In a previous post I commented in how defeated MP Lois Brown closed her campaign office doors early on election night.
Was it to throw a farewell party or a pity party? I’m guessing the latter from the oh-woe-is-me piece in the October 28th edition of The Auroran: http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?p=12382
Taking a page from Harper’s playbook, under the chapter titled “Just when you think there’s no one left to throw under the bus” Brown blames her loss on the media saying: “I think the media needs to look at their own actions.”
Brock’s column in the same paper here: http://www.newspapers-online.com/auroran/?p=12431 refutes Brown’s defeat was due to the media citing the fact that three of Canada’s largest five national newspapers came out explicitly with their support or endorsement of Mr. Harper.
I think Lois Brown needs to look at herself and not the ridiculous airbrushed face she endorsed on her campaign materials here:
You can’t help but notice the contrast when compared to these to the undoctored ones above.
This huge reality stretch is almost on par with the scene in Brazil featuring Katherine Helmond.
After coming face to face with reality Brown needs to read her own words, starting with “There are no votes in it for me”.
If a single act can be used to highlight how altruistic she is then one is left wondering if everything other act is weighed on maximizing the number of votes in it for her.
Brown believes Harper “is going to go down in history as one of the finest Prime Ministers we have ever had.”
Five weeks after Stephen Harper won his majority government in 2011, Maclean’s magazine ran a story asking experts to name Canada’s best prime ministers. Harper ranked 11th on the list: http://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/05/18/news/harper-worst-prime-minister-history
One has to wonder if Brown is reading or writing for The Dime:
If Harpers is going down in history it will be as the only Prime Minister to have ever been found in contempt of parliament. This is hardly considered leaving behind a “reputation that is unsullied”.
But that doesn’t matter to Brown, he is a Saint: “what has be done except put money back in your pocket?”
Um, Whose pockets exactly? Certainly not the nation’s poor or middle class:
If Canadians had more money in their pockets why are many Major American brands (the ones Canadians buy) citing consumer bifurcation for flat sales:
Canadians embraced real change, not the spare change the Harper conservatives cast at them over the past decade in derision.
Harper is hated, and rightly so, not only because there is less money in the pockets of the majority of Canadians, but because of his legacy of bills that produced, as M.P. Elizabeth May put it ” immense damage to nearly every aspect of federal law and policy.”
Here is her list: http://elizabethmaymp.ca/fixing-what-harper-broke-a-to-do-list-for-the-incoming-government/ and as quick as you may be to dismiss it based on the author its a list that does require a sober second thought.
This is what constitutes Harper’s “vision for what this country could be on the national stage.”
Yes a vision that has resulted in Canada boasting the worst climate change record in the industrialized world:
A vision summed up by a German ambassador that “the traditional voice that Canada has had at the UN has been missed…We used to say, ‘it’s a waste of time in Ottawa as long as Harper is around’,”: http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/national/details.asp?c=99736
Harper didn’t care that his vision wasn’t shared on the national stage, evidenced by his attempt to rub it in the nation’s face in 2006 saying: “You won’t recognize Canada when I’m through with it”
Well it’s 2015 Harper’s through with it, and we’re through with him and Brown.
It’s fitting that the last photo attached to Brown as Aurora-Newmarket’s MP is that of her standing next to a sign reading “Protect our economy” seeing that’s exactly what voters did when they handed her her ass in October.
How “darned good” is Brown’s record on the economy?
How many jobs did Newmarket grow by in the last 5 years again? https://wattstrending.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/five-hundred-and-seventy-jobbbbbbbsss/
Brown was so ineffectual in Newmarket-Aurora that the PM made an emergency landing, as covered by CTV News:
MP Kyle Peterson recognized the desperation:
“I guarantee you, 77 days ago he wasn’t planning on being in Newmarket on the last day before the election and now it looks like he is trying to protect what he can because they are in trouble and they are I trouble here in Newmarket-Aurora.”
Where Harper couldn’t be bothered with Aurora in this campaign Trudeau toured Aurora’s Yonge Street and Wellington Street business area in June alongside M.P. Leona Alleslev (Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill) and M.P. Kyle Peterson (Newmarket—Aurora):
Paul Krugman addresses the issue of the economy in his piece from the October 23rd New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/23/opinion/keynes-comes-to-canada.html stating:
“Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are finally willing to say what sensible economists (even at places like the International Monetary Fund) have been saying all along.”
Another good read is Charles Mudede’s October 28th piece in The Stranger:
Towards the end of the piece we read:
“it is not surprising that the Liberal Party is also openly referencing thinkers like Mariana Mazzucato, whose book Entrepreneurial State argues that the most important innovations in technology are not generated by the private sector but the public sector. (Weirdly enough, the richest man on earth, Bill Gates, has recently reached the same conclusion: Private enterprise is not that good at R&D; that is really the job of the state, and the job of the business community is to simply customize and distribute new products and technologies to the public.) And so when governments cut spending in education and research, they are effectively cutting their society’s main source of innovations.”
Brown who was so appalled at the media was complacent in something much more appalling; the Harper government’s severe cuts to the fields of science and research.
Perpetuated by another recent loser John Gallo who echoed: “it is the role of the private sector to be innovating”: https://wattstrending.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/putting-the-no-in-innovation/ it is this backward way of thinking that has kept our riding and our nation stuck for the better part of the past decade.
A long time ago Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. “
Canada is a nation with a great soul, and yes In Canada, Better Is Always possible.
Moreso now that we have refused the path of foolish consistency offered by the Conservative Party of Canada and its fuddy-duddy hobgoblins.