Sunday, December 23, 2007

Harper's new religious order: Canadians must trust

During this festive holiday season, many people take the time to reflect on their family and faith. So it is only appropriate to reflect on the brand of religion that is being proselytized by Stephen Harper. It’s called faith based government. Faith based government allows its practitioners to be free of any of the daily worries of accountability or transparency. Mere assertions of “tax loopholes” and other spiritual symbols are taken utterly for granted. There can be no questioning harbored in this religion. Utmost faith and trust is required, lest we expose the truth for the ugly blasphemy that it most assuredly is. Here was my personal spiritual call to order from Stephen Harper, that I along with hundreds of thousands of Canadians devastated by the income trust would have received, once the PMO got their messaging just right, three and half weeks after the fact:

Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006
To: Brent Fullard
Subject: Office of the Prime Minister

Dear Mr. Fullard:

Thank you for your e-mail message regarding the government's decision on income trusts. I am pleased to have this opportunity to respond.

I understand your disappointment with this decision. We recognize that Canadian investors, including many pensioners and seniors, have made important investments over the years and benefit from the current income trust structure. However, Canadians must trust that their government is watching out for them and is upholding the values that define us, like fairness. They expect us to fix problems, right injustices and close loopholes.

Evidently this brand of faith based religion holds it to be more sacrosanct to right injustices and close loopholes than to provide any documentary evidence whatsoever about alleged tax leakage and keeping their solemn election promises.

Meanwhile, do you suppose the following fine upstanding citizens were more concerned about slaying the mythical dragon called tax leakage, or feathering their own stock option nests? I believe you will find that many of these unnamed folks are, in fact, the high priests of Harper’s faith based religious order, called influence for sale or rent. Democracy for the highest bidder. Accountability and Lobbyist Registry Acts be damned.

After all, we have a country to sell.

Income-trust crackdown: The inside story
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2006

High-profile directors and CEOs, meanwhile, had approached Mr. Flaherty personally to express their concerns: Many felt they were being pressed into trusts because of their duty to maximize shareholder value, despite their misgivings about the structure. Paul Desmarais Jr., the well-connected chairman of Power Corp. of Canada, even railed against trusts in a conversation with Prime Minister Stephen Harper during a trip to Mexico, and told him he should act quickly to stop the raft of conversions, according to sources.


Dr Mike said...

I wonder what Canada would be like right now if we had not elected this Conservative government--what if we had returned to power a Liberal government instead.

Perhaps we would still have Ralph Goodale or maybe even John McCallum as finance minister.

There would have been the proper consultation done on the income trust issue & a reasonable compromise would have been reached.

Would that of not been the best thing for this country , its` investors , & businesses alike.

There would have been no turmoil in the financial markets Or heartache among people who were only trying to do the right thing.

Unfortunately , we now know that this was not the case.

Instead we ended up with a government who pats us on the head & tells us that they know what is best for us.

I just wish this were true.

Dr Mike.

Robert Gibbs said...

"...Canadians must trust..."???
"...right injustices..."???

You've got to be kidding!!!

More laughable, while concurrently sickening, statements could not have been written.

Harper's duplicitous hypocrisy is astounding!!!

This repugnant sinner and his CONgregation should go down in ignominy!!!

nineofiveland said...

"OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is warning Canadians to brace themselves for a possible economic slowdown in 2008 that will restrict government spending and limit tax cuts." G & M

Do ya think maybe all that lost tax revenue from the Income Trust fiasco might help?

Anonymous said...

"Canadians must trust?"

One word response:


Better perhaps that you show us the numbers. Who in their right mind would trust you on a matter that you broke your promise on.....a lousy nine months into your "mandate", if that's what you can call commanding 36% of the votes.

Guess what Harpernstein.....I'm not going to trust you or your automaton government of spineless MPs and control freak tendencies.
BTW: You wont have the sponsorship scandal blowing at your backs in this election when you role out your new set of lies in another attempt to defruad Canadian voters. IN fact you will be facing the stiff headwinds of the Mulroney legacy you made yourself a part of and your own Income Trusts version of the form of voter backlash.

I am looking forward to learning how sweet that revenge will feel. Who cares whether you think Dion is a leader. All we care is that unlike you sir, Dion is not a liar.

Dr Mike said...

anonymous said...
"Canadians must trust?"

One word response:


My wife & I were checking out the comments & this one was top notch--you have said it all.

The Sponsorship scandal was the driving force behind the Conservative victory-- the income trust promise was a close second.

Since neither will be there this time thru , these guys are toast & you can take that to the bank.

All the folks hurt by the trust fiasco will vote--& that`s a fact

Many of those measured in polls are soft when it comes to an actual vote--not us greedy old farts.

We will be there & as anonymous has said , revenge will be sweet!!!!!!!!