Friday, October 17, 2008

And People Say The Left In Canada Is Disorganized...

Spotted in Toronto tonight:


I hate to second guess these guys, but perhaps it would make sense to hold the "STOP Harper" rally before Election Day...



(thanks to JN for the pic)

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23 Comments:

  • These posters are everywhere at uoft today. And i have to agree; why would people post these after the election? Or better yet at a liberal stronghold?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:12 AM  

  • It seems to me that a good number of groups could have been more vocal before the election.

    More will surface no doubt, but at this point I figure let Harper wear all the discontent.

    Environment, economy, (you think Drummond could have piped up before the vote?), Afghanistan, etc. All of these issues will mount and Harper will be the target.

    By Blogger knb, at 12:18 AM  

  • Are these people serious? Do they know that the election has come and gone? Talk about being slow LOL. What good is this going to do for their cause just after the Conservatives win and the Liberals in more disarray than ever before?

    By Blogger The Right is Where it's At, at 12:24 AM  

  • They don't think elections change anything.

    Now giant Bush puppets, on the other hand...

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 1:29 AM  

  • I respectfully disagree. I don't think politicians were paying attention to anything except their own job prospects before the election. A rally right after says: "I am going to make the next four years hell for you if you don't listen to me, Harper."
    Speaking of which, the first ever Alberta rally to repatriate Omar Khadr is being planned in Edmonton by King's University College on November 08, 2008. Yours truly will be there.
    Marnie Tunay
    http://fakirscanada.googlepages.com/

    By Anonymous Marnie Tunay, at 2:01 AM  

  • marnie, you have the strategy nailed! Harper was really counting on the support of unwashed leftist students and your anti-war rally will really impress him. Also threatening his base of support in Alberta is deeply disturbing. But why hold the rally in Edmonton? The best challenge would be to hold your support of Canada's littlest traitor and war criminal in Camrose!

    When Harper sees the vast size of your rally, he will know that he has to change his policies immediately! If he doesn't I'm sure you'll quadruple the NDP vote in Crowfoot and humiliate the Conservatives. With a margin of only 9,000, instead of the 36,000 they got this time.

    BTW you're supposed to go puff, puff, PASS. Puff, puff, puff*e^100 is just bogarting, man!

    By Blogger Hey, at 3:37 AM  

  • Whazzat? There's an election coming up??

    :)

    By Blogger paul.obeda@, at 3:56 AM  

  • It's not a Stop Harper rally, it's an anti-war rally.

    By Blogger Robert McClelland, at 8:38 AM  

  • In a similar vein, Global's Thursday night broadcast of Survivor contained a promo advising viewers to watch Global for comprehensive election coverage on Oct. 14th.

    I guess now we know the date of the next election. ;)

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 10:15 AM  

  • They should then remove the "Stop Harper" part from the sign because it's a little leading then. ;)

    As much as I respect the ideals at that rally, I remember the numerous protests around Queen's Park during the Harris year in Ontario. It seemed as though Queen's Park was under seige at times by the number of groups. Groups often with quite legitimate complaints. What happened? Nothing. They were absolutely ignored. Sadly, even though he had low approval ratings, The Ontario PC party got re-elected again. Quite depressing to see all of this unfold the way it did.

    By Blogger sharonapple88, at 10:22 AM  

  • Protestors probably do more harm than good, so long as their protests do not include the moderate middle class. The civil rights marches in the US stand out as an exception there - folks in the civil rights movement reached out to moderate northerners and created a big tent movement that changed things.

    By contrast, folks like the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (or the Lanark County Landowners Association on the right) are extremists. I don't think many people look and see themselves reflected in those protestors. Moreover, I doubt those folks are all that interested in actually getting change (they might even dislike it if their ideas* had more currency, since it would make them rather passe).

    *Obviously lots of people are against the war in Afghanistan (including Harper after 2011) - I mean the broader conspiracy theory stuff they subscribe to.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 10:30 AM  

  • *Obviously lots of people are against the war in Afghanistan (including Harper after 2011)

    Until 2011, Harper's behind it, 100%, come hell and high water. :P

    By Blogger sharonapple88, at 10:42 AM  

  • Stop Harper? That's stupid.

    The opposition party was the one to take us into Afghanistan, and also wants to stay until 2011. Even if you stop Harper, nothing will change on this issue.

    Idiots.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 12:54 PM  

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    By Blogger sharonapple88, at 9:45 PM  

  • I like that story about Mother Teresa being asked to march against the war, and declined, promising to come if they held a march for peace. I was at all the TO protests against the Iraq War - the "protestor" crowd made me sad.

    By Blogger Ashley_Wilkes-Booth, at 1:21 AM  

  • "I am going to make the next four years hell for you if you don't listen to me, Harper."

    And the response would be "no, you really aren't. You are a nuisance that he will ignore- secure in the knowledge that when provided the opportunity to actually turf Harper out of power, you either sat your ass on the couch or voted for a variety of parties that are singularly unable to do so."

    Protesting is valuable to the extent that it changes the political culture and awareness of the public. But elections do the same thing, and the left did not acquit themselves well when faced with that test.

    It is the same logic that allowed Jack to pretend that he could "stand up to Harper"... secure in the knowledge that he would never be called to account for it, since there isn't a thing in the world he could or can do to prevent Harper's agenda.

    (If he even wanted to.)

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 3:24 AM  

  • (Lot of "secure knowledge" around, come to think of it. The left is becoming sadly predictable.)

    By Blogger Demosthenes, at 3:27 AM  

  • I was at the U of T and I saw the protestors mulling around Queen's Park. It was probably a place they could all gather, but the juxaposition at that moment -- people protesting a federal responsibility at the provincial legislature -- sort me as odd for a moment. (Yes, Queen's Park apparently was just their starting point, but just seeing them there....)

    By Blogger sharonapple88, at 10:48 AM  

  • In case anyone is thinking why now and not why during the election look up Elections Canada 'third party' advertising rules.

    Woe Canada

    By Anonymous Joe, at 4:44 PM  

  • It is the same logic that allowed Jack to pretend that he could "stand up to Harper"... secure in the knowledge that he would never be called to account for it, since there isn't a thing in the world he could or can do to prevent Harper's agenda.

    Not that I'm a big fan of "The Moustache", but had the LPC shown up for the votes, they could have joined the NDP in defeating Harper.

    He still would have won the election, but the LPC would have retained some self-respect.

    By Blogger Möbius, at 4:50 PM  

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