Stephen Harper. Psychopath? Connect The Dots

Posted on Monday, February 18 at 20:02 by Robin Mathews

Stephen Harper. Psychopath? Connect The Dots.

 

The question of Stephen Harper’s sanity is before Canadians again.

Insistently.

 

A psychopath, characteristically, is someone who is morally dead, a habitual liar, a ‘control freak’ who will use any deceit to achieve his or her ends while, fully consciously, masquerading to appear ‘normal’… and honest.

 

The present Saskatchewan electoral boundaries scandal involving Stephen Harper, RackNine Inc., Fred Delorey, Tom Lukiwski, Gerry Ritz (and others) is, I believe, the product of psychopath-driven behaviour. It involves a pattern of deception, misinformation, and seemingly organized disinformation.

 

The Saskatchewan scandal involves an attempt to misinform Saskatchewan voters (and all other Canadians). It is intended, I believe, to violate the integrity of an independent electoral commission, to impose a fraudulent outcome in the re-drawing of electoral boundaries, and to destroy the right of Canadians to free and fair democratic elections - on the road to creating a Harper-managed despotism in Canada.

 

Connect the dots.

 

First, remember the Harper organization admitted guilt to a highly-organized electoral violation in the 2006 election involving 68 constituencies. It admitted guilt, and paid a fine, after denying the charges for five years. 

 

The Harper organization is alleged to have launched a huge Robocall attack on fair election practices in the 2011 election. That scandal is still under investigation by Elections Canada.

 

The organization is alleged to have intervened with illicit Robocall attacks in the recent Alberta (2012) election on behalf of the Far Right Wild Rose party.

 

Where, you might ask, does such activity come from?  I suggest it comes directly from – and under the supervision of – Stephen Harper.  Remember the U.S. immigrant who helped shape Stephen Harper’s rise to power, and who was a national campaign manager for Harper – Tom Flanagan?

 

For apparently offending Stephen Harper, Tom Flanagan has been cut out of the inner circle.  Nevertheless, he reports the “control freak” quality of Stephen Harper.  What he calls “a [permanent] campaign manager” is always on the job …”reporting directly to the Conservative leader ”[Stephen Harper], “not to a committee”. [Hill Times, Sept 10, p.1,19]

 

In addition, ex-Tory staffer Michael Sona points to major, centralized planning of fraud. (Sona seems to have been thrown to the wolves in a cover-up of the fraudulent 2011 election Robocall  scandal revealed in Guelph, Ontario.) Referring to the Saskatchewan scandal, Michael Sona (CTV, Feb 10) said “everything is centralized at headquarters….  I don’t find that”[the Harperite claim of an error in internal communication] “a very credible excuse”.

 

The CTV story adds that “the same company implicated in the [2011] election robocalls scandal, Edmonton-based RackNine Inc., has been linked to the situation in Saskatchewan”.

 

The observations by once-loyal Harperites suggest that what I call the campaign to destroy fair elections in Canada is led, directed, and overseen by Stephen Harper himself.

 

Connect the dots.

 

Keep in mind the present situation of the Conservative Party of Canada. Canadians are becoming used to talking parrots, mindless responders among all Harperite spokespeople.  As Susan Riley remarked in a recent Hill Times column, an honest, independent Harperite MP cannot be found in Parliament.  They are all programmed puppets.

 

My favourite choice of puppet, Environment minister Peter Kent, unflaggingly spouts what I take to be a completely ridiculous line of apparent fantasy concerning government policy.  Most environmental experts say the Harper government’s declared goal of reduced environmental pollution is unobtainable nonsense. But Peter Kent repeats it and repeats it … and repeats it.

 

That points to a serious problem in Canada.  Psychopath-directed government in Canada means that ANY media interview, ANY government statement by ANY cabinet minister, MP, or spokesperson, including Stephen Harper himself – will be used to mislead, deceive, manipulate, and/or otherwise misinform Canadians.

 

The present Saskatchewan case is, I believe, a major, concerted effort of planning – from the prime minister down – to destroy the work of the a non-partisan electoral boundary commission. 

 

The attack, I believe, began with (apparent) complete innocence in the Procedure and House Affairs Committee.  There, Harperite MP Tom Lukiwski (Regina-Lumsden Lake Centre, Saskatchewan) questioned the work of the commission, making what were probably empty quibbles of the kind that can be surfaced in any electoral boundary change.

 

Lukiwski suggests they might arrange “hearing objections to the commission’s findings” in the Procedure and House Affairs Committee.  He goes on: “I don’t want to say we’re going to interfere with an arms length commission….” [Hill Times, Jan 28, p. 23]

 

Then – we know without question – the Conservative majority acted, with apparent subterfuge (and possibly with fraudulent intent), “to interfere with an arms length commission”.

 

A pattern of what might be supposed to be calculated fraud is clear.

 

Investigating journalists at the Ottawa Citizen, Glen McGregor and Stephen Maher, set about to find out who was sending an unidentified (illicit) politically partisan “poll” to people in Saskatchewan about their electoral boundaries. 

 

Tom Lukiwski said, of course, that no Saskatchewan MPs were “responsible for the calls”. Of course. 

 

Conservative party spokesman Fred Delorey denied the party was involved at all! Then, as evidence to the contrary grew, Delorey admitted the Harperite Tories made the calls.

 

Doesn’t it seem clear that Delorey lied? Deliberately?

 

Asked if his voice-broadcasting companies RackNine [of the 2011 Robocall Election Scandal] and 2call.ca were involved in the Saskatchewan call scandal, Matt Meier, president of RackNine replied: “Thanks for thinking of me, but your fascination is unwarranted.”

 

As evidence grew, the line sending the Saskatchewan “poll” call was identified as “Chase Research”. Forensic audio expert Ed Primeau said he is “95-per-cent-certain” that “[Matt] Meier recorded the outgoing messages used by the mysterious Chase Research”. Chase Research is connected to RackNine Inc. What does Matt Meier’s statement about “unwarranted” questioning of his participation indicate?  Guess.

 

And then coincidence became distinctly uncoincidental.  In a spray of language that many Canadians will believe was a Stephen Harper attempt to misinform, mislead, and manipulate, Harper told the House of Commons that his party did nothing wrong.  He said it simply echoed the majority view in Saskatchewan where 75% who submitted opinions to the independent commission were opposed to the proposed changes.

 

Justice Ron Mills, commission member, denied Harper’s statement, saying “When you start looking at the [submitted opinion] numbers … it’s a mug’s game”.  He went on – as did the commission’s majority report – to point to bias and to [Conservative] MP-encouraged submissions. 

 

The non-coincidence grows.  The 75% figure is obviously a farce.  Nonetheless, independently, Agriculture minister Gerry Ritz said on February 7 that “three quarters of the people of Saskatchewan are upset with the way the maps are drawn.” Ritz tortured the dubious statistic into being the opinion of people all across Saskatchewan -  threby engaging in patently unfounded nonsense.

 

Fred Delorey, Conservative party spokesman, admitted the party called for the phone messages.  In his news release Delorey also wrote that the commission’s proposed changes are “opposed by 75% of the public”.  A [planned?] use and repetition of the patently unfounded nonsense?

 

Non-coincidence.  Follow the dots.  Independently, at different times, Stephen Harper, Fred Delorey, and Gerry Ritz all promulgate what is essentially “disinformation”.  Some would call it the spreading of a lie, or misinformation, or intended distortion, or working together to create a falsehood.

 

The whole seamy, smelly process leads to five ugly conclusions.

 

(1) The process – however it may end – serves to call into question fair, impartial electoral boundary setting – on behalf of Harperite boundary-setting by bullying and deception.

 

(2) The scandal (including the Robocalls) appears to have been a very shady Conservative party-wide activity organized, put in place, and actively supported by Stephen Harper.

 

(3) Harperite MPs and staffers seem to have been organized and primed to spread the 75% fiction and try to make it “accepted truth”.

 

(4) Stephen Harper – when against the wall for apparently fraudulent party activity – brought forward the 75% fabrication in order, it seems, to continue the work of destroying a legitimate electoral boundaries commission.

 

(5) The Saskatchewan electoral boundaries scandal is one part, I believe, of a psychopath-driven attempt by the Stephen Harper cabal to destroy free and fair elections and democratic society in Canada.

 

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There are people in Canada who continue to believe Stephen Harper is not a psychopath.  I am not one of those people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:36 pm
    There are those who continue to be believe Robin Mathews isn't a gasbag, a socialist dinosaur and a histrionic crank. I am not one of those people.

    Leave the diagnoses to the mental health professionals, Robin. Better yet, go see one of those professionals yourself.

  2. Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:05 am
    "Individualist" said
    There are those who continue to be believe Robin Mathews isn't a gasbag, a socialist dinosaur and a histrionic crank. I am not one of those people.

    Leave the diagnoses to the mental health professionals, Robin. Better yet, go see one of those professionals yourself.


    R=UP

    +10

  3. by LMW
    Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:28 pm
    "Individualist" said
    There are those who continue to be believe Robin Mathews isn't a gasbag, a socialist dinosaur and a histrionic crank. I am not one of those people.

    Leave the diagnoses to the mental health professionals, Robin. Better yet, go see one of those professionals yourself.


    Did you see the Globe and Mail piece a few months back reporting on a scientific study done on voters and their intelligence. Right wing voters have lower IQ's than the general population. You and Freakin Old Guy have validated that study. LOL

  4. Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:31 am
    Thanks for the compliment. :D

    I guess there must be alot of us lower IQ voters in Canada because we keep electing the Conservatives which, is really to bad for us since we may never get to see that "superior intellect" of yours in action telling us how to think.

    BTW you might just want to read this while you wait because it may clear up alot of your inherent misconceptions about your opponents. :wink:

    http://io9.com/5959058/further-evidence ... telligence

  5. Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:37 pm
    Psychopath? I'd up the diagnosis to sociopath. Given that this government is still so keen on supporting imperialist wars of aggression on other countries and lying about it no less, all in the name of banker-corporate fascist profits and world government. Given that this government uses police violence against its own people while in Orwellian fashion acts as though it cares about us! Not to mention, allowing joblessness and poverty to increase in Canada while the corporate pirate ships steal our resources from us with no real benefit to Canadians! Violence, lies, false charm, theft, I could go on and on! But there's hope in knowing that, as more and more Canadians become aware of the banking scam, the more Canadians come to know that, when a government claims that 'we can't afford this, we can't afford that' and we must 'enter into austerity' that it is all a big lie!!!

  6. Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:50 pm
    "LMW" said
    There are those who continue to be believe Robin Mathews isn't a gasbag, a socialist dinosaur and a histrionic crank. I am not one of those people.

    Leave the diagnoses to the mental health professionals, Robin. Better yet, go see one of those professionals yourself.


    Did you see the Globe and Mail piece a few months back reporting on a scientific study done on voters and their intelligence. Right wing voters have lower IQ's than the general population. You and Freakin Old Guy have validated that study. LOL

    Wow, between you and Robin, you've covered off 90% of the Canadian left's typical response to dissenting opinions - asserting that the holders of those opinions are either mentally ill or stupid. Unlike the Soviets though, you don't have the option of actually putting people who disagree with you in insane asylums (or gulags).

    For people so supposedly smart, you collectively have a pretty limited debating repertoire. Perhaps your reason is clouded by your anger. Those mourning the loss of the Laurentian Consensus seem to be stuck at the anger stage of grieving.

  7. Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:16 am
    "LMW" said
    There are those who continue to be believe Robin Mathews isn't a gasbag, a socialist dinosaur and a histrionic crank. I am not one of those people.

    Leave the diagnoses to the mental health professionals, Robin. Better yet, go see one of those professionals yourself.


    Did you see the Globe and Mail piece a few months back reporting on a scientific study done on voters and their intelligence. Right wing voters have lower IQ's than the general population. You and Freakin Old Guy have validated that study. LOL

    If all you have to add to a discussion are personal insults, perhaps you should refrain.

    http://www.vivelecanada.ca/content/page ... of-conduct

    - personal attacks

  8. Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:30 am
    "Individualist" said
    There are those who continue to be believe Robin Mathews isn't a gasbag, a socialist dinosaur and a histrionic crank. I am not one of those people.

    Leave the diagnoses to the mental health professionals, Robin. Better yet, go see one of those professionals yourself.


    It's times like this that I want to facepalm.

    Guys like Mel Hurtig and David Orchard have a lot of worthwhile things to say.

    Really, they do.

    But when they demonize people who disagree with them as compradors, psychopaths, quislings and sell-outs, how do they expect people to react? How many people have they turned off with their divisive rhetoric?

    I don't want Canada to integrate any more with the U.S., and in fact I think we could benefit from a bit more political distance between us and our southern neighbour. I have my beefs with NAFTA and all the policy developments related to it. But none of that prevents me from having close friendships with many Americans, spending money in American chain stores like McDonalds that set up operations here in Canada, or enjoying American media.

    Other people have different views, and that's fine.

    Why is this so hard for so many people on so many parts of the spectrum to grasp?

  9. Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:10 am
    Jared, I do in fact have different views, but appreciate how you express yours.

    I find Hurtig and Orchard frustrating to listen to, but not offensive in the way I find Mathews to be. I do see Hurtig as not so much anti-American as being opposed to integration and cooperation with the US (sort of a "you do your thing and we'll do ours", "good fences make good neighbours" concept). Orchard is more genuinely anti-American, but not to the outrageous extremes of Mathews.

    This preceived need (to the point of obsession) to "differentiate ourselves from the US" has become a canned justification for all sorts of things over the years - official bilingualism, special status for Quebec, a "mosaic" model of multiculturalism, the monarchy, an unelected Senate, defunding the military, an emphasis on rehabilitation of criminals over punishment, a public broadcaster, public health care provision (as opposed to insurance), massive government intervention in the economy, state-owned enterprises, nationalization of resource industries, etc. Each of these items can be argued for or against on its own merits, but the point is that simply being different from the Americans for difference's sake is used as the primary (or even sole) argument by many promoting these ideas.

    I'm really tired of people on the Canadian left saying on one hand that we need to reject all things American in order to maintain our distinctiveness as a country, and in the next breath saying that we must emulate all things Scandinavian, as if becoming an ersatz Sweden is the way to carve out a unique Canadian identity.

    You can't create a national identity simply out of rejecting someone else's. Canadian nationalists need to start framing their desires for Canada in more positive ways, affirming what we are rather than defining ourselves by what we are not (or don't wish to be).

  10. Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:31 pm
    "Individualist" said
    I'm really tired of people on the Canadian left saying on one hand that we need to reject all things American in order to maintain our distinctiveness as a country, and in the next breath saying that we must emulate all things Scandinavian, as if becoming an ersatz Sweden is the way to carve out a unique Canadian identity.

    You can't create a national identity simply out of rejecting someone else's. Canadian nationalists need to start framing their desires for Canada in more positive ways, affirming what we are rather than defining ourselves by what we are not (or don't wish to be).


    R=UP :rock:

  11. Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:53 pm
    If anything, Canadians embrace American culture and influence more so than any other country. This is very evident. However, it is not xenophobic or anti-American for Canadians to want to assert Canadian sovereignty.Especially when there has been real efforts coming out of Washington to suppress Canadian sovereignty and cultural expression. Conversely, what is wrong with Scandinavian influence? Seems to me Norway has been voted as the best country on the planet for quality of life and human development these last few years. We certainly can learn something from them, no? As for bilingualism, well, we do have sizable English and french speaking populations in Canada. Nobody accuses Switzerland of trying to not be German for also showing similar accommodation and tolerance.

  12. Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:53 pm
    If anything, Canadians embrace American culture and influence more so than any other country. This is very evident. However, it is not xenophobic or anti-American for Canadians to want to assert Canadian sovereignty.Especially when there has been real efforts coming out of Washington to suppress Canadian sovereignty and cultural expression. Conversely, what is wrong with Scandinavian influence? Seems to me Norway has been voted as the best country on the planet for quality of life and human development these last few years. We certainly can learn something from them, no? As for bilingualism, well, we do have sizable English and french speaking populations in Canada. Nobody accuses Switzerland of trying to not be German for also showing similar accommodation and tolerance.

  13. Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:59 pm
    Don't make me repeat myself!

  14. Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:38 pm
    "Dave Ruston" said
    If anything, Canadians embrace American culture and influence more so than any other country. This is very evident.


    Many Canadians do. Canadian nationalists generally do not. Canadians who embrace American culture and influence are labeled "compradors" and "quislings" by people like Mel Hurtig, or "psychopaths" by people like Robin Mathews.


    "Dave Ruston" said
    However, it is not xenophobic or anti-American for Canadians to want to assert Canadian sovereignty.


    It is if said Canadians consider labelling an idea or policy "American" sufficient to remove it from further consideration in a Canadian context. Any attempt to carve out a private sector role in healthcare, for instance, is met with reflexive cries of "Americanization", when many European countries have a blended public-private system. People who use "American" as a synonym for "bad" are in fact xenophobes, at least in regard to that one particular "other".


    "Dave Ruston" said
    Especially when there has been real efforts coming out of Washington to suppress Canadian sovereignty and cultural expression.


    For example? Please note that I'll be very disappointed if you bring up the Avro Arrow as your prime or sole example.


    "Dave Ruston" said
    Conversely, what is wrong with Scandinavian influence? Seems to me Norway has been voted as the best country on the planet for quality of life and human development these last few years. We certainly can learn something from them, no?


    I'm all for good ideas, no matter where they come from. I do dislike the cultural tendencies within Scandinavian countries to downplay or even disdain individual achievement and autonomy, as exemplified in the Jante Law. But my real point though is that it is odd for someone to say "We have to reject all things American to protect our own unique identity, which consists of slavishly emulating as many things as we can from the Nordic countries." There is more to being Canadian than simply not being American. At least I hope there is...



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