Stephen Harper & the Fate of the Planet

Posted on October 11, 2008

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There is a big movement out there to stop Stephen Harper, people in the arts and those who value art, poor people, people concerned about women’s rights and the rights of minorities, peace activists, people who don’t like the way the Conservative Party, in a time of prosperity, threw away the surpluses created by the previous government and turned them into deficits, making it more difficult for Canada to weather the upcoming hard times.  And then there are those who are worried about the fate of the planet, and about the fact that Stephen Harper has failed, and continues to fail, to take the matter seriously.

All we have gotten from Stephen Harper on this matter is echoes of George W. Bush, and even while Bush has been forced to backpedal a little — a very little — on his pro-oil stance, Stephen Harper hasn’t budged a bit, placing him (and Canada) in the position of being the worst government on the planet in regard to addressing climate change.  This is hardly a small thing.

Addressing climate change, which is something we are going to have to do as a country or face international ostracism, sanctions, trade boycotts, etc., is going to be a difficult task, and it will require innovative thinkers and innovative responses.  Stephen Harper has proven himself over and over to be incapable of anything but falling back on the same kinds of thinking that got this planet in this mess in the first place.  Stephen Harper likes the traditional approach, likes what has kept him warm up to now, likes the old barn and he’s determined to shelter in it, despite the fact that the barn is on fire.  Canada, the world, cannot afford to have his kind of leader through the upcoming difficult times, where recession meets ecological disaster.  We need somebody who is going to do something other than shelter the rich (the cause, incidentally, of the current budget deficit) and play footsy with the oil companies.

Giving the Conservatives a majority government would be a disaster.  It would be like electing a forest fire.  If we care for the planet at all, we cannot let it happen.  The stakes are far too high.  Our children, our grandchildren, our great grandchildren, are depending on us.