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Electioneering and the Upcoming Media War on the Opposition

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Speculation has it that Stephen Harper with have tea with Guv’na tomorrow (interrupting everyone’s long weekend) pleading for an election.

My basic prediction is that Slippery Steve has a card up his sleeve and we will find out tomorrow what it is.

Until then, let me share my theory as to what it is.  I think he will call an early election, with a date that will likely fall shortly after Labour Day weekend.

First, think of the context.  It will be yet another twist in the endless media war that Stephen Harper is waging against Canadians and their non-Conservative, political parties.

Prone to cheesy tactics, breaking the rules, cheating, lying, stealing democratic rights and various other Machiavellian schemes that would make the Prince proud, but this time, even the UN is watching him and we can expect international inspection as the date approaches.

As I say, I believe that Stephen Harper and the Conservatives will request that the writ be dropped tomorrow, but that they will also stick to the ‘standard’ election time-frame of 30-35 days.

I believe that he will use the following arguments for breaking his own rule concerning a fixed election date:

  1. It will save money.  Right now, an 11-week campaign is projected to cost Canadians an extra $125 million (minimum).  Not the ‘sound financial management’ that Steve repeatedly promises.
  2. They would like to ‘respect tradition’ and would like to ensure that the election is not the longest in Canadian history.
  3. An earlier election eliminates any possibility of ‘confusion’ concerning third-party attack ads that are crushing Stephen Harper in the polls.
  4. He wants to avoid the accusation of draining the coffers of opposition parties ‘unfairly’, masking what I believe to be the real truth:  the Conservatives don’t have as much money as everyone thinks.

Being the cynic and despot that he is, he’ll call an election just after Labour Day because no one will be around or they’re dropping off kids for first day of school.

It might even play into the hands of pissed off parents who could potentially be in the middle of a teacher’s strike in Ontario in September.  The Liberals AND NDP will not look good if this happens, resulting in advantage Steve.

It’ll help him avoid a new wave of questioning with the Senate scandal, dodging tricky questions about Nigel Wright, Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and others that would otherwise stall the Conservative campaign.

Finally – and most importantly in my view – Stephen Harper will act on long cooked plans to screw the opposition in the upcoming media war.  Yes, I said Steve may be the only one who knows the actual date, but it’s likely that his media buyers have been aware of the actual date for some time, booking TV, print, radio and magazine ads in the middle of summer … when no one else is buying them.

Cheap, available, prime spots.  Nothing the opposition will get.

All of the other parties – thinking the ‘fixed’ election date was genuine – would have walked into contracts securing media for the latter half of September and October, but guess what?  They’ve bought nothing because they’ll have missed the election date by more than a month.

The outcry will be deafening, but there will be nothing Canadians can do.

Steve will have stolen the election.  Again.

Harper: Worst PM in Canadian History

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Stephen Harper Worst PM in Canadian History.  Thank you National Observer.

As an aside, National Observer and Canadaland (Jesse Brown) are pretty much the only two sources of content that I trust these days.  The CBC just vomits back junk from Canadian Press (a privately held news engine) and the PMO.

What’s not listed is the ongoing media war that the Harper regime imposes on the average Canadian.  They are oblivious, of course, but Harper perpetuates an important cycle that keeps him in power:

  • Get endorsements from media ‘pundits’ for being the only one capable of ‘leading’ and ‘managing’ the economy and protecting us from terrorism
  • Fund media pundits indirectly by tapping an unlimited base of public funds for advertising boondoggles like the Canadian Economic (Distr)action Plan, National Defence, RCMP, Parks Canada, etc etc etc
  • Keeping this otherwise bloated, inefficient and failing monopolies alive using these public funds (remember that in 2008 several of them went to the Harper government with hands out looking for hundreds of millions of dollars.  No car companies = no advertising revenue).
  • Feeding these useless media companies with endless piles of tripe from the Harper-created, taxpayer-funded ’24/7′ news network
  • Never giving any content except for advertising
  • Keeping the attack ads alive by carefully switching out public ads with Conservative political campaigns (ie. ensuring that they have negotiated and booked media long before anyone else can, strategically nudging other parties into the most expensive ad slots and pricing categories)
  • Starving the CBC of quality management, personnel or funding
  • Getting endorsements because they’ve helped create an elite class of journalist / public officials alive and well

The media war will continue and we’ll lose Canada as a result.

Mark my words.

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Stephen Harper Declares War on Canada?

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And Canadians?

In describing his visit to the Middle East, many narrators (aka reporters) made various dithering comments about his token visit to the Palestinians, but simply referenced the press release at hand and talked about his great visit to Israel.  To suck up, that is.

And yes, if Stephen Harper has his way, that last comment makes me an anti-semite, but guess what?  I’m not.  For the record, I believe that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinians and I don’t endorse that.  Nor should any other Canadian or human being, for that matter.

And I have zero respect for a group of people that were treated so miserably at one point in their history only to turn that around on another group of people.

Shame.

The real question I have is why our Canadian leaders have strayed so impossibly far from any kind of balanced approach to Middle Eastern affairs.  Are we simply void of any critical reasoning and good judgement when it comes to our ‘making friends and influence people’, as Dale Carnegie once said?

I’m truly looking for answers, as are all of us.

Is this just another strategy of the right to pull us to the right, regardless of what’s, well … right?

When Stephen Harper stood up in the Knesset today and firmly declared unilateral support for Israel without even remotely indicating that what they’re doing in the Middle East is wrong, didn’t he effectively declare war on Canada?

Every true anti-semite around the world, especially those who are members of the non-Jewish or non-Israeli populations in the region, who despise what Israel is doing in the Middle East will have very clear and obvious evidence that Canada is biased against them after today’s antics of Stephen Harper.  And just like the US became a target as their presence and misbehaviour in the Middle East began after the Second World War, we too have just become a target because of Stephen Harper’s failure to be unbiased.

As a final afterthought, what take-away should negotiators with the First Nations people have after Stephen Harper clearly showed that he is with those with might rather than those who are right?  If we can’t look at the Israel-Palestine situation objectively without resorting to name calling and racial stereotypes, how can we ever possibly trust the Harper Government to treat First Nations people fairly?

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Canada: Send Sarkozy Back to France

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Nicolas Sarkozy Flees to Canada

Nicolas Sarkozy has jumped ship from France following his failure in the recent French elections, only to find Canada as a safe haven from his pending corruption charges related to election fraud.

Will Canada keep him here and protect him from the rule of law?

God knows, this is a lawless land being run by criminals, so it wouldn’t surprise me if we offered him an extended vacation.

Which begs the question:  when Canadians wake up from Harper’s nightmare and turf him from office, where will Stephen Harper hide when we investigate him?

Austerity: The High Cost of Tax Cuts

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Austerity.

For me, the word is synonymous with cowardice.  And stupidity.  And cruelty.

Austerity is an abhorrent philosophy, but a necessary evil in the age of tax cuts and giving everything away to the corporations that run this planet.

Austerity in Canada amounts to more foulness than I can possibly imagine.

I would accept elements of reduction as they address the vast waste that’s been created, but overall, Canada is a rich nation.

Austerity should not be in our lexicon.

However, since Stephen Harper’s coup of Ottawa politics in 2006, we’ve seen tens of billions in potential revenue slashed from federal finances both in terms of corporate tax cuts and the reduction of the GST (now HST).

These cuts continue a Liberal trend, where corporate taxes were cut from the range of 50% down to the 15% level (and beyond?) that the Conservatives have proposed.

Despite these cuts, we know that corporate tax cuts don’t work.

Guesstimates of the impact of corporate tax cuts are likely in the hundreds of billions of dollars.  They have failed to create jobs in Ontario and elsewhere, although many argue that the explosion in growth in resource-rich areas like Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Alberta are related.  They’re not:  the boom they’re experiencing is simple cause and effect in relation to ever-increasing commodity prices.

And the GST (now HST).  Have you seen any benefit of ‘saving’ $0.02 when you buy your Tim’s or you go shopping for clothes and other services?  As financial matters get worse because of the structural fiscal deficit that’s been created by Jim Flaherty and the Conservatives, it’s likely that they’ll expand the coverage of the HST to include food items and other basic consumables (eg. hydro bills for basic services), expanding the regressive nature of what should be a potent economic tool for moderating excessive materialism.

So … here we are, hundreds of billions of dollars short, few new jobs to show as a result, and facing the prospect of more taxes (direct or indirect) and we enter the ‘age of austerity’.

Austerity is a philosophy.  It is an affront to human dignity and basic rights for children, in the workplace and in retirement.

All levels of government suffer as a result of these measures.  The provinces slash services and municipalities tow the line by eliminating basic wage increases.

Canadians should be going mad with rage because we’ve given so much away and we’re still VERY RICH.  We need to ask ourselves why are we picking on seniors and the sick and the poor in order to make up for billions on boondoggles like F-35s, mad spending sprees like the ‘Action Plan’ and prisons to house grandmothers caught downloading a song or two?

Because we’re now being lead by a group of hostile and cruel self-absorbed government of crooks, that’s why.