Wednesday, October 30, 2013

His Luck Is Running Out

There's a scene in It's A Mad, Mad, Mad World where Jonathan Winters destroys a gas station and two of its attendants. As the Senate debacle unravels, the prime minister -- consumed with rage -- looks more and more like Jonathan Winters on a rampage.

At the end of the scene, having obliterated the building and its inhabitants, Winters hops in a tow truck and drives away, unscathed.

Lawrence Martin suggests that things will not work out that way for Stephen Harper:

But the list is long and Harper’s odds are not good. There is a common thread running through his governance, a pattern of subverting or attempting to subvert the system, the public trust. It has finally caught up to him.

The prime minister has been lucky. He has made a career out of blaming others for his troubles. But his luck is running out.


Lorne said...

Watching Harper's obfuscations and non-answers to Mulcair's precise and penetrating inquiries during Question Period,, Owen, I tend to agree with your assessment.

CK said...

Don't be fooled. Harper is actually tickled Conservative Blue. While the media and everyone is fixated on Mike Duffy, he managed to table yet another monster of a "budget" omnibus bill. One that seeks to curb the powers of labour further and the way supreme court justices are appointed (probably so he could get his man Nadon on the bench) and other non-budget related goodies.

Trust me on this one. Harper is thrilled.

Furthermore, I still maintain that this whole circus witht he senate was masterminded from day 1. Jim Flaherty came out sayign he didn't believe in the senate and it should be abolished. Someone like Jim Flaherty never speaks out without Harper's blessing.

No, Harper knows a majority of Canadians want to be rid of the senate--see it as a billion dollar boondoggle that it is. Harper will abolish it before 2015 or will be close enough to it in order to fool more Canadians into voting him in another majority yet again.

Also, in creating this fiasco as a prelude to abolishing, he takes away Tom Mulcair's ballot question and makes the Liberals and Justin Trudeau look like pro-senate; pro-appointed senators which most of us hate.

Owen Gray said...

I agree, CK, that it's absolutely in Harper's interest to sabotage the Senate and to create a diversion while his budget and free trade agreement are pushed through the House.

But he's lost control of the larger story here. He can no longer control Duffy or Wallin and he desperately wants to get them out of the way.

The longer they command public attention, the more his standing with the public deteriorates.

Owen Gray said...

Harper has painted himself into a corner, Lorne. Jean Chretien said that, when you paint yourself into a corner, the only way out is to step over the paint.

The trouble is that you leave footprints everywhere. The more Harper denies his own footprints, the more obvious they become.

Anonymous said...

With Harper's distraction.

Flaherty is busy with the last of Harper's Omnibus Bill.
Oct 26/2013

We know Harper's Omnibus Bill of before? This permitted Communist China to sue Canada if, anyone tries to block Red China's takeover of Canada

Harper's FIPA deal with Communist China has, Red China in Canada for a, minimum of 31 years

This has been posted many, many times. However, Canadians are known for sleeping through, absolutely everything.

Fadden was of CSIS, at that time. He even warned about Communist China's huge inroads into Canada. BC was specifically mentioned, Gordon Campbell had already given much of BC to Red China. It is also no secret, Campbell works for Harper. Campbell was rewarded the post of, High Commissioner to the U.K. Gordon Campbell also twice cheated to win his elections too. Christy Clark also works for Harper as, Campbell did before her. Clark is under investigation for election fraud too.

So no, I won't be the least surprised with Harper's last Omnibull-S-Bill, what-so-ever.We people here are, very aquanted to Harper and the BC Liberals dirty tactics and cheating to win.

No matter how hard people tried to warn Canadians, Harper is a snake in the grass and Campbell was Harper's little sidewinder snake. No-one listened.

Owen Gray said...

It will take a long time to undo the damage that Mr. Harper has done, Anon. And the longer he stays in power, the more damage he does.

Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Mr micro manage everything, control freak Harper cannot continue to insist he did not know what was going on in the PMO. It is more believable that he was in the middle of it. I wonder how long Wright will keep his silence before he tells the truth and brings down Harper.

Owen Gray said...

Now that Mr. Harper has said that he "dismissed" Nigel Wright, Philip, I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Wright starts talking.

For a man who's supposed to be a tactical genius, Stephen Harper strikes me as tactically dense.

Steve said...

Harper selected as worst person of the year.

Owen Gray said...

Thanks for the link to your post, Steve.