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Harper takes advantage of Martin’s delirium

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I realize it’s early in the campaign yet and far too soon to be making any predictions, but it certainly seems that Conservative leader Stephen Harper has seized the momentum out of the blocks.

Thus far he has unveiled a new plank of the Tory platform every day including his promise to trim two points off the hated GST, something that resonates with most, if not all Canadians.

Prime Minister Paul Martin has stumbled out of the gate and even taken the first weekend off to regroup. But before he limped back to 24 Sussex, Martin came out with one of the most inane comments ever uttered in any election campaign in this country’s history.

This appeared in a “brief” in yesterday’s Ottawa Citizen:

Martin Makes His Pitch to Asian Canadian Voters

“Sometimes election campaigns can travel to so many cities and towns in a day it gets hard to remember what time it is or where you are. But Prime Minister Paul Martin appeared to forget what country he was in yesterday. During a series of interviews with Chinese media organizations, Mr. Martin attempted to explain to the interviewer how important the Chinese Canadian community is to the country. In fact, he announced that Canada has geographically moved its borders to be closer to them. “What we really are saying is we’re a major Asian country,” Mr. Martin told Omni TV, to roars of laughter from the Canadian media watching the interview.”

Canada a major Asian country? Geographically moved our borders to be closer to Asia? Has he lost all touch with reality?

Harper has been strong thus far in deliberately and methodically saying what a Conservative government will do. Martin is musing about Canada’s place in Asia? The 60’s were apparently good to him.

Then there was NDP leader Jack Layton in Vancouver on the weekend trying to justify having a convicted thief on the slate when he actually said disgraced former MP Svend Robinson was an example in his behaviour.

“Svend has a long history of serving his community and standing up for people on many issues, and I think his behaviour, given what happened, has been exemplary and Canadians and his voters will certainly understand that and appreciate that,” said Layton in response to reporter’s questions.

Really? Well, this Canadian voter does not understand that. Robinson got caught stealing a woman’s diamond ring worth over $50,000. He claimed he had some type of brain cramp. Well, whatever. He stole and got caught. The last thing this country needs is another thief in Ottawa. The Liberals have provided enough of them.

This election was driven because of the systemic corruption in the federal Liberal party. The combined opposition said the government lost its moral authority to govern. If ethics is the primary issue, one wonders how Layton can possibly defend the actions of Robinson with a straight face. But then again, Paul Martin thinks we are no longer on the North American continent.

All in all, it would seem, a good week for Stephen Harper.

Leo Knight
leo@primetimecrime.com

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Written by Leo Knight

December 4, 2005 at 11:43 pm

Posted in Crime & Punishment

4 Responses

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  1. How much longer until Canadians realize that the Liberal Party is no longer serving the best interests of this nation? Funny to watch how desperate Mr Dithers wants to hold onto power. Lets hope that voters in Ontario and the maritimes wake up and smell the coffee.

    Anonymous

    December 5, 2005 at 12:03 am

  2. Man, you nailed this one!

    Whatever you’re eating for breakfast…I want some!

    Take care…

    Jack

    Jack's Newswatch

    December 5, 2005 at 1:16 am

  3. LMAO Leo!

    $25.00 a week for 12 months (until my child is 5) isn’t enough to buy my vote either though; and 2% off GST is a pittance… Go Green I say 😉

    – LeeAnn

    Anonymous

    December 5, 2005 at 10:08 pm

  4. It’s not out of the question that the voters will agree with Layton and show their great ‘caring and compassion’ by electing Robinson. My home town recently elected (three times) a Liberal M.P. who robbed a bank at gunpoint in the late 1950s. Yes, a long time ago, and he did his time (actually, a mere 19 months) but he became one of the most vocal Liberals against tougher sentences for criminals…surprise, surprise.

    Ogilvie

    December 9, 2005 at 9:43 pm


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