Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Harper Government In A Nutshell

Just in case it has not yet sunk in how incompetent are Harper and his Harpies in matters of governance and responsible budgetary spending:

1- They spent some $2 millions last year in a narcissistic exercise of monitoring what the media says about them - you know, so as to better manipulate/control/spin their messages (re: lies) and be able to make corrections swiftly to that effect if need be;

2- They want to stroke their "manly, tough, military strong" image by seeking to spend some $18 billions in order to purchase sixty-five F-35 fighter jets, even though they are being told that the price could be much greater and that it is more sensible to wait before buying them - apparently preferring to listen to generals eager to get their hands on new military toys, in addition to somehow not taking into consideration that the Americans themselves are slowly dropping off the purchase of these jets for another weapons system, especially in light of the fact that the F-35 program constitutes a paragon of what troubled and vastly over-budget military weapons programs can be;

3- Over the last five years, they have spent some $100 millions on "privately" polling Canadians for their own political means and ends, conveniently ignoring that Statistics Canada does such polling activities as part of its regular statistical duties;

4- They have overall increased their ministerial office expenditures by some 16.5% in 2009-2010, in many cases by buying the services of various political consultants and contractors;

5- They have spent some $48.1 millions worth of land and property in Afghanistan over the past two years- in fact, the total cost of Canada's involvement in Afghanistan has been estimated to rise at least to $18.1 billions by 2011;

6- Just last year, Defence department budget spending spiked 22% to $19.2 billions, whereas that of the Privy Council Office grew 8.5% to $149 millions;

7- They have spent some $1 billion for security alone, for the G8/G20 summits of last year (2010);

8- Over the last five years, they have increased the size of federal bureaucracy by some 14%;

9- Meanwhile, Harper back in 2008 called the possibility of enacting spending cuts a ‘ridiculous' scenario, because he thought Canada would not be in a recession and that there would be no deficit - then in 2010, Harper called for reducing spending in order to tackle the ballooning deficit under his watch;

10- Meanwhile, they want to end taxpayer subsidies to political parties, claiming that it would save taxpayer monies - despite this being a transparent bid to open the door to "big money fundraising" (re: by coporations) à la USA;

11- Meanwhile, they want to enact corporate tax cuts;

12- Meanwhile, they have consistently cut/reduced budgets for scientific/medical research accross the board;

13- Meanwhile, they have been slowly killing the Canadian nuclear industry;

14- Meanwhile, they have cut the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) (among many other similar government labs), because, you know, why of all things spend money on climate change research in order to better fight it?

15- Meanwhile, here are examples of other budgetary cuts that they have enacted to reduce the deficit:
• Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
• Conseil d’intervention pour l’accès des femmes au travail (CIAFT)
• New Brunswick Pay Equity Coalition
• Réseau des Tables régionales de groupes de femmes du Québec
• Alberta Network of Immigrant Women
• Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition feminine
• Association féminine d’éducation et d’action sociale (AFEAS)
• Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses (OAITH)
• Womenspace Resource Centre (Lethbridge, AB)
• Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA)
• Feminists for Just and Equitable Public Policy (FemJEPP) in Nova Scotia
Now - take together items 1-8 and compare them to item 9.

Then, compare items 1-8 with items 10-15, while keeping in mind item 9.

And there you will have it: the Harper government in a nutshell.

(Do take into consideration that too-numerous other items were ommitted herein, for the sake of brevity).

Any questions?


  1. re: item 1: it was just $2M a year for the, in effect, clipping service subscriptions... that's just the tip o the iceberg; there's also the 50 staffers in the PCO & PMO, PLUS untold more in all the line dept's: that's likely tens of millions in misappropriates taxpayer-paid salaries for the CPC to keep tabs on & rebut all crit. of it, to keep their Party ahead.

  2. WhigWag: Exactly - as I wrote above, there are too numerous instances of incompetent budgetary management by the Harper government - and I would add, especially with regards to spending wastefully in order to promote the CPC and themselves, spin their lies and political control of messaging. That is not taxpayer monies for public service are for. Hence, I limited myself to these presented herein which, nonetheless, drive the point home ...

  3. I wish I had the time to scour all the pro-active grants and contributions over $20k for each department because the few that I have checked on for projects I've been working on (HRSDC and Public Safety in particular) have an alarming number of evangelical organizations getting public funds.

  4. BY: I've had my suspicions as such (re: shades of Bush & Cheney administration in the US).


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