Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Was Harper Drunk?

According to Reuters the normally "wooden" (apt description) Stephen Harper became inexplicably giddy at a G-20 press conference, declaring Canada the envy of the world, stable politics, stable banks, economy rebounding nicely, and ABSOLUTELY NO HISTORY OF COLONIALISM: "We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them," he said. (full article below) Ahem. Allow me 50 words or less to refute this.

1. Missing and murdered Indigenous women (Betty Osbourne)with 500+ unsolved cases and counting.
2. Water (a la Kashechewan)+ 120 First Nations communities currently under boil water advisories
3. H1N1, Hand sanitizer and body bags
4. Schools (a la Attawapiskat)
5. Sharon McIvor and Native women's rights.
6.Starlight Tours
7. Residential schools
8. Land claims (Ipperwash, Lubicon Cree)
9. Broken Treaties, (DFO ramming Native fisherman, Burnt Church)
10. Or just read any CBC comments page where Indigenous issues are discussed.

I could mention too, that a few years ago when Stockwell Day was leading the party his bodyguards (aka thugs) decided to shove native protestors. Video

Only a year and a half ago in his apology to Indian Residential school survivors Harper said: "We now recognize that, far too often, these institutions gave rise to abuse or neglect and were inadequately controlled, and we apologize for failing to protect you. Not only did you suffer these abuses as children, but as you became parents, you were powerless to protect your own children from suffering the same experience, and for this we are sorry. The burden of this experience has been on your shoulders for far too long. The burden is properly ours as a government, and as a country. There is no place in Canada for the attitudes that inspired the Indian residential schools system to ever again prevail."

So if he wasn't talking about colonialism, what did he think he was apologizing for?



Every G20 nation wants to be Canada, insists PM
Fri Sep 25, 2009

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, appearing to forget that his countrymen are generally known for their modesty, declared on Friday that his nation was the envy of the world.

Harper, usually a fairly wooden performer, seized on a routine question at a news conference and used it to deliver an impassioned defense of his 33-million strong nation and how well it has coped with the global economic crisis.

"Canada remains in a very special place in the world. ... We are the one major developed country that no one thinks has any responsibility for this crisis," he said to laughter.

"In fact, on the contrary, they look at our policies as a solution to the crisis. We're the one country in the room everybody would like to be," he said at the end of the summit of the Group of 20 advanced and developing nations in Pittsburgh.

Canada, which was running a budget surplus before the recession and avoided major banking problems, has been less affected by the crisis than many of its partners.

Harper said the other G20 nations "would like to be an advanced developed economy with all the benefits that conveys to its citizens and at the same time not have been the source, or have any of the domestic problems, that created this crisis".

By this stage of his comments, the initial premise of the question had long since vanished and Harper -- who leads the right-leaning Conservative Party -- was focusing on several other factors that in his mind make Canada so irresistible.

"We're so self-effacing as Canadians that we sometimes forget the assets we do have that other people see," he said, speaking with a rare passion.

"We are one of the most stable regimes in history. ... We are unique in that regard," he added, noting Canada had enjoyed more than 150 years of untroubled Parliamentary democracy.

Just in case that was not enough to persuade doubters, Harper threw in some more facts about the geographically second-largest nation in the world.

"We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them," he said.

And his final verdict?

"Canada is big enough to make a difference but not big enough to threaten anybody. And that is a huge asset if it's properly used."

(Editing by Leslie Adler)

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1 comment:

wideye said...

He's like the holocaust deniers. It has been recognized by scholars, judges, and may politicians that Canada is guilty of genocide in its treatment of the citizens of the First Nations and Inuit people. It’s also recognized and recorded in history that South Africa actually sent its Ministers to Canada to learn about the reservation system imposed on the indigenous population. Yes Canada exported its apartheid system to South Africa. Harper wasn’t drunk – he’s just your average racist.

 
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