Laurier’s limited vision

by John Geddes

Stephen Harper has been wrapping up his stump speeches with an allusion to Wilfrid Laurier’s famous prediction that the twentieth century would belong to Canada.

Harper goes on: “But even Laurier at his most optimistic could never have imagined what I saw as Prime Minister: Canada, among all the nations of the world, winning the most gold medals in a Winter Olympic Games ever.”

To be fair to Sir Wilfrid, he made his “it is Canada that shall fill the 20th century” remark in 1904, and died in 1919, five years before the first Winter Olympics were held until 1924, in Chamonix, France.




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Laurier’s limited vision

  1. Huh.. so he can tell the truth. Who'da thunk?

  2. Huh.. so he can tell the truth. Who'da thunk?

  3. Interesting…Harper doesn't know what century he's in.

    Also interesting….Harper thinks medals do something for the country past a week of bragging rights in sports circles.

  4. Interesting…Harper doesn't know what century he's in.

    Also interesting….Harper thinks medals do something for the country past a week of bragging rights in sports circles.

  5. Facepalm.

  6. Facepalm.

  7. Stephen Harper does not even deserve to be in the same sentence as Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

  8. To be fair to Mr Harper, he did say that Laurier "could never have imagined" it, which given the timing makes sense. Just like Harper (presumably) can't imagine Canada getting a gidoodleflux in the Second Triennial Hazjymorino in the year 2314.

  9. Stephen Harper does not even deserve to be in the same sentence as Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

    • No, I agree. Laurier was probably the worst Prime Minister, cerainly the most damaging in the long term, in our history.

      • Seriously!?

        The Prime Minister who founded the Royal Canadian Navy and managed the largest period of immigration to our country ever? To name only two things off the top of my head.

        Yeah. Canada sure sucks because of Laurier.

        Trudeau usually comes up as the most damaging PM ever, then maybe Borden, both of whom one can at least make an argument against from a certain ideological perspective. But Laurier, really? You’re going to have to a lot better than just making that assertion.

  10. To be fair to Mr Harper, he did say that Laurier "could never have imagined" it, which given the timing makes sense. Just like Harper (presumably) can't imagine Canada getting a gidoodleflux in the Second Triennial Hazjymorino in the year 2314.

    • Brilliant response Aunt Agnes : thanks for the laugh.

    • Well of course not. Everybody knows that Hazjymorino's only happen in odd years. Clearly you're just a Harper basher who wants to make people think he has a limited imagination. ;)

      • Everybody knows that Hazjymorino's only happen in odd years.

        That's the SUMMER Hazjymorino. The WINTER Hazjymorino happens in even years.

        That said, more importantly, your point still stands. I mean, a gidoodleflux??? In the WINTER Hazjymorino??? Who seriously believes that Canada could ever get a gidoodleflux in a Winter Hazjymorino? I mean, what, is it being held on a planet orbiting a black hole or something??? Let's not be silly.

      • I'm pretty sure Harper can imagine anything is possible in his 1000 year Reign.

  11. I (along with others) have argued that Harper leadership to date has not resulted in any real legacy achievement for the country. (pulling the right together by screwing Orchard and neutering MacKay has got to count for something in politics)

    Well, I guess I am wrong. Harper's legacy achievement: he scored freebies to the Olympics (and a hug from a cutie) http://news.ca.msn.com/photogallery.aspx?cp-docum

  12. I (along with others) have argued that Harper leadership to date has not resulted in any real legacy achievement for the country. (pulling the right together by screwing Orchard and neutering MacKay has got to count for something in politics)

    Well, I guess I am wrong. Harper's legacy achievement: he scored freebies to the Olympics (and a hug from a cutie) http://news.ca.msn.com/photogallery.aspx?cp-docum

  13. To be really fair to Harper, Laurier could have been aware of the modern Olympics movement and the first 2 or 3 games. (The first official Canadian team participated in the 1904 games). I doubt he would have attached to them the same significance that Mr. Harper appears to,

  14. To be really fair to Harper, Laurier could have been aware of the modern Olympics movement and the first 2 or 3 games. (The first official Canadian team participated in the 1904 games). I doubt he would have attached to them the same significance that Mr. Harper appears to,

  15. Ummm, 2010 is in the 21st century.

    "But even Laurier at his most pessimistic could never have imagined what I did as Prime Minister: Prorogue parliament so that I could avoid a confidence vote, and attend the Olympics."

  16. Ummm, 2010 is in the 21st century.

    "But even Laurier at his most pessimistic could never have imagined what I did as Prime Minister: Prorogue parliament so that I could avoid a confidence vote, and attend the Olympics."

  17. Brilliant response Aunt Agnes : thanks for the laugh.

  18. Stephen Harper: Not a Campaigner.

  19. Stephen Harper: Not a Campaigner.

  20. Well of course not. Everybody knows that Hazjymorino's only happen in odd years. Clearly you're just a Harper basher who wants to make people think he has a limited imagination. ;)

  21. Everybody knows that Hazjymorino's only happen in odd years.

    That's the SUMMER Hazjymorino. The WINTER Hazjymorino happens in even years.

    That said, more importantly, your point still stands. I mean, a gidoodleflux??? In the WINTER Hazjymorino??? Who seriously believes that Canada could ever get a gidoodleflux in a Winter Hazjymorino? I mean, what, is it being held on a planet orbiting a black hole or something??? Let's not be silly.

  22. No, I agree. Laurier was probably the worst Prime Minister, cerainly the most damaging in the long term, in our history.

  23. Does being proud of the Olympic success mean being proud that wealthy Canadians were suckered into buying the renovated Olympic village as condos that spray water out of the light sockets, have no heat and have hardwood floors that are bubbling with moisture? http://tinyurl.com/4ezeao8

  24. Does being proud of the Olympic success mean being proud that wealthy Canadians were suckered into buying the renovated Olympic village as condos that spray water out of the light sockets, have no heat and have hardwood floors that are bubbling with moisture? http://tinyurl.com/4ezeao8

  25. Double facepalm, if I may.

  26. Seriously!?

    The Prime Minister who founded the Royal Canadian Navy and managed the largest period of immigration to our country ever? To name only two things off the top of my head.

    Yeah. Canada sure sucks because of Laurier.

    Trudeau usually comes up as the most damaging PM ever, then maybe Borden, both of whom one can at least make an argument against from a certain ideological perspective. But Laurier, really? You’re going to have to a lot better than just making that assertion.

  27. I'm pretty sure Harper can imagine anything is possible in his 1000 year Reign.

  28. But Harper imagines tax cuts he's going to bring in 2314.

  29. "Harper goes on: “But even Laurier at his most optimistic could never have imagined what I saw as Prime Minister: Canada, among all the nations of the world, winning the most gold medals in a Winter Olympic Games ever.”

    Negated by a spectacularly inept bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

  30. "Harper goes on: “But even Laurier at his most optimistic could never have imagined what I saw as Prime Minister: Canada, among all the nations of the world, winning the most gold medals in a Winter Olympic Games ever.”

    Negated by a spectacularly inept bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

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