Mr. Democracy

Alberta oil sands tailing pond

Harper says Turmel’s sovereigntist ties are ‘disappointing’ – – by Les Whittington

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

** Stephen Harper is taking aim at the NDP over interim leader Nycole Turmel’s links to the sovereignty movement, saying the loyalty of those who seek to run Canada cannot be in question. **

My online response to the above linked-to article follows:

** Canadians don’t need lessons about democracy, or Canadian unity, from Stephen the proroguer. He has ditched one of the few progressive measures Jean Chretien put in place, namely the funding of political parties via the (eventual) $1.95 per vote (from supporters to their parties only), without telling us this plan during the election that put him in power. ( He ignored the highest Canadian court’s order for him to seek Omar Khadr’s repatriation. And he thinks our anomalous bonkers first-past-the-post electoral system is just fine. It is – for mafia capitalists with connections. As James Laxer (at Rabble) points out, This sort of thing – having political views about doing business with separatists – is okay for Conservatives though, as it was for Richard Hatfield. And what was Harper’s Alberta firewall rhetoric, in which he dissed the rest of socialist Canada, all about? **

Don’t be fooled by this posturing folks. Our elites and their political tools love this distraction from important discussions, like those about what is being done to Canada by undemocratic, traitorous leaders like Stephen Harper. We need to be talking about putting rules in place that prevent special interests from hindering our transition from oil and fossil fuels to other forms of energy. We need to talk about the unbelievably destructive, mindless Alberta oil sands. (Then again, I look at the way everything is made from plastic and I can’t help wondering whether most capitalists simply see abandoning oil as absolutely impossible. Fine. What will you guys do when it’s gone? Idiots! Of course, Your cost cutting habits means you no longer know how to invest. Evidently, You’re admitting you no longer have any imagination, which would surprise me. I would think that you’re so far gone you can’t have that awareness.) We should be talking about Canadian sovereignty, utterly corroded by free trade agreements with a powerful superpower that does imperialism – country-jacking – that it tells us we have to go along with or else. Jack Layton’s support for ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Libya got him how far with the rightwingers? Of course, When you betray, such deeds are actually part of the job description. As your reputation with those who supported you before you betrayed them sinks, it, and your security, rises among the fascists.

Eschew the establishment’s horizontal – shallow, relatively unimportant – thinking. To the extent that you can’t stop them from babbling at you, you should respond to them with vertical thinking and language. That’s the least we can do. They want us to imitate them, while they are faking it. We can at least unsettle their smug minds by showing them that we see them as the fake democrats and professionals that they are. They are professional scam artists.

* “Federal political parties reveal how much self-interest motivates them in fight over their public funding — A democratic compromise is to cut per-vote funding in half” – by Duff Conacher (Democracy Watch)

* “We don’t need a lecture from Alberta ‘firewall’ Harper” by James Laxer

This looks interesting as well:

* “What in tar-nation?” by Gordon Laxer

The following is an excerpt from Gordon Laxer’s Rabble article, linked to above:

** I searched in vain for the sustainable strategy that would deliver national energy security by strategizing how to scale down fossil fuel use in this country so we get in step with the rest of the world as it moves to a low-carbon future.

Instead, I saw a strategy for what Canada’s first Conservative prime minister, John A. Macdonald, called Canadians’ colonial role as hewers of wood and drawers of water, dressed up as a national strategy.

The CCCE released a “Clean Growth” report last fall that seems to have set the premiers’ agenda. It calls for a bilateral accord with the U.S., a national approach to carbon-emissions pricing using the Alberta model, an “efficient” regulatory regime and branding Canada as a responsible environmental actor.

In plain English, the CCCE strategy is to deepen Canada’s commitment to export most of our energy to the U.S., adopt Alberta’s very low carbon price, gain much quicker approval for corporate megaprojects, and wash off Canada’s dirty oil label. **

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