Saturday, September 12, 2009

Jeff Jedras: On "Scary Stephen" and the Secret Harper Tapes

National Post contributor Jeff Jedras on the significance of the secret Harper videotapes:

No, what is damning about that tape, what will not be part of the public pitch the Conservatives will be making, is the foreshadowing of what a Conservative government would do with its majority. It was a brief re-emergence of the Scary Steve that Harper has largely managed to hide in government.

He ranted against socialists and separatists, he complained about left-wing ideologues on the courts and in the public service, he equated groups that fought for rights for minorities, for the disabled, for women, as left-wing fringe groups. He mocked multilateralism in foreign policy. He re-emphasized that he wants to get rid of the gun registry. He mocked government-sponsored child care programs.

And in addition to the message was the tone: angry, spiteful, negative. A very different message and tone then sweater-vest Steve.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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