There can be no doubt whatever that the Conservative Party is behind this conspiracy to shut out May, as of all the party leaders, the Harperites fear Elizabeth May the most. Trying to sound reasonable, however, Harper himself is on record as saying on CBC Radio News that he “has no objection” to May’s appearance in the leaders’ debate. Unfortunately, Quebecor, owner of
Pravda Canada, Sun Media, and the new TV channel, generally known as Fox News North, seem to have strayed from the Conservative Party script.
Ezra Levant, poster child for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and to whom Harper is personally beholden for his seat in Parliament, is well known for parroting the official party line. One would have thought that he would have stayed away from his usual attacks on the CBC, so as not to goad them into changing their mind about May. Instead, he has set off on one of his usual rants about how the Corporation is betraying its socialist (by which he means Liberal) agenda. Vote Compass, according to Levant’s rant, makes everyone into a Liberal.
Of course, Levant misses the point of Vote Compass entirely. According to him, it is an evil CBC plot to convince everyone to vote Liberal. The way the website works is by asking the person to rank his/her opinions regarding various points, such as Afghanistan, medicare, etc. The results are then used to calculate the party closest to one’s ideals. According to Levant, its purpose is to tell everyone they are really Liberal at heart, and to get them to vote accordingly. Obviously, he does not seem to have taken the test himself, as it would have put him solidly on the right, thus junking his theory that it is programmed to make everyone Liberal.
What Levant fails to see through his fog of Tea Party ideology is that most Canadians really are (small L) liberals at heart, preferring not the extremes of right or left, but the more peaceful and commonly accepted path down the middle. The danger to the Harperites is, of course, that the former Progressive Conservative members of the party might take a fresh look at Harper and his ultra-right Reform Party policies, and realise how they have been betrayed.
While the CBC is still in a position to insist that Elizabeth May be included in the debate, it seems rather silly, to say the least, for Levant to go antagonising them to the point that they might change their mind.
Levant, however, is not the only Sun columnist to attack any opposition to Harper. Michael Coren, no doubt an able apprentice to master ranter Ezra Levant, takes on Elizabeth May, claiming basically “no seat, no invitation [to the debate].” Too bad for Harper that Coren didn’t get the directive to pretend to support Elizabeth May’s position, but has inadvertently given us the real party policy.
However, like his master, Levant, Coren obeys the first law of propaganda: “[It] must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side.”
He seems to believe that the Greens are some sort of global conspiracy. “As has been suggested by many commentators in recent years, many in the Green movement and in particular several of its ideologues and leaders, seem to care far more about the planet than for the people who live on it.” No mention, however, of any of the “many commentators”, nor are there any examples of how the Greens are supposed to care more about the planet than its inhabitants.
Coren cites a group of Australian Catholic Bishops who condemn the Green Party, but without giving any of the reasons for this blanket condemnation. It seems that the Australian Greens have fallen afoul of the Bishops mostly because they would allow abortion and same-sex marriage, something most Canadian political parties also allow.
In trying to justify Harper’s fear of the Green Party, Coren writes about the late Petra Kelly, one of the founders of the German Green Party.
In Germany, [the Green Party] was the platform for the extremist Petra Kelly, who led campaigns to prevent the West Germans from accepting refugees from Communist East Germany. In other words, terrified people running from internment camps and execution in the Soviet puppet state should have been, according to the Greens, refused entry into the free west.
The Wikipedia article on Petra Kelly quotes her friend, the Dalai Lama, as saying: “Petra Kelly was a committed and dedicated person with compassionate concern for the oppressed, the weak, and the persecuted in our time. Her spirit and legacy of human solidarity and concern continue to inspire and encourage us all.”
Having thus exposed Coren and Sun Media in such a barefaced lie about Petra Kelly, it is easy to see how they are obeying the “First law of Propaganda.” Unfortunately for Stephen Harper, it begs the question: Why is Stephen Harper so deathly afraid of Elizabeth May and the Green Party of Canada, and what is Harper’s secret agenda?