Posts Tagged ‘Canada Politics


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?


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?


Is Stephen Harper Afraid of Justin Trudeau?

Fresh from being elected as leader of the Federal Liberal party Justin Trudeau is facing a campaign of dirty advertising by PM Stephen Harper’s conservative party featuring out of context ads and slandering of the newly elected leader. With an election probably not until 4 years away why is the current PM spending money on this for someone who is not even the leader of the official opposition party? Why is Stephen Harper going to such lengths? There is a big philosophical difference between Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper. Even Trudeau’s comments about the recent Boston Marathon bombings holding society and government responsible for finding and resolving the issues that are making people feel so angry and isolated have a lot of truth behind it rather than using fear to promote a government run police state. Having enjoyed financial stability due to years of Paul Martin as either Finance Minister or PM of Canada, Stephen Harper has slowly turned Canada’s entrepreneurial success into one of monopolization and selling off assets to the highest foreign bidder. We all know former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was a nationalist and would never permit growth in Canada without Canadian’s sharing a piece of the pie. Rather than selling off Canada and it’s rich base of resources, Justin Trudeau would bring back Canada to the ownership of it’s citizens and close the economics gaps or imbalances (ie. status quo or winner takes all) that Harper’s Conservative Party have so deeply ingrained in their decision making policies.

From no longer being a part of the UN Peace Keeping Role to going on the offensive lines in US created wars under Harper’s watch, Justin Trudeau would bring Canada back to the global leader in peace and diplomacy like it once was during his father’s era. With Canada now being one of the biggest polluters per capita in the world under Harper’s government, Trudeau would push for environmental reforms so the big oil and gas companies would not have such a stranglehold on politics in Canada and deplete our environment rather than push for alternative energy. One of the because recent polls show that if there was an election today Justin Trudeau would win by a landslide and I think the right has become very fearful of that.