Thursday, September 10, 2015

Harper's New Hired Gun

Harper seems to have had his fill of Ray Novak and Jenni Byrne. His campaign in the crapper, Harper has brought in a hired gun, Australian political strategist Lynton Crosby.

The Globe describes Crosby as a master of the cancerous "wedge politics" that have afflicted Canada since Harper wormed his way into power.

Mr. Crosby has been accused of helping exploit fears over refugees to win elections – the Harper government has been taking a hardline stand on that very same topic, justifying its pace of acceptance by saying Ottawa must screen people from a “terrorist war zone” very carefully.

Before his work on this year’s Cameron victory in the United Kingdom, Mr. Crosby built his reputation as a campaign whiz in Australia.

He played a major role in Australian prime minister John Howard’s 2001 campaign, where refugees figured prominently.

That year Mr. Howard turned away a refugee vessel, MV Tampa, with nearly 440 people on board and ads his Liberal Party ran in the newspapers said “We decide who comes into this country.” The refusal to accept these asylum seekers is believed to have helped Mr. Howard win re-relection.


Pamela Mac Neil said...

I'm betting Canada is different then Britain and Australia. I guess we'll find out in October.

Anonymous said...

Just Great!

Steve goes and gets himself another Temporary Foreign Worker to replace a hard working Canadian.

We decide who gets in this country! Indeed.


Rural said...

Once described as “a man who never lets an abusive thought form in his mind without immediately forming it into a text and sending it to the object of his wrath” he should be a good fir for Harpers team. May they hang themselves with vitriol spewed.

zoombats said...

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! Does this guy have a work permit?

rumleyfips said...

Another sad example of the lack of talent in the Reformatory camp.

UU4077 said...

I suspect that the Lizard of Oz's tactics around refugees will not work in Canada as we have not had a "refugee problem" like Britain and Australia have had.

The Mound of Sound said...

Great. Canada's new Lee Atwater.