The Bev Oda Straw That Finally Broke Prairie Dog’s Back

Warning: hyperbolic rhetoric

(This post has been updated since publication to have more bad words in it.)

Okay. Read this paragraph from today’s Globe And Mail:

A Conservative cabinet minister risks being found in contempt of Parliament over accusations she lied to MPs and doctored a document to hide the fact that she was overruling her department.

Uh, wow. That is one powerful paragraph. Read it again and let it sink in.

The story: The Canadian International Development Agency recommended the government fund the aid group Kairos. The government decided not to fund Kairos. Fair enough. The government has the right to reject its civil service’s recommendations.

The government and its ministers do NOT, however, have the privilege of ignoring their civil servant’s advice and then altering documents to make it look like that advice was the opposite of what it was. That is what we in the business of journalism call being full of fucking shit.

Another excerpt from the Globe’s story:

Critics say it’s another example of the Harper government attempting to keep important information secret, contrary to past promises. In 2006, the Conservatives campaigned on a pledge to increase openness and transparency in government. The Kairos case also carries similarities to the government’s battle last year to cancel the long-form census, in which the head of Statistics Canada ultimately resigned after Industry Minister Tony Clement suggested the public servant supported the minister’s decision.

Yeah. It’s past time to say it: it is no longer possible for any informed, intelligent person of sound mind to vote for a Conservative candidate as the party is currently constructed. Voting Conservative automatically indicates the voter is either uninformed (which this paper’s staff and writers will work harder to help correct), or  a demented ideologue and possible sociopath.

And that’s it. I have had it. I have had it with these motherfucking snakes in this motherfucking government. This is probably the most despicable government our country has ever had — and they only have a minority. The Conservatives suppress science, sabotage public policy, screwed working parents, won’t talk to the press, are ridiculously homophobic (though not necessarily straight about it), have a collective boner for military spending and are worrisomely influenced by religious extremists. In fact, some of them believe the factually not-truth stupid notion that the earth is 6,000 years old — a belief that not only should disqualify an individual from being taken seriously in intelligent conversation (let alone in public office!!!) but should by law require retroactive invalidation of that individual’s high school diploma.

And that’s only scratching the surface. Check out this list of what’s wrong with the Conservatives. It’s a good start.

Keep in mind this behaviour is from a political party that a minority of Canadians — only 37.6 of voters in 2008 — support. The harm this awful, awful, awful gang of evil dipshits could do to Canada with a majority is incomprehensible. They’re out of control. They’re dangerous to our beautiful country. It’s time they were voted out.

And I say that as a guy who despised the Liberals for most of the 90s. This crowd is worse.

Henceforth, expect maximum wrath on this blog and in the paper. It’s on, baby. It’s on like Donkey Kong.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

13 thoughts on “The Bev Oda Straw That Finally Broke Prairie Dog’s Back”

  1. Maximum wrath? Whoa, dude. Now if only the “establishment media” (*cough*, Leader-Post, Global, radio stations with the audacity to air shit-heads like John Gormley) would go there too.
    Frankly I’m surprised the Glob and Mail even reported on this particular issue.
    I guess what I’m trying to say is this: as much as I will enjoy you unleashing maximum wrath, I know it is unlikely to reach those out there who think Mr. Harper is the Guardian of Our Morals.

  2. Wow, that’s for the link list of previous things the Cons have done (there are SO many we tend to forget them all). For a more interesting read of this entire sad tale read the book “Harperland” by Lawrence Martin. It is a mind blowing read of what this government has done in 5 years (you almost need a check list to keep track of it all).

    See here to request from the library:

  3. Go Stephen W go!

    And everyone out there: bookmark this page, don’t lose those links, send this to EVERYONE who needs to know, and when the election is called, DON’T LET ANYONE FORGET WHAT THOSE CRYPTO-FASCISTS HAVE DONE AND WILL DO!

    (I am very reluctantly anonymous…)

  4. And now Harper is defending her saying, according to the Globe and Mail that “she made the right decision and had every right to overrule her bureaucrats’ recommendation.”

    Um. Yes she did have the right to overrule their recommendation. But she did not have the right to rewrite their recommendation, put their names to it then claim that it’s their fault that KAIROS didn’t get funding. That Harper can’t even see the problem here is a sign of what a despot he aspires to be.

  5. Paul,

    I think it is even more basic than that. She lied about altering the document to parliament. How can you work with someone in good faith if you know they have lied?
    Not to mention that she has to have breach a code of conduct or ethics while doing it.

  6. The issue is not even that she lied.

    It is the prevalent attitude shown over and over again in the far right: if they deem it necessary, they will do it.

    Feel perfectly justified, and cannot be bothered to explain their rationale to the average, er.. uh, TAXPAYER? CITIZEN? Minion?

    Because they can. Because only they matter.

  7. Hi Tim,
    I’m with anon#7 there. Lying and the toleration thereof is a sign of the Conservative’s corruption. Yes. But it’s a pretty run-of-the-mill corruption. Reversing the words of an adviser by altering a public document, however, is getting all Ingsoc tyrannical.

  8. “Oh, well, we feel this was completely appropriate.” – paraphrasing King Steven

    Oh, I guess that makes it OK then, and I should stop worrying my pretty little head about it. Thanks for being so reassuring Mr. PM.

  9. It is outrageous and even more so that many if not most people do not see this as a big deal. This is just one more degree in temperature increase in the slowly boiling pot we silent frogs sit in. We need more croaking frogs like Stephen to wake the rest of us up. We also need to get off the couch as post number 3 eludes to and get out and start croaking as loud as we can.

  10. “The Boss” (aka “I Make The Rules”)

    When God made Man, all the parts of the body argued about who would be boss.

    The Brain said he should be boss because he controls all of Man’s functions.

    The Heart said he should be boss because he helps Man live with his lifeblood.

    The Bones and Muscles made a joint bid for the Boss Job because they shape Man and enable Man to do things.

    Then the Ass Hole applied for the job.

    The other parts laughed so hard, it made the Ass Hole mad. So, the Ass Hole closed up.

    Within days, the Brain got fuzzy, the Heart began to flutter and the Bones and Muscles began to ache and Man couldn’t get out of bed.

    They relented and made the Ass Hole boss.

    Which proves, you don’t have to be a Brain to be Boss.

    Just an Ass Hole.


    …need I say more? HAGD.


  11. A guy dies and goes to the Pearly Gates, and there’s St. Peter–and behind St. Pete are clocks. Thousands of different kinds of clocks.

    The guys asks St. Pete, “What’s with all these clocks?”

    St. Pete replies, “Those are ‘liar’s’ clocks. Each person has a clock, and every time they tell a lie, the hands move a bit and there’s some wear and tear on the clock itself.”

    The guy notices a really ornate, mostly white clock adorned with mother-of-pearl and platinum. He asked the Saint whose clock it was.

    St. Pete answered, “That’s Mother Theresa’s clock. She’s never lied, so the hands never moved and her clock is undamaged.”

    The guy notices another clock, made of cherrywood with brass accents. He asked St. Pete whose clock that was.

    To which St. Pete answered, “That one belongs to Abe Lincoln. He only lied twice, so the hands only moved a little bit and there’s a couple of tiny dings in the corner, there.”

    The guy looked around intently. Finally he asked, “Where’s Stephen Harper’s clock?”

    St. Pete answered, “Oh, well, Jesus has it in his office. He says it makes one helluva ceiling fan.”

    Keep on spinnin’, Harper.


  12. You no longer have reporters, you have repeaters.

    The new game began in Canada on Aug. 27, 1980. “Black Wednesday”, as it became known, was the day newspaper corporations across the country colluded to swap properties and kill competition. The Ottawa Journal and the Winnipeg Tribune folded, and Vancouver Province’s owner, Southam, bought the Vancouver Sun. The two had been in bed together since 1950s via a press-and-profit-sharing agreement at Pacific Press that killed the third paper and defended against upstarts.

    Suddenly competition for readers was no longer necessary; these publicly traded corporations now focused on advertiser-pleasing copy as the technique for pulling more ads.

    At least Postmedia has an understandable reason for changing standards: they’re legally obligated to maximize profits. But the fact that the commercial-free public broadcaster also ignores the public good suggests that there is a new definition of journalism.


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