CORNWALL — A city company that provides the federal government with passport cover material is reeling from the news that their business is no longer wanted.
And instead, that business will be taken care of through a factory somewhere in the former Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Brian Lynch and Daniel Plourde of Columbia Finishing Mills Inc. said they have been supplying passport cover material to the government for about 30 years.
One of the rarest commodities in politics — besides honesty, integrity, civility and decency — is idealism.
The reason for this is simple. Idealism, while nice in theory, can sometimes hinder the two things that matter most to politicians: winning power and holding on to power
When you understand this basic fact you will also understand what happened to the idealistic notions that once guided Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
And yes, at one time Harper was an idealist. Recall that once he was a Reform party MP, meaning he belonged to a party that stood for noble-minded ideas about democracy, open government and citizen empowerment.
This is more than simply a Canadian phenomenon. Bush Derangement Syndrome dominated much of American political discourse in the last decade. While heighten by the perceived folly of the Iraq invasion, the fanatical hatred of George W Bush was in evidence well before 2004. With Stephen Harper there is no equivalent of the Iraq invasion. No grand act of debatable value and logic. He has overall governed only slightly to the Right of Jean Chretien. Yet he is nevertheless perceived as the reincarnation of Attila the Hun.
What the Left hates is not Stephen Harper the man, of whom they know precious little, or of his actual record, of which they know even less, but Harper the Symbol. The Tory leader is suppose to be a Canadian impossibility, a man too radical and “American” ever to be tolerated in the politically placid climes north of the 49th. He is a reproach to the Left’s understanding of Canada and themselves. A cold blast of air in a statist hothouse.
Now is a historical moment rare enough in coming. English Canada can be itself again. If only it can remember what it was and try to become what it might be. For all his timidity and compromise Stephen Harper might just be the best thing that’s happened to Canada in a very long time. A thought at once both depressing and heartening.
Conservative MPs are under intense pressure from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to vote against a Tory MP’s non-binding motion that calls on Parliament to study when human life begins.
Tory sources say Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants southern Ontario MP Stephen Woodworth’s motion eliminated before Parliament rises for the summer in late June.
“The PM himself wants this vote beaten down,” one source tells QMI Agency.
The PMO is said to be telling MPs that voting in favour of Woodworth’s motion would be like forcing Harper to break his promise not to “reopen the debate on abortion.”
Tories who side with Harper are said to be putting the screws to their colleagues by telling them that a vote in favour of Motion 312 is a vote against Harper’s leadership.
Canadian social conservatives who think Harper is their ally: you’re idiots. Useful idiots, to the Tories. Harper doesn’t give a shit what you believe; he obviously isn’t a social conservative himself, and reveals himself to be effectively pro-choice, by not merely inaction, but actually pressuring pro-lifers in his own government to shut up.
Now will you wake up, and stop slutting yourselves to the Tories, getting nothing in return? They’ve already shown they’re pro-gay-rights; now they show they’re pro-abortion.