“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”
Lewis Carroll, The Walrus and the Carpenter, 1872
And so Prime Minister Harper sat with CTV news anchor Lisa LaFlamme, to tell her of his concerns for Canadians in 2012.
It is all bad is what he told her. The world economy is in the dumpster. His government will make decisions that people will not like. That will be easy for Harper’s government to do because Canadians, somewhat carelessly, gave the Tories a majority in 2011.
Mr. Harper explained that his government will make major reforms in 2012. This will be a continuation of his program to do away with needless programs such as long gun registration, unnecessary statistical information for business, and early release programs for prisoners because he is going to build more prisons.
You could see the determination in Mr. Harper’s demeanour as he said there will be a lot of opportunities for Canadians next year. He was obviously referring to the bottoming of the stock markets and that there are many good buys there for Canadians who happen to have any money left.
As for the government, it might have to cut back on the number of F35 stealth attack fighters it does not need next year, He will, of course, leave this to junior Minister Julian Fantino who knows so much about military aircraft. Mr. Harper has probably told senior Defence Minister Peter MacKay that it would be advisable to cut back on the number of times he can be ‘rescued’ from fishing camps next year. He had no answer for Treasury Board President Tony Clement who wanted to move his Muskoka riding closer to the U.S. border so he could spend some more border money on it. Mind you all of Mr. Harper’s cabinet ministers are in awe of Finance Minister Jim Flaherty, in how he negotiates with the country’s Premiers—he tells them.
But then, we all need to listen to Mr. Harper—what is he really telling us?
Copyright 2011 © Peter Lowry
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