Saturday, April 01, 2006

Stalin Would be Proud

Holy crap, I thought Harper would have better sense than to let it descend down to this. This government continues to dig it's grave day by day.

Harper Censors Media

Globe and Mail Update

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that his communications office must get advanced drafts of all newspaper editorials and cartoons, and only those which they approve will be allowed to go to press.

"In any free society, there must be limits on the media," said Sandra Buckler, Prime Minister Harper's spokeswoman. "The Prime Minister is loath to allow the media to print without any checks when they have demonstrated a rabid Liberal bias over the years."

The new rules come after a string of negative editorials and unflattering comics in Canadian papers across the country. It is unclear what penalties will apply to newspapers who do not comply, or how many editorials the Harper PMO will veto.

Expect a huge backlash over this and, possibly, attempts by the opposition to bring down the government. My only hope is that if we do get a premature election, that it will be Paul Martin leading the Liberals into battle.


  • Happy April 1st to you, too. :-)

    By Blogger The Tiger, at 12:24 p.m.  

  • brilliant!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:29 p.m.  

  • ...and imagine the gall, referring to Stalin.

    Being on the side of the world's remaining Stainists, like Saddam Hussain, and likely (if old enough) being against vigorous resitance in the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s against the original Stalinists, you trivialize the deaths of millions.

    The remark and use of the term is exactly as if you had said "Hitler would have been proud"

    By Blogger David M. McClory, at 12:36 p.m.  

  • Fools Gold!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:41 p.m.  

  • I dunno. That's all too believable to be an April Fools joke... ;-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:44 p.m.  

  • this passes for serious comment puleze

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:56 p.m.  

  • We must stop Harper! Our brilliant media must be free to report such important issues like shaking hands with his son, his expanding belly and what he wears while in Cancun. We must defend our liberal media to keep us informed of these critical issues !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:34 p.m.  

  • I'm a strong Harper supporter and I have to agree with you. Stalin would be proud!
    That's so commie I may even write another Gmail(real Gmail).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:13 p.m.  

  • I should have read the other comments first you "socialist swine".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:15 p.m.  

  • It is regrettable that the construction "to be loath to" has been permanently associated with Sandra Buckler.

    By Blogger Jason Townsend, at 2:31 p.m.  

  • I almost wish it was true. It'd be such... vindication.

    By Blogger Ryan Ringer, at 2:44 p.m.  

  • The only reason this is a joke is because he does not and should never get a majority.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:28 p.m.  

  • Ahh the hilarity of it all.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:34 p.m.  

  • How awful----
    meanwhile Harpers approval rating with the Canadian public keeps gong up and up---

    Horny Toad

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:39 p.m.  

  • Uh, I don't get it.

    By Blogger Havril, at 5:26 p.m.  

  • Ha! Ha!

    By Blogger Tarkwell Robotico, at 7:17 p.m.  

  • Did Buckler go to Cancun, or was she "loathed" behind?

    Would that explain the Rondeau snark re: Hill flag lowering?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:26 p.m.  

  • Did someone say Harper's popularity is going up?

    I'd wait for the SES poll on that one.

    By Blogger Robert, at 9:12 p.m.  

  • Has anybody noticed the cooperation between the NDP and the Conservatives in almost every political talk program on TV? There seems to be a strategy to keep the Liberals down from both sides. The NDP even said they could work with the Conservatives on CHILD CARE!

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 2:19 p.m.  

  • Here are 6 undeniable and unacceptable facts still even about the Conservative politcal parties in Canada

    1: The Federal Conservatives are now even really worse overall even in comparison to the previous Liberals we had in power, for they the Conservatives are more pretentious and more more inadequate in governming even as well. They do have a hidden agenda they are pursing firstly.

    2 The Conservatives in Ottawa under Stephen Harper and those Conservatives in Alberta as well under Ralph Klein are unacceptably too now are not looking after the equal, good well being of all Canadians Canada wide, but only the minority few Canadians that hopefully will reelect them. keep them in power, and even thus their false hidden agenda is a self serving one. Many Liberals had warned us of this too and they were right.

    3: The Conservatives clearly really do not care to implement or maintain a total adequate universal and fully functional health care system Canada wide as well otherwise they would have implemented real positive needed changes here already too.

    4: Even the federal Conservatives for certainty now cannot be trusted to keep their election promises. We continually and unacceptably in Canada seem to elect liars as leaders, people who break their campaign promises, Premiers and prime Ministers in Canada now too. Our new PM had prime minister campaigned on a promise of open government and an accountable one. He already has failed to live up too it and it did not even take him too long to do it too.

    5 We have all now also seen that the wrongful, false suppression of democracy, the practice of dictatorship now is a classical Conservative philosophy, approach of too many bad Canadian Conservative leaders.

    6 More Openess in the government, and Public exposure and prosecution of the guilty serves everyone's best interest still too.

    Most every bad guy who set out to do something awful wanted to do it in secret and keep it secret so he or she unlawfully could keep their false gains too. Most of the bad power hungry dictators started out pretending to serve the good welfare of the all of people now too.

    Clearly the Citizens respect and trust of our elected leaders still relies on an open government. Secrecy moves us all down the path of distrust. Openness enables the public to trust that government and their agents, agencies are really doing the best they can now for all of the taxpayers, each and every citizen.
    Openness! All elected officials should want this and all voters should and do demand openness. Sadly these days the rightful transparency in government is clouded by the false increasing Conservative government secrecy. Secrecy not only covers up mistakes, it obstructs accountability. "It is only by shining a bright light into those dark corners where the secret deals are made that the public can be assured of honest, forthright representation". Any Politicians tend to get into more trouble when they go behind closed doors to do their work. They rather sometimes do mischief. Too often when politicians cite privacy issues, they simply want to avoid embarrassment to themselves. Too much secrecy also is rather an obstruction, and is also a challenge also to accountabiluty, to a fair and honest justice now as well.

    The citizens always have a right to be informed about all government actions, and to ven complain anout them oenly and freely and nothing should be done be done by the fovernemtns now in secret, even because all decisons tend to eventually concern the citizens .and it is the citizens that will affected the most negatively or positively by the actions of the governments anyway. We the citizens have be allowed to know about all things that could harm our health, well being and even our tax money too. If our elected officials feel it is a too heavy burden for the citizens to know how they conduct business, they clearly do now need to find another career. Especially since these days it seems at least half of the politicians tend to be liars, immoral persons as we all tend to agree. Too many officials in Ottawa, and the other governments, civil and public services still do things that they don't want the citizens to know about. They do things they know are wrong. Most Canadian Citizens do rightfully now want, demand in our democracy even a wider window to the open government and freedom of information, both in our nation’s capital and around Canada even at all of the federal, provincial and municipal levels too especially related to the citizens good welfare and their tax payers money being used, spent. Their desire for a fully accountiable democracy is now again being clouded by the false increasing Canadian Conservative government secrecy, but nevertheless all of the citizens and it' elected officials should still purse always, continually the unhindered goal to have and to provide, to achieve even a greater access to public records and meetings, a free flow of information,full transparency in government issues and efforts. One of the chief functions of government is to serve the people and one way to do is is to is to keep them fully informed, then it is a simple one. Aside from matters of national security, I can’t think offhand of too many instances where the state/local government shouldn’t keep the public informed of decisions and actions by elected officials. In the past I think that in most, if not all cases, where secrecy has prevailed it is for reasons that had nothing to do with protecting the public but rather to protect an individual/government body from criticism and/or embarrassment, should the public learn of it and this usually occurs when they (the officials) feel they can’t properly justify their actions.

    All Public officials whether they now like it or not are always, continually thus answerable to the public and how can the public now even really judge performance if they are not privy to the decisions by made their elected officials. Whether the actions/decisions in our opinion were ultimately right or wrong depends on our rightful access to all of the facts too that would help us the citizens to make better informed decisions now next too as to what elected leaders, parties are acceptable even. Open Government is an essential part of any democratic government and allof the citizen's right to know as well. "Openness both preserves democracy and saves money," The Citizens can use the governments 's liberal public-records laws to uncover secret documents, or keep officials from falsely meeting in secret, and doing wrongs. The secret exemptions all have one thing in common: They wrongfully do shut the public out of the public's business. Keeping the sun shining on government should be a priority of us all."The reason for open government is to prevent the consolidation of power by an entrenched few, and to prevent the abuses that inevitably follow. The reason the entrenched few want to work in secrecy is so that no one knows what they are doing, which allows them to continue abusing power. If their abuses were made known, they would likely lose power and/or have to stop the abuses and/or make restitution for what was improperly accumulated. The human temptation to abuse such unmitigated power is irresistible. Only Christ has not been tempted. So we must know what is going on, to keep the checks and balances system working properly."

    The rightful transparency in our federal government now as well is clouded by the false increasing Conservative government secrecy, and a dictatorship approach. Is now "Muzzling the media, Harper style any more acceptable by him also now, next mussling the citizens as well? Not, Never. It really is the same thing.

    7 It does not take a rocket scientist to know, to confirm these facts. One can easily tell who they are by what they do, have done so far. "18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." (Matthew 7 KJV)

    And being an useless, ineffective, wasteful elected or career official is also the same wrong doing as being secretive and there is no such thing as little bit pregnant, or a little bit acceptable abuses of democracy, freedom, human rights.
    Meanwhile Conservative Premier Ralph Klein was this week disappointed with the results of a low approval rating by his own political PC party. The clearly "self centered, self absorbed, proud, arrogant, abusive, undemocratic Premier Ralph Klein really now has no one to blame but himself for he reaped what he had sowed himself. Most people at their senior age, mellow, soften, but Ralph instead stayed the course of being a bad person rather as he always was and continued to show us all his dark sides. He had also already too many years, too much to finish his pet projects, to do all he had wanted too. He should not be given any more time as well. He Premier Ralph Klein really did not care about the good welfare of all the poor welfare recipients firslty too in Alberta and so why should anyone really now even care next about him?"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:19 p.m.  

  • That's 7 reasons :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:26 a.m.  

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