It hardly took long. Mr. Harper does not take too much time to get to the business at hand. There is little warm-up or foreplay involved. He is an ideologue with an agenda and he only has four years to change this country into what he wants. And the country he wants is not particularly caring, nor safe, nor trusting, nor kind.
He started by taking public funding away from the political parties. He hardly wants a level playing field for politics. He can pander to rich and let the other political parties scrape for pennies.
He is already ensuring that environmentalists do not interfere with selling oil sands crude to the Americans. He is sending jobs to the Americans to build a vast pipeline to transport Canadian oil to the refineries in Texas.
He can now sweep the excesses of the G8 and G20 under the parliamentary rug of a majority government.
He can now restrict infrastructure support to ridings that voted for his party.
He can now pass his omnibus crime bill. The one that is a crime! He is not even allowing his own party time to digest it.
He is cheering on his friends at Sun Media who are trying to destroy the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Harper has been hoping to do that for years and did not have the nerve.
While Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission Chairman Konrad von Finckenstein has only tried a few times to show the Conservatives that the CRTC is supposed to be independent of politics, they have told him to get lost. There is expected to be a new Conservative lackey taking over the CRTC’s top job in January.
As a sop to his western farmer base that they will probably regret, Mr. Harper has told us he will be getting rid of the Wheat Board that has been doing such a good job for all Canadian farmers over the years.
Another sop to Canada’s red necks is Mr. Harper’s removal of long guns from the Canadian Firearms Registry. You might not have expected Mr. Harper to be working for the American’s National Rifle Association but by including the destruction of the long gun records, he is catering to their kind of ignorance.
By speeding up the passing of his current ideological bills, Mr. Harper is expected to prorogue Parliament as soon as possible and bring in a new Throne Speech. It should be full of goodies for happy Conservatives.
Copyright 2011 © Peter Lowry
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