Excited Delirium

Stories about Excited Delirium, the Shock Economy and a little fiction here and there.

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Does (a Conservative) Canada Suck?

Answer:  hell, yes.

Maybe Canadians will finally get the message that Conservative politics are mean, nasty, dirty and cruel politics and that we deserve the embarrassment that we got today when Stephen Harper’s plea for a security council seat was denied by the UN.  (I know … as a technicality, the Cons withdrew to save face, but the reality is that we lost the bid).

Maybe we shouldn’t have been acting like petty dictators, both towards our own people or towards other countries.

Maybe we need an unbiased and non-religious approach with people like the Palestinians who are now facing genocide at the hands of Israeli greed.

Maybe we should get our heads out of our asses and start to try to make a difference again.

Maybe, just maybe, we should get back to our roots with the UN and support the f-in institution instead of try to destroy it.

Hopefully this is the tipping point.  Steve has failed the country and we need to remind him of that at every turn.

The rest of the world has told us that a Conservative Canada sucks.

Now Canadians need a chance to make the same decision.

No, wait.  We demand the right to vote these losers out of office.

Canada: A Tale of Two Georges

anada is again being mentioned in international headlines as a superstitious backwater.
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And even the Globe had something to say about this.

The RCMP response can be found here (PDF).

The good news is that no one knew about George Galloway a few weeks ago and now he’s top of the list for most Canadians that care about why we would limit a democratically elected official from the UK and yet we would allow someone who stole an election to come to speak to the folks in the oil patch.

That’s right:  enemy number X of the UN George Bush, wanted for crimes against humanity, came into the country to talk to the Albertans.  No arrests were made, despite our obligation to abide by international agreements related to war criminals.

Unfortunately for all of us, Canada has entered a new era of fascist stupidity.

Tales from the Harpercrite Files

Thanks to Calgary Grit for these quotes to be compiled for the Harpercrite files:

September 15, 2008 : "My own belief is if we were going to have some kind of big crash or recession, we probably would have had it by now ." – Stephen Harper

The next month: Dow Jones plunges 2,340 points

October 7, 2008 : "I think there’s probably a lot of great buying opportunities emerging in the stock market as a consequence of all this panic ." – Stephen Harper

Six week later: TSX down over 2,000 points

September 26, 2008 : "All the fundamentals of the Canadian economy are good. It’s not the time to do anything new, wild or stupid ." – Stephen Harper

September 26, 2008 : Harper accused Dion of attempting to "drive down confidence in the Canadian economy without foundation, and quite frankly, sitting on the sidelines, virtually cheering for a recession ."

October 6, 2008 : "I know economists will say well, we could run a small deficit but the problem is that once you cross that line as we see in the United States, nothing stops deficits from getting larger and larger and spiralling out of control ." – Stephen Harper

October 8, 2008 : Asked if running even a small deficit would be bad in these difficult times, Mr. Flaherty said flatly : “Yes, it would be .”

October 10, 2008 : "This country will not go into recession next year and will lead the G7 countries ." – Stephen Harper

November 22, 2008 : "These are, of course, the classic circumstances under which budgetary deficits are essential." -Stephen Harper

November 27, 2008 : Flaherty predicts recession, offers no stimulus package

December 15, 2008 : "The truth is, I’ve never seen such uncertainty in terms of looking forward to the future. I’m very worried about the Canadian economy. [...] Obviously, we’re going to have to run a deficit ." – Stephen Harper

December 16, 2008 : Canada’s leader [Harper] says depression possible

December 17, 2008 : "It’s quite clear on the basis of the forecasts, and the continuing decline in the forecasts, that there will be a deficit ." – Jim Flaherty

December 18, 2008: Harper says deficit could hit 30 billion

Folks:  let’s add more.  I know there are a lot out there that prove to Canadians that these people cannot and should not be trusted with the future and fortunes of Canadians.  Please post below in the comments section.

The Light at the End of the Harpercrite Dictatorship Tunnel

Winter has come and these are dark days indeed for Canadians.

Our Parliament has failed us.

Our Governor General has proven her lack of use.

Our country stands teetering on collapse as Quebeckers, insulted by Canadians, go to the polls Monday to vote on their choice of leadership.  After the way we’ve treated them, I won’t be surprised by anything less than a mandate to separate.

Our coalition of the majority voice of Canada has been rejected and silenced.

Stephen Harper has gotten what he wanted.

He’s now officially a dictator.  All Canadians now live in a dictatorship.  Democracy is on hold.

Shut it all down kids.  Time to pull the plug.  The patient’s dead.

Yeah, I’m mad .  So are about 8.63 million other Canadians that didn’t vote for Stephen Harper.

This really, really sucks.  I’ve spent the last two months speculating, voicing, acting and now it all means nothing.  I’m upset and I don’t know what to do.

To quote Bob Rae, this is like the idiot kid pulling the fire alarm to avoid an exam he knows he’s going to fail.

And it’s that notion that gives me hope at my very core.

We have 54 days to January 27, 2009 and when that day comes, Our Coalition is going to kick some Conservative ass.

We have 54 days to pull things together, organize, branch out, communicate, create platforms, encourage a national day of strike and generate the awareness that we need in order to prove our worth.

It was a rough birth, but the baby will be fine.

We’ll bring down the Conservative government on January 27, 2009, regardless of what the Conservatives deliver because the Conservatives have proven that they CANNOT be trusted with the management of this country.  I would much rather give the people of Quebec a seat at the table than worry about Stephen Harper and his cronies sabotaging our nation.

The light at the end of the prorogue (or my preferred term, pro-rogue) tunnel is that we will be prepared.  We MUST be prepared.  If we are not, we deserve everything we get.

Enjoy the Holidays, Steve!  You’re going to be booted from office in 54 days by a well-prepared and meaningful coalition.

Stephen Harpocrite

Compare this:

"The opposition has every right to defeat the government but Stéphane Dion does not have the right to take power without an election," Harper said. "Canada’s government should be decided by Canadians, not backroom deals. It should be your choice, not theirs."

Stephen Harper, November 28, 2008

To this:

"We respectfully point out that the opposition parties, who together constitute a majority in the House, have been in close consultation. We believe that, should a request for dissolution arise this should give you cause, as constitutional practice has determined, to consult the opposition leaders and consider all of your options before exercising your constitutional authority."

Stephen Harper, September 2004

Which is true Steve?  Which truth benefits you the most and which lies will you tell them Canadian public in order to preserve your lock on Canadian power?  Is ruining democracy in Canada that important to you?

And when you talk about backroom deals, Steve, are you talking from experience, where you let Canada’s corporate elite dictate our economic strategy as you head into talks with the other 19 countries of the G20 ?  Why were you pimping yourself (and Canada without our permission) in this fashion?  Did you consult with other public institutions in a public manner before going to the G20, lying about how you and the Cons would spend our way out of economic crisis only to have you come back and deliver a round of cuts ?  Just curious.

Backroom deals abound, yes, but I’m pleased to see that the representatives of the majority of Canadian voters are taking the lead.  From you.

Stephen Harper hates democracy

I’ve pasted my comments from this article .  I’m very annoyed with the Conservative response to the efforts to form a coalition.  Back room deal?  Since when was Harper ever transparent with Canadians?

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Wow.  Lots of comments.  I’m not sure if I’ll be repeating what’s already been said, but here are some thoughts:

1.  62.4% of Canadians does not want the Conservatives to run this country, at least according to the popular vote.
2.  The Conservatives do not have a plan.  They did not have one during the election and they obviously do not have one now, since they are not doing what the rest of the world is doing:  stimulating a failing economy.  Tax cuts didn’t work, Jim.
3.  A coalition is perfectly legal and within the rule of law in Canada.  Saying it’s not is a bold-faced lie.  Saying they’re working behind closed doors is the extreme in hypocrisy, given the complete media shut-out that we’ve had to tolerate over the last 2.5 years of Conservative ‘leadership’.
4.  Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty and the rest of the Cons hate democracy.  Cutting $30 million from the public financing of campaigns will not prove anything.  Try cutting a few billion from the Department of Defence instead.
5.  It’s time the Conservatives accept their fate:  their belief structure and ideology is outdated and destructive.  Leaving them in charge to repair what faces us in Canada would be a disaster, as it has been in the US and the UK.
6.  In light of these observations, allowing the Conservatives to continue to run our country would be a grave mistake, given that they are ideologically different than the newly-elected Obama government in the US.

The level of anger mystifies me from the Conservative camps.  You act with a sense of defiance and entitlement.  It was decided that, using our antiquated voting system, the Conservatives would lead, but you’re entitled to nothing if you can’t cooperate with the rest of Canada.

Shame on you.

CBC Re Public Finance of Democracy in Canada

Hi folks,

This is do/die time.  The CBC has posted a poll about the public finance.  Please post your support for public finance of political parties here:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/polls/political-subsidies.html

Proof that the Conservatives Hate Democracy

Years ago, the Liberals took the high road and made an important first step in institutionalizing democracy in Canada by creating a public subsidy of $1.95 per vote that every Canadian casts at the ballot box.

This simple move extended a financial life-line to all Federal political parties and has prevented the Conservatives from obtaining a majority in Canadian politics.  It also became a financial gesture and substitute for something more desparately needed:  proportional representation.

Today, Jim Flaherty will likely cut this off.

Today, the Conservatives will show their disdain for democracy and prove that they loathe discussion, dialogue and concessions with the rest of Canada.

Today, we will lose democracy in Canada.

Today, they will prove that they hate Canadians that do not vote Conservative.

Even the possibility or rumour of this threat is hard to stomach.  And yet, it’s there.

Now, if they want to save a mere $30 million, look around at where you’re forking out cash to your buddies.  In the last Federal budget (2007), Jim Flaherty and the Conservatives announced some of the following expenditures:

  • $60 million in wage increases to the Canadian Forces.
  • $300 million in funds to friends as a subsidy for an unproven drug for children (HPV virus).

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Check out these increases:

  • $14.3 billion:  2004 Dept of Defence budget (6.8% of federal spending)
  • $14.6 billion:  2005-06
  • $18.9 billion:  2008-09
  • $15 billion in spending announced by Stephen Harper in June 2006 to be spread over several years, mainly for planes, trucks and other transportation
  • Government pledge to increase spending by 2% every year for the next 20 years

In other words, the annual Department of Defence budget will be tens of billions of dollars, while Canadian voters are getting shafted by not having their preferred politic parties get funding.  Our Defence budget will grow, on a per-capita basis, to one of the largest on the planet, and yet we won’t be able to get a few bucks to the opposition.

Nice.

THIS IS WRONG.  IT MUST STOP.

Join this group to remind the Conservatives that we ALL do not tolerate this trash:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=41244607422

The Pirates of Parliament

First, they squandered our budget surpluses and gave them away to corporations, most of which aren’t even Canadian-owned any more.

Then, they said that they would never run a deficit before the election and announced that deficits would become all the rage after the election.  I’m looking for a ‘before/after video clip to post here – if you have one, please let me know.

Now, they’re telling us they’re going to start selling Canadian-owned properties .  Into a soft market.  Killing industrial real estate prices.  Giving buddies and friends a steal of a deal on federally-owned assets in a shitty market.

‘Have we got a deal for you’.

They have now, in my books, earned the title The Pirates of Parliament.  They will loot, pillage and molest any economic situation and will tell us anything in order to get re-elected, using US election-style bullying and political tactics and tearing Canada apart bit by bit until there’s nothing left.

As economists, they’ll tell you that they couldn’t see it coming, especially just before the election.  But I could and I don’t even have a Master’s in Economics, Steve.

And why – if balancing the books is such an issue (and it should be) – don’t you just gut the $500 billion defense spending plan in order to avoid having a massive deficit.  $500 billion would go an AWFULLY long way to making your jobs a lot easier.

Oh yeah … it’s because you don’t really want Canadians to be made aware that you’re initiating the largest military expansion / expenditure in Canada’s history as a free nation.

This video summed things up nicely:

Tories to Flush Canada-led Water Monitoring Program

Original story here .

I suppose this goes in the ‘if it ain’t oil, we ain’t going to watch it’ file.

Ironically, water will one day be more valuable than oil, but we’ll leave that problem to our kids, I suppose.

All to save a shitty little $1.5 million.  How embarassing.

DETAILS:
Tories to flush Canada-led water-monitoring program
Written by Sue Bailey, THE CANADIAN PRESS
Thursday, 13 November 2008

OTTAWA – The Harper government wants out of a Canada-led UN program that monitors freshwater around the world – a move being slammed as the latest Tory abdication of global causes once championed by Ottawa.

Experts say they’re shocked Canada would abandon a database it designed and has managed for 30 years, just as dwindling water supplies emerge as a critical issue. Environment Canada spokesman John Carey says the Global Environment Monitoring System is no longer a priority.

"We would like someone else to take it over," he said of the database that tracks trends from 2,700 water-quality monitoring stations in more than 70 countries.

Twenty-four United Nations agencies rely on those details to assess how increasingly precious freshwater sources are being managed.

Canada has most recently co-ordinated the system from labs at the University of Saskatchewan and in Burlington, Ont.

The previous Liberal government set up a five-year trust fund worth $1.5 million that was allowed to expire last year, Carey said in an interview.

"We considered within the department at our management board last spring whether there was any opportunity to replenish the trust fund. And we could not find one. We began considering looking for a partner then.

"We like the program. It’s just not a priority for Environment Canada."

Funding for three related salaries and "a relatively small amount of operating dollars" for the database will continue "until we find someone else to take it over," Carey said.

Errol Mendes, a University of Ottawa law professor and former adviser to the United Nations, says the timing is baffling.

"What will be the most important commodity in the second half of this century? It will not be gold. It will not be oil. It will be water. Water is not a question of whether or not you have more money in the bank. It’s a question of whether you live or die.

"And the fact is some of the most critical countries in the world are literally running out of potable, drinkable water – which this institution was supposed to monitor."

Mendes said the move away from the water system mirrors Canada’s about-face on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada under the Conservatives was one of a handful of countries that refused to support the landmark document, citing concerns it would conflict with existing laws.

The rebuff was in stark contrast to support for the process under the Liberals.

Canadian Maude Barlow learned of the impending water-program pullout less than a month into her appointment as the UN’s first adviser on water issues.

"That Canada would remove this support from this program is just outrageous and an embarrassment," she said.

"It’s yet another example … that the Harper government is parochial, that it sees its environment commitments really in terms of optics.

"I have people say to me around the world: whatever happened to your country? We used to be able to count on Canada to take stands. And now Canada is in some cases worse than the United States – just absolutely refusing to partake and participate in international programs."

Germany is among countries reportedly interested in picking up Canada’s slack, Barlow said.

"But why should it move from Canada when it was built on Canadian expertise and technology? When it’s been here for 30 years?"

Monique Dube, an associate professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s School of Environment and Sustainability, is a former research scientist at Environment Canada.

"As a scientist, I’ve used the database myself and I understand the significance of (it) in terms of understanding global water trends, water quality – and how absolutely critical it is.

"If this goes after 30 years of investment, I can tell you … it will take a lot longer than 30 years to rebuild."

Dube says federal apathy for the program is especially wrong-headed because it costs so little to give Canada major international profile on a vital issue.

"What this gives us in terms of a contribution to global water sustainability is unmatched. So a million dollars is a drop in the bucket for something that has such impact."