PM Backpeddles on Promises…Again.


 They all do it. Every Prime Minister that has ever reigned over Canada has appointed piles of cronies into permanent typed jobs, but this Prime Minister has point blank lied to us, and made those appointments anyways despite his promises that he would never stack the upper house.
 Yesterday Stephen Harper appointed 18 new senators into plum positions with exorbitant paycheques after promising Canadians that he would bring in senate elections and reforms in order to democratize the upper house of sober thought.
 Instead what we got was a pork barrell announcement of massive scope that will cost Canadians millions of dollars over the lifetimes of these appointed tax sponges.
 One senator appointed is only 35 years old. He will earn more than $5.2 million over the life of his appoointment not including pensions, benefits and free massages on the hill.(yes, the have an in-house masseuse for all of those old bastards that can’t get off their bright red chairs.)
 On top of appointing a bunch of non-performers into the house, Harper then circumvented the appointment procedures for Supreme Court judges, and hand picked another political crony for a job on the bench claiming that it was important to skip the process of vetting court appointeees in order to ensure an Atlantic Canada representative made it onto the bench. All this even though Harper was a champion of a new process to vet those same judges.
 So I’ve come to the conclusion that our Prime Minister is a patent liar, a terrible manager of the Canadian economy and for sure, a really piss poor cheerleader for our country.(i think even Gilles Duceppe would do a better job of standing up for Canadians then this guy has)
 And for a guy that never won a majority government and in all liklihood will never either, it sure seems amazing that he thinks that Canadians elected him to do a job, when in fact only a few Canadians elected him to be an MP and not the leader of the country. In fact, most MP’s in the house were afforded an equal amount of votes when compared to Harpers’ vote tally at the end of the last elction.  Canadians do not elect leaders, we elect MP’s who go to Ottawa, and Harper is the leader of a coalition of those MP’s, and those MP’s that he leads, just happen to be CONservatives, and they just happened to gain a few more seats than their opponents.
 Canadians did not elect Harper to lead the country, Calgarians elected him to be an MP.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    “Canadians did not elect Harper to lead the country,”

    Maybe not but recent polls indicate that they sure would like to.

    Let’s have an election.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    And waste another 300 million or so on trying to make the guy feel good about his poor party showings at the polls?

  3. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    It’s patronage politics as usual. He leads like all the others before him. Straight into a gutter. More hypocrisy from a traitorous hypocrite.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    in the PR release it says: ‘If Senate vacancies are to be filled, however, they should be filled by the government that Canadians elected rather than by a coalition that no one voted for.’ I am sure that the millions of people who voted Liberal, NDP and Bloc will be interested to learn that their votes don’t count to Harper. I guess to the Conservatives, the only voters that count are the 37% of the 63% who voted. Mr. Harper was absolutely entitled to his entitlements. (appointing senators)

  5. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    No one should be surprised to know their votes don’t count. We’ve known this for a very long time.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    “I’m sure that the millions of people who voted Liberal, NDP and Bloc will be interested to learn that their votes don’t count to Harper.”

    I’m sure that the polls say a lot of those people who voted Liberal, NDP and Bloc would like a chance to change their votes. They made a mistake and would like an opportunity to correct it.

    Let’s have an election

  7. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    good idea. Hold an election and put michael in insted.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Silly stuff.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    No thanks, no Mikes and no Liberals.

  10. The Grumpy Voter
    Posted December 24, 2008 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Senate appointments matter to only three classes of people in Canada: pundits, partisans/bloggers, and a large swath of Westerners.

    Westerners care about the Senate because they know we’re never going to have the kind of political clout that Ontario and Quebec have due to Central Canada’s larger share of the population, so the triple-e Senate has long been seen as a method of balancing the perceived power imbalance.

    Pundits care about the Senate because it’s something they can dissect, discuss and ultimately, ponitificate about what’s right or wrong with the institution as opposed to, you know, running for office and putting their amazing ideas into workable legislation to solve all of Canada’s ills.

    Partisans and bloggers care about the Senate because, depending on which side of the partisan fence you’re standing, you can either cheer the eighteen appointments or say that Harper broke yet another promise. That he’s a liar. That he’s got a hidden agenda. That he’s got “666″ tattooed on the back of his head somewhere. Insert partisan snipe here…

    Being that I’m non-partisan, I tend to look at the Senate less as a function of our parliamentary democracy and more of an extention of the Prime Minister’s Office. Am I bothered that Mike Duffy was appointed? You bet! I love Mike Duffy and CTV is going to have a helluva time replacing him. I disagree with some opinion columns that are questioning the nature of the relationship between the media and politicians including some that are questioning whether Mike Duffy was a truly unbiased journalist in all his years covering Ottawa. Here’s what I know: I’ve read blogs that accuse Mike Duffy, CTV, hell, the Ottawa Press Gallery for that matter as being pro-Liberal, anti-Liberal, pro-Tory, anti-tory, for years and years. Those complaints generally come about when your party (be it, Liberal, Tory or Dipper) is getting some shitty press coverage more often than not because of some dipshit policy or worse, a scandal your party got itself into and now has the audacity to complain about being exposed for the scandal your party frikin’ created!

    It is with some measure of amusement that I am reading Liberal bloggers and commentators trying to slam Harper for “abandoning his base” or for “breaking yet another promise”.

    Give me a frikin’ break! Look, voters who are actually paying attention to this are sophisticated enough to know that all political leaders break promises: it’s what they frikin’ do for shit sake! It doesn’t matter whether that leader is a Tory or a Liberal – they all break a promise, usually for political expediency, neccessity or more often than not, for political advantage. With this in mind, kindly shut up about it because nobody is going to punish Harper, and nobody gives a rat’s ass! His base will be there come the next election: why? Because his base ain’t made up of Liberals and Dippers!

    I will say this much: it is beyond hypocritical for Liberals (and their supporters) to slam Harper for making the appointments all the while refusing to address the reason he waited three years to appoint Senators. For clarification: you don’t support Senate reform and now you’re pointing your finger at Harper and saying… what? That he’s an asshole because he’s acting just like YOU guys when your party is in power: the Prime Minister of Canada is appointing Senators! Stop the presses because, holy shit, it’s business as usual in Ottawa!

    Cripes, what a country, eh?

    To quote sage Kinsella:

    “Journalists are entitled to have views; they are entitled to receive appointments, too. Anyone who suggests otherwise is just being partisan, or conspiracy theorist, or both.

    Again, to my Liberal friends: get over your CTV fixation. It doesn’t help your leader, your party, or yourselves”

  11. jim bender
    Posted December 24, 2008 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    Heck, I have no fixations, but I would like to see recall legislation and an elected senate. Anything less than that is all bullshit anyways.
    As far as the appointments go, the people are fine. The terms are not. The pay is wrong, these people have no skills, and the upper house is a waste of federal tax dollars.

  12. Anonymous
    Posted December 24, 2008 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    ‘I would like to see recall legislation and an elected senate.”

    Me too. I don’t know about recall but Harper has been fighting for an elected Senate for years. We’d have one by now if not for the opposition parties.

  13. Anonymous
    Posted December 24, 2008 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

    They will never elect the upper house.

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