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Toronto- I used to call Canada ‘the land that time forgot.’ While the rest of the world lurched from crisis to crisis, Canada remained peaceful, humane, prosperous, progressive and famously polite, a sort of North American Scandinavia.

Polls showed that Canada, for all its blandness and low profile, was one of the world’s most respected nations. The ethos of Canada was to make nice to everyone, aid less fortunate nations, shine at the UN and make peace-keeping a national cause.

That was, of course, until the old political order broke down after a series of scandals in Quebec. The Conservatives, an insurgent party made up of farmers and other reactionaries from the western provinces (aka ‘Canadian Republicans), gained power as first a minority government, then majority.

For ten years, the rightwing Conservatives political leader from Alberta, Stephen Harper, held power in Ottawa. He rapidly turned once easy-going Canada into something resembling a dictatorship-light in which Parliament was reduced to a rubber stamp, the courts were often cowed, and parts of the media brought under Harper’s control. Nastiness replaced politeness.

The Harper government was effective at economic management, notably deficit control, but over reliant on income from oil. But foreign and social policies changed dramatically. Harper was reported to be a member of an obscure Christian fundamentalist church that appeared to be close to America’s Bible Belt religious fundamentalists. Unfortunately, Canada’s media never dared broach this subject.

If it had, Canadian voters might never have keep supporting the Conservative Party’s holy rollers who believe the earth will soon be destroyed, the Messiah will return, and non-born again believers will be roasted alive. Key to this destruction, known as End of Days, is re-creation of Biblical Israel.

Harper suddenly emerged as the most ardent champion of Israel’s far right Likud government. Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu and Harper became best friends. Under Harper, Canada, once a leader of human rights, told Palestinians they did not deserve a state and were ‘terrorists.’

For me, one of the most admirable features of Canada was its lack of the breast-beating patriotism and militarism that so defines the United States – to the dismay of even its closet friends abroad. Harper and his men sought to whip up nationalism and militarism in the public, focusing on “Islamic terrorism” and fear of Mideasterners.

A cabal of pro-Israel neoconservative academics in Alberta led the flag-waving charge in hope that Canada would one day join Israel in its military efforts. Harper had advocated sending Canadian troops to the 2003 Iraq War. He sent a large troops contingent to Afghanistan, where 158 Canadian soldiers died for nothing and C$18 billion were wasted so, as one senior official boasted, “Canada can stand tall at NATO meetings.”

Most lately, Harper sent a small number of F-18 fighter-bombers to join the make-believe war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Canada has little military power: it was simply Harper playing toy soldiers.

One of the first acts of the incoming prime minister, Justin Trudeau, was to order that Canadian fighters home, a move that met national approval and probably signaled the end to Canadian playing spear carrier to America’s atomic knights.

ORDER IT NOW

Canada’s mid-October election produced a near landslide for the opposition Liberal Party. Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney told me months ago that Harper would be thrown out, but I didn’t fully believe him. Mulroney was right on target. Harper and his sabre-rattling against Russia, Iran, the Arabs, Muslims, and assorted manufactured “terrorists” were repudiated. Canadians were too smart to fall for Harper’s claims that their nation was about to be engulfed by “Islamic terrorism.”

“Free, free at last!” as Martin Luther King said. A pall of fear has been lifted. The media can return to its key role of questioning government even though the biggest-circulation newspapers, the National-Post/Sun chain is a house organ for the Conservatives. The Sun carried this writer’s column in Canada for 27 years until ordered to shut it down by the prime minister’s office after I wrote that Canada’s little war in Afghanistan was a total failure and waste of lives.

Instead of posturing over the Mideast and Ukraine (large number of Ukrainian-origin farmers and Jewish voters in Montreal and Toronto were a major base for Harper), Canada will hopefully return to its former policies of peacekeeping and working through the UN. Netanyahu will no longer be able to give Ottawa its marching orders.

Harper’s fear-mongering even extended to charitable groups trying to spare animals suffering and abuse. Most were restricted by threats of income tax audits and loss of charity licenses. Why? Because Harper kept courting the farm vote which hates animal-rights groups.

Harper has resigned and his party is for the moment leaderless. Justin Trudeau and his Liberals appear set on returning the happier days of his late father, Pierre.

As Trudeau the Younger just said, Canada is heading for “sunnier days.”

Welcome home Canada.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Tom_R says:

    I DOUBT MUCH WILL CHANGE IN CANADA AS BOTH PARTIES ARE CONTROLLED BY THE JEWISH OLIGARCHS.

    Like in USA, Germany, UK, and much of Europe, the Jewish Oligarchs own and operate both the major political parties.

    One is “Jewish controlled”, the other is “controlled by the Jews.”

    The gullible public is given a choice very few years to choose between the 2 parties, i.e. the “Jewish controlled” one or the other which is “controlled by the Jews.” After getting tired of the Jewish controlled party, the gullible public gets hope and change after a few years and then gets ruled by the “party controlled by the Jews.” This scam keeps repeating while the Judaists suck the blood out of the gullible white christian suckers and flood the nation with aliens.

    The Jewish Oligarchs have designed the perfect scam.

    • Replies: @Kiza
  2. While neo-cons like Harper are filth and progs like Margolis and Trudeau are evil and insane, that Canada doesn’t have the decency to elect libertarians or neo-reactionaries shows Canadians deserve their coming poverty (commodity price collapse) and violence (gun control and criminal immigrants). Good times lol.

  3. For the benefit of American and international readers who may not be familiar with Trudeau; we’ve just elected Kim Kardashian as our leader.

    • Replies: @Quartermaster
    , @Avery
  4. Harper was not originally from Alberta. There’s a certain amount of exaggerated vitriol about him here. Margolis didn’t used to be a Pierre Trudeau admirer, either. Harper after so many years did decide to turn towards authoritarianism and surveillance to please neocon and one per center interests.

  5. Renoman says:

    I don’t know where you fellas live but it can’t be in Canada. True, the mainstream parties are working for the same people but the Harper Conservatives really pushed the limit on things recently and the public has risen firmly up against that nonsense so there will indeed be some changes made. Our system is not nearly as Lobby driven as Americas, most people can call their MP on the phone or even drop by his house and have a chat with them, politicians run a little scared around here most of the time and we like it that way.
    Let’s give the Lad a chance shall we, he certainly is a nicer person than ole Steve, maybe he’ll fix some things.

  6. I’m glad that Israel-First, neocon sonofabitch Harper was defeated. Good riddance.

    ” . . . Our system is not nearly as Lobby driven as America’s, most people can call their MP on the phone or even drop by his house and have a chat with them, politicians run a little scared around here most of the time and we like it that way. . . .”

    Doesn’t sound like Washington, District of Corruption!

  7. nglaer says:

    Thanks Eric for concentrating on the one thing about Trudeau’s election which interested me, whether he would continue as Bibi’s poodle. One had been used to Canada being a certain way for so long, that it took a while to fully recognize that Harper was a completely different animal than every Canadian leader in my lifetime. Hope he and his ilk disappear forever.

  8. Kiza says:
    @Tom_R

    “I DOUBT MUCH WILL CHANGE IN CANADA AS BOTH PARTIES ARE CONTROLLED BY THE JEWISH OLIGARCHS.”

    I fully agree with you. Let us not forget that even before Harper, under Jean Chrétien, Canada took the second most active part in bombing Yugoslavia. Therefore, Ugly Canada did not start with Harper and it will not end with his demise either.

    This is a very nicely inspired article by Margolis and it reflects the optimism prevailing in Canada at the moment, due to throwing off shackles of a vile regime.

    BUT NOT MUCH WILL CHANGE.

    Canada will only go into wars a little softer with the new male-model PM, but still under the same US tutelage.

    • Replies: @Hugo
  9. Canada isn’t a real country and its continued independence is offensive.

    • Replies: @5371
  10. J Yan says:

    The neocons are going to send a plethora of beautiful bimbos to tempt Trudeau. I can only envy him and hope that at least he holds out for a 10, not a Monica.

  11. 5371 says:
    @Thorfinnsson

    You mean like Iceland?

    • Replies: @Thorfinnsson
  12. huh says:

    The Zionazi squatters in occupied Palestine is a very special breed (of spawn evil). A non-Semitic people (not even israel denies that almost 98% of western and israeli Jews are descendants of Khazar/Ashkenazim converts from Caucasus) , supposedly traumatized, by the Nazi´s in WW2 flooded to Palestine and instantly, only three years after the war, threw themselves with hate and rage at the throat’s of the native Palestinians (many of whom,ironically, are the descendants of REAL Jewish converts to Christianity and Islam from biblical times) and terrorized, killed and drove them out of their lands. That Frankenstein monster is kept alive on US life support only.

    But somehow, by the people who claims to represent world Jewry, i´m sure that “Schlomo” Harper will be rewarded with a nice retirement in “israel” for his services.

  13. David says:

    This column is just more delusional Canadianism. If it isn’t pure as the driven snow, it is a momentary aberration, an eddy in the stream of virtue that is Canada.

    Canada was born immaculately from the British empire, an infection-free baby of an AIDS-infected mother. But in this case, the AIDS is a history of violent conquest and the baby is Canada’s squeaky clean conscience and self-satisfaction.

    As others have mentioned, the forces most corrupting in the US — welfare, Zionism, MIC, 3rd world immigration — are unfolding amply in Canada.

  14. @Johnny Smoggins

    That’s probably a good way of expressing the problem. His father wasn’t anything to write home about either, and his mother was simply insane. Since the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, I look for Canada to start down hill again, not that it was on a very high hill to begin with.

    Margolis is simply an idiot.

  15. Avery says:
    @Johnny Smoggins

    {we’ve just elected Kim Kardashian as our leader.}

    I that is the case, then feel very lucky.
    How many people has Kim Kardashian hurt, or cheated, or fleeced, or forced them to do something against their will ?
    How many people has Kim Kardashian murdered ?
    People willingly pay money to the Kardashians for whatever goods or services they offer.
    Anything wrong with that ?

    We in the US would be lucky if we too elected Kim Kardashian POTUS.

    The warmongering hypocrites criticize people like Kardashian for supposed immorality, but they pat themselves on the back and give each other medals for invading the lands of others who have neither threatened nor attacked them.
    Murdering civilian men, women, and children in distant lands is apparently a good thing for Canadians who admire warmongering Harper and his ilk.

    That is the kind of upside down, bizzarro wold we live in.

  16. Scott says:

    Wow, I hope Eric is right about Canada getting its impeccable left-wing swagger back. There’s been a disturbing reduction in the number of maple leaves stitched into backpacker luggage and outerwear, as documented by OECD and airport officials throughout Europe. Without such cloying displays of nationalism, I really don’t know what role Canada has on the world stage, aside from producing the 30th best healthcare system (according to WHO) while strutting around like it’s No. 1.

  17. @5371

    No.

    Iceland has had a millennium of unique social and cultural development with only very weak rule from Norway and Denmark, though I would support its incorporation into a Nordic federation.

    English Canada passed smoothly from a British character to an American one. There is no reason whatsoever for it to exist and it puzzles me that more Americans don’t more frequently suggest annexation. Annexation of English Canada would increase our energy security, give us greater access to the Arctic, increase our strategic depth, and expand our white population by 10%.

    Quebec, on the other hand, is a real nation. A crappy one, but real none the less.

    • Replies: @5371
    , @Reg Cæsar
  18. Hugo says:
    @Kiza

    Why are my choices between a washed up boy band dancer and a neocohen cuckservative? 1 is horrible on foreign policy and the other ones domestic policy makes Merkel look like a nationalist.

    • Replies: @Kiza
  19. Stephen Harper was bad on foreign policy, but Canada doesn’t really have an independent foreign policy (as is the case with other Western countries). We went into Afghanistan because we were afraid the Americans would ask us to go into Iraq.

    In most areas of policy making, Canadian leaders are constrained by the U.S., by the donor class, and by our political culture. Any leader who goes too far in any direction, even with broad popular support, will run into trouble with the media and/or campaign donors (very often, it amounts to the same thing).

    While I’m not an admirer of Harper, a lot of what is said in this column is plain silly. “A pall of fear has been lifted.” Oh please, the media will go on avoiding certain issues. Don’t blame Harper for that.

    The ethos of Canada was to make nice to everyone, aid less fortunate nations, shine at the UN and make peace-keeping a national cause.

    I’d love to go back to that lovely time (1960s-1970s) when Trudeau père was in power. But it’s no longer possible. The Cold War is over and we’ve entered a period where mass migration is the main threat to world peace. I’d love to be nice to everyone, but sometimes one has to say “NO!!”

    He rapidly turned once easy-going Canada into something resembling a dictatorship-light in which Parliament was reduced to a rubber stamp, the courts were often cowed, and parts of the media brought under Harper’s control.

    Then how was he voted out of power?

    Harper was reported to be a member of an obscure Christian fundamentalist church that appeared to be close to America’s Bible Belt religious fundamentalists. Unfortunately, Canada’s media never dared broach this subject.

    The media regularly talked about that subject.

    Former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney told me months ago that Harper would be thrown out, but I didn’t fully believe him

    Brian Mulroney knows a lot about being thrown out of office. He was hated so much that his party was reduced to two sitting MPs.

  20. Kiza says:
    @Hugo

    That is what they call “Western Democracy” – voting for the Coca-Cola candidate or the Pepsi-Cola candidate, who both work for the same masters, the 0.01%-ers.

    But one thing we can be sure of with Trudeau Junior – there will be saucy affair outings in the media – to create sufficiently distracting entertainment for the masses. Perhaps this is why he was elected in the first place.

  21. @Thorfinnsson

    There is no reason whatsoever for [Canada] to exist and it puzzles me that more Americans don’t more frequently suggest annexation.

    Because the only Canadians fit to admit to republican America happen to be the staunchest of monarchists. We don’t want the rest!

  22. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    We might have got rid of this neo-con government controlled a lot by Israeli government and the Jewish lobby groups however plus-change,plus-la meme chose. Netenyahu is already working the phones to get assurance from the new PM that Canada will support their fascist, aparteid regime. And they will. Can any western government ever shake off this blind support of Israel?

  23. Pontius says:

    Back to the “arm-flapping moralism” of the Canada of my youth. Lots of gibberish about “soft power politics” aka, sucking up to every UN official and social activist scold so the few lefty extremists with media access purporting to speak for all Canadians can once again stand proud at the various sustainability and social justice symposia, while their offspring hike their way through various third world hell-holes with a maple leaf on their knapsack, boring everyone within earshot by jabbering on endlessly about how we are the best country in the world. PM Trudeau can’t get those Syrian “refugees” here fast enough, and Ontario premier Two-Moms is already pledging to take even more than he was planning to ask her to. Harper was a breakwater against which the feverish dreams of those who would invite the world to eat of the tree while they busily hacked away at its roots had dashed ineffectually. For that at least, and the elimination of the long gun registry, I give thanks.

  24. JohnnyD says:

    Margolis is always good for a laugh. Even the facts are distorted. “Near landslide”? Please. The Libs got 39.48% of the popular vote. In 2011 the Tories received 39.62% and the leftie media spilled buckets of ink talking about their “false majority”. They even want to change the electoral system to ensure it can never happen again.

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