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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 05:40 am
Canada looks poised to take a turn to the right on Monday, when elections are widely expected to end more than 12 years of Liberal government and bring to power a Conservative leader, Stephen Harper, known for his opposition to the Kyoto accord on global warming and his support for George Bush’s missile defence scheme.
Harper’s lead might just be large enough to overcome this. Imagine what a Harper win might do to John Chuckman:
I hadn’t realized until recently that Stephen Harper was using “God Bless Canada!” as a tagline for his speeches.
Some may think this a harmless, or even beneficent, expression for a politician to use, but for those with knowledge of history, nothing could be more frightening.
I do believe we all know to whom Harper is tipping his hat with these words. George Bush, author of two wars which have killed more than a hundred thousand innocent people and the champion of an ugly set of repressive laws in the United States, says “God Bless America!” every chance he gets.
This possibly reflects my ignorance of history, but I can think of several things more frightening than Harper’s subliminal Jesus messages to the US President (off the top of my head: a malnourished PETA gal freezing for no purpose in Wisconsin, the poetry of Ayman al-Zawahiri, and Nazi-like security guards working the luggage check at Legoland International Airport). Chuckman—he thinks “the United States is almost certainly the worst example possible in the advanced world of a civil and cohesive society”—should raise his fright-o-meter.
Or widen it, so that Michael Moore will feel less conspicuous. The Michigan Moomin has issued a statement slamming his Canadian pals:
Oh, Canada—you’re not really going to elect a Conservative majority on Monday, are you? That’s a joke, right? I know you have a great sense of humor, and certainly a well-developed sense of irony, but this is no longer funny. Maybe it’s a new form of Canadian irony—reverse irony! OK, now I get it. First, you have the courage to stand against the war in Iraq—and then you elect a prime minister who’s for it. You declare gay people have equal rights—and then you elect a man who says they don’t. You give your native peoples their own autonomy and their own territory—and then you vote for a man who wants to cut aid to these poorest of your citizens. Wow, that is intense! Only Canadians could pull off a hat trick of humor like that. My hat’s off to you.