Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Stephen Harper and the Road to an Early Election
I didn't watch the ceremony at the National War Memorial, but I see that Stephen Harper made it back from China just in time to take the starring role.
So he could take advantage of this country's massive emotional upheaval.
Pose as a Great Strong Leader keeping us safe in a time of war, Canada's Churchill or our Big Daddy.
While extracting every drop of political advantage out of the situation.
And with his every action, as Duncan Cameron points out, dishonouring the very meaning of Remembrance Day.
The Harper government wants the tribute at the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month to be a celebration of the Canadian Forces participating in a war on terrorism. Gloating over military prowess dishonours the ceremony.
Remembrance Day is for the living to honour the memory of those Canadians who died so that Canadians can live at peace. The glorification of the military at war is not what people gather to remember.
To push a political advantage, the prime minister was prepared to leave a meeting of world leaders early, in order to use the 11th of November for partisan political purposes.
But then Harper has violated our Canadian values from the moment he came to power. He has staked his survival on portraying himself as a Great Strong Leader...
And his opponents as weaklings, or terrorist STOOGES.
And so far it's working for him...
So are the job numbers.
The Canadian economy added 43,000 jobs in October, pushing the jobless rate down to its lowest level since November 2008.
He is preparing to spend billions to bribe Canadians. Today Joe Oliver will present his Fiscal Update.
To an audience of big business types, who had to pay to hear it, and will no doubt be cheering loudly.
And any time after that we could be off to the races. Or as Michael Warren suggests, off to a very early election.
Stephen Harper is not the most likable prime minister we’ve ever had but he ranks among the most politically savvy. He’s assessed the political landscape between now and Oct. 19, 2015 — the last possible date for the next federal election — and concluded an early election is his best hope.
Harper has one major advantage: the power to call an election anytime between now and Oct. 19, 2015. Don’t be surprised if he brings in a pre-election budget in snowy February and calls an election for later that month.
Before war fever fades, the economy heads south, and Harper's golden coach turns into a pumpkin...
Whether that actually happens remains to be seen, but one can only hope that the progressive parties are prepared for that eventuality. Because in that regard this isn't encouraging.
As of this past week, the Conservative Party reached the 50% milestone in terms of the percentage of its 2015 slate of candidates nominated on the new boundaries.
The Liberals, for their part, have reached 40% of a full slate, while the NDP moved up to 15% over the past week.
The Liberals, and especially the NDP, need to get their asses in gear. Stop fighting themselves. Prepare to come of out of the gate like bats out of hell.
And above all pound home this message, as often and as loudly as they can:
The ONLY reason the Cons want to go early, and break their own election law, is so they can make sure this sordid soap opera doesn't come back to haunt them...
So that if Stephen Harper does decide to go early, there will be a price to pay.
But beyond that we all need to psych ourselves up for what is surely coming. And prepare to fight the Cons harder than we ever have before. Take no prisoners, and show them no mercy.
For as fall turns to winter in this grim Harperland, and the shadows grow longer...
The smell of danger is in the air.
He will strike when he thinks we are sleeping...
And since the very survival of our country is at stake.
It will be the struggle of our lives.
And failure is not an option...
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