Monday, September 22, 2014
More Evidence That Stephen Harper is Planning an Early Election
If there was any doubt that Stephen Harper is going for an early election, maybe even sooner than most people imagine, now there can be none.
For not only is he rushing his flawed prostitution bill through Parliament.
One of Parliament’s most high-profile bills appears set to become law without major changes – as one senator says the committee considering Bill C-36, aimed at reining in the sex trade, is “highly unlikely” to call for changes.
Even though it would make the lives of sex workers even more dangerous, and is almost certainly unconstitutional.
He's also stepping up his plans to declare war on the unions.
Conservative senators are making a bid to cut short debate on private members' business just as the Senate is about to revive debate on a controversial bill that would force unions to publicly disclose details of their spending.
The timing of the two moves has sparked suspicions that the Harper government wants to whisk bill C-377 through the Senate, avoiding the scrutiny that prompted senators, including 16 Conservatives, to gut the bill the first time it came before the upper house.
And even though bill C-377 is also hideously flawed:
Critics maintain the original bill would infringe on provinces' constitutional power over labour issues, violate charter guarantees of freedom of speech and association and amount to an invasion of privacy.
He's muzzling debate so he can ram that bill and any others through Parliament by the end of the year.
At the same time, a Conservative-dominated committee has issued a report recommending that private members' business be subject to time allocation to limit debate – a departure from the long-standing practice of applying time limits only to government business.
So he can be in position to call an election ANYTIME in 2015.
And when you see how he is planning to turn his U.N. appearance this week into a propaganda show as I mentioned in my last post.
So he can turn the event into yet another opportunity to pose as a Great Strong Leader....
And woo the Ukrainian-Canadians vote even more than he already has. If that's possible.
And when you see the way he is jetting across the country hitting every other ethnic event he can...
And will be visiting China in November so he can woo the Chinese-Canadian vote.
While desperately trying to suppress any evidence of his massive sellout to the Chinese government.
Conservative staff members deleted comments critical of the Canada-China investment deal that were posted on the party's Facebook page. Angry notes about the controversial Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) were among more than 100 Facebook comments purged from the party's page in less than a week, an analysis by Postmedia News found.
And you see how the Con regime is now just one giant Election Machine.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Cabinet committees are reviewing everything that will be announced before the next election and are in the midst of an “intense” workload time, say Conservative insiders, but once the budget’s released and as the next election nears, essentially all political strategy and decision-making will come from the PMO and party headquarters.
You really have to wonder how soon that election will come. Could it be as early as next Spring or will it be even EARLIER?
And what it tells me is that Harper is doing all this because he is now desperate to try an avoid the Duffy Trial...
Because even if him and his Senate Cons can't be compelled to testify, the trial would still destroy him.
While they might be legally bullet proof, refusal to testify by Harper or his Senate team carries a political price. If they refuse, people will be justifiably suspicious of the Conservatives in the coming election year. That is the real problem for Harper and the Conservatives, who claim to be the party of rectitude. Voters might conclude that the Duffy case makes them look more like the party of sleaze.
And since Duffy and his lawyer are pushing for a quick trial.
All I can say is that we better be ready.
Because he is crazy desperate.
He will find any excuse to strike without warning.
And the final Battle for Canada.
Could begin sooner than most imagine...
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