Posts Tagged ‘Harper’

Quote of the week…

Friday, February 19th, 2016

… from the Guardian:

Stephen Harper, Canada’s former prime minister, was a vacuous, anodyne nothing, as magnetic on the public stage as the podium he spoke from. His occasional efforts to ingratiate himself to younger voters – or rather the efforts of his staff to make their boss seem plausibly nonrobotic – ranged from dismal to pathetic, such as a kitty-petting photoshoot so unconvincing that you fear for the safety of the cat.

Brilliant.

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The only real downer over my holidays…

Friday, August 7th, 2015

…was when my 8 year old son asked who else has been Prime Minister in his lifetime.

And we had to say that Harper has been the only one.

My wife and I want our son- and two other kids- to have a Prime Minister that cares more about this country and its people than the sheer and cynical acquisition and retention of power.

It is time for a change.

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How long till Harper is unemployed, you ask?

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

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The CPC, liars since 2006…

Friday, July 31st, 2015

Yeah, forget about the Parliamentary Budget Office saying that we are already in deficit.

Like, what do they know?

The Harper Reform Party – lying comes so naturally to them.

  

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Harper is talking about our recession…

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

… er, economic downturn in front of a crowd of Grade fivers because…

– They are only a few years younger than the PMO short pant staffers who set up this photo-op, so could talk about cool stuff common to them in between takes…

– He has found a group of economic advisors with better insights into the Canadian economy than the Finance Minister.

– In true conservative fashion, they dodged labour laws by having to pay the stand-ins only a few freezies for their time,

– Just for kicks, the PMO opted for a background of bored kids as opposed to the usual background of bored adults.

Bottom line – they may want to think twice before making an economic announcement in front of a bunch of kids next time. Maybe talk about your foreign policy objectives… those are pretty much at the 10-year-old level…

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Harper is pandering to the victims of communism…

Friday, May 29th, 2015

… in fighting tooth and nail to have it located in one of the most iconic spaces in the Parliamentary Precinct.

That is obvious and typical Harper.

And City Council thought they should have at least been consulted about this. After all, the proposed redevelopment of Tunney’s Pasture and the old Rockcliffe air base have been through a very thorough consultation with Council and with local residents. So why not this memorial?

So I say kudos to Councillor Nussbaum and those others who supported his motion to ask the feds to move it somewhere else. Yes, Ottawa is a weird jurisdictional arrangement where so many levels of government have jurisdiction over so many aspects of our built and natural spaces. And yes, the City is risking pissing off the Cons and perhaps risking retribution down the line (hopefully, there will a new government this fall who will take another look at the location of this ugly behemoth). But it was the right thing to at least symbolically opposes this heavy-handed move by the CPC.

Too bad that the vote wasn’t unanimous and 6 Councillors (Councillors S. Moffatt, M. Qaqish, R. Chiarelli, A. Hubley, J. Mitic and G. Darouze) perhaps chose to put their political allegiances ahead of what would be best for the City. That’s too bad since a united voice may have been noticed a bit more.

Wait. What am I saying?

This government doesn’t listen to advice from anyone unless it serves their political ends. So I guess we shouldn’t be all that surprised, right?

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The NRA folks must be smilin’…

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

… as Harper seems to be moving toward an American style position on gun ownership rights.

Now, not only are Canadians being told that there are terrorists around every corner, but armed criminals are just waiting for us at our country homes and cottages.

Scary country, Harper’s Canada!

Harper’s comments are being promoted by the Conservatives’ election campaign manager, who says she is “proud” of how Harper said gun ownership is “important for safety for those of us who live a ways from immediate police assistance.”

I’m personally not against gun ownership. But I am very much for a highly regulated environment. This is something we currently have and the main reason why we haven’t seen the gun violence in Canada that is so prevalent south of the border.

Of course, confrontation and hostility have become the touchstones for the Harperites… Lawrence Martin:

It’s hard to recall another time when we have witnessed such a flame-throwing approach to politics, policy and Parliament. Too often, the governing party resembles a band of belligerents rather than sage public servants. How many fights do they want to pick? Are they not concerned about the impact on the country’s social fabric, the dangers of pitting one Canadian against another?

Other governments had men at the top who served as voices of reason or restraint – think of Don Mazankowski in Brian Mulroney’s government, or John Manley under Jean Chrétien. Mr. Harper has no such force of measured resistance in his office or cabinet, no one to keep his harder-edged ideological impulses in check.

Provocations at home have also been coupled with provocations abroad. Last week, James Bezan, parliamentary secretary to Defence Minister Jason Kenney, raised the ante with Russia, claiming that our navy was “confronted” by Russian warships and “buzzed” by fighter jets in the Black Sea.

NATO officials said this was nonsense – that Russian vessels remained far off and that there was no buzzing.

How support for the ReformCons remains at the level it is at is beyond me. I really believed that Canadians would see through the politics of hate and cynicism… but maybe I’m wrong. 

 One hope – Duffy.  The other – Justin Trudeau.

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Does anyone doubt an early election now?

Monday, January 5th, 2015

First, this morning, with the ouster of the Burglar of National Defense, Harper was clearly wiping the table of any “nuisance” that may dog him during the campaign.

Now, it comes to light that Harper will deign to meet the Premier of Canada’s largest province before the junior hockey game tonight; thus deflecting criticism that he has put partisanism ahead of a harmonious relationship between the two levels of government.

The Budget will come down. Harper will pronounce that Parliament has become unworkable (how he’ll make this claim will be interesting as he has a majority). Or, and more likely, he’ll use the falling oil prices and the looming (and made-up) economic crisis as a reason to seek a fresh mandate early.

One way or another, Steve will get this nasty election business out of the way before the Duffy trial is well underway and before massive layoffs in the oil-patch hit home.

You can bet on it.

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Harper’s politics of cynicism….

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

… and an empty shelf in the pantry where “ethics” used to be…

Wandering around the Interweb, I found this cutting piece that brilliantly sums up the CPC modus operandi as follows:

The Harper Government is a public relations oriented government. The machine seems to operate in the following manner; get the youngsters in the party to operate unethically, send their manufactured news tips to a media organization filled to the brim with ideological allies, then raise money from your base while pretending you had nothing to do with how the information was unearthed. The strategy would be brilliant if it was not so painfully and obviously orchestrated.

This is the culture of the Harper Government, a government on the verge of expiry, following in the footsteps of past government who drowned in their own sense of entitlement. What Trevor Stack and Alexandra Constandinidis may not realize is they are not helping their party long term. We still do not know if they acted independently or through the encouragement of the powerful ministers and MPs they work for directly, but in either case one thing remains clear: ethics in the Harper Government is in short order, and while these examples are undertaken by the kiddies in short pants working for what used to be public servants, the real first domino of dirty politics has long been the influence coming directly from 24 Sussex Drive.

For years on these pages I have called Harper’s style the “politics of cynicism”. I was wrong, or at least I am now. It’s not cynicism but a cold and well-calculated approach to gain votes strategically and without care for standards – moral or political.

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2014 is the Chinese year of the horse. Does this mean I should blow a bundle at the track?

Monday, December 30th, 2013

I don’t often “recycle” posts. Yes, I am lazy, but what’s the point of a blog if you just re-post old stuff?

But I thought that I’d dig up last years “Resolutions” post to see how I made out and to add any new stuff. Turns out it was a bit (OK, a lot) of a gag post, but no matter.

Reintroducing…

Resolutions for 2013 2014!!!…

… Before I have a second glass of Pinot Noir…

– not be as critical of our Dear Leader and encourage all my friends to cut he and his Cabinet some slack. They’re trying really darned hard

12 months later – hmmm… kind of a #fail on this one. But who can blame me! What with the whole Duffy/Wright thing, the ongoing del Mastro thing, the demonization of JT and the killer weed thing,… lotsa things, eh?

– not ridicule Tea Baggers and their ilk who are found south of the border. They think differently from me, but that’s OK.

Well, it’s NOT OK. They are as worthy of ridicule and disdain in 2014 as they were in 2013. Carry on.

– accept that religious arm-flappers may have a point. Hey! What do I know! Maybe there is a big bearded dude in the sky and some old guy with a big boat gathered up all the animals in a storm (except for the unicorns)

#Fail on this one too. I still don’t understand why the unicorns would have been left behind. And the dinosaurs? Why doesn’t anyone think of the DINOSAURS??? There’s a 99,9% probability that I will exit 2014 as I entered it – as an atheist. And if I’m wrong, may St. Unicorn strike Ezra Levant dead…

– understand that guns have a place the 21st century America. And perhaps we in Canada should have one of those Second Amendment things

I’m not making light of this one. After Newtown, this proud and happy father cannot simply swipe this away with a pithy remark. I don’t “get” the NRA. I don’t “get” gun rights advocates who, in spite of the evidence, continue to insist that killing devices like automatic weapons have a place in American communities. Maybe I need to be an American to understand, but from what I see, there are lots of Americans who don’t “get” it either.

Here is the link to a Slate post with some VERY sobering stats.

Wake up, America. You are killing your children.

– add Tim Hudak as a friend on Facebook

LOL! LMAO! ROTFL! Did I REALLY write that?????

But hey! Timmy is best defense that the Grits and Dippers have at Queen’s park to ensure that there will not be a OPC government in 2014!!

– and Rob Ford too

Man. I don’t know where to start with this one. I really don’t. So I’ll just leave it.

– swear off red wine, beer and single malt scotch forever

From a health perspective, this would have been a good idea… maybe this year… nawwwwww…

– give up meat

From a health perspective, this would have been a good idea… maybe this year… nawwwwww…

Wait.

Ah.

It’s JANUARY 1 and not APRIL 1!

Sorry.

Happy New Year!

THREE additions for 2014!

Alrighty, then…

And I’m dead serious with these ones…

– I’m going to get fit next year. I really am. I gave up smoking almost ten years ago, so surely I can change my semi-sedentary lifestyle, eat a bit better, etc. I’m 51 now and need to take this shit more seriously… else, I may one day not be around to write resolutions for the following year…

– I’m going to spend more time thinking about my direction in life in general. Overall (except for the fitness thing), I’m a pretty happy guy. But do I want to be doing 5 years hence what I am doing today? I dunno. Maybe a change in workplace would be wise. Maybe not.
Should I run for Trustee again? I don’t know. I do want to get back into local politics, but I’m not sure I want to spend a couple of months canvassing only to lose again due to low turnout and the incumbent’s name recognition advantage. However, I am still very disappointed with her complete lack of engagement with her community. I’ll need to decide on this fairly soon..

– I will continue to work my ass off to be a good husband, father and member of the community. It’s not always easy, but it is most definitely worth the effort.

May 2014 be filled with health, happiness and peace for you and those you care about.

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