Sunday, October 26, 2008

Canadian Election: Harper's Power play

I just want to make a quick comment on the recent federal election because I think it begs to be commented on. Can you believe it? Three million dollars later and we’re right back where we were before. After wasting all of this time, energy and a shit load of money for over a month on an election that almost nobody wanted, we once again have a minority Conservative government.

And a piss poor time to be wasting energy and money too as it turned out. Instead of focusing on how we can best deal with the current financial turmoil in the US and how it might effect Canada, we were busy farting around with a federal election, just because Stephen Harper and the Conservatives thought they just might have a chance of getting a majority government if they called it right now. Never mind that they broke their very own new election law designed supposedly to prevent just this sort of partisan opportunism, this was at last a chance for Harper to unleash his own special brand of ultra conservatism on Canadians with no holds barred. He just couldn’t resist the temptation.

Of course, Harper claimed that he called the election because he couldn’t accomplish anything with a minority government and he needed a stronger mandate from the Canadian people to get stuff done. But then when he was asked if he thought the Conservatives were likely to win a majority this time around, he said no. Clearly this explanation makes no sense at all. Now while I’ve always believed Stephen Harper is rather simple, I don’t believe he’s that simple. I believe he thought the time was right to capitalize on Stephan Dion’s unpopularity with the hope of winning a majority. And it seemed perfectly fine to Harper that you (the Canadian taxpayer) should finance his little power play.

Let’s not forget that Harper loves to talk about fiscal responsibility, government accountability and how the taxpayers should ultimately call the shots on how their money is spent. This cynical move on his part proves once again, that this kind of talk is nothing more than that—talk. This is yet another reason to make sure that this man and his party never secures a majority government. (PS. The kitty may be cuddly and innocent Steve, but you're not)


Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

Looks like the Useless Party Coalition is of like mind. Maybe you could be their Prime Minister!

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Sue said...

I’m on your side Useless. Like the Subhumans say, it’s “Die for your beliefs, not just dye your hair.” I think any of these little Sex Pistols fucks that want to argue with me can bring it on, because punk is based on politics. It’s like, punks and hippies are brothers. Hippies are trying to see the light side of revolution, saying how great the revolution can be, and the punks are saying, “Fuck this, we’re pissed off!” It’s just the dark side of revolution in people’s faces, and that’s why these fucks can’t stand it. I think it’s great you bombed, threatened to kill cops and are still political with your life. Any idiot can shave their head. It’s not a technically hard thing to do. But it does, in a way, take balls to do that when you’re really young and living with your parents in some white bread suburb, like I still am. Fuck, a lot of my rad friends are old school punks and they still live with their parents and who cares anyway when the world’s so fucked up. I love the Subhumans precisely because they act like “thugs” and do drugs and drink lots and say, “Fuck society, fuck the corporate world, I’m going to be against all this shit.” We don't care what you say, fuck you!”

Anonymous said...

Who is this tiresome, Anonymous 12:16 am poster who loves the homophobic phrase about "usurping ass cheeks"? This was the identical phrase trotted out by the same individual on the "Alienated in Vancouver" blogspot. What is with dragging out the same ancient interview as "proof" of your simplisticly constructed brand of "reality?" This is a wanna-be hater who gets sustenance from his foaming at the mouth hatred of his imagined enemy, Gerry Hannah the killer of the "spirit punk rock." What a futile gnashing of teeth and a misdirected load of hot air. The internet is full of these pious keyboard warriors. Sheesh, go out and shovel an old lady's driveway. Get in the real world and do something constructive.