Friday, January 16, 2015
Stephen Harper and My Horrible Majority Nightmare
It was a horrible nightmare. There was Stephen Harper in the musty basement of his House of Pain.
Chained to a chair by the young fanatics running the PMO, to prevent their beloved master from blowing apart at the seams, under the weight of all that bad economic news.
Or stumbling out into the street in the middle of the night, dressed only in his pyjamas, screaming: "I'm STILL a Great Economist Leader. And I'm not CRAZY !!#@!!
But then just as I'm thinking oh goody, at least he's restrained. And all that bad news will surely finish him off.
He cast off his chains, and came staggering towards me screaming "Come back here you commie rat, and gimme my juicy MAJORITY. !#@!!
The tie is broken: Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have pulled out in front of the Liberals — and they could be sitting on the cusp of majority territory, according to the most recent Ipsos Reid poll conducted exclusively for Global News.
And although for a moment I was paralyzed by this horrible sight...
Or the thought that so many Canadians could be THAT dumb.
Although a four-point lead may not look like much, it could be enough for a majority when taking into consideration the 30 additional seats in the mix for 2015, said John Wright, senior vice president at Ipsos Reid.
When I woke up I realized that it was only an Ipsos Reid poll, and that it was taken between five and ten days ago.
Before Oily Joe Oliver prorogued the budget.
Or pushed the panic button.
Cue the alarm bells. Delaying a budget is not business as usual. There’s a reason it’s making headlines — not only at home but on the Wall Street Journal website: It’s the kind of signal a government doesn’t want to send to international markets unless it’s forced to.
It telegraphs trouble — serious trouble. This is not about gathering information. This is about waiting out the storm — and hoping desperately that things change between now and then.
Risked making the situation even worse, to try to make the Cons look better.
By playing a grubby shell game.
Don’t worry about the fact the Conservatives essentially spent the surplus they had last autumn and have pushed the next federal budget into the new fiscal year. The new Conservative math is political math. There’s another name for it. It’s a shell game.
Finance Minister Joe Oliver appears ready to arbitrarily set a future oil price — one that neither he nor Prime Minister Stephen Harper can predict — that will allow him to proceed with voter-friendly promises in an election year.
So the Cons can buy votes with money they might never have...
And the good news is that I don't think Stephen Harper and his ghastly Con artists will be able to get away with it this time.
He will claim that only he can protect us from the mess he made of the economy. But most Canadians won't buy that.
They will see that the Cons are obviously panicking, that they didn't see it coming, that they're making it up as they go along. And it won't be long before Harper's polls start to tank.
Especially if the opposition hammers home the message that he put too many eggs in one oily basket.
Gambled our future and his on the glory of Albertonia. And lost.
Just like his good friend Putin...
Yup. He put all his chips on the tarry pits.
He lost his shirt, and his pants.
He didn't know what he was doing.
And now he's going to PAY for it...
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