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Friday, January 23, 2009

Obama V Harper

“In the House and Senate” is another one of those blogs that often hits the nail right on the head, and the following sure make the necessary comparison between what can be done and what is being done better than I could. Which is why I have reproduced a large portion of that post here.

In order to be the emphatic type of leader Obama seems to be, a leader needs empathy. Harper has none.

Let’s take a moment to compare these two men -In two and a half days, since being inaugurated, Obama managed, among other things, to: impose new rules on government transparency and ethics; signed executive orders directing the Central Intelligence Agency to shut what remains of its network of secret prisons and ordering the closing of the Guantánamo detention camp within a year; named a pair of hard-nosed negotiators as special envoys to Afghanistan and Pakistan; freeze the salaries of his senior aides, mandate new limits on lobbyists and demand that the government disclose more information as well as repealed a Bush executive order that allowed former presidents or their heirs to claim executive privilege in an effort to keep records secret; sign an order to close Guantanamo in a year; halt Khadr’s trial; inspire people all around the world, and still have time for numerous photo ops.

Since being re-elected in October, Steve has presented a vague throne speech, a fiscal update so unpalatable that it would have ousted him from power had he not hidden behind the GG’s skirts, and prorogued Parliament, having sat for only a couple of days of the last 230 something.

Despite being MIA, he managed to break several election promises - appointing more senators in one shot than any other Prime Misiter; failing to live up to his listeriosis probe promises; appointing a supreme court justice without the promised appointment board; shelving a report on how EI could help older workers facing forced retirement, to name but a few.

While Obama has inspired hope not only at home but all over the world, Harper has eroded Canada’s national and international standing on human rights, the death penalty, torture, food safety, product safety, access to information, environmental issues, aboriginal rights, and sound, fiscal management.


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