Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Much Is At Stake

After tomorrow's throne speech, the opposition parties have vowed to hammer the Harper Conservatives. But will they keep the Harperites in their sights, or battle each other? Tim Harper writes that, if the present regime is to fall, either Tom Mulcair or Justin Trudeau has to begin to look prime ministerial :

The NDP leader is hampered on three fronts.
Chosen to build on an NDP quest for power and an end to moral victories and years as the “conscience of Parliament,” he must now mightily push back against a Canadian political tide which seems determined to return to its traditional alignment.
He must also deal with the reality that skill and proficiency in the Commons no longer translates into national attention as it did a generation ago.
And he has not yet provided a defining brand for his party, an easily recognizable voter association that allows Canadians to think of an issue, or a raison d’ĂȘtre for Mulcair and his New Democrats. 

And, so far, Justin Trudeau has been allowed to tour the country and be content free:

He was shrewd to react quickly and passionately to the Quebec Charter of Values while Mulcair, a former Quebec cabinet minister who commands a large caucus from that province, held his fire until the Parti Quebecois proposal was tabled.

Trudeau won the battle for attention with his late summer pot-smoking revelation and he showed an uncanny penchant for grabbing attention, and often adulation, as he toured the country.

Opposing a truly stupid piece of legislation and advocating the legalization of pot do not make a prime minister. And Stephen Harper knows that, if he can get Trudeau and Mulcair to take up arms against each other, he'll be able to escape scrutiny.

Much is at stake in the upcoming parliamentary session.


Anonymous said...

Neither one of them has to look prime ministerial. They just need to form a temporary alliance to dispose Harper.

However, I fear that is not going to happen. Instead, I am reminded of the instant in the last Leaders' debate when Iggy proclaimed that he did not have a "coalition" problem, that it was the two of them (Layton, Harper) that had such a problem. Jack's expression seemed to change at that remark. That was when Jack followed with his attack about how Iggy should have shown up for work more often. Iggy started it, Jack obliged.

Indeed, I fear Justin seems intent on heading in the same direction and Mulcair seems intent to respond. Harper will then still prevail with a minority in 2015 (now that all eyes are on his apparent cheating: robocalls, a majority is out of the question). Sad.

Owen Gray said...

I agree, Anon. We are at a juncture where Trudeau's and Mulcair's personal ambition should take a back seat to the future of the country.

Rather than attack each other, they need to focus all of their attention on Harper.

the salamander said...

.. since the incompetence, deceits and transgressions of the Harper Party have become too numerous to list for public comprehension.. much less establish in the minds of uninformed or 'groomed' voters.. or prove in court of law (they control unlimited budget for federal legal services and media messaging control and the Supreme Court and the RCMP and Elections Canada) ..

.. it follows that a truly honest and loyal party could base their platform on accomplishing all the useful, election promises the Harper Government failed to deliver.. Uh .. accountability, transparency, protecting the environment, electoral reform balancing the budgets, no deficit .. no excuses.. no gaming, no cheating ..

Owen Gray said...

Exactly, salamander. And it wouldn't be hard for voters to distinguish between the parties.