Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Chicken Harper and the Con's New Campaign Song

Well as you know Chicken Harper has changed his tune or his feathers. Now he isn't going around claiming people should vote for him because only he can save us from the terrorist menace.

Or because our economy is so strong, and he's a Great Economist Leader.

Now he's claiming we should vote for him because the economy is so weak, only he can save us.

And playing cheap politics with the Governor of the Bank of Canada. 

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is defending his decision to contact Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz during the federal election campaign, insisting that managing the economy is a key responsibility of being Prime Minister.

When in fact the Governor has no control over the stock markets, or the situation in China. And Harper is just using him as a prop, as Jim Stanford points out here.

Because of a narrow, perverse political calculation, Conservatives have decided that it is to their advantage for Canadians to be as worried about the economy as possible. And so they are actively playing up the risks. The call to Poloz was part of that strategy: Things must be bad. Why, the Prime Minister even had to call the central bank governor!

Even though his gloomy message could actually make things worse.

Economists understand well that in a market economy, the psychological sentiment of economic agents can have real economic effects. If consumers and businesses feel confident about the future, they are more likely to spend on major purchases and capital investment — thus helping to usher in the good times they were expecting. On the other hand, when pessimism sets in, they sit on their wallets. Worried consumers put off major purchases, businesses postpone capital spending. And those actions alone can bring about a macroeconomic downturn. Fear becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

And of course, even though Harper has the worst economic record of any Canadian leader since the Second World War. 

He did put all our eggs in one oily basket...

Only to end up with egg all over his face.

And as for the surplus he still claims his government still enjoys, it's just a myth or another Big Lie. 

Because his budget was based on an oil price of $56 dollars, and since it's now at $39 and falling what he has is in fact a growing DEFICIT.

As the price of oil competes with the loonie to see who can be the first to hit rock bottom.

But hey, details, details.

Great Chicken Leader still believes he can make Canadians believe anything as long as he says it enough times.

And the good news? His economic advantage is not as great as it once was.

On questions related to which party or leader is best able to handle the economy, respondents in three of four recent polls gave the Conservatives and Harper an edge of just one or two points over Tom Mulcair and the New Democrats. In only one poll, by Ipsos, did the Conservatives manage a wide lead on this issue (38 to 28 per cent for the NDP).

But in the same poll, Ipsos found that the Conservatives were tied with the NDP on who Canadians trusted to create jobs. L├ęger gave a two-point edge on this question to the New Democrats. The Liberals trailed in third on both issues, but only by a narrow margin.

Which no doubt explains why the Cons have a new campaign song...

So much for the silver haired fox.

So much for Great Economist Leader.

He may be desperate.

But this pigeon won't fly...

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  1. e.a.f.7:43 PM

    If Steve couldn't get it together in the 9 yrs he was in office, in better time, how can we trust him to keep it together in "bad" times. He put all the eggs in one basket. Jobs are needed and they won't be coming from the oil patch or pipelines. The manufacturing sector slipped badly while the Cons were in office. The manufacturing sector needs to recover for there to be jobs. With all the trade agreements that may be difficult.

    Steve wasn't happy at all about the agreement between Iran and the 6 other countries. No wonder. Once Iran is back in the game, they will reclaim their position in the world oil business. who needs Canada's tar if they can buy Iran's oil. We are so f..ked with Steve's game and now we will have to start all over again.

    At least Mulcair's day care plan will provide some jobs.

  2. Speaking of campaign songs, Harper is using a recording of:

    Collective Soul - Better Now (HQ)

    at his rallies. Did Collective Soul give him and his Cons permission to use it?


    As Harper walked off the stage to the song Better Now by Collective Soul, shaking hands with those in attendance, even some Conservative supporters felt they could collectively act, well, better now. “I felt very bad for the journalist, because now, she feels like she’s in a hostile environment,” Corrin says. “She should be free to ask a question.” But he says the continuous questioning about Duffy at campaign events is tiring for Harper supporters. “I think anybody with a Conservative bias just thinks it’s petty,” Corrin adds. “You’re not going to get a different answer [from Harper], so why ask it?”

    Someone involved in the Canadian music scene wrote to me:

    "The group [Collective Soul] probably knows nothing of it. the songwriter might. It's the publisher that Harper and co. would have to get the synch license from. Maybe he did it. He's got some friends in the Canadian music industry that may have advised him."

  3. Anonymous8:39 AM

    Canadians should be appalled and angry at the way Harper is conducting his campaign. Never has a campaigner for Prime Minister held closed campaign rallies and vetted Canadians who wanted to come to meet him or not taken lots of questions from the media. Completely unacceptable in a democracy.