Tag Archives: Stephen Harper

Post Mortem (part 2)

It was shortly after Trudeau announced the new ban on oil tankers on the BC north coast that I realised that Stephen Harper really has left no legacy to this country at all. What were the great projects of his … Continue reading

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The Complete History of Canada (According to Stephen Harper)

ca. 15,000 BC – 1496 AD: Nothing at all happened. 1497: John Cabot (who was definitively not named Giovanni Caboto) discovered Newfoundland while in the service of England, at which point Canada entered history. 1608 – 1758: A bunch of … Continue reading

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Fighting Back

It’s been a long time coming, but it still managed to take me by surprise: the union that represents the scientists working for the federal government has finally ditched its official position of political neutrality, and is vowing to “take … Continue reading

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Giving Stephen Harper Too Much Credit

Ever since Stephen Harper was first elected in 2006, there has been an endless conversation going on in Canada’s media and academic institutions about the ideological predispositions of his government. Is he a genuine fundamentalist, or is he just playing one … Continue reading

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(The Day After) Canada Day

I’m afraid I couldn’t bring myself to produce a new Canada Day post this year. My feelings on the subject are pretty much the same as they have been for the past two years. I’m running out of novel ways … Continue reading

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Threats to Poilievre

Stephen Harper’s (Un)Democratic Reform Minister, Pierre Poilievre, has reputedly been receiving anonymous death threats over his proposed Fair Elections Act, prompting an RCMP investigation. Now, I want to make clear that I of course do not condone death threats*, and … Continue reading

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Empiricism in Politics

I’m bugged the sheer number of people who don’t understand that claims outside of the sciences can be empirically testable. For example, it’s all well and good to argue that putting transgender protections into Human Rights codes will result in … Continue reading

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