The only way Stephen Harper’s un-Canadian fake Tories can win the election is to turn voters against each other, which is why we should beware over the next 10 days.
This looming barrage is exactly why the longest election in memory was called back in August: to allow the Cons the opportunity to exploit their advantage in campaign finances. It promises to get ugly. Our feckless Republican-style PM hasn’t finished flashing race cards yet. It’s a perennial Conservative dirty trick.
In the September 17 leaders’ debate, Stephen Harper split Canadians into three camps: “new,” “existing” and “old-stock.” The third term rightly provoked anger because it smells of ethnocentrism, of “pure laine” racialism in Quebec and anglo-based white supremacy elsewhere. It echoes the xenophobic notion of “100 per cent Americanism” that powered Ku Klux Klan influence stateside a century ago.
So what did uneven Stephen intend? After all, only First Nations, Inuit and Métis can truly claim to be old-stock. If it’s supposed to apply to “first settlers,” mainly franco-, anglophone and/or white, it leaves out the descendants of Basque fishermen in Newfoundland and of Japanese fishermen in BC.