Monday, May 26, 2008
The Buck Stops There
It was never really about Maxime Bernier, it was always about the Prime Minister's lack of judgement and naked political opportunism. Bernier had no resume, everyone seemed to agree, and yet Harper elevated him to a vital portfolio, within the theme of "Canada is back", a serious player on the world stage. What Harper did, is put our international reputation at risk, by offering an objective lightweight, because he only cared about domestic prospects.
Bernier, given the helm, because the Prime Minister desperately wanted high profile Quebec representation in his government. Bernier was a strategy, wherein the only considerations were the self-interest of the Conservatives. What is really the key conclusion of this entire exercise, Harper is less concerned with our international standing, as he is currying favor with a desirable electorate. Quite a contrast to the rhetoric.
Quebecers should be insulted, that Harper thinks so little of them, that he would use Bernier to curry favor. That Harper would ignore the obvious limitations, and thrust Bernier to the fore, says to Quebecers I'm trying to buy your approval. Bernier was always a marketing strategy, a line or two in a false storyline of reaching out to Quebecers. The old Reformer pimped out his token francophone, used him to try and maximize. If Bernier was able, among other candidates, you could surely argue why he gets the nod, but here, SO out of his league, it reveals a really disturbing fundamental about Harper.
The legacy of Bernier has little to do with him. As other countries wonder, just what is happening with Canada, here it home, all we need to realize is that this whole farce speaks VOLUMES about who Harper is, what are his true motivations, and why he is ultimately bad news for Canada.
Posted by Steve V at 11:14 PM