Over the past couple of days it has become clear to me that Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, will never be Prime Minister.
This is not because the Conservative party lacks the support to win a minority or even a majority. Rather, it is because Stephen Harper himself has made a massive miscalculation and will be punished.
The House of Commons is currently in a state of deadlock and utter chaos… the Conservatives and Bloc Quebecois are trying desperately to force down the government and force an election.
The Bloc is doing so for obvious reasons. With Adscam, they are practically guaranteed a Quebec sweep (70+ seats) in any near election.
The Conservatives, however, are by no means guaranteed a government. They still have a lot of convincing to do in Ontario. They need not convince people of the Liberals corruption, but rather that their own platform is not simply a Reform/Alliance platform in a new Tory disguise.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Harper isn’t making any friends with the people he needs to convince. If he wants to convince Liberal supporters that he’s a viable Prime Minister he has to show that he would be good for Canada and all Canadians. Making a deal with the Bloc simply won’t do that. If he’s in a minority government he will have to rely on who to prop up his government? It can’t be the Liberals, and it certainly won’t be the NDP.. so who’s left… the Bloc? Gilles Duceppe, leader of a party who’s ultimate goal is the break up of the Canada, will hold the balance of power.
That is simply not an option to most Canadians.
And these past few days have simply been a disgrace. Yesterday there was a vote on a “committees recommendation” for the Government to resign. The recommendation passed (153 to 150)… but the Liberals, rightly so, ignored it. It was not a formal motion on the House floor, nor was it a vote on a Budget or other legislation that would be considered a matter of confidence. It trully was a farce. Especially when Harper stood up, immediately after the vote, and challenged Martin to call a vote of confidence right there. Why would he do that? Wasn’t the first vote the vote that mattered? If Harper was going to tell Martin to call a vote of confidence anyway then what was the point of the days and days of politicking… including the DISHONOUR that was thrown upon our Veterans at VE Day celebrations.
Harper is leading is party to yet another oblivion. Personally, I think it’s Gilles Duceppe pulling the strings. Gilles knows he has everything to gain… and he’s manipulating Harper into pulling down the government with him. Harper is going to be very very lucky to get a minority government out of all this.
It’s incredible that he’s screwed up so badly that Liberal support is actually REBOUNDING. How is that possible? How is a party that has so much going wrong actually rising in the polls.
I’ll tell you why, and his name is Stephen Harper.