rabble blogs are the personal pages of some of Canada's most insightful progressive activists and commentators. All opinions belong to the writer; however, writers are expected to adhere to our guidelines. We welcome new bloggers -- contact us for details.

Beyond the Puffin Poop: What is the Harper Agenda?

Please chip in to support more articles like this. Support rabble.ca for as little as $5 per month!

On Sunday, Stephen Harper described the Conservative Party of Canada as "centrist." For a man who ran the National Citizens Coalition, and energized the Reform Party and the Canadian Alliance, this is a curious label to pin on the party he now leads. Harper has devoted his entire political life to the honing of a disciplined political instrument that will drive Canada to the hard right. Unlike George W. Bush, who is a frat boy, Stephen Harper is a true ideologue. His goal, which extends far beyond holding office for its own sake, is to transform Canada from a country he can't stand to a lean satrap of America. He won't be ready to hang up his skates until the word "Canada" has acquired a muscular meaning around the world. He won't be content until this country's tolerant, fuzzy, secular humanism has been expunged.

This is not a hidden agenda. But in the mainstream media, it's regarded as bad form to talk about anything Harper said, did, or wrote before he took up residence at 24 Sussex Drive.

Harper's waiting for a majority he would use to:

· Negotiate a much closer economic, national security and military union with the United States.

· Decimate the Canadian social state, with medicare shredded by the emergence of a patchwork system that varies from province to province with a growing role everywhere for the private sector.

· Cut taxes for the rich.

· Open the doors to a much larger role for "faith based" initiatives and the assault on secular values.

· Push ahead with oil sands development, condemning Canada to the role of the first world's greatest per capita polluter.

· Privatize the CBC.

· Complete the militarization of Canada.

Under a Harper majority, the role of the opposition would be worth about as much as a warm pitcher of spit.

Thank you for reading this story…

More people are reading rabble.ca than ever and unlike many news organizations, we have never put up a paywall – at rabble we’ve always believed in making our reporting and analysis free to all, while striving to make it sustainable as well. Media isn’t free to produce. rabble’s total budget is likely less than what big corporate media spend on photocopying (we kid you not!) and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. Our main supporters are people and organizations -- like you. This is why we need your help. You are what keep us sustainable.

rabble.ca has staked its existence on you. We live or die on community support -- your support! We get hundreds of thousands of visitors and we believe in them. We believe in you. We believe people will put in what they can for the greater good. We call that sustainable.

So what is the easy answer for us? Depend on a community of visitors who care passionately about media that amplifies the voices of people struggling for change and justice. It really is that simple. When the people who visit rabble care enough to contribute a bit then it works for everyone.

And so we’re asking you if you could make a donation, right now, to help us carry forward on our mission. Make a donation today.


We welcome your comments! rabble.ca embraces a pro-human rights, pro-feminist, anti-racist, queer-positive, anti-imperialist and pro-labour stance, and encourages discussions which develop progressive thought. Our full comment policy can be found here. Learn more about Disqus on rabble.ca and your privacy here. Please keep in mind:


  • Tell the truth and avoid rumours.
  • Add context and background.
  • Report typos and logical fallacies.
  • Be respectful.
  • Respect copyright - link to articles.
  • Stay focused. Bring in-depth commentary to our discussion forum, babble.


  • Use oppressive/offensive language.
  • Libel or defame.
  • Bully or troll.
  • Post spam.
  • Engage trolls. Flag suspect activity instead.