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Is Stephen Harper the Worst Prime Minister in Canadian History?

With elections in Canada approaching on Monday October 19th, 2015 there are questions surrounding the most controversial Prime Minister in Canadian History. How will he be remember? Let’s look at some facts looking back at his 9 year tenure in power as follows:

* Harper has the track record of the worst economic growth in Canada of any PM since the Great Depression
* reverting from the conservative approach the previous Liberal governments enforced the PM has allowed the Canadian banks to take huge risks in the footsteps of their American counterparts who brought about the 2008 crisis
* appointment of corrupt government officials by the PM
* More than 140 Canadian food plants have closed since Harper took office
* Combined debts at all levels of government have sky rocketed
* Our future has been mortgaged by chasing the short term growth at all costs mentality
* the PM has placed all his eggs in one basket in his economic growth policies and management
* Canada has become the worst polluter per capita in the world
* Vast agricultural fields have been destroyed for building unsustainable real estate overdevelopment
* The most soldiers have been killed while Harper has been in office than any PM since the Korean War
* The success in the policies of the PM has been concentrated towards the top 10-20% of companies and individuals
* Small business has been hurt by Harper and the result are countless boarded up shops on main streets all over Canada
* The PM has helped our precious resources and prestigious companies to be sold off to the highest foreign bidder
* encourage the CMHC to instead of being used to help genuine first time home buyers buy reasonable homes instead to support mass speculation in real estate
* housing costs for buyers and renters have never consumed such a high proportion of their income
* PM tries to fix external political problems in foreign countries when he cannot fix the domestic social problems in his own
* Various Canadian industries are suffering the plight of the current PM’s administration such as mining, oil and gas resources, advertising, retail, technology, manufacturing  to name a few
* Never has there been a bigger gap between the rich and the poor in Canadian history than under Harper
* allowing the costs of post secondary education tuition to balloon out of control for students that have forced record debts to pursue higher education
* low accountability standards allowing white collar criminals who have run their Canadian corporations into the ground leaving shareholders, pensioners and employees empty handed with a slap on the wrist
* lack of serious investment in research and development or the future of the country instead of returning party contributors favours

Is Stephen Harper the worst Prime Minister in Canadian history?


Are the English Royal Family Welfare Bums?

The Royal Monarchy of England has been in power as well as the public eye for many, many centuries but are they anything but upper class? Of late with public scandals such as Prince Harry (nicknamed Harry pothead) on his escapades caught on film committing sexual acts in a Las Vegas hotel room with a female, Princess Kate topless sunbathing photos leaked to the media, Prince Andrew having ties to shady underworld figures and Prince Charles wedding a woman he had extra marital affairs with when married to Princess Diana to name a few, one starts to realize that the royal family’s behaviour has become very similar to the lower class rungs of England. It was recently announced that the Queen’s royal finances are running low as well and cannot cover costs for their vast real estate holdings. How can that be from the centuries of stipulance plus the tax breaks at the cost of the English taxpayers? Have the Royal family become no different from the welfare class willing to collect money to help finance their lifestyle without really working for it? With strong German blood in their family ties, is it time they are cut off from milking the English people? Have they become the laughing stock of upperclass circles for their declining fortunes as well as family values and behaviour?


Is Canada In Trouble?

Within Canada there seems to be quite a bit of problems occurring at various levels within the vast great North as it is referred to. From Mayors being arrested and charged with corruption and bribery in Quebec, the Mayor in Toronto caught partying with drug dealers and murderers, Senators caught expensing personal lifestyle costs to the taxpayers or getting in trouble with the law, Provincial organizations such as eHealth Ontario caught handing out over priced contracts to friends and family, lack of oversight and criminal enforcement over shady publicly listed corporations on the TSX (ie. Sino-Forest, BreX, Poseidon Concepts, Nortel, etc.) and their Executives, etc. to name a few problems on the political side. With the government debts racked up substantially at all levels of government in Canada and the Canadian Government now more reliant on Exports to the US than ever (as a % of overall exports), to Canadian Consumers racking up record levels of debt (buying cars, houses as well as luxury goods) as well as Corporations, an obvious real estate bubble, to the Banking system adopting a too big too mentality and mimicking the shady practices performed by their US counter parts before the 2008 collapse, it seems Canada is a shock away from a collapse. With recent flooding in Calgary as well as Greater Toronto to the train disaster in Quebec (combined with regular passenger train derailments in Canada over the past few years), Canada’s aging infrastructure has been exposed as well. Since 2006, the current Federal Government under Stephen Harper has continued to finish off what Brian Mulroney started by selling Canada’s assets to the highest foreign bidder (thus allowing us consumers to pay high prices for Canadian Commodities and resources owned by foreign conglomerates) and not investing in Canada. Is Canada heading towards a repeat of the 1990’s? With the Canadian Economy ever so reliant on commercial and real estate growth and the banking activities that finance them, what will happen when that growth tapers off? Without significant investment in R&D during the current Harper government compared to previous Canadian leader’s legacies, how can Canada stand on it’s own two feet without such bubbly activity? Is Canada sailing towards murky waters and heading towards trouble?


Ontario Government Most Corrupt in the Western World?

Months removed from former Premier Dalton McGuinty stepping down, there remains a hard landing or after the fact awakening of the level of greed in the Ontario Government and it’s crown corporations. From OLGC (Lottery) executives giving themselves 50% pay hikes (earning 4 to 5 times their American counterparts as well as over double their predecessors), to eHealth giving away multi million dollar contracts to friends (that should have only cost in the thousands), nepitism, to the Sunshine List of those earning over $100 thousand per year growing to record high (to even include Teachers, Police Constables as well as fire fighters), to Ontario’s debt per capita greater than that of California (who has had their share of near bankruptcy experiences in the past), to platinum and gold plated pensions for Teachers and other Managerial or higher employees, it seems like the tax payers have been robbed of their money at the highest degree like no time in history in Ontario. How did the government get so reckless with it’s finances? Was it to buy votes or serve the contentment class? Why has the welfare mentality become so imminent amongst upper rank Ontario Government employees? Is it due to a shift in society’s values to the far right and status quo? Why does everybody have a strong sense of entitlement in positions that are not usually rewarded financially in other states in the western world (or Provinces in Canada for that matter) as they have in Ontario? Either or the reckless tax and spend behaviour of the Ontario Government over the past decade is a sign of the obvious. The buddy system at it’s greatest. Is Ontario the most corrupt government in the Western World? The answer is yes and then some.


Is Canada Too Light on White Collar Crime?

In the past few decades there has been a trend in Canada that has become quite predictable and yet disturbing. There have been numerous companies that have gone bankrupt yet their Executives walked away un-scathed taking millions of dollars before bringing their organization to it’s knees. From Nortel to Olympia and York to Bre-X to Canwest to Consumers Distributing to Quebecor World to Stelco to Eaton’s to Hollinger to Air Canada to Kmart Canada to Blockbuster Video Canada to name a few, there seems to be a growing trend in the world of Canadian Business. In comparison to the US and other countries around the globe, Canada has rarely given stiff sentences to executives for fraud. A recent comparison with Canada’s prodigal son Conrad Black, former Hollinger executive who spent some years in prison courtesy of the US Justice system. In Canada, would he ever be given a day in jail had his company only been public on the Canadian stock market (and not on the US as well instead)? Probably not. It seems as though criminals realize this and make off with enormous amounts of money thus fleecing investors of the companies they bring down.

Remember when now retired ex-Nortel boss and wealthy multi-millionaire John Roth won Executive of the Year awards just before the company imploded? Remember formers Edmonton Oilers owner Peter “Puck”? If you look at the regulation, via the incoporation laws the system protects Executives as well as their personal assets in companies in Canada. Should these laws be changed? Should there be a minimum jail sentance of 5-10 years for such white collar criminal activity? Should the executives have to repay most of their earnings earned from the insolvent companies in such cases? So many former Canadian Executives leave the companies they bankrupt and return after their 5 years is up where they can return to being a public officer in a company in Canada. How many countless stories have you heard of Canadian Companies that were run into the ground as it’s Executives were looting from it? With light slaps on the wrists and OSC fines that are less than what a Canadian Executive would pay for to buy a high end car or yacht or any other of their toys for that matter, do the current relaxed penalties encourage this continued behaviour?

It is time Canada brings strict and steep penalties for white collar criminals to protect Canadian Taxpayers and Investors who keep subsidizing them and their lifestyle….


American Airlines, Yet Another Airline Bankruptcy

With American Airlines going bankrupt, the list of airlines that have gone under has increased yet again. Below is a history of the past 21 years of Airlines that have gone bankrupt:

Nov 29, 2011 — American Airlines
Jan 5 2010 — Mesa Air
Oct 6, 2008 — Sun Country
April 11, 2008 — Frontier Airlines
March 31, 2008 — Aloha Airlines
Sept 14, 2005 — Delta Air Lines/Northwest Airlines/Comair
Sept 12, 2004 — US Airways
Dec 9, 2002 — United Airlines
Aug 11, 2002 — US Airways
Jan 10, 2001 — Trans World Airlines (TWA)
Feb 26, 1998 — Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
June 30, 1995 — Trans World Airlines
Sept 21, 1993 — Hawaiian Airlines
Jan 31, 1992 — Trans World Airlines
June 27, 1991 — America West Airlines
Jan 18, 1991 — Eastern Air Lines
Jan 8 1991 — Pan Am World Airways
Dec 3, 1990 — Continental Airlines