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  • Canada-China investment treaty to come into force Oct. 1 (China controls Canadian resources)

    09/20/2014 8:10:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 12, 2014 3:12 PM ET | Susan Lunn
    Ottawa confirms it has ratified a foreign investment treaty with China, more than two years after the controversial agreement was signed, as CBC News first reported Friday. The controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) will come into force on Oct. 1, said International Trade Minister Ed Fast in a news release Friday afternoon. […] China ratified the deal quickly, but the Harper government did not. The deal has also faced opposition from the NDP, as well as a First Nations group who challenged the agreement in court. The NDP issued a statement saying “the agreement will give...
  • Harper to pay homage to Quebec’s conservative Father of Confederation

    09/06/2014 8:11:08 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Globe And Mail ^ | 09/05/2014 | Daniel LeBlanc
    The Conservatives are pointing out that Cartier was a “Bleu,” hoping to remind Quebeckers that their party is at the heart of the constitutional deal that protected the province’s francophone culture. “He was a key player in the movement towards the Quebec Conference and Confederation. He promoted the rights of French Canadians, championed provincial rights, reformed the legal and public education systems in Canada East (Québec) and encouraged the expansion of the national railway,” said Carl Vallée, a spokesman for Mr. Harper. Emboldened by the defeat of the Parti Québécois in the recent provincial election, the Prime Minister has embarked...
  • U.N. Security Council blacklists ISIS [EU Vote Unanimous For Arming Kurds]

    08/15/2014 12:35:44 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Al Arabiya (With AFP and Reuters) ^ | Friday, 15 August 2014 | Staff writer, Al Arabiya News
    The United Nations Security Council took aim at Islamist militants in Iraq and Syria on Friday, blacklisting six people including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) spokesman and threatening sanctions against those who finance, recruit or supply weapons to the insurgents. The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that aims to weaken ISIS and al Qaeda's Syrian wing Nusra Front, Reuters reported. ISIS has long been blacklisted by the Security Council, while Nusra Front was added earlier this year. Both groups are designated under the U.N. al Qaeda sanctions regime. EU ministers agreed Friday to back the arming...
  • Stephen Harper’s rigid support for Israel... ‘foreign affairs should be fought on moral grounds’

    08/05/2014 8:07:25 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | August 4, 2014 | Mark Kennedy
    OTTAWA — On April 25, 2003, Stephen Harper appeared at a gathering of conservatives in Toronto brought together by the Civitas group. He was leader of the Canadian Alliance party, a thankless job with little likelihood he could knock the governing Liberals from their perch. But Mr. Harper’s speech that day, later reprinted in an essay, was remarkably prescient. For anyone who cared to notice, it revealed how he would one day turn Canadian foreign policy on its head and, perhaps most notably, make this country the world’s most fervent ally of Israel. Mr. Harper said Canada’s conservatives needed to...
  • Canadian Prime Minister Condemns Obama, West for Not Supporting Israel

    07/14/2014 7:33:14 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 14 Jul 2014, 12:33 PM PDT | Thomas Rose
    In a stunning rebuke of President Obama’s tepid calls for Israel to show "restraint" in response to daily rocket fire on Israeli civilian targets by Hamas terror redoubts in Gaza, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, long considered Israel’s best friend and strongest defender, all but condemned President Obama by name for what he regards as Washington’s irresolute support for Israel during its time of grave crisis. In perhaps his most strongly worded statement to date, Prime Minister Harper proclaimed that self defense is "not merely an Israeli right" to be exercised only in the abstract, but an "Israeli obligation" that...
  • Aussies To Form Alliance to Thwart Obama’s Climate Goals

    06/10/2014 7:31:01 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 6/9/2014 | Michael Bastasch
    Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott is seeking out “like-minded” countries to form an alliance to thwart climate policies being pushed by President Obama and other world leaders.
  • HMCS Regina to join NATO's Ukraine 'reassurance' mission

    04/30/2014 4:54:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 12 replies ^ | April 30, 2014 | James Cudmore
    The Conservative government is redeploying a Canadian war ship to the NATO mission formed in response to the Ukraine crisis, abandoning its anti-terror post in the Arabian Sea and marking an apparent end to Canada's naval participation in the region as part of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom. Prime Minister Stephen Harper told MPs Wednesday that HMCS Regina would be sent to join one of NATO's standing maritime groups. "Our government and our country remains steadfast in our support for the people of Ukraine in the face of ongoing militarism and aggression by the Putin regime," he said. An emailed statement to...
  • Bloomberg News: Canada PM Stephen Harper pretty fed up with America’s frustrater-in-chief

    04/28/2014 2:03:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/25/2014 | Erika Johnsen
    I’m going to go ahead and add their ongoing insouciance toward Canada on the Keystone XL pipeline to the Obama administration’s already impressively long list of foreign-policy blunders and undervaluations; sure, administration officials will readily affirm that Canada is “one of our closest partners” and “greatest friends” and whatever else, but just saying the words isn’t quite the same thing as actually helping a brother out on strengthening their economy and building up their natural resource production. Canada is our largest commercial trading partner and the country from which we import the most oil by far (followed by Saudi Arabia,...
  • Merkel Warns Russia of Economic Consequences Over Ukraine

    03/28/2014 2:04:35 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 7 replies ^ | March 27, 2014 | Harriet Torry
    BERLIN—German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said Russia "can lose a lot" economically if it escalates tensions in Ukraine further and prompts Western allies to impose economic sanctions. "It's not just about concrete sanctions. Russia also needs trade and movement, today we're all connected internationally" the chancellor said in a joint news conference with her Canadian counterpart. Speaking in Berlin, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper acknowledged the economic risks, particularly for Europe, in slapping further sanctions on Russia and said "we should proceed quite cautiously." Mr. Harper added that the Russian economy is "quite fragile," and "when a major power...
  • Obama gives Canada cold shoulder

    04/21/2014 6:18:45 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 16 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | APRIL 21, 2014 | Ezra Levant
    Barack Obama waited nine months before replacing the last U.S. ambassador to Canada. The post was empty, and Obama just didn’t care. He doesn’t much like Stephen Harper – compare Obama’s icy body language towards Harper, to Obama’s deep bow when he met the Saudi king, or his high fives with the Hugo Chavez, the late ruler of Venezuela. Don’t feel singled out. That’s how Obama treats many of America’s traditional allies. He spied on German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone. The White House's bust of Winston Churchill was returned to the United Kingdom when Obama became president. Get used to...
  • Harper: Russia Is A Grave Threat To World

    04/19/2014 2:58:21 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 49 replies ^ | April 14, 2014
    OTTAWA – Russian actions against Ukraine are “aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic” and pose a grave threat to world peace, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today. Pro-Russian groups have occupied buildings in 10 cities in eastern Ukraine in recent days, prompting Harper to use his harshest words yet against what he called “Russian provocateurs sent by the Putin regime.” It’s time to rally the world against the danger posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Harper said at a hastily assembled photo-op event with ambassadors from Ukraine, Estonia, Poland and Latvia. “I know this is of great concern to our NATO allies...
  • Canadian PM Harper is latest to fill leadership vacuum

    01/24/2014 8:21:35 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 1/24/2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    During a press conference with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, an Israeli reporter asked visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, "Is Canada paying a price for being so supportive of Israel? Is it possible to support Israel and still have ties to the Arab world?" This question goes to the heart of what is generally perceived as Israel's greatest weakness. The Arab boycott of Israel and of companies doing business with Israel has served as one of the most potent weapons in the anti-Israel arsenal for over a generation. Indeed, since the OPEC oil embargo in 1974, it has...
  • Prime Minister Harper Morphs into Statesman

    01/23/2014 3:23:51 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies ^ | January 23, 2014 | LPSullivan
    As Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper finishes the last segment of his historic visit to the Middle East, the measure of success is clearly evident in the reaction. Harper, long a vocal supporter of Israel, was welcomed to the Jewish state as ‘a great friend of Israel’. The pomp and circumstance upon the arrival of the Canadian delegation was impressive to say the least, and spoke to the often overlooked bond between the two nations.
  • (Israeli minister) Feiglin: When I am PM, Tibi (Arab minister) Will be in Jail

    01/22/2014 3:05:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 1/23/2014, 12:15 AM | Elad Benari
    MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) on Wednesday confronted MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am-Ta’al) at the Knesset over his behavior during Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit earlier this week. […] Feiglin related to Wednesday’s incident on his Facebook page and wrote, “Today I told Tibi what every sane Israeli feels for him—especially after his lying outburst during the speech of the Knesset’s guest, the Prime Minister of Canada.” He added, “When I—with G-d’s help—will be prime minister, this advisor to the murderer Arafat will be in prison and not in the Israeli Knesset.” …
  • Sarah Palin Thanks P M Stephen Harper for their exemplary support of our friend Israel.

    01/21/2014 9:29:41 AM PST · by onyx · 32 replies
    Sarah Palin's Face Book Page ^ | Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | Sarah Palin
    Thank you to our good neighbors led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper for their exemplary support of our friend Israel. As significant and dangerous progress is made by Iran no doubt wanting nukes, and with the continued threats against Israel by radicals in the region, Canada's steadfastness is praiseworthy. Friends, THIS issue, along with innumerable domestic failures of government, should warrant more concern and focus than things like, oh, say, how a Seattle Seahawk verbally ramped up after intense competition and hard fought victory. Hold the media accountable as its priorities in coverage perhaps distract from REAL issues that...
  • Tibi Screams at Netanyahu, Harper During Speeches

    01/20/2014 10:04:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/1/14 | David Lev
    A particularly nasty debate broke out Monday evening between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Arab MK Ahmed Tibi – as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was visiting the Knesset, looked on. Tibi screamed at Netanyahu, who spoke in praise of Israeli democracy, and later walked out when Harper said the same when he spoke to MKs. Speaking in Harper's presence, Netanyahu said he hoped the Arab world, including Syria, “would be able to have real parliaments, like that in Israel. In our parliament, anyone can say anything they want,” Netanyahu said. In Israel, MKs are free to scream or...
  • Abbas to Harper: There Will be No Israelis in 'Palestine'

    01/20/2014 7:15:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 14 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/1/14 | Elad Benari
    Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas told Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Monday that there will be no official Israeli presence in the future Palestinian state, reported the Ma’an news agency. "We want an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital that includes all the lands that were occupied in 1967 and that lives side by side with Israel in security and stability," Abbas said in a joint press conference with Harper in Ramallah. "Anything else said or interpreted on our behalf matters only to those who interpret it," he added, according to Ma’an, dismissing rumors that he...
  • Harper right on Israel & Palestine

    01/20/2014 3:57:14 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 4 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 20, 2014
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper got it right in his speech to the Israeli Knesset on Monday. In his first trip to the region, Harper described Israel and Canada as "the greatest of friends." This is not simply because there are almost 350,000 Jewish Canadians. It's not just, as Harper noted, because of our longstanding free trade agreement. It's because of "shared values." As the prime minister said, "Israel is the only country in the Middle East, which has long anchored itself in the ideals of freedom, democracy and the rule of law." They are quite simply the only country like...
  • Stephen Harper vows loyalty to Israel in speech to Knesset [25 min. You Tube video]

    01/20/2014 4:09:02 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 4 replies
    You Tube | Jan. 20, 2014
    Canadian Prime Minister Harper's speech to the Israeli Knesset
  • The Harper doctrine: You're all anti-Semites

    01/20/2014 3:25:22 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 21 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 20, 2014 | David Akin
    JERUSALEM — In a historic speech here, Prime Minister Stephen Harper rolled out a new definition of anti-Semitism — name-calling that will be controversial at home and on the global diplomatic circuit but which will make him into a mega-star in Israel. Two Arab-Israeli members of the 120-seat Knesset thought Harper's speech was objectionable enough even before he got around to this controversial re-definition. They walked out on his speech, loudly hollering at the Canadian prime minister about injustices to their communities. Harper's speech was historic because it was the first ever by a Canadian prime minister to the Knesset....
  • Tibi Screams at Netanyahu, Harper During Speeches

    01/20/2014 1:10:50 PM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    inn ^ | 1/20/14 | David Lev
    A particularly nasty debate broke out Monday evening between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Arab MK Ahmed Tibi – as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was visiting the Knesset, looked on. Tibi screamed at Netanyahu, who spoke in praise of Israeli democracy, and later walked out when Harper himself did the same when he spoke to MKs. Speaking in Harper's presence, Netanyahu said he hoped the Arab world, including Syria, “would be able to have real parliaments, like that in Israel. In our parliament, anyone can say anything they want,” Netanyahu said. In Israel, MKs are free to scream...
  • Muslim group wants rabbi tossed from Harper's Israel trip

    01/16/2014 4:03:22 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 14 replies
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper hasn’t even started packing for his first visit to the Middle East, but the trip already has its first controversy. A Canadian Muslim group wants Harper’s officials to boot a Toronto rabbi out of the official delegation that will travel with the prime minister. In a letter sent to Harper on Tuesday, the National Council of Canadian Muslims said it objected to the presence of Toronto Rabbi Daniel Korobkin as part of Harper’s official delegation. Korobkin declined to comment, but Jason MacDonald, the prime minister’s director of communications, slammed the NCCM — formerly known...
  • Stephen Harper planning first visit to Israel, will announce details at Jewish National Fund dinner

    11/29/2013 7:41:58 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 12 replies
    National Post ^ | Nov. 29, 2013 | John Ivison
    Stephen Harper will announce plans to visit Israel for the first time at a high profile dinner in his honour in Toronto being hosted by the Jewish National Fund Sunday, sources said. Mr. Harper is considered by many to be Israel’s staunchest ally but he has never visited the Holy Land.
  • Prime Minister’s Office evacuated after suspicious package found

    10/16/2013 11:10:31 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 5 replies
    National Post ^ | October 16, 2013
    The Langevin Block, the building across from Parliament Hill that houses the Prime Minister’s Office, was evacuated Wednesday morning amid reports of a suspicious person and package in the area. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was not in the building. Police also closed Wellington Street, the street in front of the Parliament Buildings, for two blocks, and taped off roads in the area. RCMP officers were questioning a man who was put into a police cruiser. A joint RCMP-Ottawa police team that deals with potentially hazardous materials was called to the scene. The Conservative government’s throne speech was to be delivered...
  • Police evacuate Canada Prime Minister building

    10/16/2013 10:49:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 16, 2013 1:45 PM EDT
    A man was in custody Wednesday after scuffling with security and leaving a suspicious package in the building that houses the Prime Minister’s office, Canadian police said. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was not in the Langevin Building at the time, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Lucy Shorey said. Ottawa Police Const. Chuck Benoit said there was commotion and a package was left after the suspect said he would do something. …
  • Canada PM Ready to Introduce New Carbon-Emission Rules for Keystone Approval -- Report

    09/07/2013 8:40:04 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 6, 2013 | Paul Vieira
    OTTAWA--Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has told U.S. President Barack Obama that he's ready to work on joint plan between the two countries to reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector in an effort to secure approval of the Keystone XL pipeline project, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. The CBC, citing unnamed sources, said Mr. Harper wrote to Mr. Obama in late August, signaling he is ready to accept carbon-reduction targets proposed by the U.S. and prepared to work with the White House to address concerns raised about Keystone and its impact on greenhouse-gas emissions. A spokesman for Mr....
  • Harperphobia!

    07/25/2013 7:44:06 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 3 replies ^ | July 25, 2013 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    ...when the Conservatives won a majority in 2011, Canada’s left entered full panic mode. There was no minority anymore. There was nothing to stop Stephen Harper from fulfilling his destiny of turning Canada into America’s 51st state (a refrain heard from progressives about conservatives decades before Harper).
  • Second bridge connecting Windsor and Detroit approved

    04/13/2013 8:57:33 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 58 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | April 12, 2013 | Kelly Pedro & Jessica Hume
    LONDON, Ont. — Plans for the new Detroit-Windsor bridge cleared another hurdle Friday when it got a much-anticipated presidential permit. “A lot of people are very excited. We’ve been in this region waiting for some time for this announcement,” said Windsor Mayor Eddie Francis. “We all knew the presidential permit wasn’t a question of if, it was a question of when.” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder made the announcement in Detroit with politicians on both sides of the border in attendance. But trouble could be brewing as Ambassador Bridge owner and billionaire Manuel (Matty) Moroun filed a civil lawsuit this year...
  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper Will Never Let Canada Become A Safe Haven For Zombies Says John Baird

    02/13/2013 8:50:11 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | February 13, 2013 | David Pugliese
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper Will Never Let Canada Become A Safe Haven For Zombies Says John Baird The NDP’s Pat Martin raised the question Tuesday about how the government was prepared for an attack from zombies and he actually got an answer. “I rise today to salute the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta and the province of Quebec for putting in place emergency measures to deal with the possibility of an invasion of zombies,” Martin said. “I do not need to tell you, Mr. Speaker, that zombies do not recognize borders and that a zombie invasion in the United...
  • Canada's Crusader for Conservatism

    01/17/2013 4:14:54 AM PST · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Standpoint ^ | November 2012
    When thinking of Canada, I strongly doubt that the first thing to pop into most people's heads would be "bastion of political conservatism". Yet in this liberal country, prime minister Stephen Harper has carved out an impressive reputation as one of the world's most successful centre-right leaders. Through two minority Tory governments (2006 and 2008), and since May 2011 at the head of a majority government, Harper has balanced strong leadership with a confident domestic and foreign policy agenda. Canada may be a middle power, but our prime minister will accept nothing less than a seat at the top table.
  • Canadian PM Harper, ...intervened to stop 'Palestinian' terror statehood bid at UN

    11/29/2012 8:59:19 AM PST · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | November 27, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper continues to pick up the slack left by an absent American president who has abandoned freedom across the world. Nothing makes Obama look so small as a real leader. "[W]hen Israel, the only country in the world whose very existence is under attack, is consistently and conspicuously singled out for condemnation, I believe we are morally obligated to take a stand," Harper said last year. The Canadian prime minister further affirmed that "as long as I am prime minister… Canada will take not that stand, whatever the cost." "Canadian PM Personally Intervened to Stop PA...
  • Human Foot Sent to Tory HQ

    05/29/2012 8:28:57 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 34 replies
    Sun News Network ^ | May 29, 2012 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    "A Conservative Party staffer made a horrifying discovery late Tuesday morning, partially opening a package that contained what police say appeared to be a human foot. The overwhelming stench from the package sent a staffer running to call police. "Upon arrival, officers noted that the package possibly had blood stains on it," police said in a statement." --- Update: A seoond package addressed the federal Conservative party H.Q. was intercepted at Canada Post. It has been confirmed that the second package contained a human hand.
  • Pictorial proof of how Obama REALLY feels about Canada

    04/05/2012 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Sioux-san · 25 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 4/5/2012 | Judi McLeod
    American mainstream media astroturfing notwithstanding, Monday’s one-day summit meeting in Washington with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon is the classic: “A picture is worth a Thousand Words” lesson. The American media presented the meeting as a run-of-the-mill get together of the three North American amigos.... Look at the expression on Barack Obama’s face from pictures taken during the event. The malevolent expression on Obama’s face as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking tells a different story. The picture is right up there with Michelle’s countenance while looking at France’s Carla Bruni. President Barry Soetoro...
  • While America Toils Canada Enjoys Stable Government

    03/18/2012 11:06:08 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | March 18, 2012 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    When Canadians finally granted Stephen Harper and his Conservatives the majority election victory they had long sought following two consecutive minority Tory governments, it was more than just the fulfillment of an arduous journey for the nation’s right-wing. History could show that it was a vital and fortuitous turn of events. Canada experienced years of Jean Chretien/Paul Martin Liberal rule, due in large part to the lack of coherent opposition. Conservatives were busy rebuilding, reforming into a single entity. That, combined with an effective program of personal attacks by the Liberals on both the party leader and the conservative party...
  • Harper hints at support for Israeli attack on Iran

    03/05/2012 2:03:16 PM PST · by SmithL · 12 replies
    Nashville Herald ^ | 3/5/12 | Jim Miles
    While on his way to Washington Benjamin Netanyahu stopped in Ottawa to confer with his patriot in arms, Stephen Harper. Following their morning meetings, of which we know little, the two held a very brief 'press conference' that simply highlighted the double standards under which the two operate, especially Netanyahu. Harper began with a brief statement in French and English. The French comments included advice directed towards Assad in Syria, that he should "cesse tue leur proper citoyens" - he should stop killing his own citizens. He ended his French statements hoping for a solution for Israel that would be...
  • Stephen Harper fears Iran would use nuclear weapons if it was able to produce them

    02/04/2012 2:20:32 PM PST · by fanfan · 36 replies
    The National Post ^ | Feb. 3, 2012 | John Ivison
    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Stephen Harper insisted he is not preparing the Canadian public for war with Iran but, in his starkest warning yet, he said he fears the regime in Tehran is prepared to use nuclear weapons, if it manages to produce them. In an interview with the National Post and Postmedia News, Mr. Harper said Iran’s quest to develop weapons of mass destruction is “a grave threat to peace and security.” “For the first time in history, we are facing a regime that not only wants to attain nuclear weapons but a regime that has, compared to virtually...
  • Harper’s smarter [On green energy, the PM was right. His critics were wrong]

    01/26/2012 4:34:52 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2012-01-26 | Lorrie Goldstein
    If Canada’s “green” media — especially in the Parliamentary Press Gallery — demanded the same standards of accountability of themselves as they do of politicians, they would be killing entire forests right now apologizing to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Why? Because in sidestepping the economically suicidal stampede onto the green energy bandwagon which they relentlessly shilled for, Harper was right and they — along with the Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Greens — were wrong. Today, so-called “green” energy is in retreat all over the developed world, as taxpayers and consumers in countries that blindly raced into it are in open...
  • Tax Cuts, Less-Intrusive Gov't Help Canada Soar

    12/29/2011 4:36:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    IBD Editorial ^ | December 29, 2011 | Editor
    Success: Away from the low growth and high regulation of an America under Washington's thumb, our northern neighbor is economically strong. As 2011 ends, Canada has announced yet another tax cut — and will soar even more. The Obama administration and its economic czars have flailed about for years, baffled about how to get the U.S. economy growing. In reality, the president need look no further than our neighbor, Canada, whose solid growth is the product of tax cuts, fiscal discipline, free trade, and energy development. That's made Canada a roaring puma nation, while its supposedly more powerful southern neighbor...
  • The Biggest Move Harper Could Make

    12/27/2011 9:26:35 AM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 8 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 27, 2011 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    When Stephen Harper’s Conservatives finally achieved their long-sought majority victory in the last federal election, many right wing Canadians believed that the long awaited time had finally come when their long list of policies – added or removed – would be addressed. Voters expected swift action on the usual suspects such as the long gun registry and the tightening of immigration. Those with more gumption also thought there would be action like privatizing the CBC or ending the national policy of multiculturalism or official (read: forced) French/English bilingualism. Half a year into his majority, P.M. Harper has started to act....
  • Harper rallies to Netanyahu’s side at UN

    09/23/2011 5:46:31 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 8 replies
    National Post ^ | Sep 21, 2011 | Mark Kennedy
    UNITED NATIONS — Prime Minister Stephen Harper rallied to the side of Israel on Wednesday, saying the best road for peace in the Middle East lies through negotiations between that country and the Palestinians. Harper made his move in a meeting at the United Nations with Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Under Harper’s leadership, Canada has been an outspoken supporter of Israel in recent years. And on Wednesday, Harper publicly reinforced that relationship with a critically timed message of support.
  • Canada imposes sanctions on Syria

    06/02/2011 8:17:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Canadian Jewish News ^ | Thursday, June 2, 2011 | Andy Levy-Ajzenkopf
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, announced last week that Canada has imposed "targeted" sanctions on Syria. In a statement last Monday, Harper said his government was responding to the Syrian regime's "ongoing and violent crackdown by the military and security forces against Syrian civilians who are peacefully protesting for democracy and the respect of human rights." The sanctions, as outlined by the government, include: "a travel ban imposed on designated people associated with the current Syrian regime; an asset freeze against people associated with the current Syrian regime and entities involved in security and military operations against the Syrian...
  • Stephen Harper for President (in a trade with Barack Obama going to Canada)

    05/28/2011 12:27:55 PM PDT · by Texas Peartree · 12 replies
    The Voice of Reason ^ | May 28, 2011 | Texas Peartree
    What if I were to tell you that there is a potential Presidential candidate who has shown an ability to win multiple national elections, consistently stands up in international bodies for America's interests and those of our allies, and had the guts to embarrass the Chinese by refusing to come to the monstrous opening Olympic ceremonies in Beijing, the one which made Nazi "artist" Leni Riefenstahl blush? While in office he has supported the war in Afghanistan, and increased military spending in a dangerous and unpredictable world. He cut aid to the Palestinians when Hamas took over the Gaza Strip....
  • Updated: Party subsidy to get the axe in June 6 budget (Canada - Goodbye Liberal Party!)

    05/25/2011 9:47:04 AM PDT · by canuck_conservative · 35 replies
    National ^ | Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | Mark Kennedy
    The timing of the budget is also reflective of how urgent it is regarded by the government. It comes on the first day that MPs take their seats for a full day of routine proceedings. The previous week, MPs will elect a Speaker on June 2, then the government’s Throne Speech will be read in the Senate chamber June 3 by the Governor General. Then, on Monday, June 6, as MPs start their new session, Flaherty will drop his latest fiscal update in their lap. Traditionally, the budget is tabled in late afternoon. The opposition parties rejected the March budget...
  • Why the poor cast votes for Conservatives

    05/11/2011 2:29:09 PM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 14 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | May 10,2011 | Carol Goar
    They aren’t ready to hear this yet, but the anti-poverty activists who work tirelessly to promote the interests of low-income Canadians need to ask why so many of them voted for Stephen Harper last week. They won’t like the answers they get. They won’t understand how food bank users and social housing tenants could think the Prime Minister is on their side. They’ll be tempted to interrupt or object. But their feelings are not the point. There is a serious gap in their knowledge. Left unaddressed, it will trip them up in next fall’s provincial election campaign, the same way...
  • What the GOP Can Learn from Canada’s Conservatives (Our Northern Neighbor Moves Rightward)

    05/09/2011 6:59:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/08/2011 | Michael Barone
    Some years ago, the columnist and editor Michael Kinsley sponsored a contest to come up with the most boring headline. The winner was “Worthwhile Canadian Initiative.” Well, Canada held an election last Monday, and the result was anything but boring. It amounts to something like a revolution in Canadian politics and has lessons, I think, for those of us south of the border. The headline story is that the Conservative party of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who has headed minority governments since 2006, won an absolute majority of seats, 167 of 308, in the House of Commons. It was a...
  • Canada Is Ready for Her Star Turn (The Conservative victory in the recent elections is significant)

    05/07/2011 7:12:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/07/2011 | James G Wiles
    The nation which Canadian subject (and conservative author, columnist and radio and TV commentator) Mark Steyn calls the "Deranged Dominion" just elected a Conservative Party government may now be about to raise its game to the next level. It should. The fact is that, for sixty-six years, Canada has punched below its weight in world affairs. It was not always so. Winston Churchill, in Britain's darkest hour -- when the UK faced Hitler alone -- told Parliament and the British people that the overseas dominions would come to the aid of the mother country. He meant Canada (which Churchill had...
  • Sir John A Would Know What Do With Harper's Majority (Stephen Harper's Good Fortune Alert)

    05/03/2011 12:24:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 1 replies
    National Post ^ | 5/03/2011 | Kelly McFarland
    He isn’t coming in cold, with an enormous backlog of unrealistic ambitions to ram through. Instead, the Tories have a solid idea of what they want to accomplish over the next four years. Having already elected him twice previously, Canadians won’t be looking for sudden miracles. Far from it: such is the level of exhaustion with politics that most Canadians will be delighted if the government just stays out of their face for the majority of the mandate. Harper, in effect, has four years to shepherd through legislation that should come as little surprise to anyone, and he has the...
  • The Election Nobody Wanted© Post Mortem

    05/03/2011 7:43:36 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 8 replies
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | May 3, 2011 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    It's the day after the election. The celebrations have muted, the party supporters have grabbed a few hours sleep, and Canada has risen to a new political landscape. If there is one lesson to be learned from Election 2011, it is this: be careful what you ask for. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives ended five years of minority rule as they achieved the majority victory they have long been asking for. No more pandering to the far left, no more kissing the collective asses of Quebec separatists. Harper repeatedly asked Canadians for a majority, citing the necessity of stability and...
  • Good riddance to this election

    05/01/2011 10:49:48 AM PDT · by Clive · 15 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-05-01 | Connie Woodcock
    It’s only been five weeks but it seems like years since this election campaign began and I’m sick and tired of it. And, frankly, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. It can’t end soon enough for me. For a political junky to admit this is hard but, really, aren’t there a few words you hope you never have to hear again after Monday? * Majority government: Once upon a time, Stephen Harper wouldn’t let the “m” word pass his lips for fear of scaring voters. But since the first day of this campaign, he’s been dinning “majority”...
  • Toronto Star endorses the NDP (Socialists in second - Canada's Election Monday May 2)

    04/30/2011 3:08:56 PM PDT · by fanfan · 32 replies · 1+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Sat., April 30th | Editorial Board - Toronto Star
    Monday’s federal election may well turn out to be historic for all kinds of reasons that were not obvious when it was called five weeks ago today. Unless the pollsters have totally misread the mood of the voters, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives look to be heading for another victory. As we said on Friday, that would be bad for the country. The last thing Canada needs is an affirmation of a government obsessed with control, dismissive of critics, and determined to further diminish the role of the state in charting a better future for the country. Voters who believe that Canada...