Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Hidden agenda? Well, not so hidden...

Well, Stephen Harper is continuing in a rich right-wing tradition in Canada: the ritualistic shooting of oneself in the foot. He's done it a bit earlier than usual this year, though.

Yes, the leader of the opposition came out against gay marriage as one of his first campaign promises. Interestingly, he won't annul any marriage that's already taken place - I guess gays are only evil when the Conservatives are in power. I'm not sure how he justifies.

I've gotta say, one of two things has happened here: a) His advisors are idiots, or b) He's an idiot and not listening to them (again).

Maybe it's an attempt to get his hidden agenda out in the open so the Liberals can't accuse him of having one?

Maybe it's an effort to get it out early so he doesn't have to talk about it again? Stephen, baby, news for you: it won't work. You've got some VERY, uhm, "interesting" people running for the Conservative party. You can be sure they're going to bring it up, too. These people, let's face it, really hate gay people. They're not going to let this issue go unless you force them to, and you're not setting a very good example.

I can hear the cheers of a Liberal victory already...


At 11/30/2005 12:04 a.m., Blogger HisHighness said...

I thought you weren't voting Liberal in this election?

In any event the guy is a Godsend, We Liberals barely need to even run. The campaign was barely an hour old and he had already made two Gaffes (THe SSM and the "Do you love Canada?")

At 11/30/2005 12:37 a.m., Blogger A.L. said...

Not sure the "Do you love Canada" question was really a gaffe.

But, I do really think the SSM issue comments are gaffe worthy.

Blue Grit, you mention that perhaps he is not listening to his advisors, or they are asleep at the switch. Both fair comments.

What is in doubt I think, is that it wasn't Harper's intention to bring this issue up today.

It should be mentioned that Harper made these statements in response to a reporter's question. So, either the reporter beat him to the punch, and fed him something he wanted to say anyhow, or (and I think this is more likely) he didn't really want to talk about this issue, and got drawn into it.

BTW I am a Liberal voter living out of the country and (unfortunately) forced to vote in Calgary Centre.


At 11/30/2005 1:46 a.m., Blogger Meaghan Walker-Williams said...

That question "Do You love Canada?" Could have been a valentine for Harper if he had a well prepped "Of course I love Canada... what's not to love about this glorious country, from the rockey mountains to prince edward island, mounties and inuit sculptures.. blah blah blah"

Oh... as for the advisors... check out the following

Harper's new "team"

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/ 20051121/TORIES21/National/Idx

"Some members of the old guard have departed of their own accord. And others were removed as part of a shakeup that occurred after Mr. Harper found himself repeatedly unable to boost the party's flagging popularity. [editorial from me.. after GG fiasco]

So some Conservatives say that political neophytes, culled from Parliament Hill offices, will have a big role in running the show.

That may be less of a liability than it seems. Those who have worked for Mr. Harper say he tends to make election decisions single-handedly, leaving little room for others to play a key role."

Ah yes... Stephen, Why go with having people with acutal experience or a winning track-record in handling an election?

Heavens... thar would be stupid! No.. get 'em as green as they can
be, straight off their first term as staffers in Ottawa. Miro-manage them to death.. because "nobody-knows how to campaign better than Stephen Harper", and watch the fun begin.

I say the CPC willl be wiped out in this election. The BQ will be opposition and the NDP will gain about 35 seats.

At 11/30/2005 10:07 a.m., Blogger A.L. said...

Oops, I meant Calgary West not Calgary Centre.


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