Wednesday, November 12, 2008


As if we needed more proof that the inmates have taken over the asylum at the editorial offices of the Calgary Herald, the lead editorial today is titled – don’t laugh – ‘Harper, Obama two peas in a pod.’ I’m being serious and you can read this twaddle here:

According to the editorial writer, “Harper is only conservative compared to the Canadian left. By American standards, the prime minister is a northeast U.S. Democrat . . .”

Well, let’s see if you agree with the above drivel once you have considered the following statements delivered by Stephen Harper during the course of his public career:

"America, and particularly your conservative movement, is a light and an inspiration to people in this country and across the world,"

"Rob is a true reformer and a true conservative. He has been a faithful supporter of mine and I am grateful for his work."- Stephen Harper endorsing Calgary West Conservative MP Rob Anders, who in 2001 called Nelson Mandela "a Communist and terrorist."

"You have to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from Eastern Canada; people who live in ghettos and are not integrated into Western Canadian society."

"Mr. Speaker, the issue of war requires moral leadership. We believe the government should stand by our troops, our friends and our allies and do everything necessary to support them right through to victory."- Stephen Harper, supporting the American invasion of Iraq, House of Commons, April 1, 2003.

"It is inherently dangerous to allow a country such as Iraq to retain weapons of mass destruction, particularly in light of its past aggressive behaviour. If the world community fails to disarm Iraq, we fear that other rogue states will be encouraged to believe that they too can have these most deadly of weapons to systematically defy international resolutions and that the world will do nothing to stop them."- Stephen Harper supporting the American invasion of Iraq, House of Commons, March 20, 2003.

"I think it's a typical hidden agenda of the Liberal party... They had the courts do it for them, they put the judges in they wanted, then they failed to appeal -- failed to fight the case in court... I think the federal government deliberately lost this case in court and got the change to the law done through the back door."- Stephen Harper, attacking the Liberals on same-sex marriage by claiming a conspiracy, News Hound, September 7th 2003.

For more left wing statements from our Northeast Democrat Prime Minister who the Herald says has so much in common with President-elect Obama read:


Fakirs Canada said...

Too bad most of the voters in ridings that matter don't have as good as a memory as you do. But I don't agree with you about the inmates taking over the asylum at the Calgary Herald. It seems to me that the editorial is a fairly calculated attempt to propogandize on behalf of the federal Tories. And it will be successful, you know? People are so highly suggestible, that, if an establishment newspaper says Harper is like Obama, then people will start to believe it's true - even though, as you've pointed out, there are no objective grounds to believe that. The problem is not one of facts, and truth, Darryl. The problem is one of spiritual sleep. And that is why propoganda is so often so wickedly and seemingly inexplicably effective.
Marnie Tunay
Fakirs Canada

Ken Chapman said...

Almost everything in the story contradicts the headline - strange. Maybe the Herald headline writers are out to get the writer.

I thought the National Post was the semi-official newsletter for the Harper Party...not the Calgary Herald.

Darryl Raymaker said...

Its always good to see that you are reading my blog. The people of Alberta have endured years of right-wing propaganda coming from the boardrooms of big oil and the editorial pages of its handmaidens in the print media. Given that the information is so stilted and so all-pervading, it is difficult for them to develop alternative views.

Ken - The National Post and the Herald are two peas in a pod.

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