Harper Derangement Syndrome

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When you see a picture of Stephen Harper, does your blood boil?  Do you become irrational and full of outright hatred?  Do you see George Bush?  Do you see the devil?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you are suffering from Harper Derangement Syndrome (HDS).

Be careful, HDS is contagious.  The contagion typically manifests in low-information voters and is primarily spread through mainstream media.

It never ceases to amaze me when I hear accusations such as, “Harper is a dictator”, “Harper is taking away our rights”, “Harper has a secret agenda”, or “Harper censors scientists and burns books”.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Let’s deal with the first accusation; “Harper is a dictator”.  It’s ironic that the left and anti-Harper groups should choose to make this accusation.  When one evaluates each political party’s platform on ideological grounds, the proof is in the pudding: The Conservative agenda would see provinces with a greater degree of autonomy, lower taxes for all Canadians and smaller government.  Ending the long form census, ending the long-gun registry and streamlining many government services is proof that the Harper Conservatives value smaller government; less government intrusion into our lives.

The Harper Conservatives also increased the number of electoral districts, or ridings, from 308 to 338.  The Constitution of Canada requires that federal electoral districts be reviewed after each decennial (10-year) census to reflect changes and movements in Canada’s population. The federal redistribution process began in February 2012. A representation order describing and naming Canada’s future electoral districts was completed in October 2013. The new electoral districts will be applied in the first general election called after May 1, 2014 (read more on that here).

If Harper was a dictator, why would he make it harder for his own party to win a majority?  Because he is not a dictator, he is the elected Prime Minister of Canada following the rules of the Canadian Constitution.  If Harper was a dictator, one would think that he’d be increasing government bureaucracy and government regulations; he has not done that.  He did the opposite.

Tom Mulcair, leader of Canada’s No Development Party (*ahem, excuse me), leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party is a more suiting example for the title of dictator.  Think about it, the NDP would see a more centralized approach to government.  That is the socialist mantra; bigger government, higher taxes and a more centralized approach to government.

“Harper is taking away our rights”; another laughable idiotic claim.  Bill C-24, also known as the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, Bill C-51, also known as Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act aim to protect Canadians.  All C-51 does is modernize and streamline information sharing between various Canadian security agencies for the digital age.  It should be noted that Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party voted in favour of Bill C-51.

The Fair Elections Act simply requires us to show ID before casting a ballot.  I have to show my ID before I can buy a six pack of beer, why is it so unreasonable to ask for ID before casting a ballot?  Answer; it’s not unreasonable.

Nothing the Harper Conservatives has done takes away any of our rights.  The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is alive and well in this great country of ours.

“Harper has a secret agenda”; this accusation, hands down, is my favourite one.  After a decade in power, majority governments, if the Harper Conservatives had a secret agenda, it would have already been apparent.  Instead, the only agenda the Conservatives seem to be focused on is lowering Canadians’ tax burden and homeland security.  How either of those two points qualifies as a secret agenda is beyond me.  The Conservatives have been open, upfront and honest about the direction they wish to take Canada.

“But but but Harper is Americanizing Canada!!”  Say what?  Harper’s secret agenda is to turn Canada into some American equivalent?  I think not.  Almost a decade of Harper at the helm and Canada is still no America.

“Harper censors scientists and burns books”; I’ve already covered this one (read here).  “The Conservative Government is not “muzzling” scientists. What the government is saying is that the scientist can’t just go out and release information on their own; it must be sent through the proper channels. One could only imagine the outcry if a government scientist released a finding that caused wide spread panic, only to be proven wrong shortly after. The ensuing public outrage would be enough to destroy any regime, regardless of political stripe. Take for example, if you work for a private company, would that company allow you to speak on their behalf to media? Many companies, both private and public, have policies in place that disallow the employee to speak directly to media; scientists are federal employees.”

I was out for a drive around my riding earlier this morning and saw a sign that read, “The Harper Man” along with hashtag #HeaveSteve.  The sign is meant to put the phrase “The Harper Man” in a negative light.  But you know what?  I say Harper is the man.  Hashtag #VoteCPC.

If the electorate knows what is good for them and the country, and gets out to vote, then we can count on four more years of strong and stable leadership from a proven party and proven leader.

The mainstream media decided that they didn’t like Harper from Day 1.  The bias spewed by our state broadcaster, the CBC and Canada’s largest newspaper, “The Toronto Star” is the driving force behind much of the anti-Harper sentiments expressed by the public at large.  And that bias is the root cause of HDS.

I implore each and every one of you to always look at more than one source to learn the truth.  In many cases, it is as simple as following the money.  Don’t buy in to all the crap you hear or read; the Harper Derangement Syndrome is strong.  If you suffer from HDS, please consult a doctor, because there is something wrong with you.

My proof?  A decade of Conservative rule under Harper and Canada is still Canada.  We lead the G-7 in economic stability, job creation and have earned the respect of many countries around the world.

Stay the course Canada.  Vote for principled leadership, vote for the economist, vote for a strong Canada.  Vote Conservative.

And that is Kevin’s Common Sense.

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67 Responses to Harper Derangement Syndrome

  1. dundubh says:

    Finally a sensible comment with truth in it.

  2. Lou Guertin says:

    I agree with EVERYTHING save one: The proof of the pudding is in the eating; not the pudding itself (well that feels better). Otherwise, keep up the great work.

  3. Eileen McRae says:

    Love the way you “dismembered” each argument point by point! Mr. Harper does NOT torture or eat kittens; he adopts them!

    • John says:

      Hmmm, then why for the first time in Canadian history, did our best scientists protest on Parliament Hill because of the gag orders. Censorship methinks….

      • Dennis Vestby says:

        Step a little bit out of the Cave so your nose gets Oxygen Canadians are sucking back to much pot. Wake up Canadien voters. Steven may not be the best but he is towering above all the rest that Canada is offering. I mean a giant period.

    • Robert says:

      Harper haters are gonna hate hate hate.

      I’ve seen it many news article that disprove the accusations and the typical responses are
      uneducated
      brainwashed zombie
      don’t know what’s good for you
      Nazi supporter
      drug induced delusional dream
      Israel pawn
      destroyer of freedoms and rights

      But when 99% of the people posting those comments.. never provide any proof or evidence to back up their accusations against Harper or Harper supporters.

      I’ve seen some people just copy and paste the same comment over and over and over and over on every single article they post on

    • Adolph says:

      couldn’t have said it better myself.

  4. Lissa says:

    Simply brilliant piece! I deal with the LIV all the time. Not one can pinpoint why they hate Harper but they just do. I’ve seen the “vote for anyone but Harper” posts and asked if they realize how ignorant and dangerous that statement is. How about the Communist Party – they’re not Tories!

    People will not read my posting of this article – at least, not the ones who should.

    But those with brains and thoughts of their own are guaranteed to love this piece as much as I do.

    Thank you for your common sense!

    #VoteCPC!!

  5. Graham Fletcher says:

    The Conservative MPs are free vote MPs – the Liberals and the NDP tend to “whip” their members voting ie; they must follow the Party Leader’s line. That is a huge difference between the Conservatives and the other two. One can certainly make the case that the Opposition Parties are the dictators – a free vote in Parliament is the opposite of this. Harper is a strong leader, but no dictator. I want a strong, intelligent leader of my country. Could give a damn whether I like him or her. I can say though that having met Mr. Harper a couple of times – once in his office – the sense I get from him is an overarching sense of decency. You just don’t expect to ever find him cheating on his taxes, his wife, his Party. First class guy. The HDS truly emanates from people who don’t know him or ever talked to him at length.

    • Leo says:

      Just ask the MP from NDP party who voted with Government on Disbanding Gun Registry as they Falsely claim they have free votes /Mohair kicked him out is now In depended he Represented his voters wishes not Mohair’s /Now Just a kid Liberal leader told his Liberal Candidates he would not sign their Nomination Papers if they were Pro Choice that’s Dictator as much as the Commie Mohair .

    • Dan says:

      Especially true on the issue of Abortion…both Mulcair and Trudeau have publicly stated that their MP’s must be pro-choice(pro-murder) as it’s the party line. In theory then…how could anyone who believes in the sanctity of life vote for either Orange or Red? I don’t get how anyone could be that inconsistent? Talk about whipping your MP’s and electorate.

    • candidx says:

      Conservative MPs have literally been fired because they did not vote with their party – read Bill Casey’s story: http://www.ctvnews.ca/tories-mocked-for-firing-mp-over-budget-vote-1.243999.

      I could go on to explain to all of you partisan conservatives the myriad of things that are false in this article but non of you will take the time to think critically about fearlessly democratic greater leader who hired a racist Australian campaign manager midway through this election and refuses to take any follow up questions about issues he doesn’t want to talk about.

  6. Michael Resch says:

    First of all, your nasty, off-handed compliment about Thomas Mulcair instantly branded you, not as a rational, fair-minded individual, but rather as a Conservative shill disguised as Joe Everyone. Secondly, as a (likely paid) cheerleader for team Harper, you have conveniently cherry-picked your way through this piece, in an awkward attempt to paint Steve as just a nice guy tryin’ to do
    good (sure, Stephen Harper is the only prime minister in history that has been found in contempt of Parliament, but it was just a simple misunderstanding folks, really!). You are bang on about a contagion affecting low information voters (your elitist viewpoint is showing, pal). However, that contagion is in reality the divisive, red-herring political ploys the Harper Conservatives are infecting this election with (hello niqab!), with their win-at-any-cost mindset. There are plenty of reasons to dislike the man, his ideology, his politics, and his judgement of the people he entrusts high government positions to (hello Mike Duffy, Nigel Wright, Dean del Mastro, et al), but the facts of his assault on the democratic process in Canada ( for a guy who claimed to detest omnibus bills, Steve, you sure rammed some mighty big ones through paliament), and the concentration of power into the PMO are too well documented to be a construct of our low-info imaginations. Just using my own common sense, Kevin.
    Cheers.

    • Raymond Bey says:

      Yes,Harper has made some poor choices to sit in the Senate,but has any other leader never made any mistakes?Jesus even chose Judas Iscariot for his inner 12 Apostles.When Mulcair applied for a role in the Conservative party,Harper was shrewed enough to not hire him.Your dislike of the man is a reflection of your values,but he is the only Leader who has a degree in Economics,which is more fitting than Trudeau,taught “acting”;Mulcair,degree in law,but hasn’t managed his own financial affairs all that well.Started out with a $50,000. mortgage on his house,now it’s at $300,000.,and now owes the Federal gov’t, over $500,000. for inappropriate use of expense allowance,and the Committee that found those expenses to be unlawful were 2 of his colleagues in the NDP,who agreed that money should be repaid.Also,Mulcair admitted he received an unmarked envelope stuffed with money in 1994,and it was confirmed and reported in La Press in 2011 that he knew it was an attempt of bribery,but never reported it as a crime.So,it seems your “common sense” judgement is sadly lacking,but you’re free to demonstrate that you are really a poor judge of character..

    • Graham Fletcher says:

      Hey Mikey – you’re a prime example of HDS – over the top vitriol is never pretty. I disagree with everything you said, but let’s use one example why. It is true that Mr. Harper was found “in contempt” of Parliament, BUT by the completely partisan Duceppe, Dion and Layton who, in a triumvirate of excess power grab, tried to take over the government in a naked coup. A guy who hates Canada, a guy who speaks only one of the official languages, and a rabid, always living-off-the-taxpayer socialist getting together to conveniently find “contempt”. Hardly a “clean hands” group, working in the best interests of Canada. That is who you tout for finding Parliamentary contempt. Get real.
      The rest of your diatribe is of similar twisted perspective, but I haven’t the time.

    • Brian says:

      I love when NDPers point to Mike Duffy. He inappropriately spent tax payer dollars to the tune of $60000. Then, when he was found to be wrong, PAID IT BACK. NDP was found to have inappropriately spent almost $4000000. Mulcair’s response is to have the Canadian government take him to court.

    • Bill says:

      Guess you and yours are the only ones allowed to have an opinion, Michael. So very democratic of you.

    • Desiree says:

      YES!

  7. Larry Brandt says:

    Great work Kevin!

  8. Craig Gerhart says:

    love to hear your reply to Michael Resch comment.
    I enjoyed reading you message.

  9. adatechnos says:

    excellent work….

  10. Bob says:

    Agriculture is still reeling from the end of the W/B as we knew it. Despite the fact farmers always elected pro supporters. He went behind everyones back and enacted legislation so he could end the Wheat Board. His way, no way.

  11. B says:

    Is it that you couldn’t write an article that explains Harper’s successes without attacking other parties, or that you just prefer to also sound brainwashed? Why not post an unbiased article if you want to educate people? If you post an article talking about positive things Harper has done with reliable sources/quotations, that doesn’t attack other parties or make equally unsophisticated claims, then people might take it seriously.

    cheers

  12. Larry says:

    The wheat board had too much control AND wasn’t doing its job anymore same as many Unions ,
    and the same as most marketing boards . One will likely never find a perfect government on this planet for various reasons so we need to choose the best of what we have NOW and that would be our current Primeminister who had the guts to stand up to Putin in the Ukeraine takeover attempt . Putin is a bully and we need a strong leader to stand up to the likes of him ! I for one cannot see either Mulcair or Trudeau standing up to a scoundrel like Putin . One truly does have to wonder about this apparent hatred of our Prime Minister is it because he won’t be pushed around or simply because he’s the leader of a right-wing party ? Don’t forget about the money boys behind the scenes that are pulling the strings regardless of what party it is . I strongly beleive that for a true democracy to truly work , people NEED to be properly educated . So many issues what do any of us really know about solving any of them and why aren’t these apparent wise ones running in the election ? It’s proven over and over that when the opposition gets into power It’s not as rosey as they thought and before long THEY will be under fire !

  13. Cheryl Panisiak says:

    While I found this interesting reading, you lost me when you started name calling. No Development Party…sorry? Doesn’t cut it. And your use of the word idiot is demeaning to a person like myself who is trying to figure out who to vote for and wade through all the mixed messages. Don’t call me names and don’t call other parties names or joke about someone being, “Just not ready.” It’s childish and I tend to turn away from the kind of stuff. If this party didn’t think a lot of us were stupid, they’d be further ahead!

    • Rick says:

      If you get lost that quickly and easily, please tell me you are single and will not be reproducing…

    • Well said Cheryl. This childish name calling is not how reasonable people go about their business. Resorting to this type of vitriol is small minded to say the least. Stick to the facts. As much as I admire much of what Harper has going on when addressing economic concerns, there is just too much else that he brings to politics that is inexcusable. Too long to list within this forum. The people have spoken. Enough of Harper.

  14. John says:

    No, I don’t suffer from “HDS”. However ever since Harper was in the ” Canadian Taxpayers Federation he has been an ideologue. He has had 6 deficits and fabricated a surplus this year by selling the GM shares this spring and short changing the Contingency Fund by 2 billion dollars. Bill 24 makes a minister, not any part of the legal system, able to revoke citizenship. Bill 51 lacks oversight, this according to The Economist magazine. (March 15, 2015). Also in general CPC candidates sound very scripted. A website of interest is “Whynotharper.ca”

    • Robert says:

      *He has had 6 deficits *

      And what would you have done during a Global recession and the years of recovery after?

      Mulcair and Trudeau both criticized at the start of the Recession for not spending enough and not doing enough for the economy. Now they criticize him for what he did and the deficits because of it.

      Name 1 country that didn’t run multiple deficits cause of the recession. Some of which are still running deficits or seeking bankruptcy protection

  15. Bob says:

    You obviously aren’t a grain producer. The W/B was doing it’s job but the multi national grain companies didn’t like the lack of control they had over wheat sales. Much better to have the Americans, Saudi’s and Swiss in control. They loss of the W/B was snuck in by the Harper government to please them.

  16. Bill says:

    As a wheat farmer, i not only supported the actions of Harper in this regard but applaud them! I now have control of what I produce not a group of unaccountable bureaucratic fools.

    • D says:

      Yes, now you have the option of a group of unaccountable shareholders seeking to maximize profit or a brutal Islamic dictatorship that is the source of all radical Islam.
      Just the fact that Harper blocked a group of farmers bidding to buy the CWB, only to sell it to Saudi for 90 cents on the dollar should have everyone outraged!

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  18. Peter (Lock City) says:

    Steer her straight Prime Minister. Steady as she goes.

  19. Cameron says:

    You’re a FUCKING IDIOT.

  20. Bill Nicoll says:

    Don’t bash all. There are a lot of good things about all the opposition and if you look hard enough you will find something good about Stephen

  21. barbra major says:

    yep you are all brainwashed an need mental health assessments right away

    • Robert says:

      Typical harper hater responses

      of name calling, swearing and/or insults of how those who support harper don’t know anything/have mental health issues

  22. D says:

    Funny, I just think of all the proven to be terrible policies he has implemented – because I read more of them than Conservative MPs do (based on the ones I’ve talked to who just mindlessly repeat PMO issued talking points). They are policies proven to massively shift the wealth of the working class to the top 1%. His emotional ideology trumps facts and reasons.
    Here is an article by a former World Bank head (not exactly a treehugging hippy), on the results of this disastrous ideology:
    http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105

    We have 35 years of evidence that shows us this funneling up of wealth, not by hard work or ingenuity, but by gov’t policy. It is the same thing they say will happen with Social Programs, except the evidence show us the exact opposite is true.

    This is logical, when all children are healthy and well educated, then the ones who work hard and create innovation get ahead. Harper’s policies will make it so your success is dependent on your parents’ wealth, like in the US.

    Here is just one of the many reports proving, again, that Harper is emotionally following a proven to be failed ideology:
    http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Reports/2008/2/economic%20mobility%20sawhill/02_economic_mobility_sawhill_ch3.PDF

  23. are you sure says:

    This is honestly and truly amazing….. You are congratulating the prime minister for FOLLOWING THE CONSTITUTION………… literally….. the most basic……. of requirements of a PM. Ah yes. Harper. The Leader We Need 🙂

    I wanted to play this as a very minimalist response because these arguments aren’t at all worthy of proper rebuttal, but I legitimately burn with the need to readdress your americanization claim. Harper? Becoming more like America? No! If this was his goal we would actually and literally BE America 🙂 I mean like….nice try.

  24. Chris says:

    And the people that wrote the article are complete idiots

  25. A picture says a thousand words. The sardonic smile on the PM’s face suggests either a used-car salesman or a lounge lizard. Change the pic to show one of a friendly head of state,

  26. Bob says:

    The waiter of this blog is as delusional as Harper. Keep drinking the kool-aid Kevin.

    • hippydiva says:

      My feelings about this “article”:
      I definitely have HDS, but I’m not far “left” and was actually an avid Harper and Conservative supporter, and voted for him in the last 3 elections. Fortunately, my eyes have been opened, and entirely on my own… I was just as shocked to learn that my mom, a die-hard Conservative, who argued for going to war in Iraq, believes Obama is in the Muslim brotherhood, and has volunteered for the Conservative party since I can remember, is not voting for Harper in this election, either. A few things started to just not sit right with me, so I really delved into getting facts and information and am very frustrated and disappointed with what he has done with his majority. He had such an amazing opportunity to do some great things without any opposition. But I have to say this this blog post is in the top 10 worst pieces I’ve ever read, if he is actually pro-Harper… but not so bad, if he actually has the “HDS Syndrome” he coined. His arguments are totally without any quality information backing them, and he is throwing out his beliefs as fact, basically saying things like “The anti-Harper left thinks Harper is a dictator, but how can he be a dictator when he increased the number of ridings, and a dictator wouldn’t have done that because it decreased his chances of winning.”. What a complete asinine theory, without providing the “why” this is truth or information backing up this theory (i.e. Because only 10 of the 30 ridings are traditionally , insert citation stating why this is truth) But, it’s actually a total fallacy, pulled out of this guy’s butt and written in a blog, so he obviously knows what he’s talking about. Knowing Harper, I know that every move he makes is very calculated to increase his chances of getting not just re-elected, but his utopia, majority, including pulling voting rights from expats, giving Christian Syrian and Iraq refugees priority over Muslims, etc… And adding 30 new electoral ridings can now safely and accurately be added to that list: “If everyone who voted in the 2011 election cast their ballots for the same political parties in 2015, the Conservatives would pick up 22 of the 30 seats that are being added in a riding redistribution, Elections Canada calculations show.

      Those calculations indicate that, no matter how the parties are doing in the polls, Prime Minister Stephen Harper may be starting the next campaign with an electoral advantage. The Official Opposition NDP would pick up six ridings and the Liberals two.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/tories-will-benefit-big-from-2015s-new-electoral-map-elections-canada-data-shows/article16630731/?service=mobile

      His argument for why it’s good that Harper has silenced scientists, etc… is the best out of all of them. He says, “The Conservative Government is not “muzzling” scientists. What the government is saying is that the scientist can’t just go out and release information on their own; it must be sent through the proper channels. One could only imagine the outcry if a government scientist released a finding that caused wide spread panic, only to be proven wrong shortly after. ” Wow, spot on! I couldn’t agree more! What if, say, someone were to come out against the government and state the earth is actually round, not flat. We just can’t have information like this getting out to “the people”! It’s censoring information… and it’s what China dies, North Korea, Cuba… I don’t know about you, but I’d rather li in a free country without a government that tells me what I can or cannot wear, and doesn’t censor information (either by scientists or screening what questions they can be asked, an how many questions, or try to stifle protests, etc…). Sorry! But this article really pv’d me off… kinda like when Harper says “Trudeau is bad because he will accumulate $10billion in deficits” which would be fine if the Cons hadn’t taken the surplus left by the previous Liberals and add $150billion to it. It’s deceitful!

      • Joshuacanada says:

        Wow, hippydiva, I didn’t know half of the points you just brought up. I didn’t know the Christians in Iraq and Syria were being given preferential treatment when making asylum claims to Canada. I doubt that this is true, and typical of the Liberal/NDP smear that has been going on this election, but if it was, it makes more sense to me that they are being expedited from countries in which they are actively being hunted down and executed. I think your point is an outright lie, but if it is proven to be true, I fully support bringing in people with real reasons to leave this area, in which there is a holy war against Christians and they are truly deserving of asylum, rather than the economic asylum seekers which are the vast majority of the asylum seekers.

        I support the redistribution of the ridings because prior to this election, a Prime Minister was elected with support primarily from the have not provinces and either 1 of Quebec or Ontario. The Western Provinces make up 1/3rd of the population but didn’t have equal representation in Parliament. Now any party looking to make a push for a majority must have the interests of the resource rich west 3/10 , while still supporting the manufacturing/business sector in Ontario 4/10, Quebec culture and resources 2/10 and the other unique interests of the other have not provinces / territories 1/10. It was a disgrace to have an official opposition party representing separation from Canada, because they had unfair distribution of votes based on population.

        As far as a scientist or an unproven study being released prior to it being verified by an independent party, doesn’t that make more sense than relying on scientifically biased data being released prior to be verified. The sky is falling, from chicken little, has been told to us for 50 some odd years by scientists, who are coming up with newer and newer ways the world is gonna end. Based on all the wild theories which have been told to us, we should already be dead by now thousands of times over. I wish they could do the same with radical religious types.

        I don’t blame the federal conservatives for the worldwide recession situations, which caused budget deficits for the first 6 years. They are finally bringing us thru to a budget surplus when most other nations have either bankrupted or still struggle with deficits in a weakened world economy, all this while lowering taxes and building needed infrastructure. Blame Harper for all of this, No. Thank Harper for steering us well thru stormy waters, more likely.

  27. Marie S Pitre says:

    Hope harper will do more for seniors increase the old age pension

  28. Char Howse says:

    Yes I do suffer from HDS. One of the main reasons for my condition is that Steven Harper does not seem to be able to run a positive campaign. Surely with all his years as Prime minister he would have a substantial number of accomplishments to be proud of. Instead he raises immaterial issues such as the niqab that has Quebec in an uproar. He did this to erode the NDP support there. Does he want to alienate Quebec and bring up the separatist issue again? Canadians are supposed to be a free, multicultural society yet this issue would appear to make that statement less than accurate. Negativity breeds negativity and I for one am truly embarrassed that our Prime minister would sink to such a level for the sake of votes. Let’s not forget the number of scandals linked to his office. Although only one of his advisors is in jail there are still ongoing investigations. This is not the behavior of a responsible leader. As for an American style of governing, that is exactly the way he is leaning. Harper is moving towards a capitalistic style of government where the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class slowly disappears. In the US it was called Reganomics, I don’t know what we will call it here but I hope it can still be stopped. I’m still not sure who I will vote for but it won’t be Harper because he has done too many embarrassing things to deserve enough respect for me to vote for him.

    • Joshuacanada says:

      The smear campaign does not start and end in the conservative camp. This is the worst election in my memory, based on how disrespectful all the parties have been to the other parties. You bring up a good point about former PC members, who are criminals being held accountable for there actions. Don’t tell me you have forgotten about all the other political parties, there criminals and there actions. IMO politics breed criminals, but if you are labelling the conservatives solely you need to check yourself.

      The Niqab issue wasn’t brought up by the conservatives, but rather a response by Harper to a question by a reporter. He gave his opinion and it became a polerizing issue for this country. For the record, the majority of Canadians 85% agree with his position with regards to wearing masks to a citizenship ceremony. Thousands of Canadians are protesting this by wearing masks while voting, using non photo ID to cast ballots for who should run this country. If this doesn’t show you how dangerous this topic is, then I cant help you. The part he most objects to in this topic, is woman who are forced to wear these (whatever you want to call them they are masks) and are being oppressed by there own culture.

      You say rich poor and middle class, but something tells me you have no idea what it truly means to be poor in this world. Rich getting richer is no new story, as it has happened for centuries, what is a more recent development is the resentment of regular people towards the rich as they seem to feel some sense of entitlement towards the wealth they have amassed. People, even poor people have more social programs and can help themselves way more than they ever could in the past. Stop hating on the rich and go to work to earn your own share. This certainly is not one parties problem, even the NDP aren’t gonna steal from the rich to give to the poor

  29. Char Howse says:

    Char Howse says:
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    October 10, 2015 at 18:29
    Yes I do suffer from HDS. One of the main reasons for my condition is that Steven Harper does not seem to be able to run a positive campaign. Surely with all his years as Prime minister he would have a substantial number of accomplishments to be proud of. Instead he raises immaterial issues such as the niqab that has Quebec in an uproar. He did this to erode the NDP support there. Does he want to alienate Quebec and bring up the separatist issue again? Canadians are supposed to be a free, multicultural society yet this issue would appear to make that statement less than accurate. Negativity breeds negativity and I for one am truly embarrassed that our Prime minister would sink to such a level for the sake of votes. Let’s not forget the number of scandals linked to his office. Although only one of his advisors is in jail there are still ongoing investigations. This is not the behavior of a responsible leader. As for an American style of governing, that is exactly the way he is leaning. Harper is moving towards a capitalistic style of government where the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class slowly disappears. In the US it was called Reganomics, I don’t know what we will call it here but I hope it can still be stopped. I’m still not sure who I will vote for but it won’t be Harper because he has done too many embarrassing things to deserve enough respect for me to vote for him.
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  30. Char Howse says:

    Yes I do suffer from HDS. One of the main reasons for my condition is that Steven Harper does not seem to be able to run a positive campaign. Surely with all his years as Prime minister he would have a substantial number of accomplishments to be proud of. Instead he raises immaterial issues such as the niqab that has Quebec in an uproar. He did this to erode the NDP support there. Does he want to alienate Quebec and bring up the separatist issue again? Canadians are supposed to be a free, multicultural society yet this issue would appear to make that statement less than accurate. Negativity breeds negativity and I for one am truly embarrassed that our Prime minister would sink to such a level for the sake of votes. Let’s not forget the number of scandals linked to his office. Although only one of his advisors is in jail there are still ongoing investigations. This is not the behavior of a responsible leader. As for an American style of governing, that is exactly the way he is leaning. Harper is moving towards a capitalistic style of government where the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and the middle class slowly disappears. In the US it was called Reganomics, I don’t know what we will call it here but I hope it can still be stopped. I’m still not sure who I will vote for but it won’t be Harper because he has done too many embarrassing things to deserve enough respect for me to vote for him

  31. Erik says:

    Oh yes, Harper has been so great. Make sure you read this link. http://dont-be-a-fucking-idiot.ca/

  32. Adolph says:

    Steven Harper is well liked world wide, he is a true statesman.
    Don’t fix it if it’s not broken.

  33. Joel Brayman says:

    Good piece….all the vitriol and all the Harper bashing in the world still doesn’t change the fact that stable government and strong leadership have kept Canada the most admired country in the world 3 of the last 4 years – including this year. And oddly enough we Canadians are admired for the very things that anti-Harper enthusiasts point to as our problems. After conducting a study that surveyed more than 48,000 people across the G8 the authors (not biased…not Canadian…no agenda to promote) concluded:

    “We all love Canada because of several things,” Prado told CTV’s Canada AM on Wednesday. In particular, he praised Canada for its “effective government,” “absence of corruption,” “friendly and welcoming people” and welfare support system.

    http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-ranked-as-most-admired-country-in-the-world-report-1.2470040

    The study was much more detailed by that is the jist of it. From my perspective (and it’s just mine) the calibre of comments found on this blog by both those who support the government and those who oppose it…go a long way to demonstrating just how distorted some people can get. But hey, never let facts get in the way of your emotional beliefs…it’s much easier to just point your finger, swear or make some off-handed lude and non-sensical claim that has absolutely no basis of fact…

    Go vote…

  34. Annette Modien says:

    I’m not sure of many rules re: Computer but I wonder if I am permitted to re-post this HDS to my F.B. Page?

    Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 15:43:15 +0000 To: morningstar_324@hotmail.com

  35. Ulyses chu says:

    We are praying for prime minister Harper.

  36. Jesse says:

    I think Harper has done a decent job the past 10 years. My concern with him are his weaker environmental policies. We need to start making bigger changes quicker. We need a good economy, but we also need clean air to breathe and water to survive. Which is more important? Yes, Canada is a small % of the worlds population, but we need to take care of our home first.

  37. bubba says:

    You can have Stephen Harper, or Tweedle Dumb from the Liberals, or Tweedle dumber from the NDP

  38. David says:

    Why’d he cancel the long form census? Why did he shut down parliament twice when faced with an upcoming scandal? Why attempt things the Supreme Court of Canada deems illegal? Why cause division in Canada about religious garb that hardly anyone wears? Why get photo ops with Rob Ford? Why break the laws every election with robo calls, over spending, voter misdirection. Why air attack ads? Harper is a huge dick. I will be glad to see him go..

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  40. Shannon says:

    Harper was hated with good reason. He ran his caucus like a dictator, muzzled scientists, was caught in contempt of Parliament, and lied constantly. Suck it, losers.

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