Eventually, these cumulative inconsistencies have to register with voters.
The Prime Minister’s approach suggests a siege mentality on the part of a tired, unpopular government.
Trudeau is moving, belatedly, to fill the policy vacuum. It would be reckless to count him out.
This government has run out of steam, ideas, talent and—worst of all, for a Prime Minister so fuelled by anger—out of new enemies.
As evidence, consider the election ads produced by three major parties last week.
Everyone else is looking for a leader, and a party, with a grander vision than liquidating government and dividing the spoils among favoured stakeholders.
Few politicians have the insight, or the courage, to stare down the powerful and polluting ‘extractive’ industries. Supporting ‘green’ political candidates can’t hurt.
This Prime Minister, who markets himself as steady and responsible, appears to act, very often, from a combination of hot impulse and cool political calculation.
Harper winning the PR war, but support for Iraq war is uneasy and provisional.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper, rather than uniting Canadians, is fuelling Islamophobia—aimed, ironically and explicitly, at Muslim women, whom he claims to be protecting from the excesses of their religion.
This is a government that doesn’t need more tools, or encouragement, to crush its many, many enemies— or is it paranoid to say so? In fact, if anyone is wearing tinfoil hats, it is Harper and his friends in the RCMP.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off the new Parliamentary session, for instance, by insisting the NDP doesn’t want to stand up to jihadists, that the opposition ‘thinks it’s a terrible thing that some of these jihadists got killed when they fired on the Canadian military.’
If you add the number of Canadians who loathe Stephen Harper to those disappointed in, or exasperated by, the major opposition parties, you have a world of hurt.
The truth is complicated, solving problems takes years, most people live peaceful and productive lives. But The News isn’t in the business of reporting the truth, just the facts. Deep down, we know that. No wonder all but the hopelessly addicted tune out.
Canadians like ‘strong’ leadership in a troubled world, pollsters report. That means standing up to tyrants, autocrats, and bullies (except when on an important trade mission, of course.)
Anti-harassment measures, covering all public servants, do not apply on Parliament Hill. In 2014, our national legislature is bereft of policies and an independent body to handle complaints.
Ottawa is not an innocent city and never has been. What the attack did, in the immediate aftermath, was unleash an unprecedented display of warmth and solidarity among politicians, as remarkable as it will be fleeting. For a few astonishing hours, love really was stronger than anger.
The book is exceptionally timely, dealing as it does with spending scandals, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Supreme Court reference and the abrupt dwindling of the Red Chamber’s stature and seriousness.