Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Is Stephen Harper Getting Ready to Resign?
As I watched Stephen Harper being grilled by Tom Mulcair today I couldn't help being struck by how beaten he looked.
How the fight seems to have gone out of him. At one point after slumping into his seat, he even let Paul Calandra the Con buffoon answer a question from Mulcair, something he never does.
Only to be forced back to his feet by Mulcair with this question:
And you can see what I mean eh? He's there but he isn't.
And it all made me ask myself the same question John Ivison asks today: Is Stephen Harper getting ready to RESIGN?
As Conservatives gathered to mark the start of the Christmas party season, it was curious how few were talking about the Senate. That’s yesterday’s news. All the chatter was about the Prime Minister: Will he or won’t he? Step down, that is.
One person said that Stephen Harper’s first ever trip to Israel was originally scheduled for March and was brought forward. Big decisions are being put off, the Conservative said, and there is open speculation that Mr. Harper will return from the Middle East in triumph and announce he plans to resign as Prime Minister before Parliament returns for the spring session.
Because surely he must know that if he is going to bow out now is the time. Surely he he must know that it's only to going to get worse.
The RCMP are investigating his former chief of staff and his star senate appointee. And who knows how many others in his inner circle? His former parliamentary secretary is in trouble.
The trial into allegations that MP Dean Del Mastro broke campaign spending laws is expected to take place in late June.
So is his chief bagman.
Conservative Sen. Irving Gerstein has thwarted a Liberal move to remove him as chairman of a powerful Senate committee until he explains his role in the upper chamber's expenses scandal.
The police are reading his lawyer's e-mails which could reveal he knew more than he has claimed. And will soon be reading the e-mails of Carolyn Stewart Olsen, his longtime confidant.
The spectre of Pamela Wallin is hovering over him like a predator drone.
Or haunting his dreams...
Waiting for her moment to make him pay for what he did to her, if Ol' Duff doesn't get him first.
And surely he must know that Canadians are tired of him...
People who know Mr. Harper say he has no desire to return to minority government, or worse, lose to a Trudeau. Yet the odds look extremely long on being returned as leader of another majority. This government has made the mistake of growing old — an aging process that has been hastened by it deserting many of its ideals.
Mr. Harper may conclude that people have simply grown fed up of seeing him around and it is in the interests of the party, and the broader Conservative movement, for him to retire.
And then there is Israel, the land he has adopted as his spiritual homeland away from home, just like he adopted Alberta as his Canadian homeland. Even though he couldn't be more Toronto, or more Etobicoke, the boring suburb Rob Ford rules over.
What better place for a final hurrah? In the only country that still loves him, with Bibi his boyfriend at his side.
Why else would he be trying to polish up his legacy by announcing in the next day or so that he is claiming the North Pole for Canada?
Or at least for Big Business.
Stephen Harper has ordered government bureaucrats back to the drawing board to craft a more expansive international claim for seabed riches in the Arctic after the proposed submission they showed him failed to include the geographic North Pole, The Globe and Mail has learned.
So he can pose as Great Arctic Leader again and return to his first slogan. The one he loved so much he had it engraved on his plane: The True North Strong and Free (and at war with the Russians)
And by next spring just as he's getting ready to depart, Jim Flaherty should be able to declare that the deficit dragon has been slain. Why do you think the Cons are slashing jobs and services like MANIACS?
So the stage would be set for him to declare victory, and get out of town in a hurry before he is embarrassed further. Or the police arrive.
Of course, I'll believe it when I see it. Because Harper may be a broken man...
But he is also infused with the power of madness, and he is desperate and bitter. So he is capable of ANYTHING.
And he is still dangerous. Still capable of taking the country down with him.
But I have to agree with John Ivison.
It seems to me that the departure of Stephen Harper, quite inconceivable not so long ago, is now eminently conceivable. And the answer to the “who’s next” question is: “Whoever Jason Kenney wants it to be.”
The Day of Deliverance has never seemed so near.
After eight long nightmare years I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
And I can't even imagine how great it's going to feel to hear him say he's quitting.
But I made this video last summer just for that happy moment eh?
So I do know how it will sound...
From coast, to coast, to coast, all over The Great White North.
And I do know what I'm going to say eh?
Glory, Glory, Hallelujah !!!!!!
The monster has departed.
And Canada is free again...
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