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remind
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posted 28 September 2006 12:35 PM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Now is this stupid is as stupid does, or is she trying to deflect away from Harpers literacy program gutting?

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PM's wife supports literacy campaign after Tories cut literacy funding
Laureen Harper says there's nothing more important than literacy.

As the prime minister's wife puts it, you can't succeed in life unless you read. Mrs. Harper was on the streets of Ottawa today, supporting a national program that promotes literacy among children, just three days after her husband's government cut nearly $18 million from adult literacy programs.

When asked about the cuts, she refused comment.


http://www.recorder.ca/cp/National/060928/n092803A.html


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Doug
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posted 28 September 2006 04:19 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
She probably made the appointment to do that long before those cuts were decided on. Nevertheless, oopsie!
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West Coast Greeny
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posted 28 September 2006 06:12 PM      Profile for West Coast Greeny     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
She should hold out on Steve.
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posted 28 September 2006 06:36 PM      Profile for marzo     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Neo-con ideologues often make children into symbolic fetish objects, as innocent, deserving recipients of 'charity'. Adults, however, when they are disadvantaged through learning disability, illness, or other problems are criminalized and labelled a 'drain on the economy.
This was part of the reason for the popularity of the Mike Harris Tories.They could scapegoat the most vulnerable in society and convince their rural and suburban supporters that they were getting tough on 'bad people'.
One of Harris's favourite expression was to proclaim his absurd policies as a 'victory for the taxpayers over the special interest groups'.
Harper is, and always has been, the same type of ideologue.

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mayakovsky
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posted 28 September 2006 06:37 PM      Profile for mayakovsky     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This reminds me of the time the First Lady wanted to invite some American poets over to read at the big house. You know to celebrate poetry and literacy, she is a librarian after all, but alas them damn poets were anti-war. Event cancelled.
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remind
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posted 29 September 2006 04:35 AM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Doug:
She probably made the appointment to do that long before those cuts were decided on. Nevertheless, oopsie!

Well, whatever the reason, she was certainly made to look the fool. Maybe Harper wanted to punish her as well the rest of the "little" people who now have no ways and means to challenge discrimination against them? Also one would think that seeing as how the cuts were made 3 days prior her apppointment it would have been cancelled or handled differently.

But as it stands now, they both are even more of an embarassment to Canadians than they were before.


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redflag
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posted 29 September 2006 07:12 AM      Profile for redflag     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
All that I had to do was read the title and I already understood what Mrs. Harper was up to. She is trying to mimick the role of the first lady in the US. The first lady's role in the US is treated something like royalty in the US and they usually exploit them as PR tools to make the president look better. It almost makes me wonder if the people Harper uses to manage his image aren't former American politician image management people.

Either way, I'm glad it blew up in her face. There shouldn't have to be any charity because the public should be paying for everyone to read. Not silly charities which exist so that rich people can feel a little more comfortable about having so much more money then the rest of the world.


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remind
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posted 29 September 2006 07:17 AM      Profile for remind     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Joshua Kubinec:
It almost makes me wonder if the people Harper uses to manage his image aren't former American politician image management people.

Of course they do, the PR group is called McLaughlin and McLaughlin!

quote:
SUCCESSFUL POLITICAL CLIENTS

People and organizations with whom the personnel of McLaughlin & Associates have been involved include:

Republican National Committee
National Republican Senatorial Committee
National Republican Congressional Committee
Republican Governors Association
Progressive-Conservative Party (Canada)
Conservative Party (Canada)
Conservative Party (United Kingdom)
Likud Party (Israel)
Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper (Canada)
Christian Coalition
The National Citizen's Coalition (Canada)
Conservative Victory Committee
Catholic Alliance
http://www.mclaughlinonline.com/services/political/clients.htm


[ 29 September 2006: Message edited by: remind ]


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Veronica
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posted 01 October 2006 04:25 PM      Profile for Veronica        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Joshua K: That was my initial thought as well. Mimic Laura Bush. After all, Harper apes Bush:
"God Bless Canada" and all the other war rhetoric re fighting for democracy and freedom, we won't cut and run, etc. etc. Barf !!!!

Can't they even be original even if they are evangelic neo-cons? Do they think we haven't heard this jingoism before?

The Harpers are totally out of touch with Canadians and the times.


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posted 01 October 2006 06:12 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did she squeeze out a few tears of sadness over all those poor, illiterate children out there who just had their programs cut by her husband and his pals?
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