Last week, a group of us got together to respond to a Conservative video posted on Youtube of Stephen Harper singing John Lennon’s anti-war Imagine. Imagine expresses John Lennon’s hope for peace in the world, and it seemed the height of hypocrisy for our war-mongering Canadian Prime Minister to sing it; that he was trying to ride on the coat-tails of young Maria Aragon, the 10-year old Winnipeg girl who recently rocketed to fame when Lady Gaga discovered her version of “Born This Way” on Youtube makes it even more nauseating.
But there is some justice in this world. As NJN Network reports, Yoko Ono had Harper’s video pulled for copyright violation, even though there are many other version of the song on Youtube. In Yoko Ono Can’t Imagine Stephen Harper Singing Lennon:
Poor Stephen Harper can’t get no respect. His attempt to play off the popularity of Maria Aragon has backfired.
Yoko Ono, a peace loving woman and keeper of John Lennon’s flame, had the Harper video of Imagine yanked off YouTube.
Nothing could be more false than Stephen Harper singing the famous Lennon hope for peace in the world.
Remember, when Stephen Harper was in opposition when the Iraq war was started by the Americans, he wanted Canada to join. Now, in this election, Canada finds itself fighting in two conflicts, with almost no discussion about our engagement in Libya. And Harper is the Prime Minister that shut down parliament, proroguing it for the second time in his short time at the helm, to avoid having to answer questions about the torture of Afghan detainees. And, of course, the “Contempt of Parliament” motion that was passed against the Harper government, precipitating the current election, was because Harper and his Ministers didn’t feel that Parliament – and thus the Canadian people – needed to know the exact cost of F-35 fighter jets before we sign on as a country to foot the bill for billions of dollars. And of course, the environment budget has been cut across the board by this same government.
Here’s our response to Harpocrisy: