As I'm sure you know, Stephen Harper has been under a lot of stress recently.
The economy is tanking, he blew the surplus before he had one, only the dumb and the crazy believe that he is still a Great Economist Leader.
And that's driving him CRAAAAAAZY.
So when the time came for him to return to Parliament yesterday, his faithful fanatics in the PMO prepared this little Twitter video to cheer him up.
Pleased to be back on the hill for the new Parliamentary session. #cdnpoli #QP @TwitterCanada
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) January 27, 2015
But sadly for him, and them, his day couldn't have been more DISASTROUS.
For first there was his former Parliamentary Secretary Dean Del Mastro holding court outside his sentencing hearing...
Making him look bad, and making a mockery out of his Great War on Crime.
Then just when he was recovering from that blow, and no doubt claiming that he hardly knew the Deaner, along came the Parliamentary Budget Officer with some good and bad news.
Parliament's budget watchdog projects the federal government could see its $3-billion contingency fund dissipate and run a $400-million deficit in 2015-16 if oil prices stay at an average of $48 a barrel. But Jean-Denis Frechette says, with some minor adjustments, the government would still be in a position to balance the books in its upcoming budget.
He can still balance the budget, but only if he rips off the rainy day fund. Which can only make him and his Cons look like criminally irresponsible buffoons who are making it up as they go along.
And are now totally desperate and capable of ANYTHING.
Or in the case of Oily Joe Oliver totally confused...
But still the bad news kept coming. For next came a report exposing the Con income-splitting plan as nothing but a sham.
Families with income more than $233,000 a year stand to gain most under the Conservative government’s controversial income-splitting tax break, a new study of the costly program has found.
A juicy present for the rich, but for the others nothing but a coin toss.
While two-thirds of the richest families will get at least $1,000 by splitting spousal income, with the lower-income spouse being assigned up to $50,000 of the other spouse’s higher income for income tax purposes, that chance that a middle class family will receive a benefit of even $1 is “as good as a coin toss,” says a 40-page report on the analysis.
If you can find a loony to toss, because it's also heading south...
None of which is going to please those who believed his porky ads...
And is sure to make even less of them believe in the myth of the Great Economist Leader.
But it was when he tried to pose as a Great Warrior Leader, that he hit the lowest part of his day. Or plunged the furthest.
For when he was asked to explain why Canadian troops in Iraq have been ordered to do what even the Americans are NOT doing.
U.S. soldiers are not allowed to direct airstrikes on ISIS positions in Iraq, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, a practice that their Canadian military allies have been engaged in despite it being seen by some as a combat manoeuvre.
Or why he lied to Parliament about what is obviously a combat mission.
He did reply like this...
By posing as a tough guy, which only made him look ridiculous...
As well as desperate and possibly DANGEROUS.
Because one really has to wonder whether by ordering our soldiers to engage the enemy, and shooting off his mouth, he is trying to provoke a terrorist attack on Canada. So he can win a truly bloody majority.
Because that would be CRAZY.
And of course this must have been the final blow.
Just six weeks after the controversial Burger King takeover, Tim Hortons started handing out pink slips at its longtime corporate headquarters in Oakville and at regional offices across Canada.
Because it's his favourite coffee shop. It joins so many other victims of his economic policies.
New Democrat MP Peggy Nash, the party’s industry critic, said: “Our hearts go out to the employees at Tim Hortons, who now join the workers at Target, Zellers, Bombardier, Mexx, Jacobs, Bowring, Smartset and Sony in being let down by this government (to protect jobs).”
And what will he do after we fire him?
Because he is no Great Economist Leader.
He is crazy and dangerous.
And we can't fire him soon enough...
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