I. Introduction: How Far We Have Fallen
II. Harper’s ‘Plagiarized’ Iraq War Speech
III. Harper’s 1997 Speech to Council for National Policy
I. Introduction: How Far We Have Fallen
For those watching from afar, Canada must seem an enigma. For decades we have been hailed as peace keepers, but have lately been busy flexing our mussels at every opportunity we get (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). We are known for our pristine environment, but have been accelerating the development of the dirtiest project in the world (pics). Knowing full well the devastating consequences of America’s War on Drugs, the very same day that Washington State and Colorado legalized the recreational use of Cannabis we introduced “tough new mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana.” We are the third largest water rich resource country in the world, but have recently suspended numerous water monitoring and preservation projects:
“DFO’s [Department of Fisheries and Oceans] Habitat Management Program – which monitored the effects of harmful industrial, agricultural and land-development activities on wild fish – is gone. DFO’s teams of experts on ocean contaminants in marine mammals, on marine oil pollution, and on oil spill countermeasures have all been disbanded. Gone too is the Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research – the only agency with the ability to adequately assess offshore projects. Nine out of 11 DFO marine science libraries will be shut. And the Experimental Lakes Area is closed.
“At Environment Canada, the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) in Nunavut, involved in monitoring the Arctic ozone hole discovered in 2011, has been closed. Similarly, the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Canada’s main research foundation on climate change, has been axed. The Canadian Centre for Inland Waters – the most important science monitoring agency for the imperilled Great Lakes – has lost key staff members.”
And that’s what’s seen from afar. From the Canadian perspective, for many, we’re living a nightmare. We’re watching the dismantling of our country and everything we hold dear, and we can’t do anything about it, at least not until the next federal elections in 2015. That’s when we’ll get a chance to remove Stephen Harper and his Conservatives from power. It’s almost a certainty that they will not be able to hold on to a majority government, not with 70% of those polled wanting them out. My guess is though, by the time Harper pushes through his full agenda, in the next elections the Conservatives won’t even get enough votes to be recognized as the Official Opposition, let alone be able to squeeze through a minority government. Unfortunately, no matter what happens in the next elections, the simple fact is that the damage is done.
In two short years of obtaining a majority government, Stephen Harper has reshaped Canada to his own image and those of his business interests. He promised that we wouldn’t recognize Canada when he got through with it, and he meant it. Some of the policies that have been implemented will take decades to unfold and will cost Canadians dearly:
“From the environment, to health care, to foreign policy, this is a different Canada than it was May 2, 2011, and many of the Harper initiatives may not be easily undone by future governments, or even future leaders of a Conservative government.”
How we reached this point is complicated, however, the following statement is a good summation:
“A Canada once thought of as democratic, free, and peaceful, is ever-advancing toward a fully privatized outpost of global corporate tyranny: Canada Inc., a subsidiary of the American Empire & Co.”
What follows are two telltale speeches given by Stephen Harper. The first is the ‘plagiarized’ speech that he gave in 2003 regarding the Iraq war. The second is “the text from a speech made by Stephen Harper, then vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition, to a June 1997 Montreal meeting of the Council for National Policy, a right-wing U.S. think tank, and taken from the council’s website.” Below are some highlights from the first few opening paragraphs of this speech as well as his closing statement. Every Canadian should read the full text, especially those who support Harper and his Conservatives:
“First, facts about Canada. Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it. Canadians make no connection between the fact that they are a Northern European welfare state and the fact that we have very low economic growth, a standard of living substantially lower than yours…
“In terms of the unemployed, of which we have over a million-and-a-half, don’t feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don’t feel bad about it themselves, as long as they’re receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance…
“I’ll end there and take any of your questions. But let me conclude by saying, good luck in your own battles. Let me just remind you of something that’s been talked about here. As long as there are exams, there will always be prayer in schools.”
The best way to understand Stephen Harper’s agenda is to really listen to him. What follows are some of his beliefs, statements, and thoughts. They should send shivers down the spine of even his most hardened supporters.
…continued at chycho