Friday, June 21, 2013

Canada's Big Foreign-Policy Shift Under Harper? No More Mister Nice Guy.

Can you picture Stephen Harper in the wee hours of the night in a tent in the Libyan desert putting on a veil-swishing dance performance for Moammar Gadhafi, as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau once did? Of course not. And it’s not just because Harper doesn’t quite have the figure for it, either.
That's my contribution to the Ottawa Citizen's overview of where Prime Minister Harper is at, exactly, half-way through his majority-government term, the party convention just round the corner.
Andrew Coyne weighs in: The Conservative government's default demeanor is sullen, wary, bullying and moronic. "Toryism, in its current incarnation," Coyne writes, "resembles less an ideology than a pathology. If the party is to pull out of its current spiral it must be prepared to take a hard look at itself — starting with this convention. What is needed is less a change of course than a voyage within."
My deputy boss Kate Heartfield: "There are many paths to power, not all as prone to ethical pitfalls and ideological compromise. Perhaps, if Harper had come at a different time in history, leading a more confident Conservative party at the beginning, he would have been a different prime minister. But he chose the path he chose. His party, and much of Canada, was right there behind him the whole way."
Licia Corbella anticipates that the upcoming convention will have MPs commiserating with constituents from across the country, "trying to figure out if the Tory brand has been irreparably damaged." The question: Will The Big Shift in Canadian politics be shifted from its course because of Duffsterbuckskerfufflegate and other such "easy-to-understand, low-level scandals that seem to have plagued the once squeaky clean image of the federal Tories"?
Good question.


Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Have you seen this crapola?

I was kinda speechless for about an hour after reading this.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Terry Glavin said...

I could only bear to read half way through. The bit about the Taliban promise they they won't "allow others to use Afghan soil to pose a threat to the security of other nations." Mullah Jalil promised the Yanks exactly the same thing in 1996. Made "all the right noises," claimed to not know where that Bin Laden guy was, and . . "THE TALIBAN DID NOT SUPPORT TERRORISM IN ANY FORM AND WOULD NOT PROVIDE REFUGE TO OSAMA BIN LADEN."
Since the Taliban emerged in the mid-1990s there has not been a single promise they have made that they have not broken, nor a deal they have entered into that they have kept. Nobody believe teh propaganda from the Obama White House except the woefully ill-informed or the wildly enthusiastic of mouth-breathing partisans.

3:26 PM  

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