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Dec
08

A Fascist Putsch in Canada: Stephen Harper vs. Democracy

There have been plenty of signs to date that the Conservative Party of Canada, itself a coalition of elements of the former Progressive Conservatives and various right wing fringe parties from western Canada, held democracy and basic rights in contempt. The latest signs include trying to rush in legislation banning public workers from striking, limiting the rights of women to sue for equal pay for equal work, and trying to eliminate public financing for opposition parties instead of doing anything about the mounting economic crisis that saw another 71,000 Canadians lose their jobs in November. The Harper regime believes it is insulated from the world economic crisis, after preaching global interdependence as an inevitability. That kind of fatal flaw will ultimately cost the regime its survival, but not before doing more harm to Canadian workers and to parliamentary democracy.

In the meantime, corporate fascists have achieved a suspension of the very institution central to a parliamentary democracy, and that is parliament itself, with the aid of an unelected representative of a foreign head of state, that being Governor General Michaëlle Jean who represents Queen Elizabeth II. Why? Because Harper dictates that the opposition parties must follow his rules, and not decide on their own to band together. According to Harper’s improvised “laws” of democracy, the will of the representatives of the majority of Canadian voters can simply be abrogated. In this, Stephen Harper and his cronies make a fatal concession: they hold democracy itself in the highest contempt.

Stephen Harper, who has ironically elected to live in seven weeks of suspense until his downfall, has demonstrated that like a Führer he puts his interests before everyone else’s, and like a Führer attempts to mystify his supporters into mistaking and confusing his interests for those of “the nation.” Après moi le deluge, motto of the absolutist monarch, appears to be Harper’s declaration to the nation of his imagination.

Rally against the fascist takeover of Canada. For those of you in Montreal, it starts today:

Saturday, December 6th at 1pm
In front of the Complexe Guy-Favreau
200 René-Lévesque Ouest
Contact: Gilles Paquette
(514) 917-6864

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4 Responses to “A Fascist Putsch in Canada: Stephen Harper vs. Democracy”


  1. 1 erikwdavis
    December 6, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    It’s on, Kanada! (It’s starting to be on here as well! – Check this! And good luck blasting the fascists in Montreal.

  2. December 7, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I almost missed your message here — there were not that many people in Montreal yesterday, and it was pretty bloody cold too, and a Saturday, so I don’t know if that had to do with the turnout as well. On the other hand, there were no pro-Conservative rallies at all anywhere in Quebec.


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