Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Stephen Harper and Our Majority Weapon
As I watched Stephen Harper confidently swatting away the opposition's questions today, two things hit me like a two by four in the face.
One, Stephen Harper really is behaving like a Liberal...and getting away with it.
The problem confounding the Liberals now is a nemesis who defies definition -- a prime minister standing for everything he opposed, yet facing no policy pressure from the right as he lays claim to a great swath of the mushy ideological middle.
While voters saw right through Harper's blue sweater vest as basic sheep's clothing disguising a political wolf, the new act has sold well enough to generate a faint Harper-mania.
And two, although he is in majority territory, nobody is demanding to know what he would do if he ever got one.
Which is unfortunate, because a Harper majority may be our biggest threat, but that threat is also our most powerful weapon.
Bob Rae came tantalizingly close the other day.
Madam Speaker, a long time ago, in fact, as members opposite will know, a great many years ago, when I was a small boy, I read the book Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a story by Robert Louis Stevenson. Members will recall that the point of that story was that by simply drinking a glass of a particular potion, what seemed like a perfectly responsible and reputable person would suddenly become some kind of a monster.
But he didn't take it to its logical extension. For example, how could we ever trust a man like that with something like medicare? When he tried to destroy it for fifteen years. And if he gets a majority, and doesn't have to pretend to be a Liberal, he could strangle it like a chicken.
The opposition seems to be stuck in the present and the past, when they should be playing to doubts about Harper's character...or mental stability. And asking what will he do in the FUTURE. When the mask comes off?
Which is why I like the simple question in this editorial.
Which is the real Stephen Harper?
And of course why I made this video....
Heh heh heh....not just true but PLAUSIBLE.
To help remind people that whatever mask he is wearing today Stephen Harper is NOT a nice guy eh? And that a Con majority could be the worst thing that ever happened to Canada.
Which is why the opposition should include the word majority in just about every question. Because if you plant enough seeds of doubt in the population, people will start asking themselves can we REALLY trust Stephen Harper?
Cheer up brothers and sisters. From every bad thing comes a good one. If we play our cards right.
We'll soon have them where we want them...