• Fun and games in Canadaland

     

    The Canadian political scene has not been so entertaining since the riotous times of Stockwell Day, young-earth creationist and Leader of the stockwell-day1Official Opposition, with his hilarious photo-op on Lake Okanagan some years back.   But how innocent all that seems in retrospect.

    Now we have a rolling series of corruption-at-the-top playlets:

    • Several senators who show mysteriously less aptitude for filing expense claims than the rest of us are expected to show when filing our taxes;
    • Prime Minister Harper’s ex-right-hand-man, selfless benefactor of one of these poverty-stricken senators, and now under criminal investigation by the RCMP;
    • The mayor of Toronto, who may or may not have been videotaped smoking crack cocaine; and
    • The anti-corruption mayor of Montreal (ex-mayor as of a few hours ago), arrested today on charges of – er – corruption.  Also conspiracy, fraud, breach of trust, and such.

    Well, we all enjoy a good scandal.  I only wish these were the most egregious things happening in Canadian politics – less enjoyable are ongoing machete-chops at crucial Canadian institutions: the muzzling of Canadian scientists, the dismantling of research stations and social programs, the evisceration of cultural bodies and the CBC…no, these are not funny at all.  It almost makes me nostalgic for Stockwell “Flintstone” Day and his stupid seadoo.

    Category: Light Relief

    Article by: Rebecca Bradley

    3 comments

    1. And Stephen Harper belongs to the Christian and Missionary Alliance which is Dominionist sect which believes we are in the “end times” and Jesus will return soon and clean up all
      the mess. This helps explain Harpo’s inaction on climate change/global warming. And, he’s got two more years left in his mandate so heaven knows how much more damage—irreparable damage– he can do. Canadian yearn for a change but we can only grit our teeth and sigh.

      1. I feel like I’m watching a gang going wild with crowbars. And without proportional representation or some kind of cooperation among the other parties, the dismantling may not end in two years, either. Not a happy prospect.

        1. Good phrase; “I feel like I’m watching a gang going wild with crowbars.” Sorry, I saw the headline and made my comment without reading your profile, so you know exactly what’s going on here. I can’t get over how many people out there have no idea what’s going on in Canada and it’s not just Americans but Brits, too. I can’t
          remember the context but I left a comment about Harper and Dominionism on
          Jonathon’s blog, Tippling Philosopher, and he had no idea and was astounded by what I said and he’s an educated man. I’m a freelancer and I thought …hmmm.. maybe I’ll send a pitch to The Guardian and if published it would enhance my resume or clip file. Anyway, take care.

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