It may not be ‘poetic license’ or science fiction to say the core group in the Stephen Harper cabinet is made up of psychopaths.
Conservative policy is not confined, by any means, to the inner cabinet. There is a democracy-destroying culture of the government (illegitimately) in power, a strategy of lies.
Peter Mackay is the Mulroney’esque end of the spectrum. He’s expansive. He likes luxury. He’s important (?). He deserves the best (he thinks). He will say anything ~ whether he’s explaining his luxurious hotel accommodations, his rich use of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a taxi service, his commandeering of a search and rescue helicopter to deliver him from a fishing vacation, or the endlessly elastic costs of the non-existent F-35 warplane. On that subject he’ll use anybody’s figures he deems useful at the time. He’s a “fibber” who runs off at the mouth. But he’s “fun”. He’s “likeable”. So was ‘Lyin Brian’ Mulroney.
As with the Kyoto Accord and almost every other policy of importance, Harper’s Cuba policy is made in Washington and in the offices of Goldman Sachs.
They are completely complicit with what might be called the Goldman Sachs/large corporation denial of climate change, of Fukushima dangers, and of present ravages by industrial and military pollution of the environment.
The lying that has been unrelieved is now united with an open attack upon democratic freedoms and legal behaviour.
(A) Saying nothing.(B) Avoiding the subject.(C) Occasionally slightly perturbed ~ but almost never doing in-depth coverage in order to inform Canadians of the truth.(D) Or … as is the case with Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason, they reveal what seems to be a parroting of the arguments made by the Harper Reactionaries and their corporate friends. Doing the job? Covering up as directed? Producing more media sleaze to bamboozle readers?
But a tanker accident near Alaska can affect the lives of Ontarians.A pipeline accident harming rivers may affect fish and the fishing industry in a huge area.Environmental disasters in one place can affect the whole world ~ which may be why Gary Mason never mentions the Fukashima disaster and its growing threat. If he did, he could never again talk the nonsense he does about those “directly affected”.To suggest that environmental reviews are only concerned with those “directly affected”, those living near proposed activity, is simply fraudulent.
Those must be the feelings of as many Canadians as possible. They must find a way to organize and to confront, effectively ~ and to turn back ~ the long-term policy of the Harper government ~ “the lying policy” ~ the policy that is intended to make lies the truth in Canada.