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Anti-intellectualism north of the border too

September 25, 2008
Regular bloke Stephen Harper breaks for lunch.

Regular bloke Stephen Harper breaks for lunch.

Did you see the article in the Telegraph-Journal that describes Stephen Harper’s latest anti-intellectual comments?

Harper on the arts:

“I think when ordinary working people come home, turn on the TV and see a gala of a bunch of people, you know, at a rich gala all subsidized by taxpayers claiming their subsidies aren’t high enough when they know those subsidies have actually gone up – I’m not sure that’s something that resonates with ordinary people,” Harper said during a campaign stop in Saskatoon.

Harper on criminologists:

Harper used the Saskatchewan stop to promise a crackdown on conditional sentences and house arrest. It was the second straight day of Conservative justice reform proposals that many criminologists say will increase prison costs and do nothing to deter crime.

“We’re listening to ordinary people,” Harper said in rebuttal to the body of academic research.

“Not people who work in ivory towers, but people who actually work on the street and deal with crime on a day-to-day basis.”

Harper declined to answer questions about whether or not he is a member of the Flat Earth Society.

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3 Comments
  1. Cicciolino permalink
    September 25, 2008 8:47 am

    Mr. Harper, I am a working person. Stop your non-sense.

  2. September 25, 2008 11:44 am

    Exactly!

    And See Margaret Atwood’s pice on page 15 of the Globe and Mail today.

    It seems to me Harper doesn’t need a mirror, with a private groom tailing him on the hustings to make him look like something marketable. But I’m a working Canadian who wants to see myself and the country reflected in the nation’s art.

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