Monday, August 03, 2015

Having It His Way

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Yesterday, Stephen Harper said that he was forced to begin his seventy-seven day election campaign because the other parties had started campaigning early. And, he said, parties should pay for campaigns themselves. It's truly remarkable that he can say this kind of stuff with a straight face. Michael Harris writes:

Reality check? His own re-election campaign, using public money, began in 2011. The early election call will add millions of dollars to the $375 million that a 37-day campaign would have cost — and the taxpayer will be paying for all of it. Harper just wants to suck a ton more public money into the whole exercise, not less.

This PM is incapable of getting it out straight. Has he forgotten about that cuddly picture of Pierre Poilievre staring down at all those government cheques as though he were gazing at his first born?

Clearly, Harper believes that, if he keeps piling it higher and deeper people won't be able to see his record. He knows that, if Canadians look at his record, he'll be hiring a moving van on October 20th. Harris repeats a message he has been delivering for a long time:

Let me say it again. The moment any of the MSM, including the CBC, begin to seriously deal with the true Harper legacy, that is the beginning of the end of his decade-long debacle of corruption, deceit, and institutional destruction.

Institutional destruction, yes. The Law Reform Commission, the Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, the Long Form Census, the Canadian Wheat Board, First Ministers’ meetings, rural mail delivery, and the Office of the Inspector General at the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service. All gone.

There is the phoney reputation for fiscal stewardship, when the reality is a $200-billion increase in Canada’s national debt since 2006. Everything is a shell game with these political carnies, from fake balanced budgets to obscene public expenditures for the empty Economic Action Plan. It was neither action nor a plan – just partisan propaganda on the public dime.

There is the dubious distinction of owning the worst climate change record in the industrialized world, including failing grades from former Environment Commissioner Scott Vaughan.

The prime minister has always claimed that he's a steady hand at the tiller. The truth is that he has systematically set out to destroy parliamentary democracy in this country.  He obfuscates the real story by telling whoppers -- like the ones he told yesterday.

Burger King tells us we can have things our way. Stephen Harper wants to have things his way.


12 comments:

Kirby Evans said...

Thanks for posting that one. That's one of the best articles I have read on Harper in a long time.

zoombats said...

Hi Owen. Thanks for the Harris link. The point about the CBC is well taken as with all the MSM but I can't help feeling a bit confused by the whole situation. The CBC has been burdened by funding cuts forever if my recollection is right and fear of losing one's job is a very real thing. I have to believe that those fears area prevalent under this Government that continues to use it as a tool effectively. That being said, when you throw a handful Con Perps into the boardroom well, you get the idea. It is hard for me to imagine the demise of the CBC but stranger things have happened. Here at my retreat on Georgian Bay I was waiting for the broadcast (CBC) at ten o'clock to hear Harper take questions from the media. You can imagine my shock and disgust at hearing only elementary french, translated of course, only to have Rosemary Barton talk over his english address. Needless to say I couldn't get a strong internet signal quick enough to hear his lies. If we ,as an electorate can't get our news from CBC over the rabbit ears as we always did, we can't even rely on the radio anymore. what we might think of as apathy might really be a uninformed electorate.

Owen Gray said...

Harper has worked very hard to keep the electorate uninformed, zoombats. He knows that, if he funds the CBC on a shoestring, they'll do his bidding. He corrupts every institution he touches. If he can't corrupt it, he destroys it.

Owen Gray said...

Harris is a superb journalist, Kirby. And he documents everything.

Pamela Mac Neil said...

Harper really thinks Owen that he can rewrite reality. He thinks people will believe his lies, just because he's saying them, not the reality that says other wise. His invitation only campaigning means he can lie to his hearts content and no one will call him on it.He's not only offensive but I find him to be down right creepy.

Owen Gray said...

In a recent interview on TVOntario, Pam, Harris called Harper "amoral." Mr. Harper recognizes no code except his own. He's a dangerous man.

Anonymous said...

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Steve said...

Nicly said Owen. I cant bother to look, but imagine the size of goverment has also balloned, just the priorties have shifted from Canada to Isreal and Ukraine.

Owen Gray said...

Harper claims that smaller government is less intrusive, Steve. Bill C-51 puts that myth to rest. What smaller government really means is that the wealthy don't have to pay their fair share.

Owen Gray said...

When Sid Vicious sings "My Way," Anon, you see the real Stephen Harper.

Mogs Moglio said...

"...decade-long debacle of corruption, deceit, and institutional destruction..."

I beg to differ it was a life long debacle and that's why he got hired...

Crooks love other crooks that are willing to serve them.

Owen Gray said...

This kind of behaviour is nothing new for Harper, Mogs.