Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stephen Harper and the Man Behind the Fence

Here he is in Victoria today, answering a reporter's question about why Canadians should trust him.

And what was his answer?

Canadians should never put absolute trust in any politician and must constantly quiz their leaders, Stephen Harper says.

“We always say, in all these elections, in a democratic ethos, voters are never supposed to give absolute trust to anybody,” Mr. Harper said.

“They are supposed to constantly question and that is part of the process.”

Now let's take a look at a wider shot of this brief press conference...

And what do you see? A would be dictator hiding from his people. The media forced to shout questions over a fence.

A sinister authoritarian who is muzzling their questions by limiting them to five a day. Or letting his handpicked mob drown them out.

About 500 Conservative backers in Mississauga drowned out CBC reporter Terry Milewski’s efforts to press Harper on the links between a Conservative candidate in Vancouver and a man acquitted in the Air India bombing.

A coward hiding behind a fence, who was too afraid to let a group of students get anywhere near him.

A political thug who has done more than any other Canadian political leader to destroy the democratic ethos of this country. Tear it to pieces like a rabid hyena.

And who still believes he can fool Canadians into trusting him with a majority.

Hidden agenda? More respondents said this label applied to Ignatieff than to Harper. And which leader is most trustworthy? Harper was ahead of Ignatieff by three to one at the outset of the campaign, and the gap has only widened since.

But he's wrong. He has fooled a lot of Canadians with his Big Lies, his politics of division and personal destruction. But we can still wake them up.

In a few hours the Cons will launch the most concentrated barrage of campaign ads this country has ever seen.

But we will be ready too. We may not have the Big Money Machine the Cons have, but we will more than make up for it with our love and enthusiasm for this country.

They will not drown out OUR message. We will get it out loud and proud by whatever means necessary, whether we have to make a video, write a poem, sing a song, put up posters, or just scrawl it on a wall.

We will help our progressive parties, we will hand out pamphlets, we will get out the vote.

And when it comes to enthusiasm, and poems and songs of freedom, the youth will lead the way...

Oh how lucky we are to be able to fight for our beautiful country when it needs us the most.

The danger is great, but so is the HOPE.

Now more than ever, fight them, fight them, fight them.

Don't let them win...

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  1. Anonymous9:21 PM

    Hey Simon,
    I heard Mrs. Harper (who does not live at 24 Sussex) is getting paid to appear alongside with Harper during the campaign too. Did you hear about this?
    Excellent blog Btw.

  2. @Anonymous ...

    That's an old rumour and it's totally untrue

  3. hi anonymous...I haven't heard that one, but like Antonia I don't believe it's true.
    I try to stay away from saying anything about his family.
    However, I can't resist saying that if it was true she'd deserve every dollar... ;)

  4. hi Antonia...thanks for correcting that rumour. Love you as always... :)