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Stephen Harper’s rallying cry

The Prime Minister looks on the bright side


 

Over the weekend, the Prime Minister made his annual speech at the Calgary Southwest summer barbecue. He began with remarks about the flooding in Alberta and the disaster in Lac-Megantic, but here is the heart of the speech. For all the talk about his government’s difficult spring, here is what he told the faithful.

Now, friends, as dedicated Conservatives, many of you in this room know exactly what it is to volunteer. Many of you here have been giving time and money to Canada’s Conservative movement for more than 25 years. In fact, I was just telling the Premier, Diane Ablonczy and I met 26 years ago, and it is because of you and people like you from all across the country that the Conservative Party of Canada today governs this country with a majority mandate. Now, friends… (APPLAUSE) Friends, you’ve sent our government to Ottawa because we share a vision for Canada.

Vous nous avez envoyé… Vous nous avez envoyé à Ottawa parce que vous saviez que seul le Parti conservateur du Canada peut s’occuper de notre pays, peut s’occuper de ses communautés, de ses familles, et de l’économie du Canada.

You sent us to Ottawa because you know that only the Conservative Party of Canada can be counted on to take care of this great country, to take care of its communities, its families, and Canada’s economy. Under… (APPLAUSE) Under our mandate, friends, in a period of incredible change and uncertainty, when countries around the world are drowning in debt crises, Canada has had the fastest growth rate in the G7, and the lowest debt by far in that group of countries. (APPLAUSE) You’ve trusted us to lower taxes and to keep them down for hardworking Canadians, for businesses and for families, and no matter what the pressure of the opposition, we have kept those taxes down. You trusted us to promote well-paying, high quality jobs for Canadians, and we have.

Depuis la fin de la récession de l’économie canadienne a créé un million de nouveaux emplois nets.

Since the end of the recession, the Canadian economy has now created one million net new jobs. Net. And we’re moving ahead. Under Economic Action Plan 2013, we have launched a new enhanced long-term infrastructure plan for our cities and our communities. We’ve provided tax incentives for investment to help build an innovative manufacturing sector. We’re reforming our temporary foreign workers program to ensure Canadians always have the first crack at available jobs. We’ve enhanced tax credits to encourage Canadians to give more to charity. And we have also lightened the tax burdens for Canadians who take care of loved ones in their homes. Friends… (APPLAUSE) Friends, you’ve entrusted us on the economy, and despite the opposition, we’ve delivered. You’ve also trusted us to keep Canadian streets and communities safe, and to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, our children. I’m pleased to tell you that our government recently, once again, with no support from the opposition, is well on the way to making reforms, to making become law our reforms to the not criminally responsible legislation. Now, what this is about, you probably remember incidents, awful incidents where people who have done terrible things, but were held to be not criminally responsible through mental illness, showed up in the very community where their victims lived, and no one was warned. We’re changing that, friends, just like we fixed citizen’s arrest, and these are the kind of changes we’re going to keep making. (APPLAUSE) On citizen’s arrest, you remember how a Toronto store owner was charged with assault after he apprehended somebody robbing his store. He was charged.

Notrwe gouvernement pense que les Canadiens en général ont le droit de se protéger et de protéger leur propriété.

Our government believes that ordinary Canadians have the right to protect themselves and their property from criminals. (APPLAUSE) So one piece of legislation at a time, our reforms are transforming Canada’s justice system to make sure that we put the rights of ordinary law abiding citizens and victims exactly where they belong, ahead of the rights of criminals. Now, of course… (APPLAUSE) Of course, our work on this is not yet done, and we’re not going to stop until it is. You also trusted us, by the way, to protect Canada’s generous refugee system from bogus claims and also to reform our immigration system to make it easier to deport foreign criminals and make it easier for newcomers who will create jobs and opportunity to come here, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. (APPLAUSE) You trusted us to protect freedom of expression and free speech for all Canadians. And so, just a week and a half ago, we were successful in repealing section 13 of the Canadian Human Rights Act. (APPLAUSE) That is the section that for decades stripped those accused of discriminatory speech from the most basic common law defences of truth and due process. Of course, the opposition didn’t really like that one, but the fact is, friends, the fact is that section 13 was always of the most dubious constitutionality in the first place. And now it is gone, just like the Wheat Board monopoly is gone, and just like the wasteful and ineffective long gun registry is gone. (APPLAUSE) You have trusted us, and we have delivered, despite the opposition – are you noticing a theme here? (LAUGHTER) And by the way, I should mention that we continue to be well on the way, right on track, to deliver years ahead, years ahead of most other developed economies a balanced budget by 2015.

A few other things that we’ve only done in the past year. We’ve done an awful lot in the past year. We’ve made offenders pay more to support victims of their crime. We’ve improved accountability in the RCMP, we brought in new antiterrorism measures and strengthened the witness protection program, and after years of opposition resistance under the Human Rights Act, we have finally secured equal rights for women and girls living o reserves. (APPLAUSE) We’re also increasing financial transparency in First Nations, and we’ve taken more steps to ensure safe drinking water in aboriginal communities. In other words, friends, we have been in the past few months very, very busy.

Lors de l’élection de 2011, notre parti, le Parti conservateur, a pris plus d’une centaine d’engagements. Nous avons maintenant donné suite à 84 d’entre eux.

In the 2000 [sic] election – I give you an update every year. In the 2000 [sic] election, our party, the Conservative Party, made more than 100 specific pledges in its platform. We have now delivered on 84 of those promises. (APPLAUSE) And we’re working on the rest. We’re making good decisions – look, I say, friends, not perfect decisions, but we are making good decisions. We are making a better Canada, a stronger Canada. We’re also investing, by the way, in Calgary, a city that is vitally important to this country’s economy. Let me just remind you that our government has made a major contribution to improving the C Train. We’ve given our full support to Calgary’s Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, a great initiative, a great Canadian, great Calgarian. (APPLAUSE)  And of course, under our statutes, we’ll also be making enormous financial contributions to reconstruction and compensation for the Calgary flood, up to 90 percent of some of the costs under the Federal Disaster Assistance Arrangements Act. Now, of course… The Premier claps for that one. (LAUGHTER) I don’t know about the Minister of Finance. I’ll have to talk to him. (LAUGHTER) Of course, our government also understands, friends, what energy means to this city, to this province, and of course, ultimately, to this country. Unlike the opposition, we know that Canadians don’t have to choose between a strong economy and a clean environment. We can and we must have both. (APPLAUSE) But in order to have a thriving resource sector, and frankly, thriving government balance sheets across the country, we have got to get our products to the markets that want them. And to do that, we must increase our export capacity. Now, friends, this is where I want to spend a little minute talking about the opposition, because our government’s approach to this in so many things are so… is so different from theirs. You know, on the one hand, we have the Liberals. They came out, come out here. They claim they support the oil sands, but at the same time, they oppose the pipelines that would get the oil to market. Then we have the NDP, who actually went to Washington to lobby against the oil sands, and by the way, to do it in secret, with American congressional leaders. Now, actually, friends, I’m going to talk about this, because this is part of a trend we’ve seen – it’s kind of interesting – over the last year. You know, I mentioned to you that we have been able to get an awful lot done, an awful lot of legislation through, particularly in the past year.

En fait, depuis un an, nous avons réussi à faire adopter nos politiques par le parlement presque sans opposition.

In fact, in this past year, we have been able to get so many of our policies through Parliament virtually unopposed. Why? On the one hand, friends, I talked about the NDP, talking about their policies in Washington in secret. The NDP doesn’t want to talk about their alternatives, because their policies are so far outside the mainstream, they don’t want people to know about them. In the case of the Liberals (LAUGHTER) they don’t want to talk about their alternatives because they don’t have any. (LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE) But look, we all know, friends, that their instincts, both of them, on these matters are all bad; tax and spend inclinations that are so extreme, if we took any of their suggestions literally, we would have a budget that would make the worst European budget look solid in comparison. They’ve got big government inclinations to build bureaucracy at the expense of families and communities, and to always put the concerns and the welfare of the criminal ahead of the interests of law abiding citizens. They would pursue their so-called soft power approach to foreign policy that would once again strip down the Canadian military and make Canada’s role in the world about nothing more than pleasing foreign governments. Of course, there’s also, friends, and I know we especially notice it here, their constant need to pit region against region in a game where when they play the game, Alberta is always put at the very bottom of their little pecking order. What I’m telling you… (APPLAUSE) What I’m telling you, friends, is that with the Liberals and the NDP, what you see is what you get: dangerous ideas on the one hand, vacuous thinking on the other, and all of it would reverse the progress we have made. The unprecedented strength in the world that this country has today, they would reverse that as quickly as possible.

C’est pourquoi nous, les conservateurs, nous allons continuer à utiliser les deux prochaines années à veiller à ce que nos familles soient en sécurité, notre économie soit solide, notre pays soit uni, et quand viendra la prochaine élection, nous serons prêts à continuer à faire avancer notre pays.

That is why, friends, we Conservatives will keep passing legislation and keep using the next two years to make our families safe, our economies strong, and our country united, and when the next election comes, and those are the issues that matter, we will be ready to make sure we keep this country moving forward. (APPLAUSE)

Well, thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, friends, you’ve been very generous with your time and attention, and I know you’re waiting to get into that great feast, so let me just close with this thought. There is nothing so strong or safe as the simple truth, and the simple truth is that by working together, each one of us is able to do infinitely more than our own best. This is true, whether you’re rebuilding a city or rebuilding a country. And so we will press on purposely, enthusiastically, courageously, until we accomplish everything, everything we set out to do. That is to build a stronger, more united, more prosperous Canada for our families, for our children, the strongest, most united, most prosperous country in the world, regardless of all the trouble going on around us. We must never become complacent, and we must always remember who it is that we serve. We must keep striving for what is good and for what is right. Therefore, I urge you, all of you, go on using all of your strengths and talents in the service of something greater than yourself. Do this, my friends, because you love Alberta. Do this because you love Canada. Do this, and the Canada today, and the Canada of tomorrow and beyond will be the great country that destiny intends. God bless all of you. God bless Canada. (APPLAUSE) 


 

Stephen Harper’s rallying cry

  1. This speech contains several factual errors including that anti-hate speech laws were not found to be fully constitutional and did not involve due process.

    This is an example of ideology run so amok that even people in the highest positions can’t inform themselves of the basics of a situation. That’s fine when they’re a weirdo fringe publishing the Western Standard, when they’re running the country it’s a danger sign.

      • wrong. the decision you cite only dealt with penalties and was ground into dust by higher authorities in the later Whatcott decision.

        You are unqualified to be talking about this issue and should stop.

        You are welcome.

        • Wrong. Whether the Whatcott ruling affects the Lemire ruling is debatable, however, I’ve already proven false your claim that hate speech laws were not found to be unconstitutional. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal explicitly declared certain provisions to be unconstitutional in a case and that decision has not been reversed.

          • I am afraid that is simply not the case. The supreme court in Whatcott pretty much obliterates the stuff the speechy screechies lauded in the HRC case you mention.

            (offhand I cannot recall whether whatcott addresses penalty provisions and it might not have been before the court), but the stuff that HRC case was mouthing off about got trounced.

        • The PM said it was of “dubious constitutionality,” not that it was found to be unconstitutional by a court. Even after courts make decisions legislatures are allowed to overrule them if they disagree. That is what has occurred.

          You decry ideology running amok yet you yourself seem guided to a fault by your own ideological opposition to the prime minister that you torque his words for your own advantage.

          • But it is of no way dubious constitutionality,as our own supreme court recently found. The arguments to the contrary are jokes that have been given way too much time and attention in the media. Harper was simply wrong and should have owned up to it.

            And yes, parliament almost certainly had the authority to repeal
            the law making it illegal to communicate hate speech using phone lines/the internet. That does not affect the constitutionality issue, which considered whether it violate the constitution to have them in the first place.

          • Reasonable legal minds disagree. In the Taylor case, Justice McLachlin of the 1990s disagreed with Chief Justice McLachlin of today on the constitutionality of these sorts of anti-discrimination measures. Anyways, Whatcott concerned a different section under a provincial statute, and is not necessarily equatable to s 13 of the Canadian act.

            Also it remains illegal to wilfully promote hatred against identifiable groups in public places or to communicate (inclusive of telephone and other broadcast means) such hate messages outside of private conversations. Under the Criminal Code defendants are provided potential defences and are brought through the actual justice system rather than a kangaroo court.

          • yes, after several years of being put to the test the C.J. found that her abstract concerns hadn’t been borne out practically after a couple of decades of laudable work by tribunals.

            Just because there are dissenting judgments doesn’t mean constitutionality is dubious, in fact it is quite clear.

            Harper should have chosen different language. had he said “controversial” he might have had a point (but only because so many keep making irresponsible comments about it).

  2. Stephen Harper is perfectly clear: he’s your friend. And he’ll let you know 20 times over the course of one speech.

  3. Excellent speech and a very accurate synopsis of this last year – way to go harper

    • sarcasm? ? (i hope!)

  4. No acknowledgment of 3.1 billion missing.
    No acknowledgment of his own disastrous appointees — Brazeau, Wallin, Duffy.
    No acknowledgment of pleading guilty to breaking electoral finance rules.
    No acknowledgment of a court finding that fraud and voter suppression stemming from the CPC had occurred.
    No acknowledgement, really, of any faults whatsoever.

    And if he doesn’t even acknowledge them, how on earth can he be expected to prevent them from happening again?

    • Feel free to run screaming from the country.

      • So you’d rather people leave than the country be made better.
        Gotcha.

        • I wasn’t talking to “people”, I was talking to you. That’s how the reply button works.

          • LOL.. so you’re saying that if anybody else had made the same comment you wouldn’t have replied in the same manner?

            That my ideas threaten you so much you felt compelled to resort to an ad hominem comment for the sum and total of your reply? Wow.. if it was anybody else, I’d almost feel a bit flattered.

            Honestly though, all I feel for you is a sense of bemusement and pity.

          • I don’t care what you feel for me. Talk to a therapist about your feelings. Feel free to run screaming from the country.

      • Harperland, love it or leave it?

        • All you need to do is win an election. If you can’t handle democracy, then leave.

          • Democracy? We are in a constitutional monarchy.

          • Yes, the Queen is responsible for the scourge known as Harper.

          • Yes, we are.

            However, with your comment, you’ve successfully demonstrated the lack of intelligence in yourself and the readers of this blog who have thumbed up your comment. Good for you.

          • Sorry, but I will be staying and fighting you.

          • That’s right, Jan, if the s_c_f menace is not stopped, Canada as we know it is surely doomed. Stop s_c_f!

          • Don’t go bursting his balloon – he thinks he’s a big shot. It’s always fun to give him a bit of rope and see what he does with it.

          • Pot meet kettle.

          • If I see a lunatic hiding in the bushes in my backyard, I’ll know who it is.

          • Complete with leafy camo, army fatigues and scope rifle — like the Bill Murray character in Caddyshack.

          • WTF? – part of democracy is the right to disagree with the government in power – sounds like you’re the one who can’t handle democracy!

          • Try replying to something I actually said next time.

    • Of course, if he included any of those items in a speech to his own party, it would officially become The Worst Speech To One’s Own Party In The History Of Ever.

  5. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. Pass the plate, and please re-elect me PM of Alberta.

  6. “Unlike the opposition, we know that Canadians don’t have to choose between a strong economy and a clean environment. We can and we must have both.”

    Huh. I remember lots of things that were billed as pro-economy but actually seemed anti-environment: gutting the Navigable Waters Act to remove environmental protection from millions of lakes and rivers, putting environmental decisions in the hands of the National Energy Board, pushing environmental assessment standards into the hands of the provinces, etc.

    I can’t seem to recall anything Harper has done that has represented net new protection for the environment. Must be a brain fart, maybe somebody can remind me.

  7. I see (applause) as sarcastic

    • (APPLAUSE) was scripted into PMSH’s speech by his writers.

      Trained seals in the HOC matched by even more trained seals at the lead-up events to the CPC Convention.

  8. Li’l steve and friends , homies just chilling , trash talking , troughing out ! Wheres the Duffinator and Pam ?

  9. George Orwell would be impressed with this example of NewSpeak..

  10. Let me be perfectly clear: this is the most corrupt government ever.

    • Oh really? The Liberals stole millions of taxpayer dollars to fund the Liberal Party of Canada. Where have the Conservative’s done anything even remotely close? The only similar “scandal” is the $90,000 that Duffy PAID BACK. The Liberals never repaid a dime of the money they stole, that money continues to fund party operations to this day.

      But sure, just keep saying stupid things that aren’t even remotely true. Maybe someone will be dumb enough to believe you.

      • Did you conveniently forget about the missing 3.1 billion? How about the 50 million for border securing gazebos? Does that ring a bell. The thing with Harpercrits pointing fingers is they forget all the fingers pointed back at them.

      • False. The Liberal Party did not steal money. No Liberal MP or member of the PMO was involved or even charged. A few bad apples who worked for the party in Quebec abused the Sponsorship fund, and that was wrong. But it was blown out of proportion by the Conservatives for political gain. And Duffy did NOT pay back money. He still has not paid the money back out of his own pocket. And you’re also forgetting the electoral fraud the Conservatives were involved with. Is it right to steal elections like in some 3rd world country? Canadians deserve a democratic election where the person is legitimately elected.

        • ” The Liberal Party did not steal money”

          In what alternative universe do you live in? The whole point of Adscam was to funnel money to Liberal party groups in Quebec through ad agencies. It went on for 10 years. Millions were stolen. The ad agencies accepted cash for no work, took a big cut, then sent the rest to Quebec Liberals. Give your head a shake and come back to reality. Or let us know how much you’re being paid to say this.

          • . . . and share your prodigious kool-aid supply with the thirsty masses — because clearly you’ve had too much.

          • I love how in Rebecca’s alternate universe, the Liberal Party of Canada only consists of elected federal Liberal MPs and (if the Liberals happen to be in power) the PMO. Who knew? So apparently as I write this, the entire Liberal Party of Canada consists of 35 members. Who knew?

            Best example of partisan derangement syndrome that I’ve seen in some time.

      • In the interest of accuracy Duffy has NOT “paid back” the $90K – Nigel Wright was the person who paid it back!

  11. He’s sitting at, what, 30% in the polls? And yet his next majority is a lock, providing JT remains roped to the Liberal party helm (which is the fervent prayer of every Tory).

    Harper’s secret? He’s got a golden horseshoe lodged in an uncomfortable place. Or he’s Mackenzie King redux, as others have suggested. Whatever the case, where do you think the sane, property-owning voter will lean in 2015, given the options of ‘Steady Steve’ Harper, ‘Mad’ Tom Mulcair, JT the man-child, and Elizabeth Mayday?

    • Smart money would be on a Liberal minority government. Even in the event that Harper gets more seats than the Liberals in the minority, expect him to be toppled instantaneously.

      Governments in Canada get about a six or seven year lifespan before they pass their best-before date and get too corrupt for their own good. Harper’s government in right on schedule, and will be well into the rotting stage by the time 2015 rolls around.

      • “Smart money would be on a Liberal minority government.”

        And there’s your principle 2015 Tory campaign thrust. Second majority or Justin the Unready gets power. Opposition leader, fine. PM? Be serious.

        But I agree that Harper’s back office needs to pick up the pace to counter regime weariness. Still, at the end of the day (all things remaining equal), Canadians vote with an eye to their billfolds. And that means Steve-the-Merciless wins through again.

        • Harper has proven himself to be in over his head on so many issues. You may have drunk the kool-ade but you’re in the minority. I honestly wouldn’t trust him to run a mailroom competently.

          • It’s possible I’m whistling past the graveyard, but a fresh front bench in the autumn, the continuing provincial Liberal disaster in Ontario, and the likelihood of an improving economy (should America survive the implementation of Obamacare) points to more promising times for the Harper brand. But enjoy the moment, by all means.

          • Moment? The Harper government has been mired in one scandal after another.

          • Ephemera, the ‘scandals’. Granted, half have been handled with the finesse of a pig on stilts (no credit to the inexplicably-vaunted and feared PMO), but while death-of-a-thousand-cuts worrying, they’re hardly fatal. In a straight-up fight, Harper bests the rest because he’s a known known. The scandals will vie with JT’s quotable quotes for attack ad play and Mulcair’s deadweight party platform. The prospect of either of the latter getting within reach of the big desk will propel nose-holders and other non-Tories to vote blue. It is what it is, extant polls notwithstanding.

        • Justin Trudeau has just as much experience as Harper did when he became PM. And not only that, it is the Liberal Party which balanced the books, eliminated the deficit and gave Canada a surplus. It’s Harper who turned out to be a fake fiscal conservative. He blew the surplus and caused a deficit. So shouldn’t red tories, blue liberals etc. consider the Liberals over the Conservatives in the next election?

          • Justin Trudeau is an attractive, earnest-appearing, sweet-souled, young-ish man almost certainly smarter than a thousand camels. That said, even the backroom boys are only hoping he can double the seat count. Carney’s their man, and he’s not back from Blighty for another five years. Justin’s a placeholder. (Hey, you can’t blame them, really. They can read tea leaves as well as any pundit. The Liberals meet the pot or fold and merge.) The best he can hope for is to retire with dignity intact two years after the next election.

          • I guess you deserve credit for coming up with a unique hypothesis.

          • Carney. Jetted off on a high note, media loves him, resolutely massage rep, close, platonic friends with gay Liberal Scott B. (or so we hope), wife’s a connected and unreconstructed lefty. What’s not to like if you’re a Power Corp. pawn and player? (Nor should I be credited with imagining this scenario. It’s long been bruited by others.)

            It was always a Hail Mary pass, the JT coronation. They know he’s not what the Party really needs, but brand recognition is everything. He’ll suffice until they get what they want. And really, how would you feel about throwing Carney out to test whoever has replaced Harper, gone to his rewards? Pretty comfortable, yes?

  12. lol, if you try to apprehend me stealing food from your store you’ll be a cripple for life.

    • …though I did return the food from Dollar Tree when confronted; I feel bad for her chain now that Quebecers ring such truth to: “We are all Albertans” article one of your employees previously posted. I wonder if that means Wpg is supposed to rip apart their floodway or if AB is supposed to learn something. I’ve read of the time of the Bible; they didn’t have basic meteorological knowledge, those authors.

      • …nevermind, is American chain. So, dangerous goods should be tiered. Oil isn’t is dangerous as some chemicals but it is more voliatile than lumber. Better just to make inert recyclable thermoplastics products in AB and transport them as such. I hope Trudeau forces finance and petro to buy up other sectors if they are going to hog everything and turn us all into Americans minus the R+D and manufacturing. If Diversified in Edm wouldn’t have made fun of me and told me to go to Vancouver while I was waiting for work, I’d try to find some in Cgy now to fund a carbon sequester idea. I’m done with cities that subsidize mental illness and I’m done with rednecks.

        • It isn’t Harper, I’m disappointed in: it is Canadians. And the internet world for not speaking the language of the Scottish Enlightenment. More than 1/2 of the CPC’s effect in gvmt over a decade can be condensed into the effect of cutting corporate taxes, income taxes, and the GST; the speech in truth is a few sentences.

          80% of corporate profits in Canada are finance or petro/pipeline. Assume the same for income taxes and GST.

          I’ll assume the oil profits go to rich shareholders and Cgy/Edm real estate owners, and the finance profits to rich shareholders and future pensioners; primary rich but not necessarily into the decimal places of cdn wealth percentile.
          It is $81B in GST revenue, guessing $75B in corporate tax revenue, and $75B in income tax revenue creep: about $150B to finance and petro over and until the CPC decade. Difficult to guess the alternative, but maybe $30B in jail reducing daycare starting in 2010. Maybe $30B in hospital construction, nurses and doctor hires and medical R+D. And maybe $30B in teacher hires and school renos and university R+D, both starting in 2008. Maybe the remaning $60B gets cut up by the provinces and feds for cheaper future borrowing costs if paid against the federal debt. This is leftish. Perhaps a Martin-Iggy gvmt is in the middle. Anyways, The Bible is meant for powerless people, perhaps some (not defence) Ministers, not PMs. I doubt I’ll ever like Canada again; certainly the country could prove useful for making the world a better place.

          • 2006-2015: CPC is $75B to science-stupid rich oil and $37.5B to finance rich, both for new mansions and vacations. $37.5B to pensioners. PCs or Iggy-Martin is 1/2 way. And Chretein or an NDP-Lib coalition is $30B in daycare, $30B for education, $30B for healthcare. $60B for cheaper future fed/provincial borrowing costs.

            The carbon tax seems minor in comparison though the NDP shift and Libs pre-Dion was twice the forcing (revenue to green R+D instead of tax cuts). I hope you rich idiots all enjoyed your big homes and vacations.

  13. Seems like our national leader has headed for the hills! Is Harpers support base shrinking into a small pool of CON enablers in Alberta? Why is that?

    • Maybe because he’s from a riding in Calgary? Or will you be saying the same idiotic things every time Trust Fund Trudeau or Beardo deliver a speech in Quebec? Ya, didn’t think so.

      • Yes, that’s some nerve, a Prime Minister who represents a riding in Calgary coming to Calgary during the Stampede, following a catastrophic flood there, and delivering a speech. What outrage is next?

      • Justin Trudeau inherited some money from his father, yes. So what? There are many politicians wealthier than he is. And I thought Conservatives didn’t believe in persecuting people based on their wealth. At least Trudeau is working and earning a living and not just sitting at home in a mansion.

        • He didn’t earn a dime of his wealth himself. He’s only wealthy because his grandfather got rich selling gasoline, which Trudeau now claims he’s against (but, conveniently, not donating the money to any environmental orgs). The kids an entitled little hypocrite who’s never worked a real day in his life.

          • Good to know you think teachers don’t really work.

  14. It’s interesting that Harper’s in Canada, engaging with Canadians. Meanwhile Trust Fund Trudeau is being hidden in a cave by his handlers, lest he say something stupid (again). And Mulcair is in his adopted homeland of France talking up Quebec sovereignty.

    So remind me again why anyone would elect Mulcair or Trust Fund?

    • Because they’re both far and away more competent than Harper has ever been in his sad, corrupt reign.

    • You’re just making things up. Trudeau is being hidden in a cave? What planet are you living on? Trudeau goes out and meets the public more than both Harper and Mulcair. He was in Alberta last week cleaning up the flood disaster and got praise from some of the residents. Then he was in Quebec at Lac Megantic. Today he was in Newfoundland taking questions on the radio from ordinary folks.

    • Harper was speaking to the party faithful – only.

      No ordinary Canadians get anywhere near him.

  15. APPLAUSE!!!

  16. Harper is insane.

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