What's in a Preposition?

Posted by Emily Dee on April 25, 2011 at 9:00 am Uncategorized Comments Off
Apr 252011


“Look. I’ve got to suck up to Quebec, so just shut up and let me get on with it.” Stephen Harper (Harperland, Lawrence Martin, 2010 P. 82)

James Laxer recently wrote a piece Stephen Harper: Now He’s The Champion of National Unity, in which he questions Harper’s new found love of a united Canada. He invoked memories of Harper’s Reform Party under Preston Manning, who had an Abraham Lincoln complex, hoping to invoke “A House Divided” in his handling of Quebec.

With a recent surge of NDP popularity in Quebec, Laxer believes that anything is possible. I still feel that Gilles Duceppe is pretty popular in this province and doubt that the NDP will capture many more seats, but stranger things have happened. It would be wonderful if a federalist party made inroads into the province. And I believe that this election will not be decided by the polls but at the polls.

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A Warning We Should Have Heeded

Posted by Emily Dee on April 24, 2011 at 12:33 pm Democracy 1 Response »
Apr 242011


In 1965 a young reporter with the Calgary Albertan wrote a piece on the history of the Social Credit party in that province, which was then celebrating it’s 30th anniversary.

Created during the depression, when desperate people were looking for a saviour, it was both a blessing and a curse. And this is what he discovered in interviewing those who were around at the time of it’s creation. Reports were either glowing or painted a picture of “hooligans, emotion run amok, and a stab of fear.”

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A friend sent me this flyer, which was distributed by Stephen Harper in 2004, right after the election.

It says in part:

In June, Canadians spoke loud and clear with their votes. They punished Paul Martin and the Liberals for their wasteful spending and arrogance, leaving them with only a minority government.

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For anyone following the Reform movement from its inception to it’s new transformation under the Conservative Party of Canada banner, hearing them describe themselves as friends of immigrants, is both amusing and chilling.

In the early 1990′s, when it was discovered that Neo-Nazis had infiltrated the Party, those ousted claimed not to understand the problem. They had been drawn to Reform because of their anti-immigration policies. According to Al Overfield of the Heritage Front: “The attraction of Reform for Overfield and like-minded persons, he said was that it was strictly white bread, 100 percent white Canadians, really anti-immigration; there was really no difference between those people and them [Heritage Front].”

When Bill Dunphy of the Toronto Sun exposed the fact that Heritage Front leader Wolfgang Droege and four other Heritage Front activists had memberships in Toronto area Reform Party riding associations, Preston Manning expelled the group. Continue reading »

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