Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Great Ice Storm Question
As another wave of bitterly cold weather rolls across the East, across Ontario to the Maritimes.
And Stephen Harper continues his Great Comeback Tour 2014, in balmy British Columbia.
One question still haunts me: Why did he turn his back on a million Eastern Canadians left freezing in the dark during the big ice storm?
Was it mental exhaustion? Was it indifference. Did he think it wasn't a real emergency? Or was it just because it didn't happen in Calgary?
So I was glad to see the Globe and Mail try to answer that chilling question.
The ice storm had begun on Sunday, Dec. 22, when Stephen Harper held a photo-op at a Calgary seniors’ centre. The next evening, he went to a Flames hockey game. By that time, the storm had hit four provinces, downing power lines and leaving 385,000 Canadian homes and buildings without power, with many being warned days could pass before service would be restored. A Christmas in the dark loomed.
Other natural disasters have triggered quick responses, such as during the June flood in his hometown Calgary. But the Prime Minister and his cabinet steered clear of the ice storm – and have continued to, in the two weeks since it struck.
Because it just doesn't make sense eh? One million people suffering and traumatized by the special horror of an ice storm for DAYS, and all they got from Harper was two miserable TWEETS?
And this bullshit from the PMO doesn't make sense either.
One government source said Mr. Harper would only visit the storm-affected region if there was a federal role in the response, and not “for what would ultimately amount to a photo op that might only serve to distract from the response effort.”
I mean can ANYBODY believe that a man who loves photo-ops like Great Leader does, would let the absence of an emergency declaration stand in the way of a chance to pose heroically in the rubble of some street, in a riding chosen for crass political gain?
I don't think so. Not after the way he performed for the cameras in Calgary...
They’ve carried out disaster photo-ops in the past. Hours after floodwater hit Calgary, the first federal statement was issued. Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued his own statement that night, and toured the devastation the next day.
Dressed up in a phony military jacket trying to turn tragedy into political gain.
Or after having his convention postponed.
And yet another comeback attempt interrupted.
Turning tragedy into FARCE...
So what is it? What did he stay away from places like Toronto where there are so many ridings he wants to win?
And all I can think of is that he didn't want to have Rob Ford rubbing against him, trying to squeeze his massive bulk into every photo-op.
And reminding everyone how close the two men have been, and that he has never condemned his good buddy's outrageous behaviour.
Or his drugged up Ford Follies.
Still, I also can't help feeling that Harper's state of mind has something to do with it. I think the pressure of that Senate scandal is getting to Great Leader, and causing him to lose his judgement AND his marbles.
Because when I took a closer look at this picture today, and at the strange look on his face...
I have to say it looks to me like he may be HEAVILY medicated, and we really need to find out in a hurry whether he is still fit to remain in office.
Before he sets off on his big trip to the Middle East and starts an all-out war in the region.
However, I see that Globe readers are jumping to their own conclusions:
Steve doesnt care about Canadians other than Albertans. How often do you have to be told and see it. We arent all dumb. Its been that way from the get go.
Well the Ice Storm didn't affect Calgary so why bother? 2015 can't come fast enough.
And I'm okay with that too eh?
Because if we spread that one around, and believe me will.
This WILL be the end result...
Brian Gable/The Globe and Mail
I mean can't you just hear the attack ads?
When a MILLION people in the east were suffering, Stephen Harper was MISSING in action.
When Calgary called he went running.
Is he the Prime Minister of Canada or the Prime Minister of Alberta?
And why should ANYBODY out East vote for him?
Gosh. Don't you just LOVE Canadian winters? I say we turn up the heat eh?
And see how soon we can melt him...
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