If it wasn't for the fact that it's almost May, and Spring still feels like Autumn, I might have trouble believing I'm still living in Canada, or Harperland.
For when I check out the news these days I can't believe what I'm reading.
First there was Pierre Poilievre watering down his toxic Unfair Elections Act after vowing not to change a word.
And today there was Jason Kenney posing as a champion of Canadian workers.
Which had me wondering whether he's losing his mind.
Or I am...
A suspension of the federal government's temporary foreign workers program for the restaurant industry sends a clear message to employers that they must "redouble" their efforts to hire Canadians first, according to Employment Minister Jason Kenney.
Kenney said that unemployment rates for youth, aboriginal Canadians and new immigrants are "too high," and suggested that this might be addressed if employers raised their wage rates.
For wasn't he the one who created the massive problem, so the Harper gang could drive down wages, bust unions, and turn us all into slaves?
And since when did the Cons care about young and aboriginal Canadians? Help me
But luckily there is a rational explanation. The Cons it seems are clearing the decks, or taking out the trash.
It has the hallmarks of a massive write-down; as when a public company facing headwinds “takes its medicine” by writing off the value of wasting or non-performing assets – sometimes causing the stock in question, paradoxically, to rise, due to the sudden removal of the overhang.
Could this be what the federal Conservatives had in mind last week, as they sustained one crushing blow after another on key policy files, tossing losers overboard like so much ballast?
Thanks to the RCMP, Elections Canada, and the Supreme Court, the Harperites have been handed a chance to put lipstick on their pig of a government.
All of which leaves us with this; a Conservative government miraculously, albeit painfully, shorn of its most troublesome files, and free to talk about the economy, which is all it really wants to talk about anyway, and how it intends to “give back” the growing budgetary surplus, which amounted to $5.1 billion in February.
And Stephen Harper is seizing the opportunity to give his government a makeover.
And try to make himself look
And not just by smearing more lipstick and mascara over his cold, dead, features.
Or making small changes to make his government look more moderate.
But also by cleaning up his twitter feed.
And removing ads like this one...
Which have been running for months, and are clearly designed to attack the courts, and appeal to the beast within us.
But then of course he really had no choice, since if you remember, that was also a SCAM.
Indeed, the clip, as it turns out, is stock video, purchased from Uberstock, a video company in Oregon City, Oregon, and appears to be 100-per-cent free of Canadian content.
Apparently, the folks at Uberstock didn’t intend to suggest Sad Video Mom had been victimized criminally. The clip is titled, “Mom worries about money problems” and usage rights start at an amazingly frugal $42.
As Canadian as a three dollar bill, or as fraudulent as the sight of Jason Kenney pretending to clean-up the problem he created.
Or Stephen Harper pretending to be a REAL economist...
Or a nice guy.
And this latest scam to put lipstick on the Con regime almost certainly won't work either:
it would all be tenable, quite plausible indeed, were it not for this; how many times can a government lose face, and faith, before it has exhausted its store of second chances?
Given the track record – the in-and-out affair, the self-serving prorogations, the omnibus bills, the F-35 affair, the serial attacks on officers of parliament, the Nadon dodge, C-23, and now the utter ruin of a decade’s worth of promises of Senate reform – few fair-minded observers will believe that what comes next is anything but a way station, before the next self-inflicted crisis.
It is is a problem, in other words, not of strategy, but of fundamental trust in the character and integrity of leadership; an asset that cannot be written off and that, once wasted, tends to remain that way.
It's too late for that, the damage has been done. The Con regime is too tired and too corrupted for a makeover. Its Great Leader too depraved and too detested to survive.
If the scandals still to come don't finish them off, we will.
And when the next election arrives, we'll be the ones taking out the TRASH...
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