Thursday, March 3, 2011

The Harper Government

Civil servants were informed that the Government of Canada no longer exists. It's the Harper Government please.

Not much to say about that is there?

8 comments:

  1. Next the 'HMCS' on our ships will be changed to mean 'Harper's Mighty Canadian Ship'. I'm sure the Queen will be OK with that, she's pretty busy with her corgis anyhow.

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  2. Is this name universally applicable for the federal government? The reason why I say this is because I really would like to see the reaction if we started to say things like the "The Harper Debt."

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  3. The reason why I say this is because I really would like to see the reaction if we started to say things like the "The Harper Debt."

    Heh, nice thought. Feschuk had a good tweet, we should start talking about ministers that way too, he suggested "Harper Tony Clement". That's a meme I can latch on to. Be interesting to see what happens with Harper Jason Kenney.

    BTW, a couple Godwin offences deleted. I actually have issues with Godwin's Law, I think history is important, but breaking it tends to change the focus of debate.

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  4. Remember that Laurier chap and Canada's Century? I guess this one is The Harper Century.

    Now I'm depressed.

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  5. "Remember that Laurier chap and Canada's Century? I guess this one is The Harper Century.

    Now I'm depressed."

    This too shall pass. Might take another 4-10 years, but it will pass.

    Think of the Harper government as a very stubborn kidney stone, the pain might be excruciating but the relief at the end will be heavenly. Well....

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  6. Oh, c'mon now. If you google "Harper Government" you will find almost ten million hits, a huge number of which are links to media, blogs and especially opposition party sites and articles that have faithfully and repeatedly used the term to add negative spin to every thing the government has done they wish to criticize. Here is just one example, but you all know you have seen so many others you don't even notice any more. Then, when after five years Stevie decides he can play the game too and we start hearing about things like the Harper Government's proclamation of Hug-A-Puppy-Day, we all turn into constructionalist constitutional snots. As one who still considers the correct term to be "Her Majesty's Government", I don't applaud this at all, but let's not pretend Harper started it.

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  7. C'mon Peter, surely there's a difference between popular shorthand for political actions and the PMO making it official. You might not give a fig about an independent bureaucracy, but don't act shocked if some of us do.

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  8. Peter, I'm wondering whether you would deny the significance of a change from Her Majesty's Government?

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