Friday, March 6, 2009

Harper's getting his mojo back, baby. Yeah!

It's getting so a blogger can barely finish a post on why Harper should be brought down and click on Publish Post  before you find supporting reasons to take him down.

When you have a bully down, keep him down.  Giving him the breathing room to think he can bully again makes him feel comfortable escalating.

"There is no excuse for an opposition that has been saying 'we need to deliver money more quickly' to now say 'we need to delay that money' or say things like 'we need to have parliamentary sign-off on every individual project,'" Harper said.

"Rather than trying to throw up roadblocks, they need to get out of the way and let that money flow," he said.

More confrontational language from Harper on an issue formulated to be inflammatory.

And the Liberal response to bullying:

Liberal House Leader Ralph Goodale said Friday his party is not seeking a confrontation with the Conservatives over the fund. Harper had previously said that the fund is a matter of confidence, and a vote against it by opposition parties would force an election.

The Liberals plan to table a motion Monday calling on the government to detail how the money is to be spent.

But Goodale said they won't debate the motion or force a vote on it until late March, giving Liberals and Conservatives several more weeks to reach a compromise.

BTW, can anyone make sense of this sentence from the report?

Harper avoided specifics with regard to what the fund would be used for, pointing to Friday's announcement as an example of how his Conservatives are "speeding up funding through building Canada."

And while this distraction is ongoing:

researchers vexed; Critics decry politicization of information

Health Canada is telling contractors who handle the release of departmental documents that they must consult with Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq's office to ensure that "sensitive records are treated appropriately."

For those who use the Access to Information Act, the requirement, buried in a contract notice, comes as a further sign of the politicization of the open-records law, which was intended to give Canadians easy access to government documents.

So while we are focussed on a $3 Billion slush fund, he works to form cataracts on government oversight.

You can't say Scott Reid didn't warn us.

Do not, whatever you do, provide him with an opportunity to extend his hold on power. Because you can be damn certain he will never again be so reckless as to give you a chance to finish him off.

Fate tends to be grudging with gifts of this significance. To ignore it would be an error every bit as historic as the one Mr. Harper himself has made.

So don't get fancy. Don't get confused. And don't get weak in the knees. If you don't put Mr. Harper in his political grave, he'll put you in yours.

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sassy said...

Bait and switch, prorogue, attack, bait and switch, threaten, call election, attack, prorogue . . . . . . . . . . ad nauseam

It will be such a relief to see the backside of these jokers.

RevDave said...

Harper's power politics are met with complacent bipartisanship by the Liberals. Each party is equally responsible for the present state of affairs. As I wrote recently on my blog, this bipartisan complacency offered by the Liberals has the mere effect of cancelling democratic debate on the budget - or at least seriously restricting one of the few places where democratic debate can happen, in the House of Commons.

If Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition does not in fact "oppose," one wonders what they're there for.