Earlier, I gloated over the influential right-leaning British magazine’s criticism of Harper’s burgeoning elected dictatorship. I’ve a second sober take on the issue. See, I failed to read between the lines: The Economist actually ridiculed progressive Canadians’ collective intelligence.
First, the magazine tells its readers: “Polls show that voters still consider him a more impressive leader than his rivals…” Really? Only last month, the Conservative-hugging Toronto Sun newspaper reported: Nearly half of Canadians disapprove of federal Tories, dislike Stephen Harper: Poll.
Didn’t we just #DenounceHarper on Canada Day?
And then the magazine credits Harper for giving activists and opposition parties the edge. The Canada-right-loving National Post echoed The Economist’s diatribe with this heading on July 6: “The Economist to Harper: Your bullying ways are giving the NDP a chance.”
Basically, without Harper, we would not have expressed our recent democratic outrage over: robocalls election fraud scandal, budget Bill C-38, the “Refugee Exclusion Bill” C-31, omnibus crime Bill C-10, the Vic Toews affair, #DenounceHarper, etc. Right-wing nonsense!
While tyranny often inspires people to stand their ground and fight back, progressive Canadians are a different species. It’s in our DNA to defend our democratic institutions, traditions and values. To push Canada forward.