Politics and its Discontents: Harperian Hypocrisy: The Family Values Regime Disappoints Yet Again

While the Harper regime always touts itself as a government that stands up for family vlaues, evidence once more indicates this is little more than rhetoric and rank hypocrisy, aided and abetted by an almost completely politicized RCMP. The CBC reports RCMP have been holding back millions of dollars from the force’s vaunted program to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Hammering Harper’s Hypocrisy – Rick Mercer Does It Again

Should you ask Rick Mercer if he thinks the Harper regime is treating our vets fairly, he will give you this earful: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Harperian Hypocrisy

Keep spreading the word, brothers and sisters: H/t Michael Nabert Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: ‘Dear Leader’ Decries Attacks On Democracy

This is indeed rich. Said Prime Minister Harper, in response to the French massacre: “When a trio of hooded men struck at some of our most cherished democratic principles — freedom of expression, freedom of the press — they assaulted democracy everywhere. Actions, Sir, speak much louder than words. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Charities And Political Activities

I am not a lawyer, but I post the following information for those who are, and for those deeply offended by the Harper government’s ongoing attacks on non-profits that dare question the regime’s wisdom while giving a free ride to right-wing entities whose ideology matches that of our overlords. Here is the CRA policy statement ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Harper Regime: 90 Pound Weaklings When It Comes To Heavy Lifting

As I indicated in yesterday’s post, the Harper Conservatives seem very selective in ‘standing up for the vulnerable’; they just don’t seem to have what it takes to do the real heavy lifting that is required in our troubled world, preferring instead to utter bellicose rhetoric and put our young men and women in harm’s ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Curious Case Of Conservative Compassion

Some would say that the Harper regime’s justification for its decision to commit militarily to the fight against ISIS was patriotic and stirring: Said John Baird: “My Canada heeds the call’’…. “My Canada protects the vulnerable. My Canada does not leave all the heavy lifting to others.’’ Said Mr. Harper: “If Canada wants to keep ...

Politics and its Discontents: A New Addition To The Harper Enemies List

But then again, no surprises here, except that it is being leveraged into a fundraising appeal. But it is a bit rich, isn’t it, that given their expertise in the area, the Harper cabal should be carping about disgusting personal attacks? Is hypocrisy too obvious a word? Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: On Harper’s Hateful Hypocricsy

There is little doubt that Alana Westwood will now be joining that ever-growing pantheon of proud Canadians inscribed on Harper’s Enemies List. The PhD Candidate at Dalhousie University and volunteer coordinator at Evidence for Democracy has written a fine piece in today’s Toronto Star entitled Stephen Harper’s blatant hypocrisy on science which merits reading. Her ...

Politics and its Discontents: C’Mon, We’ve All Been Thinking It

And now, thanks to Michael de Adder, we’ve got a picture to go along with those thoughts: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Lies: The Dismal Truth About Corporate Tax Evasion

My friend Gary recently alerted me to this, which should sicken all Canadian citizens. It is a story of corporate greed, massive amounts of lost tax revenues, and a government that aids and abets both. After viewing it, be sure to read the missive from Star letter-writer Robert Bahlieda that follows, and think about it ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Hypocrisy Of The Harperites

It is no revelation to state how hypocritical the current Conservative cabal is. However, those tough-on-crime zealots are betraying new depths of their natures by their advocacy of ‘compassionate’, or should I say expedient, treatment of that exemplar of all that is wrong with the right, the disgraced Chief Magistrate of Toronto, Rob Ford. Not ...

Politics and its Discontents: Rick Mercer On The Harper Regime’s Shoddy Treatment Of Vets

As a supplement to The Disaffected Lib’s excellent post on Remembrance Day, take a look at Rick Mercer’s thoughts on a government that not only has turned its back on wounded war vets but also tossed them out on the street: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Conservative Hypocrisy

Please forgive the redundancy of the title. I just came across this little gem from Harper’s 2006 campaign via Bill Oates on Twitter, who also offered this observation: In 2006, Harper and the cons lied about “100s of millions of missing $” Now they’re missing $3.1B. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Summertime, And The Livin is Easy (For Some)

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Politics and its Discontents: A Boorish Boar

The other day I posted a video in which Don Martin denounces the disgraced Senator Mike Duffy. He makes a reference to the exact point at which Mike Duffy ceased to be his friend. This is the episode I believe Martin is referring to: H/t janfromthebruce Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The New E.I. Tribunal

Last week, The Star’s Thomas Walkom had an excellent column on Harer-led changes to the Employment Insurance Tribunal that turn it into a complete repository of patronage, rewarding the party faithful even more lavishly than those who have earned a partisan place in the Senate. Some contrasts to show the changes are in order: The ...

Politics and its Discontents: Harper Hypocrisy on Full Display

In his column this morning, The Star’s Tim Harper points out something that I think many of us are all too aware of: Stephen Harper is a hypocrite. There really is no other way to describe the despicable partisanship that permeates our Prime Minister’s deformed soul, most recently on display in London when he took ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Brief Reflection On Irony

Given the rather limited scope of the conservative mind, few, I have observed, seem in possession of anything remotely resembling a sense of the ironic. Sparked by Stephen Harper’s recent insensitive ‘condolences’ to the people of Venezuela on the passing of Hugo Chavez, I was pleased to see a letter in The Star demonstrates that ...

Politics and its Discontents: An Odious Servitude

In its ongoing and odious servitude to a reactionary constituency, the Harper regime continues to use the heavy hand of government to target and harass those whose ideology differs from its own. I have already written several times about Bill C-377, the private members bill designed to flame discontent with unions in this country. Apparently, ...

Politics and its Discontents: From The Salamander

Lately, I guess as a response to the rhetoric that comes pouring forth every year as Remembrance Day approaches, I have made several critical posts directed against those who find it so easy to don the mantle of patriotism while paying only lip service to the lives lost in war. In response to one of ...

Politics and its Discontents: And Another Thing ….

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Politics and its Discontents: When It Comes To Our Veterans

… the Canadian government knows that talk is cheap. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: After Cutting Through The Sanctimonious Rhetoric

…it is apparent that, like most governments, the Harper regime has been quite content to recruit, exploit and ultimately abandon those who, in good faith, joined the armed forces to support a ‘muscular adventurism’ that has both tarnished and diminished Canada’s standing in the real (i.e., excluding the U.S.) international community. Ample evidence of this ...

Politics and its Discontents: Canadians: Dear Leader Requires Your Uncritical Attention

To absorb and spread this message. Watch, learn, and heed: Ignore the ugly rumours spread by enemies of the state that Dear Leader advocated this policy in 2008. Recommend this Post