Arrogant Harper Government

Arrogant Harper Government, confused Liberals and the NDP preparing for 2015

Have you played a team sport? Did you ever lose to an inferior team, a team that had no class? Can you imagine how frustrating it must be to sit as an altruistic, progressive, NDP, Liberal or Green MP facing the arrogant Harper Government majority?

Two phrases spring to my mind,

  1. “Bullshit baffles brains” and
  2. ‘Never Fight with a Pig’.

Every time the Liberals point out a problem with Conservative governance and their stewardship of Canada, the Harper Government responds with a childish taunt, “Neener, neener, neener, when you were in power you did that too”. Clearly, Stephen Harper ignored his mother when she taught him that, “two wrongs don’t make a right”. That would be number one, “Bullshit baffles brains”.

When Tom Mulcair uses his analytical mind to ask Stephen Harper a serious, foundational question, Stephen Harper’s sycophants arrogantly demean the Official Opposition by:

  • consistently failing to answer the question and then
  • muttering something about unions, communism or even Nazism.

The Harper Government obviously isn’t classy or intelligent, but they’re clearly very skilled at fighting dirty; I suspect many of the Conservative MPs have been fighting dirty from childhood right on through until the fuddy duddy, angry-old-uncle, stage of life, they’re at now. By now, it’s evident, to almost everyone, that meaningful democratic debate has gone missing under the Harper Government and it’s been replaced with condescension and disrespectful nastiness. That would be number two ‘Never Fight with a Pig’.

Stephen Harper is a relatively clever fellow, but he is a long, long way from being the smartest guy in the room. My suspicion is that China very quickly got the best of him, but they’re still letting Mr. Harper believe that he has the upper hand.

Background: First, China purchased a major stake in the tar sands and then they demanded a Pacific pipeline. The Harper Government’s 2012 Budget and Bill C–38, devastated Canadian environmental laws and granted the Conservative Cabinet dictatorial powers to ensure the Northern Gateway Pipelines’ approval. Unfortunately, China will benefit and Canada will lose.

Canada:

  • loses a chunk of our boreal forest
  • wastes our natural gas
  • wastes our fresh water
  • sells another raw natural resource (heavy crude oil)
  • pollutes our air, land and water
  • risks a pipeline and/or supertanker related environmental disaster.

China:

  • fuels their thriving economy
  • refines our heavy crude oil
  • transitions to a greener economy
  • snickers at us.

Canadians generally prefer viewing the world through rose-tinted glasses. Perpetual optimism led some people to ignore warnings, about Stephen Harper, from Michael Ignatief, Jack Layton and Elizabeth May. Their warnings were dismissed as “politics as usual”. The end result was that in Canada’s last federal election, a minority of voters took a chance and offered Stephen Harper an opportunity to govern. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister and Conservative MPs have arrogantly wielded Canada’s authority in unanticipated ways. Embarrassed Canadians will soon remind the Harper Government that it doesn’t have the power, the people of Canada do. Less than a year into his mandate, support for Stephen Harper and his Harper Government has already declined significantly.

It’s likely that we’re going to have to put up with inadequate, dictatorial governance for another three years. Opposition MPs won’t be able to do much within Parliament, but they will have time to educate the Canadian public about the Harper Government’s scary, Big Oil, China-focused agenda. Canadians care about our environment and our international reputation. The Harper Government isn’t just disgracing Canadian democracy, they’re degrading Canada’s reputation around the world.

Q: What’s the first step, what can we hope to accomplish with the arrogant Harper Government in power?
A: Step one: Let’s stop spending billions of taxpayer dollars to subsidize the richest corporations on earth. The profiteering multinational oil and gas corporations will do just fine without even more of Canada’s money.

Next step: A comprehensive, sustainable Canadian energy strategy that benefits Canada first.

>> Hopeful Canadians

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  1. Peter Van Loan, “…job done”

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Peter Van Loan, “…job done”

Peter Van Loan image

Peter Van Loan, the Harper Government’s Leader of the House of Commons, marking the end of the Spring 2012 session, proudly proclaimed “…we got the job done”.

Many Canadians, including myself, see it very differently. The majority of Canadian voters were ignored when the Harper Government completely disregarded the “democracy” thing. What’s the point of having our Canadian Parliament if you don’t listen to your opposition and you don’t engage in meaningful debate? It’s clear that someone needs to explain to Stephen Harper that a majority government is not a dictatorship.

“If you were half as smart as you think you are, you wouldn’t think you were so smart.”

Bill C–38 will not be forgotten. Here are just a few of the descriptive words that I’ve heard applied to the Harper Government since their election in 2011:

  • undemocratic
  • dictatorial
  • authoritarian
  • arrogant
  • condescending
  • mean-spirited
  • secretive
  • mendacious
  • conspiratorial and
  • inadequate.

“This is a truly bad government. It has a bad ethic about it. It doesn’t understand its own limits… It’s not just a style, but it’s a profound attitude toward other people and other opinions which is deeply, deeply unhealthy.”
– Bob Rae, referring to the Harper Government

Fortunately, 2015 will afford forgotten Canadians an opportunity to amend the mistake that about thirty-nine percent of voting fellow Canadians made in 2011.

Mindlessly repeating your “jobs and prosperity” mantra won’t work next time, we’re onto your bullshit. We’ll be taking our democracy back. Canada is not China and we’re not going to accept authoritarian governance.

Humorous note: When I reviewed this post I noticed a typo, ‘Peter Van Load’. Now that’s Freudian. 🙂