Sunday, May 15, 2016
Son of a B#%ch, I Had it All Wrong
I honestly thought the Liberals won the last general election. I could have bet the farm that a Liberal government was sworn into power last November. At first it sure felt like the Libs had swept into power when the government promised a climate change policy within 90 days, lifted the censorship of federal scientists, declared a tanker moratorium, restored research funding, revived the census and all those lovely little gifts. It was a dream.
Then something happened. We still had this young guy, Slick, as prime minister. Those were his lips moving, his voice talking but the words that came out were, sure as hell, Stephen Harper's.
It was as though Harper reversed Slick's promise of a climate change policy. It seemed like Harper's hand guided Slick to have the Liberal caucus support the Tory motion to censure the BDS, Boycott/Divest/Sanction, movement. The spirit of Harper was alive and well when Slick and Co. upheld the Saudi Death Wagon deal, the youngster even throwing in the Harperesque vignette when he dismissed them as mere "jeeps." The Northern Gateway pipeline was dead, there'd be no supertankers plying British Columbia's pristine but treacherous northern waters until Slick's inner Harper burst through and put a wet blanket on those policies. Slick even retained Harper's "stacked deck" National Energy Board. Now there's a real message in that.
Oh yeah, as for that promise that the Liberal government would always accept science and follow science unlike that science-hating Harper, well the science was warning Ottawa for more than a decade that man made climate change was turning the boreal forest into a wildfire time bomb. Yet, when Elizabeth May brought it up, Slick made sure to slap her down for it. Harper couldn't have done it better himself.
We should get Slick a bracelet that reads "WWSD" - What Would Shifty Do? When he needs to tweak something or recalibrate some policy or just lie about something; when he has to face the tough issues, as soon as he detects his knees buckling he can focus on that bracelet and - voila - he'll know what to do.
So much for a Liberal renaissance. It's still the Tories running Canada.