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In 2012, Justin Trudeau, then a young member of the Canadian Parliament, stepped into a boxing ring at a charity event in Ottawa. His opponent, a heavily tattooed and much beefier senator named Patrick Brazeau, was favored to win by 3-to-1 odds.

Trudeau, wearing red boxing shorts and sporting a large tattoo of the Earth encircled by a raven on his left shoulder, took as many hits from the announcer as he did from his opponent. Conservative broadcaster Ezra Levant mocked Trudeau as “the Shiny Pony,” said his daughter could skip rope better and predicted the fight would last one round.

But the Shiny Pony surprised everyone: Trudeau won in the third round.

That boxing match could very well have been a preview of Canada’s elections last October. Trudeau and his Liberal Party lagged in third place at the start of the short campaign. But once again, his opponents underestimated him. Trudeau won a decisive victory against Conservative incumbent Stephen Harper.

Justin Trudeau, The ‘Shiny Pony’ Who Became Canada’s Prime Minister

Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

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Flashback: When Justin Trudeau destroyed Conservative Senator Patrick Brazeau in a charity boxing match

*Just for the record Partrick Brazeau has been arrested for domestic assault and sexual assault, and is no longer a senator. He is currently employed as day manager of an Ottawa strip club.

Senator Mike Duffy (Senate Scandal, has 31 criminal charges including bribery, fraud, breach of trust)

Senator Patrick Brazeau (Senate scandal, arrested for domestic violence, has been charged for Assault, cocaine possession, uttering threats, breaking bail conditions)

Senator Pamella Wallin (Senate scandal, RCMP allege she committed breach of trust and fraud)

Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu (being investigated by the RCMP as part of the Senate Audit, resigned)

Senator Don Meredith (Kicked out of Conservative caucus after it was revealed that he had an innapropriate sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl)

The list just keeps getting longer and longer. All of these people were appointed by Stephen Harper.

Eventually we have to point the finger at the PM himself. This shows very poor judgement.

anonymous asked:

Although i'm not a fan of Harper, i am happy that he won the 2011 federal election over Ignatieff. I could not imagine how our Country would be run under Ignatieff and although Harper is not the best Prime minister, I think he was one of the best choices at the time

Considering what Harper has done since 2011, I would not agree:

-Passed Omnibus bill C-10 to further the conservatives tough on crime agenda (despite Canada’s crime being at a record low). Source (x)

-Removed the Long Gun Registry, despite widespread opposition (including the police who find it invaluable in crime prevention). Source (x)

-Withdrew from the Kyoto Protocol; the only country in the world to do so. Source (x)

-The PMO became involved with a secret money cover up (the Senate Scandal). Source (x)

-Prorogued Parliament AGAIN for political purposes (2013). Source (x)

-Was found in Contempt of Parliament (first time this has ever happened in the British Commonwealth). Source (x)

-Bev Oda steps down for overspending on the public’s dime. Source (x)

-The Harper government cut half the staff BC’s fisheries and oceans department and closed all but 5 of their offices in BC right before that department was planning on doing an assessment on enbridge’s pipeline. Source (x)

-Has black-listed environmental charities in a smear campaign. Source (x)

-Removed environmental protections on bodies of water & removed mandatory environmental assessments. Source (x)

-Has cut 36 billion dollars out of healthcare (will take effect in 2015). Source (x)

-UN has warned canada about issues of poverty, hunger and nutrition. The government has ignored them. Source (x)

-The government refuses to start an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women or do anything concrete to fix the problem. Harper even denied that it was a social problem. Source (x)

-The 2011 voter suppression scanadal (i.e. Robocalls). The calls have been associated with the conservative party. Source (x)

-PMO Bruce Carson charged with Fraud, illegal lobbying. Source (x)

-Tried to hide details of the parliamentary finances from the FINANCIAL BUDGET OFFICER, Kevin Page. Source (x)

-The conservative party was found guilty of cheating in their previous election by overspending. Source (x)

-Pamela Wallin, a Harper appointed senator was suspended following audits over her expense claims. Another Senator, Brazeau appointed by Harper has also run into legal trouble in this scandal (He was also charged with sexual assault in a domestic case). Source (x)

-The Human Rights Watch has called out Stephen Harper over his comments on first nations women and their difficulties from filing abuse complaints to police (police brutality, racism, etc). Source (x)

-The government specifically cuts programs related to Women’s health. Source (x)

-Defunded a prominent gender equality and human rights agency: Rights & Democracy. Source (x)

-Excluded contraception measures in its initiative to improve the health of mothers in poor countries, claiming that it ‘doesn’t save lives’. Source (x)

-Approved the Northern Gateway pipeline despite overwhelming opposition from BC and aboriginal groups. Source (x)

There are loads more, but I think this speaks plenty for this government.