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The new enemy of Canada as the Harper government sees it; anyone who questions them

One of the trends this Conservative government has shown since it came to power is the need to demonize their opponents and to paint anyone who oppose them as being somehow disloyal to the country. This isn’t a new trend among conservative-type governments – George W Bush and the Republican Congress did it to perfection for years after 9/11 – but it’s definitely been a tactic we haven’t seen much of up here – until these guys came to power.

One most recent example of this tactic to turn opponents into a Canadian Benedict Arnold-type was decrying the NDP for sending representatives down to Washington to oppose the Keystone oil pipeline project shipping our tarsand oil south (conveniently forgetting that a certain opposition politician also did that to tell Americans how ashamed he was that Chretien didn’t support the Iraq war). The newest example of this is government officials spying on an First Nations advocate whose biggest sin appears to be that she’s critical of the Harper government’s treatment of Native kids.

These guys are always in need of an enemy, or paranoid that a critic is going to cause them reputation problems. What I want to know is – who authorized the spying on this advocate?

6 comments to The new enemy of Canada as the Harper government sees it; anyone who questions them

  • Stan

    You would have to be an idiot to support the proposals of the Copenhagen treaty.

    If you don’t believe me, READ THE DAMN THINGS, then get back to me on how they would actually reduce pollution.

    They would end up shutting down the clean industry here and the production would move to the much higher polluting factories in China.
    So more pollution, not less.

    Harper was right to piss on the treaty.

  • steve

    Ah if only the left did not control the media. CTV’s QP is the Conservatively themed political discussion in Canada and even they were willing to raise an eyebrow at a draconian provision stuffed into the crime bill. Passing a joint near a school will be an offence with a minimum two year jail term. Considering 50% of University students pass a joint near a school, and this probably rises to 75 if you include ones that don’t take a draw, it would seem a ridiculous law. What is truly odious is the mindset of those who included and defend this measure. They say no problem, its not going to be enforced. How many times can the conservatives say this with a straight face. Oh all those internet laws, they are not going to be enforced. All those drug laws, they only apply to organized crime. I suspect the truth is the pass it measure was included to give the police the ability to sweat offenders to get them to narc out who gave them the pot. IMHO this is a stasi type measure. This is truly a harbinger of a police state.

  • EMAD

    That’s BS, Ms Cairo.

    ‘Everyone’s out o’ step but our Kirby and friends’

  • Unfortunately I have seen a number of Liberals on media outlets who have been similarly critical of the NDP. The Liberals, no doubt, do not use the same inflated rhetoric, but since they have been in the position of a third party they have done little to properly distance themselves from the CPC. This is the very same problem that brought them to third party status in the first place. The LPC success in the 90s was built on a similar arrogance and divisiveness that the CPC now uses, and their gradual decline was very simply based upon the fact that they had moved so far right that they couldn’t be distinguished from the CPC. Harper is a dictator and an easy target but unfortunately the Liberals have not been interested in building bridges or renewing democracy since Lester Pearson. I wish that would change but it shows no sign of changing for now.

    • sharonapple88

      The LPC success in the 90s was built on a similar arrogance and divisiveness that the CPC now uses, and their gradual decline was very simply based upon the fact that they had moved so far right that they couldn’t be distinguished from the CPC

      Right before they were voted out of government, the Liberals passed same-sex marriage legislation, negotiated the Kelowna Accord, and helped finalize the ‘rule book’ on reducing greenhouse gasses. Conservatives — walked away from Kelowna, are currently trying to take down the long-gun registry and the wheat board, and dont play well at international conferences on the environment. I’m really sick of people arguing that the Liberals and the Conservatives are indistinguishable from each other.

      You know there was a premier who closed down 52 rural hospitals and increased sales tax . That man, Roy Romanow. Now I’d never make the point that Romanow was more to the right of the CPC party of Canada (which at least increased spending in health care and cut 2% from “regressive” sales taxes). The world’s a lot more complicated than the above facts made it seem.

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