We've all seen this absurd clip in that ghastly Con attack ad at least a thousand times. For there is no escaping it.
And if you're like me you have no doubt wondered what it has to do with Justin Trudeau's qualifications to be Prime Minister.
And whether it's just another hideous attempt to undermine Justin's masculinity.
But who could imagine that the distinguished writer Margaret Atwood could write a column about that hairy question, and be censored by the National Post?
A renowned Canadian author of books that delve deep into themes of power and authority on Friday found herself questioning whether she had herself been censored – over a column light as hair.
The column appeared briefly on the National Post website before being removed. An edited version of the column reappeared on the site later Friday evening.
Leaving us to wonder, at least for a while, whether the Post censors were troubled by Atwood's gentle poke at Stephen Harper's vanity.
Of the three national male leaders, which one travels with a personal grooming assistant – lavishly paid for in whole or in part by you, gentle taxpayer – so that none of his hairs will ever be out of place, supposing they are indeed his and not a wig, as some have supposed? (Hint: Initials are S.H.)
Even though, as we all know, there is no vainer leader...
And then later, leaving us to wonder why in the republished version the words in red were removed.
Don’t go there, Cons! Because then we’ll all start thinking about “hiding.” Why is Harper still coyly hiding the two-million-dollar donors to his party leadership race? Don’t we have a right to know who put him in there? Who’s he working for, them or us?
Why is he hiding what he knew about the Duffy cover-up, and when he knew it? He’s given four mutually exclusive answers so far. Is there a hidden real answer?
I must admit I have no idea why some ink stained wretch at the National Post would dare to censor the words of one of Canada's greatest writers. When every one of them is true, and the questions they removed are ones that need to be asked.
But this from Canadaland's Jesse Brown does seem to make sense:
There are some rich and powerful people in this country who would probably rather not remind Canadians that Stephen Harper and his Cons work for them.
But at the end of the day the great lady seemed satisfied. For now...
OK, that was tiring for a gnarly old biddy like me. Will delve further into #hairgate in the morning, no doubt.— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) August 22, 2015
And all I can say is may her Canadian spirit endure.
And please, please, please, deliver us from this foul Harperland of Cons and muzzlers.
Before they degrade us further...
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