It’s been five months since Humans vs Harper took to social media to express our frustration and concern about the direction Harper was taking our country.
Since then, we posted over 100 articles and saw over 45,000 hits and 25,000 visitors to our blog. But we were just a small part of an unprecedented wave of anti-Harper sentiment on-line. Songs, Facebook pages, blogs, twitter handles, videos, photo posters, signs, stickers, and endless conversations among Canadians, all of which had the common goal of getting rid of Stephen Harper. Facebook pages with names like Heave Steve, Shit Harper Did, Stop Harper, Canadians Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper, and Women Against Stephen Harper illustrate the depth of anger and frustration.
This on-line movement fed on itself, expanded and exploded. As the reception grew, it’s momentum supported a fierce desire for change, for a new government. And that’s what we got. Even if we might have preferred a different result we celebrate the fact that through raising our voices we defeated a vile government.
Thanks to everyone who read our blog, who commented, who liked us, who signed up, who shared, who retweeted and favourited us. You kept us going all these months and you defeated Harper. In the coming months, we’ll all see what we can make of this new beginning.
It’s Election Day. This post is going live at midnight in Newfoundland, so if it is still October 18 where you are reading it, go to bed. You have work to do in the morning.
We have two videos for you, one serious and one funny. That’s how divided we are after this endless campaign. We hope we come out laughing, but only after the serious work of voting is done.
Here’s the first one. Under 90 seconds, a couple of hundred words, and great graphics.
And here’s one last song to sing on your way to the polls, by Paul Kolinski.
When you go to vote, be sure to take some ID with photo and address (e.g., driver’s licence) OR two pieces of ID, one with photo, one with address. Remember: You don’t have to be registered to vote. More information here and here.
So go vote. Vote as if your future depends on it. Believe us ̵ it does.
Blue Rodeo slams Stephen Harper.
The last few months we’ve seen an amazing collection of pointed and sometimes hilarious tunes from boundary-breaking music makers who know it’s way past time to break up with the tone deaf Harper government. Be sure to check out our other great anti-Harper songs.
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Let’s just state the obvious: Only Stephen Harper would try to suppress the baby vote.
As we might imagine, the babies and puppies were easy to influence, so they – and we – owe a big debt of gratitude to the kittens. One rallied the troops by looking at Harper with a dead-eyed who-the-hell-do-you-think-you are stare. That’s all it took.
This is a crew of highly enthusiastic voters, especially once their needs are met.
With a dry diaper and a warm bottle, baby voters will go anywhere. The puppies always want to do it all, but they can leash that loveable tendency for the time it takes to mark their ballot.
While the concept of a leader is unimaginable to the kitten voter, she does have curiosity on her side and can be counted on to get the whole picture before she graces the polling booth with her presence. Noting that resentment does fuel the kitten vote; kittens and cats still feel bitter that Harper used them as a humanizing prop.
The top issues for these avid first time voters start with – no kidding – protection of the environment. Beyond that, their collective list of demands include onesies for all, free bite-sized jerky, subsidized pet dental care, and a national strategy to infuse everything with catnip.
Meanwhile, these voters have all pledged to vote against Harper. So, when you run into them at your polling station, make sure to give them a celebratory thumbs up!
As the election draws ever closer, Humans vs Harper will soon begin packing up our blog, so it’s a great time to bring you our final HvH slide show. While we still have a few more posts coming, here’s a trip down HvH Memory Lane showing many of the images that accompanied our posts. Since every picture says – at least – a thousand words, the slides will bring you thousands of reminders of why so many Canadians so immediately understood that we must stop Harper once and for all. Continue reading
In our fantasy world, Harper has been fired from his job as prime minister because he is, well, incompetent. Read the secret letter that exposed his considerable failings.
A report prepared by his evaluation committee brought to light Harper’s involvement in a scheme to save his skin. Hubris, duplicity, revenge, and sex all make their appearance in The Tailings Pond Beer Saga. Read the story no one is talking about on the campaign trail.
What are you afraid of Mr Harper?
- Afraid we’ll find out about your record of trade deficits?
- Afraid we’ll ask you to show us the so-far-unseen benefits of the other 39 agreements you have signed?
- Afraid we’ll clue in to the vast privileges being awarded the corporate world?
- Afraid we’ll find out that corporations can sue governments for interfering with their profits, when, for example, we increase the minimum wage or legislate environmental protections?
- Afraid we’ll be reminded that under NAFTA Canada has already paid out over $200 million in so-called fines to corporations?
- Afraid we’ll find out you’ve given away 20,000 well-paid jobs in the auto parts sector?
- Afraid we’ll find out that we have to give up subsidies for our cultural products?
- Afraid you won’t get re-elected?
Don’t worry. You won’t be re-elected so you might as well show us the deal.
Do something for us before you go.
Mike McKenna Jr writes a letter in song to Prime Minister Harper. Nothing escapes his attention: Harper’s mistreatment of aboriginal people and veterans, his hatred of science, his destruction of the environment, his cynical dismantling of our democracy, all these and more in a powerful song and a haunting voice.
Mike McKenna is from Cape Breton. You can find more of his songs here.
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The sad truth is that federal election campaign demands overcame us here at Humans vs. Harper and we never found the time to check in with the Troll. We were able to verify that the Troll and SpinDog, fractious, but ever-loyal companions, did get out of remand. And, the other day someone messaged us to say they spotted the Troll hammering in pro-Nipper signs on an especially lovely front yard in an upscale Edmonton neighborhood. They didn’t think to take a photo, so that sighting sits in our Unconfirmed Rumors file. We have no update on SpinDog and we would never want to speculate on his doings. So this collected version of Troll stories marks our farewell to these boon companions, a pair of characters we will always hold dear.
Click here for your copy of the complete Confessions of a Stephen Harper Troll.