Monday, February 06, 2006

Stephen Harper-crite

Stephen Harper supports an elected Senate. He said he would never appoint a Senator that had not been elected. His first act as prime minister? Appointing a Senator! His second act as prime minister? Appointing that Senator into his cabinet! Campaign against corruption and patronage, and give an obvious patronage job to an organizer, Michael Fortier, now Senator Michael Fortier, Minister of Public Works.

Add the Emerson defection, and that is what you call being stunningly and embarassingly hypocritical. I wonder how Conservatives are going to try to spin this one in their favour?


At 2/06/2006 3:14 p.m., Blogger Miles Lunn said...

I have no objection to Harper appointing senators, I object to his hypocricy on the issue. Michael Fortier is a strong capable individual, but when you consider Harper ran on ethics and now is doing exactly the same things he accused the Liberals of doing, you got to wonder why we bothered even changing governments. Hopefully the Liberals will use this time to truly re-build rather than look for a way to trigger an election, so we can return to power as people tend to have short-term memories so this is likely to be forgotten by next election.

At 2/06/2006 3:15 p.m., Blogger Steve V said...

I doubt the Conservatives will have to spin anything. The media honeymoon will surely blunt any calls of hypocrisy.

At 2/06/2006 3:56 p.m., Blogger Kerry said...

'Harpercrite' will become the new 'Fiberal.' Mark my words.

I can't wait for his first Question Period.

At 2/07/2006 4:11 a.m., Blogger Red Tory said...

"Harpercrite"... has a nice ring to it. Sounds like a winner to me.

At 2/09/2006 11:49 a.m., Blogger Budd Campbell said...

The fraud here is the entire Liberal Party and it's 'vote strategic' BS, along with it's long acknowledged tradition of running from the left and governing from the right.

By exposing the fundamentally silly nature of this cosmetic fraud, that consists of pretending to make a large issue of the small distinction between Red and Blue paint jobs, Emerson has earned the enmity and ire of all who play the Red/Blue deception game. Emerson is being punished and abused not for telling little white lies during the campaign, for for telling the basic truth after the election.

The Red partisans in particular cannot stand having their trade secrets exposed to the voters, especially since they are now broke and out of power. They have to, pardon the expression, fight like blue blazes to place all the of the blame for insincerity on Emerson's personal shoulders, lest it spread out and cover the entire Liberal Party. They know better than anyone that all Emerson did was repeat the national Liberal vote strategic scam line in his riding. Now that he has dropped that and admitted that it doesn't matter to him which pro-business party he's in, well, that's a big problem for all the Red partisans, so they have to go after him big time.

Maybe the Liberals should send Belinda Stronach, Scott Brison, and Keith Martin into the riding to do some heavy organizing, eh?


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