Steve Harper really should find a way to globally franchise Steve Harper.
The world's woes, claims Harper, would be solved if only other nations could be just like
"New economic powers continue to rise and older ones, ones very much like our own country, continue to struggle. They’re weighed down by debts they can’t control, by entitlements you can no longer afford and growth that shows no signs of returning,” he said.
“Under our conservative government, Canada will not slip back the way so many other developed countries are slipping back,” he said. “To succeed what the world must become in the future is what Canada is today.”
Of course Canada, and Canadians, are "slipping back." Growing inequality - in wealth, in incomes, in opportunity - speaks for itself and for Harper's mutant vision. Allowing foreign oil companies to import low-wage guest workers demonstrates ordinary Canadians are indeed "slipping back." The Canadian environment, neglected by a government utterly hostile to environmentalism and in denialism to the point of dysfunction on climate change, is "slipping back." The Canada we are preparing to bequeath to our kids and grandchildren is, on most fronts, "slipping back." But Canada isn't Harperland and Steve can't tell the difference.