Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Jen Gerson's Bizarre Attack on Canada's Civil Servants
The other day I wrote a post complaining about the way all the MSM reporters on a Power and Politics panel, had dumped on a group of civil servants for giving Justin Trudeau a warm welcome when he visited their building.
Accusing them of being "biased" and calling their behaviour "disgusting."
When in fact it was just a natural human reaction to meeting the glamorous young leader who had just liberated them from the foul bully Stephen Harper and his gang of Con thugs.
And those stuffy Con tools on that panel should really get a life.
But alas, now one of them, Jen Gerson of the National Post, has taken this assault on the civil service in a new and deranged direction.
Yes believe it or not, Gerson seems to think that Stephen Harper wasn't THAT bad, and that the election was really a power struggle between the "Ottawa establishment"and her beloved Albertonia.
You see, I don’t think this current venting of venom toward Stephen Harper is about ideology... I’m not even convinced that Harper’s personality or autocratic style accounts for it — although it wouldn’t have hurt the former prime minister to have figured out how to hold a baby in front of a camera without cringing.
No, the heart of the thing has always been about power. And, specifically, the shift of power from Canada’s traditional strongholds in urban Ontario and Quebec to the demographically emerging prairie and western provinces (although we’ll certainly see how long that trend holds with $40 per barrel oil).
And even suggests that those happy civil servants are part of that conspiracy, so Harper was right to distrust them....
This is why Friday’s episode in the halls of the Department of Foreign affairs was so telling and distasteful...Open partisanship is not only unprofessional, it undermines the bureaucracy’s credibility. It supports the notion that Conservative distrust of the establishment was reasonable.
(And, no, I do not buy the argument that this example can be explained away as a spontaneous rapture brought about by the vicious and dictatorial conditions imposed by Harper et al. on the beleaguered civil service. We are talking about professional adults, not abused puppies.)
And by so doing manages to mangle her facts, or turn them on their head.
Starting with the fact that Stephen Harper's foul regime was indeed THAT bad, the worst and most morally depraved government in Canadian history.
Secondly, if Harper distrusted civil servants it was because he hated government, and would have killed it if he could...
And thirdly, civil servants who were abused, and muzzled, or just plain terrorized, had every right to celebrate the downfall of the Harper regime. Along with millions of other Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
For that was what that election was all about. Not an assault on Alberta, but a defence of our Canadian values.
And we need Gerson's bitter politics of alienation, like we need her fellow Albertan Michelle Rempel's weird Star War fantasies...
But then of course, what all those Cons have in common is desperation.
They just can't believe that they've lost power.
Or that their Big Daddy has lost his throne AND his limo...
And Gerson's not alone. Even Ezra Levant is back on the air.
And no doubt preparing to scream out his twisted conspiracy theories...
And the good news?
I think I've found the perfect solution. Gerson should forget about Power and Politics and be a regular panelist on the Ezra Show.
Where among other things, she could do her version of the federalist dance...
Because that would be entertaining.
In the meantime, Power and Politics should either bring her under control, or give her the cowboy boot, if it wants to be considered a serious news show.
And as for the rest of us, we should just go on celebrating this happy sight...
For as long and as loudly as we like.
Just like I intend to do.
And all I can say to Gerson is this:
Jen, Jen, please get a life. The Ottawa establishment didn't being down Harper we all did.
But since I do love a warm Alberta Clipper, at this time of the year.
Please keep the hot air coming...
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