Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his party are currently taking a beat down at the senate and in the House of Commons. On Tuesday Senator Mike Duffy revealed that it was Harper - not Nigel Wright - who ordered him to pay back the $90,000 in improper expenses.
This whole situation bears a disturbing resemblance to the monorail episode of The Simpsons.
Forty-one days ago two Canadian professors, John Greyson and Tarek Loubani, were imprisoned at the Tora Prison outside of Cairo after they entered a police station asking for directions. They’re still stuck there.
Much of the news cycle earlier this week was dominated by the birth of a baby that has absolutely nothing to do with your life, apart from the fact that he’ll be raised with an obscene amount of tax-provided resources. Meanwhile, actual things were happening that were worth talking about, even if it was hidden under an avalanche of headlines about baby names and the relevancy (or lack thereof) of the monarchy. For instance, the Canadian Press used the Access to Information Act to obtain the results of an internally-commissioned Harris-Decima poll on the government’s Economic Action Plan advertising campaign. The results are pretty pathetic.
Since being elected to government nine years ago, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives haven’t exactly proven themselves to be particularly principled.
When it comes to Canadian news and politics, most people your age (tweens? I don’t know) are either very informed or not at all. The latter being the large majority of you. And I don’t blame you, Canadian politics aren’t super sexy like they are in the U.S. You know, with all their tweeting of dick pix and placards of dead fetuses. But Canadian politics are charming in their own old-man-trying-to-work-his-iPhone sort of way. So take my hand and come with me while I guide you on an exciting journey from ‘not at all’ to ‘just barely’.
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