Quote: Originally Posted by Colpy
!. REALLY??? Funny, I rarely see a Canadian flag casually displayed, lapel pins never, go ahead, quote me one of those "catchy slogans"....as for Xenophobia, I see that more often in leftest hatred for everything US. FAIL.
It's all relative, Harper is definitely more in your face about Canada than previous PM who left it up to us to decide how much we did or didn't love the country.
2. Ahh the Canadian gov't under Harper has continued Canada's traditional respect for human rights, FAIL
SO people in other places get his support but screw us, I'm pretty sure allowing our Parliament to work so we have the basic right of representation is an important right.
3. Who have we scapegoated???? No one. FAIL
How many millions have been spent telling us all what terrible, terrible people, Stephane Dion, Michael Ignatieff, Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are. Harper went as far as to attack his manhood in the mailout that a lot of conservatives turned their noses up at. The only way that Harper looks any good while he screws the nation is if he distracts us from the real issues.
4. The military gets 1.3% of GDP, compared to the USA at 4.4% or a better comparison, Australia at 1.5%.....and we are currently cutting military budgets. FAIL
Yah, and we needed all that nice new hardware for what? new Leopard tanks and global reach air lifters. Harper is far more concerned about pushing Canada's military ability beyond our borders than was the case.
This also plays to #1
The federal government paid tribute to its role in the Libya campaign Thursday with a flashy display of military might on Parliament Hill, a ceremony that some observers viewed as a way of declaring Canada's more muscular role on the global stage.
The celebratory event, which was attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Defence Minister Peter MacKay as well as a host of military officials, included a flypast by CF-18 fighter jets, a 21-gun salute and the awarding of a Meritorious Service Cross (Military Division) to Lt.-Gen. Charles Bouchard, the Canadian air force general who commanded the NATO mission in Libya.
Some saw it as a conventional victory parade. "It is a celebration of sorts, there's no question, but it's within military tradition," said Michel Drapeau, a professor of military law at the University of Ottawa, who pointed to similar victory parades held in Canada for V-Day and the Korean War.
But others remarked on how out-of-character the ceremony seemed for a country that for decades has tended to play down its military. Stephen Clarkson, a University of Toronto professor with an expertise in Canadian foreign policy, views the ceremony as an exercise in "self-glorification."
And of course the F-35 fiasco.
5. The Conservative gov't has supported both the most extreme pro-abortion positions on earth, and gay marriage. FAIL.
The most extreme on the earth, what does that even mean? They've also been accused of suppression of women rights groups apparently we achieved equality in this country the moment the conservatives took office. There has definitely been a cooling of advocacy for all sort of groups in country, what's the point when the PM doesn't even listen to his own MPs.
6. Canada has a free press. FAIL
Not the way we had it before Harper took over. The first thing he did was clip the wings of the Ottawa press corps supposedly because they just weren't doing a good job. His idea of open relations with the press is having them present a list of questions which he decides to answer..or not. The conservative government has one of the worst records for open access to information, I recall the incident of conservative spokesmen a few years ago running away from CBC reporters because they didn't want to talk about the ongoing investigation into in-and-out campaign financing. One again it's all relative.
7. Might even give you half points for this one, but we are no worse than we were under the Liberals.
I disagree, but we live in a age when governments frequently use this issue to enact laws that restrict citizens freedoms, we're not alone in this.
8. The Canadian gov't exercises tolerance of all religions. FAIL
I was thinking more about Harper's own close association with the Christian right in Canada, but that's his right I guess. It isn't something I like to see in a leader, it's a multi-cultural nation and I don't think any one religion should get preference.
9. Once again, half points....in fact, I'll even give you full points.
I accept the science behind climate change and that indicates that we may in fact be destroying ourselves by current industrial development, especially the burning of fossil fuels, so I think in this area Harper may turn out to be one of our worst leaders ever. He's being faithful to the industrial base that put him in power at the likely cost of all of us. This is the big one for me, I think Harper and the conservatives are trading our future for the appearance of prosperity today.
CAW economist decries Harper's 'dog whistle' attack on unions - The Globe and Mail
Unimpressed with a Tory private member’s bill demanding unions publicly disclose their financial statements, Jim Stanford is accusing Stephen Harper’s government of “dog whistle” politics.
“Blowing a whistle that only the dogs can hear (i.e. the Conservatives’ red-meat base) while allowing the leadership to stand back and look statesmanlike,” the Canadian Autoworkers Union told The Globe in an email, explaining what he thinks is really behind the bill.
11. FAIL completely.
Several thousand scientists would disagree, when was the last time you saw academics marching on Parliament in Canada.
Harper’s attack on science: No science, no evidence, no truth, no democracy | Academic Matters
He's about as anti-intellectual as you get when it comes to PMs in this country.
12. Half points
13. Not even close. FAIL.
Really, what exactly was going on with Duffy but cronyism and corruption. I also don't buy it that HArper wasn't calling the shots when it came to trying to cover it up. If one thing has been made clear in the last seven years, he's in charge...then suddenly he's not whenever something goes wrong.
14. FAIL completely, even according to the Canadian courts.
They've already been convicted of violating the election laws in their first election where the conservatives were running on a platform of accountability and transparency, that alone should indicate what Harper thinks of democracy. I also seriously doubt one low level staffer in Guelph ran an illegal robocalls campaign that spanned the nation and used extensive conservative compiled non-supporter lists.
That is 2 1/2 points out of 14.
I get that it may not be pleasant being a Harper loyalist right now, but once again personally attacking people who are pointing out the glaring gaps in our democracy under the conservative PM kind of proves my point.