Saturday 29 August 2015


In June 2015, Tony Turner, an Ottawa folksinger and Environment Canada scientist, got together with some friends and wrote and produced this rather unique ditty which is destined, I hope and think, to become part of Canada's future folklore. It sat on YouTube, largely unnoticed, until yesterday, August 28th.

At that point, the Prime Minister's Office appears to have noticed it and with their customary professionalism (amply demonstrated during the PMO Duffy Scandal) contacted someone at Environment Canada to punish Mr. Turner. Unfortunately, for Harper's minions, they couldn't fire him because he's a month a away from retirement, so they suspended him with pay. Since he didn't produce this recording at the office or during working hours, this suspension will have further repercussions for Environment Canada once Mt. Turner's professional association gets involved. 

In the meantime, thanks to the publicity garnered by their actions, "Harperman" is now going viral and we have a new nickname for our temporary "All-Deficits-All-The-Time" right-wing prime minister.

Doesn't this song just very neatly sum up everything the Conservatives have done to us since 2006? Don't you just want to play it over and over again? It's the same reaction I had a long time ago when I listened to "Puff, the Magic Dragon" or "Where have all the Flowers gone?" or even "Lili Marleen".

More to come...

Here are another couple of high quality productions for every progressive person to enjoy:


and a follow-up second version:


And finally (for now):

The Harper Song (Steve It's Time to Leave) by John Roby

One of the things I really like about these music videos is the artistic quality. So maybe Harperman has at least that to his credit (sort of). Oh, and this isn't all, if you need more just got to YouTube...

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