Sunday, May 10, 2015
Another Great Canadian Writer Goes After Stephen Harper
There are a number of good books out there that document the horror of what Stephen Harper and his monstrous regime have done to Canada.
Books by writers like Lawrence Martin, Michael Harris, Mark Bourrie, Christian Nadeau and others.
And now from a distinguished Canadian who has spent a lifetime standing up for this country and its values, comes another good book.
And another wake-up call for our battered and bleeding democracy.
Mel Hurtig, one of Canada’s most-celebrated economic nationalists, has fought the good fight for this country for more than 60 years.
Now, at an age when most of his contemporaries have either withdrawn to the political sidelines or died, Hurtig, 82, is still going strong. To prove it, he has just released his eighth book, which he calls the most important one he has ever written.
Titled The Arrogant Autocrat: Stephen Harper’s Takeover of Canada, the book takes direct aim at Harper’s actions since becoming prime minister in 2006 that are systematically and deliberately in Hurtig’s view destroying our democratic institutions and values.
Isn't that great? Mel Hurtig is riding to battle again. And I can't wait to get the book. Not because I am not painfully aware of the atrocities Harper and his Con thugs have inflicted on our Canada.
But because I admire that old man so much. For the way he fought to try to keep foreign companies from taking over this country, or the way he tried to protect our culture from being swallowed up by the one of our giant neighbour. For the way he promoted our artists.
His book The Vanishing Country has always struck me as tragically prophetic. For look at us now.
Like him, I shudder to think what might happen to our Canada if Stephen Harper is re-elected...
“My major purpose in writing the book was to reveal the extent to which Harper has damaged our democracy,” Hurtig said in an interview from his home in Vancouver. Harper “doesn’t understand what democracy is all about or care about it,” he added, saying he is “terrified by the idea that the man could be re-elected.”
Like him I'm also a strong supporter of a progressive coalition:
As Hurtig sees it, the only way to stop Harper is for the Liberals and NDP to form a coalition “for the sake of restoring our democracy and indeed, our civil society” if there is a minority Conservative government after the Oct. 19 federal election.
And this is a bonus.
Most of the information has been published elsewhere over the years. What Hurtig has done, though, is package it all in a short, 140-page book that is easy to read and understand.
Because it sounds like just the kind of book we can lend to people we know who don't follow politics as closely as we do, especially seniors who support the Cons.
For they will remember Mel, and the Canada he tried so hard to defend...
Remember that although so few listened to him at the time, or heeded his warnings, in the end he was right about EVERYTHING.
As for the rest of us, we should be inspired by the sight of an 82-year-old man still fighting for his country and its values. And comforted by the knowledge that so many great Canadians are on our side.
Let's do Mel Hurtig's book justice. Let's share it widely. Let's give him in the twilight years of his amazing life the reward he so justly deserves.
By taking our Canada back.
And driving this depraved arrogant autocrat from power, as soon as is humanly possible...
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