"The prime minister wants to continue governing," Fife told Canada AM on Tuesday.Um, hello Bob? Where have you been? Did you miss the Harper plans to build their own government controlled media centre? Nah, that's not crazy right wing stuff, is it? Or the Bush inspired Kyoto bashing? Or the major military buildup? The "cut and run" trash talk? The Taliban-loving opposition talk? Earth to Bob...
"He wants to be able to prove to the Canadian public that he is running a middle of the road, centrist government, and the longer he gets to govern the better and easier it is for him to be able to demonstrate to Canadians (his) isn't a crazy right-wing government and they can vote for him in the next election."
It's getting to be darn near close to 2 years of Canada seeing Stephen Harper in action...and Canadians have still not grown comfortable with him. So how long will it take to fulfill Bob's thesis? This Conservative talking point that the longer he gets to govern, the more Canadians will grow to love him is in need of serious updating. In fact, it is becoming much more likely that the more we see of him, the more entrenched resistance becomes. That's what's happening so far.
It's because of little things like this, just today...
Here's Harper today on the swearing in of a new "elected" Senator demonstrating once more his penchant to imbue any opportunity with a partisan shot:
"The mandate to govern, when it is given to you directly by the people, is a great honour and a great responsibility," Mr. Harper said, vowing to press on with his reform agenda. "It's the very essence of responsible government, and it is the minimum condition of 21st century democracy ... If the Liberal majority in the Senate persist in obstructing reform, they will fade ever further into irrelevance and, eventually, oblivion."Thud. Grand sweeping principle, then cue the hatchet job.
And an item I'll call, "Farewell to Nova Scotia":
The Conservative Party's national council issued a release Tuesday saying it had unanimously declared the nomination in Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley to be vacant.Yes, the more we see of him, the more we come to form our opinions all right...
Council president Don Plett said the party's rules state that any MP who wants to re-offer must be a member in good standing of the caucus. The Conservatives booted Mr. Casey from the caucus in June.
And, Mr. Plett said, Mr. Casey showed he had no confidence in Mr. Harper and the rest of the Conservative caucus.
"With his budget vote, Bill Casey joined with Stephane Dion in voting non confidence in the Conservative Government and his Conservative colleagues. He made his choice."
The release said the party will now work with the local electoral district association to find another candidate.
It's just the latest salvo in a fight that has ignited an internal backlash at a time when each seat is critical to building a majority government, say party stalwarts.