How times have changed. Opposition Leader Stevie about Paul Martin not knowing about what members of his party were doing.
Good to know the current Prime Minister is someone believes a leader is answerable for what goes on in his party, and that simple direct questions deserve simple direct answers.
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An election which will cost the taxpayers an extra 100 million dollars (despite Harper launching his campaign with “…it’s important that these campaigns be funded by the parties themselves rather than taxpayers.”), but more importantly -to Steve- will allow the Conservatives to spend more from their larger bank account and try to drown out the opposition with money. No reason to put yourself in a fair fight, right?
(One of his reasons for promoting fixed election dates a few years back (before he ignored it in 2011)?, was to “…stop leaders from trying to manipulate the calendar simply for partisan political advantage.” But hey, memories are only as long as convenient when you’re a politician.)
78 days so Canadians can have “…the time to consider the alternatives before them, because this is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect us all.” And while Canadians consider, our strong, decisive leader will be running from most debates, only taking 5 questions per appearance with no follow-ups so he can ignore whatever questions he doesn’t like while shills shout down reporters who dare ask impertinent questions, and trying to frighten voters into supporting his party with the threat of “real consequences” (cue the “…violent global jihadist movement…” stage right) if he doesn’t get to keep his job.
Have you ever seen the 1997 film “Wag The Dog” – where the incumbent uses the spectre of a foreign threat to ensure his re-election? A hilarious classic and a lesson in politics that should be part of every journalist’s education. And where Harper is saying, “It is time to stay the course and stick to our plan,” Wag The Dog’s hopeful had…
As for his statement that “…everybody should operate under the law and the rules for campaigns,” we can only say, “Seriously?!“
As we’ve said all along – it’s not about apathy, it’s about bitter experience. And not terribly surprising that the political environment that gave rise to the Undecided Party also exists across the pond (and, no doubt, around the globe).
When the Best Choice is No Choice, eh what?
…and delaying the return of Parliament for an extra month to ‘prepare’ for a Throne Speech that essentially said nothing, what is Glorious Leader’s strategy for finally facing a determined opposition’s probing interrogation during the first Question Period?
(Unless, of course the entire EU trade agreement would have collapsed if he had suggested that this purely symbolic announcement of a deal that won’t be ratified for years -if ever- might be pushed back by a day or so. Sure, that must be it. DAMN those Europeans for insisting that it be the 18th or not at all!!)
Corrupt, rule-breaking, self-serving senators?
PMO coverups (including the corrupt, rule-breaking, self-serving senators)?
Candidates ignoring election spending limits?
Multiple police investigations?
Well the Conservative government wants you to forget all that – PLEASE!
Let them entertain you as…
Look at the dazzling cell phone reform!
Gasp at pick-your-own TV channels!
Applaud the ability to move booze between provinces!
Forget those nasty corruption thingys – you know WE want to.
Because let’s face it, politics is all about misdirection.