Friday, March 02, 2012
The Man Behind The Curtain
It didn't have to come to this. Riding out what is becoming known as the "Robocon Scandal" was not the only option open to Stephen Harper. He could have vowed to get to the bottom of it. He could have decided that discretion was the better part of valor. But, when you wave a red flag in front of Stephen Harper -- particularly a Liberal red flag -- he becomes a bull in a china shop and goes on a rampage.
Harper chose the path of sound and fury. And all the hot air simply fanned the flames. But it did more than that. When Charlie Angus rose in the House yesterday to announce that the Conservatives were confused about the names of two North Dakota call centres -- Prime Contact Group and Prime Contact Inc.-- he was simply continuing the process of pulling back the curtain on the prime minister and his party. Getting their facts straight has never been the Conservatives' strength, even though Harper insists that the opposition get theirs right.
Harper's challenge to the opposition parties to "Prove It!" has encouraged them to do just that. And, as time goes on, they keep pulling back the curtain. Canadians are beginning to see that The Wizard -- so good at generating smoke and thunder -- is really a small, mean spirited man who lacks both discretion and valor.
Just a quick note. My wife and I will be away for the weekend. But I'll be back at our keyboard on Monday.