Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Irony

Libs put out a policy that will help youth get to post secondary education in the future. Damn good policy to get kids to post secondary education and create a better society! Could this help get the youth vote out? Are they too busy watching Justin Bieber and playing xbox360? Let's hope their parents take their time away from tmz and perez to vote ;)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Harper Coalition 1.0.

Stephen Harper on Coalitions

It has come to the Globe and Mail's attention that Stephen Harper's continual coalition BS rant is of his own strategy. I have come up with a few coaltions Stephen Harper has been part of. This is by no means a complete list, and if you have any suggestions please send them to me.




Canadian hockey team bandwagon coalition



Every year Harper jumps on the bandwagon of the last Canadian team left in the playoffs. Remember when he was at the Oilers game 6 vs Carolina. Remember how he suddenly became a habs fan last year? Do you remember, that Harper is like me, a lifelong member of Leafs nation, who resorted to cheering for Ottawa when they made a cup run. This time of bandwagoning coalitioning is bad, especially from a fellow lifelong Leaf fan. I am dissapointed in this, and call on the Prime Minister to only support the Toronto Maple Leafs. No more hockey coalitions Mr. Harper. FOR SHAME!


Urban leather cowboy coalition

Well, what can we say about this coalition, usually riding motorcycles, or parading in Toronto in late June? This is the most eclectic of Stephen Harper's coalitions. I think this is also the most inclusive. From the Hells angels, to those guys in S&M bars, they are all part of the leather vest coalition which Harper is a proud member. Giddy-up.


Coalition of socialists, separatists and Conservatives

Here, take a look at this letter pasted in here.

THE 2004 LETTER Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D. Governor General Rideau Hall 1 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A1 EXCELLENCY, As leaders of the opposition parties, we are well aware that, given the Liberal minority government, you could be asked by the Prime Minister to dissolve the 38th Parliament at any time should the House of Commons fail to support some part of the government's program. 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. Your attention to this matter is appreciated. SINCERELY, Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P. Leader of the Opposition Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Gilles Duceppe, M.P. Leader of the Bloc Québécois Jack Layton, M.P. Leader of the New Democratic Party

This is pretty self explanatory, Harper wanted to enter into a coalition with separatists (BQ), and the Socialists (NDP) in 2004. It took him a few years to flip flop back and forth against the coalitions, but lets not let the facts get in the way of a repetitive and stupid stump speech for Stephen on the campaign trail.


Coalition of the willing (war in Iraq)


Oh yeah, Stephen Harper was in favour of Canada going to war in Iraq in 2003, remember how well that turned out? Turned into a bit of a quagmire. Stephen wanted to follow his best friend George Bush full bore into the Iraq invasion. History has taught us facebook is a much better way to do regime change in that region.



National Citizens Coalition

Stephen used to be president of this organization in the 1990s. Apparently they are a lobby group that is a coalition of right wingers who wanted to put a firewall up in Alberta or something along those lines. Stephen Harper, President of a Coalition! Gotcha!


So this is a brief history of Stephen Harper and coalitions. He talks about the, but they are littered in his past. Something to think about voters, whenever he goes on and on about the non-existent coalition.





Friday, March 04, 2011

Getting Dumb on crime

One thing I really like about Conservatives is even when they are totally wrong, they still think they are right and will stick to being wrong. That is until their leader tells them they are wrong, and they flip flop faster then a hipster vegan at a McDonald's restaurant.

I just read a piece in the Globe and Mail this morning, quoting Asa Hutchinson on the mistakes of the American prison system. Hutchinson is an Arkansas Republican who worked for the Bush administration. So he isn't exactly a pinko or a wussy liberal type. Hutchinson believes the American system focuses too much of its costs on housing inmates, and punishing them rather than being a system that works and prevents re offending.

The real beauty part of it is Hutchinson believes mandatory minimums are unfair, and that having longer prison sentences doesn't do anything for a prisoner to prepare for the real world. This is a Southern American conservative basically bashing his own system, and thus also debunking the planned justice bill "Harper's" Government wants to bring in.

So, lets get this straight, these policies don't work at all. For 35 years, the American prison system has been successful at locking people up, creating violent prisons, and raising the level of recidivism. This is what the Conservatives want to do to Canada? This also costs billions of dollars to do.

Is this perhaps one of the worst ideas this government has come up with? Yes.

Is this going to be extremely expensive, and cost the taxpayers money to basically created meaner, strong prisoners? Yes.

Aren't we all hoping the Conservatives have this as their main plank in the next Federal Election? Yes.

Crime is a complex issue, and it doesn't require simple minded solutions, it requires the full force of the state in terms of the social safety net as well as the justice system in reducing crime, and poverty which comes hand in hand. By simplifying this issue, the Conservatives think Canadians aren't smart enough to comprehend this problem, and that we want simple solutions? Are we that much like Americans, in places like Arkansas, and Texas? Do you share those values. Think about it, hard....