Harper Song – Mr. Harper Goodbye


Dear Stephen Harper,

Tomorrow Canadian voices rejoice in song –

“Bye, bye Mr. Harper goodbye. With your psychopathic ways and your evil eye, if you had your way you’d bleed Canada dry. As a leader you don’t qualify, so Mr. Harper goodbye.”

Secret Little Harper Scandal


Do the names Bruce Carson or the Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE) ring a bell? I’m guessing not.

Bruce Carson and Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper made convicted fraudster Bruce Carson a top adviser and point person on sensitive files including the oilsands and Afghanistan.

Stephen Harper is well acquainted with Carson, a man the RCMP describe as “one of the Prime Minister’s longest serving advisers”. From 2009 – 2011 Carson, Nigel Wright (Harper’s Chief of Staff who resigned in 2013 over the Mike Duffy Senate scandal) and a cluster of energy industry CEOs ran CSEE at the University of Calgary.

In 2007 the Conservative government budgeted $15 million tax payer dollars to the University of Calgary for creation of a university “think-tank” exploring smart energy research. University president Harvey Weingarten and climate change scientist David Keith had pitched the idea to Harper’s senior policy adviser Bruce Carson. (who happened to be on loan to Environment Canada, mending fences in the wake of Canada’s refusal to honour the Kyoto Protocol on climate change). Fast forward a year – Carson leaves the Prime Minister’s office for his new position at U of C, executive director of CSEE. Never mind his lack of energy or academic credentials, apparently a fruitless international recruitment search deemed Carson the best man for the job.

Immediately apparent was a “centre of excellence for Canada research, policy and advice”, supposedly focused on developing clean energy and protection of the environment, doing nothing of the sort. Carson steered CSEE away from clean energy research, setting the stage  for what ” became a front for industry lobbying and government propaganda at taxpayers expense’. Clean energy research, replaced by flagrant partisan objectives to rid public perceptions of “dirty oil”.

Bruce Carson was known for referring to himself as the”mechanic”, a “political fixer who got things done in the corridors of power”. Stephen Harper wasn’t bothered by Carson’s criminal past, a good mechanic is worth their weight in gold. The Law Society of Upper Canada disbarred Carson in the 80s for defrauding clients of countless dollars. In 1990 Carson pleaded guilty to defrauding a car rental agency and bank out of thousands more dollars. Of note – 9 of the 15 million dollar federal operating grant for CSEE was allocated towards Carson’s salary, travel and operating expenses.

Carson’s latest criminal charge, “influence peddling” has gone to trial and is waiting judgement. Pull up your panties Canada, it’s about to get juicy.

Between 2010/11 Ottawa water filtration company H2O Pros wanted to sell filtration systems to First Nations people. (You know, those aboriginal communities who’ve had to boil drinking water for 17 years). For Carson’s assistance in the matter, a cut of H2O sales would go to Michelle McPherson, Carson’s 22 year old fiancee, a former “escort” worker 44 years younger than Carson. Carson who worked with Indian Affairs and Northern Development and co-chaired a task force on native land claims pleaded not guilty, electing for trial by judge not jury. Below, excerpts of Carson’s statements to RCMP following his arrest –

“There was nothing done here that was in my view untoward at all and to end up being in this situation where the time of a whole lot of people is being taken up because of this, I’m profoundly sorry, I am just sick over the whole thing,” he told two police interrogators in a meeting arranged by his lawyer McCann.

“I never thought when Michele mentioned this to me we would ever be in this kind of a situation,” said Carson, now unemployed. “The whole thing completely threw me.”

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Michele McPherson: at age 22 she became Bruce Carson’s live-in girlfriend and business partner selling water filtration systems to First Nations reserves. The business collapsed when RCMP charged Carson with influence peddling.

Obvious doesn’t need to be beaten on the head – stop Stephen Harper. Read the full story written by Andrew Nikiforuk in The Tyee.

http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/10/05/Canada-Biggest-Unheard-Political-Scandal/

VOTE


Canada –

Spare the “I’m not voting because no candidate inspires me” and “I’m going to spoil my ballot in protest”. Stop professing your conscience, or state of apathetic delusion somehow justifies an act of superior fictional morality.

Look at the face of Stephen Harper, ask yourself if all the highfalutin excuses in the world are worth keeping this man in power.

Put aside the asinine notion that “not voting” somehow makes you a folk hero. Grow up Canada, this election determines the future of our once great nation. This man has done everything possible to keep young voters away from the polls, prove him wrong. Vote to stop Stephen Harper.

(This is not an endorsement for the Liberal Party of Canada, their logo just happened to be attached to the image I wanted – vote strategically and make it count. Anything to stop Harper)

Liberals Attacked in Ming Pao


Any who doubt how low the Conservative party of Canada will go – ponder Liberal attack ads placed in Ming Pao. Attack ads claiming a Liberal election victory would unleash legalized prostitution, complete with brothels in every neighborhood.  Drug injection sites and the horror of legal marijuana sold to children.

Ming Pao is a Chinese language publication. According to a 2011 survey, this Hong Kong based “economic and political” publication is read by over 277,000 Vancouver citizens a day.

The fact Justin Trudeau, the Liberal party, nor a single Liberal candidate has ever expressed such nonsense, has apparently been deemed irrelevant with an election to win. Text below from a post by Larissa Cahute –

http://blogs.theprovince.com/2015/10/13/translating-the-claims-of-a-conservative-ad-in-chinese-language-media/

“Liberals want to legalize marijuana, would allow children easier access”

According to Liberal.ca, the party’s stance on marijuana is that it plans to “legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana,” which it also describes as a way to “ensure that we keep marijuana out of the hands of children.”

The platform goes on to state: “We will remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code, and create new, stronger laws to punish more severely those who provide it to minors, those who operate a motor vehicle while under its influence, and those who sell it outside of the new regulatory framework.”

So while the Liberals would like to legalize marijuana, they still plan to regulate and restrict its access, especially to minors.

A shot from the Conservative ad in Ming Pao.

“Liberals want to install illegal drug injection sites in your neighbourhoods.”

While we couldn’t find anything on Liberal.ca covering the party’s stance on safe injection sites, Justin Trudeau has previously said that, yes, he is in favour of safe injection sites — along with the New Democrats and a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that said Insite saves lives, according to an article published in the Globe and Mail in August 2015.

Located in Vancouver, Insite is the only legal supervised drug injection site in Canada where visitors can inject themselves with heroin, cocaine and morphine.

And according to an article published in The Georgia Straight earlier this year, Trudeau also addressed the topic during a visit to UBC in March:

“I disagree with loosening any of the prohibition on harder drugs,” Trudeau said. “I think that there is much that we can and should be doing around harm reduction. Insite is a great model of that, and I certainly want to see more safe injection sites opened around the country. And I am firm on the fact marijuana needs to be controlled and regulated and that prohibition isn’t working. But I’m not in favour of loosening restrictions on harder drugs.”

So while Trudeau doesn’t appear to have concrete plans to open another safe injection site “in your neighbourhoods,” he does openly support Insite.

The office of Prime Minister Stephen Harper weighed in on the ad Tuesday evening, saying “Justin refuses to acknowledge the damage that drugs do to families and communities. He wants to allow the sale of marijuana in corner stores and increase the number of heroin injection sites, dangerously misguided policies that would only make drugs more accessible to our children.”

“Liberals want to legalize prostitution, have them open brothels in your neighbourhoods.”

An email to The Province from a Tory representative defends this claim by referencing Trudeau’s vote against Bill C-36 (which criminalizes the purchasing of sex) in October 2014. However, we haven’t found anything on Liberal.ca that addresses opening “brothels in your neighbourhoods.”

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Below, English translation at CTV News site –

“Liberal Party wants to make marijuana a legal drug that can be easily accessible for our children,” reads a translation of the ad provided to CTV News. “Liberal Party wants to set up legal drug injection sites around your alley.”

“Liberal Party wants to legalize prostitution and allow it in your community. This message does not match our [Conservative] value.”

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/fact-or-fear-conservative-attack-ad-raising-eyebrows-in-vancouver-1.2610195

My head hurts. Please Canada – stop Stephen Harper.

Renounce Your Heritage


Since June of 2011, Nigerian born Ubaka Ogbogu has been an Assistant professor at University of Alberta in Edmonton. Cross-appointed to the Faculties of Law and Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. A member of the Faculty’s Health Law Institute, his interests center on science and health policy, bioethics and bio-medicine, health law, public health law, legal history of public health and health care in Canada and the law of medical malpractice and health care torts. Currently he’s researching the history of smallpox vaccination policy in nineteenth century Canada. Below – a link to his professional and academic credentials.

http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Ubaka-Ogbogu/895104311

Ubaka Ogbogu strikes me as a man we’re fortunate to have. Thoughtful, intelligent, engaged, ethical and forward thinking. Heck, he even has a poetry blog. A family man with two Canadian born children, Ogbogu clearly enriches our nation.

Ponder the knock on his front door a few days ago. Face to face with James Cumming (Conservative candidate in Ogbogu’s riding) a perfect opportunity to question Cumming on Conservative support for Bill C-24. Officially the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, C-24 would allow government to revoke Canadian citizenship from dual-citizens convicted of crimes such as terrorism. Cumming began by “reiterating speaking points”, Ogbogu tossed back a hypothetical “what if I was implicated in a serious crime, would my Canadian born daughters be sent back to Nigeria”. Allegedly, Cumming responded with candid advice,  Ogbogu should “renounce his heritage”.

“Just to make sure I wasn’t crazy, I asked him … and he repeated himself,” Ogbogu said. “It was a moment of real honesty.”

“He then said to me if the law was a concern to me, I should renounce my heritage and I’ll be OK,” he said. “Those were his exact words.

“I was dumbfounded”

Ogbogu said he asked Cumming how long his ancestors had been in Canada. On learning Cumming was a second generation Canadian from Britain, Ogbogu replied, “how are we different?”.

Interviewed by Huffington Post on Wednesday, Cumming denied saying any such thing, issuing the following statement –

“The statements attributed to me are completely false.

I merely explained to the individual that Bill C-24 only allows for revocation of citizenship from individuals convicted of the most serious acts of disloyalty to Canada (terrorism, treason, spying, or taking up arms against Canada), and that unless he was planning on committing those acts, he had absolutely nothing to worry about.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/07/ubaka-ogbobu-james-cumming-renounce-heritage_n_8258844.html?ir=Canada

Now what? Do we take the word of a door knocking Conservative, the politician whose leader banks on “old stock Canadians”, or the immigrant law professor? Which one is most likely to misinterpret context? What chance is there Cumming knew he was speaking to a Law Professor? Why would Ogbogu ask Cumming to repeat his comment? Did Ogbogu seize an opportunity to falsify facts for personal gain, or did Cumming carelessly spill  back-room party sentiment?

Many questions, only one answer – stop Harper and his army of Conservative dingbats before it’s too late.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/james-cumming-conservative-bill-c-24-1.3260212

 

 

 

 

Young Voters Can Stop Harper


As Stephen Harper puffs, postures, and calculates his run at third term as Canadian Prime Minister, I find myself pondering a very real reality – he might succeed. Harper Conservatives count on the fact young voters don’t show up at the polls. In the 2011 federal election 61.1% of eligible voters marked “X” A look at the graph below illustrates the predominance of older voters, most notably the 66-74 age at 75%. It doesn’t take a statistician to figure out age 18-24  voters with 39% turn-out pulled national average down.

Young Canadians should be ashamed, less than 40% bothered to get off their ass. “Politics are boring”, “none of the candidates are exciting”, “my vote won’t make a difference” , “I forgot it was today” – pitiful excuses for a voice in their future.

Aging Conservative voters will be dead and gone long before Harper’s flagrant disregard kicks Canada in the face. Why young people don’t get this is beyond me. Snap out of your self absorbed little bubble young Canada, wake up and vote to stop Stephen Harper.Post a “selfie” at the polling station if you have to, Tweet, Instagram, social media your voting experience till I gag – just get out and vote.

http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=res&dir=rec/part/estim/41ge&document=report41&lang=e

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2015/01/how-to-stop-stephen-harper-from-using.html

 

 

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.

STOP STEPHEN HARPER.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/radio-canada-employees-hate-conservative-values-harper-says-1.2959405