Friday, October 02, 2015
Stephen Harper and the Bigot Fires in Quebec
I warned long ago that if Stephen Harper was desperate enough he wouldn't hesitate to set this country on fire.
I knew that when the niqab court decision dropped into his lucky lap, Harper and his Australian hitman Lynton Crosby would use it as a massive wedge issue to try to poison this campaign,
And that's exactly what has happened. It has become the niqab election, or the citizenship election.
Emotion has replaced reason. The fires of hatred are burning bright, and nowhere more than in Quebec.
Quebec’s National Assembly made a unanimous call for calm in the midst of the federal election campaign as the province is again roiled by Islamophobia and at least one violent act targeting a Muslim.
Social media is a cesspool, people are getting attacked.
On Tuesday, Le Journal de Montréal reported that Oumessad Khoufache, 31, was walking to pick up her child at school when two boys on bicycles approached her, grabbed her hijab and knocked her to the ground. She’s four months pregnant. Her husband, Abdelhafid Ben Bellil, said his wife can’t stop crying and is afraid to go outside.
Which is to be expected when you run ads like this one...
And tonight the last debate of the campaign will take place in French, on the big Peladeau network TVA much favoured by the tabloid mob. So that will probably inflame the situation further.
For Tom Mulcair it will probably be the last chance to win over all those French-speaking voters who have abandoned him.
For Justin Trudeau it will be a chance to convince more of them to support him.
And there is no doubt what Stephen Harper will try to do judging by his latest posters...
Pose obscenely as the great defender of women and children.
While going after Mulcair in this latest Con attack ad in a bestial manner...
(This ad was removed earlier today but I luckily I had a screen cap so you can see how grotesque it looked.)
"Don't let yourself be had" it screamed. "The NDP is against open face citizenship ceremonies !!!!"
A reporter asks whether Mulcair is in favour of forcing women to remove their niqabs, he replies "no more than I would be of a law that would remove your press freedoms."
Before the ad ends with the stirring slogan "Only one party defends our values."
Which of course couldn't be more of a bad joke, but does tell you what kind of campaign we can expect from the Cons in the last two weeks.
And the good news? Both Mulcair and Justin Trudeau, who is also vulnerable on the same issue, now have the National Assembly's appeal for calm to use in their defence at tonight's debate.
They can accuse Harper and Lynton Crosby of dangerously inflaming tensions...
They can accuse the Cons of using ugly wedge issues to cover-up their ghastly record of incompetence and corruption.
Accuse them of trying to distract Canadians.
The niqab is a distraction – a culture war fabricated to take voters’ minds off the real and complex issues in this election. Don’t fall for it. Wearing a veil is one thing – wearing a blindfold is another altogether.
And of playing games with people's lives...
And it just might just defuse that issue, and put Stephen Harper on the defensive.
But yes, as I said on Twitter yesterday...
Now is the time to fight back.
For a leader who would play those games, is playing with fire.
He is crazy and dangerous.
He's lost his moral compass.
And he can't be removed from office soon enough...
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