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Happy By-Election Canada Day!

Today (June 30th) like many people I’m celebrating my Canada Holiday by sitting at home and enjoying a day off.

Where I work, it was a mutual decision between the employer and the workers to have a 3 day weekend rather than have everyone show up for Monday and then take Tuesday off. It’s a win-win case. The workers have a long weekend, and it makes it far easier for the employer to schedule production for the week.

A lot of other people will be celebrating tomorrow, which IS Canada Day, and some lucky buggers will get a 4 day weekend out of it.

I wish.

Depending on the type of business you’re in, starting up for one day of work is a huge pain in the keister. Shutting things down and restarting them on Wednesday eats up a chunk of productive time and the boss would rather not do that… and a three day weekend is nice.

So what kind of idiot would schedule anything important on June 30th?

Well Steve Harper for one. 4 by-elections are slated for today.

You have to wonder how many people will bother to show up to vote today, what with Canada Day being a semi fixed holiday so some people get the 30th, some get the 1st, and not to mention that this weekend marks the more or less official start to the summer so many people will have this week (and possibly more) booked off for vacation time. I know I did when I had the luxury of being able to book my time off.

So why schedule the by-elections for today and not last Monday for example?

I’m figuring there are two main reasons. Number One, it guarantees low turnout at the polls and low turnout is usually a good thing for the incumbent party when it comes to elections in general and especially by-elections. And Number Two he figures the Harper Party “get out the vote” machine will outperform the other parties’ efforts and prevent any surprises.

Now I’ve seen a fair amount of complaints that this will affect Fort McMurray more than the other ridings, but I think the people saying this don’t work in heavy industry. Fort Mac is 24/7 and they don’t shut off for a one day holiday in the oil fields, it’s just way too expensive.

I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

But that doesn’t mean the people working in other jobs around Fort Mac may not be affected, but probably not that much more than anywhere else that has a by-election today.

I guess the bottom line is the Party that likes to claim they’re for this, that, and the other thing aren’t really all that in favour of Democracy. At least not in Canada anyway.

Too often I keep coming back to this point. Our Democracy is far too important to trust to a bunch of ninnies in Ottawa and yet by and large we are more than willing to let those same ninnies run roughshod over our Democracy.

If you want change, you need to do something and voting is about the simplest thing you can do to cause it to happen. I’m willing to bet that too many people are going to be more interested in getting to the camp grounds or the cottage than to make sure their voice is heard.

A shame isn’t it?

Well, that’s about it for me today. I don’t get to vote today, so I’ll watch a little World Cup and get some errands done. I’ll enjoy today as best I can since I’m back to work tomorrow.

Enjoy your Canada Day whenever it happens! I’ll have a beer for you.

Oh, and if today is By-Election Day in your neck of the woods, get your butt out there and vote!

Cheers!

BC

 

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The So Called Digital Privacy Act

Some things just never cease to amaze me.

Remember a few years back, there was a tremendous uproar because the long form Census wanted to know how many toilets you had in your home? This was horrid! Egregious! An unjustified invasion of peoples’ privacy!

How many illegal toilets do people have?

Now the same people who decried the invasion of the Toilet Counters are backing the Stop the Child Pornographers Stop the Bullies Internet Act.

Remember that one? The Pornographer one I mean.

Remember Vic Toews standing there and telling us that we either stand with the Harper Party or we stand with the Child Pornographers?

Well we weren’t standing with the pornographers and we aren’t standing with the bullies… but we sure as shootin’ aren’t standing with the Harper Party on this.

Listen, if the police suspect that someone is doing something illegal, there are ways to investigate this. Take your evidence to a Judge and get the Judge to sign an order. Take that to the ISP or the phone company and I have no issue. It’s transparent and it’s legal.

What is being proposed is that the police check up on you because someone told them to. Who is someone? I don’t know and the police won’t have to tell you. Maybe you ticked off your neighbour? Maybe you ticked off the PMO?

And there is no messy getting a warrant or dealing with Judges part, they’ll just snoop and if they find something, they’ll act.

Nice huh?

Actually the police do have this power. They can tap your phone or snoop your internet without permission but that information can only be used to help get a warrant. It can’t be used in court.

Imagine this. The police walk in unannounced and proceed to go through your house without your permission. What would you do? Call the cops? They’re already there. Demand to see the warrant? Call your lawyer?

Why should you care? If you’re not doing anything wrong they won’t find anything, will they?

That’s the tired argument proponents of this invasion use against you. Wanting to retain your privacy makes you suspect?

You cannot justify one without allowing the other.

And you were worried about toilets.

Think about it…

BC

Stephen Harper and the Supremes

Well I finally got my tax stuff into the mail this week. I was much later than usual but I’m sure the government won’t mind. I’ve got a refund coming.

Paying taxes is one place that I stand far apart from Stephen Harper. He’s never seen a tax that he doesn’t hate while I, on the other hand am proud to be able to pay taxes. It’s a cost of being a citizen, and it means I’m earning enough to warrant paying taxes as well.

While I don’t mind paying taxes (even I’m not happy about it), it bothers me when my tax dollars are misused and abused. I think WiFi in National Parks is a waste. I think TV ads telling me how wonderful the EAP is are a waste. I think sending lawyers to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) to fight for poorly written laws is a waste.

My solution to the last one is simpler than Steve’s. Let’s ask the Parliamentary Legal Department to look at these bills before we send them into the House instead of waiting until the court challenges are filed.

Steve, on the other hand likes to play the martyr. Those horrible Justices struck down a law that the “People’s Representatives” passed. It’s been a long time since some of us have had a representative in Ottawa.

Between the omnibus bills and time allocation and committees that spend more time behind closed doors (in camera they call it) than they do in open meetings, our representatives don’t get to say doodley-squat. That, and the marionette theatre that votes “Yea” when Steve does and “Nay” when Steve does. We don’t have representation in the House, we have Party Reps to the ridings.

This is why we need a Judicial System that has some independence from the politicians.

This is a toughie for the Justices, they are picked by the same person who picks the Senators and often for similar reasons. The Justices might have biases towards one party or another, but they try to set these aside so that their decisions are based on the Rule of Law and measured against the Constitution of Canada including the Charter of Rights.

Steve seems to think that the “Law and Order” Party means he writes the laws and orders the SCC to enforce them.

Currently Steve is involved in a dust-up where he has the chutzpah to blast the chief justice of the SCC, Beverley McLachlin, for improper actions. She gave free advice to the government about the list of people under consideration for the vacant SCC seat and warned that there might be an issue with the appointment of Marc Nadon.

Steve and the PMO have turned this into some kind of a pissing match with the SCC and McLachlin. A matter that was best left behind closed doors is now being contested in the media.

This is family business, dirty laundry if you will. Not meant to be aired in front of the neighbours, much less the country…

And this is where I pull out my crystal ball and wipe the dust from it.

I was going to save it for the Ontario election, but here goes.

“Leaks and official statements chastising the SCC as well as the lower courts who don’t march to Harper’s tune will find their way into the media with increasing regularity.

The Fair Elections Act will no doubt go to the SCC if the 2007 legislation requiring ID to vote doesn’t get there first and knock C 23 for a loop.

The rhetoric will revolve around the “activist judges” who are imposing their will on the “People’s Representatives” rather than just enforcing the laws that the government writes and enforcing them unquestioned.

I’ve no doubt it will be said in ways that make it look more palatable, but the argument will be that the courts need to answer to Parliament, not the other way around… and the loonies and the toonies will fill the coffers of the Harper Party war chest for the 2015 election.” Thus foretells the Bear.

This frightens me.

We have few checks or balances on the government in Canada. Our national police force, the RCMP answers to the government. Our Crown Prosecutors answer to the government.

The only layer that has any real distance from the government is the Judiciary. They are government appointed, but many, if not most hold the law to be higher than the government.

We have a Constitution and part of that is the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This is a very important document. If you told Americans that the government there was going to erase parts or all of their Constitution they’d reach for their guns. Here the government makes that threat to raise money from their supporters.

The Supreme Court is the final arbiter, they consider the arguments and they measure our laws against the highest law in the land, the Constitution and the Charter. If the law is found lacking, it is struck down.

Stephen holds that Parliament should be the highest authority, that any laws enacted by the House of Commons should not be impeded by the unelected Senate, or the Governor General, or the Judiciary at any level.

This is dangerous.

Parliament has long lost its original purpose, which was to make the government accountable for its actions. The “government” is only the Prime Minister and the Minister in the Cabinet. All other Members of Parliament are Private Members charged with trying to ensure that only bills that have been carefully vetted pass on to the Senate.

This does not happen, any Member who votes against the Party line risks sanctions or even expulsion from the Party. This isn’t particular to the Harper Party, all parties tend to this sort of discipline. Members get their marching orders in caucus and go and do their duty in the House.

Committees are made up of Private Members as well. They are supposed to do the heavy lifting to ensure what the government proposes is good for us. But Party loyalty and the risk of sanctions force these committees to divide along party lines as well.

That leaves only the Judiciary to protect us, and if they lose or give up that power, the genie will not go back into the bottle.

This is what I want you to think about, and think hard. If the courts are answerable to Parliament, (and Parliament no longer does its job) the government is no longer accountable to anyone save themselves. And that is a recipe for disaster.

Even if you think the Harper is the bee’s knees and that he can do no wrong, what about the people who will be in charge 2 years from now, or 20 years from now.

The Supreme Court of Canada said unanimously that Marc Nadon did not meet the requirements to sit on the SCC. Even the justices that Harper appointed were in line with that decision.

The Supreme Court of Canada found that the government could not unilaterally impose changes on the Senate nor could the government abolish the Senate.

Without the Supreme Court, Marc Nadon would be sitting on that bench and the Senate would be whatever the Harper government decided it should be.

The Constitution would be relegated to just being a law, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the same.

With a stroke of a pen, the rights that you think you have could be taken away by a majority government. Forever.

If you want to say that Harper would never do that, please be my guest. But would you give that kind of power to Jean Chretien? to Pierre Elliott Trudeau?

The power you let Stephen Harper have today will be the same power that future leaders will have, are you willing to take that risk?

We’ve already seen what happened when Parliament lost its teeth. It has devolved into a party driven marionette theatre. They only support their team, pull one string and they say “Yea” and pull the other and they say “Nay.”

History shows us what can happen if there are no restraints on government. 1930s Germany where having the wrong religion could stop you from operating a business or get thrown in jail… or worse.

You might think that something of that order could never happen here, just have a look at the news from the past week in Brampton. It ain’t pretty folks.

A couple of former Reform Party members are trying to revive the power of the Private Member. It’s a long slow process and in the end, I fear it will not come to pass. With MPs bound by party partisanship and voters blinded by it, it will be a cold day in Hell before the government of Stephen Harper will give up one iota of power.

God help us if he gets it all.

BC

Pierre Poilievre and the Not So Fair Elections Act

Here is just a taste of irony to start things off.

Following the 2011 General Election there were charges of voter fraud in the riding of Etobicoke Centre. What happened was that there were a number of votes challenged because some people had voted outside of their own polling station even though their name was stroked off in their home polling station meaning they may have voted twice. Others had been allowed to vote without showing their voters card or any other ID, and some had been “vouched votes” but the paperwork for these votes were incomplete or in some cases nonexistent.

The Harper Party took the matter to the Supreme Court of Canada, but they weren’t the ones trying to get these votes removed. They were defending these votes.

They argued successfully at the SCC that the removal of these votes which would have turned the seat over to Liberal Borys Wrzesnewskyj that would be an affront to the voters that had supported their winner Ted Opitz.

Fast forward to today and Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act.

Suddenly the Harper Party has decided that under no circumstances should these “vouched votes” be accepted. If you do not have proper ID, you do not vote.

I’m not sure if this is a flip-flop or just hypocrisy.

Pierre (Skippy) Poilievre says his bill is terrific, that it isn’t based on expert opinions but on common sense. That’s how he can so easily brush aside any criticism from knowledgeable people like Sheila Fraser, Marc Mayrand, and so forth. If you’re not one these ivory tower elites and question this bill you are some lefty nut job and not worthy of the time to refute your case.

Well let’s try some common sense.

If voter fraud caused by vouching was a real issue wouldn’t there have been complaints from across the country about this? Aside from the Etobicoke Centre challenge, I really haven’t heard any complaints about it.

No, but I have heard plenty of complaints from across the country about RoboCalls. Why aren’t they controlled or banned in this bill? Wouldn’t that make sense?

Skippy’s bill wants to let the winners of the elections pick the officials for the next election. I sooo certain they would only pick honourable people and that there would be no favouritism shown at all. That would be like the Chicago Black Hawks getting to pick the refs for the next season because they won the Stanley Cup. How sensible does that sound? Think Chicago would make the finals again the next year?

Bill C-23 looks to constrain the powers of the Chief Electoral Officer and Elections Canada. To hear the Harper Party talk, there is an obvious bias against the Harper Party by these officials.

To tell the truth, the only cases of impropriety that I’ve heard about are with Harper Party candidates. What does common sense say to that?

The Harper Party says elections at the local level are run by amateurs and mistakes will occur, Elections Canada is chasing only their party for these minor offences. Well, maybe, but it’s more likely that these minor offences were dealt with by the other offenders when they arose. Common senses says that mistakes would likely happen about the same amount of time for all the parties, but only one party makes it a habit of not correcting these errors promptly. Or maybe there is only one party that broke the rules?

Skippy complains that Marc Mayrand only wants more power and more money to run Elections Canada. Well it does take years to get anything done through Elections Canada when questions of impropriety arise. Shouldn’t EC be able to get a warrant to compel witnesses to speak? Shouldn’t EC have the people available to investigate allegations and inform the public of these charges and whether they find enough merit in these cases to proceed with a full investigation?

Skippy, if you have issues with EC having the power to actually investigate and take action then maybe YOU have something to hide?

No, Common Sense wants elections determined on who present the best case on why Me and My Party have the best options for Canada, not who can raise the most money.

Common Sense wants a neutral party to oversee elections and to challenge and punish rule breakers.

Common Sense wants the same type of rules that govern income tax to cover elections. If you show campaign expenses, those expenses need to be accompanied by receipts to show how that money was spent. We refund a portion of those expenses, we want accountability.

And Common Sense wants anyone who is a Canadian Citizen and who is of legal age to vote to be able to vote.

We have come a long way from when an MP was selected by a show of hands by men who held property. It took a long time before we allowed women to vote and an even longer time before we allowed the First Nations to vote. These were steps in the right direction.

When I first voted, I simply walked into the polling station, told them who I was and they handed me a ballot. We didn’t have widespread voter fraud then, we don’t have it now. But now I need to provide ID or at least have someone who has valid ID vouch for me. The same routine you’d probably have to do if you take your 18 year old to vote if they don’t have a drivers licence.

For over 100 years we could vote with no ID required. If you are truly worried about voter fraud Skippy, why not put in a rule where I need to stick my finger in the inkwell when my ballot goes into the box? I don’t have an issue with this, it would be a source of pride to show that I have voted.

But I get to choose the finger.

Cheers! BC

In the mean time, since this flawed bill is going to be rushed through the pipes faster than any bill in the history of Canada, if you are concerned that you don’t have enough ID to vote, march your tuchas down to the nearest Provincial (or Territorial) Government office and get your Provincial/Territorial ID. In Ontario it will cost you $35.00 and is good for 5 years, but maybe paying $35.00 will give you the initiative to get your butt out to vote?

Laters, BC

Harper Democracy vs Putin Democracy

This week in the Netherlands, Stephen Harper loudly decried the actions of the Putin government in Russia. He said that it was bad that the Russians were blocking a number of MPs from coming into Russia, but that one of the members of that group was denied entry because he was Ukrainian. He thought that was even worse if I understood his statement correctly.

I have to agree with Steve here. I think it is wrong to block someone or a group from doing a fact finding mission or even just a visit because of their ethnicity or because they are members of a foreign government that is currently at odds with the Russian government. If the Russians want to send a group to say oversee one of our elections, I say let ‘em in. I’d be curious what they’d have to say about how we do things versus how they do things.

But Steve is being a tad hypocritical here.

Let me explain. In the House of Commons, a Bill to change some of the rules that govern our elections is currently in Committee. A number of people who want to speak to the Bill are being denied the opportunity, not based on ethnicity, but because of their politics.

Elizabeth May (the Leader of the Green Party), as well as members of the Bloc Quebecois, and Independent Members of the House of Commons are being denied the opportunity to question witnesses or even speak to the matter of the so called Fair Elections Act. The Opposition Parties, the NDP and the Liberals are willing to hear Elizabeth May’s words, but the Harper Party, the majority on the Committee are not.

Basically the Harper Party is telling Elizabeth May and those other MPs “We don’t like your politics, you can’t speak here.” How different is that from the Russians telling Canadian MPs that they don’t like our politics, so those MPs should just bugger off?

Not very different at all.

The people who live in the ridings represented by these Democratically elected Members of Parliament are being denied a voice on this Bill. Not very Democratic at all, is it?

No, it appears that the Harper Party’s view of Democracy is not all that different than that of the Putin Party. We’ll get on fine as long as you recognize that everything We say is right, and everything You say is wrong.

The Russian backed referendum in Crimea echoes what we see in the House of Commons on a regular basis. The Crimean referendum was whipped up and voted on in record time. There was no debate, there was no questioning the referendum, the question put to the Crimean people was ludicrous…

Crimea should join the Russian Federation:___
Crimea should declare independence :___

What if you wanted Crimea to maintain its ties with the Ukraine?

Shut up, we don’t like your politics, you can’t vote here.

Back here in Ottawa, the Fair Elections Act was sprung on the House in a similar matter, rushed through to Second Reading and had Time Allocation slapped on it before anyone really had time to take a breath.

A new record?

No, a tired old record played over and over again by Lord Stephen and his Party of Minions.

The imposition of Time Allocation took away the right of the Members of the Green Party, the Bloc, and the independents to speak to the bill while it was at Second Reading. Again, Democracy denied to those people who sent the wrong Party to the House.

Oh, but didn’t Elizabeth May give a speech at Second Reading? Yes she did, but only because the Liberal Party donated the time to her. The Harper Party doesn’t want to hear what she has to say.

Maybe Steve and Vlad should sit down and have a nice chat. I’m sure they’d both be surprised by how much they have in common. Steve likes fishing and Vlad is a hunter, they both adore photo ops and like to be seen in action pictures (with guns–thankfully Steve keeps his shirt on though), and they both like to railroad things through and then look surprised when people challenge their methods.

Hmmmm.

Now before I sign off, if anyone wants to rant about how evil the West is in terms of the Ukraine and try and make the Russians look good, let me put it this way… both sides have dirty hands in this, you can’t see a White Hat anywhere when it comes to the situation in the Ukraine and Crimea. The ones that are going to be hurt are the everyday people of those regions, the ones that go to work, pay their taxes, and try to make ends meet.

Kind of like how we’re going to pay the price when the “Fair” Elections Act gets rammed through here.

TTFN, BC

Stephen, Why Do You Treat Our Veterans Like Political Pawns?

How do you put out a fire?

Simple question, first of all it depends on how big the fire is.  If it is a small fire, like a candle, it’s pretty simple.  You can blow it out, some like to dampen their fingertips and pinch the flame out, or the more elegant might use a candle snuffer.  Basically you can douse it with water (on your fingertips) or starve it for fuel (with the snuffer).

If it’s a larger fire, like a campfire you can toss a bucket of water on it, starve it for fuel and let it burn out on its own.

What if it’s a big fire?  Like a PMO/Senate Scandal?

Well Steve and Co. have tried just about everything you can think of.  They tried to let it burn itself out, no luck.  They threw water on it and tossed people under the bus to no avail.

They even sent their minions with torches at Justin Trudeau, the only problem is that Canadians like Justin Trudeau.  He may not be everyone’s choice for PM, but lots of us grew up with him.  He’s a nice guy.

And the fire the Harperistas started at JT’s feet just drew more people to him to sit by the fire.  Like going camping or enjoying a bonfire.  It just wasn’t working.

So the Harper folk looked for a new place to set a fire.  I mean intentionally.

So they set their torches toward recently retired Lieutenant General Andrew Leslie.  And they got a fire started.

A lot of people are upset that the General’s move to a new home not far from his existing home ran to $72,000.00 or so. 

CTV reported this, Minister Rob Nicholson is telling the DND to look into this.  But the bottom line is that it appears that the only thing that General Leslie did wrong was to join the wrong political party.

He joined the Liberal Party of Canada.

You see, because the Military requires members of the Forces to relocate, there is a provision that helps to take care of the move.  A benefit of serving for 20 or more years in the Military is that the government pays for one last move.  It could be across town or across the country, but the government has a third party company that takes care of packing, storing, and moving the retirees’ property to the new location.  The Integrated Relocation Plan (IRP) also takes care of some of the expenses in selling the old home and buying the new one.  In General Leslie’s case, this was $72,000.00.

General Leslie did not hire anyone, he didn’t do anything other than what a 20+ year veteran would do.  He submitted his information for the move.  The third party took care of the rest.

The IRP has been on the books for decades.  As a matter of fact, the Auditor General submitted a report on the IRP in November 2006 to the Harper government that pointed out a number of problems with the IRP.  The government did nothing about it.  They even repeated problems that the AG pointed out in 2006.

When General Leslie moved in 2011, no alarms went off, no one at the Treasury Board Secretariat (Tony Clement’s department) waved any flags and no one in Rob Nicholson’s National Defence Department raised any issues either.

Actually, the Harper Party was so enamoured with General Leslie that they offered him a job, even hinting that he should run for them in the next election.  No they didn’t get mad at him until after he had signed on to be an advisor to the Liberal Party on International Affairs.

Go figure.

The Harper Party should take care here.  They have already offended the Veterans and the Military with their treatment of our Warriors.  They are adding fuel to that fire by starting up with General Leslie.

You see the danger is that when you start fires, they can become unpredictable… especially when they are big ones. 

It just depends on which way the wind blows. 

Laters BC

Maybe Stever should be happy we don’t live in an emerging Democracy like Egypt… It’s not good to pee on the military there, is it Steve?

 

Elizabeth May, Fair Elections, and the Bear (Oh, My)

 

‘Mr. Speaker, the crisis in Canadian democracy is not that Canadians are voting more than once but that they are voting less than once. And this bill will… increase cynicism.’

 

Elizabeth May, February 10th in the House of Commons

Debate on Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act

 

After the last few Federal Elections, I was involved in more than a few conversations about elections and how to increase voter turnout.  We talked about various ideas that we had come across that people thought would increase voter turnout.

These ideas ranged from penalizing people who did not vote, such as they do in Australia to rewarding people who do vote with tax breaks or otherwise.  We discussed the reasons that people don’t vote and tried to think of ways that people could be encouraged to vote.

Bill C-23 does nothing to encourage voting and it does nothing to make voting easier.  It does the contrary.  The Harper Party defenders of this bill keep saying that there are 39 pieces of information that can be used to allow you to vote.  What they don’t tell you is that if you are living with someone else, such as your parents, or if you are elderly, or if you are a student living in a dormitory, you may not have access to most of these pieces of information.

But as Elizabeth May points out, the real issue is that not enough people are making the effort to vote.

But how do you counter people who think their vote doesn’t matter?  It does matter, there are elections decided by a small number of votes every election.

It is your right and it should be your duty to vote in any election that you are allowed to vote in.  There are people fighting and dying for the privilege of voting all over the world.  But that doesn’t mean anything to some people.

But what is hard to defend is when an elected Member of the House of Commons cannot rise to speak to this bill simply because they are a Member of the House.  Because of the imposition of time allocation, only the three main parties were allowed to speak to the bill.  The only reason that Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands, Leader of the Green Party (a recognized federal political party) was able to speak was that the Liberal Party gave some of their allotted time to Ms. May.

How do you encourage people to vote when the people that they elect are not allowed to speak in the House of Commons?

You can’t. 

And that is a huge part of the problem.  Even if you do vote, your Member of Parliament will likely not be able to represent your interests anyway.  They vote the Party Line and unless they are selected to be a Minister or a Critic in the House, they don’t get much of a chance to say anything at all.  When the government decides to impose “Time Allocation” which is a polite way of saying “Closure” on a bill, your MP gets shoved even further back into the corner… even if they are the Leader of the Green Party.

This is why I keep hammering at the fact that “Democracy” is not limited to the day we cast our ballots, nor is it limited to the 30 days prior to that.

Democracy is the whole ball of wax.  Voting is part of it.  Debate and discourse is part of it.  The Media should be part of it, that is if the government will answer their questions.  And the House of Commons is supposed to be part of it too.

Every Member who wishes to speak in debate on a bill must have the right to speak, even if they are not the Official Critic or Minister or Party Leader. 

They are hired to be our voices in the House of Commons.  Any steps to stop them from speaking are decidedly UNdemocratic.  Time Allocation and Closure do have their place in the House of Commons, but only if it is a dire situation where we need to have legislation passed quickly.  Budget bills and C-23 don’t fall into this category.

If we want people to vote, maybe we should allow our Members to speak, all of them, to any bill that affects their constituents.  If people see this, they might be more inclined to pick one, instead of letting people like me vote for them.

Elizabeth May gets this.  It’s too bad the Harper Party does not.

*Random Thought*

When news came out that the Liberals had given some of their valuable time to Elizabeth May to speak on Bill C-23, some in the media were surprised.  I wasn’t.  Elizabeth May is a very smart person and a very effective speaker.  She doesn’t smother us or the House with bafflegab, the favourite of some in the House.  She speaks clearly to the issue in ways that most of us can understand, unless we wear Blue Sweater Vests I guess.

*Random Thought 2*

While Ms. May and I may not see eye to eye in all things, we are on the same page when it comes to Democracy.  Of all the people who sit on the Hill, she is one of the few that I wouldn’t mind having coffee with.

That’s meant to be a compliment, I hope you take it that way Ms. May.

BC

Election Reform, The Railroad Job.

I had a bit of a funny pass through my Facebook News Feed today.

It was a cartoon of a bunch of people in a room, and the caption was something like… Quick, Canadians are all watching the Olympics, let’s talk about election reform.

I snickered not just because it was funny, and I thought it was funny, but because it was true.  The sad part is the joke is being played on us.

I have some qualms about some of the items in the 247 page bill that Pierre Poilievre dropped on the House just the other day, but there is some good in there as well.  My biggest issue is in the way this bill was presented and the “debate” that has followed it in the House of Commons.

Some of the members in the House have said that traditionally, a bill of this importance would have been discussed by all the Parties in meetings or committees and that each Party would have the opportunity to have their input and hear the reasoning behind what the government was proposing be in there.  There would probably have been invitations to people involved like the Head of Elections Canada and others who are knowledgeable about our electoral system.  None of this happened.

Poilievre says that he had a meeting with Marc Mayrand, the Head of Elections Canada to which Mr. Mayrand and Elections Canada said never happened.  Apparently they did meet, but that was some time ago and it sounds like that meeting was not considered a discussion of what should be in this bill, according to Mr. Mayrand, but rather a more general discussion about how elections should be run and possible changes.

Think about it.

The bill was introduced by Poilievre on February 5th at 3:30 pm and the ensuing debate lasted until about 5:30 pm.

By 1:10 pm On February 6th, the very next day, Peter Van Loan rose to move that Time Allocation be applied to the bill and by 6:15 pm on the 10th, the bill passed Second Reading and went to committee.  The government wants the bill back in the House by March 1st.

It doesn’t seem very Democratic to me.

The Harper Party is telling us that Democracy is only 30 days long and happens every 4 years or so during the election period.  They have it wrong.

The vote is not Democracy.

The Election is not Democracy.

The campaign is not Democracy.

These are all parts of it, but no one thing is Democracy.

The Harper Party side seems to believe that once the votes are counted, that the winning side no longer has any responsibility to act Democratically.  What they don’t get is that the people that we elected are our representatives and it is their duty to ask questions that are pertinent on our behalf.  The shortened timeframe made it almost impossible for any of us to digest what is in the bill and to let our Parliamentarians know our feelings and to have our input considered in the House.  And heaven forbid that your MP is a Harper Party member, unless you side with him or her all you’ll get is lip service if you’re that lucky.

The way our Democracy is supposed to work is that a Prime Minister selects people who will make up his Cabinet.  That group is called “the government”.  Everyone else is a Private Member.  The government’s job is to produce legislation and the Members debate the bills.  They are supposed to hold the government accountable.

It is not supposed to be Blue Team, Orange Team, Red Team, and so on.  It is supposed to be People making the government prove its case that a bill is a good one.

I almost laughed when I scanned the “debate” on the Election Reform bill and saw none other than Ted Opitz stand up to laud the actions of the government to end vouching.  You may remember Ted took his case to the Supreme Court to avoid losing his seat after a court threw out a number of votes, enough votes to call the outcome of the election into question… not because there were “vouched for” votes but because the paperwork wasn’t properly filled out.

Didn’t we send Ted to the Ukraine to oversee the elections there too? *sigh*

This isn’t a case of passing legislation.  It’s a Blessed railroad job.

We don’t know who thought up these proposed changes other than Poilievre brought it to the House.  Most of us have no inkling of what these changes really mean, and that includes the people sitting in the House voting on it.

Most of us know that when things get rushed they tend to get messed up.  That goes for baking a cake or bringing in laws.

Poilievre had 18 months to talk with the Opposition, with elections experts, with everyday people… but he chose not to.  Instead he has chosen to ram who knows who’s ideas of what the reforms should be through the House using the same tools they foist on us every time (it seems) they want something passed.

If I make it sound like this is pretty much a done deal, I think it is.  We’ve seen in the past when the Harper Party has rushed bills through the House.  When they get to Committee any attempts at amendments are shot down without any real debate.  That and the enormous amount of time these Committees spend in camera… behind closed doors.

Yes we’ve seen this, even to the point where the Harper Party realized that a proposed amendment that they killed was necessary and order the Senate to amend the bill for them.  Rush jobs.

I’m reminded of a sign I saw in a computer shop.  “You can have it fast.  You can have it cheap.  You can have it right.  Choose any Two.”

Looks like the cutbacks have hit this sign too.  The only thing we’re going to get is fast.  Until the lawyers get hold of it, and it certainly won’t be cheap.

And guess who gets to pay the tab.

Think about it. BC

Thoughts on Remembrance Day 2013

Come November each year, most of us turn our thoughts to those who gave their lives in the defence of Democracy and the fight against tyranny and oppression.

Many of us will choose to wear a Red poppy, some a White one.  I have no issue with either but I choose to wear a red one.  The white poppy is the choice of pacifists but the message is the same.  We honour the memory of those who served and died and we pray that the last war will be the last war, ever.

For those who feel that the one colour or the other is an affront, maybe we should recall that these people died so that others could have their own beliefs.

While we honour those that died by wearing a poppy, we also show our respect to all those who served.  Some enlisted to fight the Kaiser, others to fight against Hitler and his allies, some chose to enlist during peace.  They may have had no intention of going to war, but when war came, they went too.

We have lost the last of our veterans of the Great War.  Our veterans from WWII are aged and their numbers grow fewer each year.

These people have earned our respect, as have the veterans who served in places such as Korea, those that served as Blue Berets in many countries around the world, and to those who served in more recent conflicts, such as Afghanistan.

You have earned my respect, and I honour the memory of your comrades that went to these places but never returned.

To those that served during peace time, You have my respect as well.  You were willing to stand guard and prepared to go to where ever our government felt you were needed.

This is why I find it unconscionable that our government finds it necessary to show an incredible lack of respect to those who have served.

This morning the radio reported that Windsor Council voted unanimously to request that the government rescind the decision to close the Windsor Veterans Affairs Office.  Among those who use the services of this office are WWII veterans who will no longer be able to visit a local office when they need to.  The nearest office will be in London, a long trip for someone in their 80s which will likely require someone to drive them there.

The news has also been reporting on injured members of our Canadian Military who are being discharged months before qualifying for their pensions.  This number includes a Member of the Services from London Ontario who lost his legs in Afghanistan as well as others who suffer from various bodily injuries or lost limbs or from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.  You are no longer welcome in the Military.

And the government has decided to appeal a Court ruling that allows our injured veterans to sue the government to obtain a disability pension rather than the lump sum payment that our government has inflicted on them.

Why?  Because the government of Stephen Harper feels it is a better use of tax money to close these offices, to discharge these soldiers, and to give lump sums to injured veterans than to treat them with the respect that they have earned.  They have been reduced to numbers on a piece of ledger paper in Jim Flaherty’s office, these people are just too expensive to deal with otherwise.

Why do I care?  Just like Stephen Harper, I am an accidental Canadian.  I am a Canadian simply because my mother gave birth to me here just like Stephen’s mother did for him.  My parents however are not accidental Canadians like Stephen’s parents are.  My parents are (or in my Mother’s case was) Canadian by choice.  They were both born in a foreign country and chose to immigrate to Canada.

My parents both grew up under Nazi occupation.  WWII was not something seen in the theatre or read about in the papers, it was part of their lives.  While they were spared the horror of war in their streets, they still lived under the vigilance of their Nazi overseers.

My Mother once told me that in the end days of the war, when the Allied Forces were taking control of former Nazi held territory they hoped to see General Montgomery.  They wanted to thank the British for fighting in their war from the beginning.  She would have been just as happy to see Canadians, we flew the Union Jack at that time, our Forces were in the war from the beginning as well.  Our Forces would have easily passed as British in her eyes back then.

This is part of the reason that I respect those that choose to enlist.

This is part of the reason I honour those who give the ultimate sacrifice.

I owe these people a debt of gratitude.

Stephen Harper on the other hand sees these people as an expense, a cost to be controlled or cut.  Just another item on the long list of accounts payable.  Our Armed Forces are a wonderful backdrop for photo ops, but soldiers who are no longer able to fight are too expensive to keep.  Pensions for injured vets and Veterans Offices are just too expensive to maintain.

A strange way to thank the people who chose to defend Canada don’t you think?

Each year I buy a poppy to show my gratitude.  If it costs me a few dollars a year in income tax to keep offices open and allow the Member of Our Armed Forces to have proper pensions then so be it.  But if you ask me, I’d rather my money be spent on our veterans than on TV commercials.

In Remembrance,

BC

#Harper #CPC #NeoCons #Commies #Censorship and #Twitter…

Do birds of a feather really flock together?

During this troubling time of natural and man-induced disaster, something very dark and strange is lurking in the shadows. But Who? But Why? This will be a relatively short introduction to a rather strange couple of days, but we know now that something is rotten to the core.

What could have caught the attention of a lowly Tweeter (@opHarper) with a couple dozen followers?

Your account is suspended and is not permitted to send Tweets.
09Jul2013

Amongst a swirl of scandals plaguing the Harper Conservative Government and during the rail and flood crisis’ chaos our account was suspended and was not permitted to send Tweets.

What could have caused such controversy and intrigue?

This leaves us in a pickle since we have seemed to notice that the CPC, along with Postmedia News, CTV News, Sun News Network and Ezra Levant seemed to be pushing an agenda, either in anticipation of or hoping to instigate violence.

What does this mean for “”Democracy”?

The connections that may have been most troubling to “them” was the stark comparison their actual policies are more akin to Communism and they seem to fit the profile of the radical-right-wing supporters, provocateurs and antagonists with their rhetoric and propaganda.

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Since we are unsure and still processing some data and compiling some stats, we though you could help us figure out what the problem could be. Sadly, we were unable to grab much more than the text of our last adventure before the page blanked. Gladly, we were able to acquire the text and have provided it below. Since all of the info-graphics were dumped along with the account we will assemble a gallery later, so be sure to check back…

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Jason Kenney Jason Kenney ‏@kenneyjason 8 Jul

Best wishes to my friend and colleague @ToewsVic as he leaves public life after thirteen years of service.
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Kara Ardan Kara Ardan ‏@KaraArdan 1h

@kenneyjason declaring allegiance to his buddy #Toews in the #Cons circle says a lot about #Kenney ‘s warped ideology doesn’t it! #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 57m

@KaraArdan @kenneyjason Highly Dedicated at securing $3.1 billion, Job Complete, Anchors away @VicToews #cdnpoli #CPC pic.twitter.com/vUha28RPK0
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 1h

@SunNewsNetwork @sunlorrie 3 years after #Dilbit #PipeLine #OilSpill, slow recovery haunts #KalamazooRiver: http://www.freep.com/article/20130623/NEWS06/306230059/Kalamazoo-River-oil-spill … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 1h

@ohcanadian Hmm, #MMA #Rail is a small fish like #XLFoods that also suffered a lax-regulatory “incident” –> http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/01/09/calgary-xl-jbs-purchase.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 1h

@SunNewsNetwork COVER UP! @ezralevant already said #Rockefellers were responsible! #cdnpoli #PetCoke #Harper #Bush pic.twitter.com/QgUcyyg7kb
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 1h

@BrianStorsethMP Highly Dedicated to secure a $3.1 billion secret, Job Complete, Anchors away for @VicToews #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/bie0zCEFSZ
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 1h

@ohcanadian @Hepworks –> @ezralevant #Harper #CPC waste real #energy opposing alternative energy & promoting dirty energy #Commies #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 2h

Some claim #Harper and his #CPC to be #Fascist but oddly enough their agenda seems more akin to the #Commies #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/0cJb6s00AZ
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 2h

@tersestuff @BCLaraby @canadiancynic @Ggulo Mission Accomplished, $3.1 billion offshore, Anchors Away! #cdnpoli #CPC pic.twitter.com/9VFlPciBLp
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 3h

ALERT “Boomerang Routes” Canadian internet traffic is often routed through #US NOT #Canada http://ixmaps.ca/sovereignty #NSA #cdnpoli #sovereignty
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 3h

@ArawakWarrior @globepolitics Well, since #Harper and the #CPC are stuck in the 1800’s rewriting history http://www.capitalpunishmentuk.org/hangmen.html #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 3h

@tersestuff @PatOndabak This #MKULTRA “phenomenon” primarly affects 1950’s thinking #NeoCons by design. http://www.levity.com/aciddreams/samples/xrated.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 3h

@rob_bieber @jeanpetr She won’t arrive until after Postmedia scrubs this story, someone may ask questions http://www.theprovince.com/news/Prime+minister+wife+sells+entire+stock+portfolio/7806612/story.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 3h

@BroadbentInst Hmmm, under #Harper’s #CPC it is more like we are really witnessing “the end of #Canadians” in the workplace, eh? #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 4h

@Beari8it Indeed! Yet we can only hope that there’s a pending #RCMP investigation considering $$$ “may effectively be joint assets” #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 4h

@ClimateNow Hmmm, Record-setting algal bloom in #LakeErie caused by agricultural and meteorological trends http://www.pnas.org/content/110/16/6448.full … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 4h

The #Harper scandal you were not supposed to know about –> #liquidated #portfolio #stockmarket #investments http://www.theprovince.com/news/Prime+minister+wife+sells+entire+stock+portfolio/7806612/story.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 4h

@calg_kiaguy @AGg320hb @mattmchau –> PostMedia scrubbed 4 sites so far attempting to disappear this story http://www.theprovince.com/news/Prime+minister+wife+sells+entire+stock+portfolio/7806612/story.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 4h

@CanuckCommander Just the #UK dumping off second-hand military junk on #Canada –> #Harper #CPC PORKurements http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/british-mp-says-canada-daft-buy-problem-plagued-145547609.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 4h

Record-setting algal bloom in #LakeErie caused by agricultural and meteorological trends http://www.pnas.org/content/110/16/6448.full … #cdnpoli #MuzzledScientists
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 4h

@PatOndabak #MonsantoProtectionAct #Bill933 #FarmerAssuranceProvision #SuperPollinators #SuperBees #RoboBees http://storify.com/fjrouselane/super-bees-and-robo-pollinators-if-monsanto-contin … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 5h

@Proud_Canadian1 @ezralevant claimed the #Rockefellers are financing #EcoTerrorists #cdnpoli #PetCoke #Harper #Bush pic.twitter.com/EBDvDev0jw
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 5h

@LizzyM_TO The Empire burns as the no work and all play Hollywood Monarchy has record royalties to pissaway http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2349433/Queen-5-pay-rise-Monarchs-income-hit-38-million-year.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 5h

FYI: “Boomerang Routes” –> Canadian internet traffic is often routed through #US NOT #Canada! http://ixmaps.ca/sovereignty #cdnpoli #sovereignty
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 5h

@wjoates Consider the connections –> “Effective wildfire mitigation might sharply reduce property values.” http://csbj.com/2012/07/20/wildfire-warnings-have-gone-ignored-since-1990s/ … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 5h

#Harper’s #FreeTrade with #China = #SupplySide #Economics 101: Let’s check our investments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7JA7PXXCJo … #cdnpoli #BigOil #Commies
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 5h

@BCLaraby The Truth About the Useless #F35 & #F22: #USDoD, #USAF, #RAAF, #RANDCorp data shows it’s “double-inferior” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27qdB1D0s9M
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 5h

@_Confessor @ezralevant claimed the #Rockefellers are financing the #EcoTerrorists! #cdnpoli #PetCoke #Harper #Bush pic.twitter.com/3Wk92vkoBp
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6h

Fear not @SunNewsNetwork @ToewsVic’s job is complete and anchors away with $3.1billion secrets #cdnpoli #CPC #Commies pic.twitter.com/QLZiMb9Vxe
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6h

The #DumpHarper Daily updated twice daily on the 7’s ▸ Top stories via @cheena1 @northernck @stubbenkammer ▸ http://paper.li/opHarper/1330339678 … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6h

@4got –> It may be potentially leaked that in 2011 #Harper arrested #EcoTerrorist #Noah under the offence of Flood Predicting #cdnpoli #CPC
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6h

@RosieBarton #Neanderthal #Harper and the cowardly #CPC #Commies do NOT want women to care about #cdnpoli, period. #HeManWomanHatersClub
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6h

#Harper #Tory MP @KerryLynneFindl lobbied @MinRonaAmbrose on constituent’s behalf http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/parliamentary-secretary-lobbied-ambrose-on-constituent-s-behalf-1.1357651 … #cdnpoli #StatusQuo #CPC #Commies
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6h

$3.1billion @ToewsVic responds to interference allegations: “I’m responsible for the #RCMP” http://globalnews.ca/news/517183/im-responsible-for-the-rcmp-vic-toews-responds-to-interference-allegations/ … #cdnpoli #CPC #Harper
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6h

Hmmm, $3.1 billion missing –> #RCMP To serve and protect @ToewsVic from surprises? http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/04/29/to-serve-and-protect-vic-toews-from-surprises/ … #cdnpoli #CPC #Harper #Commies
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7h

@TheCurrentCBC Not as long as #Harper’s #CPC continue to ignore and instigate the radical-right! http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/dhs/all/ … #cdnpoli #StatusQuo
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 10h

Why I am a #Conservative By Senator Mike #Duffy #Cavendish #PEI –> “#Harper got it exactly right” http://www.mikeduffy.ca/Conserv-Heritage-Essay.pdf … #cdnpoli #Commies
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 11h

@__AngryCat –> So, the #Commies sent the #Harper #Ghestapo, eh? #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 13h

Maybe #Harper’s “#ReFoundingParty of #Canada” can use 1800’s regs to figure out effective #Rail safety https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railroad_Safety_Appliance_Act … #cdnpoli #CPC
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 13h

@Stevergillis @tcote This is the #UK pawning off more second-hand military junk and gives #Harper’s #CPC another PORKurement deal #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 13h

#AskaSillyQuestion –> What’s safer –> Sending #TarSands #Dilbit through #Pilelines or #Fracking #Oil by #Rail? #cdnpoli #cpc #ndp #lpc
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 13h

@jimbobbysez Wiki info about the #Bakken formation in #NorthDakota where the #Oil came from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bakken_formation … #LacMegantic #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 14h

Meet the #NorthDakota #Oil Boomtown that crossed paths with #LacMegantic http://www.businessinsider.com/youve-never-seen-anything-like-the-williston-oil-boom-2012-3?op=1http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-02-06/north-dakotas-bakken-oil-finally-hits-the-east-coast … #Bakken #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 14h

Breaking News! It may be potentially leaked that in 2011 #Harper arrested #EcoTerrorist #Noah under the offence of Flood Predicting #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 14h

@PatOndabak Well, something says #TellVicEverything will be just fine going back to what he luvs most #C30 #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/DFxYtwAqUP
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 15h

Job Complete… Anchors Away! ~ @ToewsVic 2013 #TellVicEverything #HideYourBabySitters #CPC #C30 #Torture #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/xLOK9Ig0sc
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 15h

Sadly @FMPsportsguy, most were not aware they bought a home in flood plains, others assUmed or could not get coverage #PonziScheme #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 15h

@Calculator60 @pmharper’s inexperience and lack of knowledge of the global context, keeps him mentally stuck in the Colonial 1800’s #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 16h

@Eric0Lawton More than likely #Harper’s #CPC is facilitating the #UK dumping their used second-hand miltary surplus upon us AGAIN! #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 16h

@UrquhartMP Problem for #Harper is that #Kissinger survived to protect #Nixon but #CPC version #TomFlanagan did not #cdnpoli #CPC #Commies
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 16h

@kjmccauley Same reason as why politicians who dare simply to disagree with goofy righty views are deemed ‘polarizing’. #StatusQuo #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 16h

@RougeMenace Oddly, @pmharper #CPC said similar thing about “figuring out root causes” exploiting #Boston? http://news.nationalpost.com/2013/04/17/trudeaus-response-to-boston-marathon-bombing-was-unacceptable-made-excuses-for-terrorists-harper-says/ … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 16h

#RCMP should QUESTION @SunNewsNetwork and @ezralevant about #EzraLevant and #CPC #Commies promoting political violence in #Canada! #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 16h

Hey @ToewsVic, b4 you go, Surrender YOUR passport Open YOUR books Tell the #RCMP where OUR $3.1 billion is! #TellVicEverything #CPC #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 16h

Job Complete… Anchors Away! ~ @ToewsVic 2013 #TellVicEverything #HideYourBabySitters #CPC #C30 #Torture #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/P5Zf5Ur4KQ
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 17h

@NeilJEdmondson Hmmm, maybe @GRenouf should QUESTION @ezralevant about Ezra Levant promoting political violence in Canada! #cdnpoli #Commies
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 19h

@LakeBass @cdn2010 If deliberate stats show the most likely culprits R ignored right-wing extremists http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/08/dhs/all/ … #cdnpoli @PnPCBC
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 20h

Mr Owl, How many licks does it take to get to the rotten core of #Harper’s #CPC? http://speeches.empireclub.org/62912/data #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/mMEtn4ZsDU
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 21h

@Calculator60 I can appreciate that exercise of #FreeTrade, but isnt that more akin to #TradebyBarter? http://oll.libertyfund.org/title/2088/158912 … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@NeilJEdmondson In other words, #TomFlanagan bailed so #Harper’s #PMO and #CPC need to wait for #Koch #Kissinger #Bush for scripts #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@TuxcedoCat lot’s o’ questions re: #Boeing777 technology “Patent US5531402 – Wireless flight control system” http://www.google.com/patents/US5531402 … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Thanks @billyandrsn! #Harper #CPC propaganda claims to be #Canada’s Founding Party, so we updated the errors #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/KzIY9gqHMr
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Sorry, @billyandrsn Nov 5 1873 Canada’s first PM, #Tory Sir John A Macdonald, resigned due to election fraud http://faculty.marianopolis.edu/c.belanger/quebechistory/encyclopedia/CanadianPacificScandal.htm … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

#Corporatism #FossilFuel #Subsidies #PublicPrivatePartnerships #VentureCapital #Investments #Harper #Commies #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/JhdRozq05a
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@muddywolfking –> @ezralevant claimed yesterday the #Rockefellers are responsible #cdnpoli #PetCoke #Harper #Bush pic.twitter.com/78c1AULl45
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@ezralevant @CreeClayton Here’s Yuri Bezmenov explaining how the #KGB created #Nixon #Kissinger #NeoCons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnf0I2dQ0i0 … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@NeilJEdmondson They are you and you are them. Placing Party above Country is a problem only #Commies enjoy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnf0I2dQ0i0 … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@unsilenced_majo @JimWatsonOttawa @pmharper Heather and Paul McCartney Lead Global Plea to #Boycott #Canada: http://www.boycott-canada.co.uk/news/2006archive/mccartney2.htm … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

The Truth About Useless Double Inferior #F35 and #F22 by #USDoD, #USAF, #RAAF, and #RAND –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27qdB1D0s9M&list=PLC876B627F7FC29A3&index=4 … #cdnpoli #CPC #Harper
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@evdelen @goingprorogue Tesla had this all figured out 100 years ago #Morgan #Rockefeller hijacked it for #DebtSlavery #War profits #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@etobian Let the Looting Begin! Here is the #Bush playbook that @pmharper and the #Harper #CPC are utilizing http://multinationalmonitor.org/mm2005/092005/cray.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Twice blessed, eh @pmharper? –> #CPC Disaster Profiteering and #Comrade Contracting: Let the Looting Begin! http://multinationalmonitor.org/mm2005/092005/cray.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@Calculator60 Well put! Let’s explore results #Harper’s #FreeTrade with #China = #SupplySide #Economics 101 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7JA7PXXCJo … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@RachelDecoste @pmharper Because #War is Big Government’s Best Friend and #Harper and #CPC are #Commies –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN3EryUG0EA … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Look out #Harper, just like 1903, “someone” has sights locked on #Tories and it’s gonna be rough 4 the #CPC #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/7sGNzEkliL
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@notsteveharper @LessGovMoreFun @ezralevant Fear not #CPC, your right-wing terrorists are safe, for now… http://www.salon.com/2012/08/15/dhss_right_wing_terror_blind_spot/ … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@PatOndabak Part of a global “trend” amongst the #GateKeepers –> #Turkey’s media: Caught in the wheels of power? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twb8MrATiv4
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@TUSKS71 Where facts converge and materialize #Harper’s #FreeTrade with #China = #SupplySide #Economics 101 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7JA7PXXCJo … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@ugottabekiddin @NotMyCanada_ This “issue” is a distraction using #Pipelines vs #RailRoads with the #BigOil #CPC driving both sides #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@NotMyCanada_ @ugottabekiddin Follow the #Dilbit from #Alberta 2 #Detroit 2 #NovaScotia http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/business/huge-petroleum-coke-pile-making-way-back-to-canada.html … #cdnpoli #PetCoke #TarSands
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@NotMyCanada_ @ugottabekiddin #ven better question is how many of these are hidden in plain sight? #PetCoke #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/pYDfAii36l
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@OhToFreeCanada @ezralevant claimed the #Rockefellers are financing the #terrorists! #cdnpoli #PetCoke #Harper #Bush pic.twitter.com/QzISZgXA13
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@KKineshanko @ohcanadian @NeilJEdmondsonIt Why do so many #Harper #CPC #Trolls feel the need to seek “protection”? pic.twitter.com/Icg5nhewGS
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@KKineshanko @ohcanadian @NeilJEdmondson #Harper’s #FreeTrade with #China = #SupplySide #Economics 101 Let’s explore https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7JA7PXXCJo
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@Belgraves @Pennyvane10 #Harper’s #FreeTrade with #China = #SupplySide #Economics 101: Let’s explore “our” investment http://youtube.com/watch?v=Q7JA7PXXCJo
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

A few hours ago @ezralevant claimed the #Rockefellers are financing the #terrorists! #cdnpoli #PetCoke #Harper #Bush pic.twitter.com/PNS4c8SJwT
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@NeilJEdmondson –> @ezralevant claims the #Rockefellers are financing #terrorists! #cdnpoli #PetCoke #Harper #Bush pic.twitter.com/IWyYCfQ4wH
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@lurch5877 It is hard to break a system, that was created in the 1800’s to dispel the notion that anything trumps globalization #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@_AngryCat -> @ezralevant of @SunNewsNetwork claims the #Rockefellers are responsible #cdnpoli #PetCoke #Harper #Bush pic.twitter.com/m4g493b8mP
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@lurch5877 Like religions, parties are never as they appear and are partitioned into 3 parts, extreme-left – middle – extreme-right #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@etobian #Harper’s #FreeTrade with #China = #SupplySide #Economics 101: Let’s explore return on investment https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7JA7PXXCJo … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@lurch5877 it’s not so much which “party” controls CTV as they are actors, it’s which special “interests” control the propaganda. #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@tersestuff That’s the beauty of being #Commies. The more $$$ you have, the more self-serving “State” you can create for #Comrades #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@tersestuff Indeed, but what makes this interesting is how many #Harper #CPC trolls “protect” their tweets when exposed as #Commies #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@tersestuff @ezralevant claims the #Rockefellers are financing these anti- #oil #railway #pipeline blockades #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/8citwxY4N0
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@NeilJEdmondson If, nearly half of #Canada’s millionaires are immigrants. Then, how many can and cannot vote http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/nearly-half-of-our-millionaires-are-immigrants-new-canadians-1.1324413 … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@akingsmith Yup, the #Tories: #Canada’s Founding Party #NeoCon-ning #Canucks since 1867 or 1812 #CPC #Harper #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/cSQDevnG9z
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@aaronpaquette This is when the whole #PonziScheme implodes in realtime as the #GateKeepers emerge, converge, devour #cdnpoli #CPC #NDP #LPC
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@quiet888 #Harper vs #Alberta and the #AusterityStampede Come Hell or High Water… Let the Looting Proceed! https://dumpharper.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/harper-vs-alberta-and-the-austeritystampede/ … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@bigpicguy Beware –> The #Harper #CPC Economic Extraction Action Plan 2013 is headed your way! #PetCoke http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/business/huge-petroleum-coke-pile-making-way-back-to-canada.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Keep up with the latest trending topics regarding the shenanigans of the #Harper Regime and the #CPC Machine http://paper.li/opHarper/1330339678 … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

#Harper’s #FreeTrade with #China = #SupplySide #Economics 101: The “investments” become transparent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7JA7PXXCJo … #TPP #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

#FreeTrade with #China: http://youtu.be/Q7JA7PXXCJo?a via @YouTube
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Does Attacking Neoconservatism Reflect Racism or Reality? Why many conservatives are afraid of this debate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp2Tksg1O0M … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

#Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Oh6DmjQaho … Thompson charges that #NeoCons are a species of anti-Americans. #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Pre-civil war South slave cost equivalent of $40,000. Today, a throw-away slave can be had for $50 or so. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfCiQJE_sBg … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@CometsMum Yuri Bezmenov, a trained subverter tells about the influence of the #KGB on the Western Press https://youtube.com/watch?v=Cnf0I2dQ0i0 … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@CometsMum Due 2 recent revelations about past #KGB ties 2 the #Harper branded #CPC, the #Commies propping the #PMO are scrambling. #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

FYI: How to spot the #Commies leader –> #Harper’s #CPC orders #RCMP to block media from questioning him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hlpNe6sXFc … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

@JoshLambier @CdnHeritage Wow, #CPC must have a lot of history to recreate, photos of #Harper to display and #cdnpoli archives to torch!
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Flashback: #Harper copies #Australian PM #JohnHoward’s post 9/11 #Iraq speech scripted by #Kissinger #Bush https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMot7gyS2bo … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

FYI: The #Lies That Lead To #War: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL36C16C984A7DFDB9 … #CPC #Harper #cdnpoli #Iraq
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

FYI: #God and #Gold: #Britain, #America, and the Making of the Modern World. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMESKhOHCC4 …, #CFR #Kissinger #Harper #CPC #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Bonus Round of our “out” the Home Grown #Commies and #Terrorists Event is “Exposed #NeoCon”. Let’s play… #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/pWs58r22K5
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Round 3 of our “out” the Home Grown #Commies and #Terrorists Event is “#NeoCon Sabotage Spin”. Let’s play… #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/c7FTllDbrm
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Round 2 of our “out” the Home Grown #Commies and #Terrorists Event is “Accusatory #NeoCon”. Let’s play… #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/eW6tG50zBr
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

Hmmm, Seems like a good time to host an “out” the Home Grown #Commies and #Terrorists Event. Let’s play… #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/YmHewjHf7M
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

How to expose #Harper and the #CPC = #Terrorists Watch @ezralevant censor replies that connect the Extreme-Left 2 the Extreme-Right #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 7 Jul

How to expose #Harper and the #CPC = #Commies. Watch @ezralevant censor replies that #Nixon + #Kissinger = #KGB –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnf0I2dQ0i0
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@riseupforcanada Answer: Due to the quick exit by #TomFlanagan, we are still awaiting scripts from #Kissinger. Please Stand By #cdnpoli #CPC
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@ezralevant WTF? A #NeoCon admits that #Rockefeller, #Bush and #Koch fund the Extreme-Left AND Extreme-Right? #cdnpoli #Harper #CPC #Commies
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

What Exactly is in #Dilbit? It is a Secret. Hints –> #Bitumen #TarSands #PetCoke #Harper #CPC #Exxon #Pipelines http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/08/1200002/-What-Exactly-is-in-Dilbit-It-is-a-Secret
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@OutlawTory @ezralevant The #CPC terrorists also sabotaged #Detroit and are headed to #NovaScotia! http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/business/huge-petroleum-coke-pile-making-way-back-to-canada.html … #cdnpoli #PetCoke
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@ezralevant #CPC R #Commies! @CreeClayton Here’s Yuri Bezmenov explaining how the #KGB created #Nixon and #NeoCons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cnf0I2dQ0i0
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

Tip @ezralevant: #Harper’s #PMO has been busy organizing the right-wing extremists to push the #CPC Economic Extraction Action Plan #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

It only get’s better for the Hollywood Monarchy, no work and all play with record royalties to pissaway http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2349433/Queen-5-pay-rise-Monarchs-income-hit-38-million-year.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@gunsandlaws That’s what happens when blindly accepting propaganda #Harper and the #CPC spreads They sell #Freedom provide #Tyranny #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@aaronpaquette Postmedia forgot to remove http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/prime+minister+wife+sells+entire+stock+portfolio/7802376/story.html … & #Harper’s wife was asked why she sold off entire stock portfolio #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

The #FreeTrade Charade (Trans-Pacific Partnership) http://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/transatlantic-and-transpacific-free-trade-trouble-by-joseph-e–stiglitz … #WTO #TPP #cdnpoli #Harper #CPC #Sovereignty #PoliceState #uspoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

You, Me, and the #SPP: Trading #Democracy for #CorporateRule https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBBCeWoPi74 … #TILMA #cdnpoli #Harper #PoliceState #uspoli #FreeTrade
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

#Global #Mining and The #UglyCanadian: #Harper’s #CPC actively interferes in the affairs of other countries https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx85CDGxZeE … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@OhToFreeCanada @aaronpaquette #Pipelines enhance offshore investors, the others generate jobs + massive spin-off + tax-revenue #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@OhToFreeCanada @aaronpaquette …What emerges is a stark difference in employment PLUS the scope, reach and effects of a spill/accident…
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

Well @OhToFreeCanada, do some real math by adding your comment to @aaronpaquette’s then factor ALL benefits vs costs for true analysis…
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@goingprorogue That is mighty sad propaganda spin about #Egypt @anthonyfurey Dip back to 1882 (Anglo-Egyptian War) and start again #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@deepgreendesign @DeSmogBlog Spin factory Update: No #Oil found yet from #Athabasca #TarSands #OilSpill http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/edmonton/Province+searches+possible+slick+Athabasca+River/8626040/story.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@jbierm02 @RCIisLeaking @Min_Reyes #Harper made it perfectly clear exploiting #Boston “this is no time to look for root problems” #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@SunNewsNetwork @anthonyfurey That is mighty sad propaganda spin about #Egypt Dip back to 1882 – Anglo-Egyptian War and start again #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

FYI: b4 #Harper’s #CPC rewrites to much history into the narrative –> #Ottawapiskat #Blowback #ShagTheDog https://ottawapiskat.wordpress.com/shagthedog/harper-cpc-blowback/blowback-timelines/ … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@OutIawTory –> @pmharper told a different story of his trusting nature and picked up where they left off http://speeches.empireclub.org/62912/data #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

#War: Big Government’s Best Friend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BN3EryUG0EA … #Iraq #Libya #Syria #Afghanistan #Egypt #TarSands #Harper #Bush #CPC #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

American Drug War: The Last White Hope https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6CyuBuT_7I4 … #WaronDrugs #Afghanistan #Nixon #Harper #Bush #CPC #PoliceState #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

The #Oil Factor: Behind the #WaronTerror https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGakDrosLuA … #Iraq #Libya #Afghanistan #TarSands #PetCoke #Harper #Bush #CPC #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@OutlawTory @MuskokaMoneybag @WButler2011 @Wetaskijen @FletJan #NeoCon deficits can be attributed to this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGakDrosLuA … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

Well @PacoLebel, @notsteveharper pretty much sums it all up. If the left are all tied to the #Mafia, Then the #CPC must be tied to #AlQaeda
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@DarlaSaintMary No worries, just a 100+yr old ponzi scheme cooked up by #Capitalists aka: #Commies #Fascists #Socialists #Marxists #Nazis
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@HuffPostCanada Solution: #Harper’s boss should be #TarSands and feathered and sent to #NovaScotia through #Detroit! http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/07/business/huge-petroleum-coke-pile-making-way-back-to-canada.html?_r=0
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@JustinTrudeau Look at #Egypt, ponder, why has a interim govt not been formed and mobilized b4 #Harper’s #CPC does more damage? #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@feralfrank The #CPC will keep #Duffy media-bias fever alive as they await directions and scripts from #Harper’s offshore overlords #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@PatOndabak Just a top-down, post ipo, #BigBrother data-mining operation to breach accounts, identify, monitor and “kettle” certain users.
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@jasonkeays Piling up, storing and transporting #TarSands by-product #PetCoke faces NO regulatory anything. Bonus, it’s cheaper than #Coal!
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@Prairiepiper It only get’s better for the Hollywood Monarchy, no work and all play with record royalties to pissaway http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2349433/Queen-5-pay-rise-Monarchs-income-hit-38-million-year.html
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@PatOndabak Plus –> How will Postmedia disappear (censor) articles that have been paid for, on behalf of #Harper and the #CPC? #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@L0cutux @canadiancynic @Badger_Janzen 1st #Tories Founding Party by Electoral Fraud #PacificScandal, #CPC = Founding Party by #Robocalls
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@Bergg69 #Harper’s wife knew something last fall –> Prime minister’s wife sells off entire stock portfolio http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/prime+minister+wife+sells+entire+stock+portfolio/7802376/story.html … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

Was this orchestrated by CSIS and the RCMP to instil fear into the minds of Canadians or divert from #PMO? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkOy61TihlA … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@Urban_Su Same script + players = creeping death: #Tobacco + #Piplines + #Petcoke = Koch Bros http://www.desmogblog.com/2013/02/11/study-confirms-tea-party-was-created-big-tobacco-and-billionaires … #Harper #CPC #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@Urban_Su ‘To quarterback behind the scenes, third-party efforts’: the #tobacco industry and the #TeaParty http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2013/02/20/tobaccocontrol-2012-050815.full … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@pqpolitics @SultanAlQassemi Hmmm, coup d’état? Flashback July 19, 2010 “Is #Egypt on the brink?” http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/egypt/100717/mohamed-elbaradei-ayman-nour-elections … #ElBaradei #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@SunNewsNetwork Well, it seems to me as if the #PacificScandal “almost” stacks up to = #CPC + #Robocalls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twb8MrATiv4 … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@Belgraves @Urban_Su Well @jjmstark, polls/ surveys can be bought, but facts and actions create #Blowback https://ottawapiskat.wordpress.com/shagthedog/harper-cpc-blowback/ … #cdnpoli
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@WilsonES13 Reports either say “crude oil” or “petroleum products” headed Stateside. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323899704578589460837041312.html … #cdnpoli #LacMegantic #Quebec
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@globeandmail @globepolitics –> Bahaha! It is an Independent Republic… #cdnpoli #Gatekeepers #EpicFail pic.twitter.com/npXDdERds8
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DumpHarper DumpHarper ‏@opHarper 6 Jul

@Banks_Todd @HedyFry @CTVNews @CBCNews Who knew what last fall? The media should dig deeper into this –> http://www.edmontonjournal.com/news/prime+minister+wife+sells+entire+stock+portfolio/7802376/story.html … #cdnpoli
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Q: How can you tell if a politician is lying? A: His lips are moving.

Yes an old joke and unfortunately still true… and applicable to the current regime of Lord Stephen and his Harper Party.

It must have burned something awful to sit and listen to the report drawn up by the Auditor General, Michael Ferguson. Keep in mind this is the fellow all the shouting was about a few months ago, when Stephen Harper installed him in his new role as AG. Apparently he went and took his job seriously…

I wonder if it burns more than that other Harper appointee, Kevin Page who kept knocking holes in the F-35 procurement plans of the Stephen Harper Party.

Remember how Mr. Page said the F-35 fighters were going to cost us around $29 Billion and how the Harper Party pooh-poohed this and stated over and over and over again that it would be around $9 Billion or $16 Billion with everything figured in.

Stephen Harper, Peter MacKay, Julian Fantino all using the same talking points about how wrong Kevin Page was and how right they were.

And now the AG comes along and says the Department of National Defence was figuring about $25 Billion, and that it was in writing, and Harper and his cronies should have known about this…

There appears to be somewhat of a credibility gap growing here.

And those wonderful little echo boxes, the Harperistas are blathering on about it being the Liberals fault for signing us up for this way back in 1997.

Yep, they signed the agreement and paid out some money, so that Canadian companies could bid on contracts to do with the Joint Strike Force Project. But they didn’t sign up to buy any planes.

As a matter of fact, the planned competition to find a replacement for our current fighters, the CF-18 Hornets was put in place by the Liberals. And ignored by the Harper Party.

So, around 2006, the Stephen Harper Party decided that the F-35 was The Plane… and we were going to buy it. I’m a little fuzzy here whether the Harper Party told the DND or if the DND told the Harper Party, but it was decided and agreed to by the both of them. We didn’t get much of a say in this did we? Neither did the Opposition Parties in the House of Commons.

This meanders along until 2010 and the pre election electioneering that never seems to end under the Harper Party.

Stephen Harper accuses the opposition of wanting to tear up the contract to buy the F-35 fighters.

Peter MacKay says that he has a contract that says we are buying 65 F-35 for $9 Billion [we touched on that earlier]

In January of 2011 Stephen Harper again accuses the Opposition Parties of wanting to rip up the contract to buy these planes.

However, by April of 2012, Stephen Harper, Peter MacKay, and Julian Fantino are all saying there is no contract signed to buy these planes… at least not signed by the government….

Right after the AG released his report.

If this was a business rather than a government, Stephen Harper and his cronies would have been tossed out the window at the Board of Directors’ meeting.

They have either been lying to the shareholders [us] through their teeth or they are so grossly incompetent that they are unable to wipe their own bums after using the washroom. In either case they are not fit for office.

The AG report touches on this as well… remember the contempt charge that dissolved the last government? The report mentions that Stephen Harper withheld the information of the true costs of the program from the House.

In the all too familiar frenzy of finger pointing from the Harper Party crew, the DND and the bureaucrats are all getting blamed for not passing the information up the chain of command to the appropriate people.

In a business, if you are too lazy or too incompetent to pick up a phone and call to find out what is going on, you are just as culpable as the people who are allegedly sitting on the reports. Why should government be different?

It seems far more likely that the reports and documents made their way to the Ministers’ offices and were either ignored or shredded.

Anyhow, the government is spinning and dithering away, no contract has been signed, no money has been spent, the procurement money is frozen…

But what of our existing planes?

By ignoring the planned competition we are now left with a fleet of jets whose “Best Before Date” is rapidly approaching.

The CF-18s performed admirably in their service in Libya, being credited with performing much of the “heavy lifting” and “punching well beyond their weight” in that theatre.

But they are getting old.

The last refit of these planes occurred between 2003 and 2010 to ensure they would be capable until their replacements arrived. This refit was at a cost estimated at $2.6 Billion. Their replacements were supposed to start arriving around 2016 and that doesn’t look very promising now.

Of the 138 CF-18s originally purchased, 80 were upgraded.

Of these 80 upgraded fighters, how many will need to be upgraded again in order to still be viable until the replacements do finally arrive and at what cost?

Had the Harper Party acted responsibly, most of this would never have occurred.

If the competition had gone ahead in 2010 as scheduled, we either would have selected the F-35 or another fighter in its place. If the F-35 appeared to be impractical, as it now does, Plan B would be to go with the runner up. Right now Plan B appears to be casting blame.

If Stephen Harper had put someone in charge, there would at least be a point person to explain why we are where we are at. In a mess.

As Minister of Public Works, Rona Ambrose should have been in charge but either could not control the DND, MacKay , and Fantino, or could not be bothered to control them. The proposed solution appears to be put Rona in charge of a Secretariat with basically the same cast of characters. If it didn’t work the first time, maybe it will work the next time, right?

I all seriousness, I am getting very tired of this nonsense. We have saddled ourselves with a government who has no issue with lying to the House of Commons and to the people of Canada. This is a government that can admit no wrong and spends more time and effort pointing fingers and placing blame than they do actually governing.

How can anyone respect a Party whose communications strategy consists of denial and talking points? Do you not find it telling that when the idea of shuffling Julian Fantino out of the Deputy Minister position was raised in a media story, one of the media representatives suggested he could easily be replaced with a tape recorder?

Even as I sit here and type, the news is on and they are relating how the Harper
Party has now changed tactics and is explaining why their costing of the F-35 is so much lower… a long list of items not included in their cost estimates.

More smoke and spin.

Here’s a thought Stephen… start firing the incompetent people in your cabinet, and when you are done, you can fire the one who hired them.

Works for me.

I’m not “Harper People”… Do I get an Attack Ad too?

I was going to write about Bob Rae and the Harper Party attack ads but I got side tracked.

There was a bit on the news about Harper’s trip to Asia and how Canada was going to be open for business when it came to Asia.

He was talking oil.

He said it would be clear when the budget came down.

I’m not a gambler but I’d be willing to wager that a certain politician is about to ram his pipeline into B.C.’s interior and say it’s necessary for Canada’s Financial Interests.

Canada is getting a lot smaller, there are only two groups… the Pro Harperistas and everyone else.

If you stand against the Harper Party you get half truths and innuendos up the wazoo. Ask Bob Rae, he’s been marked by the Dark Lord as his inequal and is open to the Harper Propaganda Machine’s hate messaging system.

Using half truths and sound bites the Harperistas are trying to make Bob Rae look like the most incompetent Premier in Ontario’s history. Actually Rae did a pretty savvy job of steering a world class economy through a recession with no help from his Federal counterparts, the Mulroney PCs.

Compare that to Harper’s record on the economy and his dealings with the recession. When Rae got through Ontario was ready for business, Harper still whines and pules about how fragile the economy is even if we have supposedly recovered.

Then there was Thomas Mulcair who was merely a candidate for the leadership of the NDP and we got leaked stories about how he approached Harper to run for the Stephen Harper Party but he wanted to be a front row Cabinet Minister. Harper allegedly turned him down because he was greedy…

Thomas Mulcair was a free agent and a well know Quebec politician and talked with both the Federal Liberals and the NDP. Harper would have given his eye teeth to pull Mulcair into his circle. Imagine having Mulcair as his Quebec Lieutenant rather than having to appoint a Senator who wasn’t even from Quebec at the time to sit in his Caucus as the Quebec representative.

The Harperistas were trying to poison the NDP against Mulcair… didn’t work.

Congratulations Thomas Mulcair on your successful leadership bid for the New Democrats!

I understand Bob Rae sent a nice note of congratulations to Mr. Mulcair, Stephen Harper’s Team sent one too, accusing him of being a tax and spend socialist or something of that sort.

Class act Stephen, the ads start tomorrow right? [Edit apparently they start Monday]

When it comes to aboriginal relations, Harper seems to like the natives, when they wear their fancy Indian clothes and make him an honorary chief or sit with him in the high class box at the Olympics. When they are polite and don’t ask for much.

Contrast that when the Harper Party was shocked and amazed by the squalor that the people of Attawapiskat were living in. When they asked for help (by declaring a state of emergency) the Harper Party berated them for being wasteful, smearing them and accusing them of mismanagement of their Native allowance.

This is the same community whose children went all the way to the United Nations to beg for money to have a proper school in their community.

Not long ago an Inuit boy died while travelling from his grandmother’s house to his home on a snowmobile.

When he was overdue, a search was organized and National Defence was contacted to assist. They declined.

They said the weather was too bad for their helicopters. It was not.

They said they have a “call back” policy where the searchers have to call them again before they can act. The policy does not exist.

Turns out there were no helicopters available, they were down for service, both of them.

Apparently Stephen Harper would rather give tax breaks to big oil than ensure the safety of Canadians by ensuring we have adequate search and rescue available at all times.

In Stephen Harper’s world, a Cabinet Minister can lie to the House of Commons, be found in contempt of the House of Commons, and still get a promotion.

In Stephen Harper’s world, a Cabinet Minister can misappropriate money for pet projects and still get a promotion.

In Stephen Harper’s world, a Cabinet Minister can have an affair with a subordinate and still get a promotion.

In the real world these acts would get you terminated and possibly tossed in jail.

In Stephen Harper’s world, those who do not want a pipeline full of bitumen run through their back yards are not allowed to have experts talk on their behalf. Those experts are banished because they are interfering foreigners attempting to damage Canada’s economy. Take that Sierra Club, you bunch of hooligans.

But the other interfering foreigners, the oil companies, are allowed to argue in favour of running the muck through your back yard.

But then again, they’re “Harper People”.

But the thing these “Harper People” need to keep in mind, you are only “Harper People” as long as you are useful to him.

Ask the grain farmers who are fighting to retain the Canadian Wheat Board.

He got your votes and now he gets his way.

Trudeau called MPs pawns. Harper has made them Marionettes. They can only speak when Harper puts words in their mouths.

You and me? We are only important for one month every four years or so.

The smears and attack ads are just his way of telling you how to vote, so you can be “Harper People” too.