Thursday, September 24, 2015
Stephen Harper Prepares to Play the Bigot Card in Quebec
It couldn't be a more horrible sight. For me it is the ultimate nightmare. The grubby Stephen Harper, the political porn peddler, in my own province of Quebec.
The province that adopted me, and that I love so much.
Preparing for tonight's French-language TV debate, and a last desperate effort to claw his way to another bloody majority.
By playing the bigot card.
For this latest French-only Con video leaves no doubt about that...
It's ghastly title is "Quebec is more conservative than we think." And in it Stephen Harper raises the niqab issue again.
By saying as the caption "Nos valeurs" (Our values) flashes on the screen.
"Quebecers want new citizens to swear their oaths with their faces uncovered"
And if he beats this hollow drum at tonight's debate, as he almost certainly will, it could not only poison the campaign, it could conceivably change the election result.
Because Harper knows that 87% of Quebecers support a niqab ban, as do an overwhelming majority of other Canadians.
And his Australian attack dingo Lynton Crosby knows a juicy wedge issue when he sees one...
And so does the once decent but now very much degraded Gilles Duceppe.
Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe says he'd be in favour of invoking the notwithstanding clause in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to buttress legislation banning niqabs at citizenship ceremonies.
Who is now so desperate to revive his moribund party he's even prepared to undermine the Charter of Rights.
But then the issue has given Duceppe and Harper a boost in the polls, the NDP has lost some support.
This is what somebody did to one of their female candidate's sign in Montreal...
There are demons loose in the streets, howling for blood. Those who inadvertently fanned the flames will have to live with the consequences.
And as Chantal Hébert writes, Tom Mulcair goes into tonight's debate with a giant target on his back.
With his party’s competitive position in national voting intentions hanging by a Quebec thread, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has more to lose than to gain in Thursday’s French-language debate.
Support for a veil ban runs high in Quebec. In the national assembly, a Liberal move to ban face coverings for public servants and for anyone using provincial government services enjoys multi-party support.
The NDP is not alone in opposing a niqab ban. So do the Liberals. But because the Bloc and the New Democrats fish in the same nationalist pool of francophone voters, Duceppe’s attacks have focused on Mulcair.
Some Liberals I know are hoping that Duceppe and Harper will damage Mulcair, and give Justin Trudeau a boost, as it might.
But as I told them, if that does happen they shouldn't celebrate too wildly.
Because once the demons of intolerance are loose in the land, who knows to what hellish place they might lead us...
Or whether Stephen Harper could emerge the big winner. And for a piece of cloth on a woman's face a country could be lost.
And the good news?
I know I'm biased, but I still don't think my beloved Quebec is or ever will be Harper Country...
For years Quebecers have shown their contempt for him and his Con regime, more than any other province. They have shunned them and mocked them. They they have reduced them to a mere five seats.
And I doubt they will change their minds now that they finally have a chance to get rid of them.
I like to believe that a Stop Harper sign is still the same in English and French...
But we shall see, we live in dangerous and crazy times. With just twenty-five days to go the end game has begun. And nobody can predict what might happen.
But one thing should be blindingly obvious, to any decent Canadian.
We really need to get rid of that ghastly leader, that political porn peddler, that scummy bottom feeder, that bigot monster.
Before he degrades us further.
And sets this country on fire....
P.S. You can watch tonight's Radio Canada debate with an English translation on the CBC News Network, the CTV News Channel, and CPAC between 8 and 10pm
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