So it is becoming painfully obvious that the CPC is feeling the pressure and are actually considering the possibility that they may not form the next government. Hence, the shorts pants in the PMO have launched a pre-planning campaign to counter such an eventuality.
Code named “Operation Impending Doom (OID)”, the strategy is to trot out and associate the CPC brand with as many Canadian icons who will agree to cooperate. And for those who do not go long with OID, they will use them anyways – and apologise later.
First was Wayne ” took-way-too-many-elbows-to-the-noggin” Gretzky who positively gushed over how awesome a job Harper has been doing and how super it would be if he could continue to do such an awesome job! Cuz ol’ Wayne has spent the last few decades in the previously unknown province of “California” where #99 has been intently following the policy and program developments in the country of his birth.
Next was – Uh-OH – the desperate and weak attempt to link TERRY FOX with a Conservative election promise to give more funding for cancer research. Now Minister Moore and the PMO skipped over that chapter in the Canadian Politics 101 manual that talks about the dangers of politicising icons and diseases. It is a short chapter consisting of only 3 words:
DON’T DO IT!
The Fox family and the Foundation under Terry’s name came out to state in no uncertain terms that they did not consent to this link with Terry or the Foundation and that they remain completely non-partisan.
Federal Industry Minister James Moore had said Sunday that the Conservative government, if re-elected, would commit up to $35 million in matching donations raised during the annual Terry Fox Run.
Moore, who is not running for re-election, made the announcement in Port Moody, B.C., during the 35th iteration of the run. This year, the annual, non-competitive event aims to fundraise $35 million — one dollar for every Canadian.
The Terry Fox Foundation, an international non-profit, has avoided endorsing any particular party in the past. No one from the Fox family was present at the announcement.
When asked about the Fox clan, Moore nonetheless described the family as “enthusiastic . . . they think it’s great.”
Fox’s family then released a statement Monday clarifying that they “did not respond enthusiastically suggesting the idea was great as MP James Moore reported in yesterday’s Conservative announcement.”
“We will continue to make no public comments with respect to any federal party promises during the election campaign unless it is a unified all party announcement.”
Predictably, the CPC offered up a lame apology and backed away.
The damage to the ReformCon cause will likely be minimal but it is symbolic of how far this party will go to gain a few extra votes.
So, who’s next? What other Canadian icons will be hugged and loved by the PMO short pants? My mole inside Langevin Block leaked me the following list:
- Maple syrup. Good ol’ sirop d’érable will soon be touted as a Conservative invention and mandated to be dyed blue before sale.
- The beaver. At a rally to be soon held in small Manitoba town, Harper will come on stage cuddling a baby beaver and feeding it a bottle. He will claim that he has always had a soft spot for beavers. Always.
- Tim Hortons. OK. This one was done already when a group of people – presumably Albertans – tried to get a “boycott Tims” movement going because an outlet was running anti oilsands ads on one of its TV screens in the resto. The movement was an #epicfail.
- Totem poles – the totem pole is an aboriginal icon that the CPC will adopt for its own purposes by recarving the faces of Harper and past Conservative PM’s into the grand totem pole now housed in the Museum of History. The PMO will claim that nothing had changed and that Dief’s face was ALWAYS on the pole. No one had ever noticed before.
- The RCMP Musical Ride. An honoured iconic symbol of our nation. The ride will stay the same except for one small change. The music that the ride is choreographed to will be by Nickleback. Horses will bolt.
- The CBC. It will, of course be privatised and rebranded as the Sun News network. Angry Ezra will replace Mansbridge.
- Hockey. The Harperites will continue to march multi-millionaire hockey players in front of cameras as they declare their allegiance to the “low-taxes-for-the-rich” policies of the CPC.
trashee @ September 22, 2015
Hey fans of sports and politics!
Check it out: if the Jays do win the AL East, they will be in the ALDS starting on October 8.
Advance polls are from the 9th to the 12, inclusive… meaning that on three of the five advance polling date, many would-be voters will be gathered in front of the TV those days rather than voting.
Annnddd… if the Jays do get to the ALCS – here are the dates for that:
In short, the parties had better key up their money-shot messages and hit the doorsteps before this kicks in. Because, you know what? Most of Canada might very well be caught up in pennant fever in the days leading up to and day of the vote and might be hard to persuade off the couch to cast their ballot or to go to the door to talk to a canvasser.
trashee @ September 18, 2015
Due to their tinfoil hattedness fear of widespread voter fraud, the Harperites may have made it more difficult for many Canadians to vote in the upcoming election.
So, I encourage everyone to share through the hills and dales, the highlands and the lowlands, yadda-yadda-yadda, the address for the Elections Canada site where one can verify if they are on the list and, if not, register on-line.
Don’t forget, though, that you still have to bring ID with you to the polling station. ID requirements are here: http://www.elections.ca/content2.aspx?section=id&document=index&lang=e
trashee @ September 15, 2015
Hot on the heels of Minister Kenney’s proposed redefinition of a “recession”, comes some thoughts on what exactly consists an electoral “victory” or “win” as the determinant of who forms the next government.
In light of dropping polling numbers, Conservative candidate Jason Kenney laid the groundwork for a broader definition of “electoral victory” just a few weeks before the 2015 vote is held.
“Most political scientists define an electoral win as winning more seats in the House of Commons that the other guys,” Kenney told a group of prescreened 3 and 4 year olds at a daycare in Gatineau.
“What we know is we have a clear electoral advantage in the 75+ year old, white male, upper income, low education bracket in Brampton, Ontario. We think that winning over that particular demographic would be a clear message that all Canadians want to continue with a strong and stable majority Conservative government under the tutelage of our Dear Leader, Stephen Harper”.
Traditionally, political scientists define an electoral “loss” as not “winning” as many seats as the other parties and are therefore unable to form a government that has the support of the House.
“That’s just the Liberal-biased media expressing a point-of-view.” said Kenney.
Kenney offered a different take on the V-word.
“I’m suggesting a victory should be typically defined as a discrete and confined win in a specific and narrow demographic, not a broad electoral victory consisting of widespread support and more seats won”, he said. “In any case, this should not deflect us from pointing out Just-Not-Ready Justin’s plan to run a deficit by importing ISIS criminals and supplying their children with free marijuana. That should be the real story here.”
trashee @ September 1, 2015
Trudeau’s closing remarks last night summed up what I have been saying for many years – the bar can be raised. Canadians don’t have to settle for a bar that is touching the ground.
Harper has placed that bar so low on so many fronts: foreign affairs, the environment, fiscal policy… The list goes on.
The bar can be and should be raised. And the only way to do this is to oust Harper. (130)
trashee @ August 7, 2015
…was when my 8 year old son asked who else has been Prime Minister in his lifetime.
And we had to say that Harper has been the only one.
My wife and I want our son- and two other kids- to have a Prime Minister that cares more about this country and its people than the sheer and cynical acquisition and retention of power.
It is time for a change. (34)
trashee @ August 7, 2015
A Netflix tax?
When nothing has been said about this by, like, anyone?
Did the PMO shortpants get a rogue focus group? Were they eating shrooms when they came up with this?
Can someone please explain?
trashee @ August 6, 2015
trashee @ August 4, 2015
Yeah, forget about the Parliamentary Budget Office saying that we are already in deficit.
Like, what do they know?
The Harper Reform Party – lying comes so naturally to them.
trashee @ July 31, 2015
Lots of speculation in the MSM and social media about when Stevie is going to visit the GG. The conventional wisdom is that he will make the walk (naw, he’ll be driven) sometime in August in order to make a long campaign a reality; a campaign where the CPC can spend, spend, spend their way to another victory.
The signs are already there for anyone who cares to look:
- The Annual Steve Shows He Cares About The North Tour™ has been cancelled for this year.
- Skippy gave away his gazillions to each and every family with kids in the country…until tax time, of course.
- The polls are inexplicably showing CPC strength and upward trends in most of the country (hmmm… might be tied to Skippy’s Gazillions™?)
- The Duffster trial is due to crank up again on August 11, with Sir Nigel up as the first witness. The Harper brain-trust (which is, of course, Steve and Steve alone) might think it wise to get the campaign rolling just as the trial resumes in order to front-load any potential damage that the trial may have into the earliest part of the campaign… then spend gazillions on ads designed to change the channel.
So if August, then when?
I looked up some Canada-related significant dates in August, as we know that SH the PM is very into tying himself to the past…
Aug. 13, 1535 – Cartier becomes the first European to sail into the St. Lawrence River, which he believes is a route to Asia. Two sons of Iroquois Chief Donnacona, who are guiding Cartier, refer to their native village as Canada, the explorer’s first exposure to the name.
Aug. 3, 1876 – The first telephone call between separate buildings is made by inventor Alexander Graham Bell, in Mount Pleasant, Ont., to his uncle, David Bell, in Brantford, Ont.
Aug. 12, 1728 – Danish sailor Vitus Johassen Bering sails through the strait that now bears his name in an expedition that would prove that Asia and North America are some 60 kilometres apart.
Aug. 4. 1914 – Following Germany’s invasion of Belgium, Britain declares war on Germany. Canada, as part of the British Empire, is engaged in the war as well.
Aug. 19, 1942 – Canadian troops sustain major losses in a raid on the French port of Dieppe. Nearly 1,000 Canadians die and another 1,800 are taken prisoner.
Aug. 10, 1960 – The Bill of Rights, specifying the rights of Canadians, becomes law. (OK. I just threw this one in to see if you were paying attention! We all know that Harper would never make an election announcement on a day when those pesky “rights” were enshrined!)
Of the above, I would suggest 4th, 13th or 19th. The 4th and 19th both ring loudly in the military history and Steve might be tempted to make the visit on one of those two days. But he runs the risk of pissing off veterans and others as this might be seen as making political hay out of military events (when Steve likes to do, of course).
But, recognising that Harper will not make the northern swing and the still-fairly-recent discoveries of the Franklin ships AND the uptick in ads trumpeting the ol’ true north strong and free motif (the one with the icebreakers), my bet would be on the 12th. It is a Wednesday, not so early that Canadians would grumble about having their summers “ruined”, but not so late as to take full advantage of the CPC war chest. That date is also 13 days after the latest GDP numbers are released… numbers that may quite possibly show that we are indeed in a recession. AND the Wright testimony should be over by then, allowing Harper to go into damage-control mode early in the campaign rather than later when Canadians might actually remember this on their way to the polling stations.
Of course, all of the above might be totally off base and the writ will be dropped in September. Who can really know the mind of Sir Steve? (41)
trashee @ July 28, 2015