Harper makes his case #elxn42

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he was “tired” of tax-and-spend politicians when he first got into politics — and that hasn’t changed.

But the thousand-dollar-or-more question is whether Canadians feel the same way or want change?

We will know a week from now but the latest polls show Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau with a slight lead.

Not so fast, Harper told me during an exclusive interview Sunday in Brampton.

He’s not buying the polls, saying it will come down to average Canadians’ pay cheques and the increased payroll tax that could come off of them.

  • Even the most bovine of voters will agree that Harper knows a thing or two about money. This is what will help him win the election.

    • I believe so.

    • mauser 98

      not in Ontario

      • You’d be surprised.

        • mauser 98

          hope you are right Ms. Kinyobe

          • I think I am.

          • Clink9

            The winner between you should get a free premium membership to Blazing Cat Fur with access to the executive washroom.

          • David Murrell

            Lol!!!!!

          • Is this the washroom with fancy hand lotions, Egyptian cotton towels and heated seats?

          • Clink9

            Yes! You’ve seen it.

          • Tis a glorious place!

      • Icebow

        If there were a demon of effete, seedy smugness, I think its earthly face might well be that of Trudeau.

      • canminuteman

        Paris Hilton is way hotter than what we got stuck with in Ontario.

        • mauser 98

          ??
          a skunk run over by 3 Kenworths would be hotter

          • canminuteman

            I suppose that is also true.

    • Clausewitz

      When you ponder the choices you have; 1: An economist, 2: A failed part time drama teacher, or 3: A leader who can’t even make his mind up on which nation he would back if there was a Franco-Canadian difference of world opinion’s, this election will be a test to see how high our insanity quotient is in this nation.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    I’ve been predicting PM Justin for quite some time now.
    http://davidinnorthburnablog.blogspot.ca/2008/10/behold-thy-future-king-canerduh.html

    • k1962

      It would only be a minority government.

      • DD_Austin

        Does that really make any difference?

        • k1962

          Yeah, it wouldn’t last 4 years.

          • Waffle

            He could do a lot of damage in less time than that. Mulcair is playing coy at the moment, but don’t rule out team-ups at least from time to time. Look how fast Notley is working — she knows her days are numbered (as does Wynne).

          • k1962

            I know. But I don’t see their coalition lasting very long. I’m still hoping the Conservatives win.

          • Clausewitz

            Trudeau as PM and Mulcair as Finance Minister. Opps, there goes lunch. We’re doomed if the CPC does not retain a majority.

  • Waffle

    Sometimes its hard for us (I mean the commenters on BCF) to fully understand that a) most voters do NOT pay that much attention to politics, b) are easily swayed by the shiny baubles promised by the candidates and c) are impressed with style over substance.

    Voters with my memory banks — those who lived through the Trudeau years — are a dying breed. The bulk of today’s eligibles were not even born then or were not yet Canadian. They are cannon fodder for the liars and myth-makers.

    The unionized teachers in our schools have failed to teach civics objectively — i.e. how our system of government works and functions. Again, the liars and the myth-makers take advantage of this ignorance. Ditto for basic finance and economics. Hell, the new math doesn’t even teach simple arithmetic like 1 and 1 equals?

    And as for style over substance — 2 words — John Tory. Need I say more?

    • DD_Austin

      I disagree, the previous generations were even greater bilge shallowers
      than we ever were, I mean talk about idiots, Mackenzie King, Diefenbaker,
      Trudeau, Carter, the list goes on and on.

      The voter hasn’t changed, as Churchill said

      “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.”

      What has changed is our access to uncontrolled information, We are better informed at the appalling crapfest that our government and poltical system and newspapers are. Also television the great mind warper is dying.

      I for one find it hopeful, all the crap and stupidity that seems to be happening isn’t new, it’s just that we’re seeing it clearly for the first time,
      we’re finally able to turn over the rock

      • Waffle

        I think you’re misreading me — it was my generation that elected Trudeau the elder, dazzled by the glamour and that unforgettable cape and rose between his fat lips (ugh!). And there are still today die-hard Trudeauites with one foot in the grave — effing communists!

        I agree that “we” are better informed — but who are “we”? You think the average 25 -year old is spending time in on the alternative media reading the news that the MSM never gives provides, or thoughtful opinion?

        Again, yes. For people who know how to search and how to ask the questions, the internet is a gift. I for one, am absolutely in love with Google and use it countless times a day. I am continually amazed by people who spew their uninformed opinions without first bothering to check even basic facts. (present company excepted ;))

        • DD_Austin

          I remember “trudeaumania” and the PR job that they did
          selling women on that homosexual, they did the same for
          Rock Hudson…Kennedy’s PR job is still with us, they
          sure ran the royal carpet out on the news when that
          idiot crashed his plane at sea.

          I think the 25 year old of today is exactly the same as the
          25 year old of 1970, or 1950. There are always idiots, beatniks, Hippies, and just plain morons in profusion.
          That is democracy’s Achilles heel.

          Getting your head stuffed with crap is half of what public school is about, always has been.

          However I think the shelf life of that crap is a lot shorter these days. One reason is the internet in your cellphone
          pocket, the other is the economic depression, only
          those feeding from the government trough remain
          knee jerk leftists, or get on the MSM

          Anyway, I just wanted to say things are’nt going downhill
          into the dark ages from the times of olde, their just about the same, the olde days sucked, we just didn’t know it.
          now we got headlights, and can see just how sucktastic
          things really are

          .

          • Waffle

            Interesting point of view, however, I still maintain that we were better educated back then (although you’d never know it from the choices we made).

            I have always thought of the “coronation” of Trudeau as the culmination of a yearning for Camelot even though the charming philanderer had been dead for 4 years. Oh, and for the record, I never, ever voted for the prick.

  • David Murrell

    Good discussion by Joe Warmington, a fine and underrated reporter. What bothers me is that Harper, in past years, never took the trouble to do interviews with conservative reporters, to state his case on given issues. Now that he is behind, he decides to do them. In this interview, Harper looks good.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Harper has really let his opponents (the Libs, NDP and MSM) define him. If he loses his majority it will be because he didn’t give enuff time to (the rare) sympathetic reporters available.