Friday, May 15, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Great Con Debate Scam
For almost ten years Stephen Harper has tried to brutalize this country beyond recognition, bludgeon our democracy, and rape our values.
But still his bestial lust for destruction isn't satisfied.
Because now as you probably know, he's trying to blow up the party leader debates.
The federal Conservative party announced Tuesday it has shut the door on a proposal by Canada’s major television broadcasters to participate in the traditional televised leaders’ debates — this time two in English and two in French — along the same lines as in the past.
Instead, the Conservatives have accepted proposals for Stephen Harper to participate in at least two other debates, one in French hosted by TVA and one in English hosted by Rogers/Macleans/CityTV, and say they are open to as many as three more debates prior to the upcoming fall federal election — for five in all.
And although the fanatics in the PMO are trying to spin it as a win for democracy and diversity, all you need to know is the name of the Con front man running this grubby operation.
To know it's just a SCAM...
Yes, it's Kory Teneycke, the former Harper fluffer, the hapless right-wing ideologue who drove Sun TV into the ground. Now back on all fours at the PMO, trying to sell us another stinky fish.
Teneycke said the party turned down the traditional big TV networks’ proposal for four debates because they would “for practical purposes . . . effectively exclude other media and organizations capable of hosting debates of this nature.”
Because whatever hot air he blows out of any orifice, what those Con artists are really trying to do is FIX the debates, for their own crass political purposes.
By choosing the most favourable broadcasters, like the right-wing TVA network in Quebec. Removing from the mix some of the best moderators and journalists in the country. Replacing them with people like Paul Wells at Macleans, who wrote a Harper biography and never stops flattering him
And above all fragmenting the audience. And trying to make sure that as few Canadians as possible watch the debates.
And with good reason. Harper would rather we got our information from his massive propaganda machine. He's running from his record.
And as Michael Harris points out, he's also running from his past.
My congratulations to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative party; they’ve found an even better form of voter suppression than robocalls.
I guess Steve didn’t want the 10 million viewers that CTV, Global and the CBC have to offer. After all, a mass audience would only give his opponents a bigger opening to track for the entire nation the death spiral of democracy and the rule of law in Canada — to say nothing of the parody of Conservative ethical values the Harper regime now represents.
Because among other things he must be absolutely terrified by the thought that in the unforgiving eye of a mass audience he might be asked the question he once asked Paul Martin.
The defining moment of the 2006 debate came when Stephen Harper said: “Will you tell us Mr. Martin, how many criminal investigations are going on in your government?”
And be exposed to all those watching, as Boss Harper, the morally depraved leader of a criminal government.
At the time Steve asked Martin that question about criminal investigations in 2006, the correct answer would have been “two”. If someone were to ask Steve the same question during the 2015 debate, he wouldn’t have enough fingers on both hands to compute the response. By my count, the Harper team has been the subject of at least 15 investigations. The stable which he was supposed to muck out has become a pigsty on his watch.
So yes, it is just another Con scam. Another assault on our bleeding democracy.
Anyone who thinks otherwise is just a sucker, or needs a seeing eye dog.
And Harper is a just a cowardly leader trying to hide from his record....
But the good news is he's only doing it because he's desperate.
We will use that cowardice against him to portray him as he is, in all his sleazy monstrosity.
And it will be just another good reason to get rid of him.
Before he corrupts us further...
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