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CHIMO Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-29-11 02:50 PM
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Under this PM, the state is everywhere
What does the Grey Cup football game have to do with the Canadian military? Not much, you say. True enough. But chalk up another public-relations triumph for the governing Conservatives. They turned the opening ceremonies of our annual sports classic into a military glorification exercise.

For our part in the NATO Libya campaign, the Defence Minister took bows on the field. A Canadian flag was spread over 40 yards. Cannons boomed.

The blending of sport and the military, with the government as the marching band, is part of the new nationalism the Conservatives are trying to instill. It is another example of how the state, under Stephen Harpers governance, is becoming all-intrusive.

Conservatism, as defined by Ronald Reagan, was about getting government off the backs of the people. Conservatism, as practised by team Harper, is more akin to an Orwellian opposite. State controls are now at a highpoint in our modern history. There is every indication they will extend further.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/lawrence-m... /

Don't bother checking under your bed. Check your bed. (Ozone is not the Harper Government's fault.)
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glarius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-30-11 12:04 AM
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1. Harper is intent on remaking Canada to fit his model of what we should be.
Edited on Wed Nov-30-11 12:07 AM by glarius
It amazes me that no one from the Liberal or NDP party has ever pointed out to the Canadian people that Harper, before he was the Conservative leader, went on Fox TV and made fun of Canada. He called us a third rate socialist country, and proud of it...or words to that effect. He also apologized for us not joining in the war against Iraq.
Why didn't the Libs or NDP use this against him during the elections? I believe if Canadians had known these things he would not be Prime Minister today.

P.S...I don't believe he loves Canada all that much. I think it's just that he glories in power.
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