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Welcome to Canada’s new world of Haves and (mostly) Have Nots

Another generation's dirty effing hippie

Stephen Douglas captures Harper’s new world order as it applies to Canada with a scalpel-like efficiency .

Harper and his cadre of conservative ideologues share this collective denial. In these hard economic times where concern is growing about the disparity of wealth, when one in nine Canadian children live below the poverty line while fewer than 4 per cent of the households hold 67 per cent of our total financial wealth (estimated total holdings of $1.8 trillion), he is thrusting us back toward a harsh Dickensian world and hopes we will be grateful for the crumbs we receive.

X-posted at Let Freedom Rain .

4 comments to Welcome to Canada’s new world of Haves and (mostly) Have Nots

  • klem

    “one in nine Canadian children live below the poverty line..”

    I don’t understand this statement. I thought increasing the poverty line was what environmentalists wanted. The idea was to place a tax on carbon, or cap on carbon, the goal was to drive up the cost of fossil fuels. This would increase the cost of everything so we would use less. Increasing the cost of everything means raising the poverty line, it is virtually the definition of raising the poverty line. This would place more people below the poverty line and have no effect on the wealthy. This was the goal, to hurt the poor the most.

    And now this guy says we have too many people below the poverty line? No wonder no one listens to the left, they seem confused and scatter brained.

    How can you people look yourselves the the mirror each day knowing that what you propose is designed primarily to hurt the poor?

    ck Reply:

    You’ve been drinking too much kool-aid Klem. You seem to think that increasing global warming and pollution deliberately is the only thing that creates wealth. Hello, the wave of the future is renewable energy, green economy and technology. We, in Canada are being left behind thanks to Harper.

    Jymn Reply:

    The reason ‘nobody listens to the left’ (a highly dubious claim – Hello, Obama in the States) in Canada is that the media is all right wing save CBC and a handful of locals like the Star. With Sun, Post, Macleans, editors at Globe, there are no sources nationally in this country to tell people anything but what Harper tells you. The idea of the carbon tax is to encourage innovation and alternatives, to work to so that we are not dependent on foreign oil, to reduce carbon emissions and employ more people in alternate energy companies. Harper is trying to tie us to the past and keep repeating the same mistakes that are pushing our poverty up, keeping our reputation as innovators and humanists in the toilet, and ensuring that we do not progress so we don’t get in god’s way on the road to rapture. BTW, just looked in the mirror. NICE!

    klem Reply:

    “The idea of the carbon tax is to encourage innovation and alternatives, to work to so that we are not dependent on foreign oil, to reduce carbon emissions and employ more people in alternate energy companies.”

    And to drive up the cost of everything; which hurts the poor , does not affect the behavior of the wealthy and does nothing for the environment. Just like I said.

    cheers