Friday, December 04, 2015
The Ghastly and Ghostly Return of Stephen Harper
It was like a ghostly apparition. After pulling a vanishing act for weeks, and causing people to wonder whether he was holed up in his basement, or being treated in a mental hospital.
There was Stephen Harper back in the House of Commons.
But one moment he was there, and the next moment he wasn't.
Blink and you might have missed him. That’s how long former prime minister Stephen Harper was in the House of Commons on Thursday as members of Parliament voted for the new Commons Speaker.
Harper, who remains a Calgary Conservative MP, never took his new seat near the Speaker’s chair during the nearly three hours that MPs were in the House. Instead, he slipped into the chamber just long enough to cast his vote, exchange words and pose for selfies with a few fellow Tories. Then he escaped out the back.
But then who can blame him? He is a miserable paranoid coward, and he must be terrified that some of his own Cons might insult him, or even mug him, for leading their party to disaster.
Even though Michelle Rempel denies that.
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, however, rejected any notion of blame. “Somebody who has given that many of years of their life to public service is accorded a great degree of respect. And I certainly think there’s many people in this place and across the country who will continue to give that to him.”
And is, as this commenter points out, still swimming with her Great Leader.
Or still doesn't get it...
Which has Michael Harris wondering whether the Cons truly understand why they lost.
As any recovering addict will tell you, the first step towards getting clean is admitting you have a problem. By that measure, the Conservative Party of Canada is still deep in the throes of withdrawal — and the addiction to absolute power is the hardest habit of all to kick. Their thrashing on October 19 came about because of what they did with that power — that, and the fact that they allowed their party to become a cult led by a man who diminished them all. The lesson clearly hasn’t sunk in.
When they can't accept the truth.
The truth — and it’s a hard truth Conservatives are going to have to get past, if they want to get anywhere at all — is that Harper was one of the worst prime ministers this country has ever seen.
They can't understand that Rona Ambrose isn't part of the solution, she's part of the problem...
Rona Ambrose (and almost all of the full-time leadership hopefuls) sat around the cabinet table for every bum decision that was made — from deceiving Canadians about the cost of the F-35 fighter jet to abandoning the environment file. Ambrose does not represent renewal. She represents the same dead-end gang that Canadians rejected with glee.
She's as cruel and as evil as Harper himself.
And as long as the Cons keep deluding themselves...
They will have no future.
There will be no future in Canada for the Conservative party until it faces up to that legacy, and until those who were part of the last government accept responsibility for it. And that means changing a lot of things that went badly wrong on Harper’s watch.
A new leader from outside the current caucus would send a signal that the party realizes its failings run far deeper than “tone”. But until Conservatives admit they have a problem, the solution will always sit just beyond the tree-line, out of sight.
And that's before we change the electoral system and drive them from power FOREVER.
Which of course couldn't be a more perfect ending to the monstrous story of Stephen Harper.
He brutalized this country and its values.
He led the Cons to disaster.
And then he came back from the dead to destroy them...
You know, defeating the Harperite cult was great.
But finishing off the walking dead will be even better...
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