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By viciousmeow, December 12, 2008 at 9:57 am Link to this comment
I feel so sorry about Canada. I have been wanting to move there for a while, but lately it has seemed like it is more and more corrupted by “foreign” (us) fingers. I feel like everything we touch burns to the ground, starting with when our ancestors first came here and burned the Native American villages and forced them to walk until they died, and leading right up to the violence in Iraq and the corruption of Canada.
By yellowbird2525, December 10, 2008 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment
politicians from the USA bribed the heads of Canada saying hey hey hey do it our way! we have gotten away with it in the USA for years, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, MAKE THE PEOPLE PAY mentality that is reflected in the dictatorship there now with the heads hobnobbing with known criminals, & the people being oppressed severely & anything that is done for the people or the planet denied. THIS is the “democracy” supposedly run by the people BS that is trying to take over the world. The folks are forced off their lands, lose their homes, Big Corps move in & now have huge mega farms & Canada who USED to have a true agency that faithfully reported on poisons now mimics the FDA in deliberately LYING to the people, & is on the side of the Chemical & Crooked Corps who our Gov works with AGAINST the people & planet. They are FRONTS pretending FALSELY to be “a force for good” when in reality they are crooks, criminals, & determined that ALL people are slaves alive for 1 purpose only: to make them rich, & the additional benefit: they can do whatever they want, whenever they want, & never be brought to justice! Isn’t it GRAND that this “demonocracy” is being spread across the world? THIS is what “going global” means to THEM; Mexico is fighting back in a civil war they like to label “drug wars” to hide their acts of atrocities country to country to country. So sorry Canada for the ATROCITIES put on YOU by our GOV & their criminal corps;
By mary j. planedin, December 10, 2008 at 10:05 am Link to this comment
Buckminster Fuller always referred to politicians as the “stooges for the Great Pirates”. As it is with our american cousins, so it is with us to the North. Politics is archaic and no comprehensive answers will be found coming from their specialized ranks. On the bright side, specialization leads to extinction.
As clunky and scarifying as life appears to us today, remember that there is nothing about the caterpillar that predicts a butterfly. We have the resources, skills and common-sense to provide for all without depriving anyone. Is it unfashionable to say “We can do it.”? Perhaps.
By Ray Comeau, December 10, 2008 at 7:05 am Link to this comment
I wish Truthdig would do an in depth article about Stephen Harper. They would find many similiarities between Harper and G.W. Bush.
Harper is a wannabe right wing religious nut case, and some of his caucas (like Stockwell Day) believes humans walked with dinosaurs.
Harper is a mean spirited Dictator, who took advantage of the global financial crisis to attempt to impose severe financial burdens on the opposition.
Harper stirred up the age old Quebec Separation issue to scare voters into supporting him, when he knew that he would lose a ‘Legal’ vote of confidence in the House of Commons, and his neoconservative party would be sent scurrying to the back benches.
Under Harper, who is trying to emulate Bush, the Canadian Government isn`t lilly white in its Foreign Policy. An example is how the Canadian International Development Agency (and Canadian NGO(s)) aided and abetted the USA overthrow of the democratically elected ‘Aristeed” in Haiti. Ironically the Canadian Governor General who allowed Harper to prorogue the House of Commons (to avoid the vote of Confidence which would have toppled the Harper Government) is herself a Haitain.
The Military Industrial Complex has flourished under Harper.
Sadly, the voting public is becoming apathetic and/ or scared, that, and a nucleous of religious right voters are keeping Harper in a minority position . Sound familiar??
Under Free Trade, we would trade Harper for one of your cotton snout beetles any day !
By Roger Hollander, December 8, 2008 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment
Instead of a banana there should be a swastika with one political party mentioned: the Conservatives. It’s leader and (unfortunately) Canada’s Prime Minister somehow brow beat the Governor General into suspending parliament to save his political hide, a gross violation her authority. Harper, with his minority governments, governs with a merciless vengeance and an iron fist in the furthering of his agenda, which is to dismantle the social safety net, destroy pay equity for women, continue the war in Afghanistan, and turn Canada into a US colony. He makes Dick Cheney proud and is right at home with the likes of Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh.
By nickysin, December 8, 2008 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
I find it a bit much when a fellow Canadian self-righteously lectures our cousins to the south on the topic of American imperialism and how Canada is, well, little miss snow white. (In response to Sol).Don’t Canadians, well at least some and you can image who, benefit from the so-called liberation of Afghanistan? Isn’t Canada a healthy participant in the international weapons industry? Doesn’t Canada have a wonderful history of French and English imperialism? And boy wasn’t it a hoot when our European Ancestors arrived and well, to put it politely, nudged the First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples off their lovely little vacation properties.
Whether north or south of either the 45th parallel or the Rio Grande, power and greed need no passport.
By Epictetus, December 8, 2008 at 2:22 pm Link to this comment
Unless my eyes deceive me, this cartoon was published in the Ottawa Citizen. Can we all relax before instead of throwing a big hissy-fit about America’s opinion of Canada? I suspect most Americans have much bigger fish to fry than angsting over the fate of our prorogued parliament.
By Xntrk, December 8, 2008 at 1:54 pm Link to this comment
I like Canadians, and I’ve mostly admired your independence and ability to tell us to stuff it.
That said, Harper and the Conservatives has aided and abetted the ass in DC at every opportunity. Talk about the “Coalition of the Willing”!
I was stunned when I heard you had signed a “Free Trade” Agreement with Columbia. Talk about signing up with the scum of the world.
I thought that was the meaning of the Banana Republic cartoon. I should have known your disgust stops at the doors to the vault.
By Sol, December 8, 2008 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
Well first of all, it is Harper that is a banana not Canada. The man just like his cousin to the South is a sore looser. At least in Canada we do not invade countries, we do not tell others to stop developing nuclear weapons while owning thousands of them, we do not torture and especially we do not cover up under the word of whatever God the US uses to justify whatever you do. If we are a banana republic at least I am proud that the banana is not rotten as it is in the US. I am very proud of being a Canadian citizen.
By C Quil, December 8, 2008 at 10:44 am Link to this comment
It’s already a banana republic under the neo-Con Steven Harper. He shut down the government to avoid being booted out of office.
The three parties, together representing a majority of Canadians, would form a coalition.
Steven Harper’s party only got 37% of the vote. The rest was split between four other main parties. The Greens got around 10% and not one seat.
The Harperite Conservatives, after a huge election campaign full of smears and outright lies, don’t represent anyone but themselves.
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