By Randy Norris, Guest Columnist
Posted October 16, 2015
Stuck in the middle of nowhere, our nation’s capital is perpetually in danger of isolating itself from the rest of the Canada. But attitude has more to do with it than geography.
Digging deep into the recesses of my mind, let’s find a corner where I construct a scenario. Follow me while I pull back the curtains that hide the inner workings of the Prime Minister’s Office.
Let’s take a brief look at a meeting of Stephen Harper’s re-election team a year ago.
It was Wednesday morning, early 2014 and the Prime Minister’s staff were anxiously awaiting the arrival of “himself”.
Harper ran a tight ship and didn’t let very much slip off the corners of his desk. The Boss believed that he was the only road to political salvation for everyone.
Harper wanted another term, “He could taste it”. He had to cement his legacy and to continue changing Canada. He knew his chief rival would be a name he had hated for many years.
The “Trudeau Incarnate” had risen from Hell and was going to destroy his Canada. Justin or Pierre, it didn’t matter. It was a sequel in another long running horror movie.
Harper’s senior staff had been working on the election strategy for months, if not years.
The first meeting of the day was about planning for the election in the fall of 2015. Harper wanted the election plan finished and this meeting was crucial.
Harper crashed into the room, startling staff to attention. He merely nodded and asked about the briefing on the election plan.
PM: “What are the polls showing? What’s our image, our brand?”
Staff: “The Good Economy Party”.
Staff: “But there’s a problem. Even though we promised a balanced budget, it doesn’t look like we will make it and there’s a recession coming”.
PM: “Don’t worry, we can talk our way out of recession but the budget? Don’t we have some cut back money? We could use that, couldn’t we?”
Staff: “Yes, we’ve cut back and Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs (at the time) has given back $1.3 billion dollars in unspent money on programs for soldiers coming back from the war in Afghanistan.” (http://bit.ly/1NeIq3p)
PM: “No problem. We’ll announce a surplus but we don’t have to say specifically where it came from, that’s easy to hide. We can show how good we are at managing money and then we can make a big announcement about spending money on the vets. It’s a win-win.”
Our soldiers were abandoned when they came home. Denied services, the results were devastating.
Ending in March, 2014, more soldiers died from suicide than died in combat.(http://on.thestar.com/1qds0JO)
Is that Mr. Harper’s idea of a win-win?
Arrogance and believing your own propaganda. It’s a disease that can strike down any politician, federal, provincial, municipal, left or right wing.
Perhaps, we should use the money to rehabilitate them.
Gloria Kovach for Federal Minster of Public Works
Gloria Kovach, Conservative Candidate for Guelph has been a City Counsellor for 24 years but there should be no coronation here. Kovach has an impressive resume. And, at times, Chair of the City’s Finance Committee. But there’s more.
The incompetence with our local tax dollars is no deliberate left wing conspiracy. It’s owned by every Councilor who believed in their own propaganda that they knew best.
She was one of the architects of the infamous Guelph Factor. Right or Left, she contributed to the decades-long dysfunction at the top of this City.
Guelph City Council has given us projects that gorged on our tax dollars and helped lawyers finance a better life style.
Thank her for her service but it’s time for her to retire.
If she and the Cons win, Harper should make her Minister of Public Works. After all, she has decades of experience.
Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and are not shared by the editor,