So thinks Barbara Yaffee in today’s Vancouver Sun, citing a litany of things that haven’t gone Harper’s way of late that taken together might strain the Dear Leader’s festive cheer.
His grand experiment on Senate reform, through elections, has failed. As if by way of acknowledgment, he’s poised to make a bunch of Conservative appointments to the upper house, which won’t help his standing.
Meanwhile, Harper continues to look wobbly on the great issue of the moment — the economy. He has had to do a 180 on earlier projections about the economic outlook for the country.
Prior to the Parliamentary crisis, Harper sounded confident about the country’s position, pooh-poohing any notion of a deficit. His government’s past actions, he assured, had cushioned any fiscal fall Canada might experience.
Now, Harper is preparing a budget that will be billions in the red. And he’s suddenly not sure whether we are facing a full-blown Depression.
He is positioned to become the prime minister who will carry Canada back into deficit after 13 years of balanced budgets. And you can bet this isn’t something that will come naturally to him.
Other “woes…on Harper’s doorstep” include such things as the environment, “a policy area his government has neglected” that he will be forced to address in a more serious fashion now that Obama has declared “his commitment to view greenhouse gas reductions as an economic opportunity.”
Oh well, such are the burdens of leadership.
Doughy Heavy is the head that wears the crown and all that…
Hey, speaking of Christmas, here’s the holiday greetings video from Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party.
p.s. There’s a mischievous suggestion in Yafee’s editorial that’s interesting to ponder. She thinks that Harper’s upcoming Senate appointments, which she calls an “avalanche of patronage,” might be more palatable “if he were to make at least one compassionate appointment — that of Stephane Dion.” According to Yafee, while Dion may not have been “terribly competent as Liberal leader” he would make an excellent senator.