Transparency (and lack thereof)

Perhaps nothing is so metaphorically appropriate when it comes to illustrating the Harper Conservatives’ arrogant contempt of public scrutiny, transparency, and accountability than its humiliating treatment of the press corps in its latest attempt to obtain a majority government.

I know this juvenile gamesmanship plays remarkably well with the hardcore, bucknutty “base” of the so-called “Conservative” Party that despises the “Lamestream Media” with an irrational fervour, but to most normal, reasonably well-adjusted, and relatively sane human beings, it seems quite outrageous to cage reporters behind steel fences far removed from the Event Du Jour and limit them to less than a handful of questions PER DAY!

Kudos to the spinmeisters behind The Harper Government® with respect to the clever bit of legerdemain in converting their obdurate lack of transparency and accountability into a net plus by picking a fight with the one group of people even more universally despised and held in the lowest contempt by the public than politicians, according to polls: the media.


A Burning Issue

If anything demonstrates the utter hopelessness and complete futility of the Canadian “mission” in Afghanistan, this latest incident, where 12 United Nations aid workers were killed (one even beheaded, apparently) as retribution for some crackpot preacher in Florida burning the Qur’an, surely does.

Maybe it’s time that the untold millions of dollars that will be flushed down the toilet of Afghanistan over the next three years of our “mission” in that primitive hellhole were instead invested in our own domestic needs; whether it be fixing roads and bridges or helping lift many of our own citizens out of poverty.

This is an issue where the Liberals have been sorely disappointing over the years since getting us into this insane clusterfuck in the first place. I know many Liberal supporters want to turn a blind eye to it, but it’s something that I believe every Liberal candidate needs to be confronted with. Why won’t they immediately pull the plug on this hopeless and utterly misguided “mission” in Afghanistan that is DOOMED TO FAILURE?