Saturday, October 17, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Harperendum That Will Destroy Him
He closes his eyes a lot these days. And it's hard to say whether he's still sniffing for a majority. Or whether he's praying for deliverance.
His new ads that are now saturating the airwaves claim that it's not about him.
But Stephen Harper couldn't be more wrong.
It is all about him, and it is as Don Martin writes, a Harperendum.
The party leaders would have you believe there are dueling platforms at play as the longest campaign in any living Canadian's memory comes to a close. They are wrong.
In reality, it's a referendum. The ballot box question is simply 'Stephen Harper: Stay or go?'
And with just three days to before the election it's one Stephen Harper is losing. For the latest polls show him losing ground to Justin Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have enjoyed a surge in voter support in the closing week of the election campaign and have strong momentum as Canadians prepare to cast their ballots Monday, a new survey conducted for Postmedia suggests.
In one poll after the other.
The latest Nanos nightly tracking has the Liberals at 37.0% support followed by the Conservatives at 30.7%, the NDP at 22.6%, and the Greens at 4.7%.
And so grim is Harper's situation, that Jeffrey Simpson is already looking ahead to what might happen to the Cons when their Great Leader is gone.
The Stephen Harper years are over. Either his Conservative Party will win a small plurality of parliamentary seats in Monday’s election, but then be defeated in the House of Commons, or his party will win fewer seats than the Liberals and hand over power. Either way, time will soon be up for the Prime Minister.
But of course the Cons are still very much alive, and still up to their dirty tricks.
So we all need to focus on getting out the vote, and making sure that none are wasted by voting strategically in ridings where that can make a difference.
As well as remaining vigilant, because Harper is now so desperate...
He is quite capable of trying to steal the election.
But the best news is that failing that, it does appear that his day is finally done. His iron grip on power is indeed turning to rust.
Two days to go and, at last, hope that what has to happen if this country is to recapture its integrity is actually about to happen: that Stephen Harper and his scurrilous despotism are about to get the heave.
And not a moment too soon.
One of the more disturbing last-minute insights is from Kevin Page, the former parliamentary budget officer. He says any new government will likely find the public service a total wreck, with “services not kept intact” and “the process completely broken” as Harper “balanced” his budget by not spending departmental funds. That makes getting Harper out all the more urgent.
Shredders have been spotted parked outside his office...
He is so desperate that he will be rubbing shoulders this evening with Rob Ford.
And degrading himself further.
You know, I'm having trouble believing that the day I have dreamed about for so long is now so close.
But it is a Harperendum.
After all those ghastly years his time has finally arrived.
And we are going to destroy him..
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