Thursday, May 21, 2015
Will the Con's Porky Behaviour Cost Them the Next Election?
As you probably know Stephen Harper's Cons have been in a feverish, grunting frenzy recently.
Running wildly all over the country, spewing our tax dollars out of every orifice, in a blatant attempt to bribe voters, and try to buy the next election.
But although Canadians have seen this disgusting spectacle before, in the lead-up to an election it looks even worse.
And as John Ivison points out, this porky act just might cost Stephen Harper the next election.
If hogs could vote, the man with the slop bucket would be elected swineherd every time, no matter how much slaughtering he did on the side, quipped American novelist, Orson Scott Card.
I’m not so sure. Voters are not pigs, and at some point they abandon politicians they feel are in it for themselves, no matter how much slop comes their way.
My sense is the Harper Conservatives are getting perilously close to irritating people who have been prepared to overlook previous excesses.
Because it is such an obvious scam.
By mid-morning Wednesday, nine Conservative MPs had handed out $81 million in pork. Sun Media’s David Akin tracks government spending announcements and his data reveals that, prior to Wednesday, the government had already committed $427 million this month in 51 announcements – 30 of which funnelled money into Conservative ridings.
And such a massive one...
And the stinkiest scam of them all is Stephen Harper's decision to use Canada's 150th birthday party in 2017, to hand out even more pork.
Reports have emerged about the “Canada 150” infrastructure fund being gerrymandered so that the Conservatives can make multiple announcements during the election campaign. The $150 million fund for Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations is open to up to 1,800 proposals but the deadline for expressions of interest is the end of May, even though the program was only launched last Friday by Stephen Harper.
Because it seems one birthday party wasn't enough...
And he'll do ANYTHING to try to win another majority.
But the bad news for Stephen Harper is that by now most Canadians know that. His never-ending porky ads, that bombarded them during the playoffs, have started to irritate them.
They're not impressed by his propaganda channel, or by Pierre Poilievre's vanity videos...
And the stench of scandal coming from the Duffy trial is only adding to the general feeling that the Cons are corrupt and can't be trusted.
So Ivison may be right. Instead of helping them, it might actually end up costing them the next election.
Old-fashioned governing party hubris has always been the Harperites potential downfall. He got away with it in 2008, and again in 2011, largely because of the lack of credible alternatives.
But 2015 is shaping up to be a different story. If voters perceive Harper is putting his party’s interests ahead of theirs, they may decide it’s time to clean out the political pigsty.
Which as I'm sure you can imagine, would be the absolutely PERFECT ending for me eh?
Oh sure, I wouldn't mind seeing them being charged like Con artists, and sent to prison for their many crimes against Canada, or just plain old FRAUD.
But the sight of them running from the sausage factory of history would be even more enjoyable...
For as I have always portrayed them they are hogs.
They have soiled themselves and this country,
And it will not be fit for decent people to live in.
Until we have cleaned out that pigsty...
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