Many hours after I first saw it, I am still haunted by this photo of that poor little Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach. And by the knowledge that his refugee family begged the ghastly Chris Alexander to let them emigrate to Canada. But got absolutely nowhere. But while I'm disgusted I'm not really surprised. For Alexander, like all the other Cons, are just cowardly stooges of their depraved master. And Stephen Harper would rather talk about WAR.
Stephen Harper stood in the middle of a too-small-for-the-crowd hotel meeting room in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and tapped the notes on the lectern in front of him in time with his words. "Canada is not immune to jihadist terrorism," he said. "Two [tap] brave soldiers [tap] dead [tap] on our own [tap] soil [tap]." For crass political purposes.
"If you cannot even bring yourself to call jihadist terrorism what it is, then you cannot be trusted to confront it, and you cannot be trusted to keep Canadians safe from it." At this, Harper received his most enthusiastic response from the crowd, which erupted into an ovation and calls of "Four more years. Four more years." To pleasure his rabid base, and his own monstrous instincts...
And try to scare Canadians into voting for him, because fear is all he has left. Even though he himself admits our puny for show war is faltering. Even though everybody knows that religious conflict will only be settled by the ground forces of those who live in that region. And even though it was the insanity of war that caused this human catastrophe in the first place. The criminal invasion of Iraq, that he supported, is what led to the rise of ISIS. And the bombing of Libya helped turn that country into a paradise for some of the world's most dangerous terrorist groups. And no safe haven for all those now seeking to escape to Europe. But what horrifies me the most about the criminal Con regime is the way they mock those who would act like Canadians and seek to help those desperate refugees. Like they do in this hideous attack ad aimed at Justin Trudeau...
But then again, why should we be surprised? When as Frances Russell points out this is a government that is really at war with Canada, its values and its democracy. They have trampled on virtually every tenet of British parliamentary democracy and hacked, slashed and abolished vital national programs, storied institutions and highly respected civil society organizations simply because they disagreed and disliked them.
On the international stage they have sullied Canada’s reputation as a one of the world’s most esteemed democracies by ignoring science in their pursuit of re-making Canada into a freewheeling sole-source hinterland to serve the global oil and gas industry regardless of the costs to the environment; appropriated big portions of Canada’s identity and institutions for their own political and electoral purposes and grafted American governmental forms onto Canada’s parliamentary democracy determined to twist it out of shape – and – all without the slightest consultation or regard for the sensibilities of many Canadians. This is a government that is philosophically and genuinely hostile to the nation and people it seeks to govern. And Russell is right about this too. As October 19 gets closer, Liberals and New Democrats should stop the petty blood feud they love to carry on over petty and marginal policy distinctions without genuine differences. Otherwise, Canadians will be subjected to another four years of a government determined to dismantle the Canada most Canadians know and cherish and hope to pass on to their children and grandchildren. Now is not the time to fight each other, now is the time to stand up for Canada. You know, I used to be so proud of this country, and its humble but noble role in the world. But if I has been on that Turkish beach, and had gently picked up that poor little child who never knew anything but war in his short life...
And if I had known that the Cons might have been able to save him and his brother and mother, but didn't even try. I would have wept with sorrow AND shame. I dream of a better Canada, and the day when we are free at last. But in the meantime, this is my army.
Those are my heroes who are standing up for my values. And Stephen Harper can keep his war, and shove the fear factor where the sun don't shine. Or keep it company in his closet...
Because he will never scare me. Unite to defeat that monster. And take back our Canada... Please click here to recommend this post at Progressive Bloggers.
As you may know, I absolutely despise Chris Alexander, the Con Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. The once promising young diplomat who sold his soul to Stephen Harper. And morphed into something monstrous like the ghastly portrait in the Picture of Dorian Gray. The kind of man who would deny health care to refugee claimants. And would do ANYTHING please his depraved master. Read more »
Well at least now we know why Stephen Harper was twisting himself into knot, or looking like he was auditioning for the Hunchback of Notre Dame, by refusing to even mention the dreaded 'R' word. So now that it's official, Canada is in a recession. He could continue to deny reality. Read more »
We still have to wait and see whether the Crown will lay charges against Pamela Wallin now that the RCMP has wrapped up its investigation. But already Stephen Harper is being asked questions about that other Senate scandal. And already, and as usual, he is changing his story. Read more »
The timing couldn't be worse. Just when Stephen Harper thought he had escaped the stench of the Duffy scandal, and could now focus all his efforts on posing as a Great Economist Leader. The economy is turning into a living nightmare. He's having to twist himself into a knot, or a Tim Hortons' kruller, to avoid using the word "recession." Read more »
I had been wondering where Jason Kenney had been hiding. But suddenly there he was on TV. Having apparently traded in his job as Defence Minister, to pose as a Finance Minister. With a new and flexible definition of the word recession. Read more »
It has been several days since the Harper regime suspended the federal scientist Tony Turner for writing and singing the song Harperman. And as expected it has triggered a debate over whether public servants can be political activists. And while some Cons claim they can't, and that they must remain loyal to their monstrous master. The Supreme Court settled that question twenty-four years ago. Read more »
Scott Walker is one of the most reactionary Republican candidates, a union basher, an anti-gay bigot, and a fascist if ever there was one. And now he's trying to out trump Donald Trump. For while Trump wants to build a wall along the U.S.- Mexico border, Walker thinks it might be a good idea to build a wall along the Canada-U.S. border. Read more »
It has to be the strangest election campaign I have ever known. In the condo jungle where I live it's hard to know one is even underway. There are no lawns, so there are no lawn signs. I have received only one pamphlet, from the local Con candidate. Which I quickly turned into a paper plane, and floated out of my window. In the fond hope that it might land on someone's head, and gently remind them that we are in a battle that will determine whether this country lives or dies. Read more »
It was a shocking and deeply disturbing sight. And it could only make Canadians wonder whether Stephen Harper was still mentally fit to be Prime Minister. For there he was today, trying to mock the size of Justin Trudeau's deficit. But only managing to look more crazy and more desperate. Read more »
If Stephen Harper thought he could get away with punishing the scientist Tony Turner for daring to write and and sing the song Harperman, he must be sorry now. For as I said yesterday it is an outrageous assault on freedom of expression. And as I predicted it has only made the song even more popular. Read more »
About two months ago I played this gentle, joyful song of resistance aimed at the depraved dictator Stephen Harper and his criminal Con regime. It was written and performed by Toby Turner a scientist at Environment Canada. And I thought it was great. I liked the music and the lyrics, especially the chorus. We want you gone (gone, gone) You and your pawn (pawn, pawns) No more con (con, cons) Time to move on (on, on) Get out of town (town, town ) Don’t want you round (round, round) Harperman, it’s time for you to go. So you can imagine how I felt when I read that Toby Turner has become the latest victim of that monstrous regime. Read more »
He is already the best protected Prime Minister in Canadian history. Wherever he goes he is surrounded by an army of RCMP bodyguards. His motorcade of sinister black vehicles is as big or bigger than Obama's secret service convoys. No ordinary Canadians can get anywhere near him. Only Con supporters who have been vetted by his office. But even that isn't enough to reassure our cowardly mad king. Read more »
It says something really horrible about Stephen Harper, that whenever he feels threatened he tries to scare Canadians. First he tried to scare them by claiming that the criminals were EVERYWHERE and that only he could save us by sending even more Canadians to jail. Even though the crime rate is at its lowest level in decades. Then he claimed that the terrorists were EVERYWHERE, and that only he could save us from being beheaded in our beds. Now he's showing his teeth again, and trying to scare Canadians with the Great Economic Menace. Read more »
The economy is teetering on the edge of disaster. The stock market is on a wild roller coaster ride. The loonie or Harper peso has fallen to its lowest level in eleven years. Thousands are losing their jobs. But Joe Oliver, the alleged Con FInance Minister, is nowhere to be seen. He has held no newsers, issued no reassuring statements to worried Canadians. He has been missing in action. And it seems the only Canadians he's willing to talk to are the rich old guys at private men's clubs. Read more »
These days you might get the impression that this election is all and only about the economy. The economy that Stephen Harper has helped drive into the ground. But today two very different Canadians sum up what it's really all about. Read more »
The Duffy trial has adjourned and won't get going again until after the election. So you might think that Stephen Harper would be letting out a giant sigh of relief. But sadly for him, the trial may be over. But as a new poll shows the damage has been done. Read more »
Well as you know Chicken Harper has changed his tune or his feathers. Now he isn't going around claiming people should vote for him because only he can save us from the terrorist menace. Or because our economy is so strong, and he's a Great Economist Leader. Now he's claiming we should vote for him because the economy is so weak, only he can save us. And playing cheap politics with the Governor of the Bank of Canada. Read more »
If you've never had the misfortune of sharing a room, or an elevator, with a member of Stephen Harper's PMO, you need to know some things: They wear the scent or the stench of their cult leader, like a dog happily wears the stench of rotting road kill. They swagger around like bullies drunk with power, but have fear in their eyes. As a young Kory Teneycke does in this old photo, for goodness knows what reason...
And most importantly, they check their blackberries about once every THIRTY seconds. So this claim by the former PMO hack Chris Woodcock couldn't be more outrageous. Read more »
Stephen Harper did something yesterday that he hasn't done before. He actually mentioned the name of Ray Novak. But even though Novak has now been shown to be at the heart of the Duffy scandal. Harper is still refusing to fire him. Read more »