Apparently, that’s what the mainstream press tagging along with Team Harper have glibly dubbed His party’s campaign jet. And not unjustifiably so, I would say, given what has been witnessed thusfar from his stump speeches to ethnic crowds in the burbs of Toronto. There, the theme of “stability” that would come from a majority Conservative government and untold chaos in the wake of a “reckless coalition” seizing power was repeatedly hammered home.
I suppose in a sense all this talk of a “reckless coalition” is a brilliant ploy — by the way, did Team Harper purchase that hallmark expression from Frank Luntz, do you think? — but isn’t it really a frivolous distraction from why we are presently in an election?
When push came to shove, it was the result of a confidence motion on a breach of trust and contempt of parliament. While some contend that what the Harper government did (or, more precisely, wilfully didn’t do) to precipitate the vote of non-confidence in the House constitutes a “crime” — a position that I don’t happen to concur with, btw — it’s still an important matter that cuts to essence of what makes the Harper Conservatives so deeply objectionable.
Given the entire campaign lasts only six weeks, no more time should be wasted by any party on all this ridiculous, hypothetical scare-mongering about coalitions. Let’s get back to the issues… whatever they may be.