Mr. Ignatieff, rural Canada -- as you may already suspect -- currently belongs to Stephen Harper. There's a reason for that: He's one of us.
When it comes to bridging the gap between urban and rural Canada, you're out of your depth. When I moved to a Saskatchewan farm town from Calgary in 2004, I was in the same predicament. I knew nothing of rural life and, boy, did I step in cow manure on a regular basis. I've been shunned, redeemed, shouted at and welcomed with equal measure.to her. As a born and bred westerner whose family has owned farms and cattle and has spent plenty of time in rural settings, I am not surprised at her reception. People in farming communities may have different educational backgrounds and concerns than urban Canadians but that doesn't mean they despise education or are unsophisticated. I have talked to several farmers who have travelled in Europe, would be delighted to see their kids get into Harvard and are extremely well read and intelligent. Some one is guilty of
pandering from your lofty perchbut I don't think it is Ignatieff. Rural Canadians are people with hopes and dreams not characters from Hee-Haw. The fact someone with her attitude was welcomed at all points to the generous spirit of "rural" people rather than an animus towards education, sophistication and intellect.
Mr. Harper is working on a hockey book....we value accountability...We also value thrift and pragmatism
The head Grit desperately needs a language coach and some podium confidence. Learn to annunciate.
The man is bland. He lacks personality and is forgettable
Dion has proven a weak and threadbare opponent to the more savvy and in-control Harper government.
Watching the awkward Dion tromp self-propelled in the woods like a lost winter camper does not endear him to redneck Western piston-heads who prefer camo-painted, gas-guzzling sleds and quads to snowshoes.
Dion can't even cajole the Bloc Québécois and NDP into a temporary coalition to oppose Harper,brought forth a smile.
I know what Stephen Harper stands for: Arctic sovereignty, NHL hockey, Bing Crosby fireside sweaters, the $10 haircuts and the party-is-over for the Adrienne Clarkson-hugging, artsy demographic.