Friday, August 28, 2015
The Con Regime Goes After the Man Who Wrote Harperman
About two months ago I played this gentle, joyful song of resistance aimed at the depraved dictator Stephen Harper and his criminal Con regime.
It was written and performed by Tony Turner a scientist at Environment Canada. And I thought it was great. I liked the music and the lyrics, especially the chorus.
We want you gone (gone, gone)
You and your pawn (pawn, pawns)
No more con (con, cons)
Time to move on (on, on)
Get out of town (town, town )
Don’t want you round (round, round)
Harperman, it’s time for you to go.
So you can imagine how I felt when I read that Tony Turner has become the latest victim of that monstrous regime.
And is now under investigation.
An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song to get rid of the Harper government.
Tony Turner, a scientist in habitat planning at Environment Canada, was recently sent home on leave with pay while the government investigates the making of Harperman, a music video posted on YouTube in early June that has attracted about 48,000 hits.
Suspended and sent home, even though the Supreme Court has upheld the right of public service workers to freedom of expression. And even though there is no way Tony Turner's political views could affect or interfere with his job as a scientist.
But then Harper and his sinister Con cult know that, and they just want to harass and intimidate Turner. Or muzzle him like they have muzzled so many others.
And the good news is it won't work. It will only make the song more popular, and a living symbol of resistance. For we will not be silenced.
You know, I've always loved to play protest songs on this blog. Not just to cheer up and motivate progressives, or help sustain them through this dark time in the history of this country. As those songs sustained me.
But also because I think they help remind us that this campaign is no ordinary election, it's a battle to save the soul of Canada. And one we can't lose.
So I'll be playing some of those songs in the weeks ahead, and I'll certainly be sharing Harperman as much as I can, to show my support for Tony Turner, the latest victim of the Con regime.
And you should too.
But I'll leave you with a protest song from four years ago, one of the first I ever played, and still one of the best.
John Roby's Harper Song Steve It's Time To Leave...
Steve, Steve, it's time to go, it's time to close the Harper show.
Harperman it's time for you to go.
The nightmare has lasted long enough.
Now it's time to take our Canada back.
Now it's time for freedom...
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