That is precisely what it is of course and it's time to call the nonsense the PM puts out for what it is.
It's Labour Day of course, so I doubt too many are yet listening, but you can be sure that tomorrow will bring with it a flurry of speculation, spin and chatter.
I wonder how Canadians will react? Are they the dupes that Harper hopes they are? I don't think so but it's important, imho, that spin be countered quickly and forcefully.
Yes, all parties spin, but there is a difference in trying to enhance your message and out and out lying. The Conservatives tend to rely on the latter, in part I think because they are rarely challenged on it. Faithful scribes write down what they are fed and that is what gets reported. Unless you follow this stuff as closely, as we do, how would you know to question the assertion? That's what they, the Con's, count on. Their Dream
Team indeed is the current media.
So what happened today?
Dion met with Harper for about 20 minutes. Harper asked for a blank cheque. Dion pointed out that Harper's request was a joke. Harper mentioned that Dion's agenda was opposed to his, so the country could not move forward. Again Dion laughed and said that his agenda for the country has always been at odds with the Con's so why now is this suddenly a revelation? Indeed.
Is it possible that our PM is so deep in his bunker, and so high on his new role of arrogance that he forgets what the Official Opposition is meant to do? Does he dismiss how our democracy is intended to work?
Apparently he does.
Anyway, the scrum was about Dion putting his mark on the charade that Harper has conducted. Would I call it spin? Of course, because that is the parlance of our time, but I'd also call it a stance. The difference here is that Dion is basing the party line on honesty and the PM is using deception as his platform and that will be an issue in this election. Trust, honesty, etc.
Shortly after Dion's departure, Kory Tenycke, (Harper's comm. guy) came out to tell us, oh so woefully, that Mr. Dion had not shown Mr. Harper that he had faith in his government.
He also mentioned, a few times, that Dion had broken a promise. You know, the promise not to impose a Carbon Tax. What he didn't emphasize however was that Dion said that in a Leadership run up, not an election to be the leader of the country, like ummm the, I'll never tax Income Trust's, promise made by Harper.
He obviously didn't highlight how Dion has spoken to this issue and explained how he evolved in his thinking. Why would he? Harper is stuck in a mould so old, the country should collectively be holding it's nose at his notions.
I'll stop the picking apart here. The rest of the detail can be found on line. The point is however, how Harper has manipulated every detail of our democracy to play his own game. I know this is all fun for some, but we are talking about almost 3 years of chipping away at our democracy.
I don't consider that fun, nor a game at this point. This election matters and what elates me more than anything, is the fact that Harper is ignoring large groups who have come out against him.
Oh, I know there is a new poll coming out tonight and I'm sure SteveV will be on top of it.
It's time to rally people.
To use Zorpheous's line.
Harper is a Mis-Leader.
I like it and I'll use it because it's accurate.