Canada’s Economic Inaction Plan

Gee, do ya think “Grit Girl” is a Liberal operative of some sort? Or maybe even a certain “private citizen” perhaps? She, and I use that term hesitantly, was pretty quick off the mark with a fairly slick new video slamming Harper’s economic action plan that utilizes Statcan figures from this morning’s release of the unemployment toll for February. And there’s even a full-blown website derisively mocking the Harper stimulus plan, of which it’s a component.

If so — and it’s just pure speculation on my part, although I’m certain that Sherlock Janke will be ferreting around to get confirmation — I guess the Liberals can hardly complain about Conservative attack ads, as it seems they’ve gotten the jump on things with this campaign, albeit in a rather stealthy way. Furthermore, (again… it’s just a guess on my part, remember) but this would be a tad hypocritical, no? Considering that Ignatieff has vigorously denounced the Conservatives for playing partisan political games in the midst of an economic crisis, I mean.

Note: The video has been killed by the pinheads at CTV/Globemedia due to some unspecified copyright violation. But I’m leaving it there anyway. If a new version comes along (which I’d fully expect in short order) I’ll swap that in.

Update: Video is back now!

51 Replies to “Canada’s Economic Inaction Plan”

  1. No worries, I couldn’t figure out where to put it and it just seemed like a good bookend for that post.

  2. Although I do agree with the Kinsella conspiracy theory for the most part, I’m guilty of purchasing domain names myself though mostly more to stop the Conservatives from using them. It’s like making donations to the Liberals on behalf of my Albertan inlaws; I just can’t resist stirring the pot.

    Wait till they try to buy averagecanadian.ca for their projects…amongst others

  3. Made perfect sense to me.

    Geez, I just realized from that video that it’s Friday the 13th. Well, that explains a lot about how absolutely craptillicious my day is going!

  4. It’s one thing to purchase a domain name and quite another to slap together a decently produced video like that c/w website. There’s some serious effort and expense (in time alone) involved in both.

    Good grief, I’ve been hanging around Mr. Ronin too much. Look what it’s doing to me. Two conspiracy theories in as many days. Yikes!

  5. It’s one thing to purchase a domain name and quite another to slap together a decently produced video like that c/w website.

    I don’t think so. It’s not that hard…unless you want to animate crapping puffins or something.

    I think these types of attacks are fair. They’re not talking about how fat Harper is, or how bad his French is or laughing at his stupid hair or implying that his eyeliner and mannish wife make him a closeted homosexual or anything. They’re comparing his irrationality with reality.

  6. Wow. Two copyright kills in one day.

    Well, that’s a damn shame, isn’t it?

    I’ll keep it there just so folks can see what a bunch of FASCIST DOUCHEBAGS they are.

    With luck, there should be a replacement of some kind along in fairly short order. Shouldn’t be hard to comp up some stills with text where the snippets of his announcement were before. I’m presuming that was the offending part.

  7. R/T: I think I might take that as a challenge.

    Maybe not the video editing part, but I can make a hell of a lot better website than the government put out. 15 years of making websites does have it’s benefits…

  8. Ti-Guy — Yeah, what would I know? Easy-peasey.

    As for the attacks being “fair” or not (it certainly seems fair enough to me) that’s really beside the point.

  9. Hm.. looks like CTV/Globemedia has kiboshed this video today, RT.

    I doubt that’s even a valid copyright claim. It’s just YouTube reacting to a take down notice.

    Show’s what side Conservative Television is on, eh?

  10. You’d think that would be public domain, wouldn’t you? How completely ridiculous.

    So now I’m verrrry interested to know what the nature of the violation is.

  11. Ti-Guy — Yeah, what would I know? Easy-peasey.

    I’m not impugning your skills…I just saying there isn’t anything particularly challenging in that video. And the site itself could simply have been copied from the original and reworked.

    I did animation in Harvard Grahpics running on DOS…now, that was challenging.

  12. Oh, cripes… you’re dating yourself. I remember doing the same for a series of presentations way back when. What a clunky program.

    By the way, I didn’t take it personally. I realize it’s not rocket science to do that, but to pull it off skillfully with some decent production values (as was the case here) takes some time and effort. As for the website, I thought it looked kind of crappy… is that based on something? Is there an official website for Harper’s stimulating econ-activity program? Even so, putting that together requires some degree of skill and a fair bit of effort. If it was a totally freelance, volunteer effort by someone unaffiliated with the LPC I’d be very surprised.

  13. The video has been killed by the pinheads at CTV/Globemedia due to some unspecified copyright violation.

    I really hope that Youtube continues to cave to corporate lawyers and makes themselves completely obsolete in the process.

    Every bit of information I’ve read/seen about this copyright nonsense states how these corporations don’t have a leg to stand on, but most don’t want the cost associated with taking them on.

  14. CC: It’s an “evolving process” as they say.

    What strikes me as odd is the varying positions on it, even within the same corporation sometimes. Why somethings get locked down with copyright protection whereas other content is allowed to be freely circulated is beyond me. There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to it from a commercial standpoint. Maybe it’s a “control” issue as much as anything else in a lot of cases.

  15. inactionplan.ca has is pretty old school under the hood as well. HTML tables and imagemaps feels like 1998.

  16. What a clunky program.

    It was the ne plus ultra at the time. That and my 20 megabyte drive laptop with a 45-minute battery life that weighed 12 pounds. The modem was separate.

    Is there an official website for Harper’s stimulating econ-activity program?

    Right here. Brought to us by the taxpayer of Canada.

    I think the copy on the parody site is pretty funny. Better than a fucking blog written by dog, that for sure.

  17. Gene — All is revealed now. Well, I’m even more confident in reiterating my original impression that the design is pretty crappy. Bet they paid a small fortune (relatively speaking) for that too!

    Get a load of this from the “What’s Been Done” section:

    While not even the top private sector economic forecasters foresaw the speed and severity of the eventual global downturn, those first rumblings in the U.S. economy did provide a warning to prudent leaders and policymakers that it was time for early action.

    In 2007, Prime Minister Stephen Harper began warning Canadians of the coming challenges in the global economy.

    The Prime Minister did more than just warn Canadians. He also acted to ensure that Canada remained ahead of the curve and well positioned to deal with the economic challenges ahead.

    Re-write history much? And what’s up with all the “Dear Leader” stuff (he did this and he did that… he acted to ensure… blah, blah, blah)? Shouldn’t it be “the government”?

  18. It was the ne plus ultra at the time.

    Oh, I know. I thought it was the bees-knees at the time and it could do some pretty nifty tricks. The only thing was, with the pokey 486SX (only the SysAdmin was allowed to have a DX — gawd, she was useless… boss’s daughter, you know… but I digress) it would take up to 20 minutes or sometimes even longer to render some of the effects I was trying to create. What a massive waste of time.

  19. I wonder if by warning Canadians he meant giving corporations a $60b tax cut then telling us to tighten our belts on the CBC three weeks later (doing the finest Montgomery Burns impression ever).

    Too bad he didn’t let Flaherty know that he knew about the recession before November 2008. Then he would have been able to claim he knew one economist; although that’s merely a technicality.

  20. Grit Girl is simply filling the enormous void left by Canada’s lame main stream media……who are all about opinion pieces and virtually none about the actual facts or fact checking.

  21. but I digress) it would take up to 20 minutes or sometimes even longer to render some of the effects I was trying to create. What a massive waste of time.

    I wish the Bushies had been subject to those kinds of constraints. We wouldn’t have had all the slick PowerPoint presentations about super-modern underground Al Qaeda complexes in the hills around Tora Bora or mobile biological warfare labs in Iraq if the execution of such elaborate charades had been slightly more daunting.

    I used to celebrate (and promote) the democratisation of information technology that increased user-friendliness had achieved. Now, I regret it, unreservedly.

  22. to my previous link this quote speaks depths to the inside of Conworld

    “If you want to vote for a centrist party, you can vote for the Liberal party of Canada. They’re very good at that.”

  23. Gene — I wonder if by warning Canadians he meant giving corporations a $60b tax cut then telling us to tighten our belts on the CBC three weeks later (doing the finest Montgomery Burns impression ever).

    The passage quoted claims that in 2007 Harper was “warning Canadians”… Really? I can’t seem to recall… and I’ll bet neither can anyone else (most likely because it’s untrue). Nonetheless, we’re simply meant to take this at face value. To see how wretchedly dishonest these dooches are, pay close attention the bit of legerdemain that follows. He was “warning Canadians of the coming challenges in the global economy.” What exactly would those “coming challenges” have been? We can’t have the foggiest idea from the limited information provided. It could just have been the usual blather that’s usually dispensed when talking about international trade, export development, and so on. Yes, there are many “challenges”… whatever that means. But in the next paragraph and subsequent ones describing the various “actions” that the Dear Leader took, we’re clearly meant to infer that they were because he saw the storm clouds on the distant horizon as far back as 2007. This is revisionist bullshit, plain and simple.

    Harper wasn’t warning of any impending turbulence back in 2007 and his cut to the GST wasn’t to provide stimulus, it was to fulfill a foolish campaign promise and better position him for the election he was so dearly trying to initiate so that he could thump Dion and win his coveted majority. If that cost the Treasury billions of dollars… oh well. Besides commodities were riding high at the time and the government was still forecasting healthy surpluses even with the loss of revenue. By the time he did realize trouble was brewing.. right around the same time that Lehman was tanking, laying off staff and headed for the rocks, that’s when he decided that he had to break his own law and call an election. In fact, he called for dissolution just one week before Lehman went into bankruptcy protection. And yet, he still had the nerve to run around the country telling people everything was just fine and dandy… “the fundamentals are strong” and “there’s no recession” and so forth. Yes, he is an economist as the media and his supporters are so fond of reminding us and he had to know that a shitstorm was headed our way, but it may take a few months for its effects to really start taking hold. Just enough time for him to sneak in under the wire… with a majority government, or so he hoped. No doubt so that he could then “experiment” at will during a time of crisis and change the face of Canada as he’d so dearly love to. Alas, it was not to be.

  24. GeneRayburn said:

    “I’m guilty of purchasing domain names myself”

    Speaking of domain names, try these ones:

    JimHadHisChance.ca

    or:

    SteveHadHidChance.ca

  25. I was just throwing out a guess but you are probably right. If he did actually say it in front of a camera it would probably be on youtube. Actually if it was true we’d probably see it plastered all over the media.

    I’m going to have to look up that christmas interview with Mansbridge to hear what he actually said.

  26. hypocrisy must be the currency de jour in Ottawa.

    I wonder what little traitor leaked the recording of that speech to the Canadian Press?

    Wanke: Assemble the lynch mob and get a-sleuthin’!

  27. Classic ASP. What luddites. I wonder if this site is hackable
    and
    inactionplan.ca has is pretty old school under the hood as well. HTML tables and imagemaps feels like 1998.
    Nothing wrong with .asp.
    Maybe you’d prefer .aspx like the Liberals?
    The Gov of Canada has a lot .cfm also – nothing wrong with that either…

    Would you prefer some .css and XHTM that has uneven rendering depending on your browser?
    Maybe some old school .pl or .php?

  28. Maybe you’d prefer .aspx like the Liberals?
    The Gov of Canada has a lot .cfm also – nothing wrong with that either…

    Would you prefer some .css and XHTM that has uneven rendering depending on your browser?
    Maybe some old school .pl or .php?

    Someone is getting awfully close to being stuffed into a locker.

  29. Ti-Guy Wanke: Assemble the lynch mob and get a-sleuthin’!

    Honest question (perhaps I should know but I really don’t) – what does the “Wanke” refer to/mean?

    Thanks

  30. Someone is getting awfully close to being stuffed into a locker.

    XHTM? Man CWTF that was lame. Your defense of Microsoft code definitely gives you a hint of M$ hoe.

  31. And there’s plenty wrong with our government using an outdated language for their sites. Jeez CWTF.

  32. Honest question (perhaps I should know but I really don’t) – what does the “Wanke” refer to/mean?

    Steven “Wanke” Janke.

  33. Generayburn –
    Please name what you consider “up to date” language.

    I don’t defend MS anymore than any other language/framework/OS/database. Little fanboys that go in with a preconceived notion of what is the best technology without knowing what the requirements are make me sick.
    It’s almost, if not worse than the partisanship that we see regarding political parties.

    So come on generayburn impress us….
    BTW, ColdFusion is not outdated – I’m not pleased when they switched to a Java underpinning (there is a bottleneck when it comes to db calls inherent in Java), but to call CF outdated shows ignorance…

    And if you want to get into a pissing match, I can guarantee you that my resume of sites, number of visitors, server load and any other matrix you may want to evaluate will “outclass” any pissant site you may have worked on.

    Again, it comes down to what your requirements are (after a proper SRS is done) and finding the best solution within customer constrains.

  34. *steps gingerly away from an imminent nerd battle royal*…

    CWTF, don’t make me dunk your head in a toilet…

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