Peace, order and good government, eh?: Tax Cuts Come With A Price

Tax-filing season, everybody’s favourite time of year, is once again upon us in Canada. It’s that time of year that we get to see just how much of our money our provincial and federal governments are taking to spend on seemingly wasteful things that nobody is supposed to care about. It’s also the perfect time ...

Election Fraud

If there is one thing that the Conservative Party is thoroughly competent at doing, it is providing precise tactical spin to every move it makes and to every reply flung back to the Opposition. For that purpose alone, it has assembled hundreds and hundreds of communications specialists that work for the party. Under the leadership ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: What does Stephen Harper know that American intelligence agencies don’t?

Our prime minister’s concern regarding the Iranian threat to world peace has gotten a fair amount of attention in recent weeks. Stephen Harper insists both that Iran is definitely attempting to develop nuclear weapons and that the Iranians are fanatics who would use those weapons without hesitation. On the former, and despite what you’ll hear ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Inciting hysteria

The Vancouver Sun has a report on the reaction to our prime minister’s recent statements regarding Iran from an Iranian expatriate named Trita Parsi who is head of the “Washington-based National Iranian American Council.” A prominent Iranian expert says Prime Minister Stephen Harper is inciting “hysteria” with his comments about Iran and increasing the odds ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Not an auspicious beginning

Today’s Crown First Nations Gathering was supposed to be historic. It would mark the first occasion since he became prime minister in 2006 that Stephen Harper would meet with First Nations leaders. So there was quite a bit of negative publicity when it was learned that Harper intended to leave the summit early. In order ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Is Harper now running for the GOP nomination?

For all that the recent IAEA report on Iran dragged evidence out of the trash bin that had previously been found to be too unreliable to take seriously, it still stopped short of stating definitively that Iran has an active nuclear weapons program. Recent reports from the combined intelligence agencies of the United States have ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Today in WTF? moments

With Libyan liberation, a political victory for Harper Stephen Harper’s first war victory was clinched in a few sudden hours when Moammar Gadhafi was captured and killed and his last bastion of Sirte fell. Excuse me? The countries in the most powerful military alliance on the planet combined forces to defeat a single, relatively minor ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Taking care of business

The Financial Post is pleased to report that Suncor Energy Inc., along with other oil companies, is preparing to return to the Libyan oil fields. After six months of intense fighting that shut down oil-production facilities and forced massive evacuations of expatriate oil workers, Libya’s future as a place to do business brightened dramatically as ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Canada’s back!

Apparently we have a prime minister who will literally lock himself in the nearest bathroom when he doesn’t get his way. I suppose that’s marginally better than holding his breath ’til he turns blue. And it might help explain why he went missing for that G20 photo op a couple of years back. And to ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: Simple Answers to Simple Questions

This could also be titled: Can’t anybody here play this game? There’s a post up at Let Freedom Rain based on a media story announcing the intention of the Liberal Party to adopt the Conservative tactic of running ads, and particularly negative ads, outside of election campaigns. Towards the end of the post, the blogger ...

Peace, order and good government, eh?: A matter of national security

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Canada is on the verge of imposing sanctions on Syria. Since the Americans, along with the EU, have already moved in that direction it’s only natural that the Harper Government™ would tag along. But I thought this part of the report was interesting: John Baird, the new Minister ...