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11:20 PM on 11/13/2012
Stevie Harper is George w Bush north.Stevie Harper thinks i won the election , i can do any single thing i want and there is not one single thing Canadian taxpayer can do.Stevie doing everything n his power to dismantle every environmental protection law Canada has created.Enbridge complains that the laws are 'too onerous'. Maybe they are onerous because that is what is required to protect the environment. The laws were put into place for a reason.Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act All the pipeline components will be made oversea and assembly here. It also allows them to insist on using Chinese only labour and material on the pipeline. All they have to do is say the employees require "specialized knowledge". BC takes 100% of the environmental risk, there a big difference between at train load of lettuce or coal passing through Alberta , than a pipeline built by a two bit foreign company with a very lousy poor track record.It is physical impossible to clean up any oil spill and anyone tell you difference is a lair or has no clue what there talking about , you can not clean up a oil spill even a small couple hundred gallons oil spill.
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Adolf munk
11:38 PM on 11/13/2012
And this is relevant to the story? How?
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Simon Wagstaff
Friday the 13th comes on a Wednesday this month
07:00 AM on 11/14/2012
It is a blog, does it need to be relevant?
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cwebster
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11:04 AM on 11/14/2012
Points out what a menace Harper is.
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11:07 PM on 11/13/2012
Methinks this guy shocked the cons. It is funny when they pull one but not now? I dont fully agree with his characterization but can understand his freedom of speech-Just like Ezra Levant. Are there not some elected politicians that have roots in the kkk or white supremacist type organizations? What is this northern foundation group or whatever it is called? What politicians have come from Bently, Alberta for example.
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10:57 PM on 11/13/2012
This "attack on unions" is a bill to make them more transparent on how they spend their money. And given the "closed shop" monopolies that many unions in Canada are privileged with, I say about time.

It cannot be fun for many Canadians to know that (1) they must join a union to work at certain jobs, and (2) the unions will donate some of their union fees to political causes that they strongly disapprove of, often without their knowledge.
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freeSpeakr
I stand on the shoulders of giants
12:45 AM on 11/14/2012
We'll just put you in the "I favor the merger of state and corporate power column".
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10:32 PM on 11/13/2012
So many today can not tell the difference between an opponent and an enemy. It is primitive tribal instincts that drive us to look upon other political parties not just as misguided, but evil.

Don't people ever tire of it?
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freeSpeakr
I stand on the shoulders of giants
12:51 AM on 11/14/2012
People do tire of it. That's why Romney lost. That's why the reformCPC is going to lose. The "destroy the enemy" "the ends justify the means" ethos of the reformCPC party is beginning to dawn on the Citizenry General.

As the Citizenry begins to realize that their freedom is an illusion in the form of limited and tightly controlled choices, an economy that's rigged from top to bottom, and a long-waged class war, they're going to rise up and reclaim the spirit of the nation from the neo-feudalists currently muckling onto the teat of prosperity.
10:12 AM on 11/14/2012
The question now becomes: which head needs to fall?
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01:40 PM on 11/14/2012
"People do tire of it. That's why Romney lost."

Obama gave as good as he got in this election. The idea that only one side was negative is ludicrous and willfully blind.

But I have nothing against hard-hitting campaigning. One should make your case, and the case against your opponent, with vigor. That's not hate. It's the people who truly and devoutly believe that the other side is evil that leaves me cold.
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10:23 PM on 11/13/2012
I railed against the depiction of President Obama as Hitler, and a witch doctor. No one should make comparisons to Hitler in this day and age.

I am no fan of PM Harper . . . rest assured of that. However I cannot condone any characterization of the Canadian Prime Minister as Adolph Hitler.

Mr. Harper, for all his faults, does not deserve this comparison.
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09:32 AM on 11/14/2012
Yet, he himself makes these types of allegations about the opposition parties. In the frickin' House of Commons. Seems he is getting back what he himself dishes out... as far as I can see he opened this Pandora's box, when he apologizes, and changes the rules so parliamentarians can be sued for saying things like this, then I say, yes, it shouldn't happen.. the ball is in his court...
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Add In Canadia
Egotism is a weakness
10:07 PM on 11/13/2012
Reading the comments hurt my brain, but at the same time slightly fascinated by it. I say this because in the USA it's not too uncommon to hear the right-wing throw Nazi claims at the left-wing; yet here in Canada it's reversed in where the Nazi claims are being thrown from the left at the right.

I'm a fan of actual dialogue as opposed to rhetoric that heavily relies on false equivalencies without any actual context.

As opposed to the actual context of the whole Air Canada thing, this wouldn't be an issue if there wasn't monopoly on air routes in Canada that are exclusively held by Air Canada and it's partners. If Air Canada could strike it *would* cripple the country, and something like that has to be managed by the government. Personally I'm a fan of letting other airlines have access to the routes Air Canada does, which would probably mean Air Canada goes down in flames and all those union jobs go up with them.

Though of course why let details like that get in the way of calling Harper the next Hitler?
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cwebster
predominantly exasperated
11:09 AM on 11/14/2012
You gave me a giggle when you said that the right-wing calls the left Nazis. How ludicrous...since Nazism and fascism are far right philosophies.
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Egotism is a weakness
07:37 PM on 11/14/2012
Yet it's not too hard to find such examples.  Even within this article you have someone calling Harper a communist; so go figure that one out.
yer
Stop the Alberta Taliban
09:45 PM on 11/13/2012
Well, Harper does pass 12 / 14 in a checklist but while there is reason to be worried it will never make another H. Harper will be Harper, whatever that will come to mean. Look up Godwin's Law.
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10:37 PM on 11/13/2012
A vague and contrived check list with little relation to true fascism that almost any political party would score high on if the person doing the scoring was ill-disposed towards them.

It does not impress.
yer
Stop the Alberta Taliban
11:49 PM on 11/13/2012
I'm shocked, shocked that you would defend tyranny for a dollar.  BTW, how was the PMO luncheon? Foie gras again?  
09:43 PM on 11/13/2012
AD HITLERUM! FALLACY FALLACY FALLACY.

You're not helping, dude. Stop.
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teeleecee
I'm not who I think you think I am.
09:40 PM on 11/13/2012
What? Seriously, what? Is this for real? Fighting about who did what when who did nothing is so painfully clear, and so much more important. Stop the rhetoric. DO something!!! We deserve more than thought bubbles from our leaders.
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see-ellen2001
09:35 PM on 11/13/2012
I am a CUPE member...and am extremely offended by this ridiculous comparism. You can certainly criticize a person's policies without resorting to dramatic nonsense such as this.
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Adolf munk
11:41 PM on 11/13/2012
Indeed, when you get out the name "Hitler" it means you've lost the argument.
yer
Stop the Alberta Taliban
09:28 PM on 11/13/2012
Well, he's obviously frustrated by Harpergeddon, but this isn't helping anything. No one can be H and to compare anything to H is an immediate disconnection to real issues. (Godwin's Law). So that's true.

There is however a 14 point checklist to make sure you're not losing it. So, what are Harper's tendencies when you stop and think about it?

1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism ---> No. Canadians are not buying into 1812. We don't have enough history to buy into it, so we're safe there.

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights --> Check

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause --> Check, It's the Liberal's fault after all

4. Supremacy of the Military --> No. Another laugher. Try as they might it's still just Canada

5. Rampant Sexism --> I'd say no. Not possible in this day and age. Cabinet? Hard to say. CPC women cabinet ministers are scary but that's a whole opposite and weird issue.

6. Controlled Mass Media --> Check

7. Obsession with National Security --> Check

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined --> Work in progress. We have a cabinet position so that's leaning to Check.

9. Corporate Power is Protected --> Check/Cheque

10. Labor Power is Suppressed --> Check/Cheque

11. Disdain for Intellectuals and the Arts --> Check

12. Obsession with Crime and Punishment --> Check

13. Rampant Cronyism and Corruption --> Check

14. Fraudulent Elections --> Check. How about next one?
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01:52 AM on 11/14/2012
8. Religion and Government are Intertwined --> Work in progress. We have a cabinet position so that's leaning to Check.

52% of the harper caucus are evangelicals
yer
Stop the Alberta Taliban
02:17 AM on 11/14/2012
Ok.  I thought they were just stupid
09:21 PM on 11/13/2012
As much as I dislike unions, I won't stoop to painting all union members with this despicable brush.

CUPE leadership and Mulcair should condemn this kind of unseemly language immediately.
10:13 AM on 11/14/2012
What does Mulcair have to do with this?
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PAKALOLO
Hendrix deus est
09:10 PM on 11/13/2012
Business's attack on trade unions has only intensified since free trade came into effect. Lower the standard of living with wage cutbacks, pension clawbacks, and outsourcing of jobs, so that business can compete with the slave labour in third world countries. The Plutocrats bankroll these politicians so that their interests are taken care of. They are not paying for politicians to care for the interests of ordinary Canadians. If by pointing out the similarities between the Third Reich's methods and the Harper Conservative's policies causes them some discomfort, then who's fault is that?
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09:06 PM on 11/13/2012
Amazing that in Harper's world everyone should self-regulate except organized labour.
georgee2
My Canada Includes Everyone
09:06 PM on 11/13/2012
Harper is no Hitler for sure. That said he does seem to have a hard spot in his heart for labor unions.