Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Separatist Harper Winning by Losing

Whooee! Well friends an' foes, ol' JB's cobblin' this boog story up from a comment I made over to Red Tory's fine boog. When it comes to yammerin' gabfests in the comments departments, ol' RT's got one o' the best boogs in Canada, sez I.

Today, Red's boogin' about CTV's Davey Akin's very good question about the Atlantic Accord troublems-- "So what do you mean when you see you would prefer to continue talks? What is there to talk about if your finance minister says there can be no 'side deals'?"

Over to Red's comments, I sed Harpoon's an AlienAlbert separatist or at least a firewaller. Con's like walls. Lookit over in Palestine an' down on the Mex border. Wall-builders like it when regions is fightin'. That makes it all the more likely they'll wanna put up a wall.

I reckon Harpoon's more than just a firewaller. I figger he's an out'n'out separatist.

Unity, interprovincial harmony and good federal-provincial relations stand in the way of separatism. Federalism's failure is separatism's success. If Harper was a federalist, he'd be in trouble. As a separatist, he's doin' everything right.

A disfunctional federal parliament works in the separatists' favour, too. Up til recently, I been mainly thinkin' Harper's sabotaged parliament to show that minority don't work and we oughta give him a majority instead. Now, I ain't so sure that's the endgame he's got in mind.

Even a poor federal showing on the green file works in the separatists' favour. When eco-concerned folks see the provinces doin' more fer ol' Mother Earth than the anti-Earther feds, they'll push fer more provincial power.

I'm startin' to think he's playin' fer an outcome like King Steve of Alberta's New Monarchy. He must realize by now that he'll never win over a majority of Canajuns. Absolute power will only come when his loyal subjects place the crown on his head ... after the split-up of Canada he's engineerin' right now.

Confederation = Canada
Con Federation = Post-Canada tribal fiefdoms and a couple new US States.



Anonymous said...

Without going into a lot of detail, I believe you're on to something here, JB.

Some might say it's a bit tinfoil hat-ish but all I have to do is think of three things.

1) Harper's 'Alberta firewall' proposition (the infamous 2001 'Open Letter to Ralph Klein'.)
and also

2) Harper's stated objective of changing Canada so we would no longer recognize it when he's done.
CTV"s David Akin has that one here:

3) Harper's stated desire to offload most current federal responsibilities to the provinces.

And remember this blast from the past?
"Whether Canada ends up with one national government or two governments or 10 governments, the Canadian people will require less government no matter what the constitutional status or arrangement of any future country may be."

- Stephen Harper in a 1994 National Citizens Coalition speech.

Also phrased this way:
Whether Canada ends up as one national government or two national governments or several national governments, or some other kind of arrangement is, quite frankly, secondary in my opinion.
from http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/s/stephenhar200065.html

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Yeah, Frankie, it seems almost too diabolical to be true but, like yer links an' quotes show, it's possible that Alberta separatism is a the heart of Harper's strategy.

Anonymous said...

This theory has been running around in my mind too as the most likely end game of Harper. His bizarre divide and um, well divide again strategy only makes sense if he wants to divide the country.

I keep rejecting that theory out of hand because I can't/won't believe someone would be so Machiavellian to want to destroy the country as the sitting Prime Minister. But that speaks more to my personal desires than what is actually happening. Reminds me of why I rejected the premise of Paul Gross's H2O a few years back.

Anonymous said...

Your theory would hold up well JimBobby except for one fact: Harper is a Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

Anonymous said...


Re: Harper being a Maple Leaves fan.
We each have our own crosses to bear.

Could he be the 'jinx'? Maybe Harpo could do a Bill Barilko-like disappearance and, lo and behold, instant Stanley Cup!

But, speaking as a lifelong Habs fan, Leaves fans still have something we don't - b & w photos of our last Stanley Cup parade. ;-)

JimBobby said...

Thankee fer chimin' in, fellers. Harper maybe wants to move the Leafs to Alberty. Steve was born in Trawna an' moved to Alberty. Why not the Leafs?