Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Stephen Harper's Billion Dollar Photo-op

I was in this little park today opposite the convention centre and the hotel where the G20 Summit is going to be held.

It was 31 degrees in the shade. I was handing out bottles of water to some homeless people who hang out there, to make sure they don't collapse from dehydration.

So you can imagine how I felt when I read this story.

The estimated cost for security over the course of seven days in June dwarfs the amount spent at previous international summits and is expected to surpass the $898 million spent during the Vancouver Olympics — which spanned 14 days.

The official price tag for security at last year's G20 summit in Pittsburgh was listed at $18 million US, according to municipal and U.S. federal officials.

More than a BILLION dollars for THREE days? Do you know how much affordable housing, or how many street clinics we could build with that money ?

Those miserable Con bastards. And for what I wonder? When there are so many isolated luxury resorts in this country where the summit could have been held for a fraction of the cost. Why would they hold it in downtown Toronto?

Answer: because Stephen Harper will do anything to win votes in a place where most people consider his name synonymous with SYPHILIS.

And this is just another expensive photo-up designed to make that crummy dictator look good.

Yikes. As if the fact that we're paying for his personal primper isn't bad enough.

You know  there are a lot of dummies in this country who vote for the Cons because they think they're good economic managers. When in fact they are leading this country to financial ruin.

So they can cut government to the bone, and suck the marrow out of medicare.

Oh boy. I give up. You can do what you can to try to save a life, but there's no cure for STUPIDITY.

And what can you say about Prime Minister Pretty who would sacrifice the future of so many Canadians for a cheap expensive photo-op?

Except  that miserable vain megalomaniac who would strut down a catwalk to try to buy votes with OUR money.

And ain't he too sexy for his (stuffed) shirt? 


  1. bottled water... I was handing out bottles of water to some homeless people who hang out there, to make sure they don't collapse from dehydration.

    via "The Nation" --

    quote; "With style, verve and righteous anger, the film exposes the bottled water industry's role in suckering the public, harming our health, accelerating climate change, contributing to overall pollution, and increasing America's dependence on fossil fuels. All while gouging consumers with exorbitant and indefensible prices."

    (more @ link)

    via boing boing --

    "... When Fiji water launched an ad campaign that made fun of Cleveland tap water, the city of Cleveland ran tests comparing its water to Fiji water. 'These tests showed a glass of Fiji water is lower quality, it loses taste tests against Cleveland tap water, and costs thousands of times more. This story is typical of what happens when you bottled tap water against tap water.' "

  2. hi 'berto...I agree with you that bottled water is an ecological nightmare and a rip off. I also saw a study the other day that pointed out that many bottled waters contain more bacteria than tap water.
    However, I have two big parks to cover, I don't have a water tank to strap on my back, and I freeze the bottles so they can stay cooler longer. I also ask them to please leave the bottles in a recycling bin, so are you satisfied now? :)

  3. Sure... but I hope you're passing out common tap water in all those bottles, that's all.