Sunday, October 21, 2007

This is your brain on government...

Hey, I'll bet you're wondering how the question of Canadian airlines turning over our names to Homeland Security under the SPP was handled in the HoC on Friday.
Here it is, unedited, not a word changed or omitted, from Hansard :

I admit I was tempted to make Hawn's link go to that old news item where he called Layton a Nazi and Gallant's to her statement equating abortion with being beheaded in Iraq. But I didn't :

Ms. Denise Savoie (Victoria, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, I listened very carefully to the hon. member's words on the work that Canada is doing for human rights in Afghanistan. He forgot to mention that by all objective reports, violent incidents in Afghanistan have more than quadrupled this year alone.

I would like to ask him a question about other rights and whether the government is prepared to defend those rights.

Canadian airlines at the moment are being asked to turn over passenger lists to homeland security. Will the member's government stand up for Canadians and refuse to turn over those lists?

On the security and prosperity partnership on which the member's government is forging away enthusiastically and signing away our sovereignty by integrating and harmonizing our regulations in over 300 areas with those of the Americans to better mesh with and fit the needs of American companies, I am wondering if this is in the best interests of Canadians.

Would the government support having an open discussion in Parliament?

Mr. Laurie Hawn (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, the NDP has never seen a conspiracy theory it did not love.

What this government does enthusiastically is support the rights of Canadian women and children, all Canadian citizens, and by the way, the rights of other women and children and citizens around the world who need our help. That is what Canada has done for the last 140 years since we became a nation and that is what we will continue to do enthusiastically.

If the NDP, or its predecessor the CCF, had had its way, Dutch women and children would have wound up starving at the end of World War II. South Korea would probably be a communist state today instead of one of the most prosperous nations in the world.

That is what we stand up enthusiastically for. The people we stand enthusiastically side by side with are our traditional strong allies, the nations of the world who share our sense of human values, our sense of rights, our sense of responsibility. That list includes a lot of western liberal democracies such as the United States, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, and so on.

Yes, I am very enthusiastic about what our government is doing in standing up for the rights of Canadians and for other people around the world who need our help.

Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to compliment the parliamentary secretary on how well he articulated Canada's international role, especially as it applies to Afghanistan. It has been stated that the security of Canada is intrinsically tied to the security of Afghanistan.

Gosh that was.......enervating.

Maybe I'll make it a regular Sunday feature - The HoC Not Answering the Question Period


Anonymous said...

When do we start flying our flag upside down as a sign for all to see that this country is in distress?

We've got the American Prime Minister Harper attempting to abrogate the functions of government into a branch of the CPC.
Then there's his cabinet that skulks around like thieves in the night.
They don't have to explain their actions, that would be a breach of national security.

This reminds me of the arrogance displayed by Mulroney in his second term but at least he screwed the public with a majority.
Half pint Harper is going around like he's King Shit of Turd Island when in actuality he's just Fart, the Washington Message Boy.

He doesn't lead, he dictates and this is causing rifts in the fabric of the country.
It seems our sense of unity as a nation is being tested with their accentuation of partisanship.

I hope soon that the people of Canada see through his twisted, divide and conquer machinations.
The Cons are fanning the flames of bigotry and regional jealousy by evoking of the base emotions of greed and envy.
It brings out the worst in humanity if given free reign.

What has this gang of misfits ever done to make you feel proud of being a Canadian?

-Turn our military into merchants of death.
How about bring back a few trophy heads on pikes guys, ought to warm those little black Conservative hearts to no end.

-Ramp up the fire sale of our natural resources to the highest foreign bidders.
Hell, we aren't stewards anymore, we're just spectators watching our natural wealth fatten the coffers of a few select multinationals.

-Deliver our privacy and security into the hands of the most incompetent and devious administration in living memory.

I think it's past little Stevies bedtime.
His toys taken away and he should be sent off to bed for a long nap.
This country needs a rest from his kind of tantrums, ultimatums and acting up.
I know, I know, he'll fuss, pout and cry it's not fair but it's for the best don't you think?

Oh, and yes, a cathartic rant now and then does do one good ;)

Anonymous said...

I've watched parliaments in session in England, Germany, Denmark, Australia...I once saw a member attack another member with a knife in Ecuador...but no where else have I seen the level of infantile idiocy practiced here.
A response like Mr Hawn's would be howled down by members of both sides of the House anywhere else in the world.
Parliament is the public face of government. Think about that for a minute.

Anonymous said...

is that hawn or hawk? ah well, a twit by any other name. the absolute blather that spews from what what would be called a mouth on anyone else.....i think i have to take a bath now.

i read bernier's nonsense at the top of the page. seems 'hemispheric' is the word du jour.

great going to hansard, alison!

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