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Stephen Harper shouted down for saying NDP didn’t support fight against Hitler

Josh Visser Apr 26, 2012 – 3:44 PM ET | Last Updated: Apr 26, 2012 4:53 PM ET


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This combination image shows NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair (L) and Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the House of Commons.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was shouted down during a debate in question period Thursday on the Afghanistan mission for suggesting the NDP – not yet in existence – didn’t even support Canada’s military involvement in the Second World War.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was asking Harper if he intended to extend the Afghanistan mission past 2014 after a Postmedia News report Wednesday said U.S officials had asked Canadian special forces to stay past the withdrawal date.

The prime minister responded the NDP has a pacifistic ideology “regardless of circumstances” and his government would make the right decision for Afghanistan’s security.

“In 1939, the NDP leader didn’t even want to support the fight against Hitler,” Harper said, before being drowned out by cat calls.


NDP MPs gently reminded Harper from across the aisle that the NDP didn’t come into existence until 1961, birthed by a union between the socialist Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress.

“CCF, NDP, same difference,” Harper responded curtly.

“I guess we can start talking about Reform Party policies,” Mulcair replied, to the delight of the opposition benches.

Thursday’s session of question period also brought up the specter of a debate on abortion.

Conservative Kitchener MP Stephen Woodworth introduced a motion Thursday to create a committee to look into the definition of when human life begins. Currently, human life is defined by Canadian law as beginning when a baby leaves the mother’s birth canal.

Pro-choice advocates say the motion is intended as a backdoor approach to banning abortion.

Harper has repeatedly said his government would not reopen the abortion debate and stated he would be voting against Woodworth’s motion.

The House of Commons will not vote on the motion until at least June.

Harper, who runs a notoriously tight caucus, was criticized by Mulcair for allowing the motion to occur.

Harper said that any MP can table a private member’s bill if they want.



What a troll Harper is. Good job Con voters, your leader just Godwinned the House of Commons. :lol:

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PM's off the cuff slam against NDP sparks #HarperHistory lesson

And thus, a satirical hashtag was born.

The NDP refused to sign the Magna Carta #HarperHistory

The #NDP fiddled while Rome burned. #HarperHistory

the NDP bought Nero his first fiddle. that's what happens when you support arts & culture. #HarperHistory

Innocent Eve and the apple? NDP snake. #HarperHistory

The NDP were completely useless in the War of 1812. #HarperHistory

#HarperHistory. The NDP faked the moon landing

#HarperHistory NDP, is that even its real name?

"The NDP refused to come to the aid of men when Mordor invaded Gondor." #HarperHistory

#HarperHistory The NDP continue to stand by and do nothing while we all live in the matrix

The NDP supported Joffrey Baratheon's decision to execute Eddard Stark. #HarperHistory #GameOfThrones

It was really the NDP that helped organize the stampede that killed Mufasa in The Lion King. (Don't tell Simba) #harperhistory

The NDP fought the Rebel Alliance at #Hoth on the side of the Imperial Empire. #HarperHistory #cdnpoli #gototheDagobahsystemLuke

The NDP suggest the character of Jar Jar Binks to George Lucas #HarperHistory

The NDP was Luke Skywalker's father #Harperhistory

The NDP foiled every plan the Skipper, Gilligan and the Professor ever made to leave the island. #HarperHistory

The NDP got Firefly cancelled #HarperHistory

New Coke? New Democratic Party! #HarperHistory

The Grinch who stole Christmas,was a former NDP leader #HarperHistory

FarmVille? NDP. #HarperHistory

The #NDP holds the secret to the caramilk #harperhistory

The NDP shot J.R. #HarperHistory

The #NDP even shot the deputy. #harperhistory

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Maybe he should marvel in the past ineptitude of his party before calling the unborn kettle black, I mean is the Avro Arrow still relevant?

While he's at it, he can call out his buddies down south why they stood there and picked their noses while we fended Hitler off.

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Conservatives, NDP statistically tied in new poll

Harper numbers plummet on trust, competence, vision

By Laura Payton, CBC News

Posted: Apr 27, 2012 6:01 AM ET

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2012 6:51 AM ET

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li-stephen-harper-april-620.jpgThe governing Conservatives, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, are statistically tied with the NDP following the New Democrats' leadership convention and a number of Conservative controversies, a new poll suggests. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)


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An NDP surge following the party's leadership convention has put them in a statistical tie with the federal Conservatives, a new poll suggests.

The Nanos Research monthly tracking poll puts the Conservatives at 34.7 per cent and the New Democrats at 32.4 per cent of committed voters, within the poll's margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The Liberals are at 23.3 per cent, according to the poll, the Greens at 4.2 per cent and the Bloc Québécois at 3.9 per cent of committed voters. Almost 19 per cent of voters said they were undecided.

The poll suggests the Conservatives' popularity slipped one percentage point — well within the margin of error — from a previous poll of 1,203 Canadians conducted in February, while the NDP are up 7.4 percentage points.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's leadership numbers, however, appear to have dropped dramatically. While 31.7 per cent of those polled two months ago said he was most trustworthy party leader, that number fell to 20 per cent in April.

When respondents were asked who was the most competent leader, Harper dropped almost 14 percentage points from 38.1 per cent to 24.2 per cent. And Harper dropped 11 percentage points, from 32.6 per cent of respondents feeling he had the best vision for Canada's future, to 21.6 per cent.

"This is the lowest score that Stephen Harper has ever received in four years," said Nik Nanos, president of Nanos Research.

"He has been the Teflon prime minister. He has weathered a lot of storms and controversies, and nothing has ever stuck to him."

One data point on a trend line

Lately, Harper has been dealing with controversies over fraudulent election telephone calls, which opposition MPs say came from the Conservative Party, and the cost of 65 F-35 fighter jets, for which the auditor general found defence officials hid the cost.

It's important to note this poll is one piece of information on a longer trend line, Nanos said.

"There’s a very unusual confluence of a 24-hour NDP infomercial known as its convention and controversies for the Conservatives at the same time," Nanos said.

"Realistically, we should be waiting to see whether this is the new normal or whether this is a one-off, isolated event."

New NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, who won the party's leadership at the end of March, is close behind Harper on the trust indicator, coming in with 19.5 per cent support. The poll shows 17 per cent of Canadians see him as most competent and 17.3 per cent say he has the best vision for Canada.

Harper remains ahead of Mulcair on leadership scores, Nanos pointed out.

"But Stephen Harper’s competence score has dropped 14 points in a very short period of time."

Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae took 13.6 per cent on the trust indicator, 12.2 per cent in competence and 10.7 under vision for Canada. Those numbers are down about six percentage points across the board.

One-fifth undecided

Canadians don't seem all that pleased with any of the leaders, however: asked who was most trustworthy, 15.8 per cent said "none of them" and 20.6 per cent were undecided. Those answers added together are more popular than any of the leaders.

Asked which leader is the most competent, 15.8 per cent said no one and 24.4 per cent said they were undecided.

As for who has the best vision for Canada, 15.2 per cent said none of them and 27.1 were undecided.

Asked what their most important national issue of concern was, 21.9 per cent of those polled said jobs or the economy, down 3.9 percentage points from the last poll in February.

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Nanos conducted a random phone survey of 1,200 Canadians 18 and older from April 13-18, 2012. The questions on leadership qualities and issues of importance to Canadians have a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The results for the question on which party Canadians would vote for have a higher margin of error because they are based on a smaller sample of 975 committed voters.


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Here's a list of some of the choicest tweets in response to the prime minister's Hitler crack:

- The leader of the NDP couldn't even be bothered to stop the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.

- The NDP was the second shooter on the grassy knoll.

- The NDP traded Wayne Gretzky.

- It is well known that the #ndp supported the assassination of Julius Caesar.

- The NDP kidnapped the Lindbergh baby.

- The NDP stole Christmas, not the Grinch.

- The NDP refused to come to the aid of men when Mordor invaded Gondor.

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