What a curious ruler we have in Steve Harper. The guy readily embraces religious superstition but recoils from knowledge, preferring at every turn to run with his gut instincts.
The papers are full of it these days. He's cutting funding for science, just about everywhere. He's hobbling environmental research, fisheries research, even food safety testing and research. He's gutting environmental review and fisheries safeguards. He, of all people, the very Prince of Darkness who invests his own supporters with fear of strangers, especially them Muslims, defunds border security. In the far north, where global warming is hammering the environment as nowhere else on the planet, Steve is closing the main research station.
This is primitivism. It must be fueled by Steve's fundamentalist religious superstitions. Canada, the world, just about everything isn't as it is. Weights and calculations and facts have no place intruding upon this joker's iron-fisted rule. What else can explain his obsession with gutting the census? There are no red, no green, nor amber lights on the mentally congested road Steve travels.
Yes, I'm sure this is primitivism. It comports tightly with the definition: Unsophisticated behavior that is unaffected by objective reasoning. It's an intellectual impairment, perhaps a mental defect, that repeatedly surfaces in Harper's remarkable and persistent blunders. In superficial ways he might come across as competent, even intelligent but when you actually explore the man's decision-making, he's incredibly inept.