Stephen Harper

Wed, 2008-09-24 13:32Mitchell Anderson
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Hyperbole and The Myth of the Fiscal Conservative


The Liberals released their 76-page platform this week, including the proposed carbon tax, to predictable ridicule from the Conservatives.

Prime Minister Harper ranted against the idea of taxing carbon as “crazy”, “insane”, and something that would “screw everyone across the country” and “wreck” the economy. The Tory leader went on to trash the Liberal plan as “a work of political and economic incompetence”.

Wow Stephen. Calm down.
Sun, 2008-09-21 22:08Mitchell Anderson
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Harper Unites French and English Canada - Against Harper

What do separatist leader Gilles Duceppe and Newfoundland Conservative Premier Danny Williams have in common? They both think Harper is unqualified to be Prime Minster due to his pitiful record on climate change.

It’s not often that a prominent Newfoundlander and a Quebec separatist have much to agree on, but it’s part of a growing movement within Canada to vote for the environment by voting against Harper.
Thu, 2008-09-18 00:40Mitchell Anderson
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Harper's Climate Carbon Tax Snowjob

Mr. Harper’s credibility on the climate file hit a new low recently when he claimed with a straight face that the Liberal’s proposed carbon tax would “wreck” the economy.

Perhaps the Prime Minster should look at some of the other economies around the world that are apparently doing well in spite of being saddled with such a radical and un-tested policy.
Thu, 2008-09-11 01:29Mitchell Anderson
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Harper vs. The Warming World

Prime Minister Stephen Harper showed off his strong leadership this week by refusing to follow other party leaders in offsetting the carbon emissions from his campaign air travel.

Why should he? Mr. Harper has always been completely disdainful of “so-called ” green house gases. He shouldn’t have to kowtow to such politically correct posturing by his opponents by even feigning to care about global warming.
Tue, 2008-09-09 15:41Mitchell Anderson
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Diesel Cuts Bad for Economy (and Planet)

What do you do to win an election? Roll out the pork of course. And so Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces a proposed tax cut on diesel fuel, even if it will dig Canada even deeper into an economic and climate hole.

Canada already emits more carbon per capita than almost any other country on Earth. Our total carbon emissions are number seven worldwide – more than the United Kingdom, which has almost twice our population. Harper’s solution: make fuel even cheaper.

Fri, 2008-09-05 08:15Richard Littlemore
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Guest Commentary: Is Stephen Harper an Economic Conservative?

This commentary was originally submitted in response to an earlier post about the Canadian government of Stephen Harper subsidizing the U.S. car behemoths Ford and General Motors. Given that Canadians seem to be on the bring of an election, I thought it was worth calling attention to the issue. Thanks to “Buddy.”

… As I constantly awake to politics, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that the so-called Conservative Party of Canada is not really all that conservative – at least not economically conservative. While they might or might not be social conservatives, they really are not living by the dogma of small, non-intervening, free-market loving government.

Wed, 2008-09-03 07:17Richard Littlemore
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"Green" funding for Ford: Why Government Shouldn't Pick Winners

The Canadian government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper is reported to be on the verge of giving $200 million from a “green initiatives fund” to Ford and General Motors - to help those failing companies continue to build really big (and increasingly unpopular) cars and trucks.

Ford, which lost $8.7 billion in the second-quarter of this year as its truck-dominated fleet crashed into oily reality, is advertising its latest Ontario production facility as “green” because it features a “more fuel-efficient V8 engine.” And Stephen Harper, in a pre-election vote-buying frenzy, is using taxpayers money to prop up this stupidity.

Mon, 2008-07-28 16:19Richard Littlemore
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Who Killed the Electric Car - Again?

The Canadian government has killed a B.C. electric auto company, forcing the owner to shut down and sell his technology and tools to a company in Pakistan.

Canadian and American administrations have said, repeatedly, that they cannot “afford” to take action against climate change because it would damage our (oil-dependent) economy. But, as this action shows, the Harper administration in Ottawa is not really interested in protecting the “economy.” Rather, it is supporting - actually legislating - our continued dependence on the government's oil-industry supporters, and standing in the way of any opportunity to lead the world in electric vehicle innovation.

Thu, 2008-07-10 06:41Richard Littlemore
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Bush, Putin, Harper Bring G8 to a Standstill

The countries most determined to do nothing about climate change brought the G8 process to an effective standstill in Japan this week - and somehow convinced mainstream media to celebrate the day.

In Canada, the two “national” newspapers posted laudatory headlines, with the Globe and Mail congratulating the government with “Harper Welcomes Bush Back into the Fold,” and the National Post announcing, “G8 Takes Next Step on Climate Change.”

Closer reading shows that the “next step” constitutes setting a 2050 greenhouse-gas-reduction target with no agreed start date and no demand for any signatory to take immediate action. No wonder the United States and Russia were happy to get back “on board.” They get to smile for the international cameras without actually lifting a finger at home.
Fri, 2008-07-04 13:46Kevin Grandia
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Climate Spin for Canada's Conservative Government

Yesterday the World Wildlife Fund and German insurance giant Allianz SE, ranked Canada the second to last in the G8 group of nations for its lack of effort to curb greenhouse gases emissions. Today the Canadian government is defending itself. In reaction to the WWF report, Gerry Keller, a spokesperson for the Minister of the Environment stated that:

The WWF said Canada's greenhouse gas emissions trends are going up and that emissions have increased. Yet for the last two years on record, Canada's greenhouse gas emissions have in fact gone down.” [my emphasis]

That would be very reassuring news, but unfortunately Mr. Keller's comment is little more than an attempt to shift the conversation away from the long-term projections that show Canada's greenhouse gas emissions to continue to rise in the years ahead.

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