Wednesday, April 30, 2014
You should have seen them today in the House of Commons, like a two-headed beast attacking the foreign workers monster they created.
Stephen Harper vowing to crackdown on those who abuse the program.
"It does appear to be the case that there are some Canadian employers who believe that they can have a preference for temporary foreign workers," Harper said. "This government has been clear: That is absolutely unacceptable and it will not be tolerated."
But not the Work for Foreigners scam itself.
And Jason Kenney vowing to tighten up the program he has spend the last six years relaxing.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
In more than eight years of blogging against the atrocities of the Con regime, nothing has bothered me more than the way the MSM has heaped slavish praise on its deranged leader.
For while I have always seen Stephen Harper as a monster, who has broken every rule of decency in his bid to change this country beyond recognition.
The MSM has so often called that bizarre behaviour the work of a political genius.
So am glad to see that even Andrew Coyne has finally recognized that there is no there there.
Oh boy. Try as I might I can't escape the feeling that things are out of control in Harperland.
If it isn't the snow in Saskatchewan, it's the runaway blimp in New Brunswick.
And of course floating gently over us all in his runaway hot air
Monday, April 28, 2014
If it wasn't for the fact that it's almost May, and Spring still feels like Autumn, I might have trouble believing I'm still living in Canada, or Harperland.
For when I check out the news these days I can't believe what I'm reading.
First there was Pierre Poilievre watering down his toxic Unfair Elections Act after vowing not to change a word.
And today there was Jason Kenney posing as a champion of Canadian workers.
Which had me wondering whether he's losing his mind.
Or I am...
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Lordy. I think it's safe to say that Jason Kenney is now wrestling with his greatest inner torment since he chose chastity over sex, so many painful years ago.
For he is truly caught between the devil and a Big Mac.
On the one hand, because so many Canadians are so outraged, he's trying to look like he's cracking down on the sordid foreign workers scandal.
The government's decision to impose a moratorium on the fast-food industry's access to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program will send employers "a very clear message" that abuse will not be tolerated, says Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
On the other hand he also apparently agrees with the CEO of McDonald's Canada, who believes that Kenney's moratorium is "bullshit."
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Golly. I don't know who looked more more beaten or more pathetic today, Stephen Harper or Pierre Poilievre. It was too close to call.
But what is certain is that both were humiliated beyond belief.
Harper slapped in the face by the Supreme Court, and sent crashing to the canvas.
Stephen Harper threw in the towel on Senate reform Friday after the Supreme Court slammed the door on his hopes of a quick fix for the scandal-plagued upper house.
His hapless stooge Poilievre forced to walk like a burro backwards on his Unfair Elections Act.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Well he must be feeling pretty pleased with himself. He must believe that The Force is with him.
And to be fair, it did decide that Nigel Wright shouldn't be charged for paying Mike Duffy to keep his mouth shut.
It did decide that the sight of an underage drinker lying unconscious in his driveway, after a swim suit party, wasn't something it should be concerned about.
And then today there was this gift from the Elections Commissioner.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Well surprise, surprise. I see that Jason Kenney has stopped bragging about how he plans to fix the foreign workers problem, after the tragic story of that waitress in Weyburn, Saskatchewan.
Who was reduced to tears after she lost her job to one of them.
And who can blame him eh? When he created the problem, Canadians are so angry.
And even McDonald's admits the problem is so big it's temporarily halting his pimping services.
Well compared to all the other scandals he is facing this may not be the biggest.
Paramedics were called to the Prime Minister’s official residence in Ottawa over the weekend after an 18-year-old woman suffered from severe intoxication.
The Ottawa Paramedic Service confirmed that it responded to a call involving an 18-year-old who suffered from “possible alcohol intoxication” at an event at 24 Sussex Drive.
But it is scandalous to see how lightly the incident is being treated, and the way the RCMP seem to be trying to protect Stephen Harper.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
When I was a boy I sometimes used to dream about running away to sea.
So the sight of that old sugar boat today, made me dream for a moment of sailing to some place far from Harperland.
Because this tortured country is getting crazier by the day.
And so is the monster who would destroy it.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Uh oh. Hold the bacon. It looks as if the Cons have finally realized that their Porky Action Plan ads are NOT as popular as they had hoped.
And although they have spent gazillions of OUR tax dollars to promote THEMSELVES.
Now they don't even dare ask Canadians what they think of them.
I've watched with growing anger how the Con regime has flooded this country with foreign workers, even though so many Canadians are unemployed.
I've watched them use the Temporary Foreign Worker's program to drive down wages and try to bust unions.
I've looked on helplessly as some of my own friends have been humiliated and turned into slaves, with no money, no hours, no job security, no benefits, no nothing.
But this is the limit, and enough is ENOUGH.
Monday, April 21, 2014
I'm glad that The Guardian and the Washington Post have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the out of control activities of the National Security Agency.
And that Edward Snowden has been vindicated in his own country.
It has been nearly a year since a thin, pale computer whiz kid named Edward Snowden dramatically burst into our consciousness and became the most important whistleblower of modern times. As a result of his actions, we now live in a very different world and it is one — I would argue — that is better than before. At least now, we know.
Because thanks to him we do know so much more about the world we really live in.
And so much more about the surveillance state that Stephen Harper is building...
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Sometimes I think that getting Canadians to take any kind of political action is like that swan trying to get the wooden ones to follow.
Because we must be one of the most democratically complacent people on Earth.
But even in this frigid spring, even in Harperland, the winds of change are blowing.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Lordy. I see that Stephen Harper didn't have a very good Good Friday.
His Easter Message was no doubt well received by his dwindling flock, the 28% of Canadians who still support him.
Because they all agree that Jimbo Flaherty would want the Cons to keep his legacy alive.
Canada’s budget watchdog says the federal public service has already lost more jobs than expected and projects thousands more cuts.
By killing government in his memory.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Once upon a time Canada seemed like a brighter, better place to me than it does today.
A more hopeful, more optimistic, more decent country.
A country where an opposition MP could write a polite letter to a Minister like this one. (PDF)
And expect to get a reasonable reply.
But this is Harperland, and this is Pierre Poilievre...
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Well I knew what he was going to do from the moment he announced that Jim Flaherty would have a state funeral, for no good reason.
And then let it be known that he had PERSONALLY written the eulogy he would deliver.
And sure enough he did turn that solemn occasion into yet another giant photo-op for the glorification of HIMSELF.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Oh. My. Gobble. I see that Pierre Poilievre is still trying to pretend that his foul Unfair Elections Act is perfect.
But that if the Cons in the House of Turkeys want to make it even better, he might welcome their recommendations.
"I'm prepared to defend every single measure in the Fair Elections Act," Poilievre told CTV's Power Play on Tuesday. But he added: "From the beginning I've said if there are good ideas that will make this great bill even better, then I am happy to hear them."
When in fact the bill is hideously flawed, those recommendations are only a SCAM designed to put lipstick on a pig.
For a brief moment today I wondered whether I should remove Nigel Wright from the poster for my new and exciting season of Senategate.
After the RCMP announced that he was no longer under investigation.
The RCMP has ended its probe into Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and his $90,000 payment to suspended Conservative Senator Mike Duffy.
But then I thought no, this scandal is still as sordid as ever. It couldn't have happened without Nigel. Bless him. And it could still bring down Stephen Harper.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
As you know, I've been watching Stephen Harper closely for eight long and horrible years, like some people watch birds.
And I can honestly say I've rarely seen him looking worse. Or more deeply disturbed.
I can't get what what Tom Flanagan says about him in his new book out of my mind:
“He can be suspicious, secretive, and vindictive, prone to sudden eruptions of white-hot rage over meaningless trivia, at other times falling into week-long depressions in which he is incapable of making decisions.”
So the last thing I needed to see him talking about was the Third World War.
When I saw Linda Frum had caused a flap on Twitter by trying to defend the indefensible Unfair Elections Act, all kind of thoughts flew into my mind.
How could somebody so dumb be a Senator? Can I be one?
And lucky for her she only made a fool out of herself on Twitter.
Where everyone forgets what anyone said the day before.
But sadly I see, she couldn't leave dumb alone.
Monday, April 14, 2014
He has always been more of an American style politician than a Canadian one.
The closest thing to Richard Nixon and his dirty trick Republicans this country has ever seen.
He brought their disgusting attack ads to Canada.
And his foul Unfair Elections Act is right out of the Republican playbook.
When historians assess the legacy of Stephen Harper fifty years from now, the many scandals of his corrupt regime will probably merit only a few paragraphs.
But what they will say of him without a doubt, is that at a critical point in human history he failed his country and his planet.
For at a time when scientists were warning that time was running out for climate change action.
The disconnect couldn't be greater.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
He tried every dirty trick in the book to try to win his nomination battle.
He smeared his opponents as closet Liberals. He used misleading robocalls against them.
He called on his rabid religious base to save him.
But nothing could stop the Con loon Rob Anders from facing his own personal Armageddon.
I never can decide which famous story Harperland reminds me of the most.
The Emperor's New Clothes or Lord of the Flies.
Or answer the questions historians will ask.
Did he really think he could get away with it? Why were so many so silent for so long? Or fail to understand the nature of the monster?
But I'm glad to see that even Andrew Coyne now understands that maybe the Unfair Elections Act is just CRAZY.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Oh goody. It looks as if my favourite show Senategate is back.
With the whole cast of characters ready to entertain us again.
And now even MORE exciting than before.
With the RCMP going after the PMO !!!!
I see that voters in the riding of Calgary Signal Hill will be deciding the fate today of the Con loon Rob Anders.
And that his opponent believes that this time he can be beaten.
Ron Liepert says it's a myth that controversial Calgary MP Rob Anders is somehow untouchable after a 17-year run in federal politics. And it's a streak he's hoping to bust when federal Conservatives in the riding on Calgary Signal Hill pick their nominee on Saturday.
So you might think that Stephen Harper and his inner circle would be secretly hoping that Liepert can rid them of a guy like Anders, who is always embarrassing the Cons and making them look like rednecks or MANIACS.
But sadly you'd be wrong.
Friday, April 11, 2014
I thought we were making good progress in our struggle to try to force the Cons to change or kill their foul so-called Fair Elections Act.
But it turns out I may have been a bit too optimistic.
For while we have made progress, it seems far too many Canadians are still too ignorant or too complacent.
I think it's fair to say that he was a better person at the end of his political career than he was at the beginning.
He did reinvent himself from a pit bull to something vaguely resembling a pragmatist.
He did become more human.
And I'm sorry he died before he could spend more time with his family, or on the golf course, as he well deserved.
But it also must be said that he was a prominent member of the worst government in Canadian history, and this is part of his legacy.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
It's all going horribly wrong. His foul voter suppression bill is only making even more Canadians want to vote to throw him out of office.
He has more scandals than he can count. His Cons are fighting themselves or urging people to vote for another party.
Pro-life Conservative MP Kyle Seeback told attendees at Campaign Life Coalition’s national pro-life conference on the weekend that when he was first elected three years ago, he would have told people to “vote Conservative” to make a pro-life difference in the country.
“I don’t agree with that anymore. You have to find the right person to vote for, regardless of the party affiliation on this issue,” he said.
So I'm not surprised that some are asking is Harper toast?
Golly. I must admit I didn't think ANYBODY could beat out Brad Butt for the title of Con Klown of the Year.
Because when he told the Commons he had "personally witnessed" massive voter fraud. Only to admit he hadn't. He'd only heard about it. Years ago.
I didn't think it was possible to top that whopper eh?
But I was wrong.
It turns out we have another challenger !!!!!
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
If you want to know what Stephen Harper and his ghastly Cons have done to our Parliament all you had to do is watch Question Period today.
For I've rarely seen a more rowdy session. The Cons were howling like jackals, or drunks.
So I'm not surprised that a Con Minister has been accused of threatening an NDP MP.
Well nobody can deny that they were made for each other. Or made of each other.
With Stephen Harper usually being the mouth, and Pierre Poilievre the other end.
For there was Harper's ghastly little baby today defecating all over the Chief Electoral Officer.
Well his campaign isn't doing too good lately. It's a little wobbly like Rob Ford himself.
Decent people don't want anything to do with him. Or let their children anywhere near him. So now he's holding ten thousand chocolate eggs.
And goodness knows what else.
But at least he was able to add two new members to his sagging campaign. Ben Johnson, the disgraced runner.
And a Trailer Park Boy.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
OMG. Can you believe that shameless Jason Kenney? First him and his Cons brought in a flood of foreign workers.
Then he claimed there was a skill shortage and there wasn't.
Then it was revealed that he has been pimping for a McDonald's franchise.
And now he's trying to get some political mileage by cracking down on the scam he created.
I only wrote one post about the Quebec election, because I knew that Pauline Marois' hideous version of the Parti Québécois was going to lose, from the moment she embraced Pierre Karl Péladeau.
And he raised his fist in the air and with a crazed look on his face demanded a country. Even though polls showed that an overwhelming majority of Quebecers didn't want another referendum.
And would make absolutely sure that the PQ couldn't hold one.
But who knew that the Concrete Lady would hit the ground so hard?
Monday, April 07, 2014
He's the most Republican looking MP I've ever seen.
A ghastly little fanatic who could just have easily have been suckled by Karl Rove as he was suckled by Stephen Harper.
And of course his foul voter suppression bill is straight out of the Republican play book, or the anus of Amerika.
But what Pierre Poilievre doesn't seem to have considered is that the bill could blow up in his face.
Or that the Cons could win the battle but lose the war.
I went down to my favourite beach today to celebrate the Rites of Spring, only to find the last remnants of the Winter from Hell still clinging to the pier.
And for some reason the sight of that ghastly chunk of ice reminded me of the monster in the movie The Blob.
And of the climate change monster that is threatening our world.
Sunday, April 06, 2014
Well I think I can now OFFICIALLY declare that Spring has arrived in Simonville, the small humble corner of Canada where it's never Harperland.
And I must admit that all I feel like doing is climbing on to the old boathouse roof, stretching out my arms like Jesus, giving thanks to the merciful Gods of The Great White North, and soaking up the sun.
But this is shaping up as a Spring like no other.
Because everywhere I look in Canada I see signs of rebellion, as ordinary Canadians mobilize to defend their democracy...
I'm sure Sheila Fraser knew when she called the Con's Fair Election Act an "attack on democracy" that the Cons would come after her like a pack of rabid rats.
And sure enough, as I pointed out in my last post, the Cons are trying to smear her.
But if Pierre Poilievre, the leader of the rat pack, thought he could intimidate her, he must be very disappointed and very desperate.
Because there she was on CBC Radio today. Gently, but firmly, taking his bill apart again...
Saturday, April 05, 2014
I must admit that when I saw that Pierre Poilievre was going to absurd lengths to avoid mentioning Sheila Fraser's name, at first I was amused.
I figured that the way she demolished his foul so-called Fair Elections Act, had left him in a state of shock, totally humiliated, and boiling with anger.
And that he was afraid that just allowing Fraser's name to escape his pie hole, might cause him to lose control.
And of course, that would be HORRIBLE....
Friday, April 04, 2014
As I've mentioned before, one of the reasons Stephen Harper's Cons are rushing their Unfair Elections Act through Parliament, is that they want it to become law before Michael Sona's robocall trial begins in June.
And with good reason. Because the bill would make it harder to go after those who would try to steal an election.
And that robocall scandal just got a whole lot more interesting.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
When Sheila Fraser was the Auditor General and exposed the Liberal sponsorship scandal, the Cons were only too happy to quote her every word.
They couldn't say enough good things about her.
But not today. Today they were running for cover.
Because today she was calling their so-called Fair Elections Act an attack on democracy.
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Well as you probably know, I don't just question Stephen Harper's judgement, I question his mental state, and study it extensively.
Because better safe than sorry eh?
And in that regard, for a moment today, I thought that the shock of his faithful Dimitri's sudden departure had driven him over the edge.
OMG. Somebody please throw in the towel. This fight has gotta end before I start feeling almost sorry for Pierre Poilievre.
Because the way that palooka and his foul Unfair Elections Act are getting pounded in the ring of public opinion is almost too brutal.
So many Chief Electoral Officers, law professors, election experts, and outraged Canadians want to take a shot at him and his bill, you gotta take a number eh?
And today it was the Election Commissioner Yves Côté's turn to pound him some more. And make him look like a absolute idiot.
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Well I can only imagine him today, huddled in his bunker with his closest advisers. The shrinking band of PMO fanatics he still trusts.
Lamenting the fate of his faithful Dimitri.
While suggesting for public consumption, that he was the one who fired him.
It was good to see Canadians out in the streets across the country today, sending a loud message to Stephen Harper:
Take your grubby paws off our medicare system.
On the day the Canada Health Accord died.