Saturday, October 24, 2015
Stephen Harper, the Old Mansion, and the Right-Wing Nightmare
He has haunted 24 Sussex Drive for almost ten years, until we ended his monstrous reign five days ago.
But Stephen Harper is still living or roosting there, and it seems that Justin Trudeau won't be moving in any time soon.
Because the crumbling old mansion Harper has called his home for so long, is dangerously dilapidated.
In the 2008 auditor general's report, the National Capital Commission said the home hadn't had major renovations in 50 years and needed $10 million of work.
The report found the windows, plumbing, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning at 24 Sussex Drive are all in poor to critical condition. The home also has no fire sprinklers and contains asbestos, which has been linked to disease, including lung cancer.
Or in roughly the same shape as he has left this country. And all because he refused to move out for about a year so that necessary renovations could be made.
As if it was his house, and the Canadian people weren't the real owners. And the state of the place didn't reflect badly on all of us.
But what's even more disturbing is the reason Harper refused to move out. For as Paul Wells explains, it had nothing to do with the dilapidated state of the building.
And everything to do with the paranoid state of Stephen Harper's diseased mind.
When the good folks at the National Capital Commission delivered the briefing books on renovation plans, he would take one look (Step 1: The PM and family decamp to the UK High Commissioner’s residence or Stornaway or some other temporary digs), clouds would darken his countenance, and the plan would die right there. That’s just what they want: us out of here, he’d say. This town still doesn’t think we belong here. I don’t care if the goddamned roof caves in, we’re not moving.
Which not only tells you a lot about the kind of demons that inhabit Harper's head.
It also explains why all through his brutish reign he has appeared to be at war with the country itself.
Even though the building does need to be fixed up, as Rick Mercer discovered when he visited it while Paul Martin was still living there...
But despite the obvious need for repairs, I am struck by the reaction on the internet to today's story from some powerful right-wingers in this country.
Like Ian Brodie...
Who was Harper's first Chief of Staff, and the one who helped mold the twisted paranoid nature of the Con regime.
And the man who within days of coming to power ordered that the words "women's rights" be erased from tens of thousands of government documents.
Which tells me that the extreme right wing in this country is preparing to wage war on Justin Trudeau.
And that Stephen Harper, in or out of office, remains a clear and present danger...
Especially since we cannot be sure, without a full investigation, that some in the police and the military are not still working for him.
For there are dark forces moving around out there, and I do believe they are capable of anything.
And the good news? We did defeat the dictator, so we are a little safer than we were last week.
The house that belongs to all Canadians will finally get the renovations it so badly needs.
And hopefully Stephen Harper will get to live, if not in a well deserved prison cell.
In a house where he truly belongs...
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