Darryn Jones* spoofs the now officially ridiculous Harper “sweater vest” commercials. In the two shown here, he mocks Harper’s painful efforts at embracing the concepts of bilingualism and multiculturalism — ideas that, in his past “Reform-Alliance” incarnations, he’s strenuously denounced.
Speaking of sweater vests and other such artifices, if you haven’t checked out the latest issue of Macleans yet, Scott Feschuck has a great piece on “Our biggest election EVER of this fall…” It’s quite a hoot.
The Harper we all know and . . . well, know anyway . . . is a ruthless political tactician devoid of conscience, charisma and the capacity to feel. But the Harper in the blue sweater vest! That guy is so open and vulnerable, so at one with his emotions, so at peace with nature that he can’t go into a rural riding without all the animals of the forest instinctively flocking to him, nuzzling his legs and gently lowering a wreath of wildflowers atop his head. Across the land, aunts have been crashing through security barriers just to pinch his cheek.
The credit for this emotional makeover goes neither to Harper nor the coming together of polyester and cotton — but to a team of scientists down at Conservative Labs. They’ve toiled for years on the vest, sheathing within its fibres a complex network of behaviour-altering technologies. It took a while to work out the bugs. When Harper first put it on, the vest’s proprietary Love of Country Enhancer was so strong that the Prime Minister immediately starting making out with a canoe.
Of Jack Layton, Feschuck says that his campaign strategy “appears to have been devised by someone who caught a few clips of Barack Obama on CNN.” No kidding. I caught a bit of him on CBC’s Canada Votes — Your Turn show last night talking with Peter Mansbridge and he was caught out LYING (Yes, let’s start using the L-word more frequently regarding Jack, when it’s applicable, why don’t we?) about cap-and-trade.
Contradicted on the facts by both a caller to the program and then Mansbridge, who rapidly affirmed what the caller had just said, Layton’s only response was “Well, you’re wrong.” Yeah, don’t let pesky “facts” like the 1.1% increase in GGEs last year get in the way of claims about that particular scheme’s efficacy when it comes to reducing emissions, as Layton confidently purported.
*From Victoria, BC, by the way. Yay!