Sunday, October 18, 2015
How Our Canadian Values Brought Down Stephen Harper
In my last post I told you how happy I was to see a desperate Stephen Harper going down holding Rob Ford's sweaty paw.
Because it couldn't be a grubbier end to their sordid story. They do deserve each other, and no Canadians have ever shamed this country in the eyes of the world as much they have.
But what makes me even happier, makes my long struggle feel worth it, are the forces that finally brought down the the monstrous dictator.
For it wasn't the economy, as important as that may be. Or even the way he has led us to the edge of economic disaster...
And it certainly wasn't the Great War on Terror...
Even though it was a grotesque and cowardly farce.
It was the power of our values.
More voters combined think Monday’s election is about change and values than see it as mainly about the economy, according to a new Abacus Data poll conducted for Maclean’s, and that sense of what was really at stake in the campaign spells trouble for Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.
The ones that led Stephen Harper to make a fatal error, and give Justin Trudeau the boost he needed to defeat him.
“What’s actually happened is the Conservatives thought they had a wedge issue they could win on that has probably backfired and caused their defeat,” Coletto said. “It weakened the New Democrats in Quebec, made it clear to voters outside Quebec that the NDP can’t win, and that accelerated a consolidation of change voters around the Liberals.”
The precious Canadian values that try as he might, he could not destroy, or mutilate beyond recognition.
As hard as Harper tried, this country hasn’t really come around to his way of thinking — something the ‘experts’ had been telling us for years was bound to happen. The core Conservative base remains somewhere around one-third of the population, having hit a high-water mark of 39.6 per cent for the Tories in the 2011 election. More than 60 per cent of Canadians have always rejected Harper’s vision for the country.
“The values and attitudes of ordinary Canadians have not shifted notably,” said pollster Michael Adams, who has done extensive work on social and political views in Canada and the U.S. On foreign policy, Canadians still value the Pearsonian concept of peacekeeping as much as they honour the military legacy of Vimy Ridge. At home, Canadians don’t want to see their federal government dismantled and they still favour carbon taxes to fight climate change.
The values that are now bringing him down, along with the power of change that in the end he could not resist.
No matter how hard he tried...
And as I said before, it couldn't be a more fitting ending, with the depraved dictator and his filthy Con regime stumbling off the stage rotting from the head down.
There is still a lot of work to be done to get out the vote. And we need to be vigilant because he is grubby, he is desperate...
And he will try to steal the election.
But as we head for our date with destiny, now just a day away, this we do know.
He could not resist the forces of change.
He could not kill our values.
And tomorrow we will smash his Cons.
And take this country back...
How long has been the struggle.
How sweet will be our victory...
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