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Prime Minister needs to build confidence

From Monday's Globe and Mail

Harper could take some tips from Obama about how to convince people he has a viable plan to aid economic recovery ...Read the full article

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  1. 4Cryin Outloud from Canada writes: Harper lost credibility long ago. If it's up to him to convince us to spend, spend, spend money we don't have because a military industrial complex at war just isn't enough to keep the rich getting richer he can forget it! We're going to need someone with some heart, integrity, and an honesty and compassion for this country that is undeniably worn on his sleeve to make me a believer again. Harper's lust for power has shown him to be worthless in terms of value to our country, our economy, our future or our place in the big scheme of things. In fact he's a drag on all of these things and his new found socialism is unbelievably cynical and shows what lengths he'll go to just to stay in power. In fact as reckless as he's become he'd likely spend us into a black hole of deficit and he'd do it just to make us all pay for our lack of enthusiasm for him as the PM. Be gone with you Harper, be gone with you.
  2. D Le5 from Canada writes: There is little chance that the PM will suddenly become charismatic and erase the last few years of how he comes across to people (the blue sweater speaks volumes as to how far off the mark he is in connecting with people)

    Sadly there is no leader that could rally the troops. Layton ebbs and flows but has been around too long and has never been able to break through to the mainstream voter. Iggy is far better than Dion but doesn't come across that in touch with the people either.

    Though I prefer pragmatic to charismatic it is still politics and when in the public eye style sometimes is more important than substance.
    I don't find that our current leader has either trait. Perhaps we are stuck like the US was with 8 years of poor leadership until someone comes along to inspire us.
  3. Brenton E. from Canada writes: 25% love this guy, 15% don't know what to think of him and 60% hate him, he is the most divisive PM in memory and that includes his mentor Mulroney. I don't believe the conservatives will go anywhere with this man as leader.
  4. Proud Canadian from Canada writes: He's the worse of the worse. He's a clone of George W. Bush, he has no idea how to bring people together. He's on a short and tight leash, how the Conservatives havent thrown this guy out the door along with his PMO before now is beyond me. How can a guy who can not look at one Canadian in the eye and tell him one ounce of truth be at 24 Sussex? He says things, then does the complete opposite. If you want to govern Harper, then govern, if you want to play petty politics, u got one guy who will eat you up and spit you out. Michael Ignateff.
  5. Simon Proxy from Canada writes: I've always said that if a pollster told Harper that Canadians didn't like seniors that the next day you'd see him cutting his grandmother free on an ice flow.

    We had 12 years of Martin-economics during which the US went into a recession following 9/11 that we did not follow because our economic house was in order. Nor did we slip into recession when the softwood lumber issue drained 5 billion from our economy; or when SARS shut down the Ontario film industry; or when forest fires wiped out huge swaths of BC; the list goes on and we weathered each.

    Not because we followed the US, not because we waited until we saw where they were going and then made up plans, but because the steady hand at the wheel of our economy had a solid understanding of risk and knew if we remained prudent and conservative with our finances we could steer our own course.

    Its small surprise then that the party called Conservative has spent the most, cut $9 billion a year in revenue removing any hedge room and put our economy at risk just ahead of an economic downturn even a 5 year old could see coming (I traveled through the US in April 08 and you could see most areas were already in a recession then).

    This failed version of the Conservative experiment is already past its best before date and all we're going to see in this budget is too little, too late pseudo-populist half-economics trotted out just ahead of another Conservative radio ad blitz designed to sell Canadians another pig with lipstick.

    We can't afford another 300 million dollar election but it's long past time for change. And as the only way the Liberals were going to govern in the last election was through a coalition I put to you that every vote for the Liberals and NDP was a vote for a coalition. Either way the majority must rule and the current majority in the House is not represented by Mr. Harper.
  6. prospector from blackfly country from Canada writes: Bring on the election. Iggy won't know what hit him.
  7. Catherine Wilkie from Canada writes: Harper is a dud. He did not see the worsening economy coming. After the US had been in recession for a year. He would not even fathom the notion.

    Or, he lied to gain power.

    Either way, a dud.
  8. Anthony B from Maritimes, Canada writes: 'Now, former officials and economists say, Mr. Harper and his ministers must convince the populace they know what they are doing with all that money'

    They are doing what they always do ----- whatever it takes to cling to power.

    Hey, Stevie, why don't you use that $64 Billion to buy Canadians some stocks .....I hear from a 'reliable' source there are some great opportunities:-)
  9. W.A. Darnell from Canada writes: How can a guy who's broken promises over and over again and in severe need of an attitude adjustment build confidence?? He resigns!! Harper's burnt his bridges -- all of them.
  10. Hans S from Canada writes: Worst PM ever! Canadians deserve much, much better than these lying amateurs.
  11. Earl Anthony from Sudbury, Canada writes: The coalition would be less financially responsible with the NDP in the mix and the Bloc pressuring for more money for Quebec. An election right now adds great uncertainty for the next 3 or 4 months at least.

    Given the foregoing, Harper's the man to pull us through this crisis like it or not. I think 34 billion is too much of a deficit but we can blame that on opposition pressure.
  12. Dutch Nawaz from United Kingdom writes: Let's not forget the Canadian people voted in Harper no different then Americans voted in Bush for 8 years! No one to blame here expect the Canadian people for being so out of touch with the world and reality. Now we have to pay the price for keeping the Bush dream alive through Harper.
    Harper has flip flopped on his policies for years and now it's showing he's way over his head. Just because you want to lead Harper does not mean you are qualified to lead. Harper does not represent the Canada I want the world to know of.
  13. ronin x from EU, where I took my $$$ when HarperCONs got in, now I'm richer, Canada writes: Earl Anthony from Sudbury, Canada writes: 'The coalition would be less financially responsible with the NDP in the mix and the Bloc pressuring for more money for Quebec. An election right now adds great uncertainty for the next 3 or 4 months at least.

    Given the foregoing, Harper's the man to pull us through this crisis like it or not. I think 34 billion is too much of a deficit but we can blame that on opposition pressure. ' Posted 26/01/09 at 8:33 AM EST

    You contradict yourself - according to you: - the opposition coalition would be less financiallly responble, yet 'opposition pressure' has forced Harper to go into the red.

    Therefore, Harper is most definitely NOT the man; if he caves so badly, then the coaltion has the power. Harper is just a weakling who will say and do anything to stay in power, Canadians be damned.

    Is the CON mantra now 'deficits are awesome', like it was 'snap elections are awesome' and 'packing the Senate is awesome' not so long ago?

    Wasn't Harper the guy that advised us to invest in the stock market?

    Is that guy really your best hope?

    Does any CON have any principles anymore?
  14. Roman Spears from St. Catharines, Canada writes:

    Too bad the PM is a divide and conquer kind of despot at a time when what we need is concensus building and a forward thinking political party in charge.
  15. ronin x from EU, where I took my $$$ when HarperCONs got in, now I'm richer, Canada writes:
    BTW, Harper is still an international joke over here; they call him the last Bushite, and Bush, Jr.

    They really can't believe it.
  16. Anthony B from Maritimes, Canada writes: Earl Anthony from Sudbury, Canada writes: 'I think 34 billion is too much of a deficit but we can blame that on opposition pressure'

    Er, no. We can blame it on Harper's lack of backbone and his 'power at any price' strategy. If he had the courage of his convictions, no amount of pressure would persuade him to disavow his principles. Opposition pressure? Yeah, right! 'It's not my fault, Ignatieff made me do it.'
  17. Geoffrey May from Canada writes: Only a media establishment wedded to Harper could suggest that he could build confidence .During the October elections Harper claimed that Canadians were not worried about losing their jobs and houses , that the fundamentals of the economy were strong.In November he released an economic statement claiming a modest surplus.and now Harper is planning a $64 billion deficit .
    The question of Harpers compotence and dishonesty has long been settled, what really remains is a question of Harpers sanity .
  18. Zando Lee from Vancouver, Canada writes: ....it's high time to send this gang of neocon misfits packing.....
  19. Brenton E. from Canada writes: Geoffrey May from Canada writes: Only a media establishment wedded to Harper could suggest that he could build confidence
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    a media establishment that went out of it's way to help him win the last election, you cannot be surprised Mr. May
  20. Mitch hourigan from Canada writes: Many years ago (before the advent of email) I took exception to news coverage of an election in a local paper. Long story short, in a personal private conversation with the editor of that paper (a national chain), he upbraided me on how 'stupid' the Canadian voting public is. Now I agree with him
  21. Mervin Hollingsworth from Saskatoon, Sk, Canada writes: Of course the Harper haters are out in full force. Its funny there never is much comment about the policies of the Harper government but rather the comments all attack the PM personally. Sad isn't it that people can only attack other personally rather than sticking to the policies. I would suggest the opposition parties have to act responsibly as well in order for the country to regain some measure of confidence in our political process. Layton saying he is going to defeat a budget that he hasn't seen to me doesn't seem very responsible 'or wanting to make parliament work'. He sounds like a spoiled child. Forcing another election certainly is not going to help the people who are hurting while the politicians run around the country lying to us that they have the answer to all that ails us. The Bloc is only interested in what they can squeeze out of the country to advance Quebec's interest. How is that responsible and in the interest of the country. After all they are sitting in the parliament of Canada which is suppose to represent the country as a whole. There is plenty of blame to go around but as long as we see opposition parties threatening to bring down the government every other day and calling the PM names Canadians are not going to gain much confidence in our politicians.
  22. john s from Canada writes: The Prime Minister, who dresses according to the advice of an image consultant, will have policies created in the same fashion. Looking good is a far cry from being good!
  23. P Martin from St. John's, Canada writes: Harper opens his mouth and lies spew forth. He make promises already knowing he will break them. He passes laws that he circumvents. He bullies and harasses anyone that disagrees with him. He shows a distinct lack of ability and leadership. He pits different parts of the country against one another. He shuts parliament in order to delay the democratic process. He will do, say and promise anything to stay in power. And this is our PM!

    Do not forget the blacked out documents - if you want to find out anything. Accessibility is a joke. Gone are the $12 billion dollar surplus. Burned through the $3 billion contingency fund. Increased government spending to record levels. Increased government spending at considerably more than the rate of inflation. Announced $19 billion in pre-election spending. Attacked Ontario as the worse place to invest. Lost $2 Billion a year and rising with a bungled income trust policy.

    Harper has permanently lost the confidence of the Canadian public - well the Canadian public that actually follows what Harper does. The rest just have blinders on as Harper kicks us into a downward spiral.
  24. Donald Wilson from Canada writes: Steve has a host of problems to work on ; His inability to keep his word is probably number one . Followed by showing he actually understands the Canadian economy - he hasn't so far . Politics is a dirty business but don't confuse that with Governing - running a country is not very different from running a business - one needs to be a Leader ( not a dictator ) , and have a capable team to run the departments . These nuances are lost on Steve and gang . And he has to accept that Quebec and many others in Canada have different opinions about a lot of things - dissing Quebecers is unacceptable . His recent rants against Quebec is very divisive .
    I doubt the short break given to Harper by the GG has been enough time to correct all these very big problems with Steve the man .
  25. Still Learning at 78 from Canada writes: Mr Harper likes Mr Harper and the voter is secondary. 63% 0f the voters should have no say according to the Harper propaganda machine. I am amazed at the gullibility of some who believe Harpers idea of a parliamentary democracy.
  26. Bobby Dy from Canada writes: Mervin Hollingsworth, Layton hasn't said he won't support a budget that he hasn't seen. He has said that he can't trust Harper (and in that he is absolutely correct while Ignatieff is being naive if he believes otherwise). In not trusting the man, no budget that he presents is worthy of consideration because the man cannot be trusted to govern in a non-partisan way. Non-partisan, in this sense, doesn't mean that he governs with any other agenda other than a conservative one. It means that he govern in a manner that doesn't exploit a temporary weakness in one or more opposition party to push through legislation that the existing HoC would never pass and, in particular, legislation that undermines democracy in this country. That's exactly what the all-at-once removal of public funding to political parties does. These are different issues.

    I also agree with the comment above that if Harper is simply doing what the coalition was proposing then Harper only has power in name and not in practice.
  27. Bobby Dy from Canada writes: Earl Anthony, your claim about Harper being more fiscally responsible than the coalition is an assumption, not a fact. It is based on preconceptions. Actually, it would be quite easy for the coalition to produce a more fiscally responsible and yet more effective stimulus package. Even if all they did was eliminate the middle class tax cuts, they would accomplish that. If they also bothered to spend the same amount of money more wisely and without the middle class tax cuts, they would also accomplish that. Harper has, once again, put politics ahead of policy (at least it appears that way based on what we know of the budget so far).
  28. Free The West Free The West from A Vote For The Liberals Is a Vote For The Bloc., Canada writes: The greatest issue in Canadian politics today is the active role taken by the Toronto-based media in trying to usurp power for the Toronto-based Liberals. This has led to a non-stop campaign of contrived headlines and even outright lies from the sector of society that has been traditionally been given the trust of the public to present unbiased information. The G&M is by far the worst offender.
  29. Living Fossil from Edmonton, Canada writes: 'For example, Mr. Obama will create a special website that will detail how the money is spent, and will post the announcements of all contracts and grants that are awarded.' Wouldn't that be nice here in Canada?

    However, Harper would never consider doing something like that. He doesn't believe that the voters have a right to know or believe anything other than what he tells them, and he wants the flexibility to change the story whenever he chooses, so he doesn't want anything in writing.

    Give him a week and he'll be right back into his adversarial approach to anyone who doesn't kiss his a$$.

    .
  30. Peter L. from Rural, Canada writes: I was very impressed with O'Bama's first Weekly Update, which I viewed on the Internet.
    You have to ask yourself..'How does he find the time?'. Well, he does, because it is so important to communicate with others, make them feel a part of it, and be open and accountable with your comments.
    Then it occurred to me ...It would be nice if Harper televised Updates!
    I don't think he ever has, other than during Election time...and that is Bull, that we don't believe will ever happen.
    But NO...he is probaby.... far busier than Obama, (trying to better himself).....and Good Grief...he might be held Accountable for something.
    I'm ashamed and embarrassed by our Political Leaders, and the Government they appear to be running.
    Can we not get anyone of the calibre found in the U.S. to run for Leadership here?
    Very sad indeed.
  31. Joe Dick from Kingston, Canada writes: Proud Canadian from Canada writes: He's the worse of the worse. He's a clone of George W. Bush, he has no idea how to bring people together. He's on a short and tight leash, how the Conservatives havent thrown this guy out the door along with his PMO before now is beyond me. How can a guy who can not look at one Canadian in the eye and tell him one ounce of truth be at 24 Sussex? He says things, then does the complete opposite. If you want to govern Harper, then govern, if you want to play petty politics, u got one guy who will eat you up and spit you out. Michael Ignateff.

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    You could learn some lessons from Obama about how liberals behave.
  32. Zando Lee from Vancouver, Canada writes: ....the two essential elements of competence and credibility are lacking...regime change is appropriate....
  33. Kevin Allan from Vancouver, Canada writes: How do you sell confidence when you LIE to Canadians ?

    I woke up today, turned on the TV only to hear the PM Harper again LIE to Canadians that the only way to change a Government in Canada is to have an election. That is even though a lot of us know how he attempted to take over the Government from PM Paul Martin with a letter to the GG.

    It is an outrage to have a illegitimate lying PM in OUR Canada.

    We have all already noticed that he took no blame for what HE did last November and December. And then claiming to be the saviour of Canada from the separatists top save his skin.

    He has ABUSED our DEMOCRACY enough.

    He cannot be believed.
  34. Honesty is the best Policy from Canada writes:
    The only thing we can be confident about with Harper is that back stabbing and partisan games will take precedence over Canada and Canadians.
  35. Ingrid Kolbe from Canada writes: I think that the Anyone of the same calibre as the new leader of the US watched question period and decided to move to rural Anywhere rather than go and play in the zoo known as Parliament.
  36. a l from Toronto, Canada writes: Harper only takes advice when he looks in the mirror.
  37. Nick Beerman from Calgary, Canada writes: Mr. Harper will never be able to emulate Mr. Obama simply because of his track record. One example is how, during the last election, he was so adament that a deficit was out of the question. While he was saying this virtually every economist new we were in trouble. 'streight and steady' was the Conservative watch word. MR HARPER IS AN ECONOMIST AND I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS COMMING. This is only one small example of how Mr. Harper and the Conservatives will do anything for a vote and do not hold the nation's well being first and formost. This is only one of many examples.

    If there are corporate tax cuts in the coming budget it will be another example. Across the board tax cuts will benefit those who need them the least. The Banks. The banks that have been constantly cutting staff over the last decade or more. How will giving them a tax cut help employment? Those corporations who are currently not making a profit need help the most.
  38. Brian C from Canada writes:
    Another reporter with US envy.
  39. Kevin Allan from Vancouver, Canada writes: Nick Beerma: You say 'MR HARPER IS AN ECONOMIST AND I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT HE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS COMMING.'

    Mr Harper told us that if anything was going happen, it would happen by now. That was last fall during the election. Some economist.

    I don't know how he can call himself an economist. I don't think he could get a job as one except perhaps at a entry level position.

    Getting a degree or two in economics 20 years ago and NEVER working as an economist except perhaps when he worked at the university for a year after graduating in my opinion does not qualify MR Harper as an economist.
  40. Curly Maple from havenotsville, Canada writes:
    Mervin Hollingsworth from Saskatoon, Sk, Canada writes: Of course the Harper haters are out in full force. Its funny there never is much comment about the policies of the Harper government but rather the comments all attack the PM personally.

    Swervin' Mervin: Maybe I'm missing something here. I do not see any personal attacks on Harpo--the posters have commented on what a liar Harpo is--and lets face it--he has been exposed for some whoppers*. This is not surprising when one looks at the historical evolution(!) of this party and its associated doctrine/philosophy(!). It galvanized itself as a response to the series of deficits in the mid 70s, arguing against the Keynesian Welfare State (KWS). It criticized and sought to dismantle the KWS as it was seen as a great evil and the source of all deficits and debt. Moreover, it is a *very* authoritarian, i.e., *anti-democratic* doctrine. The posters here have been criticizing Harpo in these contexts--I am still amazed that no one has pointed out that the raison d'etre--Keynesian economics, has been *adopted* by Harpo--that is, running a deficit. Neo-conservatism has been historically invalidated and shown to be totally bankrupt, i.e., its *wrong*--market based solutions *fail*--look no further than the US. Given these turn of events contrasted to its doctrine, I find that the criticisms are fair game, and largely correct. There *is no reason to get personal here--critics can simply feast on the harpocricy and bankruptcy of him and his philosophy--quite clearly neo-conservatism's time on the stage is over--its totally bankrupt and is antithetical to what is needed right now.
    ta ra
  41. Suburban Sisyphus from Canada writes: It's time to end Canada's (failed) neocon experiment and send Harper packing. He can always fall back on a career as some church's magisterial pastor.
  42. Stan L from Canada writes: He could start by knocking it off with the attack ads....he simply makes himself out to be a liar when he says he wants to work together in a non-partisan way and then puts out deceptive ads to the contrary.
  43. Suburban Sisyphus from Canada writes: P Martin from St. John's, Canada writes: 'Harper opens his mouth and lies spew forth. He make promises already knowing he will break them. He passes laws that he circumvents. He bullies and harasses anyone that disagrees with him. He shows a distinct lack of ability and leadership. He pits different parts of the country against one another. He shuts parliament in order to delay the democratic process. He will do, say and promise anything to stay in power. And this is our PM!

    'Do not forget the blacked out documents - if you want to find out anything. Accessibility is a joke. Gone are the $12 billion dollar surplus. Burned through the $3 billion contingency fund. Increased government spending to record levels. Increased government spending at considerably more than the rate of inflation. Announced $19 billion in pre-election spending. Attacked Ontario as the worse place to invest. Lost $2 Billion a year and rising with a bungled income trust policy.'

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    Thanks P Martin for the wonderfully succinct synopsis of Harper's PM career -- right on the mark.
  44. Bill Harrison from Canada writes: If this article was designed to bring out the anti-Harper people then it certainly worked. Such nasty comments, and such name-calling, not really worthy of educated people. But, I guess when you hate, as these people obviously do, then any comment is acceptable.
  45. Patricia B from Toronto, Canada writes: The fact that Harper continues to lie to the public about an election being the only valid solution if the budget is turned down is reason to doubt the truth of anything else he or his party says.

    What also disturbs me is why the mainstream media seem to challenge this lie so little if at all. How can we have healthy democracy in Canada if our media won't very clearly name attempts to mislead the public as the untruths they are? The Toronto Star has had some good articles about coalitions being totally legal in our democracy, but I would like to see all media agree to print any political lies or misleading statements only with the truth immediately following each lie, in the next sentence.

    Similarly, since the truth and straightforwardness of the figures being used by the Tories for budget statements is apparently quite questionable, our media should not distribute any statements based on questionable figures without stating each and every time that the projections are of course valid only if the figures they are based on are valid.
  46. Joe Canadian from Japan, Canada writes: Prime Minister Ignatieff.
  47. Peter Turner from Hamilton, Canada writes: Perhaps Harper should continue making certain that governments cannot engage in the creation of those evil 'hidden surpluses'. Isn't it better to face a completely uncertain future like we do now. Keeps us on our toes. This is not a game of 'do my looks exude confidence' either we are confident about our Prime Minister or not, and at this point, he has completely lost any credibility period.
  48. Lance McKenzie from North Bay, Canada writes: One can hope they are wrong,but could Happer be leaking all of this news so he may blindside the opposition and Canadians with something that may trigger an election tommorrow. He does still want a majority.
  49. Hans S from Canada writes: Bill Harrison from Canada writes: If this article was designed to bring out the anti-Harper people then it certainly worked. Such nasty comments, and such name-calling, not really worthy of educated people. But, I guess when you hate, as these people obviously do, then any comment is acceptable.
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    Cry us a river. PM Harper is such a nice, thoughtful and respectful man.
  50. T D from Canada writes: and how much confidence can be had in a person that is both a hypocrite and a liar?
  51. Roman Spears from St. Catharines, Canada writes:

    Lance McKenzie from North Bay, Canada writes: One can hope they are wrong,but could Happer be leaking all of this news so he may blindside the opposition and Canadians with something that may trigger an election tommorrow. He does still want a majority.

    *****

    What makes you think that the coalition will call an election? They will govern until the coalition falls apart, probably sometime after the Liberal leadership meeting confirms Iggy as the new leader and each party has its war chest ready.
  52. Scurvy Dog from Milton, Canada writes: I see so much negativity in the comments. ie. liar, power, GW clone lol We are in a Global recession and he knew the forecasts for 2008 were not as rosy as predicted. But what should he do? Stand up and say things are going to be terrible and we have no hope left??? Of course, not, that would lead to more uncertainly to and even more volatile markets. Anti Harperits would then scream, see! look this is his attitude. He is in it for himself blah blah blah..

    Harpers misfortune is the timing of this back to back election wins. Given a majority in the early 2000's, he would likely be seen as a great leader. And remember, right now he is only running a minority government, so more blame should be put on the other parties for not allowing Cons to do what needs to be done to be successful.
  53. l thibl from B.C., Canada writes: $64 billions & with reduced revenue streams eh! This is total madness.



    Btw. Harper spent $1 billion in consultant’s fees whilst trying to figure out how to reduce various gov’t depts. – some manager.
  54. J Law from Canada writes: When th ePM was trying to keep people's confidence up th eopposition was screaming that PM was lying and we were drowning; the G & M was screaming we were drowning and many supporters of the wild eyed coalition were screaming we were drowning. It is not the PM who is the enemy of the Canadian people. Geez these people in opposition would have screamed to the world that Winston Churchill was lying in his great speechs to bolster his people.
  55. aging oldtool from Canada writes: It will take a long course of unfailing honesty by Stephen Harper for him to gain the confidence of Canadians.

    Unfortunately, this latest little budget drama is far from honest, otherwise Harper wouldn't have John Baird providing detail.

    I can only hope the Globe and other media get their acts together and provide readers with a very detailed list of expenditure plans and then follows through to ensure local CPC needs don't jeopardize them.
  56. May Loo from Calgary, Canada writes: I never had confidence in Harper. But then I wasn't fooled by the party's name change. You can take the Reform/Alliance name out of him, but you can't take the western conservative agenda out of him. I wonder if he would be so reasonable if he had a majority. Bush-lite indeed! And also, there are so many reasons not to vote for Harper besides whether he can handle the economy or not. And I wonder how much of the projected deficit is due to those tax cuts the Conservatives implemented.
  57. rick from river city from Canada writes: Stan L from Canada writes: He could start by knocking it off with the attack ads....he simply makes himself out to be a liar when he says he wants to work together in a non-partisan way and then puts out deceptive ads to the contrary.

    Kind like Count Iggy's lies that the coalition is about the Canadian economy and not about losing Liberal party financing. Apparently any party advertisement is now automatically an 'attack ad'.
  58. Stan L from Canada writes: rick from river city from Canada writes: Stan L from Canada writes: He could start by knocking it off with the attack ads....he simply makes himself out to be a liar when he says he wants to work together in a non-partisan way and then puts out deceptive ads to the contrary.

    Kind like Count Iggy's lies that the coalition is about the Canadian economy and not about losing Liberal party financing. Apparently any party advertisement is now automatically an 'attack ad'.

    rick....give yourself a shake. Harper is allowed to speak about why the coalition is not to his taste and Igantieff is allowed to do the same in reverse....that's what media interviews are for and press releases are for. But spending money to say what couldn't be said in the HoC, and as a way to mislead the public is just wrong, period and is and attack ad. AND AS for you making the facile assumption that the Liberals are in it just to object to the party financing issue....grow up and stop judging other parties motivations by CPC standards.
  59. Suburban Sisyphus from Canada writes: Scurvy Dog from Milton, Canada writes: '... Given a majority in the early 2000's, [Harper] would likely be seen as a great leader...'

    --

    Quite a bit of a stretch, don't you think? Geez...
  60. Guitar Player from Vancouver, Canada writes: This prime minister has the worst credibility of any Canadian leader in recent history. His partisanship, his chronic refusal to tell Canadians the truth on issues, and his manipulation of Canada's antiquated and asinine parliamentary system reveal him to be just about the worst example of leadership we could possibly offer young people in this country. He ought to be ashamed of himself, of course -- the problem is that he is not, and he is more than likely to continue doing exactly as he has always done. Trust him? Believe him? Not a chance. The thought that we have to leave him in charge of our fiscal well-being, given his past credibility, is both nauseating and terrifying beyond speech.
  61. Michele K from Ottawa, Canada writes: J Law from Canada wrote: 'When th ePM was trying to keep people's confidence up th eopposition was screaming that PM was lying and we were drowning; the G & M was screaming we were drowning and many supporters of the wild eyed coalition were screaming we were drowning. It is not the PM who is the enemy of the Canadian people. Geez these people in opposition would have screamed to the world that Winston Churchill was lying in his great speechs to bolster his people.'

    J Law, I'm no fan of Parliament as a whole right now, but you (and the rest of the Cons, ie, those screaming for the opposition to supply written submissions of what the budget should contain) seem not to understand that the job of the Opposition is to oppose.

    Oppose by pointing out why the government is wrong, I'll grant you, but oppose. Not their job to provide Harper with their ideas, and certainly not their job (or responsibility) to be held accountable for anything Harper does in response.

    HE's the PM, and if he really doesn't believe in budgetary 'stimulus', then it is his DUTY not to provide it.

    But surely even you can acknowledge that Harper's principles are about as steady as whipped cream. He's not committed to fiscal conservatism and never has been - he's committed to remaining in power, and at any cost (and none of his own either, unfortunately).
  62. Geoffrey May from Canada writes: Bill Harrison from Canada .I'm sorry you disaprove of the critisism leveled at Harper . What about Harper do you respect ?
  63. Jenn R from Canada writes: Scurvy Dog from Milton, Canada writes: I see so much negativity in the comments. ie. liar, power, GW clone lol We are in a Global recession and he knew the forecasts for 2008 were not as rosy as predicted. But what should he do? Stand up and say things are going to be terrible and we have no hope left??? Of course, not, that would lead to more uncertainly to and even more volatile markets. Anti Harperits would then scream, see! look this is his attitude. He is in it for himself blah blah blah.. Harpers misfortune is the timing of this back to back election wins. Given a majority in the early 2000's, he would likely be seen as a great leader. And remember, right now he is only running a minority government, so more blame should be put on the other parties for not allowing Cons to do what needs to be done to be successful.

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    LOL - give me a break! This has to be the funniest thing I've read all day. What was Harper supposed to do? Seeing as you are willing to acknowledge he knew forecasts weren't rosy (a step further than most Con apologists) how about not calling a snap election thinking he could fool Canadians into giving him a majority BEFORE things really tanked? Or how about not lying to the Canadian public about the real state of Canada's affairs two month before the stuff hit the fan? Or telling Canadians that it was a good time to buy stocks?

    Harper is the author of his own demise. His 'misfortune' was entirely self-created and has nothing to do with timing. There is no need to blame anyone else for his incompetence.

  64. Vickky Angstrom from Canada writes: Harper keeps thinking he has an image problem. Really he has a behaviour problem. Never in a million years could he inspire trust like Obama.

    Harper thinks money and winning are the most important things in the world. He thinks tactics are more important than principles. He thinks Canada is an economy first and a society second.

    Harper would have to undergo a complete spiritual transformation to be trusted and respected. Meanwhile, he will keep working on his 'image' problem.
  65. Michele K from Ottawa, Canada writes: That's the problem in a nutshell, Vikky.

    These Cons can't even begin to accept that they can be wrong about anything.

    Why, it's still more of this paternalistic and condescending, 'if people only understood better what we're doing', bravado.
  66. Michele K from Ottawa, Canada writes: Oh, he's got an image problem, alright, and that is that his current image portrays him accurately as a stiff, disrespectful, and inconsiderate autocrat.
  67. Zando Lee from Vancouver, Canada writes: ....whatever happened to the great Canadian fire sale of the people's stuff?......is the CBC still on the block?......
  68. Bill Harrison from Canada writes: Geoff May: I didn't say I hold Mr. Harper in any great respect, but I do argue there are responsible ways to disagree with him and his government, just as there are ways to disagree with Layton's determination to defeat the budget as any cost, or Ignatieff's about face on several issues What I find annoying is the level of the discourse and the vulgarity of some of the comments. Do those making them really hate that much?
  69. Hee Hoo Sai from Canada writes: With truly incredable people, like the ndp, who have publicaly stated that they will vote agaist the government, how could this happen? Partisan dimwits.
  70. John Brown from Maritimes, Canada writes: Simply put something has to be done but you can not lay the blame for $64B deficit entirely on the opposition/coalition parties. The majority of this mess is the responsibility of fiscal mismanagement and who had guardianship of the finances the past 3 years? I can almost bet it was not the Liberals, NDP or the Bloc parties; and which party was it that cut the consummer tax by 2% over the past three years against the advice of economist's and financial guru's more wise than Flarhety? Again it was none of the opposition parties! Never lived in the Centre of the Universe but 3 years ago when the PM announced his chief bean-counter people of Ontario warned us it was a big mistake given the financial state of that province when he left. We live and learn, Dion warned Canadians of the financial state of the country prior to the October election but Alberta choose to believe Harper instead. Steve is still there only because Canadians did not want to vote Dion and the Liberals, small wonder as who wanted to pay more tax when his Carbon scheme went through. Food for thought; in November his plan was to decimate the Liberal's once and for all and his bluff was called, now they have to play adult and come up with a plan or be turfed out. For better or worse, our deficit is getting bigger again all because of poor financial management, could not save for the rainy day; well now the monsoon season is upon us and it is sink or swim time Steve. Remember, the coaliton called his bluff and now he is forced to save his hide.
  71. CR VAN KRALINGEN from PORT COLBORNE, Canada writes: TOO LATE!!!!!!!!!

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