Book examines Harper government

I’ve just started the book, Party of One — Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, by Michael Harris.

Dear Editor:

To my recollection, there haven’t been many positive comments about our Conservative government in this paper since Stephen Harper and his gang were elected back in 2006, except those of Dan Albas.

Perhaps this is due in part because the Conservatives haven’t really done anything to contribute to the notion that Canada is a democracy, not an autocracy.

I’ve just started the book, Party of One — Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, by Michael Harris.

The author began chapter one by describing Harper’s early ambitions as a politician.

By chapter two, I was ready to puke.

As Harris describes it:

“Mr. Harper gave this speech in Montreal back in 1997 as Vice President of the National Citizen’s Coalition. His audience was the Council for National Policy, a right-wing American think tank:

“…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, a massive brain drain of your [sic] professionals to your country, double the unemployment rate of the United States. 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.”

Harper continued his degradation of Canada to the delight of the Republican audience.

Those were the thoughts of Harper back in 1997 and they seem to be exactly what he thinks of Canadians today, because his treatment of our scientific community, our journalists, our civil servants, and us, the people that oppose him, is still as degrading as ever.

As an example, in 2001, he proposed to then premier of Alberta, Ralph Klein, that he get rid of Medicare, the RCMP and the Canadian Pension Plan.

As his one-time mentor Tom Flanagan put it, Stephen Harper is a “predator.”

And, I might add, those that can still support him after all these years of one-man rule, are as predacious as he is.

Frank Martens



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