Now and then even the very, very biased MSM occasionally points out that left-wing governments have done things that are very stupid and very wrong. They do acknowledge it. They just find a way to blame Harper for those things too!
My all-time favourite example has to be the Haroon Siddiqui post-mortem of Pauline Marois’ election loss last year in Quebec. If you remember, her PQ government had tried to prohibit public sector employees from wearing religious symbols and clothing.
Here in English Canada, stuff like this doesn’t compute. Of course the left must always be the defenders of minorities, and the right must always be trying to wipe them out. But here was a second-wave feminist drawing a line in the sand when it came to religious accommodation!
Luckily for them, Haroon saw left-wing PQ governments and right wing Conservative governments as equally Islamophobic. So he tried to make the laughable argument that Pauline Marois was, among other things, a GOP hack in disguise.
Now, anyone who knows anything about Quebec knows that the separatist movement has been anti-immigrant since before anyone knew who Harper was, and is perfectly capable of being that way without any influence from the CPC, the GOP, or whomever else. Everything there is distinct and unique, even the bigotry.
But Haroon and his leftist fellow travelers wanted to see Harper gone so badly that they would rather tell themselves that Marois’ disastrous foray into identity politics was some right-wing experiment gone wrong, not an attempt at the kind of sweeping purge that always takes place after a leftist revolution.
Of course the English language media can pull this trick for English language left wing governments as well. Is Kathleen Wynne selling off a public asset (badly)? She must be “channeling her inner Harper”. Is she playing the teachers whom she counted on for votes for the fools they are by legislating them back to work? She’s “stealing from Harper’s playbook.” When her predecessor Dalton McGuinty prorogued the Ontario Legislature a time or two, who do you suppose gave him the idea? That’s right: It was “Stephen Harper’s approach gone viral.”
It’ll likely come as no surprise to you to find that when a conservative government falls provincially, it’s also Harper’s fault. Everybody knows the NDP win in Alberta was a rebellion against Stephen Harper and not Jim Prentice, right? Sure it was.
Then you have the right leaning governments that look like they’re going to fall. So eager were the media to hang Christy Clark’s “inevitable” loss to the NDP around Harper’s neck that they started blaming her “flirtation with the right” for her defeat before it happened, which of course it never did.
Nine years of Stephen Harper as PM and these so-called reporters still think a stiff wind is going to blow him over. What if I told them that they might be helping Harper by blaming him for absolutely everything? Do you think that would make them wake up?
Here’s the trend I see in modern Canadian elections. We have one party or candidate that is riding high at the outset. A flurry of supportive polls and media coverage ensues, the front-runner starts believing their own hype, and doesn’t see someone else coming up behind them until it’s too late. This happened to Marois, Prentice, and the BC NDP, but it also happened to 2012 Wild Rose, Tim Hudak’s Ontario PCs (twice!) and Olivia Chow.
If Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are dumb enough to believe the MSM hype declaring Harper dead, they will join this league of political losers in very short order.
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