The Undecided Party of Canada
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Uhmmmm….

How times have changed. Opposition Leader Stevie about Paul Martin not knowing about what members of his party were doing.

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Good to know the current Prime Minister is someone believes a leader is answerable for what goes on in his party, and that simple direct questions deserve simple direct answers.

Oh, wait…

(Click on YouTube icons to see entire interview.)

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“Participants at Conservative events must agree to gag order”…

…for details, read this article from iPolitics.

So…

 

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Sheep Image: “A Cotswold ewe” by Linda Kenney (https://www.flickr.com/people/7902980@N02) via Wikimedia Commons, under under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

 

Cowardly Lion Launches Longest Election Campaign since 1872

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An election which will cost the taxpayers an extra 100 million dollars (despite Harper launching his campaign with “…it’s important that these campaigns be funded by the parties themselves rather than taxpayers.”), but more importantly -to Steve- will allow the Conservatives to spend more from their larger bank account and try to drown out the opposition with money. No reason to put yourself in a fair fight, right?

(One of his reasons for promoting fixed election dates a few years back (before he ignored it in 2011)?, was to “…stop leaders from trying to manipulate the calendar simply for partisan political advantage.” But hey, memories are only as long as convenient when you’re a politician.)

78 days so Canadians can have “…the time to consider the alternatives before them, because this is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect us all.” And while Canadians consider, our strong, decisive leader will be running from most debates, only taking 5 questions per appearance with no follow-ups so he can ignore whatever questions he doesn’t like while shills shout down reporters who dare ask impertinent questions, and trying to frighten voters into supporting his party with the threat of “real consequences” (cue the “…violent global jihadist movement…” stage right) if he doesn’t get to keep his job.

Have you ever seen the 1997 film “Wag The Dog” – where the incumbent uses the spectre of a foreign threat to ensure his re-election? A hilarious classic and a lesson in politics that should be part of every journalist’s education. And where Harper is saying, “It is time to stay the course and stick to our plan,” Wag The Dog’s hopeful had…

 

As for his statement that “…everybody should operate under the law and the rules for campaigns,” we can only say, Seriously?!

“The Treasure of the Senate Expense Account,” starring…

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Here’s a Shocker…

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Fury with MPs is main reason for not voting – poll

As we’ve said all along – it’s not about apathy, it’s about bitter experience. And not terribly surprising that the political environment that gave rise to the Undecided Party also exists across the pond (and, no doubt, around the globe).

When the Best Choice is No Choice, eh what?

More of the ‘Fine Art’ of Politics…

“Due process is not possible in this chamber, where it seems a majority wants to put my head on a platter.” Pamela Wallin.

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(Another highly debatable masterpiece by the highly debatable artist, Agar Dunwiddie.)

A Stirring Tale of Betrayal and Revenge…

…or Revenge and Betrayal, depending on who you ask.

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Doled out bit by juciy bit – to stretch the pain out as long as possible. (Reinterpretation by the deservedly unknown artist, Agar Dunwiddie.)

So After Ducking the Scandals All Summer…

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…and delaying the return of Parliament for an extra month to ‘prepare’ for a Throne Speech that essentially said nothing, what is Glorious Leader’s strategy for finally facing a determined opposition’s probing interrogation during the first Question Period?

(Unless, of course the entire EU trade agreement would have collapsed if he had suggested that this purely symbolic announcement of a deal that won’t be ratified for years -if ever- might be pushed back by a day or so. Sure, that must be it. DAMN those Europeans for insisting that it be the 18th or not at all!!)

Tired of Hearing About…

Corrupt, rule-breaking, self-serving senators?

PMO coverups (including the corrupt, rule-breaking, self-serving senators)?

Candidates ignoring election spending limits?

Multiple police investigations?

Well the Conservative government wants you to forget all that – PLEASE! 

Let them entertain you as…

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Ooooo! Ahhhhh!

Look at the dazzling cell phone reform!

Gasp at pick-your-own TV channels!

Applaud the ability to move booze between provinces!

Forget those nasty corruption thingys – you know WE want to.

Because let’s face it, politics is all about misdirection.

“Striving to Make Our Name an Oxymoron”…

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The Communications Security Establishment Canada has been outed for spying on the telecommunications of the Ministry of Mines and Energy of Brazil. (An ally, for those keeping score, and not -at least presently- threatening Canada with military or terrorist attack.)

The Establishment (how appropriate is that?) has responded to questions with the stonewall of “National Security,” which can only mean one thing given just which ministry was the target of the espionage. Brazil means to tunnel under the United States and into Canada so that they can steal not only our oil, but subway cars and dinosaur bones, exercise equipment and chest freezers from our very homes, and even canned peas out of long forgotten bomb shelters. No doubt the reason for all the ‘mysterious’ sinkholes across the Americas of late are miscalculations by the fiendish Brazilian mole-men.

Either that, or they’re just spying on whoever they can just because they can. But what are the odds of that?