Tuesday, September 09, 2014
What Excuse Will Stephen Harper Use to Trigger An Early Election?
He is not supposed to call an election until October 19, 2015 according to his own fixed-date election law.
But everybody knows that Stephen Harper won't hesitate to hold one if and when it suits him.
The question is what excuse will he use to trigger an election?
And could it be a clash with the federal public service unions?
Canada’s federal public service unions are bracing for tough contract talks, concerned that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government will attempt to provoke a confrontation or even a strike as part of its re-election strategy.
Collective agreements for most unionized public servants expired in recent months. Most of those that remain in effect are due to expire by the end of the year.
A clash the Cons will have provoked or deliberately engineered...
Some union leaders say the government’s decision to change the rules on essential services and arbitration leaves unions few options outside of strikes or job action if they can’t reach a deal.
In the hope that they can recruit enough Canadians who are only to eager to bash unions for having benefits they don't have, to vote for them, and join in the insane race to the bottom.
But then the election call could be triggered by other issues as well. Like their Great War on Crime, which although the crime rate is tanking like their polls, the Cons still seem determined to wage.
By for example rushing their flawed prostitution bill through Parliament.
The Conservative government is being accused of rushing its prostitution bill through Parliament to ensure it is passed into law this fall.
They say Justice Minister Peter MacKay, who will lead off the hearings Tuesday, is not adequately consulting lawyers, academics and sex-workers who say the bill is deeply flawed.
So that Cons like MacKay can accuse the opposition, among other things, of wanting to allow hookers to ply their business in our school yards.
Even if that's absurd, and even if his deliberately botched bill makes the lives of sex workers even more dangerous.
And then of course, there are their grotesque plans to portray Stephen Harper as a Great Strong Leader.
You know this guy...
Or this one...
The kind of leader they would have us believe that Canada needs in a time of war.
A war the Cons seem almost eager to provoke. With their bellicose rhetoric aimed at the Russians, which is attracting a predictable response.
Russia's military acted in an "unnecessarily provocative" manner when its aircraft circled a Canadian ship in the Black Sea on Sunday, says Canada's minister of national defence.
"The acts perpetrated by Russia were unnecessarily provocative and are likely to increase tensions further," said Rob Nicholson in a written statement, saying it did not matter if the aircraft circling HMCS Toronto had posed no threat.
And which the Cons are using to further inflame the situation, and further seize the ethnic vote.
While at the same time trying to lure the opposition into a debate over the question of sending troops to Iraq.
The Conservative government will defend ordering special forces soldiers to Iraq on both moral and pragmatic grounds, arguing that Canadians are obliged to help stop a savage militant group whose self-proclaimed caliphate risks becoming a training ground for terrorists who could attack Canada and other Western countries.
Which since the move is supported by a majority of Canadians, Harper could then use to portray Tom Mulcair as a commie or a pacifist.
While smearing Justin Trudeau as a weakling or a terrorist stooge...
As only that depraved leader is capable of doing.
And all I say is doesn't take a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing, or a genius to figure out what the Cons are doing.
Harper is looking for an excuse to trigger an election, a chance to pit Canadians against each other, as he has done from the moment he came to power.
And since time is his enemy, sooner for him is better than later.
So we must be ready.
Ready to RESIST.
Ready to fight him harder than we ever have before.
Because the war for Canada is coming.
And it could begin at any time...
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