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It seems irrefutable to me after 20 years of analyzing the career of Stephen Harper that he is incapable of providing democratic governance. Harper arguably shows some traits of what psychologists refer to as malignant narcissism, a dangerously heightened sense of self importance. Otto Kernberg, a leader in the study of personality disorders, describes malignant narcissism as "extreme self-absorption and insensitivity that often result in a trail of victims -- emotional wreckage left in the narcissist's wake." The victims Kernberg refers to are, of course, individuals, but in our case the principal victim is the Canadian nation -- its humanist accomplishments, its art and culture, the foundation of its science, its international standing and its democratic governance.

Murray Dobbin, Sept 10th 2009, The Tyee
Canada is in the the middle of another federal election, and this time there is a good chance that Stephen Harper's Conservative Party will win a majority government. This is very bad news for the Canadian people and the country as a whole.

From his beginnings as Chief Policy Officer of the western protest Reform Party and President of the ultra right-wing National Citizens Coalition, Stephen Harper has always espoused staunchly conservative views that mirror those of his ideological heroes in the U.S. A closet fundamentalist zealot, he has been consistently supportive of stronger government control and tax cuts for big corporations. He's anti-union, anti-immigration, pro-privatization of health care, pro-military, tough on crime, in favour of building more prisons, cutting funding for the arts, social services and education, an advocate for free trade and establishing closer political, economic and military ties with the United States.

Canada is on the verge of losing its national sovereignty and being ruled by a dictator with a hidden agenda and an iron fist. Yet a large segment of the Canadian public seems dimly aware of the many possible negative consequences as they continue to be in thrall to this proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing.

Pants on Fire

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The Canadian political system functions as a parliamentary democracy, which is derived from the traditions of the United Kingdom's Westminster Parliament. One notable leftover from the British system is the ban on "unparliamentary language", whereby members of the house are not permitted to call each other liars. How ironic that Stephen Harper, the most mendacious of Canada's elected leaders in recent memory, can lie with impunity without fear of reproach or consequences. Laurens Otter sums it up nicely:
Why are Members of Parliament not allowed to call each other liars in the House of Commons? The question answers itself: an MP is not allowed to call another MP a liar because he would thereby be telling the truth, thus contravening parliamentary etiquette.
Canadians vote for their local member of Parliament only. The party that obtains the most seats in the House of Commons forms the government and the party's leader becomes the Prime Minister. Any one party that holds 51% or more seats in the house is said to have a majority government, who can then implement all of its policies without opposition. For the last 5 years, Stephen Harper's Conservative Party has only been able to elect enough MP's to form a minority government in Canada. Its ideologically extreme far right, big corporate business supporting, women, arts and culture hating agenda has so far been held in check by the opposition parties.

It looks as though this scenario is about to change for the worse.

The Devil You Know

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In his 1941 book, Mask of Sanity, Hervey Cleckley introduced 16 behavioral characteristics of a psychopath. These traits include; superficial charm and intelligence, untruthfulness, unreliability, insincerity, lack of remorse and shame, pathologic egocentricity, incapacity for love and poverty in major affective reactions (emotions).

Prominent Canadian psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, Dr. Robert Hare is best known for developing the Psychopathy Checklist. Dr. Hare has spent over 35 years researching psychopathy and his checklist is being adopted worldwide as the standard instrument for researchers and clinicians in the identification of psychopaths in society. Some traits listed in his checklist include; glibness, superficial charm, grandiose sense of self worth, pathological lying, cunning, manipulative, lack of remorse or guilt, emotional shallowness, egocentric, callous, and a lack of empathy.

Now consider some of things that have been written about and attributed to Stephen Harper over the years he has been a public figure in Canadian politics...

Arrogant: Tories seen as secretive, arrogant (Toronto Star, May 2008)

Deceitful: In Harperland, Hypocrisy, Cynicism and Deceit (Vancouver Observer, Feb 2011)

Ruthless: Harper's Ruthless Streak (Victoria Times Colonist, Jan 2010)

Controlling: New book portrays Stephen Harper's control fixation (Toronto Star, Sept 2010)

Manipulative: Parliamentary prorouge simply manipulative (The Pioneer, Feb 2010)

Pathological: Harper finally gets his comeuppance (Winnipeg Free Press, Dec 2008)

Bullying: Stephen Harper - The Classic Political Bully (Halifax Live, June 2007)

Cunning: Stephen Harper is cunningly brilliant (Ottawa Daily Observer, Apr 2008)

Intimidating: PM Harper´s problem? Stephen Harper is seen as mean, intemperate, intimidating, and imperious (The Hill Times, Feb 2008)

Unconscionable: Tories forced to defend F-35 purchase amid damning report (Globe and Mail, Mar 2011)

Contemptuous: Is Stephen Harper the 'Teflon' man of Canadian politics? (Yahoo News, Apr 2011)

Insensitive: Ed Broadbent describes Harper as insensitive (CTV News, Oct 2008)

Untrustworthy: Yes, contempt of Parliament does matter (Toronto Star, Mar 2011)

Aggressive: Former allies predict 'more aggressive' Harper if Tories snare majority (Montreal Gazette, Jan 2011)

Sneaky: Sneaky Steve, a danger to democracy (Canadian Charger, Jan 2010)

Dishonest: Harper's flyer a dishonest abuse of taxpayers (Victoria Times Colonist, Aug 2008)

Two-faced: Video Shows Two Faces Of Stephen Harper (City TV News, Sept 2009)

Mean-spirited: Harper's mean-spirited priorities grate on critics (Georgia Strait, April 2007)

Dictatorial: Harper acting like an elected dictator (Toronto Star, Dec 2009)

He's also been described as nasty, deceptive, callous, egocentric, power hungry, secretive, megalomaniac, shrewd, brilliant, shameful, overbearing, menacing, amoral, narcissistic, grandiose, insincere, hypocritical, greedy, and unethical.

As the saying goes, if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and swims like a duck... it must be a duck.

Bottom line; Stephen Harper shows many, if not all of the traits of a white collar psychopath and he's seeking a majority government to impose his U.S. inspired, neo-con, fascist agenda upon the Canadian people.


Sour Cream Rises to the Top

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Modern psychologists are becoming more and more aware of the problem of psychopathy in today's society. Though they may disagree somewhat on the actual percentage in the population, putting the numbers anywhere between 1% and 20%, they do recognize the disastrous and harmful effects of these intra-species predators.

Martha Stout, in her book The Sociopath Next Door describes them this way:
Imagine - if you can - not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern of the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken. And pretend that the concept of responsibility is unknown to you, except as a burden others seem to accept without question, like gullible fools. Now add to this strange fantasy the ability to conceal from other people that your psychological makeup is radically different from theirs. Since everyone simply assumes that conscience is universal among human beings, hiding the fact that you are conscience-free is nearly effortless. You are not held back from any of your desires by guilt or shame, and you are never confronted by others for your cold-bloodedness. The ice water in your veins is so bizarre, so completely outside of their personal experience that they seldom even guess at your condition.

In other words, you are completely free of internal restraints, and your unhampered liberty to do just as you please, with no pangs of conscience, is conveniently invisible to the world. You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences, will most likely remain undiscovered.
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Since the psychopath has no real emotions, they develop their own personality throughout their life by mimicking those around them, masked by an ability to appear outwardly normal. Psychopaths have a superficial charm, enabled by a willingness to say anything to anyone without concern for accuracy or truth. Shallow affect also describes the psychopath's tendency for genuine emotion to be short-lived, glib and egocentric, with an overall cold demeanor. Some psychopaths can blend in, undetected, in a variety of surroundings, including corporate environments.

In his groundbreaking and seminal work Political Ponerology, Dr. Andrew M. Lobaczewski describes how the modern psychopath, uninhibited by the constraints of normal human conscience, has the tools and the ability to quickly rise to the top of any structured organization. That's why in today's society many psychopaths can be found holding prominent positions in the upper echelons of government, business, military and religious organizations. Whenever power is concentrated and wielded by a small minority of individuals is a sure sign that psychopaths are there pulling the strings.

The situation is no different in Canada. Stephen Harper got to be where he is today because he is ruthless, manipulative, cunning and remorseless.

As Plain as the Nose on Pinocchio's Face

Even in the run up to this current election, Stephen Harper's true psychopathic personality has shone through numerous times.

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During his last stint as minority leader he illegitimately prorogued parliament, not once but twice in three years. He has scrapped a plan for universal daycare and drastically cut funding for the arts and women's groups, saying "ordinary folks don't care about arts".

Stephen Harper is an ego-maniac who sent out a directive to public servants late last year that "Government of Canada" in federal communications should be replaced by the words "Harper Government". It has even been reported that Stephen Harper has replaced portraits of former Prime ministers and covered the walls of government lobby of the House of Commons with numerous pictures of himself in various poses.

Last summer, under his autocratic leadership, Harper funded the largest mass arrests in Canadian history during the June 2010 Toronto G20 Summit. At a cost of over one billion dollars, and the introduction of completely fake draconian arrest law, Harper presided over one of the the greatest violations and abuse of civil liberties in Canadian history.


What triggered this current election was that for the first time in the history of those Commonwealth countries following British parliamentary practice, Stephen Harper's minority Conservative government was found to be in contempt of parliament. This came after his minister for International Co-operation was caught forging a government document on foreign-aid funding.

His focus in the election so far has been his promise to get tough on criminals by pushing through draconian anti-crime legislation and the building of more prisons, even though statistics show that crime in Canada has actually been decreasing, and in 2007 was at its lowest point in the last thirty years. He has promised to spend billions of dollars buying fighter jets from an untendered contract with U.S. company Lockheed Martin. Originally negotiated at a cost of 9 billion dollars, the actual cost is now estimated at over 30 billion dollars. This promise to increase military spending comes at a time when these funds could be put toward much needed infrastructure, health care spending, and social programs for the unemployed, homeless and disenfranchised.
"In terms of the unemployed, I don't feel bad for many of these people. They don't feel bad about it themselves as long as they're receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance." - Stephen Harper, Montreal 1997
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Taking a page from the neo-con Republican handbook, Mr. Harper's conservative party were the first to use American style attack ads against his political opponents.

During the campaign Stephen Harper has come under fire when one of his former top advisors came under RCMP investigation for lobbying on behalf of his prostitute girlfriend who owned shares in a company that sold water filtration devices to aboriginal communities. Stephen Harper willingly hired this advisor knowing he had been convicted of fraud five times before.

Even during traditional campaign stops, Stephen Harper has been acting like a control freak. He used armed RCMP police officers to forcibly eject people from his rallies for such transgressions as their facebook history, bumper stickers and affiliations with environmental groups. Now some of them are fighting back. And he has recently come under fire from mainstream media reporters for limiting the number of questions they could ask him to a maximum of five per day. Just a week ago he instructed his campaign workers to send out an email to local Muslim groups asking if their members would like to show up at a photo-op dressed in "ethnic costume".

It can't be said that even suffering under the oppression of a pathocrat like Stephen Harper, Canadians don't have a sense of humour.

A Broken Record

It was George Santayana who said "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" and history certainly has a way of repeating itself.

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Approximately 70 years ago, after a failed coup against the German government, Adolph Hitler was appointed Chancellor of the Republic. A mere four weeks later, a remarkably fortuitous false flag attack upon the Reichstag by an unemployed Dutch "Communist" allowed Hitler to consolidate his power and was seen as pivotal in the establishment of Nazi Germany. Hitler then used his position to suppress political opposition, build up armaments and target specific racial groups for harassment, intimidation and eventual annihilation. Before invading Poland resulting in the second world war, Hitler's first act of aggressive hegemony was to pressure Austria into unification with Germany, on account of their similar language, culture and economic ties.

In 2001, after a numerous failed attempts at business, George W. Bush was appointed by the Supreme Court to become the 43rd President of the United States. Less than a year later, another remarkably fortuitous false flag attack was carried out on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon by a rag tag band of box-cutter wielding "Terrorists" (many of whom are still alive.) Bush then used his position to suppress political opposition, build up armaments and target specific racial groups for harassment, intimidation and eventual annihilation. After starting two illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the present U.S. administration seems poised to invade Libya, Syria and other middle eastern countries. When the U.S. economy eventually implodes, sparking a global food crisis, Canada will be the first country pressured into unification with the U.S. on account of their similar language, culture and economic ties.


Stephen Harper-Canada's Mini George Bush
Kevin Parkinson of Global Research writes in 2007:
The purpose of the upcoming conference is to ratify the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, which was initiated by Bush, Martin and Fox in 2005 in Waco, Texas. Essentially, this so-called 'partnership' will result in what the politicians refer to as 'continental integration'-newspeak for a North American Union- and basically a harmonization of 100's of regulations, policies and laws.

In layman's terms, it means that once this 'partnership' has been ratified which is a fait accompli, we will be following in the footsteps of the European Union. It will mean that Canada will become part of the North American Union by 2010, and that our resources, agricultural, health and environment issues, to name a few, will be controlled not by Canada, but by the government of the North American Union.
Considering the vast amount of land and natural resources in Canada including oil, natural gas and water, it is not a question of if the U.S. will invade, but when. Rest assured, if Stephen Harper manages to win a majority government in this election, it is only a matter of time.


Tales From the Crypto-Zionists

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It is no secret that in the United States, candidates seeking the office of President must loudly and unequivocally voice their overwhelming and unending support for the nation of Israel. At an overall combined cost of more than five billion dollars of foreign aid per year to Israel at the expense of American taxpayers, and over eleven million dollars donated annually to political candidates from the pro-Israel lobby, Presidential hopefuls know full well that to speak otherwise is career suicide.

Nary a hint of criticism or rebuke from any western political leader whenever Israel decides to contravene numerous U.N charters by building illegal settlements on Palestinian land, or viciously attack humanitarian aid missions in international waters and murder some of its passengers. No condemnation allowed of Israel's continued siege in the Gaza Strip, or its illegal bombing of cities and civilian airports of two countries after two Israeli soldiers were "captured" inside Lebanese territory. According to Harper, the bombing of innocent civilians by Israel was a "measured response."

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Stephen Harper knows the rules of this game all too well. One of Harper's first acts was to declare that Hamas and Hezbollah were "terrorist" groups, reversing decades of Canadian neutrality. That meant cutting off financial aid to the beleaguered and oppressed people of Gaza. In 2006, the Israelis destroyed a UN observation post killing four UN personnel, including a senior Canadian officer. No problem, a Harper spokesman said. The UN post was "shielding" the Hezbollah. Even Amnesty International has come out recently condemning the Harper government's human rights record on account of their pro-Israeli stance.

Fellow psychopath and extreme right-wing Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman knows Israel has a staunch defender in Stephen Harper...
Canada is definitely an ally. Today it's hard to point out our most loyal ally, but Canada is undoubtedly an exception, in the positive sense. ....It's hard to find a country friendlier to Israel than Canada these days. Members both of the coalition and the opposition are loyal friends to us.. No other country in the world has demonstrated such full understanding of us... I got the impression of a whole, harmonious picture of great support for Israel... We need allies like this in the international arena.
Back in Canada, Stephen Harper has been predictable in his unequivocal support for Israel. Even going so far as to send Rosh Hashanah greeting cards to random Jewish Canadians in order secure their support in upcoming elections. He has been described by the CBC as Canada's most pro-Israel Prime Minister of all time.

Harper's rabid pro-Israeli stance cannot be explained by vote garnering alone as the Jewish population in Canada sits roughly around 1%. A more likely explanation, aside from appeasing influential lobby groups, is to win support from his secret evangelical Christian base of supporters, who are just waiting for a Harper majority government in order to enact his real authoritarian right-wing agenda.
Rather than "Jewish votes" Harper's "Israel no matter what" policy has more to do with mobilizing his rightwing, evangelical base on an issue (unlike abortion) that has limited electoral downside. Zionism is particularly strong among evangelicals who believe Jews need to "return" to the Middle East to hasten the second coming of Jesus and the Apocalypse. ~ Yves Engler, May 2010
Scary indeed what will happen if this man is given a majority mandate to rule.

Birds of a Feather

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Regular readers of The Signs of the Times webpage are likely well aware of our views on the political process. We have maintained the position for some time that behind the scenes, there really only exists a one world government. That all leaders of all governments around the world are mere puppets on display, the front stage actors in a grand global chess game. They serve the purpose of distracting regular people from the real controllers, those behind the scenes who pull the strings of war, suffering opposition, and discontent. A simple glance at the state of the world at this moment in history is more than enough information for even the most disinterested observer to know that something is seriously wrong with the direction humanity is traveling.

This telling video, featuring the curiously similar speeches recorded a couple of days apart from two different Prime Ministers halfway around the world should give the reader pause as to who they are taking their direction from.


So, if it's true that all top level politicians are in the pockets of the corporate financial military industrial complex, one might wonder if there is any point in voting at all? Why even bother participating in the political process if the new boss is going to be exactly like the old boss. Sadly, considering the big picture, the truth is there probably is no point in going to the polls on May 2nd in Canada. However, one positive aspect of the British parliamentary system is that minority governments can function quite well in the day to day running of a country. As long as no psychopathic leader of any one party can impose their will uninhibited upon the citizens in a so-called democracy, it can be seen in a positive way. As long as these white collar criminals are kept occupied arguing with each other, perhaps it will give the regular people a chance to breathe, come to their senses, see the reality of the world they live in and hopefully work together to solve the problems facing them. Networking as a community, as this is what real human beings are wont to do.

We'll let the always insightful and often irreverent Mr. Rick Mercer have the last word...


Further Reading:

Stephen Harper the moderate psychopath

Stephen Harper: A Psychopath In Power?

Does PM Harper have Narcissistic personality disorder?

The Singular Face of Megalomania

Canadians Completely Unaware of Looming North American Union

PM Stephen Harper: Canadian Traitor and Israel's "anti-semitic" Drummer Boy

Adolf Hitler. Stephen Harper. The Big Lie.

Stephen Harper: Control Freak - New Media and Politics

The Politics of Conceit: "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better"