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Vote for anyone else at your peril, Canada

Dare to replace this one essential man, and we will be a charred husk of a nation


 

 

Vote for anyone else at your peril, Canada

Everett Collection; Reuters; Photo Illustration by Taylor Shute

The opening days of an election campaign are usually a time for optimism – an opportunity for politicians to wax lyrical about the country they love and the future they envision. In pursuit of that elusive majority government, Stephen Harper decided to go for more of an “Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars” vibe.

He pronounced ominous warnings. He issued dire ultimatums. And always, always, Stephen Harper made reference to the perilous peril of considering any leadership other than his own.

Speaking in Brampton, Ont., the Conservative leader said that were his party to be defeated on May 2, the consequences would be swift and severe: “Canada will pay a terrible price.” He made it sound like a threat. Harper’s message was direct—pick Michael Ignatieff as PM and the Liberals would raze the economy, give free candy to murderers and turn the 49th parallel into the 49th perpendicular. And then where would we be? Sideways, my friends. SIDEWAYS.

This much is clear from the Conservative leader’s speeches so far: Harper is bullish on Canada—so long as he’s in charge of it.

With Harper at the helm, we’re a secure, stable, prosperous country that’s the envy of the world. But dare to take him out of the picture—dare to replace this one essential man—and we are doomed to instantly succumb to economic collapse, rampant street crime and nationwide lactose intolerance. I mean, sure, we’re a great country and everything—but not so great that replacing Stephen Harper won’t leave us a charred husk of a nation. Apparently we’re that fragile.

This has been an ongoing theme of Harper’s for some time now. During a speech to mark his fifth anniversary of winning power, he painted a bleak picture of Canada before he charged to its rescue in 2006. “It’s almost hard to remember what Canada looked like that winter,” he said. Ah, yes, cast your memory back, my fellow Canadians—cast it back if you possess the courage!—to a frightful time when the budget was in surplus, our debt was declining and several other countries actually liked and respected us. Sweet mercy, it was a veritable hellscape!

Harper has reached the stage of his political career where he no longer even tries to rationalize or explain the contradictions he creates. He relies on voters not noticing or not caring, or both.

In 2008, he said we needed an election because that would bring stability at a difficult time. In 2011, he said we shouldn’t have an election because that would bring instability at a difficult time.

One day, Harper is clapping along as his finance minister heralds the robust, job-creating, world-leading nature of our economic recovery. The next, Harper is portraying our economy as being only slightly less fragile than Charlie Sheen’s grip on sobriety.

Harper portrays his rivals as being in it only for the power—as though he eschews power in all its forms, preferring instead to operate his government as an anarcho-syndicalist commune. If it’s Tuesday, that means Tony is in charge.

There are moments of unintentional comedy in every political campaign. We can always rely on the sight of Harper attempting to interact with actual Canadians—a moment that comes with the implicit warning: I am trying to connect with you on a human level. To avoid injury, please remain still and the moment will pass.

This time, Harper has taken the comedy a step further by revealing the flagship plank of his re-election campaign: a pledge to introduce income splitting for tax purposes… in four or five years. Good news, Canada: Marty McHarper has brought some awesome policy BACK FROM THE FUTURE. This nicely sets the table for further Conservative promises, such as a 2022 tax credit on the purchase of all robot butlers.

Still, nothing has been more amusing to witness than Harper’s seemingly sincere belief that, a half-decade after first being elected, he has made good on his pledge to govern “with hope. With hope, and not with fear.”

Don’t you see, people—we’ve been wrong about him. The vicious attack ads. The vitriol in question period. The alarming forecasts of what will happen to our country if we even think of taking his hands off the levers of power. All along he’s been hopemongering.


 
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Vote for anyone else at your peril, Canada

  1. Hi Scott,

    Did Maclean's have to bring in Rick Mercer to show you how to write a real humour column? :)

  2. Hi Scott,

    Did Maclean's have to bring in Rick Mercer to show you how to write a real humour column? :)

    • Apparently so.

      • Good thing your weekend's already over. Punch Ken in the face and tell him an anonymous commenter on the website told you to do it. He'll understand.

  3. Apparently so.

  4. I hope for everyone's sake that this country isn't left in the hands of the Three Stooge's coalition… A majority Conservative government is THE government for Canada. We'll see if enough people actually see that come May 2nd.

  5. I hope for everyone's sake that this country isn't left in the hands of the Three Stooge's coalition… A majority Conservative government is THE government for Canada. We'll see if enough people actually see that come May 2nd.

    • I disagree, Neither the PC or Liberal party has enough trust to bring this country back to it's prime. I would be willing to risk my vote in NDP favour to teach our two party system to smarten up and that as voters, we have had enough.

    • yes, because it's either Harper or a Lib/socialist/separatist coalition, right?
      Tell us, how does it feel to have our skull pealed back and have your whole sense of reality poured in like cement from a wheelbarrow? A bit cultish? Do you also go around telling everyone you meet that Ignatieff is "just visiting" and that he "didn't come back for you"?

      • I went to the Harper rally in Winnipeg out of curiosity (and now count myself fortunate for not getting tossed out) and that is what Harper is preaching. As direct as I can quote (due to the fact that this was about a week ago) "We will not have another minority government. If it is not a Conservative majority, then it will be a coalition run by Mr. Ignatieff". At this point, many members of the audience began yelling "Shame!" while I did my best to stifle the giggles.

    • Rhetoric regurgitating morom. Dah… I saw it on TV ….. dah… so it must be so.
      My fear is there are sufficeint of you out there that the patronizing smug blue leader might pull it off.

    • @ S.A.S.

      Sadly, I fear you don't understand enough about anything if you believe what you wrote above. You clearly don't have the intelligence to even be allowed to vote. Harpo and his gang of idiots inherited a strong and vibrant economy…now gone. He lied to get elected…no fixed election dates, no elected senate, taxed income trusts, and on and on.

      Three stooges coalition? How do you figure? Back it up? Give reasoning; be coherent. Likely impossible for you.

      You want a majority? What are you protecting? Get informed and be responsible.

      • Reasons they are stooges:

        Liberal: Campaigning on a platform of Higher Corporate tax, which will decrease corporate investment and hurt the economy as a whole. He has no connection with the west whatsoever, and sorry to say guys but the west is our bread and butter. He wants to subsidize large daycares which will destroy the smaller day-home that alot of parrents prefer.

        NDP: Higher pensions through higher taxes? I would rather keep the money in my pocket now, invest it wisely, and come out with a much higher return than government sanctioned inflation rate gains. Strongly socialist policy protects those too lazy to support themselves. Social catch netting is fine. Everyone falls sometimes. Welfare allowances should last 6 weeks maximum. It's not that hard to find a job if you are willing to work.

        The Bloc: Not a national party, not concerned with national issues. There are about 26 million people that the bloc does not even attempt to represent. Thats 75% of the country!

        A Conservative majority will grow our economy out of the worst global recession since the stock market collapse, and do it by putting more money in Canadians pockets through lower taxes. More money in people's hands means more spending, and greater market stimulation. That means more corporate investment and the trend spirals up. Higher taxes benefits the Government, not the people. The Conservatives are doing an Excellent job, and they can count on my vote.

        • Huh, seems like my taxes have gone up and up and up in the last 5 years. Meanwhile, my wage hasn't gone up. So, do I have more money in my pocket? Nope. Am I spending more? Nope.
          I'm voting for the guy who will pass legislation to make illegal the "morning gas gouge", the guy who will tell immigrants that if they want to open a store, they damnwell better get the money themselves, cause hardworking CANADIANS don't get any handouts. I'll vote for the guy who doesn't give two sh*ts about who is living/loving/marrying whom and quits making it an issue. I'll vote for the guy who will protect our health care. I'm voting for the guy who is willing to abolish income tax in favour of a much simpler and more just sales tax instead. I'm voting for the guy who is honest about his ability to fix the economy. I'm voting for the guy who wants to make it lucrative to innovate and manufacture greener ways of living. But most of all, I will NOT vote for the guy that can only tell me what's bad about the other guy.

          • Our economy is still much better than most other countries., the result of Harper's leadership. You think taxes are high now…and want 'greener ways of living?! You think you're the only one not getting a raise during a 'recession?! Suck it up muffin. It's not Harper's fault that gas prices are high…read the news – there happens to be a mooslim uprising affecting oil prices! You think Iggy & Jack wouldn't spend Canada into major deficits?! Apparently your too young to have suffered 13 years under 'cretin' and all the *major* scandals / payola etc., or aware of the damage Trudeau did to this country that we're *still* suffering from!! My point is: Grow up!

          • Our economy is doing better than most others because our banks didn't fail, thanks to stricter regulations that were in place well before Harper came to power.

          • The Harper government bailed them out to the tune of $75 Billion. Google it.

          • I wonder how much Petro Canada would have paid into the federal coffers if the Conservatives hadn't sold it off the minute they got into power. And oh yes corporations will be rushing to get into the Canadian marketplace when Harper dismantles the Canada Health Act in 2014, not to fear….Harper will probably let you claim the private health care plan fees (currently $4800./yr) against your income as soon as the deficit is gone.

        • The corporate tax rate hike by the Liberals is only 1.5 percent. And we're already at a lower corporate tax rate than the US, and in most of the developed world! We need to remain competitive not be stupid. And the West is not the bread and butter. BC is all foreign investment, Alberta and Sask are mainly natural resources. The complex, highly developed economies of Ontario and Quebec are essential to this country.

        • I sure hope dictator stephen (1996/7-"Canada is a benign dictatorship") gives you enough tax relief so that you can afford private health care premiums (currently averaging $4800./yr in the USA). If they truly believed in lower taxes they would increase the basic tax credit to $45,000. and let the consumers and the free market determine who wins and who gets financially WHACKED.

        • "Social catch netting is fine. Everyone falls sometimes. Welfare allowances should last 6 weeks maximum. It's not that hard to find a job if you are willing to work. "

          Yes those willing to work can find jobs, but where to trust the care of your child?

    • Sarcasm, right? Please say it's sarcasm. If you can't see fascism for what it is, trusting that all he is doing is right (pun intended) you really need to open your eyes or have your brain examined.

    • You are one of those sock puppets hired to write the right-wing comments, yes? I am not noticing any actual views or perspectives though so maybe not. Maybe you are just one of the normal Conservatives with nothing to say except, "Yay for us!" and "the other guys are morons because they are not us."

    • More hands represents more Canadians and removes the threat of one man , the egomaniacal Herr Harper ! The destruction he and HIS government have achieved in five years of a MINORITY government is nothing in comparison to what they will do with a majority…Wake up Canada!!!

    • Ah, and now a word from the misinformed segment of society. You just keep believing those lies chum, see where that gets you. Meanwhile, the rest of the country will vote out THE WORST PM EVER! Keep watchin' your Fox News and CTV for true, LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

  6. I disagree, Neither the PC or Liberal party has enough trust to bring this country back to it's prime. I would be willing to risk my vote in NDP favour to teach our two party system to smarten up and that as voters, we have had enough.

  7. It seems that along with hockey, the Beatles and playing piano, Harper is a Star Wars fan as well, lol!!!

    "He lampooned his relationship with former prime minister Brian Mulroney by donning a Darth Vader mask and intoning, "Stephen, come to the dark side," in Mulroney's distinctive baritone."

  8. It seems that along with hockey, the Beatles and playing piano, Harper is a Star Wars fan as well, lol!!!

    "He lampooned his relationship with former prime minister Brian Mulroney by donning a Darth Vader mask and intoning, "Stephen, come to the dark side," in Mulroney's distinctive baritone."

  9. Good thing your weekend's already over. Punch Ken in the face and tell him an anonymous commenter on the website told you to do it. He'll understand.

  10. Doubly concerned. . .

    I am an NDP voter but I will vote LIberal during this election. This is not about keeping the two old line parties in line but about keeping the Tories out of Ottawa. According to Harper, earlier today, a majority Tory government will not rule any differently than the minority government we have experienced since 2005. Frankly, what I fear is more of the same with gusto. You may recall that the Liberals got kicked out of office for $400,000 scandal. This Tory government has piled up scandal upon scandal and they do not even have full power yet!

  11. "Ah, yes, cast your memory back, my fellow Canadians—cast it back if you possess the courage!—to a frightful time when the budget was in surplus" which was faked by digging into EI and downloading debt to the provinces.

    " our debt was declining" due to economic stability around the world, not due to the Liberals. Just like the current economy is global, not the sole failure of the Conservatives. (amazing how Lib supporters always seem to forget that)

    "and several other countries actually liked and respected us." No countries respected us, they played to our ego because we gave them money. In short we didn't matter on the world stage, largely due to the fact that we relied on the US for everything including our own country's defence. THANK GOD somone with backbone is in charge now. Someone who won't sell us out to China just to make a buck.

    "Sweet mercy, it was a veritable hellscape!" Amen to that!

  12. "Ah, yes, cast your memory back, my fellow Canadians—cast it back if you possess the courage!—to a frightful time when the budget was in surplus" which was faked by digging into EI and downloading debt to the provinces.

    " our debt was declining" due to economic stability around the world, not due to the Liberals. Just like the current economy is global, not the sole failure of the Conservatives. (amazing how Lib supporters always seem to forget that)

    "and several other countries actually liked and respected us." No countries respected us, they played to our ego because we gave them money. In short we didn't matter on the world stage, largely due to the fact that we relied on the US for everything including our own country's defence. THANK GOD somone with backbone is in charge now. Someone who won't sell us out to China just to make a buck.

    "Sweet mercy, it was a veritable hellscape!" Amen to that!

    • Jon,

      The same could be said about Canada’s recovery from the recession (it is more to do with the global economy and less to do with government). However that doesn’t stop Harper from taking credit.

      The knife cuts both ways.

    • Harper went through the surplus before the crash.

    • both liberal and conservative gov't have taken over 50 billion out of the ei fund but now the coservatives have said they need to increase the amount of ei premiums to recoup these losses. shame on both parties.

  13. Please post again and tell us when you think Canada was in its prime. I'm not being sarcastic — I think that to have a vision for the future, we need to understand the context of where we've been and when we were most successful.

    I'd be curious to know if any posters here think we have had a prime, and when it was. And most importantly: how do we get back to it, and who best to lead us there?

  14. That brief shining post-war period where we could immeasurably expand the scope of government because we were guaranteed a large cohort of taxpaying middle class residents due to the demographic explosion?

    The one that no longer exists unless we were to double or triple current immigration? Even then, dubious at best?

  15. That brief shining post-war period where we could immeasurably expand the scope of government because we were guaranteed a large cohort of taxpaying middle class residents due to the demographic explosion?

    The one that no longer exists unless we were to double or triple current immigration? Even then, dubious at best?

  16. yes, because it's either Harper or a Lib/socialist/separatist coalition, right?
    Tell us, how does it feel to have our skull pealed back and have your whole sense of reality poured in like cement from a wheelbarrow? A bit cultish? Do you also go around telling everyone you meet that Ignatieff is "just visiting" and that he "didn't come back for you"?

  17. Rhetoric regurgitating morom. Dah… I saw it on TV ….. dah… so it must be so.
    My fear is there are sufficeint of you out there that the patronizing smug blue leader might pull it off.

  18. Osho Quotes on Ambition
    1. If you are ambitious, then your mind is bound to remain restless. If you want peace, then the first requirement is to drop all ambition. Unless you drop ambition you cannot be at ease, at peace, you cannot be relaxed.
    .. http://www.oshoquotes.net/2009/12/osho-quotes-on-

  19. Osho Quotes on Ambition
    1. If you are ambitious, then your mind is bound to remain restless. If you want peace, then the first requirement is to drop all ambition. Unless you drop ambition you cannot be at ease, at peace, you cannot be relaxed.
    .. http://www.oshoquotes.net/2009/12/osho-quotes-on-

  20. Jon,

    The same could be said about Canada’s recovery from the recession (it is more to do with the global economy and less to do with government). However that doesn’t stop Harper from taking credit.

    The knife cuts both ways.

  21. WE are so lucky … HE knows BEST you know.

  22. WE are so lucky … HE knows BEST you know.

  23. Stevie Spiteful's a nasty brutish man in charge of a wonderful, magnanimous country. Canada needs a whole lot less of him, and a whole lot more cooperation for the betterment of all Canadians, not just those who run the oil patch. Harper's the only Prime MInister to make NOT getting along with people who disagree with him a badge of honour (and yes, that's honour with a "u" – we Canadians do some things differently than our southern neighbours, something Mr. Harper doesn't understand).

  24. Stevie Spiteful's a nasty brutish man in charge of a wonderful, magnanimous country. Canada needs a whole lot less of him, and a whole lot more cooperation for the betterment of all Canadians, not just those who run the oil patch. Harper's the only Prime MInister to make NOT getting along with people who disagree with him a badge of honour (and yes, that's honour with a "u" – we Canadians do some things differently than our southern neighbours, something Mr. Harper doesn't understand).

  25. Harper's Governing of the Harper Government of Canada.

    I'm building more prisons to put Canadians in
    Though crime rates are down, I'll make them go in.

    I'm cutting the funding to woman in need
    It's not as important as the oil and the greed.

    I am supreme ruler and your rights must be stripped
    and no CON may speak without having a script.

    The climate summit did cause me to think
    that scientists are wrong and the tar sands don't stink.

    To avoid controversy, I will simply prorogue
    and this type of governing will be the new vogue.

    I don't give a damn about the old Parliament
    I'll build my prisons with U.S. cement.

    The scientists and media must be gagged for my sake
    And I'll poison the lakes and make one that is fake.

    At the Toronto G20, we staged violence and rages
    while Canadians were put in their new shiny cages.

    The UN Security Council wouldn't give me a seat
    So, I'll blame the Liberals for this shameful defeat.

    In order to punish our young women and men
    for growing a plant, we'll call it S-10.

    For the mentally ill and the homeless alike
    To put them in jail will be our best strike.

    If Bev Oda gets caught in a lie, well…it's fine
    I'll support her decision 'cause it really was mine.

    We'll hush all the money that comes in and comes out
    And if the Liberals don't like it, they can just sit and pout

    I'll change the name of our government too
    It's mine and ALL mine, you should know that it's true!

    When charged with contempt, I'll twist and I'll turn
    And I'll spin a grand tale and show no concern.

    I'm building more prisons to put Canadians in
    I'll scare them to death and accuse them of sin!

    Written by Michelle J. Mainwaring

  26. Harper's Governing of the Harper Government of Canada.

    I'm building more prisons to put Canadians in
    Though crime rates are down, I'll make them go in.

    I'm cutting the funding to woman in need
    It's not as important as the oil and the greed.

    I am supreme ruler and your rights must be stripped
    and no CON may speak without having a script.

    The climate summit did cause me to think
    that scientists are wrong and the tar sands don't stink.

    To avoid controversy, I will simply prorogue
    and this type of governing will be the new vogue.

    I don't give a damn about the old Parliament
    I'll build my prisons with U.S. cement.

    The scientists and media must be gagged for my sake
    And I'll poison the lakes and make one that is fake.

    At the Toronto G20, we staged violence and rages
    while Canadians were put in their new shiny cages.

    The UN Security Council wouldn't give me a seat
    So, I'll blame the Liberals for this shameful defeat.

    In order to punish our young women and men
    for growing a plant, we'll call it S-10.

    For the mentally ill and the homeless alike
    To put them in jail will be our best strike.

    If Bev Oda gets caught in a lie, well…it's fine
    I'll support her decision 'cause it really was mine.

    We'll hush all the money that comes in and comes out
    And if the Liberals don't like it, they can just sit and pout

    I'll change the name of our government too
    It's mine and ALL mine, you should know that it's true!

    When charged with contempt, I'll twist and I'll turn
    And I'll spin a grand tale and show no concern.

    I'm building more prisons to put Canadians in
    I'll scare them to death and accuse them of sin!

    Written by Michelle J. Mainwaring

    • LOL – just what is needed one week into this farcical campaign. Thanks, Scott and Michelle. Let's all stand up and say it "The Emperor has no clothes, the Emperor has no clothes" (okay, delete that image….).

    • Thank you for that. it isn't the Gov of Canada it is the Harper gov. We are not Canadians anymore we are Harpanians. Saint Steven is a scary man and Canada will cease to be Canada if we allow this beast to have a majority gov. Where is our Canadian Ron Paul who will stand for the charter of rights and the constitution, Saint steve has been re writing our country. We used to be a respected peace keeping nation now we are war mongers.

  27. I have, for the last 2 elections, voted Liberal. Not because I am a liberal supporter (I suppose I am) but because I felt I should vote in a way to ensure that Mr. Harper would not come to power. I refuse to cast my vote AGAINST a specific person this time. I won't even vote for the best candidate in my riding. I can no longer afford to. The only option available to me is to spoil my ballot. Not one of our party leaders, with the possible exception of Elizabeth May and to a lesser extent, Jack Layton, has any concept of how Canadians really live, nor do they appear to care. An hour of our time (travel time included!) to let the world know Canadians are dissatisfied with their government, not such an effort when we consider what the people of some other countries (Libya, for example) will do to ensure they are heard. VOTE and SPOIL your vote. Who cares who wins the election, I'm certain the difference in the life of average guy (or gal) on the street will be negligible. A high count of spoiled votes will make the bigger statement to the world.

  28. I have, for the last 2 elections, voted Liberal. Not because I am a liberal supporter (I suppose I am) but because I felt I should vote in a way to ensure that Mr. Harper would not come to power. I refuse to cast my vote AGAINST a specific person this time. I won't even vote for the best candidate in my riding. I can no longer afford to. The only option available to me is to spoil my ballot. Not one of our party leaders, with the possible exception of Elizabeth May and to a lesser extent, Jack Layton, has any concept of how Canadians really live, nor do they appear to care. An hour of our time (travel time included!) to let the world know Canadians are dissatisfied with their government, not such an effort when we consider what the people of some other countries (Libya, for example) will do to ensure they are heard. VOTE and SPOIL your vote. Who cares who wins the election, I'm certain the difference in the life of average guy (or gal) on the street will be negligible. A high count of spoiled votes will make the bigger statement to the world.

    • NO! Vote for May! The greens are the only party who will appreciate your vote!

    • Spoiling your vote states nothing. You need to formally decline your vote. Procedures differ in provinces.

  29. LOL – just what is needed one week into this farcical campaign. Thanks, Scott and Michelle. Let's all stand up and say it "The Emperor has no clothes, the Emperor has no clothes" (okay, delete that image….).

  30. @ S.A.S.

    Sadly, I fear you don't understand enough about anything if you believe what you wrote above. You clearly don't have the intelligence to even be allowed to vote. Harpo and his gang of idiots inherited a strong and vibrant economy…now gone. He lied to get elected…no fixed election dates, no elected senate, taxed income trusts, and on and on.

    Three stooges coalition? How do you figure? Back it up? Give reasoning; be coherent. Likely impossible for you.

    You want a majority? What are you protecting? Get informed and be responsible.

    • Wow are you right!, amazingly similar!!

  31. I went to the Harper rally in Winnipeg out of curiosity (and now count myself fortunate for not getting tossed out) and that is what Harper is preaching. As direct as I can quote (due to the fact that this was about a week ago) "We will not have another minority government. If it is not a Conservative majority, then it will be a coalition run by Mr. Ignatieff". At this point, many members of the audience began yelling "Shame!" while I did my best to stifle the giggles.

  32. Reasons they are stooges:

    Liberal: Campaigning on a platform of Higher Corporate tax, which will decrease corporate investment and hurt the economy as a whole. He has no connection with the west whatsoever, and sorry to say guys but the west is our bread and butter. He wants to subsidize large daycares which will destroy the smaller day-home that alot of parrents prefer.

    NDP: Higher pensions through higher taxes? I would rather keep the money in my pocket now, invest it wisely, and come out with a much higher return than government sanctioned inflation rate gains. Strongly socialist policy protects those too lazy to support themselves. Social catch netting is fine. Everyone falls sometimes. Welfare allowances should last 6 weeks maximum. It's not that hard to find a job if you are willing to work.

    The Bloc: Not a national party, not concerned with national issues. There are about 26 million people that the bloc does not even attempt to represent. Thats 75% of the country!

    A Conservative majority will grow our economy out of the worst global recession since the stock market collapse, and do it by putting more money in Canadians pockets through lower taxes. More money in people's hands means more spending, and greater market stimulation. That means more corporate investment and the trend spirals up. Higher taxes benefits the Government, not the people. The Conservatives are doing an Excellent job, and they can count on my vote.

  33. "I'll change the name of our government too
    It's mine and ALL mine, you should know that it's true!" – Changing the name of government?

    "When charged with contempt, I'll twist and I'll turn
    And I'll spin a grand tale and show no concern." – Bev Oda was never formally charged with contempt as the house was disolved too soon, and the Conservative Cabinet was found in contempt by the Commons procedures and House affairs committee (which is dominated by opposition parties that had sworn to bring down the Harper government 'at all costs') over cost estimates that were not yet ready to be tabled, and would have been made public at budget or when legeslation concerning them was tabled. This was a farce to unseat the government, and nothing more.

    "I'm building more prisons to put Canadians in
    I'll scare them to death and accuse them of sin!" -Around 15% of the Corrections Service budget is being spent on alleviating overcrowding and unsafe conditions in Canadian remand and prison facilities. And as for the shot about sin… according to stats Canada 77% of Canadians claim to be Christian of some denomination. Harper appealing to them? Probably a good idea.

  34. "I'll change the name of our government too
    It's mine and ALL mine, you should know that it's true!" – Changing the name of government?

    "When charged with contempt, I'll twist and I'll turn
    And I'll spin a grand tale and show no concern." – Bev Oda was never formally charged with contempt as the house was disolved too soon, and the Conservative Cabinet was found in contempt by the Commons procedures and House affairs committee (which is dominated by opposition parties that had sworn to bring down the Harper government 'at all costs') over cost estimates that were not yet ready to be tabled, and would have been made public at budget or when legeslation concerning them was tabled. This was a farce to unseat the government, and nothing more.

    "I'm building more prisons to put Canadians in
    I'll scare them to death and accuse them of sin!" -Around 15% of the Corrections Service budget is being spent on alleviating overcrowding and unsafe conditions in Canadian remand and prison facilities. And as for the shot about sin… according to stats Canada 77% of Canadians claim to be Christian of some denomination. Harper appealing to them? Probably a good idea.

    • Holy have you ever gobbled that kool-aid down. Everything you say is laughable. Are you really Stephen Harper??? I don't have the time to investigate all your crap today but I do think your view on the G-20 summit is crazy. The protests were out of control because people weren't allowed to protest where they wanted. Tell me what is the point in protesting if you can't get near what your protesting? Our voice was taken away at that summit before it even had a chance to speak. It's our right as citizens to walk down a street with a sign saying we don't like something. It's called free speech, not say what you like as long as it isn't anywhere near the people you want to say it to. Of course people got pissed off. I'm not condoning their actions but I totally understand and sympathize.

      Harper is a Dictator

      • Thanks for your reply ~ I'm not even going to bother citing all the PROOF of everything I wrote to the above poster~ if Adam Cameron, (and I'm glad it struck a nerve with him) isn't savvy enough to have been keeping up with all of Harper's shameful acts against our Canada and our democracy, he's on his own, in his own CONword with the rest of the CONniving, CONtrolling, CONTEMPTIBLE CONbots! I just laughed and laughed at his WEAK attempt at arguing the truths I posted (mind you the 'U.S. cement' line in the poem was for the purpose of rhyming and to draw attention to the hiring of U.S. Companies (thugs and construction companies etc.) ~ Anyway, you are absolutely right ~ Harper is a Dictator.

    • Well said Mr.Cameron! The facts you've put forward will undoubtedly have Liberal heads exploding, they like to manufacture their own realities.

  35. Thank you! It's always wise to remember our ABCs…anyone but
    This election is too important to miss the mark of retiring Stephen and allowing him to go on to bigger and better empires.

  36. Thank you! It's always wise to remember our ABCs…anyone but
    This election is too important to miss the mark of retiring Stephen and allowing him to go on to bigger and better empires.

  37. Is this supposed to be a joke? Harper is in no way going to rescue Canada

  38. Is this supposed to be a joke? Harper is in no way going to rescue Canada

    • Yes. Feschuck writes a humour column…

  39. Harper went through the surplus before the crash.

  40. Holy have you ever gobbled that kool-aid down. Everything you say is laughable. Are you really Stephen Harper??? I don't have the time to investigate all your crap today but I do think your view on the G-20 summit is crazy. The protests were out of control because people weren't allowed to protest where they wanted. Tell me what is the point in protesting if you can't get near what your protesting? Our voice was taken away at that summit before it even had a chance to speak. It's our right as citizens to walk down a street with a sign saying we don't like something. It's called free speech, not say what you like as long as it isn't anywhere near the people you want to say it to. Of course people got pissed off. I'm not condoning their actions but I totally understand and sympathize.

    Harper is a Dictator

  41. I'm now thinking of a headline in The Onion when George W. Bush was elected: Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity Is Over.

    I wasn't aware Harper read The Onion.

  42. I'm now thinking of a headline in The Onion when George W. Bush was elected: Our Long National Nightmare of Peace and Prosperity Is Over.

    I wasn't aware Harper read The Onion.

    • The Onion is Harper's only source of reality.

  43. Huh, seems like my taxes have gone up and up and up in the last 5 years. Meanwhile, my wage hasn't gone up. So, do I have more money in my pocket? Nope. Am I spending more? Nope.
    I'm voting for the guy who will pass legislation to make illegal the "morning gas gouge", the guy who will tell immigrants that if they want to open a store, they damnwell better get the money themselves, cause hardworking CANADIANS don't get any handouts. I'll vote for the guy who doesn't give two sh*ts about who is living/loving/marrying whom and quits making it an issue. I'll vote for the guy who will protect our health care. I'm voting for the guy who is willing to abolish income tax in favour of a much simpler and more just sales tax instead. I'm voting for the guy who is honest about his ability to fix the economy. I'm voting for the guy who wants to make it lucrative to innovate and manufacture greener ways of living. But most of all, I will NOT vote for the guy that can only tell me what's bad about the other guy.

  44. There's a fool on the hill we call Steve,
    Whose friends from the [oil] patch are in league,
    To dismantle our state,
    While we watch and we wait,
    Til there's nothing for us to but leave.

  45. There's a fool on the hill we call Steve,
    Whose friends from the [oil] patch are in league,
    To dismantle our state,
    While we watch and we wait,
    Til there's nothing for us to but leave.

  46. Thanks for your reply ~ I'm not even going to bother citing all the PROOF of everything I wrote to the above poster~ if Adam Cameron, (and I'm glad it struck a nerve with him) isn't savvy enough to have been keeping up with all of Harper's shameful acts against our Canada and our democracy, he's on his own, in his own CONword with the rest of the CONniving, CONtrolling, CONTEMPTIBLE CONbots! I just laughed and laughed at his WEAK attempt at arguing the truths I posted (mind you the 'U.S. cement' line in the poem was for the purpose of rhyming and to draw attention to the hiring of U.S. Companies (thugs and construction companies etc.) ~ Anyway, you are absolutely right ~ Harper is a Dictator.

  47. Well said Mr.Cameron! The facts you've put forward will undoubtedly have Liberal heads exploding, they like to manufacture their own realities.

  48. Our economy is still much better than most other countries., the result of Harper's leadership. You think taxes are high now…and want 'greener ways of living?! You think you're the only one not getting a raise during a 'recession?! Suck it up muffin. It's not Harper's fault that gas prices are high…read the news – there happens to be a mooslim uprising affecting oil prices! You think Iggy & Jack wouldn't spend Canada into major deficits?! Apparently your too young to have suffered 13 years under 'cretin' and all the *major* scandals / payola etc., or aware of the damage Trudeau did to this country that we're *still* suffering from!! My point is: Grow up!

  49. NO! Vote for May! The greens are the only party who will appreciate your vote!

  50. The Onion is Harper's only source of reality.

  51. Our economy is doing better than most others because our banks didn't fail, thanks to stricter regulations that were in place well before Harper came to power.

  52. Sarcasm, right? Please say it's sarcasm. If you can't see fascism for what it is, trusting that all he is doing is right (pun intended) you really need to open your eyes or have your brain examined.

  53. Wow are you right!, amazingly similar!!

  54. You forgot the part about how the RCMP is auditioning for the role of Imperial Forces … Palpatine must have his heavies …

  55. You forgot the part about how the RCMP is auditioning for the role of Imperial Forces … Palpatine must have his heavies …

  56. You are one of those sock puppets hired to write the right-wing comments, yes? I am not noticing any actual views or perspectives though so maybe not. Maybe you are just one of the normal Conservatives with nothing to say except, "Yay for us!" and "the other guys are morons because they are not us."

  57. Wow, MacLean's is clearing going the way of the Toronto Star –afraid of losing your "subsidy" from the federal gov't.? After your little hate-fest on Harper, why don't you do us a favour and analyze the Lib/Dip policies and the mega-billions that Canadians will pay in the repackaged 2008 "carbon-tax" . You know, the one that the Lib/Dips are not talking about.

  58. Wow, MacLean's is clearing going the way of the Toronto Star –afraid of losing your "subsidy" from the federal gov't.? After your little hate-fest on Harper, why don't you do us a favour and analyze the Lib/Dip policies and the mega-billions that Canadians will pay in the repackaged 2008 "carbon-tax" . You know, the one that the Lib/Dips are not talking about.

    • Quit whining. God I'm sick of Tories whining. Whine, lie, whine and lie some more.

  59. Is Harper afraid that his facade will melt away if he touches anybody but a staunch CONservative at his rallies around the country ? Is he afraid of REAL Canadians ? Harper is just a wolf in sheep's clothing. His DELUSION that he is some MESSIAH sent by HIS God to save Canada from some invisible enemy, is just that–a DELUSION ! ! Harper is a shameless LIAR and deceiver—a self-righteous pompous hypocrite—who is afraid to put his REAL AGENDA on the table unless he gets a majority. If he does then even heaven will not be able to help us. Harper will destroy Canada as we know it. He will turn it into another third world feudal state—owned by the filthy-rich foreign investors and corporations who have NO responsibility or respect for the serfs in their fief-doms. His democracy is slavery.

  60. Is Harper afraid that his facade will melt away if he touches anybody but a staunch CONservative at his rallies around the country ? Is he afraid of REAL Canadians ? Harper is just a wolf in sheep's clothing. His DELUSION that he is some MESSIAH sent by HIS God to save Canada from some invisible enemy, is just that–a DELUSION ! ! Harper is a shameless LIAR and deceiver—a self-righteous pompous hypocrite—who is afraid to put his REAL AGENDA on the table unless he gets a majority. If he does then even heaven will not be able to help us. Harper will destroy Canada as we know it. He will turn it into another third world feudal state—owned by the filthy-rich foreign investors and corporations who have NO responsibility or respect for the serfs in their fief-doms. His democracy is slavery.

  61. The corporate tax rate hike by the Liberals is only 1.5 percent. And we're already at a lower corporate tax rate than the US, and in most of the developed world! We need to remain competitive not be stupid. And the West is not the bread and butter. BC is all foreign investment, Alberta and Sask are mainly natural resources. The complex, highly developed economies of Ontario and Quebec are essential to this country.

  62. All politicians make dire warnings about the consequences of voting for the opposition. This is news when Harper does it? It really goes to show you how very few legitimate failings the Canadian media can actually highlight about Harper. Keep on huffing and puffing MacLeans, good thing i can read your tripe online for free, i wouldn't pay for a subscription to your partisan rag.

  63. All politicians make dire warnings about the consequences of voting for the opposition. This is news when Harper does it? It really goes to show you how very few legitimate failings the Canadian media can actually highlight about Harper. Keep on huffing and puffing MacLeans, good thing i can read your tripe online for free, i wouldn't pay for a subscription to your partisan rag.

  64. Quit whining. God I'm sick of Tories whining. Whine, lie, whine and lie some more.

  65. Stephen Harper is suggesting the Reaganomics of a trickle down economy coupled with a destructive war economy. Reaganomics did not work, it only helped to widen and enlarge the gulf between the 1% who control 35% of the economy and the poorest and most vulnerable. Sadly, we are now apparently embracing the notion of attack politics rather than leaders suggesting how they could do the job better. This fear mongering appears to be what Harper does best. Sadly, I hear more about how bad the other leaders ar than how he can improve our collective lot. More like a school yard bully than a leader.

    Mind you the others are not much better. The Green Party should be in the debate. They are a credible (inter)national party and are running members in all the ridings. Elizabeth May was the one sane voice in the last debacle. Is that what Harper fears?

  66. Stephen Harper is suggesting the Reaganomics of a trickle down economy coupled with a destructive war economy. Reaganomics did not work, it only helped to widen and enlarge the gulf between the 1% who control 35% of the economy and the poorest and most vulnerable. Sadly, we are now apparently embracing the notion of attack politics rather than leaders suggesting how they could do the job better. This fear mongering appears to be what Harper does best. Sadly, I hear more about how bad the other leaders ar than how he can improve our collective lot. More like a school yard bully than a leader.

    Mind you the others are not much better. The Green Party should be in the debate. They are a credible (inter)national party and are running members in all the ridings. Elizabeth May was the one sane voice in the last debacle. Is that what Harper fears?

  67. Yes. Feschuck writes a humour column…

  68. More hands represents more Canadians and removes the threat of one man , the egomaniacal Herr Harper ! The destruction he and HIS government have achieved in five years of a MINORITY government is nothing in comparison to what they will do with a majority…Wake up Canada!!!

  69. Ah, and now a word from the misinformed segment of society. You just keep believing those lies chum, see where that gets you. Meanwhile, the rest of the country will vote out THE WORST PM EVER! Keep watchin' your Fox News and CTV for true, LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!

  70. We would be better off with a deaf and blind mute Prime Minister then Stevo. We may not be totally happy with the alternatives but this clown has to go. He is on many levels a detrament to Canada and it's people and nothing more then a poser with many hidden agenda's. He has also made Canada look bad to the rest of the world. At lastly he is not trruthful, yes people he lies and was caught on some of them during the English debate. PEOPLE WAKE UP!!! At least if anything do not give him a majority, we will be very sorry if we do.

  71. We would be better off with a deaf and blind mute Prime Minister then Stevo. We may not be totally happy with the alternatives but this clown has to go. He is on many levels a detrament to Canada and it's people and nothing more then a poser with many hidden agenda's. He has also made Canada look bad to the rest of the world. At lastly he is not trruthful, yes people he lies and was caught on some of them during the English debate. PEOPLE WAKE UP!!! At least if anything do not give him a majority, we will be very sorry if we do.

  72. Ah the two solitudes remain. Pairie suburban hicks with a most interesting educational system, and the real world!

    A secular Amen to you too! :)

  73. Thank you for that. it isn't the Gov of Canada it is the Harper gov. We are not Canadians anymore we are Harpanians. Saint Steven is a scary man and Canada will cease to be Canada if we allow this beast to have a majority gov. Where is our Canadian Ron Paul who will stand for the charter of rights and the constitution, Saint steve has been re writing our country. We used to be a respected peace keeping nation now we are war mongers.

  74. I sure hope dictator stephen (1996/7-"Canada is a benign dictatorship") gives you enough tax relief so that you can afford private health care premiums (currently averaging $4800./yr in the USA). If they truly believed in lower taxes they would increase the basic tax credit to $45,000. and let the consumers and the free market determine who wins and who gets financially WHACKED.

  75. I wonder how much Petro Canada would have paid into the federal coffers if the Conservatives hadn't sold it off the minute they got into power. And oh yes corporations will be rushing to get into the Canadian marketplace when Harper dismantles the Canada Health Act in 2014, not to fear….Harper will probably let you claim the private health care plan fees (currently $4800./yr) against your income as soon as the deficit is gone.

  76. both liberal and conservative gov't have taken over 50 billion out of the ei fund but now the coservatives have said they need to increase the amount of ei premiums to recoup these losses. shame on both parties.

  77. Spoiling your vote states nothing. You need to formally decline your vote. Procedures differ in provinces.

  78. "Social catch netting is fine. Everyone falls sometimes. Welfare allowances should last 6 weeks maximum. It's not that hard to find a job if you are willing to work. "

    Yes those willing to work can find jobs, but where to trust the care of your child?

  79. Had to do a revision to add some of the latest lunacy!

    The Harper Government of Canada.

    I'm building more prisons to put Canadians in
    Though crime rates are down, I'll make them go in.

    I'm cutting the funding to woman in need
    It's not as important as the oil and the greed.

    I am supreme ruler and your rights must be stripped
    and no CON may speak without having a script.

    The climate summit did cause me to think
    that scientists are wrong and the tar sands don't stink.

    To avoid controversy, I will simply prorogue
    and this type of governing will be the new vogue.

    I don't give a damn about the old Parliament
    I'll build my prisons with U.S. cement.

    The scientists and media must be gagged for my sake
    And I'll poison the lakes and make one that is fake.

    At the Toronto G20, we staged violence and rages
    while Canadians were put in their new shiny cages.

    The UN Security Council wouldn't give me a seat
    So, I'll blame the Liberals for this shameful defeat.

    In order to punish our young women and men
    for growing a plant, we'll call it S-10.

    For the mentally ill and the homeless alike
    To put them in jail will be our best strike.

    If Bev Oda gets caught in a lie, well…it's fine
    I'll support her decision 'cause it really was mine.

    We'll hush all the money that comes 'in' and comes 'out'
    And if the Liberals don't like it, they can just sit and pout.

    I'll change the name of our government too
    It's mine and ALL mine, you should know that it's true!

    I'll buy F35's and not tell what they cost
    When Parliament asks I'll keep them all lost.

    When charged with contempt, I'll twist and I'll turn
    And I'll spin a grand tale and show no concern.

    When it's time to debate I'll spew and I'll spout
    "The ECONOMY, THE ECONOMY" is all I will shout!

    I'll stare into space like I'm not really there
    As far as Democracy, you'll see I don't care.

    When students and veterans want to rally with me
    I'll creep them on facebook and then remove forcibly.

    I'm building more prisons to put Canadians in
    I'll scare them to death and accuse them of sin!

    Written by Michelle J. Mainwaring

  80. Anyone else notice Harper & the cons always blame the worst they actually DO, on their opposition? And things they want to do for that matter? It's like they're stuck in some weird world where if they spew their plans to everyone & then claim it's bad & that the other parties will be the ones doing the big bad, that we'll buy into their delusions.

    Hint hint folks. Acting like a 3 year old playing "opposites" (saying the opposite of what they're going to do) shouldn't fly with grownups. Time for ABC. Anything But Conservatives! We need ADULTS in government. Not spoiled & miserable toddlers who throw their stuff on the floor when they're caught out (don't believe me? Look up the video of their defeat in Parliament following the vote on contempt of parliament charges (which should be a MAJOR BIG DEAL!))

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