And now they're using the very revelation of their horrible behaviours against us.
The Scandal Assault - the idea that by just slapping us in the face, every day, with one outrageous scandal after another until we simply don't care anymore - is a powerful tool. Especially when you're dealing with the CPC and their near-limitless supply of ammo.
Unfortunately, that only works to a certain point - and it only works if the scandals themselves aren't really infuriating. If they inspire umbrage instead of outrage then that's what you want to go for.
Fortunately, I'm all about keeping only the finest in 'outrage' on tap here as of late, so feel free to come back and drink deep of the stuff you really should be getting pissed off at instead of all the other crap that they want you to be 'sorta miffed' at.
Anyways, cups out everyone!
"There is no question, no possibility of bailing out the banks," - Stephen Harper
You may or may not remember how, back in 2008, our Prime Minister told us all that our banks would not need to be bailed out - that they weren't asking to be bailed out and that, even if they were, we wouldn't help them anyway.
"The banks aren't seeking to be bailed out, the government won't be bailing them out. That isn't going to happen." - Stephen Harper
I'm pretty sure you can see where this is going, right?
Okay, so fast-forward to today's newest Conservative scandal: apparently, thanks to a new CCPA report, we learned that our Government pushed out $114 billion in 'secret' loans to our banks.
From the article:
"At some point during the crisis, three of Canada's banks — CIBC, BMO, and Scotiabank — were completely under water, with government support exceeding the market value of the company," Macdonald said.
"Without government supports to fall back on, Canadian banks would have been in serious trouble."
"The federal government claims it was offering the banks 'liquidity support,' but it looks an awful lot like a bailout to me," says Macdonald.
Incidentally, if you're looking to make comparisons, we 'bailed out' our Auto Industry to the tune of $4 Billion. So, yeah, just a little bit more there.
Man, our Government really is a fan of doing things in secret, behind the tax-payers' backs. Almost as if they're afraid of getting caught. I wonder why that could be?
Oh, right, that whole Robofraud thing. Where mounting evidence suggests that they, at the very least, played a part in stealing a Majority out of the 2011 election.
And that whole F-35s thing. But that's only $40 Billion of your money.
Oh, and the revelation that they were keeping two separate sets of books in regards to F-35 costs - one set for internal use, one set for bald-faced lying to the public.
How bad are they at lying? Well, apparently back in 2011 Norway was estimating $40 Billion for 52 F-35s while our Government was saying that 65 F-35s are only $14 Billion.
Yeah. It's that bad.
But, man, if people are pissed off about $40 Billion in jets we don't need, I can only imagine how pissed they're going to be about $114 Billion in secret loans to help prop up Private banks.
Banks who then took that money and, combined, made a tidy $27 Billion in profit from it.
How are those cups doing? Getting full yet?
Oh, I'm not near done.
So, besides stealing an election (with 200 ridings - almost 2/3rds of Canada - currently under investigation by Elections Canada) and bungling the largest fighter jet purchase in our entire history as a country, what else has the CPC been up to?
Well, thanks to Human Resources Minister Diane Finley, Canadian employers will now be allowed to - legally - pay Immigrants in Canada 15% less than a regular Canadian worker doing the same job.
Or, to put it another way - a far, far more politically damaging way: In Canada, as of April 25th, 2012, an Immigrant in Canada is worth 85% of a Canadian.
Yeah. Quick History Lesson: You see, in the United States' Constitution they stated that a Black man was worth 3/5ths of a White man. It was for representational purposes, yes, but that was still the outcome -- and, ultimately, considered the 'positive' compromise.
I guess, as far as Harper's Conservatives are concerned, 85% for an Immigrant must be downright 'Progressive' in comparison.
What's even worse about this revolting development is that it doesn't even impact small businesses in Canada all that much - what benefit are they going to see for the few people they hire? For large corporations though - especially in Agriculture? Big savings.
I'm sure someone's over there giving Ms. Finley a big, green high-five right now.
Oh, yes, Harper and his CPC has learned an important lesson from all of these scandals as of late:
If you don't have anyone checking your numbers then no one can use them against you.
I'll let the headline speak for itself here: Ottawa’s quiet removal of internal auditors draws fire
From the Article:
The federal government has quietly removed internal auditors from four regional development agencies, placing the work in the hands of a central department that is itself faced with a shrinking budget.
It might not just be regional agencies getting rid of internal auditors. Typically, departments classified as “small” are the ones throughout government that rely on the Office of the Comptroller General.
The government changed its policy on April 1 to redefine “small.”
The old definition included a “reference level” of less than $300-million and fewer than 500 full-time employees. As of this month, there’s no limit on the number of employees, newly classifying nine more departments as small and eliminating the requirement to have internal audit teams.
As if firing a wide swath of our Border Security and our Food Inspectors wasn't enough, now they've gone and eliminated the Office of the Inspector General of CSIS - the one directly responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of CSIS and making sure that our spies aren't over-stepping their bounds.
From the Article:
University of Toronto professor Wesley Wark, who studies the intelligence field, told CBC News he's skeptical the review committee can step into the inspector general's shoes and issue the kind of detailed reports her office provided.
"If it makes mistakes, that can potentially impact on the civil liberties of Canadians who may find themselves subject, and perhaps wrongly, to CSIS investigations," Wark said.
Now, yes, remember, take shallow breaths as you drink this in. If you gulp it, you'll choke and then you'll just make a mess everywhere.
The saddest part is that what I've got here is only a selected fragment of the entire CPC assault. But this is the good stuff. The pure, unrefined, 'what-the-fuck' that we need to keep on hand as we weather the storm of bullshit that our government is going to throw at us - that is throwing at us - in an attempt to muddy the waters.
Make us roll our eyes, shrug our shoulders and say 'oh well, what can we do?'
The most important thing you can do right now - since our Constitution has absolutely no impeachment provisions within it whatsoever (link2) - is keep watching and REMEMBER.
Keep paying attention, keep putting the pressure on our Government and, no matter what, don't forget all of these crazy, despicable actions.
Drink deep, my friends... and come back for more.
(Okay. Yeah, wow, that was intense).