It has to be the most bizarre disappearing act in Canadian political history.
The way Stephen Harper turned into an invisible man, or one with a baseball cap pulled down over his eyes so nobody can recognize him.
And has rarely been spotted, and never heard from, since the night he was defeated.
So I'm glad to see that somebody in the MSM has finally tried to find him.
As Ian Brown did when he set out to look for our Great Waldo Leader.
Where has Stephen Harper gone? What is he up to? The man who was prime minister for nearly 10 years and wanted to make it 14, the sixth– longest-serving federal leader in our history, the polarizing political mastermind who reinvented partisanship and confidently subjected his citizens to the longest, bitterest election in Canadian history, which was his to win and which he then shockingly lost, has virtually vanished.
In an attempt to find out how he's coping with his crushing defeat...
And try to determine who is the man behind the mask, lurking in the shadows.
His absence stirred me: I wanted to find him. Most everyone I met was keen to know what he was up to. Now that he has nothing to prove, no power to protect, people want to see what kind of man has been hiding behind the pose. Were we right to let him lead us? Were we right to let him go? Did his famous inaccessibility – then, as now – hide traits we ought to have valued, or was it a symptom of an obstinate nature, one we might want to avoid in a leader from now on?
Only to discover that Harper doesn't want to be found...
And have to settle for this explanation for his bizarre behaviour.
An unnameable former provincial premier (who, like nearly everyone in this story, refused to speak on the record) claims he recently asked the ex-PM what his plans were. His reported reply? “I don’t want to be the crazy uncle yelling in the attic.”
Which of course couldn't be more absurd or hilarious, considering that Harper has always been the Con's crazy uncle...
The depraved political monster who terrorized this country, and raped its values, for almost ten long years.
And you can't put lipstick on that kind of record, or that kind of leader, no matter how hard the Cons might try...
A 40-page monograph entitled Ordered Liberty: How Harper’s Philosophy Transformed Canada for the Better appeared in Policy Options magazine in December, the first brick (that would be an accurate word) in what’s going to be a heavily reinforced wall defending Mr. Harper’s record.
But because they are trying to rewrite history, I too would like to hear from Harper, and for more reasons than Brown does.
I'd like to hear whether he's ready to apologize, or is the slightest bit sorry, for having turned the last election campaign into a sewer of bigotry and xenophobia...
So we can read that into the historical record, and make sure that crime is never forgotten, or forgiven.
I'd like to hear what he has to say about having crippled our economy with his oily obsessions...
And how he feels about having led his beloved Alberta to economic disaster.
And of course I would LOVE to hear how feels about having been defeated by Justin Trudeau...
After having tried so hard to destroy him.
But most of all I'd like to find out more about what he's really doing in Ottawa.
Because when I look at the kind of material Rona Ambrose's new/nouveau Cons are putting out...
Or the kind of stuff she's tweeting.
40,000 Canadians served in Afghanistan and 158 gave their lives. Why won’t the Liberals commit to their memorial? pic.twitter.com/OcLqZLiI0A— Rona Ambrose (@RonaAmbrose) March 17, 2016
It's all looks so familiar, and it's like Harper never left.
So as I've mentioned before, I still can't help wondering who is really pulling Ambrose's strings?
Or wonder whether the real reason Harper is sticking around is so he can influence the result of the leadership race of the party he has always considered HIS.
Because if he is still an active player, we have every right to demand an explanation and an apology for what he did to this country.
He may think he's finished with us, but we are not finished with him.
The Cons will not get away with rewriting history.
Great Waldo Leader may think that Canadians will forget what he did if he pulls a disappearing act.
But we won't.
And we'll make sure that history's verdict is a harsh one...
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