With an election call imminent it is time to run our Election Pool:
Stephen Harper is a strange man to say the least. A socio path some would say pointing to his vindictive, ruthless, cold ways. He is all about revenge, the anti-Liberal. He has had some great successes bashing the Liberal party and it’s leaders. Poor Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff.
Harper is so vindictive, so stuck on revenge on Pierre Trudeau that he has made capturing the senior Trudeau’s old riding a priority. He went so far as to spread rumours of Irwin Cotler’s retirement before there was any talk of it. Actually paying the failed Harper Party candidate from 2011 Saulie Zajdel to be a ‘liaison’ for the heritage department in the riding. Zajdel was described as a kind of ‘shadow MP’ working to undermine Cotler.
I would not be surprised if Harper went so far as to try and rent a banquet hall that had previously been used by Pierre Trudeau to celebrate the election of a Conservative PM.
The first stop on this, manipulated election, the longest since the 1800s, was in the Mount Royal riding, Harper’s personal pet project.
What does this behaviour remind you of? Does it remind you of a dictator who would go so far as to find the exact same train car in which his country had previously surrendered a war so that it could be used to turn the tables and have his enemy and the former victor, now defeated, surrender in the same box? I am blown away at how petty and vindictive Harper is. Working so hard to try and paint Mount Royal blue. Working so hard, even calling in the Ford clowns to try and retain the Etobicoke seat taken from Michael Ignatieff in 2011. Wasting time and energy on these petty vengeance projects has taken its toll.
He will not get his ultimate revenge and take Mount Royal, he will also lose the Etobicoke seat. The only question that remains: How much more will Stephen Harper lose?
With the hiring of Lynton Crosby the Conservatives have gotten a whole lot tougher and I shudder to think about what this means for our country. The spectre of another Conservative majority government has raised it’s hideous head.
When one looks at what Crosby pulled off in the UK for David Cameron it is not difficult to see the same thing happening here. Cameron has only been office for six years whereas Harper seems to have passed his unwritten Canadian PM expiry term of around 9 years. We shall see if this Canadian pattern of needing someone new after nine years regardless of what is said or done during a campaign holds true.
Stephen Harper is vulnerable in what has long been perceived as a strength, his economic stewardship. The facts do not bear this out as he has possibly the worst economic performance of any post war Canadian Prime Minister, any way you slice it, Canada’s economy under Harper has been a disaster.
The problem is, Crosby and the Conservatives are going right back to the economy, strong economy theme and can perhaps once again create the great myth of Harper’s economic strength. They may well succeed with this strategy.
The opposition or one of the opponents of Harper need to beat the Conservatives to the punch and begin using the phrase, “Harper’s economic disaster” in every single thing they say. Whether discussing neglect of veterans or day care, fixing “Harper’s economic disaster” is said. They need the kind of disciplined message control the Conservatives and Crosby are famous for.
A poll out today in the Star states that more than half of Canadians believe Harper’s economic plan has been a failure. This is an opportunity for the opposition to finish Harper off.
Will anyone do it?
The Stephen Harper economic disaster is still unfolding and the latest wrinkle is a projected surplus of $1.9 Billion for the 2014/15 fiscal year.
Oh baby, you better believe the Conservatives are going to beat this one for all its worth. They will try to convince Canadians what great economic managers they are because they did not do the jobs they were supposed to and instead returned the money.
Stephen Harper’s impact on the Canadian economy remains as it has been: a disaster that continues to unfold. A disaster that put all of the eggs in the tar sands basket and neglected everything else, particularly innovation and green technologies.
We don’t have the details on how this surplus was achieved and we won’t have the details until after the election of course.
What we do know is there is billions of dollars in unspent program dollars that were returned to the coffers from various government ministries and departments. What does this mean? It means the government did not deliver services and programs that they would normally deliver to Canadians.
We know that Veterans Affairs returned a hefty amount of dollars that were not spent in support of our veterans. The only questions that remain regarding this surplus is what was not delivered to Canadians? Who did not spend the programming budget they were given?
Regardless of the surplus Stephen Harper remains and economic disaster.
Here is a short about our current roulette voting system:
I thought I would share Stephen Harper’s response to Jean Chretien’s criticism.
You will notice that Harper as a true Karl Rove disciple does not respond to the content of Chretien’s claim instead confuses the issue and says something about Canadians being proud of their country. Well Harper you are right we are proud of our country and this is why an embarrassment like you has got to go.
Canadians need to wake up and learn a little before casting a ballot.
The extremist government currently working to dismantle Canada accomplishes this largely through secrecy, misinformation and incremental-ism, albeit incremental-ism that is broad and occurring at a fast rate, sure they are small steps, but there are so many small steps it serves to fundamentally alter our country in ways that Canadians do not want.
So many of Harper’s supporters are ill informed former supporters of the Progressive Conservative Party, who ignorantly cast their ballot and send their cheques for the party of Joe Clark, not this extreme, shallow, police state inducing party.
Canadians are losing their democracy, the only question is, “do they deserve it?”
When I see polls like the one today from Nanos which has the Conservative Party of Canada led by Stephen Harper in first place, I have to ask myself, “do Canadians deserve to lose universal health care? Do we deserve to lose the CBC? Do we deserve the erosion of our democracy, through so many actions they get too numerous to count (creation of a secret police force, government spying on citizens, electoral fraud in last two elections, first past the post system, unfair elections act, rewriting the rules to favour the party with the most money, giant omnibus bills with so many different, unrelated legislative changes debate and discussion is non-existent, concentration of PMO power etc. etc. etc.).
Do Canadians have a duty to learn more about what their government is doing? Do they have a duty to inform themselves before casting their vote?
Or is the current government abusing it’s power and acting in a way most Canadians would be shocked to learn of? Is the current government violating the public trust through it’s anti-democratic, secretive ways in a way that we can not expect the average voter to be informed?