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September 24, 2009

What Canada’s official Opposition Party says


DOES THE WATER TASTE THE SAME WITH THE CON LABEL? cause so far the Con water leaves a very bad taste in many people’s mouths 

Harper gives three times the infrastructure funding to his own BC – “We’ve lost confidence because money isn’t flowing and the government is punishing unemployed workers in non-Conservative ridings.” “Liberals supported an economic stimulus program to get urgent help to unemployed workers, not to see it used as a Conservative slush fund,” said Liberal Infrastructure Critic Gerard Kennedy

Conservative candidate admits his party engages in pork-barrel politics The Conservative candidate in the riding held by Liberal MP John McCallum has publicly confirmed that his party is engaging in pork-barrel politics by denying funding for an important medical program because the riding is not held by a Conservative. 

Harper Conservatives’ deal with US on air charters not a ‘trade … –   OTTAWA – The Harper Conservatives have misled Canadians into thinking that their deal with Washington on Canadian charter flights carrying sports teams within the U.S. was a big trade victory, Liberal Transport Critic Joe Volpe said. “The U.S. government has lifted its ban on Canadian charter flights flying sports teams to multiple cities within the U.S., but this exemption is only for NHL teams, only for Air Canada and only for the 2009-10 season,” said Mr. Volpe. “Mr. Harper had better explain why he is trying to fool Canadians. How on earth can this be considered a major trade breakthrough? There are dozens of Canadian sports teams and entertainers who are not covered by this agreement.”


20 things everyone should know about Stephen Harper and his Reform-Conservative government

Published on September 24, 2009

1. They rigged a self-serving and politicized infrastructure stimulus program so that most of the money could land in Conservative-held ridings, delaying projects so much that only 12% are in construction and creating jobs.

2. He called Canada “second-tier socialistic country” and a “Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term.”

3. They put Canada on track for a deficit before the recession hit and now holds the record of the largest deficit on record at 56 billion (and climbing).

4. They failed to plan for the H1N1 flu by delaying the order of the flu vaccine and sending body bags to remote communities instead.

5. They spent 5 times more on self-promotion than informing the public on how to protect themselves from H1N1?

6. In the past two months, he has twice failed to defend Canada’s healthcare system against outrageous attacks from ultra-right Conservatives n the United States.

7. He kept Ministers in his cabinet who called the medical isotope crisis they helped create “sexy” and made jokes about the listeriosis crisis.

8. He broke his promise not to raise taxes with a $13 billion EI payroll tax.

9. They pick and choose when to protect the rights of Canadian citizens at home and abroad.

10. He called women, minorities, the disabled, and gays and lesbians “left-wing fringe groups” and Canada’s independent judiciary “left-wing ideologues.”

11. He keeps a Minister in his cabinet who openly mused about putting 10-year-olds in jail.

12. He denied that the country was in a recession and failed to plan for it, and only agreed to provide economic stimulus after causing a constitutional crisis.

13. He said he doesn’t care if “Canada ends up as one national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement.”

14. He holds the record for unelected Senate appointments for a single year — 27, more than any Prime Minister in Canadian history – after saying he would never appoint Senators.

15. He has presided over the loss of nearly a half million high quality fulltime jobs since October, with no plan to replace them with the next generation of jobs.

16. He has pushed for amending the Canada Health Act to allow for-profit-pay-as-you-go Medicare in this country and abdicated any federal role in ensuring its guiding principles of public administration, comprehensiveness, universality, portability, and accessibility.

17. He said “There will be no special status, formally or informally, for Quebec or any other province.”

18. He pushed for further deregulation and less oversight over banks and financial institutions.

19. He has done nothing to address the hollowing out of corporate Canada due to a weakening in foreign takeover rules.

20. He bragged that he was opposed to government programs to eliminate child poverty and promote cultural identity.

The Conservatives are breaking federal government rules on advertising by trying to politicize the process, “This is a flagrant misuse of taxpayers’ money,” Ignatieff Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff charged.

Tory flyer suggests Liberals are anti-Semitic.  “It is the lowest that I have seen in all of my experience on Parliament Hill. … Nobody could have ever imagined that the Prime Minister of Canada and a Conservative party could stoop this low. It’s the worst of the worst,” Toronto Liberal MP Joe Volpe (Eglinton-Lawrence).  “This is totally misleading, it’s false … and it basically seeks to associate the Liberal party with anti-Semitism. This is shocking … this has no place in Canadian politics,”   Montreal Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, who is Jewish, said.–pm-s-jewish-pitch-hits-a-new-low-critics-say

“The Liberal party has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the state of Israel since 1948 and to assert otherwise is outrageous,” he said. “They’re sending this into ridings with Jewish communities, they’re sending it into ridings represented by MPs who happen to be Jewish and they’re making outrageous allegations about the party” Michael Ignatieff WHO  jumped all over a Tory flyer suggesting the Official Opposition is anti-Israel.  The two-page promotional piece chastises Ignatieff for past statements and links the Liberals to anti-Semitic positions. It also accuses the Liberals of participating in a United Nations anti-racism conference that degenerated into an anti-Israeli “hatefest” and being soft on Hezbollah and Hamas. The Conservatives also question Ignatieff’s support for Israel, referring to comments the Liberal leader made following the 2006 war in Lebanon accusing Israel of war crimes. Winnipeg South Centre MP Anita Neville, who is Jewish, said the flyer is a scurrilous misrepresentation of the facts. “I find it demeaning of a government and of a prime minister. It’s part of this ‘divide and conquer’, narrow-edged politics that he does,” said Neville.  “I’m offended by it personally and collectively on behalf of the Liberal party. It is full of blatant misinformation and lies.”
Another false Conservative diversionary smoke and mirror approach by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his thugs, who did not object to the Christians in Lebanon being murdered though by Israel. Pointing out rightfully Israel war crimes is not being anti Semitic too. Harper knows that many  Jews have supported the Liberals cause Liberals rightfully support the Jews right to exists.  I too cannot endorse separating any ethnic or religious group in order to leverage political support. Harper also is playing a dangerous game, the number of voting Muslims in Canada exceeds the number of Jews
A new page in Conservative narrow-casting has the Liberals crying foul.   Using the free-mail privileges of MPs, the Conservatives are sending out flyers to ridings with large Jewish communities, arguing they are committed to Canada’s Jewish Community and the Liberals are not.  The leaflets argue the Conservatives have done more to fight anti-Semitism abroad, fight terrorism and support Israel than the Liberals. It asks recipients, “Who is on the right track to represent and defend the values of Canada’s Jewish Community,” and to choose the answer from the names of the four major-party leaders.  So far, according to Liberals, they have been spotted in mailboxes in four opposition-held ridings, all of which have large Jewish populations: Montreal’s Outremont and Pierrefonds-Dollard ridings, and Toronto’s Eglinton-Lawrence, and Winnipeg South Centre. In political parlance, that’s called narrow-casting: aiming a message at one community or demographic, rather than the population art large. “I think it is the most scandalous and scurrilous misuse I’ve ever seen of parliamentary privilege and taxpayers’ dollars, to divide a community and to pit one community against another,” said Liberal Joe Volpe, the MP for Eglinton-Lawrence.  Labelling the Liberals, including Jewish MPs who have spent their careers fighting anti-Semitism like Irwin Cotler, as “willing participants” in anti-Semitism is outrageous, he said.  He noted that the leaflet says Liberals asked for Hezbollah to be de-listed as a terrorist organization when it was a former Liberal government that put the organization on the terror list; the fact that a Liberal MP “mused” that it might be de-listed does not make that the Liberal Party’s position, Mr. Volpe argued

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Conservatives breach public trust on job creation A comprehensive report by the Liberal opposition shows that major infrastructure stimulus programs intended to create jobs for the unemployed have been distorted into partisan vehicles to benefit Conservative Cabinet Ministers and Conservative MPs.

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper is using taxpayers’ money to reward Tory cronies with plum posts, Liberal MPs charged yesterday. The Tories unleashed “unparalleled patronage” by appointing 233 former Conservative MPs, campaign workers, failed candidates and donors in the past year, said Liberal MP Wayne Easter. Liberals say the recent Harper-appointees contributed more than $272,000 to Conservative coffers.  NDP and Tory officials pointed out members of Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff’s office also benefited from appointments, including diplomatic posts. yes but the hypocritical  Con kettle calling the pot black does not change the fact the kettle is immoral, liar, for it was elected on the basis that it would be a lot different over the Lieberals and not rather it’s twin..


How many real jobs now are being created by the Conservative Harper?


  OTTAWA–Liberal research suggests only 12 per cent of the $4 billion set aside for immediate job-creating infrastructure projects has actually flowed so far – a far cry from the Harper government’s claim that 80 per cent of its economic stimulus plan is being implemented. Gerard Kennedy, the Liberal infrastructure critic, says that means a maximum of 4,800 jobs has been created since the infrastructure stimulus fund was created in last January’s budget. And that barely makes a dent in the 5,800 jobs that have been lost each month since the budget. Even though the work on the projects is badly behind schedule, Kennedy said yesterday the government has ratcheted up its “propaganda” machine in the last few weeks to promote its efforts to battle the recession, including a $34 million advertising campaign. When he unveiled the stimulus fund in the budget, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he wanted to get money flowing within 120 days, in time to make the most of the summer construction season.  But Kennedy said as far as Liberals can figure out, “there was not a single job created” by Flaherty’s self-imposed deadline of May 28. And the number of jobs created since is a fraction of the 40,000 that were supposed to be generated. 

Liberal research also concluded the money has gone disproportionately to Conservative ridings. The average Conservative riding got 13 times as much money as the average opposition riding in British Columbia, 2.7 times as much in Quebec. In Ontario, Conservative ridings got 11 per cent more than opposition ridings.

But we already knew that Stephen Harper has been a spiteful, hateful, uncaring, unloving person who discriminates, shows false partiality.. all not the true behavior of a real, genuine, valid Christian too…  and any criticism that Canadians are being fleeced for Harper’s political self-aggrandizement is not without foundation… Even right-wing commentator Gerry Nicholls decried the campaign as “an abuse of tax dollars,” describing the ads as “clearly partisan, clearly Conservative propaganda” but  all Conservative SUPPORTED  Canadian media corporations  wish to thank taxpayers for the new $34 million in advertising revenues.

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The Conservatives were never really interested in job creating through infrastructure spending because it goes against their ideology. In their minds, it’s socialism. So it comes as no surprise that they haven’t done anything.  They are, however, not above buying votes. So what little money they’ve spent was to reward their supporters.  Once again, the Conservatives are the most hypocritical government in modern history. 



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