Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

  1. #1
    Elite Member Grimmlok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In WhoreLand fucking your MOM
    Posts
    55,372

    Angry Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    Gee, go figure. Arrogant asshat.

    Feb. 7, 2006. 01:00 AM
    SUSANDELACOURT AND SEAN GORDON REPORT FROM OTTAWA


    Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government has landed in Canada with a series of defiant bangs.

    With a bombshell Liberal defector in his cabinet, a surprise Senate appointee put in charge of the public works department, and a couple of other controversy-courting appointments, Harper put his new government on a bold and hurried course.

    He moves into 24 Sussex this week, his government will have a throne speech on April 4, a budget soon after, and a brand new, Conservative child-care system is supposed to start issuing cheques to parents by Canada Day.

    The first 24 hours have set what could be the tone and the working tenet of Harper's government: Don't look back.

    "It's time to begin a new chapter for Canada," Harper, 46, said as he left Rideau Hall and plunged into his term as the country's 22nd prime minister, one of the youngest the country has ever had.

    Stunned observers watched yesterday as former Liberal industry minister David Emerson, a star of the last cabinet, unabashedly walked into Rideau Hall and was sworn in as Harper's new international trade minister a jaw-dropping reversal of last spring's party-switching dramas between Liberals and Conservatives.

    Harper, coolly, presented this merely as what's past is past. "I've always been impressed with David Emerson (a former forestry industry executive.) I know he had a very successful private-sector career and he entered to serve in cabinet. He served (former prime minister Paul) Martin loyally and faithfully. Obviously, that service is over so I decided to call him and suggest that I thought his talents would be best used on the government benches rather than in opposition."

    The surprises continued: an unelected, party backroom official from Quebec, Michael Fortier, landed a Senate appointment and the public works department. The parallels were hard to ignore: Harper came to power on the strength of outrage against the Liberal sponsorship program, specifically, abuse of public works money by unelected backroom partisans in Quebec. Putting his old leadership organizer into public works with the bold flourish of giving him a Senate appointment too after saying he would only name elected senators seemed almost a brazen challenge to his potential critics.

    New Defence Minister Gordon O'Connor put that challenge into words yesterday when reporters asked how a former defence lobbyist could be put in charge of the department, especially given how the Conservatives' first legislative act will include a crackdown on lobbying.

    "Just watch me," O'Connor said, as Harper explained that his strict attitude toward lobbying and public service applied when public servants became lobbyists and not vice-versa.

    Similarly, Harper defiantly put Manitoba's former attorney-general, Vic Toews, in the key justice minister post where he'll preside over law-and-order priorities even if Toews did plead guilty last year to breaking provincial election laws.

    Toews is also in hurry-up mode, wasting no time telling reporters yesterday he intends to hold public hearings to choose the next justice for the Supreme Court of Canada. "That would be my preference to have some kind of a public hearing that respects the independence of the judiciary and I would like to see that in place as soon as possible," he said. The new justice minister, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and critic of judicial activism, dismissed Liberal criticism that he will tilt the federal justice department sharply to the right.

    "I think I've demonstrated my capabilities in the past, and I'll continue to demonstrate my capabilities," said Toews.

    Liberals were stunned by the new Conservative cabinet. The interim leader, Bill Graham, said there seemed to be "an absence of consistency" throughout many of Harper's appointments. The Liberals' executive director, Steven MacKinnon, went farther, saying: "The hypocrisy today is quite stunning."

    Graham also noted, as did others, that Toronto didn't seem to figure largely in Harper's cabinet. While the Emerson and Fortier appointments were also intended to address Conservatives' lack of seats in Vancouver and Montreal, no such special steps were taken for Toronto.

    Apart from his surprising appointees, Harper's cabinet stayed expectedly small "focused and effective," he called it with 27 members in total. Nine are ministers from Ontario, three of them exports from the old Mike Harris Conservative cabinet, and only six new ministers are women.

    If former prime minister Paul Martin was alleged to have been too sensitive to media criticism, Harper is showing himself early to be just the opposite. On Emerson, Toews, Fortier and O'Connor, Harper shrugged off the media questions.

    As well yesterday, tough ethics rules were immediately enacted, including a provision banning ministerial staffers, MPs and former ministers from lobbying government for five years after they leave.

    A new 55-page ethics code was distributed to ministers and their staff, a document that clarifies the rules on blind trusts and specifies that all findings by the federal ethics commissioner are final and binding.

    Harper's take-control style is on display too in his choice not to select a deputy prime minister. Instead, on the rare times when he's expected to be away, he will rotate around his delegated authority.

    "What I've decided is, given the smaller size of the cabinet and our general desire to eliminate unnecessary positions, I decided not to appoint a deputy prime minister," Harper said. "I will probably designate different individuals on different occasions."

    Of the 27 federal ministers, including Harper, nine are from the four Western provinces, nine are from Ontario (including the government leader in the Senate, Marjory LeBreton), and five are from Quebec. Atlantic Canada has just three ministers, and six cabinet members are women. Heritage Minister Bev Oda and Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Michael Chong, both from Ontario, are the only visible minorities in cabinet. Oda is the first Japanese Canadian minister and Chong's father was a penniless immigrant from Hong Kong who arrived in the 1950s.

    "He would be very proud today to know that he lived in a country where his son is now in the federal cabinet. The day is a little wistful for me in that I wish he had been around to see it," said Chong.

    The omission of Western stalwarts like Alberta MPs Jason Kenney and James Rajotte, B.C.'s Jay Hill and James Moore, didn't go unnoticed. Some Western MPs expressed private disbelief at some of Harper's choices. There was particular sympathy for crestfallen Alberta MP Diane Ablonczy (Calgary-Nose Hill), a long-time loyalist.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

  2. #2
    Friend of Gossip Rocks! buttmunch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Uranus
    Posts
    31,885

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    Really warms the cockles of your heart, doesn't it Grimm?
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."
    --Sinclair Lewis

  3. #3
    Elite Member Grimmlok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In WhoreLand fucking your MOM
    Posts
    55,372

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    Neocons are all cut from the same asshole cloth. THe second they get in power, they shut the doors, close the blinds and do their best to keep everything secret.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

  4. #4
    Friend of Gossip Rocks! ourmaninBusan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    the new casino
    Posts
    4,732

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    Stunned observers watched yesterday as former Liberal industry
    minister David Emerson, a star of the last cabinet, unabashedly walked
    into Rideau Hall and was sworn in as Harper's new international trade
    minister — a jaw-dropping reversal of last spring's party-switching
    dramas between Liberals and Conservatives.
    I guess he wanted to keep his old office.

    ♫` ∴|| ~∞≠∝ ♫♪ $ -4C

  5. #5
    Elite Member Grimmlok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In WhoreLand fucking your MOM
    Posts
    55,372

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    INDUSTRY Minister.. he knows if he crosses the floor the neocon big business bed will net him huge kickbacks for giving special privileges to the conglomerates.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

  6. #6
    Hit By Ban Bus! UndercoverGator's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Now with ADD added goodness!
    Posts
    6,601

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    Sounds like it's time to look for another place to live for the Gaynadians.

  7. #7
    Gold Member ohmygoodness's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Vancouver, BC, Canada.
    Posts
    1,062

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    Fucking David Emerson. I think they should have a byelection in his Vancouver-Kingsway riding, because it's not even like it was a close race there between the Tories and the Liberals. The Liberals got 44% of the vote, NDP 34% and the Tories only 18% so it's obvious that the Tories were unwanted there. This deal had to have been in the works before the election was even over, and that's just dishonest and a huge betrayal.

  8. #8
    Friend of Gossip Rocks! ourmaninBusan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    the new casino
    Posts
    4,732

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    I hope the Tories (whose very name, the "Progressive Conservative Party,"
    is a contradiction in terms) don't think they were given any kind of mandate
    for some sweeping vision for the country. The Liberals were voted out;
    Harper was basically "let in."

    ♫` ∴|| ~∞≠∝ ♫♪ $ -4C

  9. #9
    Elite Member Grimmlok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In WhoreLand fucking your MOM
    Posts
    55,372

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    They're proceeding as if that was the case.. they want to reform the senate, slam through the anti-gay marriage thing, and a host of other things that need "correcting"
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

  10. #10
    Hit By Ban Bus! pacific breeze's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    in the wild blue yonder
    Posts
    15,479

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    ^^Meanwhile, despite repeatedly saying ALL members of the Senate would be elected, not appointed, the first thing Harper did was appoint an old pal to the Senate.

    Yup, business as usual. Say one thing, immediately do another when elected.

  11. #11
    Elite Member Grimmlok's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    In WhoreLand fucking your MOM
    Posts
    55,372

    Default Re: Neocon Canadian PM sworn in, immediately starts acting like Bush

    ^^ Exactly. Neocons are all the same.. shady, two faced, arrogant and evil.
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 0
    Last Post: May 17th, 2006, 10:24 AM
  2. Canadian neocon PM demands media blackout of his dealings
    By Grimmlok in forum Politics and Issues
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: February 23rd, 2006, 02:38 PM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: February 21st, 2006, 10:55 AM
  4. Neocon Canadian PM has turned himself into Brian Mulroney. EEK!
    By Grimmlok in forum Politics and Issues
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: February 11th, 2006, 01:42 PM
  5. Neocon Canadian PM doesn't give a crap if anybody likes him
    By Grimmlok in forum Politics and Issues
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: February 11th, 2006, 12:16 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •