It was a shocking and deeply disturbing sight. And it could only make Canadians wonder whether Stephen Harper was still mentally fit to be Prime Minister.
For there he was today, trying to mock the size of Justin Trudeau's deficit.
But only managing to look more crazy and more desperate.
And turn his madness into a meme."A teeny tiny little deficit." An animated #Harper mocks #Trudeau plan for a deficit. #elxn42 pic.twitter.com/JNe1Byb0fa— Patrick Morrell (@PatMorrell_CBC) August 27, 2015
It’s definitely election season. A rare attempt by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to depart from his usual stoic public persona could become one of the most iconic meme-able moments of the election season.
But then Harper has every reason to worry about his polls and the Duffy scandal.
For as a new Ekos poll shows he's going nowhere.
Voters are awakening from their summer slumber and noticing that they have been asked to follow what is going to be a very divisive and acrimonious campaign. At 34 points, the NDP maintains a clear and stable lead. The Conservatives, meanwhile, have dropped to 28 points. The Liberals, at 27 points, are doing much better than a month ago and are statistically tied for second place (and are not far off from the lead).
Or heading in the wrong direction.
And the scandal is threatening to destroy him.
It is not the campaign that has torn voters away from their summer BBQs; it’s the ongoing Duffy scandal. Attention to the Duffy trial took off in a big way in August; most Canadians were following the trial and 29 per cent were following closely. A newly attentive public was watching this with considerable interest and the news has been all bad for Harper.
The issue has always been one of basic trust. If that is the yardstick the public are using to measure the Prime Minister on this affair, he is failing miserably. Mr. Harper could not have been clearer or more consistent in his account; he staunchly denies any prior knowledge of the affair and he maintains that Nigel Wright acted alone. However, only 21 per cent of Canadians buy his version of events and our nightly tracking suggests this figure is on a downward trend.
For if more Canadians believe Duffy than believe Harper...
You KNOW he's in trouble.
The economy will not save him...
And to make matters even worse, Bruce Carson, his former close adviser, is coming back to haunt him.
Like the Ghost of Christmas Past, at the worst possible time...
Carson's influence peddling trial begins on September 8, which can only make Harper look even more sleazy, or even more like a Con artist.
You know, last night as I left the island, a full moon was rising...
And for a moment I imagined I could hear Stephen Harper crashing around in the dark woods wailing like werewolf.
Why Why Why ME??? Why is everything going WRONG????? I don't want to be HUMILIATED !!!!!
And it was music to my ears.
His scandals are coming back to haunt him and destroy him.
And the monster is almost good to GO...
OK. Who wants to flush that toilet?
What? You ALL do?
No, no, me FIRST !!!!!
Have a great weekend everybody...
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