Radio Canada According To Harper

Employees at Radio Canada (the French language arm of national public broadcaster CBC), spent today scraping jaws off the ground. Stephen Harper accused the lot of being left wing propagandists.  Interviewed on Quebec City radio FM93, Harper exposed another facet of  bat shit mentality. When asked how he planned to convince Quebec residents to vote Conservative (pay attention because of 75 available seats the Conservatives only hold 5), Harper said he doesn’t believe voters in Quebec are predominantly left leaning, asserting most Quebecers approve of his policies.

“I remain convinced that Quebecers are not leftists, contrary to the image conveyed by some media or the opposition parties,” Harper says in the interview.

“I understand that there are many at Radio-Canada who hate these values, but I think that these values are the true values of a large percentage of Quebecers.”

Recently Harper spokesman Carl Vallee wrote, (in response to a documentary aired on CBC exploring links between Evangelical Christian organizations and the Harper government – “it was becoming more and more difficult for (him) not to conclude that (his) worst suspicions about Radio-Canada held true.”

Under the Harper Conservatives funding for Canada’s national broadcasting treasure has plummeted. Over the last few months, CBC supporters in Quebec organized thousands of  Francophone demonstrators, rallying against Harper’s wanton disregard for cultural representation and Canadian identity. Now it’s starting to make sense – blame Radio Canada for Conservatives electing a measly 5 seats in Quebec.  Obliterate CBC funding, force cancellation of programming, put hundreds out of work – Stephen Harper loathes the CBC and all it represents.

CBC represents the fabric of what it means to be Canadian. I have news for you Mr. Harper – your bone head decision to mess with  CBC is the last straw. Absurd finger pointing, transparent tantrums or attempts to silence the voice of Canada will bite you in the ass.




Before Stephen Harper

Once upon a time Canada made sense – no need to beat our chests, or compete with world powers, we knew who we were. Canadians softly carried the burden of both great wars. Our chests,  swollen with respectful reverence and gratitude didn’t require beating. Recognizing a great truth,  Canada distinguished itself as global peacekeepers – we knew what it meant to be Canadian. That was before Stephen Harper.

Stephen Harper’s Canada teeters on the brink of calamity for every ideal and principle “my” Canada holds dear. Before Harper’s election victory in 2006, Canadian troops functioned as “non combat” observers and deterrents. Harper wanted to play with the “big boys” , moderation and principle had no place in Harper’s Canada.

Increasing the defense budget from $15 to $23 billion, placing Canadian soldiers in active combat in Afghanistan and the Middle East, losing Canada’s seat on the United Nations Security Council (over his stance on Israel), beating his chest like a war mongering imbecile – Harper managed in a few short years to erode the very meaning of Canadian.

This week the Harper government announced planned legislation to increase powers of Canadian spy agency CSIS. Fresh off souring popularity in polls following the attack on Parliament Hill, Harper swiftly seized an opportunity to beat his chest.

Stephen Harper prefaced his plans with..

“Violent jihadism is not just a danger somewhere else,”

“It seeks to harm us here in Canada — in our cities and in our neighborhoods, through horrific acts, like deliberately driving a car at a defenseless man or shooting a soldier in the back as he stands on guard at a War Memorial.”

Canadians, he said, “are targeted by these terrorists for no other reason than that we are Canadians. They want to harm us because they hate our society and the values it represents.”

Violent jihadism “is not a human right,” Harper stressed. “It is an act of war, and our government’s new legislation fully understands that difference.”

What this Canadian understands Mr. Harper is your role in making Canada a target. Before you, Canada stood for something, Canadians don’t want your brand of macho foolery – we want our Canada back.

A closeup image of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper from "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy" at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas, running April 5 through June 3, 2014.

Painting of Stephen Harper by George W. Bush