Harper Lays the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Rest

Harper Lays the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to Rest

From time to time, Humans vs Harper will shift gears to speak seriously to Harper’s response to critical Canadian issues. This post on Harper’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is one of those times.

REST-IN-PEACE180Reconciliation requires genuine trust and an abiding commitment to healing and progressive change even as it is fraught with complexity and nuance. So, we come to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report and recommendations. Continue reading

Arms Sales and Saudi Silver Linings

Arms Sales and Saudi Silver Linings

Pictured here the LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) at the center of the massive Saudi arms deal recently brokered by the Harper government. Touted as a vehicle that “combines versatility, survivability, lethality,” it’s manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, a subsidiary of the American-owned Combat Systems business group of General Dynamics Corporation. While Canada is required to screen requests to export military goods to countries like Saudi Arabia that “have a persistent record of serious violations of the human rights of their citizens,” we don’t know if this sale was screened because Harper has kept those details secret.

Pictured here the LAV (Light Armored Vehicle) at the center of the massive Saudi arms deal recently brokered by the Harper government. Touted as a vehicle that “combines versatility, survivability, lethality,” it’s manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems Canada, a subsidiary of the American-owned Combat Systems business group of General Dynamics Corporation. While Canada is required to screen requests to export military goods to countries like Saudi Arabia that “have a persistent record of serious violations of the human rights of their citizens,” we don’t know if this sale was screened because Harper has kept those details secret.

The Bombkill Institute, a Canadian public relations and lobbying firm that champions the Canadian arms industry, hosted a backgrounder for Ottawa media yesterday, entitled “What Canada Can Learn from Saudi Arabia.” Best known for its influential workshop series, “Selling Guns: A Profession or a Lifestyle?” the Bombkill Institute has been quick to capitalize on the growing interest in Canada’s $15 billion arms sale to the Saudis.

Martin “Rat-a-Tat” Bombkill, the Institute’s founder, struck an uplifting tone with reporters, Continue reading

Tories Kibosh Question Period – We’re Done With That

Tories Kibosh Question Period – We’re Done With That

C-CeilingMouthFollowing last week’s news that the Conservative Party of Canada would not participate in national televised debates during the upcoming federal election campaign, another announcement may have slipped by Canadians. In a long expected move, the Harper Conservatives announced they will no longer participate in Question Period.

According to Conservative spokesperson Tory MacTactic, a shadowy figure long associated with Conservative Party election campaigns, “We’ve done that for a long time and we don’t want to do it anymore.” Continue reading

Harper’s Video Streaming Goes Blockbuster

Harper’s Video Streaming Goes Blockbuster

Rumor has it that the Conservative Party of Canada will launch the Stevie Awards to honor and celebrate this year’s best video.

Rumor has it that the Conservative Party of Canada will launch the Stevie Awards to honor and celebrate this year’s best video.

The Canadian video industry got a shot in the arm today when the Harper government announced it would allocate taxpayer funds so that all Conservative MPs can make their own videos to promote the government.

The Harper spokesperson who made the surprise announcement anonymously applauded Canada’s film community for their enthusiastic response, adding that, “It means we’ll never again have to pay those greedy public servants double time to do this work.”

Previously, only Harper and his cabinet got money to produce videos touting Conservative accomplishments. The move comes amidst rumors that Conservative MPs had protested an earlier plan that would only allow them to produce trailers.

Meanwhile, the Canadian video industry is said to be ecstatic. Continue reading

Advice to the Harper Base

Advice to the Harper Base

Just one week after the launch of our Humans vs Harper blog, we’ve already learned to expect surprising Comments from unknown sources.

Today’s find: Advice to the Harper Base.    

  • Say what you think, but first leave the Party.
  • Remember the Harper Trinity: Leader. Party. Fundraising.
  • Believe the word – oil is life.
  • Understand that neither Stephen Harper nor John Baird is a member of the elite.
  • Be careful not to salute mouthy veterans.
  • Learn to love rich immigrants.
  • Believe that we will balance the ancestral pipeline rights of corporations with the First Nations … whatever.
  • Always avoid making jokes about women, especially if they are single, married or sitting MPs.
  • Rejoice: If closing the economic gap were really important, it would be in the Old Testament.
  • Feel the surplus rapture, but don’t expect to spend it.
  • Give up your privacy rights with full confidence.
  • Trust that budding terrorists need the RCMP to enable them.