It had to be one of the most bizarre sights I have ever seen in Question Period. And yet another sign that the Con regime is running out of steam, and Stephen Harper is losing his marbles.
For there was Jimbo Flaherty, on the day after his budget, sitting like a wax figure, or a garden gnome, while Great Ugly Leader answered all the questions directed at his muzzled Finance Minister.
And it does look a lot like the income splitting question is splitting the Con regime.
Two of the most powerful men in the Conservative cabinet have openly contradicted each other on a key campaign promise — a split that speaks to the different ideologies and allegiances living within the Tory caucus. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty started the ball rolling early Wednesday by candidly questioning the wisdom of expanding income splitting for Canadian families.
Employment Minister Jason Kenney, however, insisted that the campaign promise would be kept, a sentiment echoed by Treasury Board President Tony Clement. "We made a platform commitment to introduce income splitting when we get to a balanced budget; we'll get to a balanced budget next year, that's very clear," Kenney said.
Or more accurately exposing deep divisions that already existed, in a party wracked by doubts about whether Harper is the best man to lead them into the next election.
But knowing that political thug like I do, I think there was another even more important reason for his bizarre decision to answer all the questions in Question Period, something he never does, even if it meant benching poor little Jimbo.
And making it look as if he was being punished for daring to point out that the income splitting plan is a really bad idea, that would only favour a small group of wealthy Canadians.
And it's this secret memo .
The federal Conservatives have plotted a road map to a 2015 election campaign that counts on a massive donor- and voter-targeting effort, a communications onslaught, and a bid to “leverage” the popularity of Laureen Harper, the prime minister’s wife, according to documents obtained by the Star.
The one the Cons are now claiming was stolen rather than leaked.
Conservative MPs are being given assurances by party brass that there is not a high-placed mole within the ranks of the governing Tories after a series of embarrassing leaks of internal documents to the media.
Mr. Soudas told MPs that it wasn’t a staffer responsible, saying instead it was a theft of the information by an outside person.
Because you know they would have us believe that the Con mob leaves its top secret memos in other people's computers, so anyone can steal them.
When in fact they have sent their lawyers after the Star to try to retrieve the document, no doubt so they can try to trace it, and kneecap the leaker responsible.
For having greatly embarrassed Great Leader by suggesting that he is now so weak and unpopular that only his wife can save him.
Because you know how he feels about strong women eh?
Which explains why he felt the need to answer every question in the House today, just to show he's STILL in charge.
Which is of course extremely ironic, considering that all the evidence suggests that Big Oil is now running his government.
An obvious question poses itself: How far will the Harper government go to neutralize those who oppose the massive expansion of the tar sands? What's next? Covert Conservative operatives trashing the offices of enviro groups? Hacking into computers and destroying an organization's data? Sabotaging activists' vehicles? If this sounds far-fetched, ask yourself how, 10 years ago, you would have assessed the likelihood of the breathtaking violations of democracy that have already taken place in this country.
Given the pace at which the Harperium is neutralizing democratic rights in this country, wary citizens must now be on guard that the next election is not stolen, one way or the other, by a prime minister apparently committed to dismantling democracy and permanently changing the country.
And the stench of fascism is in the air. Along with the stench of something else really porky.
Because there's one other thing in that
And it's this little nugget:
They also included a memo marked “secret” to Prime Minister Stephen Harper proposing to take measures to help incumbent MPs secure their party nominations well before the next election. It said 130 sitting MPs indicate they plan to run again, 11 will not, and 16 are “unsure.”
Which suggests that the PMO is planning to diddle the party nominations, after declaring that they would be free and open.
And more ominously that Harper may be planning an election much sooner than most people imagine.
At least that's what my
Which only makes the story of the Cons trying to retrieve that secret document, while claiming that they don't want to trace the leaker, even more absurd.
And for some reason reminds me of this video which was getting a lot of play today.
Where a camera falls out of a plane, lands in Con Canada, and a pig tries to eat it...
Because that's who they are eh?
They don't call them fascist pigs for nothing.
The writing is on the wall. The Con regime is tumbling to earth like that camera.
That piggy is going to market soon.
And so is this one...
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