It seems only appropriate that the only thing Stephen Harper tweeted yesterday, was a little video of himself learning the proper way to pour beer in Ireland.
Because I'll bet Great Leader was pouring himself more than a few last night, after what had to be an absolutely disastrous day for him and his ghastly Cons.
The day when his campaign of fear and bigotry came back to bite him. And he shot himself in the foot.
Starting with his crass attempt to inflame emotions over the long dead gun registry, by encouraging people in rural areas to get guns to defend themselves from criminals, and presumably terrorists...
Which not only had legal experts wondering why he would encourage citizens to break the law and risk being charged with MURDER?
And others wondering whether he had lost his moral compass AND his marbles.
But of course in Quebec, where the gun registry is still popular, it went down like a lead balloon.
Premier Philippe Couillard and politicians from all major parties in Quebec are taking aim at remarks made last week by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Saskatchewan, where he said that guns are needed for safety in rural areas.
"The fewer guns in circulation in Quebec the better. A country where there's an abundance of firearms circulating is not a country that the majority of Canadians and Quebecers want to live in," Couillard said.
You know Quebec, the province he has been trying to woo so passionately, with money and the
And as if all that gun talk wasn't enough to pour a bucket of cold water over his passionate affair with la belle province.
Then along came Larry Miller.
Who to many Québécois seeing him for the first time, must have seemed like a nightmare come to life. The stereotypical Reform redneck, who loves guns, and hates immigrants and THEM.
And must surely have made some wonder what's more dangerous? Niqabs or cowboy bigots?
And left Stephen Harper screaming with frustration to see all that money and all that passion go to waste.
But sadly for him his bad day wasn't over.
Because if he was tempted to switch from fear mongering and bigotry to something sweeter like tax breaks...
He could forget about that, after this devastating report on his income splitting porky plan.
The Parliamentary Budget Officer says the Conservative government’s income-splitting tax cut will cost $2.2-billion this year and only benefit about 15 per cent of Canadian households.
The analysis from Parliamentary Budget Officer Jean-Denis Fréchette finds the benefits will primarily go to “medium- through high-income households,” repeating a conclusion reached by other researchers. In fact, the PBO says families in the bottom 20 per cent of income would receive “near zero” benefit from the tax cut.
Which is bound to disappoint a lot of Canadians, or make them really ANGRY...
And then, as Harper reeled from that blow, and no doubt screamed for the Parliamentary Budget Officer's head to be brought to him on a plate with an apple in his mouth.
Then came this devastating poll.
Support for the Conservative government's anti-terror bill has dropped dramatically over the past month, a new poll suggests. According to a Forum Research poll released Tuesday, 45% of Canadians approve of Bill C-51 after it's explained to them.
That's a stark drop from February, when an Angus Reid poll found that 82% of Canadians were on board with the bill, which would grant law enforcement broad powers to "disrupt" suspected threats to national security.
Which if true, suggests that fear levels are falling fast.
"It is clear that, now the immediate rush of anxiety over the Oct. 22 attacks is over, Canadians are slightly less likely to see the need to alter the country's security protocols," Forum Research president Lorne Bozinoff said in a press release.
And that the more Canadians know about the anti-terrorist bill, the more they dislike it.
And presumably the more they'll dislike him if he insists on ramming it through parliament...
Which leaves Harper's campaign strategy in tatters, because he was counting on fear to win him his bloody majority.
And now that those porky tax breaks have been exposed as a gift to the 15%, or just another Con scam, he really has NOTHING.
You know, in a column yesterday that attempted to explain Harper's bizarre twisted strategy Michael Den Tandt concluded with these words.
"If this is truly the game plan for Election 2015, then the governing party may be in worse shape than public polls indicate. The prospect of loss, they say, brings a fear all its own."
And I think he's right.
Harper is scared, he's probably shaking like a jello. He's used every dirty trick in the book and has only soiled himself.
He has shot himself in the foot. He is crazy desperate.
And give him a little more time, to stew in his own juices.
And his own madness will destroy him...
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