....Or Steve Harper's Real Message For All Canadians?
Here is Mr. Harper speaking yesterday:
..."I think it's probably a bit unfair to bash somebody in the grave. He's not here to defend himself. But as you know, Mr. Trudeau did have a different philosophy of government — a high-spending philosophy, centralizing philosophy — and that's not the philosophy of this government." ....
And here is a summary passage from an old CBC Bio that describes how the young Mr. Harper came to detest Mr. Trudeau and his policies quite some time ago:
...Trudeau was one of the young Stephen Harper's earliest political inspirations.
That admiration ended when Trudeau enraged the West by bringing in the National Energy Program in 1980. By then, Harper was living in Alberta and about to study economics at the University of Calgary....
Is Mr. Harper's recent NEP-free trashing of Mr. Trudeau's legacy a carefully calibrated limited release of cyanide-laced 30-year old resentment served up fresh, as redmeat garnish for the base?
Is it something that he and his have decided is now ready for prime time, nationwide?
Why does this stuff matter?
Well, if Mr. Harper has actually decided that the time has come to spread Mulroney era chocolate (coloured) sauce all over the legacy of Pierre Trudeau, it can only mean one thing.
Which is that he has come to the conclusion that the long game he invented so long ago deep within the eternal shiteshine of his Calgary Southwest mind has worked so well that Canadians have become 'conservative' enough to swallow this revisionist swill whole.
In other words, it is not just for the old Reformers or select residents of the 905 belt anymore.
Instead, it is for all of us.