Are Stephen Days Numbered? UnTendered Contracts for Billion Dollar Boondoggle?? What do you think Canada? Cornwall Ontario – June 15, 2010

Are Stephen Days Numbered?  UnTendered Contracts for Billion Dollar Boondoggle??  What do you think Canada? Cornwall Ontario – June 15, 2010

Cornwall ON – Is Stephen Harper a spent force?   Yes, he’s Prime Minister of a minority government; but it’s been a maligned government which has done far too much to sow disunity in our country.   So much disunity that the thought of coalitions start to make more and more sense.

Mr. Harper is going to get one more kick at the can to get his majority government, but the question is, is it too late?

Every time it seems within reach a new fake lake is built, and his government spends like wild jackals.   His own team muzzled, which causes huge repercussions for its MPs such as Guy Lauzon in SD&SG.

People that run for office generally are bright.  They have ideas.  They’re committed to making things better.  Yes there are Whips (and chains too if you look hard) in politics, but in my 46 years I can’t think of any Canadian government on such a short leash.

Mr. Harper may have rode into town on Adscam, but his Billion Dollar Boondoggle, Calls for tough on crime bills that could bankrupt the country while letting his people off the hook (see Rahim Jaffer) and throwing ministers under the bus (see Helena Guergis’ skid marks) choking of the media, and generally doing his best to destroy the Canadian economy, Medicare, CBC, and what unity we have in Canada are not the things that legacies are made of?  At least positive ones.

So who is his heir apparent?  The front runner has to be Peter MacKay, but there are others.  And the good thing about muzzling his MPs is that he gets most of the blame when things go bad, and of course way too much of the credit for the small victories when they rarely occur.

To think that in the face of dithering Liberal opposition and a conservatively creeping NDP Mr. Harper hasn’t really been able to jump ahead of the pack does not bode for his long term political future.

What do you think Canada?  You can post your comments below.

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36 Comments on "Are Stephen Days Numbered? UnTendered Contracts for Billion Dollar Boondoggle?? What do you think Canada? Cornwall Ontario – June 15, 2010"

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Eric
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Like an election, much of this money is going back into the community that provides goods or services, I do not think of it as a boondoggle, trying to do something to fast, maybe. Liberals seem to have a generous helping of teflon that other parties missed the boat on, but with 10s of thousands of employees in any organization, strange things will happen.

denis stergiotis
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This Billion Dollar Boondoggle is a really stupid thing. In the middle of a recession with deficits when people lost jobs, many lost their homes, we are being told to tighten our belts , waiting lines for medical scans /surgeries, people burdened with debt and more!!!! The Harper Conservatives who preach fiscal responsability go and blow 1 billion dollars to get a photo opportunity with G8 leaders hoping to boost harpers image as a statesman on the backs of the taxpayer!!!!! Harper has no more fiscal credibility!!! How can he ask us to make sacrifices and endure cuts when he… Read more »
Grimalot
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Totally with Denis on this one. Ill expand on that though, it could balloon to 1.1 – 2.0 billion dollars for this, absolute BOONDOGGLE! This makes ADSCAM pale in comparison. Let alone all the departments with no heads that are being funded still. And absolutely right, the previous governments were voted out by the people for the way they handled things. There should be no finger pointing going on after the fact. But that’s what politics have become today. Instead of for the people, its point fingers at the other parties, blasting them, to make their own parties look better.… Read more »
Roslyn
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Put a mustache on Harper and he passes for Hifler. A dictator and not a Prime Minister. Harper has no intention of permitting the voice of Canadians to be heard. He wants to spend zillions of dollars to impress the G20 an G8 group….using our hard-earned money. With the weak economy, he would be well-advised to stop trying to impress the “gang” of leaders who will be coming to Toronto to see the Eighth wonder of the wrold ….an artificial lake where the media can drink themselves silly. Nothing will be accomplished except the taxes we pay will be used… Read more »
admin
Admin

Roslyn while I’m no huge fan of Mr. Harper I can 100% assure you he’s no Hitler, or Hifler. He’s simply a man with an agenda and if we Canadians do not stop that agenda we’re all going to have to live with it.

hollinm
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The fact is there are two summits back to back requiring extraordinary expenses. The security is necessary and I suspect that the government has taken the advice of security experts. The rest is “stimulus spending”. Do you think that none of this has any benefit for the country and the communities including Toronto? Think of the economic activity that is being generated. Like the Olympics where critics cried it was a waste of money they turned out to be great. The summits will show Canada in a positive light and yes the government has spent money for what they see… Read more »
Grimalot
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hollinm, granted other parties have thrown summits, etc, but NONE with this kind of price tag. They should have held this somewhere where security would have been cheaper. I do agree for the temporary time, it will benefit many, it will also be a MAJOR drawback to many. They should have found somewhere secluded to throw this summit. I mean 18 million that Pittsburgh paid compared to 1.1+ BILLION????? Come on, you can’t be so far right to actually think thats reasonable.. What I think would be hilarious in all of this, is if absolutely nothing happens. No riots, not… Read more »
Eric
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Where else could handle 4,000 journalists, plus thousands of attendees, and worker bee’s needing food and accomodations?
The billion from E Health could have provided a couple of cruise ships for this purpose.

Stan
Member

Grimalot, dream on. Admin, next election will result in you having to live with it another four years. Hollinm, you speak the truth as Canadians always complasin about everything when it’s their turn. It’s all about too much money being spent by others and not them!

John
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Take a breath people……boondoggle, smoondoggle……your idiot premier, Mcninty, is the boondoggler….Harper is the Pm of a country hosting an international conference….there are islamic facisits out there who want to blow everybody up….most of them in Ontario and Quebec…..so you must protect your invited guests…..if it wasnt for Islam, there would be no need to spend so much on security…..

John
Guest

Another thought….this is federal money being spent in Ontario….Adscam went into the greasy hands of Lieberal syncophants, much of it ending up in Florida where quebec lieberals like to hang out.

admin
Admin
John we were trying to decide whether to allow your comment or not. We chose to allow it this one time to illustrate what we really don’t want to see on the Cornwall Free News. There are places for hate and rhetoric of this nature. This isn’t one of them. If you can’t make your points without attacking a group in this manner please resist the urge to post here. You can’t paint any one group with one brush. It’s wrong. It’s undemocratic. It’s evil. You can’t blame this mess on Islam. That’s an insult to everyone. I blast Stephen… Read more »
David W. Lincoln
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As long as those who follow the playbook written by Antonio Gramsci, wittingly or unwittingly, refuse to admit that the principles Lenin had are more brutal than the principles Pope John Paul had, we are going
to see more and more needless friction.

Stephen Harper has accomplished some things. For instance a lowering in the GST, which, by the way, makes things like internet access cheaper. However, when it comes to a refuting that all cultures are equal, he does as poor a job in countering it as a corpse can punch its way out of a wet paper bag.

xpapar
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hollinm, You obviously don’t know what is happening in BC after the Olympics or in our economy as a country at the moment. Take a real look at our national debt and the interest we pay on it every day. Look at the spending ON CREDIT figures in BC and the rest of Canada. Time to wake up and stop reading/watching placatory mainstream news. Do some research! $1B is a ridiculous amount of money to spend for a meeting. Security; you are dreaming! Do you have any idea of how much wealth that is in regards to the average Canadian… Read more »
Grimalot
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Ha! We have another pastor tom here… another Muslim hater anyways.. Stan, Im not dreaming.. I know something is going to happen, but it would be nice for it not to and for it to be a showing of absolute waste of our money. John, you said “this is federal money being spent in Ontario”, WRONG – this is OUR money, Canadian Citizens money. And it is being wasted. I’m sure there are PLENTY of other cities that could house all the reporters and such and at the same time, this could be a much more streamlined process. Toronto was… Read more »
Grimalot
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David, forget not that it was the PC’s that shafted us with the GST in the first place.. Harper is just lowering something that a portion of their old party already dropped on us. They said the same thing then, that costs would go down to match, etc.. yeah right.. no, they need this HST to pay for this over billion dollar waste…

Grimalot
Guest

In fact, I think Harper ran part of his campaign on reducing the GST, because he already knew full well that the HST was going to be applied instead. Rather convenient don’t ya think? Let alone the transparency we Don’t have, fixed elections we didn’t have.. etc.. The guy has broken most of his promises just as bad as McGuinty…

Stan
Member

admin, Thank You!

denis stergiotis
Guest
To suggest that his money spent for the 1 billion dollar G8 boondoggle is goo thing because it can stimulate the economy is insane!!! The money could have been spent on useful things and thus achieve 2 objectives( example: provide funding to hospitals to buy needed eqquipement thus stimulating economy and reducing waiting lines for much needed medical tests). Instead it was overspent on a Summit which not needed , and just a backdrop for a photo opportunity for Harper to try to project an image of him as a statesman taking pictures with other world leaders….. If this summit… Read more »
PJ Robertson
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Stick to facts, guys. Fact #1: The Harper government is digging Canada into the deepest deficit in Canadian history. Fact #2: Mr Harper came into power promising accountability and transparency; once in power he has turned himself into the most secretive, unaccountable, and anti-democratic prime minister in Canadian history. He rules by fear and he doesn’t care. Instead of a black toothbrush moustache and black hair slicked down with a right-side part, he wears an impeccable nest of graying hair that looks, in the words of the Globe and Mail TV critic, as if it is kept in the fridge… Read more »
Harpernomics
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Ok Grimalot, let me explain to you how Harpernomics works, First i help cause an economic crisis by spending billions on an economic action plan that is mostly spent on doorknob replacements for government buildings with already new doorknobs, because otherwise id be wasting it on like.. food for the hungry, or subsidizing a reduction of hte national debt which also serves me no purpose. Then i suspend parliament to save my a$$ from being overrun by smarter politicians that see what a scam im running.. then i order troops to torture Afghan detainees which directly violate the geneva convention… Read more »
Grimalot
Guest

Denis – Agreed!

Harpernomics – HAHAHAHA, awesome! 😀

PJR – Haven’t missed any of the facts and I also keep outlining those facts. But agreed with all you say.

parnel
Guest

Only a die hard reformer like hollinm would succumb to the stupidit yof the G8/20 boondoggle. He says that it’s money going into the economy. If so what is the legacy of this money? 1000’s of security people on overtoime and a bunch of fences that will be torn down. Oh and there is the remote toilets 20 or so KMS from the Huntsville site.
Mervin, you are way too blind to the ignorance and arrogance of this Harper culture of deceit and lies.

Mic Wills
Guest

G’bye Steve – we sure won’t miss ya!

Grimalot
Guest

I join in with those regards Mic Wills!

Stan
Member

Why is it that all the experts here, who know what to do with the money and how to run the country, etc,,etc., are not in a position to do so? If you are so smart then why aren’t you running the show? Don’t tell me you are with your votes because it’s not so! They were voted in and they run the show!

billiam
Member

Immediately after reading the budget, preaching restraint to the peasants, Jim Flaherty jumped on a private plane costing $18,000.00, (Air Canada price, $850.00). Then King Stephen increased the PMO budget by $250,000.00 per week. This funding could open few beds at CCH.

Eric
Guest

Seems to me a Mr. Chretien said ” the GST, gone” how did that turn out?

parnel
Guest

Eric, how the GST turned out was the fact the Libs found the country to be dead broke after Lyin’ Brian got through with his spendthrift ways. We had a defict of over $40BB which would be an equivalent of around $100BB in todays money and it got paid off by good Liberal management under Chretien.

Stan
Member
Eric: at that time the Liberal Party “Red Book” platform that they ran on said that they would replace or abolish the GST. Sheila Copps even said she would resign if they didn’t replace or abolish it. Unfortunately they saw how much money the GST generated and Chretien & Co. decided to keep it after all. Some time later Sheila Copps saw that she would be re-elected easily in a bye election and so she resigned her Liberal seat. Of course she was immediately re-elected. Thats the way the Liberals ran their thing. They were always “entitled” to their entitlements… Read more »
Harper Hat Trick
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Stephen Harper will win a third government precisely because Canadians will look at the alternative – idiots calling Harper, a leader of a minority government, a “dictator” and even worse, “Hitler”. However bad he is he cannot possibly match the stupidity of his critics. Hitler. Really. That’s criminal libel, not to mention evidence of serious mental illness.

Stan
Member

And you think we’re sane?

PJ Robertson
Member

“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are Conservatives” (John Stuart Mill, author of “On Liberty”, 1806-1873) In other words, people who are either unwilling or unable to think. How would Mill have characterized neo-Conservatives and the people who vote for them?

Grimalot
Guest
Ok, just to make Harper Hat Trick happy, Roslyn, make sure to add that magical “I think that..” or “It is my opinion that..” before you say anything about Harper and then it becomes freedom of speech, or your personal freedom of expression. Then it removes any “criminal libel” from your statement. However, I see it is your opinion as I see Harper as more of a dictator as well then working democratically. For Harper Hat Trick, heres a bunch of links for you to research, since I don’t have the time to want to bother listing to you all… Read more »
PJ Robertson
Member

Excellent post, Grimalot! The evidence is in and mounting.

Grimalot
Guest

Thanks PJR. 🙂 Fortunately for me, it took less than a year to see right through Harper and his little lapdogs.. Unfortunately for some others, they’ve got their head in the fog…

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