Maybe not Men,
Treason Stephen preparing to apply
the Kiss of Death to Belinda Stronach
My last post was about how the governments both provincial and federal have decided to come down hard on the uppity Catherine Galliford, who was once esteemed enough to be the face of the RCMP during the RCMP f**kups of Air India and the Missing Women investigation, but was all along a hopeless drunken slut, apparently. Then there was the hopeless Linda Keen who was blamed for the fact that some cancer patients couldn't get radio-active isotopes for diagnosis or treatment.....her error, suggesting that the Chalk River reactor be shut down for maintenance before it had to be shut down to repair damages from lack of maintenance. Imagine the sense of synchronicity when I checked my e-mail this morning and found the following piece submitted by Robin Mathews, who has apparently returned from his recent travels.
Robin points out how women in the new country of HarperLand(tm) must carefully watch their P's and Q's, and still they might be found wanting. However convicted felons, like Bruce Carson have a free run of the PMO and the party itself merrily pleads guilty to violation of the Elections Act after years of denial, while stonewalling any investigation of the multiple crimes committed in the theft of their current 20% majority.
So Lisa Raitt, even though you've done as good a job as Benito Mussolini, soooo far, at keeping the trains running on time, don't slip up or else you'll be replaced by some fine example of manhood like Maxime Bernier or any guy other than David Wilkes. Furthermore, Diane Finley, Rona Ambrose, Gail Shea, Diane Ablonczy, and Lynne Yelich, consider yourself warned. Finally Leona Aglukkaq and Alice Wong, be doubly careful - because not only are you not men, like the pasty "white" men who infest Stevie's inner circle jerk, but probably wouldn't be considered to be "caucasian" either, of course!
The Harper Conservatives At Work
by Robin Mathews
Begin with Stephen Harper himself … and go on from there. The gigantic tangle of Sexism in the Harper
structure is actively pro-male and actively political ... and consistently
anti-woman. It seems, as well - to this
observer – to favour males for whom the law is a boring impediment existing
only in order to be violated.
We (rightly) think of Sexism as the denigration and abuse of women. It
is also a Macho, bloated attitude to men and defence of men, however
Harper Conservative Sexism, moreover, reaches outside what is normally
thought of as the political domain.
It is present, I allege, (though it hasn’t been shown yet in every
case) wherever the Harper forces see their power at work. I am saying that the tendency to
male-politicize everything they do seems to be coming clearer and clearer –
through appointments like the top RCMP officer, Supreme Court judge appointees,
ombuds and ethics appointments, the Chief Electoral Officer, diplomatic posts,
At one level the appointments seem merely political – to get Harper
Conservative supporters into key “non-political” positions so they can make
heavily weighted (political) judgements in favour of the Harper
Conservatives. But the appointments
appear also to be part of the tangle that has inevitable Sexist overtones.
What could be more offensive than the diplomatic appointment that went
to B.C.’s ex-premier Gordon Campbell who disappeared from the province with an
under ten per cent approval rating and demands for a Public Inquiry into
allegations of major wrongdoing in the BC Rail Scandal. Campbell was elevated
to the position of Canada’s High Commissioner in London and whisked out of the
(hot, for him) province by … yes … Stephen Harper.
Take note of the unleashed aggressive belligerence in court directed at
former MP (and cabinet member) Helena Guergis suing Stephen Harper and
others. She has filed a $1.3 million
lawsuit against him, the Conservative Party, and several government figures.
The defence counsel is quoted as speaking of her “bald allegations”, “fiction”
and “gibberish”. As might be expected
the defence argument is that appointing and dismissing cabinet ministers is a
matter of Crown prerogative and parliamentary privilege.
Ms. Guergis denies none of that.
As her claim has it nothing in the powers of a prime minister permits
slander, defamation, “misfeasance in public office, intentional infliction of
mental suffering, and negligence”.
Without second-guessing the outcome of the case, it might be fair to
observe that Stephen Harper acts consistently as if he is mightier than the
democracy he serves and can trash any parliamentary convention or law that gets
in his way. When crossed – especially by
a woman – attack is the defence. As we will see, no male ever receives the kind
of treatment females receive at his hands.
The attack (as “defence”) on Guergis is almost exactly parallel to the
mode of attack upon RCMP Corporal Catherine Galliford in B.C. suing the Force
for sexual harassment.
Recall that the appointment of Bob Paulson to the top RCMP position was
made by Stephen Harper. Recall that
before being disgraced and resigning as top officer, Guiliano Zaccardelli was
accused of acting politically in support of the Harper Conservatives in the
2006 election. He was rewarded with an appointment to Interpol in France.
Recall that his replacement, appointed by Stephen Harper out of Stockwell Day’s
office, was apparently an impossible top officer and was forced out by senior
Mountie uprisings. William Elliott was rewarded with a UN-connected
Recall that Bob Paulson WAS NOT one of the senior Mounties who demanded
the dismissal of William Elliott. He has, however, made serious statements
about wanting an end to sexual harassment in the RCMP.
But the defence against Catherine Galliford’s claims is not being
conducted by the RCMP. It is being
conducted by the federal government – that is, by people directed by Stephen
Harper. B.C.’s Attorney General has made
clear that the government of B.C. is also named as part of the defence – but
has had nothing whatever to do with it!! That is another way of saying that the
Stephen Harper government doesn’t consult … anybody. As “defence”, Galliford, too, is … attacked
In the Stephen Harper structure of power, it seems, a man may be a big,
greedy, stupid devourer of your tax dollars – and nothing happens to such a man
… ever. Nothing. He is, in fact, protected by Stephen
Harper. A man in the Harper circle is
important. A woman? Well, a woman’s a woman, isn’t she? Like ….
No one of us can run to the defense of the now not honourable Bev
Oda. (Wait and watch: will she be tucked
into a quiet, well-paying job when a little time has passed?) She did foolish things. Expensive orange juice. A high-priced
limousine in London, England. Etcetera. But
notice how her treatment differs from the treatment wayward men in cabinet get
There is John Baird and there is Tony Clement for instance, side-lining
fifty million dollars for graft and pork-barrelling during the G20 run-up. $50 million!
Bev Oda probably can’t imagine that much money!
The one male, Tony Clement (obviously because of his skill with money)
was made head of the Treasury Board. The
other male, John Baird (for his skill at wriggling out of absolutely necessary
punishment) was made Minister of Foreign Affairs. Needing gold on his business card, John Baird
has helped to squander more money than Bev Oda will earn in a lifetime. Who cares?
She’s a woman. He’s a man.
And then there’s the man many think of as just plain stupid. And Immoral? Many think there is no doubt
about that part. But maybe just plain
stupid, as well. Peter MacKay gave his
solemn word and put his signature to a document declaring he would not take the
Progressive Conservatives into an alliance with the Harper party. And then, almost immediately, Peter MacKay
broke his bond of honour and went under.
No more needs to be said about Peter MacKay and morality.
He seems to be every bit as reactionary as Stephen Harper. And so Peter MacKay could only seek a plush
place in the Harper Conservative structure. He couldn’t be the tempering
Progressive Conservative conscience in the Party because – well, that would
imply he has a conscience to work with.
Spread-eagled across the country, Peter Mackay was caught using a
search-and-rescue helicopter for transport from a private fishing trip. Very Expensive. In the House of Commons he
appears to have lied about that trip with the tacit approval of Stephen
Harper. After all, both are males
…. Maybe not men, but males.
That brought on examination of Peter MacKay’s travel accommodations and
travel frequency. He makes poor Bev Oda
look like someone really small-time, really sandbox, not A-Team, not even
B-Team, but … say … “Ladies League”. He
appears to have taken hotel accommodation fit for … well … for a Mafia
boss. And travel. No one, it is reported, has used government
(free, special, elite) aircraft more than Peter MacKay who has flown and flown
and flown on your money.
Right here the Harper Conservative Sexist game is most clear. Bev Oda’s hotel accommodations, her
limousines, etc. look like child’s play against the accommodation/travel
spendings of Peter MacKay. Bev Oda has
been fired by resigning. Bev Oda has been made an example, to show Canadians
the Harper Conservatives will tolerate no waste of tax payers’ money. Peter
MacKay is prized in the Harper inner circle.
He is Minister of National Defence. He can waste money like water. He’s a male.
We know Bev Oda resigned. We
know she gave no reason. Let us imagine
her last conversation with Stephen Harper.
The setting is the prime minister’s office. Stephen Harper is seated behind a desk. The door opens and Bev Oda enters. Stephen Harper doesn’t look up. Bev Oda
stands for some seconds. And then she
Oda: You wanted to see me,
Harper: Call me “prime
Oda: Well … what?
Harper: Start again.
Oda: What’s that?
Harper: Don’t you understand
English. I said start again.
Oda: Start again?
Harper: (pause) Start
again. (long pause)
Oda: You wanted to see me, prime
Oda: What about … prime
Harper: When the fuss was going
on in the House of Commons about your limousine in London … and the
sixteen dollar glass of orange juice, I said I’d talk to you later. You will remember I didn’t defend you.
Oda: You defended Tony Clement
and John Baird and Peter MacKay. You let
the organizers of the Election Frauds get away scot free. And Dean del Maestro
Harper: Are you finished? (pause) I take it you are. (pause) Your actions in London hurt the
reputation of the Party, cast its integrity into doubt, and injured … my
reputation. (Pause) I am asking you to resign.
Oda: But I’m doing a good job as
a cabinet minister….
Harper: (Interrupts). Please.
I can move you from cabinet when I like.
It would be better if you resign.
Oda: I see.
Harper: I want you out of the
House of Commons, altogether. You’re a
sitting duck any time the Opposition wants to attack you.
Oda: But I was voted in by my
Harper: I won’t let you run next
time. I decide that, not your
constituents. I will have the caucus
reject you. The caucus does what I tell
it to do. I’ll make your life hell – and
you won’t run next time.
Oda: But my constituents….
Harper: (Breaks in). Your
constituents are so many head of cattle.
They go where they’re told. I
tell them where to go. I drive the caucus like a herd of cattle and your
constituents aren’t much different ….
Oda: But the election
scandals. You may need me.
Harper: I decide how the
elections will go. I rig the federal
Oda: Nevertheless, there may be
Harper: I just appointed a safe,
new, cooperative Chief Elections Officer.
He will help elections to come out right in the future … with no bother. He’s my elections Toy-Boy. As Bob Paulson is my RCMP Toy-Boy. As the Governor General is my diplomatic
Toy-Boy. I appoint them. They do what I say.
Oda: When do you want me to
Harper: Take your time … in the
next two weeks.
Oda: Is that all?
Harper: You resign your seat in
Oda: To go where?
Harper: You can’t be in
Oda: (A long pause). You don’t want me to say anything …
Harper: Like what?
Oda: (Long Pause). Many … many … many … many things.
Harper: You will be taken care
Oda: That’s not enough.
Harper: I said you’ll be taken
Oda: I said that’s not enough.
Harper: You can’t be given a
government appointment. You know that.
Harper: I have feelers out. You’ll be appointed … well. You’ll be appointed by SNC Lavellin, or
Caterpillar Corporation, or U.S. Steel – someone like that. Enbridge might offer …. They all owe me a lot, so don’t worry. They’re the corporate arm of my government,
though Canadians haven’t figured that out yet….
Oda: I thought ….
Harper: You thought what?
Oda: I thought only the Queen
could speak of “my government”.
Harper: You’ve got a lot to
learn. Maybe it’s best for all that
[End of imagined conversation.]
Was Bev Oda really stupid? She
had to be if she thought a woman (even in a minor way) could play the graft
game, the breach of trust game, the ego-tripping game the way Harper
Conservative men do, get caught, and get away scot free. She should have known that in the Harper
structure only men can to those things … and last, and be promoted.
Poor, dumb Bev Oda. Poor …