Sunday, June 26, 2011
We saw a lot of drama about Harper refusing to take amendments on his crime bills to generate anger toward the opposition pretending they were soft on crime when really it was the wording of his crime bill that concerned them. He kept promising that if he was given a majority then he would be hard on crime. Not.
As soon as he was given a majority government he cut funding for the RCMP and the Gang task force. Surprise! Who would have thought? We knew he was a liar but who would have thought he'd lie about that too? I guess we can't trust a word that comes out of his mouth.
Duceppe was the one who said "We know Stephen Harper is soft on crime. He's soft on crime in his own office." Sad but true.
Posted by Dennis Watson at 9:15 AM
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Quebec has sent the government a very clear message. Historically the French Revolution was based on liberté, égalité, fraternité. These are principles Stephen Harper knows nothing about. He talks about liberty but when we invade countries for their oil under the lie of fighting for freedom we prove our deception.
Roméo Dallaire was a French Canadian born in the Netherlands and raised in Montreal. He was a noble soldier. When the Canadian military helped liberate the Dutch from Nazi occupation it was not done to rob or extort money or oil from the Dutch. It was done because it was the right thing to do. We would hope they would do the same for us had we been taken over by a cruel military dictator. Canada did not plunder the Dutch and steal from them. That would be no better than what Hitler did. Yet that is what NATO is doing in Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Equality means everyone pays tax to the government including the super rich. It does not mean the super rich pay a disproportionate amount of tax but it does mean they do pay some tax. Donald Trump bragging about how little tax he pays is treason.
Freedom and equality means supporting small business not the huge corporations that bind and enslave us. Giving tax breaks to large corporations for sending Canadian jobs overseas shoots ourselves in the foot. Sending away those Canadian jobs sends away our tax revenue.
Selling public assets like BC rail to their rich friends robs the Canadian people of public assets and tax revenue. These back room deals are dripping with conflict of interest just like Harper's conflicted Jets and Carson's conflicted water.
Privatizing the Nuclear Industry after firing a whistle blower for reporting a leaking reactor in Ontario is insane. A corporation is mandated to make a profit. Selling the technology and the means to make nuclear weapons for profit with no public accountability is corrupt.
Canada was responsible for both India and Pakistan's nuclear weapons tests. Exporting CANDU reactors is exporting nuclear weapon technology. Stockwell Day was in India in 2009 beating the US in providing them nuclear technology. That is wrong and privatizing that industry so there is absolutely no moral public accountability other than the almighty dollar is corrupt.
Historically there has always been an affinity, a sense of fraternity and solidarity between BC and Quebec. Especially between Montreal and Vancouver. They gave us our hero Luongo and they touched our hearts with the nobility of Joannie Rochette during the Olympics. Salut Québec. J'Imagine un meilleur monde parce que je crois en toi et moi. J'imagine cette force nous ralient toi et moi. Je me souviens.
Will someone please tell Mr. Harper that they really do pronounce the letter "L" in French.
Posted by Dennis Watson at 1:59 PM
Monday, May 2, 2011
An amusing cartoon in the Province. I found a letter someone sent in to be insighful.
I do not understand people's misconception that Stephen Harper's Conservatives are prudent fiscal managers of the economy or that they care about working families.
In just five years, the Conservative government took us from a $13-billion surplus to a $56- billion deficit. They claim credit for the six-per-cent health-care transfer payments that were put in place by the Liberals in 2004.
They give tax breaks to the likes of John Deere with no strings attached, who take the tax break and ship 800 jobs south of the border.
Stephen Harper claiming credit for the economy is like Yoko Ono taking credit for the Beatles!
Posted by Dennis Watson at 10:07 AM
Friday, April 29, 2011
A blog reader had pointed out that Harper spent Paul Martin's budget surplus. I thought that was well worth looking into because I didn't realize Paul Martin had a budget surplus. Turns out he did. In fact it was bigger than they thought it was. In fact when Jean Chrétien took over from Brian Mulroney in 1993, the budget surplus consistently rose dramatically.
Debt reduction is important. Yet that doesn't mean removing public accountability and privatizing everything under the sun and handing over our democratic sovereignty to large corporations that has no regard for the Canadian economy only their own. That only shoots ourselves in the foot and reduces tax revenue.
A prime example of the false stereotype is in the US. People there claim the republicans will run a surplus while the democrats will run a deficit. History has shown that to be untrue. Bush sucked billions out of their economy to fund the illegal invasion of Iraq based on a lie. The British economy suffered from supporting that lie as well.
Yes we need a military. How many jets and what we use them for is open for debate. Invading countries for their oil is very costly not to mention immoral. That's not even touching on how investment fraud destabilizes the market.
Posted by Dennis Watson at 10:41 AM
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The Liberals new attack add doesn't make sense. He claims that Harper and Layton are two sides of the same coin. Yet the NCC claims anyone who doesn't vote for Harper is a Socialist so who do we believe? Is it really that hard? Everyone claims the NDP will raise taxes but that is exactly what Harper is doing. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Posted by Dennis Watson at 1:40 PM
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Although Harper's quote to the National Citizens Coalition saying it's past time to scrap the Canada Health Act back in 1997 is old, Stephen Harper was president of that lobbyist group from 1998 to 2002. Now he's their candidate of choice for Prime minister.
That lobbyist group still opposes public health care so Harper's denial about a hidden agenda to privatize heath care is a bold faced lie. It is not surprising to see that their adds feed Harper's propaganda claiming everyone that doesn't vote for Harper is a Socialist.
It is a corporate driven propaganda lobbyist group with a secret membership list that pretends to be a citizens coalition when it is not. The Council of Canadians is a grass roots citizens coalition for Democracy. The NCC is not.
Posted by Dennis Watson at 12:29 PM
Sunday, April 24, 2011
The headline on the Surrey Now reads: DESPERATELY SEEKING DONA. Looks like she's disappeared again and dodged another debate. It's kind of like that Eddie Murphy movie Distinguished Gentlemen. Dona has name recognition. Her husband did great things for Surrey and Canada. Dona herself is a great person. Yet she is currently somewhat conflicted.
In an earlier interview she claimed she disagreed with the party's position on the HST. I'm sure Harper's control freak censorship crew loved that one. They are the ones that likely banned her from speaking on the issue. Yet her disagreement with the HST runs hollow because she didn't show up for that vote. It would appear that Harper doesn't allow free votes for his party. The broken promise of free votes was so that MPs could vote the way their constituents want. Not in Harper's world.
The HST is just one of many conflicts. Voting for the party that tried to bribe her husband is another. Chuck Cadman ran as an independent after he was shafted by the party. Going back to that party after all the bad things they did is clearly a step backwards. There seems to be a lot of animosity towards Dona these days for her endorsement of Harper. She is a good person. Stephen Harper is not. It's important to draw that line. That would mean doing so at the ballot box this election.
Posted by Dennis Watson at 4:29 AM