Wild Rose Party Show Their True Colors While the PC Conservatives Trade In Their Bigoted Vests for More Hypocritical Jackets
As the Alberta campaign trail comes to end, the Wild Rose Party preaches a gospel of hate which is as to be expected for a party that is more conservative then the PC Conservatives themselves.
A hateful comment posted by the Wild Roses Allen Hunsperger a year ago, as surfaced just six days before Albertans are set to take to the polls. “You will suffer the rest of eternity in the lake of fire, hell, a place of eternal suffering,” Hunsperger said in the blog entry titled “Born this Way.”
Leader Danielle Smith says she doesn’t understand all the fuss, but I’m sure she does and is just trying to douse a flame that the Wild Rose’s ‘Firewall’ manifesto has sparked. “The views he expressed were his personal views in the context of him being a pastor” Smith said defending the comments that reek of ignorance and hate “I believe in freedom of religion and I believe that religious people do also have an opportunity and should be encouraged to run for political office,”
As much as Hunsperger’s views are bigoted and should be condemning Hunsperger to an eternity of counter Westboro Baptist style picketing, you got agree with Smith on not censoring the idiocy that spews from the mouths of our politicians. The comment which has since been deleted is not likely to lose them any votes, as they are preaching to a choir of people who believe black tidal waves of oil will save us, global warming is a myth and separation of church and state shouldn’t be a thing.
In fact maybe it will gain them some PC Conservative votes, because let’s be honest here; bible thumping bigots are going to like the fact that Smith doesn’t step away from her amazingly ignorant, uneducated hate filled, dangerous, vicious views that would leave Harper grooming her like a shiny pony when he can approve all the pipelines and stupidity that his tiny brain desires.
While the Wild Rose party sticks to their crazy train, Alison Redford leader of Alberta’s PC Party hops off the gay-hate train onto an equally as stupid train.
Choo! Choo! All aboard the hypocrisy train, right on schedule if I do say so myself. Next stop: Lost election and the next four years of back pedalling to try and gain back the support of people who think with bibles and not brains.
“If we have people like this, making these sorts of comments in Alberta, I think it’s absolutely wrong,” Redford said when asked about Hunsperger’s ignorance. See, she wants you to believe she’s referring to the content of the post itself, but what she’s really referring to the unwritten rule of hiding your ignorance when on campaign trails. If you say something stupid, don’t finish your sentence. Try to derail everything and deny you ever attempted to say something so insipid.
“The fact that these people think that’s a legitimate perspective just absolutely blows my mind.” Redford said trying to hide the fact that she sticks by former finance minister Ted Morton, who has publicly opposed gay marriage in the past. According to Alison, your opposing marriage and believing everyone who loves someone who’s not the opposite sex is going to burn in hell are two different things. “When we’re starting to talk about people facing eternity and lakes of fire those are pretty unique comments and I think Albertans will judge those for themselves,” It’s all about wording, according to Redford.
Redford’s last second attempt to win over a few votes is less then shocking. During the campaign trail both Redford and Smith have proven high school never ends. These two women of the right wing have been fighting it out on twitter, in press conferences and whatever opportunity they could get their perfectly manicured hands on. In a series of unadulterated political drama that has the appeal of a trailer park cat fight; Redford has proved herself to be indefinitely an aggressive, pushy, gossip while Smith has proven herself to be slightly less outright rude in her offense on the attacks constantly thrown at her by Redford.
Everything the Wild Rose party stands for smells of aggressive lobbying by oil companies and screams ‘forget democracy’, but you got to give Smith a tiny bit of credit for rolling with the punches and being only slightly more mature then Redford.
Late March, Smith suited up and played waitress in a publicity stunt, as politicians often do to shake that ‘I believe I am holly then thou’ image. During this little publicity stunt Smith said “I think Ms. Redford doesn’t like Alberta all that much, she doesn’t like who we are”. Redford responded to the ridiculous comment by pointing out it was a ridiculous comment.
“That’s such a ridiculous comment to make,” she said. “If other political candidates want to have that kind of a conversation, I don’t know who they’re going to have it with, because they’re not going to have it with me.”
Smith has attacked Redford for fear-mongering. Redford has attacked Smith for fear-mongering. Both deny they were fear-mongering but it doesn’t matter what they say, they were both clearly fear-mongering.
Redford said Smith’s anti-choice beliefs on abortion and banning gay marriage “frighten” Albertans. With that comment accusing Smith of fear-mongering, came an accusation from Smith to Redford that she was mongering the fear which Smith had worked so hard to cultivate and she should give it back because Smith needs that fear to win seats or money or approval from the oil companies. No one’s pointed out that the party Redford comes from stands for anti-choice and comes from a place of homophobia.
Smith has taken multiple attacks on Redford countless times for wanting to “change Alberta” when Smith herself comes from a party that makes Quebec separatists look like Canadian patriots.
It was all normal, only slightly more vicious then normal politics until an attack on Smith from Redford via Twitter crossed the line. The attack should make anyone question how she got to be the leader of anything other than a high school cheer leading squad or a college sorority.
A tweet aimed at Smiths “Family Pack” pledge, was, not only a torpedo far off target, but when that bomb finally landed; it exploded right in Redford’s face sending shrapnel into the heart of Smiths personal life that was better left untouched
“If @ElectDanielle likes young and growing families so much, why doesn’t she have children of her own? #wrp family pack = insincere”
Smith responded in a very mature manner stating to the press, in more than 140 characters: “In the last day the question has been raised about why I don’t have children of my own. When David and I married in 2006 we intended to have children together. After a few years we sought help from the Calgary Regional Fertility Clinic. I appreciated the support and assistance of the caring staff as we went through tests and treatments, but in the end we were not successful.”
Redford responded with this: “Alberta is made up of all types of families. Each one has a story. Each one is unique. There is no one type of family that is more authentic than the other. Last night, a tweet was sent that was entirely inappropriate. It was hurtful and does not reflect my values nor those of my campaign in any way. Once I became aware of the tweet, I called Danielle Smith immediately. I look forward to speaking with her privately. The young woman who authored the tweet has resigned from her position. From that action I know she understands the gravity of her actions.”
And the spat ended with this: “I just spoke with @Premier_Redford. I appreciate her sincerity and accepted her apology.”
So in closing of this rambling post, there’s one thing that should be taken from this. Redford and Smith both have incredibly conservative views and basically, other than the fact that one preaches from a place of religion and the other one constantly contradicts what she actually stands for, other than financially and the fact that one wants Alberta independence; they’re pretty much both standing on the same platforms yelling the same conservative beliefs.
It baffles the mind that either of them are in the positions they’re in and it’s even more baffling that they’re ahead of NDP and Liberal candidates, but it kind of makes sense because it is Alberta, Canada’s oil capital where they pay less taxes then the rest of Canada and still receive better services then Aboriginals. Both of them are reminiscent of Sarah Palin. They even got the whole “Drill baby drill” bit down.
The fact that this is the face of woman in Canadian politics in the sense that they have power and are likely to keep it, whereas woman like Elizabeth May need some time to become more established, is enough to bring a tear to the eye when you really think about what a woman in power in this country looks like.
On the very unlikely off chance that either of them ever sees this article they should probably know that both of them have put woman back a long time. And they haven’t even passed any anti-abortion laws yet. I really hope neither of them wins and they haven’t quit their day jobs.
But what do I know? I turned 18 today and my invitation to people posted earlier still stands
A Letter to My Country
Dear Conservative Party of Canada and all who support Bill C-30,
Please do not hold off the debate on Bill C-30. Bill C-30 is a bill that will affect all Canadians and the debate should be held publicly with complete transparency. A complete list of sponsors of Bill C-30 should be released and easily accessible to the public, as it is our right, as taxpayers and citizens to have access to have all information on the bills presented by our government.
While the Conservative party of Canada has renamed the “Unlawful Access Bill” to “Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act” the bill does not prescribe harsher punishments for child predators nor does it mention children. Safety Minister Vic Toews who presented the bill, has publicly stated he “does not know what is in the bill”; maybe Toews should spend less time worrying about who knows the intimate details of his divorce and more time reading the bills he presents. Privacy is a right and if Mr. Toews would like to bring forth a bill to turn it into a privilege then he should be prepared to handle the consequences. The Canadian government has no business knowing what is in my browsing history or what is on my hard drive and as much as there is nothing to hide, there is an imminent threat when the government goes claiming that anyone with an opposing opinion “stands with the child pornographers”.
Bill C-30 will not catch the child pornographers. It would take extensive amounts of time to scan the data of Canada’s populous, for any suspicious activity that suggests someone is producing child pornography and even more time to trace the original user who possesses child pornographer and their IP addresses. In the time that the government is trying to find the user, the criminal gets away, leaving more tracks to trace and learning from their mistakes, developing new methods to hide and decreasing any chance of saving the child.
In 2010 the government busted a child pornography ring in Toronto. The perpetrator was never charged, despite the fact that he was guilty of not just child pornography but human trafficking of a young children, despite the fact all evidence of his crimes were on video which was in custody of the police, despite the fact several children formally in his care were sent back to the impoverished countries from which they came or put into foster care, despite the fact that he admitted to the crimes to officers he never once went in front of a judge. By the time the Canadian government had gotten to him, he had already held, raped and molested several young girls, but what the Canadian government had failed to discover was that when these girls got “too old”, the people of this child pornography ring would simply throw them onto the street, where they would live in shelters and make attempts to enroll in the school system, but seeing as they were not citizens and could not apply for refugee status, the young girls now teens had no choice but to remain in shelters, never receiving education. In two cases, when they applied for citizenship, they found themselves being deported back to Ethiopia or Liberia, being that it had been over a decade for both girls, the chances of them ever returning to their families is slim to none. This is not a media covered story, this is the story of a young girl from a shelter.
If the government would like to stop child pornographers, then it is wise not to make false attempts at doing so. The child pornographers will not go away out of fear of you, they will just find new ways to traffic girls and new ways to distribute child porn.
The conservative government continually changes the subject and makes ad hominid attacks on a general populous of people who do not agree with them. When accused of elections fraud the government pointed the finger instead of agreeing to an investigation. When emails are sent to Conservative MP’s automated messages are sent in reply. When opposing parties ask why the conservative government has proposed or acted in such a way that they do not agree on, the conservative party does not justify the inquiry with an answer but shut down the debate and change the subject.
Safety Minister Toews, I as a Canadian citizen, do not feel safe with Bill C-10 enacted, as it will keep people from getting jobs as they will have a record for something even the most harmless of offenses. It will put more people in jail and it will create more desperation. Bill C-10 will not make the streets safe and Bill C-30 will not stop the child pornographers.
I, as a Canadian citizen, do not feel safe with the government invading on my privacy and taking away freedoms instead of giving education and opportunity.
I as a Canadian citizen, am made to feel ashamed for criticizing the Canadian government. A government who takes half of my income; for not just services that both aboriginal and non-aboriginal status citizens deserve access to, but also for Canadian politicians own personal gains. The Canadian people do not pay you to jail, censor and spy, they pay you to educate, provide essential services and keep the best interests for the people. Not the interest government. Not the the interest corporations. The interest the people. As someone who pays you half of my income to the government, I do not feel as though you have educated, provide service equally to the the Canadian populous or kept the best interest of the Canadian people, but instead have attempted to jail, censor and spy on the very populous that elected you.
I as a Canadian citizen, refuse to feel ashamed of criticizing the government of the country I live in but instead feel it increasingly necessary to continue thinking for the future and continue to question the Conservative government and the burning question in my mind is who pays you?
There was no room in the Ontario budget for healthcare so doctors and nurses are taking pay freezes, but there was room for 25 new LCBO locations. There was no room for education so the teachers are taking pay freezes, but there was money for more OPP officers. There was very little room in the budget for infrastructure, but the business sector saw very limited cut backs. Once again I implore you, who pays you?
I want to pay for education, healthcare and good wages for all workers, especially those in the public sector, good roads and buildings that are up to code. I don’t some multinational corporation taking tax money over seas to manufacture goods in China or more police to abuse their power or continue the cycle of poverty. I don’t want more places to buy alcohol or a pipeline that has proved a hard sale, will do damage to the environment and doesn’t take advantage of the Maritime provinces potential for wind power or the territories and northern provinces capacity for solar power. I want equal opportunity for all people, Canadian born citizens, immigrants and aboriginals deserves the same opportunities, not deportation and systematic poverty. I want a country I can be proud of but instead I watch on in horror as victims of criminals become victims of police and then become victims of the system.
I do not want to associate the national anthem with protestors practicing their right to free speech only to be met with riot police. I do not want to associate the word ‘apartheid’ with the way aboriginals are treated. I do not want a government who doesn’t look at fact or support research and investigation. I do not want a government who discourages curiosity and knowledge and encourages complacency and mediocrity. I want freedom not fear; equity not poverty. I want education and politicians who listen. I want a say in the bills that are passed. When I send a letter to my MP asking for an appointment to draft a bill, I don’t want an automated email, I want an appointment.
I want Canada to invest in green energy and set a new standard, not back out of agreements instead of trying to meet the terms. Canada is one of the greatest countries in the world but I can not say in any sense of the word honesty that I trust or am proud of the government.
Who is lining your pocket? If it is not the people please give us back the half of the income you take from us. Who do you work for? If its the corporations ask them for better wages, because the people pay more then they do. Who employs you? If the answer is the public sector, then why are the MPPs not facing a pay freeze.
I am a proud Canadian who is ashamed of my government and you will not silence my voice. We, the Canadian populous will stand on guard for thee and spit in the face of hypocrisy. We, the Canadian populous will stand strong and speak up when our freedom is at stake. We, the Canadian populous will look far and wide for the truth. And we, the Canadian populous will not be bullied into your police state.
The corporations do not belong in the house of commons and neither does any attack on freedom.
“9 Million Dollars In Native Education” Says Harper with his fingers crossed
I hate to fear monger, but there is a giant middle finger aimed straight at Canada’s Aboriginal Community. Why speculate such things? Harper is heading to Nunavut to talk Native education in the north.
Aboriginal Affairs in Canada fallows a pattern. The government makes promises they have no intention of implementing. They apologize for residential schools, wait a few weeks, swine flu happens; send body bags instead of hand sanitizer. Go to conference to discus Aboriginal issues, promise to change the “Indian Act” in hopes of better education, don’t change a thing; plan the Northern Gateway Pipeline to go through an Aboriginal land claim. Send housing to Attawapiskat, 30 years too late to prevent an infrastructure collapse; instantly reject Band Chiefs law suit that may result in better funding for the reserves. Need we continue?
Now Harper is heading to Nunavut in “the dead of winter” to make promises he has no plan to back. Harper claims to want to contribute 9 million dollars towards raising the literacy rates and providing better job skills.
In a month or a week, we will be told that money does not actually exist. Weather Harper announces that the money better spent pushing a surveillance bill that makes apprehension of copyright breakers, come the activation of ACTA and/or TPP in 2015, is yet to be seen.
While Harper publicly recognizes Aboriginal Education is a prerequisite to economic success, what he will never admit is that that the success of the Aboriginal people would be a road block to anything economic in his agenda. The success of the Aboriginal people would be a revolutionary change in the government and the way government functions. The Aboriginal people would push for more environmental action, more solar panels and wind turbines, less pipelines and drilling. They would demand more sustainable local growth and less trade agreements with countries that have horrible human rights track records. The focus would shift to people from profit and that is the opposite of what Harper wants.
There is a huge different in the way Nunavut is governed compared to the provinces. When a motion to raise the premier’s salary was introduced the premier herself voted against it, further proving she cares more about the people then lining her own pockets. If it was anyone else, they’d likely take it in a heart beat. Believe it or not, turning down the raise is exactly what traditional native values dictate; one for the community, not community for one.
No matter how many times Harper tries to come off as caring for the Aboriginal Community, you can’t look at his half assed attempts and say “well at least he cares” because he doesn’t. Harper doesn’t care for the natives. He doesn’t even care about the people of Canada. Yes, he cares about the economy, but the people who make the economy, the people who live in this country, the children who will one day inhabit this land; no respect for them. He has no respect for the retiring generation, or the internet generation.
Harper and Ford are very much alike. They will tell you that if you don’t agree with them and want your tax money to go to something that will benefit you and not a company, then you are wrong. You don’t want your privacy invaded then you MUST have something to hide.
Harper shuts down debates and gives the same vague answer to every hard question. Ford fires people, who don’t agree with him and gets a publicity team to fake like their not a PR team calling into a radio talk show, and say they agree with him when ever council votes against him.
Harper keeps making false promises and until he changes his focus to people instead of profit, the Aboriginal Community will continue to suffer.
The Conservatives need to stop making PR moves and start making efforts.
But what do I know? I’m going to city hall later to watch people bicker.
Canada, I Am Disappoint
I used to be one of those patriotic Canadians who used to always boast “Yeah! Look at our glorious healthcare! We’re peace keepers! Yeah! America (pronounced A-mur-ee-ca) got nothing on us!”.
….I don’t feel that way anymore
Don’t get me wrong; Canada’s health care system is amazing, neither of my parents would be alive without it and I thank the great unicorn in the sky everyday for it. No one is putting a gun to my head and no one is taking away all of the little things I take for granted. No one is keeping me from doing anything or forcing me to do anything I don’t want to do. For that matter, here in Canada I don’t think we know how amazing our standard of living is. Canada is very much a free country; no argument there.
In recent months I can’t help but wonder how democratic is our democracy? While nobody is threatening to take away the Canadians right to vote (I’m 17 so one more year), and the government isn’t censoring the media, in the past few months, it seems like the way Harper is running his cabinet has been not autocratic so to speak, but less then democratic.
Now you may think I’m going a little bit far saying that, but I can give you several examples of how I got to this conclusion.
For one, despite out right opposition from environmental groups and Canadian citizens, Peter Kent the Environment Minister of Harper’s Government withdrew Canada from the Kyoto Protocol. Canadian MPs in opposition to the decision were not allowed to the attend the conference. The Keystone Pipeline and Ontario’s MegaQuary was met with the same opposition as withdrawing from the Kyoto Protocol was…Hasn’t stopped Harper from doing it.
Kent says that the Kyoto standards were unrealistic for Canada. He blames the Liberal government for signing the Kyoto Protocol in the first place; conveniently forgetting to mention the programs that the Liberals had put in place to meet these goals…which have been cut by the Conservative upon their election in 2006.
Ohhhhh, and we wonder why Justin Trudeau was so angry!
Still not convinced?
Recently Green Party MP, Elizabeth May pointed out during Question Period:
“Mr. Speaker, from 1913 to 1956, a period of over 40 years, time limits on debates were used 10 times. In the last 40 days, it has been used 7 times, making a new historical record.
What used to be the exception to the rule appears to now be the rule.”
This was met with heckling from the conservative party. Why? I have no idea why, parliamentary debates these days seem to be less of debates and more of Conservatives yelling.
I understand how important Harper believes the economy is, but as a Canadian I don’t feel like the government that represents my believes. Isn’t a government that represents the beliefs of the people and open debate what democracy is about?
But then again; what do I know. I can’t even vote.
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