Honestly, I don't know what was more offensive about Stephen Harper
singing with Canada's newest YouTube sensation, 10 year old Maria
Aragon: riding on her skirt tails for
explicit political engineering, or singing John Lennon's "Imagine", a song that
is the very antithesis of everything Harper believes in.
that the heavily lefty, peacenik lyrics didn't cause smoke to rise
from his tongue, like Satan being doused with Holy Water: "Maybe I'm
just a dreamer
...Ah, it burns, it buuuurns!!
In fact, the move was so wildly over-the-top, even for Harper, that it seemed closely akin to him jumping the shark:
the beginning of the end of even trying to be creative. Considering his lead in the polls, one can only take the move as a
royal 'fuck you' to the electorate.
I mean, I'll say this for the man:
he has an impressive base which seems to staunchly refuse to vote any
other way despite the betrayal and trampling of anything that could be
construed as a "Canadian Value," that is, of course, all except for
one: polite apathy.
After every year that goes by, the litany
of abuses mount: it has nothing to do with whether or not you agree
with his policies---he seems to be getting a free pass on treating
parliament, and by extension, Canadians, with a contempt that would be
laughably cartoonish, if it weren't oh-so-real.
from the outside can hardly believe what is acceptable to Canadians.
Australia's national newspaper, The Australian
, ran an article
that read like someone shaking their head in utter disbelief:
On Bev Oda lying to parliament: "Lying to parliament, a cardinal sin of Westminster-style democracy, has become a political tactic
On Harper's appointee as Integrity Commissioner: "The Integrity Commissioner was so inept that she failed to uphold a single one of more than 200 whistle-blowing complaints.
On accountability: "Having
come into office on campaign promises of greater transparency and
accountability, Harper has silenced civil servants and diplomats,
cynically published guidelines on how to disrupt hostile parliamentary
committees, and suppressed research that contradicts
ideologically-driven policy, for example data that show crime rates to
It goes on and on. But why should Harper care?
He can fiddle (or play the piano) with a sweet ten year old girl, and
he expects we'll overlook the fire that rages. But let me translate
Harper's message again, in case you missed it: FUCK YOU. Care to
respond at the polls? (X)
Lalo Espejo is a writer, monologist and political satirist whose work
has appeared on CBC radio, campuses across Canada, and most recently as
a regular contributor to the Vancouver Review. The illustration for this article is by Mark at Slapupsidethehead.com, "Combating bigotry the gayest way I know how".