So it’s fall, then, at the earliest for a federal election now that no-Grit leader Stéphane Dion, whose own shadow can send him scurrying for cover, has waved the white flag on Afghanistan, the budget and the Tories’ back-to-the-Dark-Ages crime bill.
Welcome to Stephen Harper Valley. Have you been enjoying your GST cut? Please, take a seat on the soon to be reopened Toronto-to-Peterborough train. Close your eyes. Relax. Enjoy the ride.
Don’t worry about the blue-chip companies slashing jobs. The economy’s not about to go snap, crackle, pop. Trust us. Here, let us pour you a stiff one.
Riding the Stephen Harper express is sweet. But if you happen to live in Ontario or you’re just not invited on this right-wing joy ride, it’s one big FU from Harper’s crew.
“Let them eat shite,” says the little Napoleon masquerading as finance minister.
The gang that couldn’t shoot straight with the Canadian people is flirting with a majority. Now, there’s a good one. Revelations last week that Tory party officials allegedly offered dying independent MP Chuck Cadman six figures in return for his vote to topple the Libs back in 2005 have caused a ripple. But the public woke up to discover the Tories still standing in the polls.
Riding that never-ending economic wave – that looks like it’s finally about to come crashing – must have dulled the public’s good sense. That FTW mindset has set in. Pass the remote – it’s time to tune in, check out.
Don’t have HD on your flat-screen? Don’t worry. Who needs to see things any clearer when the sorry cardboard cutouts on Question Period, save for Layton maybe, are all dishing the same old, same old?
We’re in danger of forgetting who we are. Generous Canadians?
Our democratic deficit has hit an all-time low. Take a look at the record.
Cadman wasn’t the first MP the Tories allegedly tried to buy. Harper’s been named in a libel suit related to the paying of $50,000 to a former Tory candidate who says he was asked to step aside so Harp’s hand-picked guy could run in Ottawa.
Harper’s been rolling in the muck from the first day he stepped into office. But, hey, who’s keeping score?
On his first day in office, he posed on the front steps of Parliament Hill with RCMP head Giuliano Zaccardelli. The message back then was clear: his would be a government of law and order, squeaky clean.
But Zaccardelli ended up resigning in disgrace over the force’s pension fraud scandal. And what about the timing of that income trust “leak” during the election that catapulted the Tories to power? That came from the RCMP, too.
Yes, Harper promised to clean up government, then passed a loophole-filled Federal Accountability Act that leaves politicians beholden to corporations and big banks.
He promised accountability but stacked federal boards and agencies with more than 800 Tory friends and put a former defence industry lobbyist in charge of national defence.
He pledged his commitment to democracy but then put his unelected Quebec lieutenant in the Senate, where he wouldn’t have to face questions from the Opposition about the hundreds of millions in contracts he allegedly handed out to Tory friends as minister of public works.
Harper promised openness, but we can forget about a public inquiry in the money-for-favours Mulroney-Schreiber scandal that ensnared one of his closest confidants.
Promises, promises. The public doesn’t need to be reminded, because, by and large, the public doesn’t care.
Our politics have been so plagued by scandal that the public’s disgust has turned to a deep – and dangerous – cynicism.
“You don’t sell Coca-Cola by claiming that it contains fewer chemicals than Pepsi,” is how one pollster puts it.
Voter turnout is in free fall.
Choosing government has changed from “Who will do the best job?” to “Who will do the least damage?”
We’ve lost the connection. Confidence in our democratic institutions is at stake. Someone please plug us back in.