Archive for September, 2015
Stephen Harper has to GO! Please sing along in the chorus . . .
In 2011, I wrote a song called “Government of the Canadian People”, for the 2015 election, I have added visuals to support my lyrics.
Full list of links to the articles in the film and the creative commons attributions are listed on the page Vote Canada 2015 — click here
This video is less than four minutes long, so I could not cover all of the dirty details — Canadian voters please pay attention to these news items — I have made it easy for you to check my sources and these are all reliable publications that are mostly mainstream media.
If this video receives some support, I will try to find the time to make another with new lyrics and more emphasis on the economic failure that Harper has orchestrated for the country of Canada. Putting multi-national fossil fuel companies first in all of his decision making has hurt Canada badly as the price of these fuels drops and even more as the potential of Green Tech industry jobs languish.
Harper is trying to convince Canadians that he has done a good job with our economy, but in fact Canadians are falling behind in many significant areas. In this video, I cover the “balanced budget” fraud as significant amounts were transferred from Employment Insurance surplus payments, sold off assets and the contingency fund that is only supposed to be used in emergencies. Harper has left the cupboard bare for any incoming government as this fund has been steadily reduced and the deficit has actually climbed.
In addition, I wanted to point out Harper’s royal spending habits. Like Alberta’s former Premier, Conservative Allison Redford, nothing is too expensive for Harper to order for his benefit. I did not even mention the personal groomer and paid staff of documentary video and photography professionals who cover the Prime Minister’s every move at staged events and meetings. However, when the combined salary of the “spin doctors” working in federal communications rivals that of the House of Parliament itself — I think Canadians should pay attention. Flying the bulletproof limo and SUV to India, over-using Challenger jets for himself and to provide transportation to EU delegates who changed their schedules for a Harper photo-op were just too offensive to miss. He claims to be fiscally prudent, but a brief look shows the opposite is true.
In my research, I have uncovered evidence that under Harper large amounts of money have left the country, investment has stagnated and the tax burden has been shifted to those least able to afford it while letting multi-nationals and large corporations avoid paying their fair share.
Canada – Aid not Bombs
My main focus in this video is the appalling record in Foreign Affairs that is detailed in former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Joe Clark’s new book, How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change, that is not featured in the video. Instead, I chose to paint with news articles in broader strokes that people can follow up with their own reading of the links to sources provided. In my opinion, Canada is illegally bombing Syria and Iran and helping to create the flood of refugees that Harper refuses to assist. Instead of sending aid, Harper’s military posturing and photo opportunities have encouraged more suffering and casualties. We should be helping Syrians and Iranians within their own countries to lead safe and productive lives, not raining death on defenceless people from the sky.
Canada is traditionally a peacekeeping country that helps with aid, not bombs. We have lost our status in the world as a mediator and diplomatic leader and have turned into a bully. Does Harper really want Canada to become a target for terrorist groups? Bombing innocent civilians without UN sanction or approval is a great way to do that by seeding anger and hatred of Canada as an oppressor.
Harper is such a hypocrite that he tried to use John Lennon’s song for peace and coexistence, “Imagine” to gain political points as he was changing Canada’s role in Afghanistan from peacekeeping to active military force. Thank you Yoko Ono for removing the video from YouTube via copyright challenge, however a copy still exists on a Harper controlled website as I write this.
I hope this video will help Canadians make up their minds about Harper!
Unfortunately, I worry about the Conservatives cheating in this election because they have cheated in every election with Harper as leader. I mention “Ignore Robocalls” as part of my voting overview, but in my view it is very serious that Conservative supporters, employees and MP have been charged and in some cases convicted of fraud. See the-cheaters-on-harpers-watch for details. The wheels of justice turn slowly and there are still charges pending from the last election as we go into this one!
The changes to the Election Act will make it difficult for some people to vote, so please check your registration and valid ID.
We must be completely overwhelming so that the Conservatives are a very distant third in every case or they will try to steal the riding from the legitimate winner.
I will continue to write and produce more films. Please look at this information and make your decision based on facts — not on advertising and spin. I hope we can restore Canada to the generous, helpful nation we have strived to be — caring for the less fortunate and maintaing a tolerant and fair society.