A midsummer night’s ream

“When push comes to shove, the Liberals will make any deal with anybody. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s with the socialists or with the separatists or any bunch of crooks they can find. That’s how they govern the country.”

Bravo, Stephen. You managed to insult, and further alienate, 65% of the electorate in one sentence. Perhaps you could throw something about the Greens in there next time and try to crack 70%. Also, remember your alliance with the Bloc? We do.

And this in the Summer of Steve, which was to be the dawn of a warmer, funnier leader. Rather than a goodwill tour, Harper’s summer plans are sounding more and more like a threat, describing a sort of roving BBQ bogeyman appearing unbidden at community fêtes, tossing the pigskin for a bit in his shirt and tie, and then telling off two-thirds of the guests. And you thought the mosquitos were a nuisance.



  1. O'Smiley said,

    Friday, 24 June 2005 at 4:56 pm

    I would disagree that the Conservatives had a direct alliance with the bloc, more they voted the same on certain bills. As far as I know, there was no agreement between the two to vote the way they did.

    As far as Stevo’s comment goes, it was pretty lame. Fortunately, the electorate has a short memory.

    Unfortunately, the electorate tends to believe what the Liberals tell them.

    Watch out this summer! Road show Stevo is a BBQ Bogeyman!

  2. Gnomes said,

    Saturday, 25 June 2005 at 1:32 pm

    The strategic cooperation between the Liberals and the Bloc to pass C-38 is indistinguishable from the cooperation between the Alliance and the Bloc to bring down the government. Harper is a hypocrite for condemning the Liberals for things his party did a few short weeks ago.

    And as much as the Conservatives would like to attribute Harper’s negative public image to some Liberal proganda machine, the fact is that the Conservatives can appear angry and divisive just fine by themseves.

  3. Manatee said,

    Monday, 27 June 2005 at 4:15 pm

    “I think it will lack legitimacy for a lot of Canadians. The truth is, most federalist MPs will oppose this legislation.” – Stephen Harper (from CBC) http://www.cbc.ca/story/canada/national/2005/06/27/samesex-debate060527.html

    This is, in my opinion, an even sillier example of Harper forgetting his not so recent past. Of all the arguments for ignoring the Conservatives claims that the Government had suffered a vote of non-confidence, I can’t remember anyone claiming that the Bloc’s voice in Parliament was illegitimat.

    Quebec voters should find this statement especially alienating.

  4. Gnomes said,

    Monday, 27 June 2005 at 11:52 pm

    Hmm… If we’re supposed to discount the Bloc, doesn’t that mean Martin has a majority government?

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