Harper-Ford BBQ Footage

In case you’re interested, here’s the YouTube video featuring “Canada’s best known fishing buddies” that was described by Tim Harper in the Toronto Star the other day. Better hurry though, as a previous uploads have been yanked, apparently at the behest of paranoid, ultra-secretive Conservative Party apparatchiks.

There’s actually nothing terribly startling about it:

So, to recap — there was surprise guest Harper, telling the crowd about a heretofore unknown fishing trip with Ford, lauding the mayor for cleaning up the NDP mess at City Hall, patting himself on the back for cleaning up the leftist mess in Ottawa, rooting on Tim Hudak (without specifically naming him) to complete the “hat trick” by ousting Dalton McGuinty on Oct. 6.

Perhaps, as Harper (the columnist, not the Dear Leader) suggests, “there’s something unnerving about the two of them trading thigh slappers and appearing to have such a damn good time while cutting jobs and gutting services.” Or maybe the Conservatives just didn’t want people to see Jim Flaherty wearing that ridiculous faux boxing belt awarded to him for being “World Championship Finance Minister.”

Tim Who?

Briefly scanning posts from various Bloggin’ Tories yesterday, it seems many of them are quite enthused about Tim Hudak, the new leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

A spirited supporter of George W. Bush and the illegal war in Iraq, Hudak is apparently a flat taxer who believes in the public funding of faith-based schools, wants to abolish the Human Rights Commission, get tough on crime and freeze the minimum wage for years to come…

Prior to becoming a professional politician, he was an assistant manager at Wal-Mart.

Yep, that’s Bloggin’ Tory material alright.