To get a feel for the Harper campaign you only need a few hours. The differences from one event to the other are minuscule. In English Canada they start each event by singing “O Canada,” and Stephen Harper tells the crowd he’s proud to lead a party that starts every event this way no matter where they are in the country. In Quebec they skip this part and they hide the Canadian flags in the plane. Barring this nationalism of convenience, if you have seen one Harper event you have seen them all. The Harper campaign is far and away the most disciplined, the most professional and the most scripted. Every word is on a teleprompter, it is delivered in exactly the same way, and the Prime Minister does something I have, in a lifetime of watching live performers onstage, never seen before: he actually stops and sips his water in the same spot every time. Nothing is left to chance. Either that or he is a hologram on a loop.
Given that Stephen Harper begins every event by singing “O Canada,”, you would think that the Liberals would want to drive a wedge between Harper and his audience by pointing to Stephen Harper's serial Canada bashing and the fact that he once wrote a paper called "Separation, Alberta-style: It is time to seek a new relationship with Canada", but you would be wrong.
So many great quotes. Be sure email them to friends and to post them on facebook, the Liberals decided to not bother.
1)"Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status"
2)"Any country with Canada’s insecure smugness and resentment can be dangerous"
3) "We [Alberta] are the only province in Canada keeping pace with the top tier countries in the world. Now we must show that we will not stand for a second-tier country run by a third-world leader with fourth-class values."
4) "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"
5) On Canada: “I’m starting to wonder what kind of banana republic we’re living in up here.”
6) "I think there is a dangerous rise in defeatist sentiment in this country. I have said that repeatedly, and I mean it and I believe it."