Apr 222011


In Gerry Nicholls book, Loyal to the Core: Stephen Harper, Me and the NCC, he speaks of how they were able to manipulate the NDP and their supporters.

The NCC also had a couple of noteworthy political battles with our ideological opposites — the socialist New Democratic Party. One battle was waged against former NDP leader Ed Broadbent, the other against Bob Rae, during his ill-fated reign as Ontario’s Premier. (1)

I have written of how they spent Bob Rae’s entire tenure as Premier of Ontario, tearing down everything he did.

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Apr 202011

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporality embarrassed millionaires.” John Steinbeck

The healthcare debate has once again brought the National Citizens Coalition into the spotlight. The group that Stephen Harper has not only belonged to for three decades, but also served as its president.

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New Canadian Epidemic. We've All Been "Finkel Thinked"

Posted by Emily Dee on April 5, 2011 at 9:46 am Uncategorized Comments Off
Apr 052011


After Watergate brought down Richard Nixon, the U.S. passed the Federal Election Campaign Act in an attempt to make election campaigns more open and transparent. One of the key features of the act, was that it placed legal limits on campaign contributions.

This prompted high profile Republican strategist, Arthur Finkelstein, who had worked on Nixon’s campaign, to come up with something called Independent Expenditure Campaigns (in Canada this is known as Third Party Advertising). This allowed the wealthy to funnel their contributions through a political activist group, who could run attacks ads freely, usually zeroing in on a policy the Republicans opposed and their opponents favoured, or had already adopted.

Finkelstein would also work for Ronald Reagan, before joining Canada’s National Citizens Coalition. According to Gerry Nicholls, who was Stephen Harper’s VP when he was running the NCC: Continue reading »

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Harper must be getting nervous. He is digging to the bottom of the barrel for dirty tricks to throw at his political rivals. This one was predicted  years ago. While Ignatieff is managing to keep a cool head and a gentlemanly manner about him, Stevie Harper is behaving like a bratty kid who pulls the legs off flies just to see if they will squirm.

Whenever I get hot-headed about politics (which seems to be happening a lot lately) I talk to an old friend of mine who has the gift for vision and thorough political analysis, Mike Darnell. Mike wrote the following article in 2009, and it is still as relevant today as it was back then. I offer it here for your reading pleasure.

 

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