Ricinus - What's Your Take on This?

George KGeorge K Super ModeratorPosts: 9,156 Senior Member
THE prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, has called an election for Oct. 19, but he doesn’t want anyone to talk about it.

He has chosen not to participate in the traditional series of debates on national television, confronting his opponents in quieter, less public venues, like the scholarly Munk Debates and CPAC, Canada’s equivalent of CSPAN. His own campaign events were subject to gag orders until a public outcry forced him to rescind the forced silence of his supporters.

Mr. Harper’s campaign for re-election has so far been utterly consistent with the personality trait that has defined his tenure as prime minister: his peculiar hatred for sharing information.

Americans have traditionally looked to Canada as a liberal haven, with gun control, universal health care and good public education.

But the nine and half years of Mr. Harper’s tenure have seen the slow-motion erosion of that reputation for open, responsible government. His stance has been a know-nothing conservatism, applied broadly and effectively. He has consistently limited the capacity of the public to understand what its government is doing, cloaking himself and his Conservative Party in an entitled secrecy, and the country in ignorance...


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/16/opinion/sunday/the-closing-of-the-canadian-mind.html?hpw&rref=sunday-review&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well
Keep your stinkin' government hands off my Medicare.

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  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    Interesting take on the "Reign" of Stephen. It does tend to point out all of his failures and none of his successes. I agree with most of what was said, mostly about the gag orders and cloak of secrecy. As the article states, he controls Media access to himself and his candidates and this has been consistent through his tenure as PM. His party goes out of it's way to block dissenters through all kinds of dubious methods.

    He has called for an election campaign that is the longest since 1872 mainly to take advantage of the Conservative huge resources. The attack ads are coming fast and furious but being summer, I'm not sure the voters are really paying that much attention.

    His message is he is the only leader capable of leading the country out of recession (conveniently ignoring his party was in power when we went into recession).

    I'm am not a Stephen Harper fan, but his opposition are not offering a better choice at least at the moment.

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...
  • Shawn C.Shawn C. Senior Member Posts: 5,969 Senior Member
    ricinus wrote: »
    ...but being summer, I'm not sure the voters are really paying that much attention.

    Too busy ice-fishing?
  • ricinusricinus Senior Member Posts: 6,214 Senior Member
    Shawn C. wrote: »
    Too busy ice-fishing?

    Hah, skidooing..

    Mike
    My new goal in life is to become an Alter Kaker...

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