Harper’s bazaar

Is it me, or is Harper actually running surprisingly strong campaign this time around? He certainly has the appearance of setting the agenda, and I’m sure he’s got enough policy points to last us through until then end of next year, let alone this one. Everything is out on display in the new Conservative party. No hidden agenda here.

Martin thinks that Harper will burn out the public. Maybe, but that might not be before they decide to vote for him. As Harper focuses less on the scandal we already know about and more on centrist policy alternatives, he is looking daily more and more primeministerial and less and less angry. A little less puffy lately too, but the holiday season is just ahead.

The Liberals are answering each of Harper’s policy points competently, but if this election is fought on policy points between two similar agendas, the Liberals are in trouble. Not because one side or the other has more popular ideas, but because any ostensibly credible alternative to the current government would attract a lot of disgruntled votes. For many, the Liberals have been a Hobson’s choice on the ballot for years. Harper, this time, has finally figured out that any decent alternative was what people were looking for, and is doing his best to give it to them. If the game is only to appear more credible then the status quo, even Harper might be able to pull it off.



  1. Gauntlet said,

    Thursday, 8 December 2005 at 12:49 am

    I’ve been intrigued with something. Why does it matter that Harper has been “controlling the agenda”? We’ve been seeing a lot of press reports about the way he’s using early morning policy releases, every day, to keep the liberals on their heels.

    Why is that important? Why is it getting so much press? Why, in particular, is it so often mentioned (as it is in your post) BEFORE the actually policy content?

    Is it pertinent to my voting decision? Do people actually vote for the guy they think played the game best, over the guy they think deserves the win? Kind of a Richard Hatch syndrome, maybe?

    Personally, I’m impressed. But it doesn’t matter. I’m not willingly giving control of this country to a person whose foreign policy is evidently “do what George says.”

  2. Manatee said,

    Thursday, 8 December 2005 at 9:31 am

    OF course it is surprising to watch the CPC control the nature of the campaign. Even more surprising is that they are doing it by releasing policy!

    But control of the news cycle has not translated to a bump in the polls, thankfully. I think those Canadians who are paying attention realize that CPC policy is exactly what they expected it would be. Their childcare program isn’t a childcare program. Their tax cut proposals have been attacked by Rick Mercer and the nations leading economists. And what ever happened to that Federal Prosecutor?

  3. Patsy Stone said,

    Friday, 9 December 2005 at 6:59 pm

    Harper’s Bazaar — I love it! 🙂
    –Patsy Stone–>

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