Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Rapid Collapse of Stephen Harper's Legacy (Continued)
One of the things that has surprised and pleased me the most, is to see how quickly the foul legacy of Stephen Harper is disappearing.
Demolished by Justin Trudeau's Liberals, and slowly buried by the sands of time.
So I'm glad to see that even the Con-friendly L. Ian MacDonald is wondering the same thing.
What happened to Stephen WHO?
And how could his legacy collapse so rapidly?
One of the most remarkable features about the Trudeau Liberals’ first five months in office is the speed and efficiency with which they are undoing the legacy of Stephen Harper.
It began their second full day in office, when the new government announced it would restore the mandatory long-form census. It was a substantive and a symbolic reversal of the previous government’s policy. Since then, they’ve kept their thumbs firmly on the delete key — which carried them right into last week’s budget, where they unleashed the wrecking ball.
As one Con law after the other bites the dust. From the Fair Elections Act and the barbaric cultural citizenship laws, to Old Age Security, and now the Court Challenges Program.
The Liberals are reinstating the Court Challenges Program dismantled by Harper in his first budget in 2006. Funding for official languages court challenges was later restored, but Harper had made his point. Now the Liberals are making theirs with $12 million over five years for “bringing cases to the courts that clarify and assert their Charter rights.”
Which was one of the first programs the Cons killed when they came to power.
And signalled the beginning of the Harper's bestial campaign to try to change Canada beyond recognition...
Only, as even MacDonald admits, to fall pathetically short.
So what does it say about Harper’s leadership that his legacy can be so easily dismantled, at least in the short term? It tells us he was a transactional leader, not a transformative one.
And while the Con columnist tries to buff up Harper's sordid record.
Harper, in time, may also be seen as a successful three-term leader. Just not one who transformed the country.
The fact remains that by the standard Harper set for himself, and by the short time it's taking to demolish his legacy, he can only be judged a miserable failure...
And will only be remembered as the tiny evil leader of the worst government this country has ever known
And the even better news?
Their legacy may be turning to dust all around them, but the surviving Cons haven't got the message.
They're still repeating Harper's mistakes. Still grinding out the same crude attack ads...
Which not only make it look like Great Ugly Leader is still running the Cons.
It has the Globe columnist Tabatha Southey wondering whether their defeat has broken them...
And as you know, I believe the answer is yes.
It was Harper's party, he moulded them in his own image. He taught them everything they know.
They were his slavish followers.
And now they will follow him to the same political desert where they all belong...
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