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29 August 2008

"PHreeeeoooow ... powpowpowpowpowpowpow!" : Harper

Steve Harper just pulled another page from the George Dubya Bush playbook. No word on whether he padded his suit.

On this one issue, I'd actually say Harper's more hypocritical than his mentor--Bush at least had flight time, even before ditching National Guard duty to dodge Vietnam.

The scene: Harper's touring the north and no-one cares. He's threatening an election, and seems to misunderstand that Canadians can't wait to vote him out.

He's making noises about Arctic sovereignty, but no-one cares except the Russians, whose attitude to Canadian claims of sovereignty over the pole is similar to that of a father whose 3-year-old son tells him "You're not allowed to sit there! That's MY chair!"

So how to generate interest?

Enter a "scramble". Canadian jets roared out on a NATO "Sovereignty Patrol" (wanna bet that the word "Sovereignty" was added by Harper's [American] political strategist?) to "intercept" a Russian plane that was allegedly in the air somewhere near the Arctic. Now cue photo-op:
MacKay and Harper visited four CF18 Canadian military jets sent to Inuvik in response to what officials said was an unidentified aircraft that had neared Canadian air space.

The arrival of the aircraft was only "coincidental" to the political meeting, MacKay said. Officials declined to elaborate on the situation.

All I can think is:
"Whaat? No 'Mission Accomplished' banner?"

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At 1:12 p.m., Blogger The Nag said...

I'm fit to be tied. He's calling an election because he can't govern with a minority. Polls say that an election now will result in another minority at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars.

At 3:50 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

No, it's worse than that--Harper's NOT calling an election because he can't govern. He's accomplished the four points out of five planks of his agenda that were possible.

Nineteen of 22 Parliamentary comittees are doing the work of this government soothly and quietly, and by abstaining from the votes in the legislature, the Liberals are enabling his agenda.

However, three comittees are balking at Harper. One is looking into the federal Conservative party finacial improprieties.

Mr. "Open, Honest, Accountable" can't afford to have that happen. SO he's having a tantrum to distract us.

The article I linked to suggests that the Harper Conservatives are less popular than the liberals just now. However, since the Liberals have a younger support demographic, I believe they're undercounted (younger people are less likely to have home phones, for example).

In any case, I'm generally in favour. Harper will only look stupider if he sidesteps his own fixed election date legislation (who the hell ever thought that was a good idea anyway?) and winds up with another minority.

Me, I'm all set to vote strategically again, just to excise him and the Conservative Reform Alliance Party (CRAP) out of the driver's seat.

Historically we elect Conservative party leaders only in a vacuum. Consider poor old Kim Campbell, who might have made a fine PM had she had Mulroney not poisoned the well.

Dion's not the most inspiring leade we have, but he's the only one with a realistic environmental plan. Plus he seems unlikely to try and govern purely on populist social conservatism.

At 12:53 p.m., Blogger The Nag said...

I understand all that. It's my opinion that Harper's true agenda is to destroy the Libs financially and throw them into total disarray. The Liberals are still working to eliminate their campaign debt from the last election. They are having real trouble raising money. If, as I suspect will happen, Dion founders badly, the Liberals are looking at another expensive and potentially divisive leadership convention. Another reason I don't want an election is that I'm committed to running a local campaign and I have a trip to Paris planned smack dab in the middle of it. I'm pissed that Harper didn't check with me first.


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