The H-Word

It’s fairly amusing that Conservative Party hacks would attempt to personalize the Canadian government by re-branding it as The Harper Government® and then crazily issue a directive to public servants instructing them to refer to it as such.

Given the lack of an effective Opposition in parliament these days, it’s fortunate that Stephen Harper and the witless wrecking crew in the PMO are their own worst enemies in terms of alienating and randomly annoying large segments of the public with trivial, self-serving bullshit like this latest kerfuffle they’ve conjured up for no good reason whatsoever.

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20 responses to “The H-Word

  1. Random musing of the day:

    I wonder if there is a legal loophole that we can exploit as a result of this? By renaming the government the Harper Government, it is now the Government of Harpers, not Canadians. Which means that the Conservative party should no longer function in the capacity of the Government of Canada.

    Hey, I can dream, right?

  2. Here’s another one: If taxes are now being effectively remitted to the The Harper Government® then I think we’re within our rights as citizens to opt out of such a scheme of enforced political contribution.

  3. emyrauld

    Who’s going to tell these clowns that they do not “own” the Government of Canada, they are merely temporary custodians, and in my opinion, the more temporary, the better.

  4. As usual, media miss the obvious point here: the compelling beauty of the term “Harper Government” is the absence of the word “Canadian”. Why would Harper not want to purge the conventional expression of a word denoting something he despises?

    Mackenzie King and St. Laurent did the same thing with “Dominion”. Canada has a long and shameful history of letting self-impressed fat fucks tell us how we should conceive of our nation and its institutions.

    Mind you, we can’t blame this latest idiocy on Americanisation. You’ll never catch White House staffers referring to a presidential initiative as being the product of the “Obama government”; anything of the sort would tip the currently merely sullen and truculent redneck U.S. fringe into all-out rabid Minuteman rage.

    But does there exist a psychologically healthy Canadian for whom the last four years have not been a protracted political Chinese water-torture session, with each morning promising yet another slimy dollop of sneering, Canada-hating “Conservative” insolence? Is there any such thing as a truly rooted, authentic Canadian who isn’t tired of hearing media speak of Harper as if he’s not just scum, as if he’s not just a Bantam league Nixon, all rancid paranoia, venality, class envy, and self-loathing sublimated as passive-aggression?

    I’m tired of seeing the nation degrade itself by pretending that Harper’s claque of poltroons constitutes a legitimate ministry. I’m tired of watching Harper’s sedulous goon squad get treated as if they were the moral equals of people like us.

    Nota bene to Blogging Tories. Check this, dickwits: when, to crown a disgraceful career of invertebrate political saloperie, a prime minister follows the tug of the presidential leash down to Washington to sign his own borders over to the unaccountable, unilateralist guardianship of a foreign security and military apparatus not only without the slightest Parliamentary debate but without the most perfunctory of public announcements, he quits the realm of mere political stupidity and enters the slum-realm of treason.

    Naturally, it is impossible to support such a leader, materially or morally, without squatting in the same slum. And instead of bitching about hallucinated irritants like the so-called “left-wing” media and “socialist” or “separatist” parties (whose legislative support has been indispensable to the maintenance of Harper’s squalid banana republic), you would be better advised to thank whatever Babylonian fertility gods you cretins worship that Canada’s unique and unprecedented commitment to Enlightenment values confines your richly earned vilification to non-fatal limits—to words—and keeps you relatively safe from the vehicles of vilification other nations (including your shining paragon to the south) reserve for your kind—not that, in my darker hours, I find myself entirely unable to acknowledge the lesser-of-two-evils attraction of a surgically placed 7.62 × 51 mm round.

  5. A. Cynic

    My Canada does NOT include “Harper Government”

  6. CWTF

    Given the lack of an effective Opposition in parliament these days
    That is the biggest problem at the moment. It seems that every day the Connies are emboldened.
    Too bad that this is a “told you so” moment. With the coronation of Iggy, the Liberals became ineffective as predicted.

  7. CWTF: Sad but true. Aside from carping around the margins of policy, Ignatieff and the Liberals have nothing substantially different to offer and have become largely irrelevant. It’s tragically dispiriting.

  8. SF: Now that’s a rant! (Rotter – please take note for future reference.)

    One minor quibble and that’s with your interpretation of the way in which government policy is communicated and understood south of the border. Americans are quite clear – semantically, at least – in their distinction between “the government” and “the administration” temporarily in charge of it.

    But it goes deeper than that. In America, democratically elected “administrations” can significantly affect the character and trajectory of government at almost every level because they’re seen as being, and quite often are, completely intertwined political entities.

    On the other hand, here in Canada (and in Britain), they’re regarded more as separate creatures. The civil service bureaucracy – in effect, the enduring, day-to-day “government” of the country – is considered an impartial, apolitical body that transcends its popularly elected masters that come and go every few years.

    Let me put it more simply this way… Could you possibly imagine an American version of “Yes, Minister”?

  9. Americans are quite clear – semantically, at least – in their distinction between “the government” and “the administration” temporarily in charge of it.

    You’re absolutely right. That also applies to American administrations “elected” by the Supreme Court.

    Americans do insist on the rhetorical distinction between the administration and the government. In Canada, that distinction is (or used to be) real and fundamental, and the prime exponents of its preservation used to be conservatives—before the luscious taste of power led them to submit what they claimed were their most cherished principles to a daily diet of unlubricated buggery.

  10. Unlubricated buggery… Ouch!

  11. The truth hurts, Red…

  12. Penny

    Right now, my blood is boiling…..I was about to “do” my Income Tax, but if it’s going to the “Harper Government” instead of the Canadian Government, I feel like having my dog shred the paperwork and sending it to them in a bubble bag. Sir Francis, as always, puts things into perspective: “Canada has a long and shameful history of letting self-impressed fat fucks tell us how we should conceive of our nation and its institutions.” and “does there exist a psychologically healthy Canadian for whom the last four years have not been a protracted political Chinese water-torture session, with each morning promising yet another slimy dollop of sneering, Canada-hating “Conservative” insolence?”

    The only quibble I have with that is that I suspect the Harper Diktocracy sees “Canada” and “Harper” as synonyms. Next thing you know, the Dear Leader will do away with elections, since they cost so much and nobody else wins anyway.

  13. As I said at the outset, I’m more amused than offended at this latest attempt by Harper and his cronies to personalize the government. In their mindset, it’s little more than a commercial venture and they view it accordingly from a marketing perspective. Which is profoundly sad… but entirely understandable when considered from the vantage of puerile, mercenary dickweeds who might otherwise just as soon be flogging laundry detergent, cologne, or boxed pizzas.

  14. Which is profoundly sad… but entirely understandable when considered from the vantage of puerile, mercenary dickweeds who might otherwise just as soon be flogging laundry detergent, cologne, or boxed pizzas.

    Exactly. Every once in awhile I think about the sexless jihadis all getting together at their characterless bar of choice on Wellington and dreaming up ways that they can actually subvert democracy and debate in Canada. Every one of them a political science student or graduate, once upon a time actually giving a fig about the country, but now just useless catamites dedicated to browbeating bureaucrats and trying to mislead the public. Try as I might, I just can’t put myself in their shoes. Psychology of crowds I suppose.

  15. Well perhaps. I was quite startled to read some of the comments attached to online stories about this. Those identifying themselves as Conservative partisans don’t seem to care in the least about this issue. But that’s not surprising… Anything their “team” does is A-okay with them, apparently.

    I wonder though how they would feel if the shoe was on the other foot… Personally, I would find it just as irksome if a Liberal PM did the same thing.

  16. philosoraptor

    Hey Red

    I posted this over at Dawgs too. This is the letter we actually received. You decide if it would be ok with “The Ignatieff Government…”:

    ———————–

    Minister Clement Congratulates First Canadian Recipient of XXX — The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the [institute], today issued the following statement:

    “I am very pleased to congratulate [company]. This honour only serves to reinforce the [Canada’s] position as a leader on the world stage, while showcasing Canadian technology and innovation.

    “The [award] …. for quality and performance. It recognizes only those businesses that share a commitment to the highest levels of teamwork, technical and managerial excellence, safety, and customer service.

    “The Harper Government, through [institute], is proud to support companies like [company] as they work to sustain [Canada’s] world-class reputation. [company’s] story is a prime example of how Canadian firms are thriving in a competitive global market.”

    —————

    Interestingly, we received this about a month ago, and certainly before the word reached the press that this was an official change.

  17. I get exposed to a lot of press releases from different government departments and may well have seen these kinds of references to “the Harper Government” in the past without it consciously registering.

    A search on one of the sites that I maintain reveals that this expression has been used on releases from Industry Canada, the PMO and DFAIT in recent months.

  18. grammins

    As a CPC supporter, and as a human being, this is a non-issue and meaningless. Using Harper’s name is being done to capitalize on a perceived strength (Harper) vs. a legitimate weakness and liability (Count Eyebrows). How many times have I heard “The Bush or Obama Administration” over the years? Or seen budgets attributed to Paul Martin, as opposed to the Liberal or Canadian government? It doesn’t matter – the fact that no one like Iggy does, and this is one more way to drive a stake in his lame-duck political “career”.

  19. sapphireandsteel

    Thank you Grammins for effectively illustrating how you miss the point and would probably react quite poorly if we were talking about the Ignatieff government.

    The difference between the Harper government and the Obama administration in this matter is that the Obama Administration did not officially change the government’s name? No prime minister, majority or minority has been so arrogant as this one.

    The fact that you so quickly drop your argument down to cheap shots really does prove without a doubt that you dont have a leg to stand on.

    Yeah it may not bug you, but it doesnt mean that it doesnt bug others. Not everyone is as obedient as you grammins.

    Now go fetch!

  20. Grammins: Everything the The Harper Government® does is a “complete non-issue” to its loyal supporters. Oh wait, when I say that, am I now referring to the Conservative Party, or the Government of Canada? It gets rather confusing at times. 😉

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