Saturday, June 02, 2007

Great Moments in Spin III

OK, that's provincial and municipal. Time for federal:



The leaders reacted harshly after the Commons question period where Harper challenged the credibility of Liberal Leader Stephane Dion because he hasn't served in the military, and took a shot at deputy leader Michael Ignatieff because he lived outside the country for three decades.

"I will just say it is true I have never served in the Armed Forces," Harper replied when Ignatieff noted that Harper had not served in the military either. "I consider that an experience in my life that I have missed, but I can say I have always lived and worked and paid my taxes in this country."

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When Dion pressed O'Connor to voluntarily resign since the prime minister "doesn't have the courage" to fire him, Harper defended the retired brigadier-general as he has in the past, by emphasizing O'Connor served in the military for 32 years.


"And when the leader of the opposition is able to stand in uniform and serve his country, then I will care about his opinion of the performance of the minister of national defence," Harper added.





Other rules for when you are allowed to criticize Canada's New Government:



-Only first nations people can question Jim Prentice's performance at Indian Affairs


-Only doctors may cast doubt on Tony Clement's vision for Health Care


-Only MPs with personal stylists can criticize the Prime Minister

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13 Comments:

  • Haha, excellent. :)

    I remarked on this on my own blog, but in a decidedly less humourous way. It often just doesn't occur to me.

    Oh, and you mean only MPs with PSYCHIC personal stylists can question the PM.

    By Blogger Philosophical Liberal, at 2:47 AM  

  • Speaking of spin, do watch the CBC documentary on Sunday night.

    It called "The Denial Machine" and it's about the amazing climate -change denial industry.

    By Blogger JimTan, at 3:21 AM  

  • "...but I can say I have always lived and worked and paid my taxes in this country."

    This really pisses me off when I hear it.

    The message is that Canadians are not allowed to seek careers that will take them abroad. All Canadians living and working abroad are of a status 'less than that of Canadians who don't have or seek that opportunity.'

    What a load of narrow minded sanctimonious bullshit.

    By Blogger Robert, at 10:50 AM  

  • "And when the leader of the opposition is able to stand in uniform and serve his country, then I will care about his opinion of the performance of the minister of national defence," Harper added.

    HORRIBLE!

    Stephane Dion is an elected representative! Is Harper saying that no one in Stephane Dion's riding has served in the military?

    When you hear Dion, you should hear the voices of all his constituents, many of whom are veterans, I'm sure.

    By Blogger Robert Vollman, at 11:40 AM  

  • Oh that Deceivin' Stephen!

    By Blogger Cerberus, at 12:37 PM  

  • Only people who drive Hummers or '66 cadillacs that favour leaded fuel can question John 'beard' Baird and his hot air balloon. But you better do it soon before he sails off to Krakatoa under the power of his own wind...

    By Blogger burlivespipe, at 1:46 PM  

  • This was actually just a mix-up.

    Harper thought that the thousands of hours that he has spent playing 'Dawn of War' on his Xbox counted as military service.

    By Blogger robedger, at 9:02 PM  

  • Only people inside the Conservative caucus and/or horses can criticize the "triple crowm of incompetence" of Peter MacKay, Gordon O'Connor, and Josee Verner

    By Blogger Antonio, at 1:16 AM  

  • Harper sounds like an out of scale former Eagle Scout who is still walking around wearing his sash with merit badges 20 years later and denouncing those who do not. It may be time to call for a couple of men in white equipped with butterfly nets. Maybe the aliens have changed is body with that of his deputy the cheerful cherubic idiot who can see no contradiction in such statements

    By Blogger gary_mh, at 3:42 AM  

  • And so the debate shifts from the (awkard for Tories) O'Conner's "incompetence" to the (awkward for Grits) "Canadian-ness" of Dion,Ignatieff, and Harper.

    BTW, does anybody here know who Dion voted for in the French election ?

    By Blogger Calgary Junkie, at 10:00 AM  

  • calgary junkie, Dion never voted in any French Election and never had a french passport..He keeps his French citizenship to show respect to his mother...Former Prime ministers like John Turner had British Passport, John A Macdonald and Alexander Mackenzie were citizens of Scotland, Mackenzie Bowell was also a citizen of England.

    By Blogger Kaniz Mouli, at 9:10 PM  

  • ...and Steve Harper pledges allegiance to the United States every morning...

    By Blogger Tybalt, at 1:26 PM  

  • Thanks so much for the article, quite useful material.

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