Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Stephen Harper is incompetent"

So says Dan Gardner.

This government is comically bad... unless you're a Canadian with an ounce of sense, then it's just depressingly bad.

What else can be said about these guys? Gaff after gaff, rotten policy after rotten policy, and yet they continue to hold a plurality of the vote. I don't blame the media, I don't even blame the opposition. There's just something seriously wrong with Canadians.

16 comments:

  1. "There's just something seriously wrong with Canadians. "

    I used to think that when a few voted for Chretien...

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  2. Anon, as bad as the Chretien government was, the Harper government is much worse. I don't remember any Liberal Cabinet Minister admitting to lying like this. Please name one if I am mistaken.

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  3. @Anon 8:13 pm

    Chretien government may have done certain things people didn't like but they were far from the incompetent amateur hour that this country has had to endure under Harper.

    Comparing this government to literally ANY other in Canadian history I would state with confidence I could easily find the most outright dumb mistakes and policy decisions based contrary to advice under Harper's government. Second would be Mulroney. Now, the conservatives are well funded but rudderless and completely out of ideas (see: attack ads). This ^NOT what we expect from our government.

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  4. As was said above, there's a difference there. You can disagree with Chretien's policies, but there's just nothing to compare to the litany of objectively awful policy and institutional decay that Canada has suffered under these goons.

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  5. Really? Consider...

    The botched referendum was enough in itself.He nearly sleepwalked to the destruction of the country.

    The military was dismantled.

    The GST was supposed to be eliminated.

    The Free Trade Agreement was also supposed to be eliminated.

    The Adscam scandal to this day resonates in Quebec. The distrust in the nationl gov't in Que. is probably now a permanent fixture there.

    Downloading to the provinces led to a crisis in healthcare coast to coast. The Liberals under Martin even ran on a campaign to fix the problem.

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  6. I am considering... the stupidity of Harper who really believed in the fall of 2008 that only the election of Dion could lead Canada into a deficit - or was Harper lying and treating us like children? "

    Also considering the 'dismantling' of the Canadian army. I thought there was still an army when Harper took office. I guess I'm dumb - but not as dumb as Harper who in the fall of 2008 couldn't even see a recession coming...

    Indeed Chr├ętien didn't remove the GST as promised. He did balance the books however. Conservatives will forever prefer government deficits over balanced books, as we are now witnessing once again.

    The distrust of the Quebec provincial government, especially with former Tory minister Charest at the helm, is much greater that what we saw during the Gomery inquiry, but that's only my opinion.

    The downloading on provinces always gets me wondering - why then do provinces bicker about the federal government's forays into areas of provincial jurisdiction?

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  7. Pathetic. Your examples of bad policy are campaign promises that the Liberals revisited and realised would be bad for the country? What planet are you on? There's nothing noble about keeping a stupid promise. I'm sure your children will echo that thought a few decades from now when they're still paying off Harper's "justice" policies and ill advised tax cuts.

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  8. Even Liberals wanted rid of Chretien.

    There are of course other examples.

    The Kyoto accord was a fraud. Chretien promised a 6% reduction solely because the Americans promised 5%. There was no plan.

    There was never a "childcare/ daycare" plan created even though after 11 years of majority some Liberals still support it.

    The EI Kitty was raided.

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  9. The Kyoto accord was a fraud

    Not so much a fraud as the Chretien government just ignored it (just like Harper) and never put any teeth into any domestic carbon reduction legislation ...for fear of hurting Alberta's oil economy. The Grits did learn something after the NEP.

    There was never a "childcare/ daycare" plan created even though after 11 years of majority some Liberals still support it.

    Incorrect. It took almost 13 years, but Paul Martin had a $4 billion childcare program created based on the existing Quebec model. This went 'bye-bye' (along with the Kelowna Accord) after Layton & the NDP voted non-confidence with Harper in the late fall of 2005.

    Keep in mind this is being written by a PC supporter from those times. I didn't like Chretien much at all, but he's a friggin' pillar of integrity to Harper.

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  10. Oops, last bit should read:

    he's a friggin' pillar of integrity compared to Harper.

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  11. Well at least anon's comments shed some light on the inner workings of the Conservative brain. Can't grasp the idea of bad policy and rotten management, just reverts back to tired talking points that have nothing to do with anything.

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  12. There is a reason why the Libs are down at 25-28% nationally.


    Part of it is a denial on the Libs part to admit when they screwed up.It is always someone elses fault.

    Did it ever occur to you that there isn't something seriously wrong with Canadians but rather here is something seriously wrong with you?

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  13. Did it ever occur to you that there isn't something seriously wrong with Canadians but rather here is something seriously wrong with you?

    No, I'm pretty sure it's you. You are in the minority after all.

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  14. WTF
    It is called democracy;

    It is either breathtaking arrogance or ignorance that you cannot accept the will of the people.

    There is a place called Cuba you might enjoy.
    Sunshine, cheap booze and no elections.

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  15. It is always someone elses fault. .

    I know Ignatieff should just go and admit that it was actually his fault for losing the UN seat.

    By the way, saying that late 2008 was a perfect buying oppourtunity is not an admission of that Harper tragically misread the economy and believed that mere corporate tax cuts was going to mitigate the effects of the economic crisis. But hey, it was a global crisis, there was nothing he could have done, as neoconservative partisans ironically pontificated at the time.

    It is either breathtaking arrogance or ignorance that you cannot accept the will of the people.

    Who summarily expressed their will for the Harper government by giving a second minority. Perhaps, it is more of a delusion to think you can take a voting bloc whose percentage was so low that they could not deliver Harper a majority against a weak leader, an entrenched incumbency, and an economic crisis and extrapolate it as representative of the 'will of the people' much less generalize to the point that features of that voting bloc is universal to all Canadians.

    You may have missed that underlying premise from Shiner's response, but that's okay, ham fisted appeals to 'democracy' as way of to deflect the obvious fallacy of numbers is always a good last resort.

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  16. There is a place called Cuba you might enjoy.

    Funny anon, because when one thinks of an autocratic 'strong man' when relating to Canadian politics; well Stephen Harper is the obvious image which emerges.

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