Sunday, July 15, 2012
Stephen Harper and the Angry Canadians
OMG. Fan me with a chicken feather. I can understand why Stephen Harper must be wondering why he's laying one egg after the other.
His polls are tanking, his credibility is shot, his corrupt regime is imploding, and his dirty oil pipeline is now just a pipedream.
But after everything Harper has done to this country and its values, why does a journalist like Dan Gardner still not understand why so many Canadians hate him?
I believe I have established that I am not Stephen Harper’s biggest fan, except perhaps in the Kathy-Bates-with-a-sledgehammer sense. But still I am amazed at how many people despise Stephen Harper so much that they would endorse a mass songbird slaughter if the prime minister were photographed smiling at a chickadee.
For starters, isn't "chickadee" what Harper calls John Baird? And secondly, doesn't Gardner understand that praising Calgary so extravagantly, after trying to reconfigure the country to serve its Big Oil interests, might rub some Canadians the wrong way?
How are they supposed to feel about a guy who is allowing the Dutch Disease to kill good jobs all over the country? How are they supposed to feel about a Prime Minister who is selling us out to foreign interests?
In the last few years direct ownership of Alberta oil sands by Chinese state-owned oil companies has gone from nearly nothing to over $12 billion. Chinese money is already invested in the Enbridge pipeline and tanker scheme, Petro-China wants to build the pipeline, and Suncor is talking about using lowerwaged Chinese temporary workers–just in time to drive down wages and environmental standards.
How are they supposed to feel about the leader of a regime like this one?
If Canada feels different, it’s because it is. Under Harper, we have become strangers to ourselves, a foreign country run by an angry and hostile regime. The world has noticed, but is too preoccupied with its own problems to do anything more than fret.
Harper and his robo-ministers — especially Peter Kent in environment and Joe Oliver in natural resources — have been blunt: They will brook no opposition in their zeal to exploit the oilsands, build pipelines and empower the new robber barons.
And is this hatred irrational? Or is it the sometimes inarticulate, but totally understandable rage of a people who feel their country is being stolen, but are powerless to do anything about it? And isn't Stephen Harper just reaping what he hath sown?
For who created the angry Canada we now live in? This living nightmare called Harperland. Who went after his opponents like a savage beast? Who would turn this country into a jungle?
You know, I don't think that blind hatred is healthy. I prefer to see it channeled into political action aimed at eventually defeating this foul regime.
But until that happy day arrives, to resist is to exist. And if you love Canada.
You've got to hate those hideous Cons...
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