Well he's off to Ukraine today to try to pose as Great Warrior Leader by inflaming a dangerous crisis for crass political gain.
Which is scary enough.
But there's another scary story doing the rounds in Ottawa.
And that's the one about how Stephen Harper wanted to replace Jimbo Flaherty as Finance Minister with nobody less than HIMSELF.
But then why should anyone be surprised eh? When as Thomas Walkom points out in the Con regime Harper runs everything.
On Monday, Stephen Harper was in charge of government economic policy. On Wednesday, the prime minister was still in charge.
Which is another way of saying that the sudden resignation Tuesday of Jim Flaherty as finance minister doesn’t mean that much. No matter who gets to make the annual budget speech, this is Stephen Harper’s government.
Everything is done for crass political gain.
Every proposed change in spending or taxation must undergo a simple political litmus test. Will it help the fortunes of the Conservative Party? Or will it not?
And the only reason the hapless stooge Joe Oliver got the job is because he's no threat to Harper's leadership.
And he will do as he's told...
As will Tony Clement the hapless gazebo king who is running the government into the ground.
The Conservative government could be moving too quickly to implement some of the contentious cuts announced in the 2012 budget, planning documents suggest.
Because as the great Kevin Page points out, the Cons are making it up as they go along.
“It looks to me like the government and the Treasury Board are flying at night without radar,” Page said. “This is very poor fiscal management by the government and public service.”
“For me, it strongly suggests that the government’s fiscal strategy … came before, and possibly without, the development of a business transformation plan,” he said Thursday. This means departments will have to absorb the cuts regardless of whether they are able to maintain current service levels to Canadians, he said.
Slashing services and killing jobs, even though our economy is on the ropes, just so they can have a stash of cash to bribe voters with in the next election.
And we can expect more of the same from Joe Oliver. Even if it means supporting the Con regime's income splitting plan which would only benefit a handful of wealthy voters.
Joe Oliver has never really been the type to paddle against the current. So it's not super surprising that Stephen Harper's new Finance Minister has come out in favour of family income splitting, even though the $3 billion Mad Men Giveaway has been criticized by think tanks across the ideological spectrum.
Because in his previous job he showed no evidence of being capable of independent thought.
Or for that matter, much thought at all...
And he's the new FINANCE MINISTER ?????
God help us all. And as I said the other night start stashing your money in your mattresses.
No wonder the Cons had to secretly swear him in. No wonder Stephen Harper was thinking of appointing HIMSELF.
And the good news? Great
Joe Oliver will make it even more obvious who is really running things.
And the economy which once helped make Harper.
Will in the end destroy him...
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