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No surprises


 

Stephen Harper promises that the Stephen Harper you’ve seen is the Stephen Harper you’ll get.

“Canadians expect us to continue to move forward in the same way, to be true to the platform we’ve run on and be true to the kind of values and policies we’ve laid out before them,” the Prime Minister said … “One thing I’ve learned in this business is that surprises are generally not well received by the public and so we intend to move forward with what Canadians understand about us and I think what they’re more and more comfortable with.”


 

No surprises

  1. That's what some of us are afraid of. Surprise us, Steve. And by that I mean, start turning over documents, telling us when cabinet meetings are taking place, and answering questions from reporters…and everyone else.

  2. JMHO but with SH what you see is what you get and always has been.

    "For a man who appears to be without emotion, he is governed by his emotions. Now that the immediate threat to his political survival has been removed, he can breath more easily and speak more freely.

    Back in 2006, the Prime Minister visited New York and spoke to the high-powered Council of Foreign Relations. After an impressive performance, former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Alan Gottlieb told me how impressed he had been. “He reminded me of Pierre Trudeau. You could see the intellect work,” he said.

    That side has too often been submerged beneath his cold, controlling, partisan side. It was refreshing to see it break through the ice and come to the surface."
    http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2011/05/03/jo

  3. "One thing I've learned in this business is that surprises are generally not well received by the public and so we intend to move forward with what Canadians understand about us and I think what they're more and more comfortable with"

    Why does my mind seem to want to wander, seemingly of its own accord back to those heady days of 2008 and the dreaded…c.o.a.l.i.t.i.o.n. ? Perhaps he should email that to Dion? I'm sure he'd find it amusing.

  4. '“One thing I've learned in this business is that surprises are generally not well received by the public …'

    LOL

  5. It is interesting that he promised secure stable majority government for 4 years, but what we're going to get is change, big, big change. I wish some of the Conservative commenters here would tell us what the priorities will be aside from stable stewardship of the economy.
    Wonder how that Parliamentary Budget Officer is doing these days? Just an example.
    And Rob Nicholson must be salivating at the prospects.
    Who did you say now runs the CPP?
    And young man, you know that freedom of speech and assembly stuff in the Charter. I wouldn't mess around out on the streets for a few years if i were you.
    And Rick Mercer, hope you got some contacts at CTV.

  6. For the next 4 years I expect better government than the past 5 years and just like I was confident that voters wanted a Conservative majority, I am confident that, without the constant efforts of many of the losing Liberal MP`s to destabilize the minority gov`t, we are in for a very productive time in Ottawa.

    and I believe Harper will shine in this new non-combative role. At the end of this mandate many of you who have had misgivings about him will be grateful for his time as PM ( are you still with me boys ? )

    Personally I am very happy with the results last night—about my only regret is the the efforts that I will have to put forth in the next few years to save my eyes and ears from the shrillness that is Lizzie May.

    • …new non combative role..missgivings…destabilize…

      how bout…virtually total control of both houses[ you bet he wont need to be combative]…conviction of wrongdoing..and contempt of parliament? What's he going to do? Rewrite history, like you just feebly attempted to do. What do you think this next parliament is? A royal court?
      You may call the tune and we may have to dance to it now bud. But don't try to insult our intelligence by trying to whitewash the past with a few well chosen weasel words.

      What we got here is a failure to communicate…boss.

      Ifyou don't like my attitude now you're gonna a love it later.

  7. That's a shame. I was hoping for at least a little hidden agenda to start showing.

    • You could take heart by remembering some of the similarly soothing things he said after the 2008 election and in the 2008 SFT (as TimesArrow is alluding to above)

  8. Blah blah blah. Every comment is a meta-comment on Wherry's bias. How boring.

    • Getting a wee bit defensive about that today, huh? I wonder why?

      • I'm tired of it. I tolerated in for the most part during the campaign because it's silly season. Campaign's over, let's try to have some real discussions here and not turn every Wherry post into a meta-discussion about how Wherry is a liberal hack. It's damned boring.

        • Seconded. I'm tired of it too.

          • Agreed. Elections over. Let's all cool the rhetoric and think some big thoughts. I'm serious. But how long do you give the phony war? When will the guns of august resume. [Time for my holiday from politics i think…real soon]

        • Yes, you might better spend your time checking out the story of Jack the John, and provide some details about the so called massage.

  9. Does this mean he'll add OK Computer to his repertoire?

    • I read the post title as Wherry's comment on what we're really getting with more of the same.

      Brilliant title, Mr. Wherry.

      • Yeah, the whole Harper piece so unself consciously ironic as to be almost satire.

        • Mr. Wherry is a known Radiohead fan and "No Surprises" is the title of a Radiohead song. It is entirely possible that he's referencing the song as his own little bit of commentary on Harper's statement.

          And, that has made me write and delete about a half-dozen different replies to this particular blog post, since it puts me in the position of wanting to support the calls for an end to all of this Wherry-bias crap while also thinking he's possibly expressed a rather cutting opinion with the title.

          I really hope it is late enough that almost no one sees this post, heh. I really don't want to give trolls any additional ammunition.

          • Wish i was as wise as you. I keep on biting on the damn trolls.I really don't know who's dumber, them or me? Must be the Irish in me. They say an Irishman doesn't know what he wants; but he's willing to fight any bugger to get it. :)

          • them's fightin words!

          • Name the place:)…

            Actually i don't know if i've won more then a couple of fights in my life…i took down my sister once…as you can see it haunts me still afer almost 40 years.

          • So you think with this Radiohead reference that Wherry is slamming Harper?

            You said it, not me.

            No alarms and no surprises.

          • Honestly? I think I'm more amused by the possibility that he *might* be than anything else, especially in the context of other comments on this blog post.

            There's a ton of potential pitfalls in saying with any kind of conviction that there is meaning in the title beyond the obvious and literal. Personally, I'm very wary of the thought that there is some hidden message that only I've seen.

          • maybe you are psycho . . . I mean physic.

          • chet's supposed to be the one with the crystal ball, remember.

  10. Gottlieb always was a really good diplomat.

  11. The stock market is down 1.7% in reaction to the Harper majority.

    • Also…

      The sun came up today despite Aaron's dire predictions of the end of the world.

      And in other news, June is set to follow May, panic is sure to ensue.

  12. .
    Forget surprises. There is something predictably unsurprising about the gears of a clock going round and round.

    He said we would buy those flying junkyards, and we will, cost overruns or not.

    He didn't promise to pay down student debt, and he won't.

    He's committed to the safety and security of Israel, and dammit , first things first! Did he promise to take of our own oppressed? NO!

    And you can count on a 4-year experiment in social darwinism. No hidden agenda there.

    'No change, more of the same.' That's a promise!
    .

    • I take it you did not vote Conservative.

    • It would appear from the vote, it's what Canadians want.
      What's wrong with listening to the people?

  13. Speaking of rewriting history, Harper appointed an economist as head of Library and Archives Canada, our country's institutional memory. Apparently the guy wants to keep what might make money and throw out the rest:

    "… In 2009, Daniel Caron, an economist, was appointed the Librarian and Archivist of Canada and there are currently no archivists or professional librarians on his senior management team…"

    "… In a recent speech, Mr. Caron talked of the need for a new record-keeping regime to identify government documents with “business value,” and the “systematic elimination of all other information.” The Canadian Historical Association counters that a holistic approach to records is needed because often the value of a document only becomes apparent long after its production…"
    http://www.cautbulletin.ca/en_article.asp?Section

  14. former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. Alan Gottlieb told me how impressed he had been. “He reminded me of Pierre Trudeau. You could see the intellect work,” he said.

    Good job he is former…:)

  15. I agree.
    If you had the lefty media, and the Harper haters on your ass 24/7, you would probably act the same way.

  16. Now that PM Harper has his majority, and we wont have to worry about a coalition or another election for 4 years why dont you give it a rest.
    You might better spend your time checking out the story of Jack the John, and provide some details about the so called massage.