Thursday, May 14, 2015

In Another Time This Would Have Made Me Very Happy

"Canada's left-leaning New Democratic Party (NDP), which stormed to victory in a provincial election in conservative Alberta this month, has vaulted from third to first place in national support, a public opinion poll showed on Thursday."

Now it just confirms for me that we're almost certainly on our way to another 5 years of the Harperium.


9 comments:

Scotian said...

I so hope you are wrong, yet I fear you will be right. Why should anything change after the last decade in this respect?

Jordan Appleman said...

Why on earth do you say that? You can't just write something and expect everyone else will know what you mean. You have to actually explain what you're talking about.

Dana said...
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Dana said...

See if you can figure it out, kid.

Steve said...

I also fear this is the same type of poll manipulation that put the odious cons in the English drivers seat.

Owen Gray said...

Divide and conquer, Dana. That's how he wins.

ThinkingManNeil said...

My thoughts? The election is already rigged. Why?

1)The Robocall "scandal" was just a dry run for something much larger in scope and harder to detect. For years, the HarperCons have brought the likes of Karl Rove, Frank Luntz, Grover Norquist, Frank Gaffney, and other GOP operatives to Canada to advise the CPoC on how to tilt the election their way. The first attempt revealed its flaws and their inexperience with the task. The next try will be far more subtle, sophisticated, and destructive to our democracy.

2) The "Fair Elections Act". What minimal changes to this to this brazen attack on Canadian democracy by the pestilential scorpion and Harper fluffer, Pierre Poilievre, has still left us with something that favours the party in power, namely the the CPoC, which is still aiming to fashion itself as "Canada's natural governing party". The FEA - and Harper's gerrymandering of riding boundaries in CPoC-friendly districts with the subsequent addition of seats to Parliament - only entrenches that.

3) The man himself. Harper. Harper is as much obsessed with his personal political power as he is with re-fashioning Canada into a faux-1950's vision of conservatism, where all the men are staunch monarchists who look like John Diefenbaker, all the women are prim - but not TOO prim - psalm-singing versions of Donna Reed who are shackled to a chain that runs from bedroom to kitchen to church pew and back, where Canada fields a battle hardened armed forces of post-pubescent men - no wimmen, except for more Donna Reed nurses - who are ready to jump into the next meatgrinder war with "Go, Leafs, go!" on their lips and a vision of The Queen in their hearts (and yet be willing to forgo any notion of receiving any sissy-ass veteran's pensions if they have the bad taste to come back wounded and alive since the only real heroes in Harper's eyes are dead ones - at minimal cost to the budget). A Canada who's only immigrants are the few allowed in to trim Rosedale lawns and dry clean Armani powersuits. A Canada where the First Nations have been relegated to rapidly melting icefloes (stay out of the way of those tankers and drill ships, you heathens!). A Canada where christianists like Immigration Minister Chris Alexander declares there are no poor in Canada because the Harper regime has eliminated poverty by its say-so (immaculate evaporation?). A Canada that is unrecognizable to the rest of us.

Seriously, though, Harper isn't going to allow all the "work" he's done to transform Canada from a "second-tier, northern European, socialist state" into a model of Ayn Rand-ian "man's inhumanity to man" to be overturned and reversed by something so trivial as a potential election loss to a pesky democratic process. He is far too committed to his hatred of the Canada we love to keep him from turning it into a bleak, industrialized, resource-drained, warmongering, theocratic, security state wasteland.

No, folks, the fix is in. And you don't need the NDP around or whatever pseudo-progressive gains they may make to help the already inevitable outcome...

N.

Dana said...

Neil, I think you over estimate the intelligence of this crowd. Not the cunning or the intentions just the intelligence.

I just don't think they have the wit to pull off something as vast as you seem to be indicating.

Of course, you could also be right because the media we are cursed with are not only utterly witless themselves but uninterested in looking very far beneath the surface of anything. Not to mention the ignorant apathy of the ruminant masses.

Which on balance, tells me you could well be right. The Harperians wouldn't really need to be complete geniuses to fool the media we have nor to pull the wool over enough eyes of the mindless majority of the Canadian herd.

chris said...

GOTV. Get out the vote, its the only thing that frightens the bastards.