You don’t need to read tea leaves or hire an expensive political think tank to read how much Stephen Harper is salivating for his majority government, and Spring is his time.
The rosy red buzz of the Olympics; the fumes of spending from the stimulus; funds that have been delayed strategically; and hopefully an economy that isn’t sliding into the toilet as the US stimulus impact dissipates.
These are the conditions our Minority Prime Minister is hoping for. Mix in a struggling Michael Ignatieff, a stranglehold on much of the media, and Jack Layton and the NDP gunning to be official opposition thus splitting the center/left vote could be a recipe for a Conservative Stephen Harper majority government.
Proroguing also hides the Afghanistan torture mess as much as possible also. So two questions, probably more, are Canadians that forgetful? Do they care that much about the Olympics? While the press has been chipping away at Mr. Ignatieff he himself has been quiet. Methinks he hasn’t been catching up on romance novels and gazing at the deer hopping through the snow covered fields.
This Spring should be showtime. I can’t see this minority government dragging on much longer. In the Art of War it’s said that when you are the weaker foe choose the time and place of battle. That’s going to be the question come March.
What do you think Cornwall?