How long is a government "new"? Harper's speech today was riddled with references to "Canada's new government". The government isn't new, but Harper's terminology is no accident. We're just getting started, things are different now, not the old, give us a chance. It's actually pretty astute to use the reference, although it increasingly looks ridiculous. Canada's new government, prepares to deliver its second budget, just sounds odd.
New implies possibility, which is attractive. Constantly hammering the reference creates the impression that any definitive criticism is pre-mature, almost unfair. How can you pan something new, give it a chance would you, don't be so cynical. I expect Harper to continue to use the reference during the next election campaign. Do you want the old, bruised Liberals or the new, shiny Conservatives?
I have to give Harper credit, he does an excellent job of framing the picture, despite the reality. Here we are in year two, and the government has delivered nothing on GHG's, yet we are presented with anticipation. We will do this... Masking the failure with the future, as though the last year is merely a precursor to the actual governing part.
I would love to hear a reporter call the Conservatives on the "new" reference, just to hear the response. As an aside, the Juno award nominations are out, and the Conservatives are up for "Best New Government". Harper can sure sing a tune.