Now that the Auditor General has confirmed the figures which Kevin Page made public over a year ago, and now that Elections Canada has confirmed that it has received reports of election fraud in 200 of this country's 308 ridings, it might be worthwhile recalling that the roots of Stephen Harper's party go back much further than Preston Manning or Bible Bill Aberhart.
The real spiritual godfather of the Reform Party was Frederich Nietzsche, who wrote in The Will To Power: "The great majority of men have no right to existence, but are a misfortune to higher men."
In his book, Whose Country Is It, Anyway? Dalton Camp wrote that Nietzsche's axiom
is a codicil for the comfortable, for the affluent and the obscenely rich in our time, as it was the inspiration for fascism earlier in the century. The new order is not without its coterie of apologists and intellectual dandies. Indeed, it even has a political party of its own, called -- irony of ironies -- the "Reform" Party.
Back in 2004, Joe Clark warned that The Harper Party was, "a dangerous choice for voters." And two months before the last election, Robert Kennedy, Jr wrote that:
Harper, often referred to as "George W. Bush's Mini Me," is known for having mounted a Bush like war on government scientists, data collectors, transparency, and enlightenment in general. He is a wizard of all the familiar tools of demagoguery; false patriotism, bigotry, fear, selfishness and belligerent religiosity.
Harper's attempts to make lying legal on Canadian television is a stark admission that right wing political ideology can only dominate national debate through dishonest propaganda. Since corporate profit-taking is not an attractive vessel for populism, a political party or broadcast network that makes itself the tool of corporate and financial elites must lie to make its agenda popular with the public.
When Stephen Harper was found in contempt of Parliament -- and Canadians had a chance to do something about it -- they chose to give him a majority government. As the man said, "Cheat me once, you're stupid. Cheat me twice. . ." Well, you know the rest.