Stuff Harper Did

Someone sent me a link to Stuff Harper Did (another S word is used instead of Stuff). Here’s a random sample of something our Conservative Prime Minster of Canada, Stephen Harper, did:

In 2009, Harper appointed a Minister of Science who refused to say whether he believed in evolution. Harper then cut science research funding by $138 Million (while the US invested $2.75 Billion). Since 2007 Harper has forced scientists at Environment Canada to get permission to do interviews, often screening their answers. As a result media coverage of climate change science was reduced by 80%.

But he also cuddled with a kitten, so he’s not all bad.

I don’t plan to vote Conservative on May 2nd, and I doubt anyone willing to check out the above website was ever at risk of voting Conservative either. Even if the facts listed on the site were presented in a non-biased manner, I know people who don’t believe in evolution (for instance) and who would be more than pleased with a Minister of Science who thinks of a evolution as just a theory. It’s depressing. Here’s the current leader of Canada in one of his more finer moments:

I know plenty of people vote for Harper and the Conservatives. Harper is likely to get a majority on May 2nd. But I’m curious what convinces someone to vote for the Conservatives. I realize the last time the Liberals were in charge, it wasn’t much better. They made plenty of stupid moves by cutting funding to education and health care and screwed over thousands of people. They were not traditional social Liberals, and I didn’t like them. But Harper seems to act more like a dictator annoyed by the democratic process, and I’m afraid what he’ll do if he gets a majority. If anyone is voting for his party on May 2nd, I’d like to know why.

Survey Says I’m a Liberal

I did an online questionnaire from the CBC: Whose views are most like yours?

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It seems the Liberals are my party and I’m most likely never to vote for the Conservatives.

Locally, if I were to vote for the best person in my riding, I’d probably pick the Liberal candidate. I side more with the NDP, but our NDP candidate doesn’t seem mentally stable enough to be in a position of power.

In terms of the best down to earth party leader, I’d vote for Elizabeth May. The rest of them seem like a bunch of clowns, though if I had to choose one guy, the lesser of the evils I suppose, I’d go with Michael Ignatieff. He needs to work on his public persona, put the kibosh on that stupid grin, and he needs to answer his questions with less evasion, but he’s got to be better than Stephen Harper who may be good with money, but in every other area of politics is full of lies. Harper is not an honourable guy. I don’t believe a word he says about anything. If the Conservatives want to win a majority, they need to get rid of Harper. I’d like to get rid of all of them, though (except Elizabeth May), and inject some new blood into politics. None of the leaders of the major parties are inspiring.

What the hell is happening in Canada?

Perhaps some of our non-Canadian (and Canadian) readers are asking that question. Probably not, but in case you are, Neil McDonald from the CBC does a fine job of dumbing it down for everyone. I recommend reading the whole article, but here’s a taste:

A few weeks ago, we had an election in Canada, a couple of weeks before yours, actually. A political party known as the Conservatives won.

Well, sort of. They didn’t win in the sense that most of you understand winning. I’ll get to that in a second.

They also aren’t what most of you would consider conservative.

They support what you call socialized medicine, they believe in protecting a Canadian-controlled banking system, they believe in government as a vehicle for transferring wealth between regions, and they’ve actually muzzled party members who tried to make abortion a campaign issue.

In fact, instead of making his Sunday trip to church a photo opportunity, our Conservative leader refuses to discuss his faith in public. (Like many Americans, he’s an evangelical Christian).