Thursday, April 10, 2014
Could Stephen Harper Soon Be Toast?
It's all going horribly wrong. His foul voter suppression bill is only making even more Canadians want to vote to throw him out of office.
He has more scandals than he can count. His Cons are fighting themselves or urging people to vote for another party.
Pro-life Conservative MP Kyle Seeback told attendees at Campaign Life Coalition’s national pro-life conference on the weekend that when he was first elected three years ago, he would have told people to “vote Conservative” to make a pro-life difference in the country.
“I don’t agree with that anymore. You have to find the right person to vote for, regardless of the party affiliation on this issue,” he said.
So I'm not surprised that some are asking is Harper toast?
Last spring, I wrote a column saying that the post-Harper era had unofficially begun. What I meant was that every political step, inside and outside of the Conservative party, would now be taken in view of the fact that Harper’s time as prime minister was limited, even if we didn’t know exactly how limited. I got what seemed to me a surprising amount of pushback from Conservatives.
I don’t think anyone would even try to dispute the point today. In the last year we have seen the spectacle of squabbling cabinet ministers, restive MPs and newly assertive constituency associations.
And although I think Paul Adams is far too gentle on Great Leader, and that he really needs to leave the Ottawa bubble to understand how much Canadians hate him....
He's right about this....
This really is all about Harper’s weakness. Problem begets problem in a cascade.
It really suggests the problems of the Harper government are deep, cultural and implacable. It suggests the government has lost its feel. The Fair Elections Act festers here at home while Harper occupies himself with Ukraine and Israel, which will scarcely help him now.
When you think of it, Harper has only a few months — perhaps till the end of the summer — if he is going to step down and give his successor a decent run at the next election, scheduled for October of next year. He must be giving that some consideration at least.
And when you consider that the robocall trial will begin in June, which could really ruin his summer.
If old Brucie's new book doesn't come back to haunt him first.
Bruce Carson, a former senior adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to publish a “rare, behind-the-scenes account” of his time near the centre of political power at about the same time his trial on a charge of influence peddling wraps up.
Because that could be REALLY embarrassing eh?
The events in the book will be “presented from a point of view of an outspoken witness and an active participant,” according to the description. The book claims that Carson will “candidly” share information on the Harper government’s handling of the Afghan detainee scandal, the Cadman affair and the inquiry into Karlheinz Schreiber’s dealings with former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
Especially this chapter:
The Cadman affair involved the late Independent MP Chuck Cadman who allegedly declined an offer from the Conservatives to vote against the minority Martin Liberal government in exchange for a $1 million insurance policy. Harper has denied Cadman, who was dying, was offered any insurance policy.
And this other new book by Tom Strangelove Flanagan can only do him more damage.
“He can be suspicious, secretive, and vindictive, prone to sudden eruptions of white-hot rage over meaningless trivia, at other times falling into week-long depressions in which he is incapable of making decisions,” Mr. Flanagan writes. “I feared, as I still do, that he might some day bring himself down Nixon-style by pushing too hard against the network of rules constraining authority in a constitutional government.”
By making even more people question his sanity.
And then of course there's that other sordid scandal...
Which could see him have to testify in court.
And when you add it all up, I really wouldn't be surprised if Harper decides to leave sooner than even I had hoped.
But of course that depends a lot on us.
For if he has only a few months to decide whether he will continue as leader, we should do all we can to help him make up his mind...
And show him how much we love him, and want him to stay.
Yup. Let's make this summer one to remember eh?
Tell the mad king his evil reign is over.
And he's good to GO...
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