Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Is Stephen Harper the Worst Prime Minister in Canadian History?
It's not a question most people who know me would dare ask me.
Lest they be forced to listen to a five-minute diatribe, or watch my face turn red, and smoke pour out of my ears.
But now somebody has asked the question: Is Stephen Harper the worst prime minister EVER?
And since I'm really too tired to erupt right now, all I can say is thank goodness Bruce Livesey answers his own question.
Naturally, assessing Harper’s legacy depends on your own politics: conservatives will view him more kindly than liberals and leftists.
Still, given his longevity in power, and in regards to the fundamental things people grade a government on – such as the economy, democratic practices, the environment, corruption, foreign policy, culture, civil liberties – Harper’s record might very well place him as the worst prime minister in Canadian history.
For what else can you call a prime minister who has savaged our democracy in such a bestial manner?
If there is one area in which Harper is particularly vulnerable, it’s the charge that he runs one of the most undemocratic regimes in Canadian history – and has undermined and abused democratic institutions and procedures at every turn. In fact, he is the only Canadian prime minister to be found in contempt of Parliament, which occurred in 2011 after his government refused to release costs on certain programs to opposition MPs.
What else can you call a leader who has prorogued Parliament four times, introduced one omnibus bill after the other, used robocalls to try to steal the last election and made it easier to steal the next one, muzzled scientists, spied on environmental activists, lied like a thief, used millions and millions of OUR money to promote himself as a Great Economist Leader.
While ravaging our manufacturing industry in search of his oily dreams of glory.
In the five years prior to 2006, Canada’s manufacturing industries lost 200,000 jobs. After Harper was elected, another 400,000 manufacturing jobs vanished, with manufacturing as a share of the economy dropping from 16 per cent in 2004 down to 12 per cent last year. The high-tech manufacturing sector is in terrible shape, having shrunk to 1.3 per cent of GDP, making it one of the smallest in the developed world.
What else can you call a leader who has done nothing to fight climate change? The greatest threat this planet faces.
Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe — which produce an annual report card on climate change performance — put Canada 58th out of 61 countries in regards to its efforts to combat global warming, above only Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Australia. In 2013, these organizations said Canada “shows no intention of moving forward with climate policy and therefore remains the worst performer of all industrialized countries.”
What else can you call this sinister ideologue with the cold dead eyes?
Who is now trying to scare Canadians into voting for him, so he can continue his demolition of this country and his values and turn it into a police state.
I mean really, what else can you call a leader like that? Except the worst prime minister in Canadian history.
Or as I prefer to call him, the worst monster, in the worst nightmare, this country has ever known...
A cold, cruel, psychopathic bully who should never have been allowed anywhere near power.
And the only question that will haunt me forever, is why did it take so long for so many Canadians to see Stephen Harper as the man he really is? And understand what a political pervert like him could do to the country we love.
When it seemed so obvious to me, so long ago.
But better late than never, and it couldn't happen at a better time, with an election on the horizon.
Despite all he has done to it, Canada still lives.
And I'm happy because even after writing more than 4,000 posts on the atrocities of the Con regime and its depraved leader, to establish that indeed Stephen Harper is the worst prime minister ever, I'm still reasonably sane, still standing, still blogging.
My journey to freedom which began so long ago is still continuing...
But at last I think I can see the end in sight.
We will get there together.
The monster has been exposed and will be destroyed.
And we will take our country back...
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