Friday, October 18, 2013
Stephen Harper and the Great Throne Speech Scam
Well as you know Stephen Harper deposited his Throne Speech yesterday with much fanfare and farting, and then ran off to Belgium. So he wouldn't have to answer any questions.
Which was just as well eh?
Because the reviews came in today, and they were really STINKY.
Bruce Anderson called it a Throne Drone. Chantale Hebert called it half baked. Greg Weston called it a compendium of platitudes and warmed up promises that didn't even live up to its pre-release spin.
For instance, in a weekend interview with CBC News and other media outlets, Industry Minister James Moore promised the throne speech would be “consumer friendly,” including measures to crack down on airlines that overbook flights and just bump passengers with valid tickets.
The proposal understandably garnered big headlines on the weekend and no doubt hit a happy note with air travellers, but the actual throne speech mentioned not a word of it.
But I think they all could have saved themselves a lot of words, and just called it The Great Throne Speech Scam...or CHAFF.
The kind of stuff planes fire off to deflect missiles...
Or Great Ugly Leader fires off to deflect attention from this sordid scandal.
New Democrats want a parliamentary committee to determine whether Prime Minister Stephen Harper deliberately misled the House of Commons over the Senate expenses scandal or was deceived by his own staff.
NDP ethics critic Charlie Angus has asked Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer to make a preliminary finding that Harper was in contempt of Parliament last spring when he repeatedly insisted no one in his office knew his chief of staff had bailed out Sen. Mike Duffy – an assurance since contradicted by the RCMP.
Or for that matter, the kind of meaningless bullshit the Con Senate fired off today to make itself look accountable.
The Senate is moving to suspend senators Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin from the red chamber without pay, CBC has learned. At the same time, Duffy has sent a letter to the Speaker of the Senate, Noel Kinsella, requesting a medical leave of absence because of a heart condition.
Because who cares what the Senate says or what Duffy does? When the burning question is what did Stephen Harper KNOW?
But unfortunately at the end of the day, the second Senate story got more play than the first one.
Which makes me wish that the opposition had asked Pierre Poilievre, who was filling in for Harper today, this question:
Since James Moore made such a big deal out of an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights, and got so much publicity, do you still think it's a REALLY bad idea?
And is THAT why it didn't make it into the Throne Speech?
Because I'm sure there are a lot of Canadians out there who still think the Cons are planning to protect them from the big bad airlines, and any time you can expose the Harperites as Con artists.
Or make it look like you can't trust ANYTHING they say.
Can only help make this story the hit of the season...
Oh well. There will be other opportunities to put Poilievre on the spot.
And Stephen Harper can run but he can't hide.
Even Breaking Bad got off to a slow start eh?
And this Con crime story can only get BETTER....
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