Friday, October 28, 2011

This will not stand!

"You won't recognize Canada when I get through with it"
-Stephen Harper

Not content with running roughshod over the wishes of the majority of Canadians and eliminating the long-gun registry, ignoring the majority of wheat farmers and cutting the throat of the Canadian Wheat Board, the Harper conservatives are now starting to tinker with national symbols.

Dam the beaver — use the polar bear as official emblem, Tory saysOTTAWA—A Conservative senator says it’s time Canada was symbolized by something more majestic than a buck-toothed rodent.
Senator Nicole Eaton wants the polar bear to replace the beaver as an official emblem of Canada.
She says the polar bear is Canada’s “most majestic and splendid mammal,” and a powerful symbol in the lives of native peoples in the North.
She believes the furry, white carnivore’s “strength, courage, resourcefulness and dignity” is an appropriate symbol for modern-day Canada.
By contrast, she derides the lowly beaver as a “19th century has-been,” a “dentally defective rat,” a “toothy tyrant” and a nuisance that wreaks havoc on its environment.

                                                                                           I suppose next they will want to change the flag to a circle of 10 white maple leaves on a blue field in the top left corner over a field of red and white stripes, or maybe just bring back the Red Ensign, since they seem to want to burn down anything that has happened since Diefenbaker was prime minister.


scotrock said...

I'm starting to think that it won't be too long before we have Sir Stephen Harper in 24 Sussex Dr.

900ft Jesus said...

it's getting beyond ridiculous into scary territory, like steve wants to erase the past and re-write it, re-shape our very consciousness and identity

Edstock said...

Gang — Stevie has another 4 years of this, and there's nothing we can do about it, except to elect somebody else next time. The NDP and the Liberals have got to raise their level of game-play. Unfortunately, the Greens will probably go nowhere, which is unfortunate.

It's going to get even MORE ugly, and Job 1 for the next government will be to UNDO all of Stevie's legislation.

That's our Westminster, first-past-the-post political legacy. It has worked, until we got the modern-day Canuck version of Oswald Mosley.

pogge said...

One of the first things I thought about when I heard the senator's suggestion was this place. Somehow The Galloping Polar Bear just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Ben said...
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Ben said...

Great first we use The Beaver when we exploited it, and hunted it to near extinction, and now she wants to do the same with the Polar Bear. That's a little twisted ain't it?

It bothers me we pay her with our tax dollars to waste time on issues like this. I'm sure there is far more pressing and enriching things she could spend her time on. They are hell bent on screwing Canada over.

Boris said...

As FSM as my witness, this blog shall never be called The Galloping Polar Bear.

Moon Rattled said...

It's important to note that Senator Eaton's sudden fury with the beaver is driven by a personal vendetta against one that chewed through her cottage dock.

"Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton delivered her damning criticism in the Senate on Thursday, noting that the beavers wreak havoc on the dock at her waterfront cottage every summer."

sassy said...

"Conservative Senator Nicole Eaton delivered her damning criticism in the Senate on Thursday, noting that the beavers wreak havoc on the dock at her waterfront cottage every summer."

So she proposes to take away their status as a Canadian symbol - I can just imagine the conversation she had with the beavers "I'll show you who's the boss of this dock" :)

Rev.Paperboy said...

frankly, I think the solution to this problem is to appoint several polar bears to the Senate. I think having a couple of the world's largest land-based carnivores loose in the chamber of sober second thought would certainly liven up C-span, at least for an afternoon.

Edstock said...

Sounds like Caddyshack, only nasty and small-minded.