Cornwall ON – Don’t you hate gloaters? I know I’m not terribly fond of them. As I read a lot of news. It’s part of the territory; part of the job; part of what I have to do no matter how filtered, jaded, cryptic, and many times innacurate it is.
Our Prime Minister Stephen Harper finally has his majority government. You’d think he’d be happy. You’d think that now that the people of Canada have made the choice, which I have a hunch many will regret, he’d simply take that tribute and do what’s right to make sure Canada is as great as it should be and not just be a sellout to Corporate and US interests.
But like the little pudgy boy with the chocolate on his face and someone else’s toys in his wagon he can’t help himself. He can’t be gracious in victory. He hasn’t learned the value of ” One Word Less” as he sputtered out some quotes which I’ll post in a moment.
Now I give Mr. Harper and his team full marks in the last election. It was a play book that would make Jean Chretien proud and I have to respect that to a degree. A scant 7,000+ votes were the difference between a majority or a minority run like a majority.
All the Brigitte DePape’s in the world won’t change that. And of course the puffering voices of complaint challenging the neutered opposition to behave with decorum from a party that never really could spell decorum is kind of laughable as well.
This weekend our esteemed Prime Minister was in Calgary where he stated the following:
Quebec’s honeymoon with the NDP will pass. As many provinces know well, no honeymoon passes as quickly and as completely as one with the NDP
Ow. That’s not cool when it was the NDP that helped get you your majority, and Canadians should not mistake that. Nobody, I’m sure even Jack Layton, who I like, I bet thought they’d get as many seats as they did? The media planting seeds and stories at I’m sure some of the Conservative spin doctors behest (remember the media, the ones that Mr. Harper says don’t like him?) played a role in the spin of the Orange Crush. Not taking anything away from Thomas Mulcair and the NDP, but at some point I think Mr. Harper’s team realized that for them Quebec was a wasted effort, but that the NDP could and did swing Quebecers to a Federalist party with Separation dwindling as a true option in Quebec.
I believe the long Liberal era is genuinely, truly ending. As with disco balls and bell bottoms, Canadians have moved on
For a man that wears sweater vests and looks to have his hair cut by Floyd the Barber from the old Andy Griffith show I have a hunch that this quote will one day come back to bite our Prime Minister in the buttocks; like a distant sting in the night that will make Jean Chretien smile.
In the meanwhile we have 3 years and too many days to go before we all get to see which Private members bills come up and how many pointless filibusters make the news.
In the meanwhile we can read on the internet as the hijinks continue; unless the CRTC capitulates to the big ISP’s and broadcasters and makes it even more expensive and difficult to gain access to information, news, and opinion.
Jamie Gilcig – Editor – The Cornwall Free News
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