Coalition Government, Stephen Harper Master Strategist

Stephen Harper: Master Strategist

URL: http://www.rickmercer.com/blog/index.cfm/2008/12/3/Stephen-Harper–Master-Strategist
Okay we just might as well admit it and get it over with. Stephen Harper is a genius.

Here we are faced with a global economic crisis. Nations all over the world are struggling to figure out how to protect their citizens — who are terrified. We’ve seen unheard of cooperation between political rivals all over the industrialized world.

But not in Canada. Not with Stephen Harper. Not on his watch. No my friends, he has one goal and one goal only and it has nothing to do with governing: how can he use this crisis to destroy the opposition?

And wouldn’t you know, he almost did it.

Stephen Harper decided Canada doesn’t need a stimulus package; all we needed to do was cancel the subsidy that political parties get.

Which would have saved the government about $26-million. That’s about the same amount Harper spends on bodyguards every year when he visits danger zones like Thunder Bay or Nunavut.

But the real upside for Harper, of course, is that the entire opposition would have been crippled or destroyed. It gives me great faith to know that as our economy crumbles Harper is on the case trying to come up with new an innovative ways to cutback the Green Party’s office budget and bankrupt the Liberals. And then the world will be a better place.

Maybe he has a point. Maybe that’s why Canada keeps refusing to give the man a majority. It’s not because he’s a mean little man obsessed with revenge, but because we just have too many choices. We go to the voting booth and get confused. Like that first trip to Baskin Robbins.

Maybe we’d all just be better off if Conservative was the only flavour on the menu.

Well we almost found out. Because if Stephen Harper got his way on this, democracy would have changed forever. And not a single citizen will have gotten to vote on the matter.


Kamloops Gala Art Auction Tonight

Image from building in Paris

I am headed up to Kamloops for the Art Auction tonight. It is against my usual practice of sitting home working in my studio or cleaning my environment… physically or psychically. To go out and socialize is difficult for me however much I look like an extrovert.

It is wonderful that so many artist contribute art for charitable purposes and principally to help fund galleries and social causes. Hey Stephen Harper. I know you play the piano a little. I hear you stumble over the words to describe your daughter’s attraction to art. Almost like a staunch conservative describing a “gay” son or daughter. ” My daughter…she is…. she is (long pause) kind of … she likes art.” Oh the lack of alacrity, the dearth of language, the hesitancy.

Well it is the artists who live at the bottom of the well and get by on very, very little that are the first to contribute to children’s causes, cancer charity fund raisers, drug rehabilitation drives, animal shelters and local art galleries and programs. Some of us have donated as much as we have made in profits in the past few years. Ever wonder how much Stephen Harper is donating to these causes…. judging by his funding of the same on a national level…. I would venture to guess it is not proportional by income.

Artists are the heart and soul of a society. Do we remember the business men of Greece, Rome and Italy? Do we have people lining up to see the athletic scores of competitions held back then? NO. It is the artists be they “big names” or anonymous that lift our spirits that make us feel connected to the humanity that is universal.

So I will go and meet the other artists. They are my inspiration.