Thursday, February 10, 2011


Leave it to those ultra-conservative whack jobs in the Conservative Party to ruin any gains poor old Prime Minister Harper might want to make in Newfoundland and Labrador.

The Prime Minister will be in St. John's tomorrow to officially unveil the new Marine Atlantic Ferry,  The Blue Puttee, followed by a what many consider a monster bash for Conservatives and friends.

With Danny Williams out of the way and Kathy Dunderdale willing to play kiss and make-up, the Prime Minister's visit should have been an electrifying public relations success. Provincial and federal tories, arm in arm, comrades working towards a more prosperous Newfoundland and Labrador.

However, thanks to Conservative M.P. Cheryl Gallant, the Prime Minister arrives in the eye of a political hurricane. It seems someone forgot to put the gag back on the popular Ontario MP who suggested that people who earn their living from the sea should not expect help from the Coast Guard and instead take responsibility for their own safety.

Canada's own version of Sarah Palin is no stranger to spewing poisonous right wing ideology. She is anti-gay, anti-abortion and living proof of what lies in store for the country if the Conservatives ever win a majority government.

It was a miscue, the comment is directly from the hidden agenda playbook for Majority Conservative Governments which is not widely circulated. It is the same book that former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty drew inspiration from to formulate the 2008 financial update that nearly brought the government down.

Now, Harper might win a few points if he repeats his 2002 performance and demands once again, that Gallant apologize, instead of blaming the media for the controversy. 

Harper was leader of the Alliance in those days. Cheryl Palin, or is it Sarah Gallant, interrupted then Minister of Foreign Affairs Bill Graham during a debate  shouting "Ask your boyfriend" or "How's your boyfriend?"  Harper laid down the law and she apologized.

Yes, an apology for her comments might be in order, or perhaps we should be thanking her for a unveiling the real Conservative agenda. After all the comments are a natural extension of Harper's 2002 quip in the House of Commons that "There is a dependence in the region that breeds a culture of defeatism." Perhaps he meant that fisherman are too dependent on the coast guard to rescue them and they should be less defeatist and look after their own safety!

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