“I want to congratulate Premier McGuinty and his Government for developing programs that will use these federal funds to strengthen the Ontario economy, improve public safety, and expand the public transit system,” said Prime Minister Harper. “Working together, our governments are getting things done for all Ontarians.”
Given the unprecedented incursion into provincial matters, these comments are laughable:
“Our Government is committed to the federalism of openness, an approach to federal-provincial relations that relies on respect for jurisdiction...
We read plenty from "unnamed" Liberal sources, interesting to hear what Conservatives are quietly saying about the government's misguided strategy:
Two longtime provincial Tory organizers privately expressed their bafflement, but didn't want to speak for the record.
We even have a disgruntled Conservative (sound familar):
"The sense I get from talking to people is that it looks like a one-way fight," said Mark Warner, the erstwhile Conservative candidate in Toronto Centre who was dumped last fall by the party and subsequently supported Liberal Bob Rae.
"It kind of looks like Patrick Roy's son going after the other goalie. People are talking about it, but it's more framed in the way of 'Why?'
"Some of the (Tory) candidates running in the ridings they're targeting have said to me they don't understand what this is all about."
James Travers tried to figure out what this was all about today, but he never did explain how alienating voters was a positive.
CTV reported today that John Tory was unhappy with the offensive, which seems reasonable, given the increasing perception that he was really a bit player in the entire debate, reduced to repeating Flaherty's lines.
People can spin all they want, but today's press release from Harper was no accident, it was damage control. I guess some of those internal polls were telling them the same thing everyone else already knew, this strategy was a political boner of the highest order.