Monday, August 31, 2009

The irony

Is just so palpable it has to be pointed out given the slew of quotes today from the designated "no election" front man for the Conservatives, John Baird:
"It would be irresponsible to interrupt our important work on the economy with an unnecessary election," Baird told reporters.

The Conservative government's message is a far cry from just a year ago when it forced an election just as the country plummeted into the worst recession just the Second World War.
Surely as those words roll off the tongue, the uncomfortable position must hit home for Baird. This kind of rhetoric coming from the wedge-driven Conservatives just doesn't sound right. More irony for you, the Conservative arsonists are preaching fire safety:
"Election threats and election posturing, political posturing, I don't think that's what the economy needs."
I mean, who are you and what have you done with the real John Baird? Election threats no longer all the rage? What's been with all the confidence votes during the life span of the minority government situation that Mr. Harper has presided over then? The my-way-or-the-highway approach is well-ingrained into the Canadian psyche by now.

As for election posturing, it's a nice sentiment that it's not needed, but there's been plenty of that from the Harper p.r. gang of late. The entire week-long jaunt up north with the military photo ops, the family man story plant in Quebec City. Do as I say, not as I do.

While they may be trying to strike a reasonable tone, it doesn't jibe with their history. And in attempting to appeal to that general Canadian malaise about elections, they're also coming off as weak, as if they know they're vulnerable. There is an "uncaring" (Dosanjh quote) aspect to this government that's crystallizing and perhaps they know it.