Saturday, May 10, 2014
Stephen Harper and the National Day of Humiliation
Well I'm happy to report that although Stephen Harper did manage to briefly enjoy one of his favourite fantasies.
By making it look like his military had finally brought down Parliament.
His hopes that the National Day of Honour would honour him above all other Canadians, were cruelly smashed.
When he was forced to concede, at the very last minute, that the Governor General is the REAL commander-in-chief.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper will hand over a Canadian flag that has become a key Afghanistan war memento to the Governor-General, a last-minute change that comes after a veterans group said it was upset that the Prime Minister would receive the flag on behalf of Canadians.
The Prime Minister will now hand the flag to Governor-General David Johnston after he receives it.
Which was still a gross violation of military protocol.
But being publicly shamed into handing over the baton containing the flag must have been REALLY humiliating...
And I must admit I enjoyed that scene of total degradation almost as much as the Governor General.
I also noticed the looks on the faces of some of the veterans during Harper's long and boring speech. And let's put it this way eh?
I don't think they're going to vote for him.
And to make matters even worse for Great Warrior Leader, the news from the economic front was equally bleak.
The Canadian economy unexpectedly lost 28,900 net jobs in April, fewer people looked for work, and the unemployment rate remained stuck at 6.9 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday.
Economists had anticipated an increase of at least 12,000 jobs for April, according to Thomson Reuters. Instead, April saw the biggest decline since December 2013, when the economy shed 44,000 jobs.
Which must have hit him like a shell from one of those howitzers...
Coming as it does when he's putting out attack ads claiming Justin Trudeau can't run the economy...
And at a time when Canadians are furious with him for flooding the country with foreign workers.
But then of course the important thing to remember is that he is desperate. He has until the fall to try to boost his polls or the pressure on him to quit could become unbearable.
From what I hear the PMO is in a frenzy, the young fanatics who run the office are making it up as they go along.
And Harper is now so paranoid or just plain deranged, all he can think about is screwing the Chief Justice, and he isn't listening to ANYONE.
From the highest court in the land to lowly public servants, scientists, statisticians and staffers, it’s a perilous business telling this prime minister something he doesn’t want to hear.
Moreover, we can’t say we weren’t warned. Harper’s signature line to last year’s big Conservative convention in Calgary, recall, was this memorable phrase: “I couldn’t care less what they say. We will do the right thing.”
Now he's only listening to the screaming voices in his head. So it's only a matter of time before even more Canadians start wondering whether he's mentally fit to remain in office.
Or whether he's losing his berries or his beanies.
The Supreme Court has, of course, made several decisions that have gravely frustrated the Prime Minister of late. Anti-prostitution measures were struck down and Senate reform made functionally impossible, among others.
Disappointing as this must be for him, metaphorically hurling Beanie Babies at a respected and, it should be mentioned, Tory-appointed judge isn’t the answer. When this happens, Canadians lose faith in their institutions, the legal community loses its patience and you, sir, lose all your Beanie Babies.
And I wouldn't be at all surprised, if by the fall Great Warrior Leader realizes he's met his Waterloo.
Leaves the battlefield bruised and humiliated.
In a straitjacket or in handcuffs.
And goes back to where he came from...
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