The cost of political expediency

HTML clipboardDavid Warren from the Ottawa Citizen said it best.  See his article, The unprincipled cynic and the honest fool (Sep. 13, 2008).  In that article he explains, amongst many other things describing the state of the non-existence of Canadian democracy, that, “Our parliamentary system degenerated many decades ago into a form of elected dictatorship, ruled from the Prime Minister’s Office.”

As to what the options are in this Canadian federal election, he stated in that article, after providing numerous reasons (with whom I whole-heartedly agree) for reaching it, the following conclusion,

To put it plainly, while I have great respect for many of the “nobodies” on the Conservative back benches (and several in the other parties, too), Mr. Harper disgusts me.

But the alternative is Stéphane Dion. He appeals to me because, natural loser as he appears to be in the game of politics, he is not as cynical. I think he actually believes in his policies, including centrally his ridiculous “Green Shift,” and the climatological buncombe that lies behind it. But how does one choose between an intelligent unprincipled cynic, and a relatively honest fool?

Harper’s and his Conservative’s lead in the opinion polls is evaporating.  It has taken a nose-dive during the past six weeks. There is little doubt in my mind that the drop in the ratings is due to people catching on to the fact that Harper increasingly often shows that political expediency repeatedly caused him to discard promises he had made to his supporters, but don’t just take my word on that.  Here is how many of his former supporters see him and his party with respect to key issues that concern Canadian conservatives:

On the right to life for a child yet in his mother’s womb

Harper Would Have to Personally Kill an Unborn Baby to Avoid the Hidden Agenda Charge (LifeSiteNews, Oct. 8, 2008)

Harper’s bid for the sake of political expediency clashes with reality:

Pro-Abortion UN Petition Falters; Pro-Life Initiative Numbers Surging

By Samantha Singson

NEW YORK October 9, 2008 (C-FAM) – A month after the campaign was first reported in the Friday Fax, pro-abortion group Marie Stopes International has removed the ticker keeping track of names for their web-campaign calling for “Global Safe Abortion.”

The Friday Fax reported last month that after a year of campaigning the Marie Stopes abortion petition had garnered fewer than 600 signers. A month later, a count of campaign signatures reveals that only 50 more people have added their signatures to the Marie Stopes petition.

Conversely, a pro-life initiative that began less than two weeks ago as a counterpoint to the Marie Stopes campaign has yielded more than 26,000 signatures.  The “International Call for the Rights and Dignity of the Human Person and the Family,” launched by the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), has generated a massive response from concerned pro-lifers from around the globe….(Full Story)

On movies depicting extreme pornography and violence

Harper Ditches Plans to Pull Tax Credits for Extremely Offensive Films (LifeSiteNews, Oct. 9, 2008)

Again, Harper’s bid for the sake of political expediency clashes with reality:

THE UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN, 2008 (REAL Women of Canada)

On pulling the fangs of Status of Women Canada

The website of Status of Women Canada states on its home page that,

Status of Women Canada (SWC) is a federal government organization that promotes the full participation of women in the economic, social and democratic life of Canada. SWC works to advance equality for women and to remove the barriers to women’s participation in society, putting particular emphasis on increasing women’s economic security and eliminating violence against women.

To advance equality for women, SWC works with federal departments and agencies to ensure that the gender dimensions are taken into account in the development of policies and programs – by conducting gender-based analysis and supporting research.

“Gender-based analysis and supporting research” is a euphemism for outright pro-feminist advocacy and activism.  It becomes increasingly difficult to understand why a taxpayer-funded organization that has done more than any other government organization to create massive discrimination against Canadian men still exists.

The serious discrimination against men is quite literally a question of life and death. Canadian men had life expectancies that were at the beginning of the last century equal to that of women.  Today, the life expectancy of Canadian women is on average seven years larger than that of men.  Still, with taxpayer funding provided largely by men, SWC wants and works hard to achieve that Canadian women be more “equal” yet than Canadian men.  There is no comparable taxpayer-funded organization for the Status of Men.  Yet, it is obviously men who need saving.

Although Leon Benoit (Conservative MP, Vegreville-Wainwright, Alberta) adamantly denied at a Sep. 19, 2008 visit to the Bruderheim Seniors Club that SWC exists, Stephen Harper nevertheless announced with great fanfare on Sep. 25, 2006 that a $5-million budget cut for SWC was amongst those announced on Ottawa’s $2-billion hit list.

That was a step into the right direction and welcome news.  Of course, Canada’s feminist-dominated and -controlled media roared at the perceived outrage that was an affront against everything radical feminists had been working on for so many decades.  Stephen Harper caved in.  He not only nixed the $5-million cut to the budget of SWC but in March of 2007 quietly allocated an extra $5-million for SWC’s 2007-2008 budget.

Status of Women Canada

News Releases

March 7, 2007
Canada’s New Government Increases Funding to the Women’s Program
OTTAWA — On the eve of International Women’s Day, the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, announced an additional $5 million in new funding for 2007-2008 for Status of Women Canada and a new funding mechanism for the Women’s Program….(Full Story)

Courtesy of our Federal Government, it is easy to determine what that money was spent on.  It appears, just as all along, that a major portion of that tax revenue was spent to promote the causes of radical feminism not only in Canada but throughout the whole world.  The itemized list of expenses spans expenditures for several years, but it may not include (at least I have not been able to find an expense claim like it, as the list does not appear to include a list of all grants that were made) items such as the following.

Edmonton’s Prostitution Awareness and Action Foundation…. received a $600,000 grant from Status of Women last spring to give at least 100 hours of crisis and outreach training to former sex-trade workers. — “Empathy at core of Project Hope“, Edmonton Journal, p. B1, Oct. 8, 2008

Is there anything else to say, other than that one should wonder what the rate of recidivism of those “rescued” prostitutes will be? After all, no matter how much SWC huffs and puffs with our tax dollars that the CPC so lavishly hands to them, prostitution is a goldmine for many of the prostitutes (just check the Yellow Pages for “Escort Agencies”), no matter which way you cut it. Either the Johns or, thanks to the symbiosis of SWC and CPC, the taxpayers (or both) pay.

It would not surprise me if some of those prostitutes to be so rescued will now work two jobs, one of them being paid by SWC. Two gold mines are better than one.  To paraphrase the key message of a popular Country and Western, “They’ve got the mine, and men got the shaft.”

We do not need a “Conservative” government that caves in to every hue and cry by feminists.  After having been discriminated against for years by the Liberals, why should any Canadian man in his right mind vote Conservative, only to have the Conservatives continue – with a vengeance – the all-out and deadly discrimination against men?

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