Harper’s “Hockey Nut” Interview

I missed this last week. If perhaps you did also, well, here it is…

Good to see a somewhat more human version of the PM automaton extolling the virtues of government sponsorship of athletics, the benefits of multicultural diversity, and so on. One could almost be excused for thinking that he’s apparently turning into a “liberal” of sorts.


Facing the Cuts

While not exactly an “apples to apples” comparison, it might be fair to speculate that the impending situation in Britain is a precursor of what we might expect to experience across the country in the coming months and years as the Harper government grapples with the enormous debt hole it’s created out of necessity to stave off the most immediate effects of the economic recession.

Of course, it’s no secret that government spending under the Harper regime had been escalating significantly even before the economic shit finally hit the fan in 2009. Expenditures were up, the civil service was expanding, corporate taxes were rolled back, lavish new schemes to benefit friendly political interests were instituted and before you knew it, the so-called “Conservatives” had rapidly burned their way through the modest reserve of several billion dollars stockpiled by the previous Liberal government (much of that done ruthlessly on the backs of their provincial counterparts, it has to be said).

So now what? The “steady as she goes” budget that will be delivered in the next few days promises little, but the “re-calibration” that was justification for proroguing parliament may do more than hint at how Harper and his team plan to eventually reconcile the books.

Calling Stephen Harper…

Hinson Calabrese, a witty 25 year-old from Cape Breton Island, has embarked on a fun-filled project rich with comedy potential to call the Prime Minister of Canada on the phone “everyday”…

In his fourth such call, Hinson attempts to thank the PM in person for the super idea of proroguing and elaborates on various ways in which he’s implementing the concept in his own life.

You can show Hinson some love by checking out his blog and/or subscribing to his YouTube channel.

Mmmm… Proroguey!

If anyone seriously thought that the Dear Leader wouldn’t prorogue parliament for the next couple of months, you really need to give your head a shake. And why not? The fact of the matter — that I’m entirely confident will be affirmed by opinion polls — is that most Canadians don’t and won’t care in the least bit that their elected representatives have been furloughed for the balance of winter.

Going Prorogue Update: Coverage from last night’s The National.

Fossil of the Year

You may have seen this momentarily on the news last week, but here’s the whole ceremony where Canada was recognized by Climate Action Network International as being “the absolute worst country” at the COP15 talks — an “honour” that plays remarkably well with most “Conservative” supporters.

Harmonizing For Inaction

Terry Milewski on today’s Power & Politics explaining the intent of the leaked cabinet memo proposing that Canada’s emission reduction scheme be “harmonized” with U.S. legislation. Accordingly, the oil and gas industry would be given favourable treatment as an “energy-intensive trade influenced sector.”