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Tuesday, July 10, 2007 

Stephen Harper and the 'BIG LIE'

Prime Minister Harper's recent attack on Saskatchewan, calling us 'ungrateful' was an example of how the Federal Conservatives are fabricating a 'big lie' and then spinning it endlessly.

The Regina Leader Post has a column today that nails Harper with his dishonesty to the people of Saskatchewan.

"... the Conservatives' own budget documents clearly demonstrate that Saskatchewan's $1,685-per-capita transfer in the budget was third-lowest in the country -- slightly ahead of B.C. ($1,589 per capita) and Ontario ($1,636), but behind Alberta ($1,699).

The truth be told, Lorne Calvert and Saskatchewan have far less reason to be "grateful" over Harper's budget generosity than Conservative propaganda would suggest. But whether Calvert is or isn't grateful is irrelevant, anyway.

However, when the leader of the nation calls one of the country's premiers an ingrate because rightly, that premier is not buying the federal government spin, it begins to feel like propaganda from another era."

[...]"This takes us back to the "big lie".

In modern pop culture, the term has been used by everyone from the "newspeak" in author George Orwell's 1984 to French author Thierry Meyssan's mad conspiracy theory book that suggests the Bush administration was really behind 9/11.

Actually, though, the term was first coined by none other than Adolf Hitler, in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf, to mean a lie so large it is simply accepted as the truth.

It was then redefined by Hitler's propagandist Joseph Goebbels to mean the principle of lying big and sticking to the lie. In Goebbels's view, it meant never admitting fault or accepting blame and never leaving room for alternative views or conceding anything good about your enemy and to keep repeating your view until people believe it.

Really, isn't this pretty much what Harper and the Conservatives are doing with their "biggest winners" rhetoric, followed by the portrayal of Saskatchewan and its NDP government as ingrates?"

Murray Mandryk
The Leader-Post
Tuesday, July 10, 2007


So soon after an election and only part way through the mandate and he's already squandering his legacy. Just like Bush.

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