Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Will Stephen Harper Really Take a Walk in the Snow?
When I first heard the rumours that Stephen Harper was about to go for a walk in the snow. Or whatever.
And announce that he planned to step down in the New Year, I must admit I was stunned. It just didn't seem to make sense.
His fear campaign is boosting his polls, the unemployment rate is down, he's planning to spend billions of dollars bribing voters.
He's just launched this new Porky Action Plan campaign...
Aimed at brainwashing Canadians with OUR money.
And of course, he was the abominable star of the recent G20 summit...
So why would he choose to quit NOW, and give his job to Jason Kenney?
On Friday, Stephen Harper surpassed Brian Mulroney, becoming the sixth longest-serving prime minister in our history. On Jan. 24 he will begin his 10th year at 24 Sussex Drive. There’s reason to wonder if he will have an 11th, or if he will step aside to let someone else lead his party into next October’s election.
Some say that Harper can’t abide the idea of losing to Justin Trudeau, and needs to avoid the next election. Others say he won’t back down from a fight.
But I think he might leave fairly early in the new year, handing the reins to somebody who has a better chance of winning the next election: Jason Kenney.
But then Stephen Maher does have a point. It probably would be easier for Harper to quit now, rather than risk being humiliated by Justin Trudeau.
Harper is enjoying a bump in the polls — the first in a long while — which actually might make it easier for him to declare victory and announce a succession contest.
Before his polls start tanking again, along with the price of oil. Or before the global economy crashes.
Or before Canadians realize that his latest Porky Action Plan campaign is practically fraudulent and definitely SHAMELESS.
To avoid confusion, this bilious affair states it was brought to you by the Government of Canada, and the measures are “subject to parliamentary approval.”
A more honest assessment would have been the disclaimer: “This message is for the benefit of the Conservative Party of Canada; paid for by the taxpayer; and, we don’t give a flying fuddle-duddle what parliament thinks about it.”
The bottom line is this kind of taxpayer-funded messaging is unfair, undemocratic and should be illegal. If these ads were being pushed by the Liberals, Stephen Harper would be first to say so.
Or before his position on climate change becomes even more uncomfortable...
Or even more embarrassing.
And of course, before Jason Kenney gets tired of waiting for him to quit, and takes full control of HIS party:
The party is his for the taking, and his former staffers are in key positions throughout the Harper government. They are often the smartest people in the room, small-c conservative intellectuals who aren’t afraid to grub for votes.
Kenney may have a story to tell, but he can’t get started until Harper takes a walk in the snow.
Because Kenney is hungry for power, and I haven't seen him running so hard and so fast since the temporary foreign workers scandal broke...
Which is of course great news as far as I'm concerned eh?
Because as you know I'm a strong supporter of Kenney's leadership campaign...
In the firm belief that if he becomes leader, the Cons will be gone for a GENERATION.
And the best news? If at a time when Harper is doing better than he has for years, his Con candidate could only win a narrow victory in Whitby-Oshawa.
In a riding where the late Jim Flaherty used to rack up record numbers.
You know the writing is on the wall.
And it doesn't matter whether Harper or Kenney leads the party into the next election. Neither of them can win.
The Cons will be defeated.
And they're all going down for a very long time...
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