Monday, May 15, 2006

Tories' 100 Days of Power Summarized


Andrew Coyne, of the National Post, reflects on Harper's last 100 days of government. It's really a bright article that highlights the many mistakes Harper has already committed. The following points are elaborated upon:

1. Appointments of Fortier and Emerson to Cabinet

2. Their budget, which was not only aimed at winning power, but at seeing the Tories safely through their first months in office

3. The celebrated "five priorities" are not merely largely irrelevant to the main challenges before the country, they aren't even priorities

4. Outside of the famous five, the government's immediate preoccupation has been not so much with charting a new course as in getting off the one the Liberals had set us on -- not rolling back the state but simply slowing its headlong expansion

5. The government's rhetoric with regard to the provincial complaint du jour, the "fiscal imbalance," is noticeably lukewarm, where once it was fervid

6. Whatever their policy merits, they are chiefly designed to create an image of a decisive, assured prime minister, firmly in control and with a clear direction in mind, but instead backfired to make him look like a prick

7. Mr. Harper's view of politics is essentially tribal, or even feral

8. Limiting the media's access

9. The Premier of Ontario, the Ethics Commissioner, the American ambassador, his own communications advisor: There doesn't seem to be anyone the Prime Minister has not been willing to antagonize

10. The one exception to #9 has been Quebec, where Mr. Harper's approach has at times borne an eery resemblance to a charm offensive

And I would like to add another one, not mentioned:

11. Said "fuck you" to Ontario

17 Comments:

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the beginnings of our admittance as the fifty-first state of the United States.

Oh. I love the picture.

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger decoin said...

Harper is doomed. an LPC government will be restored to power by Christmas and the damage will all be undone.

 
At 4:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I certainly hope so, decoin. I certainly hope so.

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger decoin said...

You believe it Anth.

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger EX-NDIP said...

Why it's all GWB's fault . . . could be "Echelon" ????

Fact: In 1977, Mr. Carter and his attorney general, Griffin B. Bell, authorized warrantless electronic surveillance used in the conviction of two men for spying on behalf of Vietnam.

Quote: “If you made a phone call today or sent an e-mail to a friend, there’s a good chance what you said or wrote was captured and screened by the country’s largest intelligence agency.” (Steve Kroft, CBS’ 60 Minutes)
Those words were aired on February 27, 2000 to describe the National Security Agency and an electronic surveillance program called Echelon whose mission, according to Kroft,
“is to eavesdrop on enemies of the state: foreign countries, terrorist groups and drug cartels. But in the process, Echelon’s computers capture virtually every electronic conversation around the world.”
Echelon was, or is (its existence has been under-reported in the American media), an electronic eavesdropping program conducted by the United States and a few select allies such as the United Kingdom.
Carter did it in 1977, Clinton did it 2000 and the MSM simply looked the other way, but now Bush is doing it and it’s front page news and it’s wrong!

Harper's doing a great job . . . in spite of the MSM. You lefties, those of you that pay taxes should be happy with your tax cuts, stop crying about Emerson . . . like nobody cares.

 
At 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Echelon is a Secret Intelligence Gathering Alliance of Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada.

Wikipedia: ECHELON

 
At 5:13 PM, Blogger Pedro said...

ex-ndip,

you are more than welcome to say whatever you please here, but still, why did you bring all that stuff up? It's totally irrelevant!

 
At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pedro. Were you at the all-candidates forum today in Chinatown?

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger Pedro said...

No. I was totally planning on it, but ended up having a bit of a rough night last night and didn't wake up in time...

I'll post tomorrow on the Ignatieff event from Saturday. Stephen Owen declared his support for Iggs.

 
At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bah...

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger Red Tory said...

Harper's doing a great job . . . in spite of the MSM. Boo hoo! What is it with you guys and the big, bad media that you think is out to crucify the Conservatives? What nonsense.

 
At 11:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Best thing I have ever heard

"Harper is doomed. an LPC government will be restored to power by Christmas and the damage will all be undone."

Keep underestimating Harper. I hope we have an election at Christmas, your party is broke and you donation totals in the first quater are just ahead of the NDP. Man you libs are a arrogant bunch.

http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2006/may/15/fundraising/&c=1

 
At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Media has always been slightly biased to the left at all. Nor should the Liberal Party of Canada be placed to blame that your party does not have a good name in the Media.

Harper is not doing anything to improve his relations with media outlets across the country, in fact he's damaged it. The media is not to be used as a tool of propaganda. So it's useless to you.

There will be another federal election in the near future, regardless. The Liberal Party will rebuild it's self and prove it's self to the country during the leadership campaign.

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Zac said...

Perhaps the media wouldn't react so harshly to the Cons if they had a good track record with them.

1) Dief accused the CBC of being "red baiting commies"
2) Mulroney tried to take over the CBC with conservative appointments
3) Harper shuts them out all together

You have yourself to blame Tories!

 
At 5:38 PM, Blogger Zac said...

I love that picutre by the way Pedro.

 
At 8:39 PM, Blogger Pedro said...

Isn't it great?!

 
At 7:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it too.

 

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