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Mr. Harper, there’s a call for you on the Bananaphone


 

Raffi has some requests of the Prime Minister.

Apologize to Canadians for being in contempt of the House — the true reason your minority government was brought down, and a rightful concern for Canadians, which you’ve dismissed as mere “bickering.” Have the humility and courage to say, “I’m sorry.”


 

Mr. Harper, there’s a call for you on the Bananaphone

  1. The voters ignored this nonsense from Harper bashers, but they’re still at it. Unbelievable.

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    • Looks like someone needs a hug?

      • yes, Ignatieff is now somewhere in Toronto.  When you come back from San Diego, make sure to give him a big hug.

        • Not really on your game today eh? Late night? LOL

        • Just for you Alf- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMkkQO5HUXM

          • ROTFLMAO

            I suddenly feel the need for a cup of joe. Later!

    • “(…) these retards (…)”
      “(…) what a bunch of self-important morons.”
      Man, you really do enjoy insulting people, don’t you? That doesn’t say much about the Conservative mindset.

    • They aren’t retards, they are specially challenged.

  3. Is good grace entirely lost to the political process?

    Of course Harper was in contempt of parliament. He broke rules fundamental to the running of parliament over and over again. The fact that his detractors weren’t much better made it worse, not better.

    It doesn’t neccesarily follow that he isn’t the right person to run the country right now, but whether one does this with dignity and humility is another thing entirely.

    Canadians want a respectful government. They’ve said it over and over and over again. They’re just not willing to cut off their nose to spite their face as it were, and voted for stability. I think that’s fair.

    However, Raffi has spent his life trying to teach many things to our children, and fundamental respect is one of those things. He’s right to call on the Prime Minister to set a new tone in the house.

    The fracious minority is over. It’s time to restore some sense of dignity and good grace to politics in this country, and that power lays primarily in the hands of the Prime Minister.

    Maybe an “apology” goes to far, but the spirit of the request is clear and justified.

    • The whole thing goes too far. Elections have consequences – among them being free to laugh off ridiculous sour-grapes demands from the losers.

      • Big thumbs up there brother. The last thing I want is my leader to have courage and humility. 

      • While I think San Diego Dave pretty much nailed the response, I’m still curious about a couple things: 

        1) Is it really your belief that democracy is just a “reality” competition we occasionally have to see who gets to be dictator for the next so many years?

        2) Is it the entirety of public opinion we get to ignore, and if so, for how long before the next election?

        3) How DOES one become callous enough to be entirely comfortable responding to well considered opinions with “loser”?

        And most importantly:

        4) DID they get that thing you sent them or not?! LOL

        • 1) It’s funny how lefties who win elections can ignore the wishes of the portion of the population which is right wing, but when right wingers win elections they are somehow beholden to the lefties.  It seems like the lefties win whether they win elections or not.  Not this time loser, you lose, and you and your idiot lefty friends dont get to govern for 4 years.  Deal with it loser.

          2) Just the public opinion of lefty losers.

          3) Your ramblings are not a considered opinion.  They are dressed up as a considered opinion but they are just the whiny whining of a loser.

          • If I were a “lefty” a response like that would be like mana from heaven, but since I’m not I can’t say I appreciate you making conservatives look like cracker-doodles.

            Besides, you forgot the most important question! LOL

          • Someone needs to listen to Raffi for a bit. Try “Big Beautiful Planet”

          • “Not this time loser, you lose, and you and your idiot lefty friends dont get to govern for 4 years. Deal with it loser.”
            “(…) lefty losers.”
             “(…) whiny whining of a loser.”
            Do you really have to insult people to get your point across, buddy?

          • Given the lack of point, what else is there?

      • Like I said earlier, this person is living in the past with a bunch of “Harper haters”

        • You’re living in the past with a bunch of “Harper haters”?

          My condolences brother.

  4. I believe the correct response here would be “Shut up and sing.”

    • Hasn’t Harper done enough singing already?

      More bad Beatles covers isn’t going to help anything you know.

      LOL

    • Shut up AND sing?

      • Reference to Dixie Chicks and their career-imploding comment about GW Bush.

        • Hmmm. Good ol’ Wiki says their last album went to #1. In 2006. 

  5. Raffi – “Reduce crime by investing in early years and increasing literacy, not by ineffective and costly prisons   …….  Show your respect for Canada’s children by legislating a ban on direct advertising and marketing to kids 12 and under.”

    How about Canada show respect for our children by not murdering them or giving benefit of doubt to pedophiles. We can worry about direct advertising later. 

    How come progressives can only love humanity in groups of million or more?
     ——–
    Edmonton Sun, May 8, 2011 : But community supervision didn’t stop Danial Todd Gratton, who has repeatedly abused kids, from doing it yet again, despite participating in ongoing therapy in Alberta Hospital’s sex offender program … 

    CBC – May 29, 2011 – Police in Abbotsford, B.C., are looking for a violent sex offender wanted on a Canada-wide warrant who left his home Friday without permission.

    Abortion In Canada: “More than three million unborn babies have died from abortion in Canada since 1969, when abortion was first decriminalized. Statistics Canada tables show a recorded total of 2,822,293 abortions between 1969 and 2005.”

    • Awww Mom, reductio ad absurdum for dinner again? LOL

      Here’s a clue for ya: advocating foresight and intelligent social planning does not equate with support for pedophiles and murderers.

      Yes we need to lock away the big bads, but we also need to think ahead.

      NOT ROCKETSCIENCE.

      • Apparently it is rocket science for you and people like you.

        Are kids really going to learn how to read better when we don’t lock up pedophiles?

        How long do we have to follow intelligent social planning before Canadians start to ask questions about how intelligent it is?
        ——-
        Alex Himelfarb – “Surely one key test of any society is how we treat the most vulnerable and, even more particularly, the most despised.”

        Raffi – “Reduce crime ….. not by ineffective and costly prisons”

        Phil King – “Raffi has spent his life trying to teach many things to our children, and fundamental respect is one of those things.”

        Ottawa Citizen – May 2011 – A deaf man with a long history of sexual assaults has been declared a dangerous offender after an Ottawa judge found he posed too great a risk to women if he were allowed to the return to the community.

        Edmonton Sun, May 8, 2011 : But community supervision didn’t stop Danial Todd Gratton, who has repeatedly abused kids, from doing it yet again, despite participating in ongoing therapy in Alberta Hospital’s sex offender program …

        CBC – May 29, 2011 – Police in Abbotsford, B.C., are looking for a violent sex offender wanted on a Canada-wide warrant who left his home Friday without permission.

        Wiki – Child Abuse – child sexual abuse include depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, propensity to further victimization in adulthood, and physical injury to the child, among other problems

        • Yeah that’s right, investing in early education and literacy leads to pedophiles running the streets.

          Whatever it is you’re smoking brother, I’d stop it if I were you.

        • An earnest and well meaning young person approached me at church on Sunday and pointed out that I had purchased a pound of coffee that, while it was fair trade and organic, was not shade grown. Her logical extrapolation from this incident was that I hated all birds.

          Tony, was that you? 

          • You tell me, was it? 

            Most vulnerable people in Canada, and world, are babies. We murder them here in Canada. Most despised, probably pedophiles, and we give them benefit of doubt because they promise to behave in future. 

            ——-
            Alex Himelfarb – let me admit that a very significant part of my public service career was spent in the justice sector – Surely one key test of any society is how we treat the most vulnerable and, even more particularly, the most despised. 

            Raffi – “Reduce crime ….. not by ineffective and costly prisons … Show your respect for Canada’s children by legislating a ban on direct advertising and marketing to kids 12 and under.”

            Ian Lee – Statistics Canada commenced the recording of police-reported crime statistics in 1962 ….. This figure increased year by year ….. and finally peaking at 1084 per 100,000 by 1992– a 500% increase in 30 years or a third of a century. 

            Edmonton Sun, May 8, 2011 : But community supervision didn’t stop Danial Todd Gratton, who has repeatedly abused kids, from doing it yet again, despite participating in ongoing therapy in Alberta Hospital’s sex offender program …

            Abortion In Canada: More than three million unborn babies have died from abortion in Canada since 1969, when abortion was first decriminalized. Statistics Canada tables show a recorded total of 2,822,293 abortions between 1969 and 2005.

          • That’s just sick. Implying that Raffi supports abortion and releasing pedophiles onto the streets simply because he advocates for more early education and an efficient use of the prison system.

            Honestly guy, how do you sleep at night?

          • Says more about you and Raffi if you think I should have trouble sleeping at night because I am against abortion and think jail works wonderfully because we lock up pedophiles and stop them from continuing their evil actions.

            Respect should be shown to innocents of world, not murderers and pedophiles.

            Raffi – “Reduce crime ….. not by ineffective and costly prisons … Show your respect for Canada’s children by legislating a ban on direct advertising … ”

            Edmonton Sun, May 8, 2011 : But community supervision didn’t stop Danial Todd Gratton, who has repeatedly abused kids, from doing it yet again, despite participating in ongoing therapy in Alberta Hospital’s sex offender program ….

            Maclean’s – April 2010 – Thanks to Graham James, Canadians now know just how simple it is for a man who preys on teenage boys to have his criminal record wiped clean. Over the past two years, 1,554 sex offenders applied for a pardon; only 41 were rejected.

          • Yes Tony, it was you. How long you down in SD? And why are you posing on the Macleans boards as a man?

          • “…Says more about you and Raffi if you think I should have trouble sleeping at night because I am against abortion and think jail works wonderfully because we lock up pedophiles and stop them from continuing their evil actions…”

            Yeah, because that’s what I said.

            Oh no, wait a minute, it isn’t.

            Ironically you’re a walking billboard for early education and literacy.

          • He also thinks atheists are bad people. He sounds surprisingly normal for the group he associates with.

          • I think amoral people are bad, not atheists or the religious. 

            I do have problem with atheists, tho, because many of them don’t have sense of civil society.

            Many atheists think it is themself or government and nothing in between.

            And who do you think I ‘associate with’ here in Guelph?

          • I am Guest, tried to delete comment and start over in bigger window but did not work. I don’t like shrinking area. 

          • I don’t like Disqus either. See- we have something in common!

          • Phil King: Honestly guy, how do you sleep at night? 

            TonyAdams: Says more about you and Raffi if you think I should have trouble sleeping at night ….

            Phil King: Yeah, because that’s what I said.

            Oh no, wait a minute, it isn’t.

            Ironically you’re a walking billboard for early education and literacy.

          • Damn, I’m starting to feel like I’m beating up on the brain damaged.

          • So stop hitting yourself, then.

    • This barbarous and murderous landscape of pedophiles and infanticide that you describe, can you see it from your deck? Like Sarah Palin sees Russia?

  6. I’m with Raffi. Prisons are criminal factories: nothing more and nothing less. You put a criminal in prison, he’ll come out a criminal. Far better to invest in him not becoming a criminal in the first place.
    As for contempt of Parliament, you can add contempt for science, reality, brown people outside our borders, and Canadians who disagree with him. Harper is really nothing more than a big walking pile of contempt.

    • I think we can all agree that dangerous criminals need to be segregated from society though right? In my mind, if you’re willing to attack or kill people or molest children, then you’re seriously mentally ill and need serious and complete intervention for the safety of society.

      My issue is that the largest group of prisoners are not really dangerous at all and yet cost us a bundle to inprison.

      I say clamp on a GPS, find them work and let them pay their own way with the income.

      I did my thesis on work motivation theory, and frankly, if a person has a job and a sense of autonomy, the risk of recidivism is very dramatically reduced.

      Shouldn’t that be the point?

  7. I knew the opposition was a little on the young side, but I would have thought most of them had outgrown Raffi’s demographic.

  8. Canadians rewarded the type of bad behaviour kids are sentenced to a time out for. Don’t expect any apologies for anything at anytime from this government.

    Keep trying to instill good values in children Raffi…

  9. Mr. Raffi.  I have one thing to say to you, you are living in the past….”Get With It”.     Our Prime Minister takes us ahead not behind.  Which one of Mr. Harper’s opposition put you up to this?.   When they hate….they truly hate.  Leave the man alone and let him run the Country “his way”.
    Get the picture yet??

    • ie. Sit down and shut up. You don’t get an opinion in CPC Canada

  10. Yeah, that’s totally going to happen.

  11. I respect Raffi’s right to have and express his opinion. Now, why doesn’t he try running for elected office? I’m sure he’d own the 7-12yo demographic.

    • LMAO!!!!   Puts a whole new spin on “playing to your base”, lol!!!

  12. The election is over.  Somebody tell him.

    Also tell him that when an election ends, the party that wins will use its own platform, not anybody else’s.  That’s the whole point of the election.  The guy is in some serious denial.

  13. Apologize? Judging by the result, it was already accepted.