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It is time the Liberal Party leaders took steps to confront Harper's Big Lie, and show the real truth.
This is his big lie (as identified by Barry Kay, an associate professor at Wilfred Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., who part of Global National’s election team):
Stephen Harper isn't loved by most Canadians, but his strategy is to claim solid economic stewardship and question the competence of the Opposition parties. In the process, he seems to have put aside previous doubts about being "scary" on social conservative issues. His negative pre-emptive attacks on Ignatieff are part of the strategy, as is a warning about a Liberal-NDP coalition with separatist support.
The facts simply do not bear out this Big Lie of the Harper regime.
Harper and his party simply trumpet the Big Lie again and again and again, hoping that their very insistence that Harper and the Tories are the best managers of Canada's economy will be bought lock stock and barrel by Canadians and by the media.
Certainly the media (star struck and superficial) have generally accepted the Big Lie on its face and simply parrot this assumption.
The Liberals need to call a spade a spade and label this claim of the Harper government being good managers the Big Lie it is – use those words, Michael: people will remember them each time the Tories claim to be good managers of our economy.
There are many examples which show Harper's uncertain grasp of the reality of business (as opposed to an academic appreciation).
If you consider the government as a corporation, then Harper would be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President, and the taxpayers would be the shareholders. There is ample evidence that the shareholders would have voted to terminate this President a long time ago, based on his management of the corporation.
For example, one skill a good CEO has to have is the ability to scan the environment surrounding the corporation, to spot coming problems.
One would think that in October 2008 a good CEO would have spotted numerous signs of impending problems – such as the massive recession (the worst since the Great Depression of the 1930s) bearing down on our economy. And when it hit, driving stock prices down – and reducing the value of the corporation's assets - one would have expected the CEO to focus on the potential damage to the shareholders' assets.
But what did our Harper CEO do?
On October 7, 2008, Harper was interviewed by Peter Mansbridge of the CBC, and this was the take of this particular CEO:
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said a recent decline in stock prices may present good buying opportunities. ``I expect some good buying opportunities may be opening up,'' Harper said today in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., prompting interviewer Peter Mansbridge to ask if he really meant to have made such a comment.
This callous, unconcerned, and dumb statement by Harper is on par with the deer in the headlights look on the face of George Bush when he was told of 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
That response alone is enough to justify the shareholders rejecting this CEO as incompetent.
And there are many others (his reluctance, for ideological Hooverian reasons, to stimulate the economy until forced to; his Mickey Mouse stimulus actions, which wasted tens of billions rather than build infrastructure for future Canadian growth; his steady dimunition of the government's revenues through increased expenses, and reduction of taxes, so jeopardizing Canada's protection against other downturns and its future growth – remember, he came into power with a 6% sales tax bringing in lots of cash, billions of dollars of budget surplus, and corporate taxes which were higher than they will be if his March 22 budget is passed).
Let's fight the Tory lies with the truth, starting with the Big Lie of the superior management skills of Harper and his regime.