“At worst, he personally ordered it done and chose the people who executed the plan. At the very least, he fostered an attitude within the party … and completely and utterly failed to exercise any oversight, supervision or leadership. In the end, it doesn’t really matter where [his] actions or lack of them fall on that scale. He is the leader and a leader is responsible for the actions of the people he leads. If he had a right or honourable bone in his body, he’d admit that and resign immediately.”
Stephen Harper in 2005, referring to Paul Martin and the Gomery Inquiry.
…or original thinkers…
Have a look at this provincial NDP ad from 2011.
And if copying a concept isn’t enough, how about lifting lines?…
But seriously folks, when your central ad campaign is a rip off of your arch enemy’s little sibling, things must be pretty desperate in the ol’ war room.
Of course, we could point out how this is just another brick in the ‘they’re all the same’ monument, but we’re above that sort of thing.
(Have a look at this HuffPo article for a more detailed comparison.)
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.
(Click on YouTube icons to see entire interview.)
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!!)