Friday, September 25, 2015
The French Debate and the Bigot Game of Stephen Harper
If you missed last night's French-language debate you can relax because you didn't miss much.
The debate had its lively moments, but there were no knock out punches, and I very much doubt that it will move many votes in Quebec or in the rest of Canada.
Tom Mulcair survived the combined assault of his opponents, Justin Trudeau more than held his own, Elizabeth May did surprisingly well considering she doesn't speak French as well as the others. And Gilles Duceppe started strong and quickly faded.
But what the debate did show conclusively is that Stephen Harper is determined to use the niqab issue to try to win the election.
Because both him and his close separatist ally Gilles Duceppe, did make the most of the FIVE minutes the issue received, in a two-hour debate.
By competing to see who could make the most ridiculous statement to try to conceal the fact that they're both trying to turn a trivial matter into a giant and very ugly wedge issue, for crass political purposes.
“We’re talking about fundamental question, it’s the question of equality between men and women in our society,” said Duceppe, who promised the Bloc’s first bill in the Commons would be extend a ban on the veil to other areas, such as public servants.
With Duceppe failing to explain why undressing a woman, against her will, and violating her religious rights, is a triumph of human equality.
And Harper shamelessly using his daughter to try to claim he's a champion of women's rights...
“Mr. Mulcair, I will never tell my young daughter that a woman should cover her face because she is woman. That’s not our Canada, that’s not acceptable for me,” Harper said.
Which of course couldn't be more absurd, or obscene. Considering that no leader in living memory has done more to set back the cause of women's rights, and he is a loathsome misogynist.
Whose missionary church teaches him that women should be submissive, and even his propaganda reflects his male supremacist views.
This is part of a series of five recent Conservative ads, which have largely drawn attention for the recurring line about Harper not being perfect. But within this unsubtle message about the risky opposition is something more subtle: hushed women. Of the 33 different scenes across the ad series, women do the talking in 12 of them, including a senior’s line about how Harper is “not perfect, but we can depend on him.”
Where women are to be seen but not heard. Or preferably muzzled. As he has muzzled so many others.
For no doubt depraved reasons of his own...
And to make matters even worse, and even more obvious, Stephen Harper also managed to squeeze a niqab reference into his 30 second closing statement.
But then he has done his ghastly homework. He used our money to do a poll back in March, held on to it for seven months, and released it yesterday just hours before the debate for maximum political effect.
A public-opinion poll ordered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper earlier this year found overwhelming support among Canadians for the requirement that women remove their niqabs or burkas at citizenship ceremonies.
The March telephone survey by Léger Marketing found 82 per cent of Canadians favoured the policy somewhat or strongly, with just 15 per cent opposed. Support was widespread, but especially strong in Quebec, where 93 per cent were in favour of the requirement.
And what I find interesting is that March just happened to be the month when the Australian attack monster Lynton Crosby started working for Harper. So you know who REALLY commissioned that poll.
And how much Harper and Crosby must be hoping they can ride that trivial but inflammatory issue to victory...
By pitting Canadians against Canadians, and poisoning this country as he has poisoned so many others.
And since Gilles Duceppe probably got a copy of that poll from his boyfriend Steve long before we did...
He's probably hoping he too can use that wedge issue to revive his zombie party and the comatose separatist movement.
And the good news? If Harper keeps beating that hollow drum, we can help defuse that issue, or turn it against him, by demanding he answer two simple questions:
One, why is he allowing an Australian, you know a foreigner, to poison OUR society?
And two, why is he in bed with a separatist?
I mean whose side is he on eh?
And the really bad news for Harper? From what I've now heard and read most Quebecers like most Canadians may favour a ban, but it's not a big enough issue to make people vote for him. Or make most Canadians NOT want to get of him.
So if it comes down to a question of banning niqabs or banning Harper, I think they will vote to ban him.
Especially if the opposition parties are also able to portray the issue as a giant distraction as Elizabeth May did so effectively last night.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May called the issue a “fake debate” that has nothing to do with important questions on climate change, unemployment and the economy.
Because then he'll be left looking like a political pervert so deranged he'd do ANYTHING to win the election.
Even if that means setting the country on fire and wearing HIS ghastly niqab...
You know, he is only playing that bigot game because he is desperate.
Which tells me that his polls don't match this one.
So if we're very smart, and very aggressive.
We can turn his own foulness against him.
And use it to help destroy him...
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