As Dawg points out in what is one of the clearest analyses of the Harpercon's latest display of their willingness to sacrifice the elderly, the poor, the sick, the natives and the evironment at the altar of their devotion to Corporate Greed and their ideologically self-created deficit and now necessary reduction of same:
The strategy was simple: prepare us for an attack by chainsaw-wielding maniacs—then just slap us around a little and break a few fingers. Folks will still sigh in relief, or so the Harper government is hoping with this year’s Spring surprise.
At the same time as they are proposing to cut essential services like food safety, environmental protection that are likely to lead to reduced life expectancy, they intend to raise the age of OAS entitlement, but so far in the future that they don't piss off their current gray haired supporters who are dying off perhaps faster than the younger cohort is losing interest in voting. Sister Sage presents a look at this through the resignation of Treason Steven's sixth PR Flack due to, ironically....his age, of 64
Also, another point, ol’ Angie is citing that long work hours are not suitable for someone his age–the ripe ol’ age of 64. Let’s think about this one for a spell, boys ‘n’ girls. 64 year old Angie citing long hours being too much at his age and starting to take a toll on his health–to the point where his doctor, reportedly, told him to resign his position because of this. Ok, I can buy that, as this is a common problem amongst seniors who still have to work for a living. But here’s why I ask if he’s being a hypocrite. The not yet 65 year old, as one of Stevie’s spin doctors, would’ve had to have been gung ho about hiking the OAS eligibility from 65 -67. It would’ve been his job, after all, to spin this in a way that would make Stevie, deficit Jimbo and their merry band of thugs come up looking just peachy keen. So, I have this question, Angie, if you’re so tired and not feeling as perky on the job, due to your age, how the hell do you and your former masters expect others @ 65 to be more spry than yourself? So, I ask again, is ol’ Angie a hypocrite? I’d say so. Oh, and don’t say your job was the only one with pressure and long hours. Odds are that most Canadians, including seniors who still work full time worked even harder and perhaps even longer hours than you did. Odds are even greater that their jobs are even more stressful. At least you were well compensated, I’m sure. Probably too well compensated.
This morning though I don't feel too frightened by Steve and Tommy's nightmare vision of Canada's future, because I figure soon enough they will be so enmeshed in litigation that they won't have time to devote energy and attention to the destruction of Canada as we know it.
Aside from the fact that they may be facing CRIMINAL prosecution for the possible election frauds of many flavors that evidence seems to mount daily to support and/or losing enough fraudulently acquired seats to lose their stolen majority before 2016, they have laid down the gauntlet for more litigation than Canada's under resourced court system (combined with the Omnibus Crime Bill) will be able to even deal with.
With their announcement of "streamlined" environmental review processes, and the additional and questionable "retro-active" nature of same, they have virtually guaranteed months and years of litigation by myriad first nations bands from the Alberta border to Kitimat. As BC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip puts it:
"This incredibly stupid move on the part of the Harper government will only serve to expedite the battle in the courtrooms and on the land itself," said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs. He described the situation between B.C. aboriginals and the federal and provincial governments as "volatile."
This "pipeline is going to traverse the territories of literally dozens and dozens of First Nations. And all of them have said very clearly that they do not support the Northern Gateway project and that they will do everything that they can to stop this project," added Phillip.
Then there is the whole issue of any retro-active law, as I thought that concept disappeared from the lexicon of common law hundreds of years ago, unless Canada is indeed an outlier like Burma and North Korea from the mainline so-called civilized community that at least pretends to live under the "rule of law."
Then there is the quaint idea of:
Recent deliberately-fostered paranoia about alleged “foreign influences” on charities also got reinforcement from the finance minister: stricter reporting requirements will be forced upon them, as well as a closer watch on “political activity.” Will this affect the far-right noise machine known as the Fraser Institute? Don’t be holding your breath on that one.
This is particularly rich, as the aforementioned Fraser Institute, not to mention Ezra the Idiot's Ethical Oil gang would shrivel up and die without offshore corporate funding from multi-nationals and that bastion of democracy and free-enterprise - CHINA. There is certainly conditions for some Charter litigation around the issue of free speech looming here.
So Spiteful Steve, you can stall, you can have Dean del Maestro huff and puff, you can obfuscate and as proven already, you can cheat.....but in the end it is our Canada, not yours and your time is rapidly coming to a close - I hope you enjoy meeting the guy in the hoodie from Family Guy!