Wednesday, August 30, 2006

I knew it was bad, but not this bad.

I knew Harper didn't have the parts to stand up to Bush and demand the full $5 billion in softwood lumber tariffs that the courts have deemed Canada is owed by the US. I knew the softwood deal Harper did end up cutting was bad, and Canada was getting screwed. But I didn't know that in the process of getting screwed, we're giving almost half a billion dollars to the white house -- Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $450 million And Let Congress Vote On How It's Spent. No, the money will go straight into the hands of the Bush White House, the most corrupt administration in history, where some of it will be added to their mid-term election war chest and the rest will vanish into thin air (a/k/a "Halliburton").

The deal goes to a confidence vote in the House of Commons in September. Harper is obviously banking on the fact that since the Liberals won't have a party leader until December, they won't bring the government down with a vote of non-confidence before then. It's kind of a win-win for Harper: either he gets his deal passed, or the Liberals trigger an election at a time when they are ill-prepared for it and he possibly wins a majority. But Liberal leadership hopeful Bob Rae says otherwise.

This is a scandal that needs to be talked, no, SHOUTED about, from every newspaper, blog and broadcast news program from now until whenever an election is held. This blantant abuse of our money makes the sponsorship scandal pale in comparison: at least those misappropriated funds were going to Canadians. With this outrage, Harper's shown he can be just as slimy as his buddy south of the border. In a perfect world, they'd both be Going Directly To Jail.

(via creekside; cathie from canada has more details)