Thursday, May 28, 2015
The Harperland Spring and the Phony War
I must admit I'm finding Harperland this week a little strange and rather depressing. Or should I say even stranger and more depressing than usual.
For although we could be just two months away from the start of an election campaign, as I pointed out yesterday. You'd never know, it's eerily quiet out there.
It's like the so-called phony war, when Britain and Nazi Germany declared war on each other, and nothing happened for months.
And in this country, as parliament prepares to take a five-month break, the only thing breaking the silence, or breaking wind, is the horrible sound of the NDP and the Liberals fighting each other.
“It’s just our Liberal and Conservative adversaries using their majority to try to frustrate the party that’s coming up in the polls and doing well compared to the two old line parties,” Mulcair said following the weekly NDP caucus meeting.
“What people expect from their leaders is that when you make a mistake, you own up to (it), you apologize for it and you make it right. You fix it,” Trudeau said following his own party’s caucus meeting.
Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau slugging it out, to the obvious delight of Stephen Harper...
Later in the Commons, Harper got into the act as he deflected a question from Mulcair about disgraced Sen. Mike Duffy. The prime minister asserted that Canadians wonder why Mulcair “continues to justify” improperly using $3 million in parliamentary funds and why he’s “not being willing to pay it back and not being willing to apologize or reverse course.”
Which to somebody like me, who is only interested in toppling the mad emperor, couldn't be more depressing. And of course this doesn't help.
Vocal opposition to, painstaking review of, and widespread protest against Bill C-51 have had some negative impact on Canadian support for the anti-terror legislation, but a clear majority still say they favour it.
In fact, in my depressed condition it had me wondering for a moment, are we REALLY all hippies?
Or worse, wondering whether this Harperland nightmare is going to end in the same way, and with the same last line, as Orwell's 1984 did...
But then I thought, no, no, it's not THAT bad. And neither is that poll:
Among the 45 per cent who are today reporting they’re less engaged on this issue – either only scanning headlines, or not following it at all, support for C-51 is in the 85 per cent range. By contrast, a slim majority of Canadians following the issue most closely today oppose C-51 (55% versus 45% support).
All it says is that the more Canadians know about the bill, the more they loathe it. So we just have to keep up the pressure, and get the message out.
And it can still do our would be Big Brother great damage.
And as for the NDP and the Liberals, when they're not trying to kill each other, they're still working together to expose Stephen Harper as a grubby Con artist.
Opposition leaders suggested Wednesday Canadians shouldn't believe Prime Minister Stephen Harper when he says he'll consider expanding the Canada Pension Plan, since he has been against the idea for years.
Harper is still afraid to debate BOTH of their leaders.
And starting next week Great Chicken Leader will be running from them AND Mike Duffy...
When his trial resumes on Monday.
And the best news is that after the election the NDP and the Liberals will almost certainly be forced to work together even MORE closely, to form a coalition government and topple the Con regime.
Which will make me very happy, because I've always wanted to see a broad coalition of progressives working together, to drive the Cons from power, and make sure they never come back. For the day we are united that IS what will happen.
And when I see the most ferocious partisans in both parties being forced to be nice to each other, I will roar with laughter. And try to make THEM laugh at the irony of it all.
If they both promise not to kill me eh?
Hey, who said I'm depressed?
The orange and red tulips are pushing themselves painfully out of the dry ground...
And I believe those are the greens in the background.
The future looks promising.
And next week will be better...
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