It's going to be a wet, grey, fall weekend, but I don't care because Stephen Harper and his foul Con regime have been defeated, and it feels like springtime in Canada.
And nothing could bring me down.
Although I must admit this tweet by Andrew Coyne, which links to a story by Michael Harris about the sanitizing of Stephen Harper's foul legacy, does bother me.
You were wondering, what will Michael Harris find to write about now that Harper’s gone? Answer: Harper. https://t.co/sxGBi3jQdn
— Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) October 23, 2015
Because the suggestion that Harris shouldn't be writing about Harper anymore is outrageous.
And it only remind me of the shameful way the MSM betrayed Canadians.
How for years they swallowed the Kool-Aid and failed to recognize the threat that depraved monster posed to Canada and its values, until it was almost too late.
And even when some of their reporters did recognize that threat, most big media organizations still endorsed his foul Con regime, in a move that will live in infamy.
For as Andrew Mitrovica writes, to the very end they did not recognize that the politics of fear had failed, and continued to act as his collaborators.
As usual, many of the people paid to track and interpret the currents of Canadian public life were lagging well behind the wisdom of the electorate. Harper’s collaborators included a great many corporate media types who, once again, displayed just how breathtakingly stunned they can be about their own audience.
With the Globe and its hapless Editor-in-Chief David Walmsley endorsing the party of one, but not its leader...
By putting its editorial weight behind a party that resorted to the shabbiest identity politics in an effort to hold on to power, the Globe effectively endorsed those tactics — abandoning its moral authority to criticize any future political party that tries to use religion, race or national origin as a wedge issue. The Globe isn’t Canada’s “national newspaper” — it’s Canada’s national embarrassment.
And the editors at Postmedia, including Andrew Coyne, capitulating all too easily to the demands of their big business bosses.
Editors at Postmedia newspapers right across the country capitulated on an edict from their publisher to print editorials endorsing the Conservatives. To my knowledge, not one of them (including Andrew Coyne, by the way) had the guts to refuse. It may be the publisher’s prerogative to demand an endorsement, but principled journalists always have the right to say no.
And also covering themselves with shame.
Again, Postmedia must answer to its readers. Like the Globe, Canada’s largest newspaper chain attempted to re-write — or ignore — the sordid history of a government that abandoned the unemployed, murdered women and indigenous peoples, and pitted Canadians against Canadians in the petty pursuit of power for its own sake.
And what makes it even worse is that they're still playing the same game. With the Globe editorial board still offering tips on how the Cons can win again.
A future Conservative Party that championed civil liberties and the rights of the individual, and that thought deeply on economics beyond slogans, as Mr. Manning has done on climate change, would deserve to be elected. It would also have a shot at making this very good country slightly better.
And columnists like Jane Taber making the Con clown Michelle Rempel sound like a feminist champion.
When in fact Rempel worked for the most misogynist government in modern Canadian history. And the most racist.
And despite that foul bigoted record she never stopped beating her tin drum in support of her depraved leader...
Or repeating his lies, to the day he was defeated.
And the good news? We had our own media...
So we were able to to go after Stephen Harper ourselves, and counter his lies and the MSM's endorsements. We were able to get our own messages out. We were able to build support for strategic voting.
And we were able to boost the number of young Canadian and first-time voters to power ourselves to victory.
Early numbers on voter turnout suggest that youth and first-time voters played a role in the outcome of this election.
There were 17,559,353 ballots cast in 2015 during the election this year (not including those who registered on Election Day), compared to 14,823,408 ballots in 2011.
We used the humble tools at our disposal in a manner never seen before in this country.
Let's not fool ourselves, this is what fascism looks like in Canada http://t.co/HzeZKeHQ6c #cdnpoli #elxn42 pic.twitter.com/IrB4xtkH23
— Simon (@montrealsimon) October 3, 2015
When I see the murderous bigotry of the Cons I've gotta say I really like this song http://t.co/2Pznv95s2i #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/I8k1iwhEkD
— Simon (@montrealsimon) October 7, 2015
Social media played a huge role in the election campaign in general; voting selfies and election hashtags kept the election front and centre for thousands of people online.
Twitter reported that there were more than 770,000 election-related tweets on Election Day, including some 470,000-odd that used the hashtag #elxn42
And we did bring down the dictator, and as Andrew Mitrovica writes, send a message to the mighty MSM.
The witch is dead — but so is the dignity of an establishment press that told us to vote for the witch. Happily, millions of Canadians gave The Globe and Mail and Postmedia, its editors and proprietors, the middle finger.
But even though the witch is dead or melting...
This would also be my message to Andrew Coyne, and all the other casual collaborators in the MSM, who would have us move on and forget the Decade of Darkness as if it never happened.
We will NEVER stop writing about that nightmare, until the day the guilty are held accountable for their crimes against Canada.
Until the day we can determine whether Stephen Harper used government departments and the security services as political weapons against his own people.
And of course, until the day we can be sure that his foul legacy is finally buried...
But yes, never forget how we did it...
With the power of the people.
Never forget how great it sounded...
Or how wonderful it felt to be finally free.
And have a Great Liberation weekend everybody...
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