Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The McCarthyite Cons and the Dutch Disease
OK. So I was wrong.
When Christy Clark became the latest Con stooge to denounce Thomas Mulcair, for simply pointing out that the Dutch Disease is killing our manufacturing sector, I said it could only mean one thing.
Big Oil and its Con puppets were scraping the bottom of the barrel.
But I forgot I was living in the sinister petro state of Harperland.
Where the bottom of the dirty oil barrel goes all the way to China.
And I forgot about the Con Senate...
This is a cheap political ploy to pit eastern citizens against those in the West. Will Mulcair next attack the lentil business, the wheat and grain producers who have long fed the world - or perhaps the potash industry that allows the poor to bolster their depleted farmland in overpopulated areas?
It's time for Mulcair to act like a Canadian.
And that like the Con turkey Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin is capable of saying ANYTHING.
I mean can you believe that? As if Big Lentil is as dangerous as Big Oil. As if Mulcair wasn't right. As if telling the truth was a crime.
These diatribes against anyone who even acknowledges potential downsides or side effects of the bitumen boom seem to herald a new, dangerous tendency in Canada's political culture. Opposing a bitumen-exporting pipeline in Canada these days makes you a foreign-financed subversive. And it seems that questioning the economic effects of the bitumen export strategy makes you equally seditious. I call this "energy McCarthyism," and it should be rejected forcefully not just by those concerned with Canada's de-industrialization and staples dependency, but by those worried about the quality of our democracy.
As if those Cons weren't selling us out to foreign interests. As if Albertans haven't been screaming at those damn Easterners for forty years over the National Energy Program. Which did to Alberta what Harper's oil pimp policies are doing to the rest of Canada.
Which explains why the Cons and the other Big Oil stooges are attacking Mulcair like piranhas. They know a killer issue when they see one. But why is Stephane Dion joining in the feeding frenzy?
Stéphane Dion, the former Liberal leader, says he turned down a proposal from advisors to accuse Prime Minister Stephen Harper of favouring Alberta and the oil sands industry during the 2008 election campaign because he feared it would harm national unity.
He said Mr. Mulcair is effectively “giving up” on much of Western Canada and, if he forms a government in 2015, risks having little or no representation from provinces like Alberta and Saskatchewan in his Cabinet.
Oh boy. When will he ever learn...
Which is one of the reasons he's looking like a winner, and thanks to people like Stephane Dion, the Liberals are going nowhere.
Liberal support in Canada is steadily slipping as the New Democrats and Tories continue to battle for the top spot, the results of an exclusive poll for Global News indicate.
While the Grits may say that their troubles lie in finding the right candidate to lead the party, Ipsos Reid’s Darrell Bricker suggests the party may be losing a distinct voice in the political arena. “The problem they’ve got is that they’re having a hard time finding their place in a debate about economic issues,” Bricker told Global News.
Yup. Mulcair is ruthless, the kind of leader these times demand.
He has found a mighty issue, the truth is on his side. That's why the Cons are running scared.
For forty years Alberta used regional alienation like a blunt weapon.
Now it's our turn...
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