It still takes my breath away. This country so big and so beautiful. And on this Thanksgiving Day, even in Harperland, I have so many reasons to be thankful.A roof over my head and enough food to eat. A great companion, a loving family, friends who keep me grounded and make me laugh. Readers who encourage and support me so much.The simple pleasures of life in Canada…Read more »
It's been pretty grey and wet where I live. It gets dark before you know it. Soon it will be winter in Harperland. In all its grim horror.But on the positive side I have a few days off, so I can take a short break from blogging, recharge my batteries, and try to figure out where the hell we're going eh?Because on the gloomiest days I can't help feeling that progressives might be drifting towards disaster.Read more »
One of the reasons we find ourselves living in the sinister darkness of Harperland, is because too many Canadians know nothing about the tortured career or weird nature of the man who would change this country beyond recognition. But would do it in such a shadowy, stealthy, incremental manner that many would not notice what was happening until it was too late. Like the proverbial frog in the pot, who thought it was having a warm bath and ended up getting cooked.So I'm glad that Mark Kennedy has written a series of stories on Stephen Harper's life, his rise to absolute power, and the devastating damage he's doing to Canada. (Read more…)
The Guardian has done an excellent and vital job digesting the U.S. National Security Agency PRISM data leaked by Edward Snowden. A good deal of it had come out, in part, in dribs and drabs but it was the British newspaper that put it all together in chilling context.
It’s partly a warning about our governments spying on us and why. It’s also a warning of what they might have in mind for us in the future. They foresee unrest and potential upheaval in the future from climate change impacts. Theirs is a world in (Read more…)
I've never seen a summer like this one. So grey, so cold, so ominous. And as it turns out so Harperland eh?For more proof today that if Great Ugly Leader has his way we'll all end up living in perpetual darkness. Read more »
Lawrence Martin has admitted that the title for his latest book was inspired by Rick Pearlstein’s examination of the Nixon administration. However, Martin writes, Harperland is not Nixonland — at least not yet:
Harperland is not in a league with Nixonland, certainly not on the basis of what we know now. But that doesn’t mean that the abuse of power by this government is not of an extraordinary nature. It doesn’t mean that there aren’t shadings of character and behaviour that are similar to Nixon’s.
There’s been a siege mentality at work here that calls to mind those times. (Read more…)
Sometimes these days I feel like a guy in a boat who can see a massive thunderstorm bearing down on him.But can't row fast enough to escape it. Can't shake the feeling that Mother Nature is angry, and that we're on the verge of a cataclysm. Read more »
Two years ago I first told you the story of Far Enough Farm, the beautiful little hobby farm on the Toronto Islands. A gentle story book place if ever there was one.
I told you how the brutish Con ogre Rob Ford was trying to destroy it for no good reason.
And how I was worried that some of the humble animals that live there might have to put down if the farm was shut down, because nobody would want them. Read more »
One of the worst things about living in Stephen Harper's monstrous Canada, is having to spend so much time writing about the crimes of the Con regime.The vile acts, the ugliness, the cruelty, the barbarism of that bestial cult that is slowly killing our country. Instead of being able to write about the more beautiful things, the good people, and the great Canadian stories that inspire me, and make our country worth saving.Read more »
When I woke up today, the sky was blue, the sun was shining, and for a moment I thought that Spring had arrived in Harperland. Finally !!!!!But then I stepped outside, realized that it was still horribly cold eh? And my day went rapidly down hill.Before I could even finish my first coffee, it was Sean, my very good and very NDP friend, on the phone and very angry: "Since when did YOU become a LIBERAL?" #@!!!Read more »
It seemed like just another day in the Great Frozen North.A day when Canada looked liked it always does at this time of the year. But then I remembered it wasn't just another day. It was the seventh anniversary of the day Stephen Harper and his Cons came to power. The day of infamy, when everything changed, and the Canada I knew and loved started getting old and dying.Read more »
A couple of my friends came over this evening to watch the Habs-Leafs game on my big screen TV. And they were surprised to find out that I hadn't been planning to watch it, until they turned up.And that I wasn't the least bit excited that the season had finally started.Read more »
Golly. It's hard to believe that the horrible year of 2012 in Harperland is finally almost over.And that I'm still standing. For if on this day in 2010 I wrote this:It was the worst of years. The year when the crazed tyrant Stephen Harper ripped a giant hole in the fabric of Canada, chewed on its heart and its liver, and lied through his bloody teeth.This year was even WORSE. Read more »
As I write this they have started voting on the Godzilla Budget in the House of Commons, and what a horror show it is. The ghastly good ol' boys from the Reform Party whooping it up as they bury our democracy. Again.Read more »
I was on my way to catch the ferry the other day, when I came across this seagull perched majestically on a pole, looking like it knew the answer to everything.So I said "Seagull, explain me this; how can something as horrible as Harperland happen in a place as beautiful as Canada?"And the wise old bird, with the beady yellow eyes, replied: "It's a long story, nobody cares, and I don't either." And flew off.Read more »
Harper LabourMin Lisa Raitt apparently got into it with disgruntled Air Canada employees last night at Toronto airport. Three Air Canada employees apparently greeted Raitt with a round of slow-clapping, saying “Great Job.”
Raitt reportedly took exception and asked that the RCMP “arrest these animals.“ Then again, they were union members, and in HarperLand that’s more than enough to be deemed anti-Canadian.
Why, I’m shocked, simply shocked, I tell you, to discover that Conservatives would employ a flagrant double-standard when it comes to the matter of… well, anything.
Of course, in this particular instance the root of the problem is that the Conservatives’ original objection to not having ministerial staffers testify before investigative parliamentary committees was nothing but a self-serving evasion of public scrutiny that could have been potentially embarrassing. Now the tables have been turned however, all their righteously indignant protestations in former times are expediently tossed overboard and clearly shown as having been completely without merit in the first instance.
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A Montreal woman, Chantal Dupuis took it upon herself to write the Queen, asking her to fire ol’ Stevie Spiteful and his government. Hell, why not? If as all these monarchist cheerleaders so love to shove down our throats, she’s the “Queen of Canada”, why shouldn’t she earn her keep? Besides, if one . . . → Read More: But I Bet She Woulda Fired Michaelle Jean If She Hadn’t Have Allowed Stevie To Prorogue in 2008/09
The historian Garry Wills once observed that Richard Nixon wanted to be president not to govern the nation but to undermine the government. The Nixon presidency was one long counterinsurgency campaign against key American institutions like the courts, the FBI, the state department and the CIA. Harper has the same basic approach to politics: attack not just political foes but the very institutions that make governing possible. The state for Nixon and Harper exists not as an instrument of policy making but as an alien force to be subdued.
If it’s not the media, or the courts, or the Senate,
. . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Not a Good Time for Stephen Harper to be Compared to Richard Nixon
Emily Dee points out the sickening reality of living in Fatherland. The rich are getting richer, the middle class is being crunched and the poor, well they just keep getting poorer.
We don’t really need statistics to tell us that we are worse off today then we were five years ago.
Household debt is at a record high. Income disparity is rising faster that many developed countries.
There was an excellent Globe editorial by Gerald Caplan focusing on how Harper has changed Canada in today’s paper. Give it a read. It’s good to remind ourselves what progressives are fighting for (and against). Near the end of the piece Caplan mentions an interview on CBC’s The Sunday Edition (some of the best CBC [...]
It’s official, Daniel Paille has won the Bloc Quebecois leadership with a little over 61% on the second ballot (they used a preferential voting system). Ahuntsic MP, Maria Mourani came in second and Haute-Gaspésie—La Mitis—Matane—Matapedia’s rookie MP, Jean-Francois Fortin came in third and was knocked off the second round.
I contend that this . . . → Read More: Barely Five Minutes After He Was Announced Leader of The Bloc Quebecois, Daniel Paille is Out of The Starting Gate
An open letter to ol’ Chrissie Paradis, Harpercon MP for Megantic-L’Erable, which a fellow Montreal blogger, Michel from Chronicles of a Pure Laine graciously translated over at his site. I couldn’t have put my chagrin and embarrassment much better than that. Merci Michel de l’avoir partage et de l’avoir traduire cette lettre pour . . . → Read More: My Sentiments Exactly, However, Michel, We’re Not in Canada Anymore, This is Harperland, Now
This week in the Winnipeg Sun, a column by Tom Brodbeck; Hooligan Harper haters: Crime bill protestors partisan hypocrites, irked me on many levels.
From the eye rolling “Harper haters” that’s been done to death, to the notion of opposition to Bill C-10, being a partisan issue.
I contacted Mr. Brodbeck and asked if he had actually spoken with any of the protesters. He dismisses anyone who challenges this government’s policies, as simple “Harper haters”, without asking those protesting how they actually feel about Mr. Harper. Why is it that when Liberal governments bring in tougher sanctions for serious
. . . → Read More: Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Hooligans and How the Cultural Left Can Beat the Political Right