Friday, July 17, 2015
The Early Election Call and the Cowardice of Stephen Harper
As you know I'm deeply concerned by the horrible thought that Stephen Harper could ruin our summer, or steal it, as only Great Maniac Leader could.
By calling an election one month earlier than most people had expected. So he can use a longer campaign to bankrupt his opponents.
So I'm very glad to see that at least the NDP isn't worried.
Canada’s federal NDP says it’s not worried about the prospect of an early drop of the writ or having to finance a possible extended campaign.
An NDP insider who asked not to be named said timing is not an issue as far as he’s concerned. He told Global News the NDP is focused on its strategy for Canadians and won’t be knocked off its game plan just because the Tories decide to go for a longer campaign.
Still, it must be said that if Stephen Harper does call an election as early as three weeks from today, it would be a sleazy move.
And as Alice Funke writes, it would make him look like a coward.
The morning after he had won the last federal election, Stephen Harper was asked how people fearing a Conservative majority government could be re-assured. “One of the things I’ve learned is that surprises are not generally well received by the public,” he replied.
For having promised no surprises, only to spring an ambush on his opponents.
The parties have had four years to plan, fundraise and save the money required to wage a five-week election campaign, based on a five-week spending limit, taking into account the declining value of the now-eliminated per-vote subsidy.
But here, at the last minute, you want to surprise the parties with a doubly-long election campaign, that will cost them double the money to run? Based on a hidden provision in a humongous bill, that was dropped as a surprise on the opposition, with little time for advanced study, detailed consideration, or reasoned debate?
And you want to call yourselves “cunning”, in a trial-balloon so obviously floated in the National Post? How about “cowardly”?
But then of course, we knew he is a coward...
He is desperate. It's all going horribly wrong.
He's living in denial.
It is true that Canada faces a challenging global economic environment. But simply closing our eyes and hoping that something will turn up hardly counts as an effective economic strategy on the part of the Harper government.
The canary in the closet is starting looking a lot like the loonie...
That he is demolishing for crass political purposes.
Normally when the economy contracts, governments loosen up their fiscal policy to stimulate the purchase of goods and services. This is how western industrialized countries clawed out of a brutal meltdown in 2008.
But Harper is a dogmatic believer in the ideas of free-market zealots Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek. So our prime minister would have none of that, especially in an election year. Harper is going to keep a balanced budget even if it busts the life out of the economy.
So he is capable of ANYTHING.
And since the PMO has just announced that Harper is cancelling his annual summer trip up north, you know the True North Strong and Free, I'll leave you to imagine what that might mean.
But the good news, as I pointed out last night, is that all of this is just making him look even sleazier.
And too crazy and dangerous to be allowed to remain in office...
He really is a coward, a liar, and a cheater.
He really isn't a Great Economist Leader, or a political genius.
And his days in power are really numbered...
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