Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Harper v. Duceppe: The Rumble In The Jungle

That great and passionate defender of Canadian unity, Paul Martin, can bluster his way through a prepared text at a debate about not letting Gilles Duceppe take away his country, but he hasn't got the brass to take him on, one-on-one, in a real public debate.

Stephen Harper does.

And we'll see it live in Quebec on TV.

Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney would never have shrunk from such a challenge. Not even Jean Chretien.

This is how a prime minister defends national unity during an election campaign, folks.

For Harper, this is a win-win proposition. Even if he doesn't shift many Bloc votes to the Tories, he will show federalist Quebecois that the Conservative Party will stand up to the separatists, and that the Liberals are too afraid and too tainted by scandal to show their faces in the debate.

He has nothing to lose, and Paul Martin nothing to gain, by accepting the debate challenge.

Bring it on!


Lord Kitchener's Own said...

Isn't it a little disingenuous though for Harper to slam Martin for talking about nothing but separartism, and giving the Bloc too much air time, and keeping their aspirations in the media, and then when Martin finally takes his advice by refusing to give Ducceppe a free spotlight he comes in and shines it on Duceppe himself?

Just asking.

The Dark Side said...

I think that Harper has been trying to run a campaign based on policy but all Martin has in his small bag of tricks is the threat of separation. By accepting the challenge of a debate Harper is showing that there is an alternative to both Duceppe and Martin. I'm sure Harper would have been happy to campaign on policy but Martin was really having none of it. So Harper called Martin's bluff and in doing so reveals what's beneath all the blustering...nothing.

Mrs. Alberta

The Fog is Clearing said...

Smart move by Stephen Harper. he's played a blinder so far.

McGuire said...

I can't tell you how proud I was to see Harper stand up boldly & challenged Duceppe today. It also showed Martin to be a great big pussy, which I already knew anyhoo, but now the RoC does too!