Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Cons and the Corruption of Canada
Start with a government that practically bought itself a majority with its porky action plan. A government that lies, cheats, and covers up everything.
A government that wants to jail thousands of young Canadians for the "crime" of smoking marijuana. While giving the fraudsters and the fat cats of Big Business a permanent get out of jail card.
Or a nail job...
Throw in our pathetic corporate media, and reporters too lazy to give important stories the attention they deserve.
Much wonderment has been expressed recently on why stories of abuse of power don’t seem to hurt Stephen Harper’s government. The stories don’t stick, it is said. The reason may well be, to cite Mr. Thomson’s cautionary words, because we in the media don’t stick to them. It’s episodic journalism. We report one story, then move on. We don’t probe deeply. If a Watergate was happening, the public would never know it.
In the last week of the campaign, there was a seeming attempt by a Conservative operative to present Michael Ignatieff as an Iraq war planner. One can imagine what would happen if this kind of thing, straight out of Nixonland, happened in a U.S. campaign. The media would blow the roof off. Here, the story passed in a day or two without further comment.
Add to this mix a smug population that shrugs its shoulders at stories of political abuse. And the millions of Canadians too ignorant or lazy to vote.
And is anybody really surprised that along with our Dirty Oil, and our killer asbestos, we're exporting corruption?
For the seventh year in a row, Transparency International ranked Canada as having "little or no enforcement" of foreign bribery standards set out in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Anti-Bribery Convention, which was signed by Canada and came into effect in 1999.
Great eh? Once we were the decent Boy Scouts and the peacemakers of the world. Now we're the planet burners, the bad guys on human rights, AND the greasy gangsters.
Oh boy. How low have we fallen.
The good news? Many Canadians may not give a damn about democracy. So calling the Cons the Contempt Party is just a waste of time.
But since the Auditor General's report on the G8/G20 is sure to make the Cons look bad. And several of their senior members are facing charges of electoral fraud.
Calling the Cons the Corruption Party might be a great way to start the next four years.
It seems to me a natural fit eh?
And as you know, I'm READY...
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