Let's show Harper who's in charge and build a country based on fairness and equality

| January 24, 2013
Let's show Harper who's in charge and build a country based on fairness and equality

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If you have the sentiment that the country is headed in the wrong direction, you are absolutely right.

Like me, you are probably wondering what happened to building a society based on fairness, solidarity and equality for all Canadians.

 Well, let's be clear. The Conservative government has been acting against these principles during its too many years in office. The protection of the environment has become less important, the rights of working people and of vulnerable communities have come under attack, and Stephen Harper is building a Canada that is devoid of compassion and solidarity.

With the setbacks of these past years, it is easy for us to lose sight of the ideas that can move our society forward, not backwards. But as it goes for all things, we must remember that we are not alone. The lesson is as old as organizing goes. Working in isolation is a sure way to let your opponents gain ground. Every so often, when we are confronted with a real threat, we acknowledge that it is time to get out of our usual comfortable place and reach out to our allies, long-standing or brand new.

Over the past few months, we at the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) have been working together with some of our longtime allies as well as new partners. Coming from many different sectors and perspectives, we have acknowledged that defending some of our core principles such as democracy and justice is more pressing now than it has been for years. We have acknowledged that only together will we be able to stand up for the rights of all Canadians.

Together we have united under the banner of Common Causes, a new assembly for those of us who believe that it is still possible (and necessary!) to build strong social and equitable foundations for our society.

Next week, we will be flexing our muscle across the country. On Monday, January 28, along with some of our coalition partners, we will launch what we have come to call Common Causes: a gathering of those who feel we have lost ground and need to get it back.

In Ottawa, we will march in support of the Idle No More global day of action and join our Indigenous brothers and sisters in their demands for respect and dignity for all of Canada's First Nations communities. Other actions will be held in other communities such as Nanaimo, Sechelt, Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Toronto, Guelph, London, Montreal, Halifax, Charlottetown, and Saint John. If you find yourself in one of these cities, I strongly encourage you to break down the walls that may have been created between members of your community and to join others in this action.

What we have to do is clear: show in every way that we can that we support a world where everyone is allowed to live a better life and we are ready to fight for it. By doing so, we will defeat Stephen Harper.

It wasn't that long ago that our friend and leader, the late Jack Layton, reached out to Canadians and put forward a vision for our country where we can all look after each other and where no one is left behind.

Our friend Jack made it very clear: "Don't let them tell you it can't be done." On Monday, let's show them who's in charge and who's ready to defend the rights and well-being of each and every one of us. 


Dave Coles is the National President of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).




Ten things you don’t know about Steve Harper, the leader of Canada’s “Corporate Party”


1.  Harper’s an Evangelist (i.e. a Holy Roller, but he doesn’t believe in it, it’s just for show, it’s actually just a front for “corporate interests”)

1.  Harper’s church rejected divorcee Laureen, so after living common-law together, they married in a civil ceremony on December 11, 1993.  So much for his religious shtick.

2.  He's getting divorced (check out his website, all pics of Harper and Laureen together have been removed;  note I don’t care they broke up, I care how he lies about it for years and uses fake happy family to campaign for him

2.  His “personal assistant” Ray♥Novak used to live in Harper’s backyard above the garage… FOR YEARS… what wife would put up with THAT?

3.  Member of the fundamentalist Christian Alliance Church (they don't like gay people)

4.  Member of the Northern Foundation (I think they don't like black people)

5.  Member of the Calgary School of Political Science (they don’t like science)

6.  Leader of the Reforma/Alliance Party (they don't like women)

7.  Former Head of the National Citizens Coalition (they want to kill our national health care)

8.  Supporter of The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (AstroTurfers who want to kill Canada’s social safety net while running a pyramid scheme cheating taxpayers out of revenue from wealthy corporate donors)

8.  He’s not a real Red Tory Conservative;  he’s a Reforma Alliance CRAP Party thing

9.  His grandfather (Harper’s family is from Moncton, New Brunswick) either offed himself after becoming mentally ill or ran off with a woman, the truth is never talked about for some reason

10.  The asthmatic Harper wears a $3,000 weave (he's obsessed with his own image and has a special salt & pepper one for elections, brown other times)

11.  Steve hates to travel and didn’t get a passport until he could travel at the public’s expense

12.  Steve hates being a politician, is uncomfortable in groups, really dislikes glad-handing

10.  Steve stole three Canadian elections in a row.  True story;  Google it.

13.  Steve Harper was president of his high school's Young Liberals Club at Richview in Toronto;  he also appeared on Reach for the Top t.v. program.  Harper is not dumb, he just works for the interests of rich corporations / big business instead of for you

14.  Spends every second of every waking moment plotting his scorched earth policy against The Liberals instead of doing one good thing for anybody


Shouldn’t Steve Harper be working on other things?  Like help for struggling families.



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Perhaps Nadine, you'd like to share with us your Truther 911 and Titanic theories?  That will really solidify your credibility.


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