunted about in the PMO playHouse as Stephen Harper fancies himself the prime mimicker of everything decent and upstanding while failing to keep his senate scandal stories straight from one day to the next. Absolute control corrupts absolutely (to bastardize an old cliché).
Last week, CBC/The National’s Peter Mansbridge summarized some of the history quite well in this video clip, in case you need to refresh your memory or catch up on the sordid affair. Caution: may leave a bad aftertaste, (Read more…)
Stephen Harper has faced many a scandal before, and has weathered each one. In the lead up to the 2011 election, it seemed like something new popped up each day – there was Bev Oda’s orange juice and trouble with “nots”, Bruce Carson’s fraud charges and escorts, Jason Kenney’s use of government resources to target “very ethnic” voters, “in and out”, and a historic contempt of parliament vote.
The end result was a majority government.
So it’s premature to say what impact, if any, the Mike Duffy Senate brouhaha will have on Harper’s re-election hopes.
While scandals befalling the Harper (Read more…)
I’m sick of reading and hearing people say things like “It’s not fair to suspend those senators without pay, without conducting a full investigation and giving them their day it court.”
The dishonourable Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau have already been proven guilty of embezzling from the Canadian taxpayers and of abusing the public trust. They have already been proven to not live in the houses they claimed as primary residences. In the cases of Duffy and Wallin, they have already been proven to not even live in the provinces that Harper appointed them to represent.
In (Read more…)
Check out Common Ground, and add your voice to protect the Pickering Lands and say no to Flaherty’s Folly International Airport.
The Conservative government in Canada wants to convert over 13,000 acres of prime farm land into an international airport (one that’s not needed) and for undisclosed industrial use.
While Common Ground is an initiative of the Ontario Liberal Party, you do not need to be a Liberal or an Ontarian to lend your voice to this important policy proposal.
The text of the proposal is as follows:
WHEREAS the designated lands for development constitute prime Class 1 farmland (Read more…)
. . . → Read More: The Progressive Right: Protect the Pickering Lands #onpoli #cdnpoli #NoPickeringAirport
Whenever a new study or article comes out proving that the Canadian job market, compensation packages and standard of living are dwindling for most workers — especially young Canadians — the knee-jerk response from right-wing reactionaries is to sputter: ” Move to Alberta!” or “Go into the trades!” or “Go into the trades in Alberta!”
First, this is not a national economic plan. They are simplistic sermons by simple-minded blowhards who won’t let their ignorance hold them back from scolding others.
Second, many Canadians from across Canada have already taken those paths or are in the (Read more…)
I downloaded this image from Facebook. It perfectly sums up what Canadians are experiencing under the disgraced Harper Conservative government. The traitorous scum are slowly destroying Canada bit by bit, scandal by scandal, crime by crime, sell-off by sell-off, treason by treason. They are deliberately trying to wear us down until we stop caring that our country is being sucked dry by parasitic sociopaths. Do not give them the satisfaction.
Obviously, as you know, it is very clear by all objective measures that:
The Harper Conservatives are the most scandal-ridden government in Canadian history.
The Harper Conservatives are the most (Read more…)
More polls to talk about today. First, two-thirds of Canadians who were polled disapprove of Prime Minister proroguing Parliament in Sept and waiting until late October to reconvene Parliament.
As I said in my blogpost just the other day, this is probably the most “conventional” use of proroguing Parliament (or intending to prorogue, as he hasnt formally asked for it yet) that Harper has done while in government, and it’s ironic that on the more conventional type of prorogue, Harper’s getting massive disapproval of his intent to use it again.. but I guess that’s what you get when you abuse (Read more…)
Stephen Harper, Benign Dictator Gallery 3: Man of the people
This week, somebody posted an old quote by Stephen Harper (Canada’s worst prime minister) calling our country a “benign dictatorship”. That – combined with seeing Harper’s ridiculous staged photos from his northern propaganda tour – inspired me to put together a small sample of Harper in his some of his best dictator poses. There are pictures of Harper pointing at things, Harper waving at his photographer, Harper pretending to be in the military, Harper getting saluted, Harper hanging out with kids, and other fake scenes that would make Kim (Read more…)
Stephen Harper, Benign Dictator Gallery 2: Pretending to be in the military + being saluted
This week, somebody posted an old quote by Stephen Harper (Canada’s worst prime minister) calling our country a “benign dictatorship”. That – combined with seeing Harper’s ridiculous staged photos from his northern propaganda tour – inspired me to put together a small sample of Harper in his some of his best dictator poses. There are pictures of Harper pointing at things, Harper waving at his photographer, Harper pretending to be in the military, Harper getting saluted, Harper hanging out with kids, and other fake (Read more…)
Stephen Harper, Benign Dictator Gallery 1: Waving, pointing and staring
This week, somebody posted an old quote by Stephen Harper (Canada’s worst prime minister) calling our country a “benign dictatorship”. That – combined with seeing Harper’s ridiculous staged photos from his northern propaganda tour – inspired me to put together a small sample of Harper in his some of his best dictator poses.
There are pictures of Harper pointing or staring at imaginary objects, Harper waving at his photographer, Harper pretending to be in the military, Harper getting saluted, Harper hanging out with kids, and other fake scenes that (Read more…)