Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hilariously ironic Harpocrisy from 2013

Image Source: The Hamilton Spectator
Note: Late in the day, but part of a new commitment to have a new post out every Tuesday.

Amid the height of the first wave of the Senate Scandal in 2013 Stephen Harper took to the Conservative Party faithful to bash "elites". In a speech dripping with hypocrisy Stephen Harper wagged his finger at the Supreme Court of Canada and Federal Liberals for his inability to get his own Senators to clean up the joint.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper struck out against a trio of defiant senators, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and the “elites” who have tried to stand in his way, in a sharply worded campaign-style speech Friday to the party’s rank-and-file.


He blamed the courts for standing in the way of Senate reform.

“In private life, you would be fired for doing anything ressembling this…and Liberal senators continue to block action.”

("Stephen Harper speech to Conservatives hits at embattled senators, Justin Trudeau and 'elites'". Canadian Press. Nov 1, 2013)
The hypocrisy and buck passing is rife in Stephen's screed. At the start of January 2013, well before the Prime Minister's rant, the Senate had both a Conservative Majority and a majority of Harper appointees.

The Harper CONs mercilessly bashed Stephane Dion for his supposed inability to get "his own Liberal Senators" to pass Senate Reforms. Dion, by the way, had appointed ZERO of those senators and was portrayed as a weak leader with weak party discipline because of this.

Harper, however, received clear push back from his OWN Senators in mid 2012 when it came to his Senate Reform agenda.Weak party discipline would be bad enough for our Prime Minister given his attacks on Dion, but it turns out he also had weak judgement, too. This is so as some of the worst offenders in the Senate Expense Scandal - Duffy, Wallin and Brazeau - were appointed by him 

But the dark comedy of Harper's 2013 screed to the Party Faithful doesn't end with Senatorial hypocrisy. Our Prime Minister was also self-congratulatory about Canada's economy.

He touched on some of the same themes that were in the recent throne speech, suggesting the Conservatives are the only party capable of capitalizing on the country’s many assets.

“In a world that is struggling, Canada is rising, being steadily lifted by a rising tide,” he said.

“Our sound finances, our stable politics, our expanding network for trade relationships, our natural wealth and the growing demand for it worldwide.”

("Stephen Harper speech to Conservatives hits at embattled senators, Justin Trudeau and 'elites'". Canadian Press. Nov 1, 2013)

This boast may have worked in 2013, but unfortunately for the CONs that's not when the election is. Heading into the 2015 election season Canadians have a picture of the end results of  the Conservative economic strategy. The long term dividends of Harper's risky strategy of tying our national prosperity to the tar sands is now clear.

The OECD and IMF are is slashing their forecasts for Canada's economic growth. Outside of very high oil prices the destructive process of tar sands exploitation just doesn't sustain the jobs and is certainly less job-creating than the Green Energy sector is. Due to the destruction of manufacturing capacity that occurred during the oil driven days, manufacturing job growth has failed to rebound significantly during a falling dollar. Harper lost the bet on oil and we're losing our prosperity because of it.

All told, his 2013 speech and subsequent events show the broken promise of the Harper CONs. Stephen Harper went Ottawa under promises of being a bold moral reformer and antidote to the corruption exemplified by AdScam. Now his own Senators have led to some of the most disgusting escapades in SenScam. Stephen went to his diehard partisans in 2013 blaming others for his inability to control his own Senators but softened the blow by emphasizing his economic stewardship. That promise, too, has rung hollow. What more excuses will he have to stay in power past 2015?

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