Here On Earth
When I heard the Council suggest we research the stories and histories of the candidates running, I thought it was a good idea, but a lot of work!
I began by reading the wikipedia write ups of each candidate. I trust it better than the government pages.
I learned a lot about Stephen Harper by using the understandings of lineage, DNA imprint and things Red had taught, and my own knowledge of Canadian history, and reading between the lines. His Paternal ancestors come from Yorkshire England, where one Christopher Harper came to Nova Scotia and became Justice of the Peace in New Brunswick. This is a high position for a recent immigrant, and commands a lot of respect, all seemingly glowing attributes, unless you look at the social conditions of 1784. Only English of particular lineage held any positions of power in those times. We learned in St. Johns of the disproportion of hangings, with French and Irish far outnumbering anyone else.
Very few British descendants took the noose, and the scale of pay Canada had at the time set the rate of pay for an Englishman far ahead of anyone else, French and Irish next and First Nations and African descent last. Women were still chattel. England needed the ‘right’ people in positions of power to maintain this social control to form the ‘new colony’ in the proper way. Colonialism was a big deal, with France, Spain and England in huge wars over who got to control which part of the world.
Did you know St. John’s Newfoundland was burned to the ground by the French who ran their flag there until the British came and burned it down and hung their flag, until the French burned it down again, with the British finally gaining control because the French were running out of money to support their troops there.
Truly the 15-18 centuries were a battle ground for control of the new ‘colonies’ like North America, Australia, India, the caribbean, Central and South America. Africa was being battered and it seemed only Asia held firm against the tide, except Hong Kong. The three main players were England, which was a mix of Roman, Saxon and Viking plunderers, many of the old tribes wiped out by their advancement onto the lush islands. The Royal Families holding on to their power through any means available. France, that evolved out of bloody histories of anarchy and Tyranny, their Royalty clinging to decedent power until the people killed as many as they could of them, and Spain who’s Royal families funded the horrors inflicted upon the peoples of Central and South America.
These three players were fighting over the world, and two of them were still at it in what would become Canada. The French had their way, the English theirs and they both wanted control. Portuguese and Italian, some Northern European interests were there too with he whalers and the fishermen, loggers and prospectors, but it was the English and French who wanted full social control. At the time his ancestor came, it was the English who were making sure that all positions of power went to the English who would obey the status quo. Read your history. Look at the names of the people in the courts and in the government positions. it is so obvious.
White, English privilege gaining social, political and economic power with the very first emigrant.
Wikipedia does not mention anything about his mother’s family, but I happen to live with a descendent of the Johnson family and have heard a lot bout their history, but do not know if it is the same lineage as the Johnston family of Mr. Harpers matrilineal lines.
He was raised in Toronto, schooled in Etobicok for middle school, where it was mandatory to learn a musical instrument. In high school he was a member of the young Liberals Club and was on ‘Reach for the Top. He went on to U of T but dropped out and moved to Edmonton where he worked for Imperial Oil, the company his father worked for and eventually went back to get his degree of economics at Calgary University. He changed allegiance to the Conservative Party because he did not like Trudeau’s National Energy Program.
He became chief Aid to a Calgary MP but quit there because he didn’t like Brian Mulroney’s Fiscal policy. So he moved on to Preston Manning and the Reform Party in his 30’s where he ran for House of Commons but lost by a huge margin to his former boss. He took a job with a reform candidate that did get in and worked as a speech writer and executive assistant.
As policy Chief he encouraged reformers to move past his own catch phrase ’The west wants In’ to include all of Canada and began to separate from Manning as well with public criticisms of policies and opinions. he resigned as policy chief and ran in the federal election in 1993, defeating his former Boss Jim Hawkes. There was a $ 50,000 anti Jim Hawkes media campaign launched by the National Citizens Coalition during the election, but as they did not directly contribute to his campaign or endorse him directly, his hands were clean.
Now this coalition, wow, they have lobbied AGAINST The Canadian Health act, The Canadian Wheat board, against Canadian Labour congress, against wage and price controls, mandatory long- form census, Charter for French Language, and Steven Harper was president from 1998-2002. Clean hands? He went on to become a prominent Reform Party candidate, strongly opposing same sex marriage rights, The Canadian Human Rights Commission or the Supreme Court changing federal policy in these or other matters. he spoke in opposition and pointedly would not endorse preston Manning as leader. He waffled about the gun registry admitting he voted for at first because the polls showed that was in the lead, and against when the polls changed for the second reading.
He left the party and resigned over differences with the Party Leader in 1997 to take the position offered by the National Citizens Coalition think tank. His vocal opposition of his former leaders and suggestions that the Reform Party, the most right wing party in Canadian politics, under Manning was becoming too left, too ‘socialist conservative’ put him in a position of opposition representing the far, far right.
Out of politics Harper along with Tom Flanagan co-authored "Our Benign Dictatorship", which argued that the Liberal Party held power because of a divided opposition. This opinion editorial piece argued that “national conservative governments between 1917 and 1993 were founded on temporary alliances between Western populists and Quebec nationalists, and were unable to govern because of their fundamental contradictions.
The authors called for an alliance of Canada's conservative parties, and suggested that meaningful political change might require electoral reforms such as proportional representation. "Our Benign Dictatorship also commended on Conrad Black's purchase of the Southam newspaper chain, arguing that his stewardship would provide for a "pluralistic" editorial view to counter the "monolithically liberal and feminist" approach of the previous management”. (Our Benign Dictatorship, quoted from Wikipedia)