Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Will Stephen Harper Go For a Late Fall Election?
It's been the subject of much fevered speculation. Will Stephen Harper call an early election? And if so how early?
And no doubt Great Desperate Leader is consulting his crystal ball, and the fevered voices in his head.
And in his brief moments of lucidity, probably wondering if he DID go early what would be his excuse?
But now some Cons are apparently saying that he already has two good excuses, and he should pull the plug immediately.
If Prime Minister Stephen Harper chose to pull the plug early for the next election, he would have no difficulty in making the case for one as the opposition parties have already voted against the Conservatives on Canada’s combat mission in Iraq and the need for a fresh mandate on how to spend billions of dollars in the expected surplus in the next federal budget, say Conservatives.
Even if it's only his old buddy Bruce Carson come back to haunt AND tempt him like the Ghost of Christmas past...
“Right after the fall economic update, I can see the Prime Minister saying ‘We need to go to the people because we’ve got the Iraq war, we want a mandate on the Iraq war and we want a mandate to implement the tax changes we’ve put into the fall economic update,” Bruce Carson, former senior adviser to Mr. Harper told The Hill Times..."
Because as Ol' Brucie reminds us he has done it before...
Although the 2008 election was called in September, Mr. Harper had made up his mind in early summer that he wanted to go to the polls in the fall because of the country’s poor economic outlook at that point and the prospect that then-opposition leader Stéphane Dion (Saint-Laurent-Cartierville, Que.) would grill him day after day on the economy.
This WOULD be a bummer...
“I don’t know what’s going to come out in the Duffy trial, but do you want to take a chance? Whether it’s going to stick or not, Mr. Mulcair and Mr. Trudeau are sure as heck [going to] bring out the mucilage to make sure that it does stick. …Do you really want to take that chance? It’s one of those things: you don’t know what you don’t know. You don’t want that.”
And as Harper's former Chief of Staff Keith Beardsley says, who cares about the Election Law?
Great Principled Leader should just grab the $7 billion surplus, wrap himself in the flag, and pull the plug whenever he wants.
“Your opponents get stronger every day. There’s a point where you either try and take down your opponent before they become too strong. [Otherwise] You basically set yourself up for failure. I don’t think they’re [Conservatives] going to do that. They’ll move when they feel the time is right,” Mr. Beardsley said.
And all I can say is how low have we fallen, when laws are made to be broken, by those who made them? And if it isn't dementia, it must be DELUSION.
For the Harperite cult doesn't seem to have noticed that the Con ship, or the Con Ark, has just hit an iceberg.
Canadian stocks hit a record high six weeks ago, but have been on a downhill run ever since as nervous investors act on growing worries about deteriorating global conditions and their debilitating effect on demand for Canada’s energy and other resources.
It's going to be really hard to explain why they are handing out tax breaks to some Canadians, at a time when the deficit will be taking on water, and the rest of us will be getting poorer.
This is a troubling milestone, because if stocks continue their slide, it will put a severe dent in the value of individual investments as well as the mutual and pension funds that Canadians count on for retirement.
As we sink into the depths of a new recession.
The list of global stresses is long, including a slowdown in China , a dramatic weakening of the once strong German economy, deepening woes elsewhere in Europe, increased strife in the Middle East, and the spreading Ebola scare.
Or for that matter really hard for Stephen Harper to explain why he insists on claiming he's a Great Economist Leader, when he put all our eggs in one oily basket.
With predictable results...
And of course his reputation as a Great Warrior Leader will also suffer serious damage, as support for the war fades as it always does, and Canadians discover the true cost of that quagmire.
Even as the Harper Conservatives have deployed CF-18 fighter jets to Eastern Europe, and now to Kuwait to join the air war against Islamic State, the Canadian Forces have seen their funding slashed. But that may be about to change, as the government considers adding back part or all of the $3.1-billion removed from the military’s piggy bank in last February’s budget.
All of which leads me to TWO conclusions:
One, he probably is crazy desperate enough to go for a late fall election. Before the economy completely collapses, and before enthusiasm for the war wears off.
Where there's smoke there's fire, so we should be ready.
And two, even if he does it won't make any difference.
Anything less than a golden economy will fatally wound him.
He will sooner rather than later wear the war as a shroud.
He may desperately try to change his image again.
But nothing will save him, and he is going down....
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