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What is it that made the Harper government, which cannot guarantee it will survive until the weekend (although, yeah, it’s a pretty safe bet they will), decide to go for the 20-year, $30 billion defence plan instead of, say, the 10-year, $15-billion plan; the 100-year, $150-billion plan; the 6.5-year, $9.75 billion plan; or the indefinite, billion-and-a-half-per-year plan?

UPDATE: Critics of the government may want to know that the day’s approved talking point is not, “These maniacs are ramping up military spending recklessly.” It’s, “These layabouts are not doing anything interesting with military spending.” I have this on no less an authority than NDP defence critic Paul Dewar, who was asked what’s in the Tories’ policy after QP today:

Nothing.  In fact, what we got today was something,   we had all been waiting for something new and he’ll claim and his Minister will claim it’s new, but there’s actually nothing new to this.  This is a retread, it’s a recycle and at the end of the, at the end of the day, it’s no new money and no new commitment.  What they’ve done here is that they’ve I guess shown that they don’t have a plan for the future in terms of Canada.  Because they’ve spent all of their money in capital in Afghanistan and we’ve, we’ve known that, when the government came out recently and said that they over committed themselves by way of saying that the projections they have for Afghanistan are almost $1 billion off. ”


 

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  1. After spending an afternoon with Stockwell Day, Harper became convinced that god was on his side and had transferred his power of infallibility to him.
    Thus: “We will definitely be in charge for twenty years, even though no one likes or trusts us.”
    And it was so.
    We can only hope he’ll come back to reality sooner rather than later.

  2. Is this that blatantly obvious to all but the numbest window of opportunity, as Senor Wells has reminded us, for the Opposition (anyone? Bueller?) to put a sailor’s knot around a Harper talking point and his support of the Invasion of Iraq?
    C’mon, shouldn’t someone point out to Harper — $30b, for what? Who are our enemies? Who draws up the priority spending on this big gigantic Tory novelty checkbook?
    Under Harper, are we on-deck for the next invasion of some place where goat herders (and lords of narcotics) govern?

  3. C’mon, shouldn’t someone point out to Harper — $30b, for what? Who are our enemies?

    The far better question: who will be our enemies in five or ten or twenty or thirty years?

    Right now, our shooting-war enemies are limited to “Afghan warlords and Taliban remnants”, but are you willing to bet that’s always going to be the answer? Whatever you think of Harper, you can’t begrudge his lack of perfect clarity on the future.

  4. Because Harper is probably one of the most gifted strategic players we have had in a long time. Dollars will get you donuts that from now until the fall he will give a series of strategically placed ” long term announcements ” after which the Conservative Party will have it’s policy building conevention to fill in the blanks for next election and then in the fall he will pro-rogue parliament stalling any election until the spring at which point Dion would be stupid to force an election since we will have one in the fall of 2009 and even if he did Harper can run on the Liberals are finiancially irresponsible platform and he would be perceived to be correct. Harper has to be brilliant as he will the first person in Canadian History to go 4 years in Minority.

  5. King went for four years in minority. (1921-25) That was his first government, and even if Harper makes it to October 2009, he’ll still be second.

    But why the twenty year plan? He may be coming down with a case of Martin-itis.

    Who’d have thought that he’d make it this far, anyway?

  6. I had thought that Deceivin’ Stephen was following in the footsteps of Lyin’ Brian and Jean Chretien with his power plays for the sake of power, politics over policy and principle, etc.

    But maybe Harper is more of a Martin then I realized.

  7. Putting aside the fact that the opposition could have had a better response – was there any new promises in this announcement?

    Also, Paul Dewar is the Foreign Affairs critic and Dawn Black is the National Defence critic.

  8. Wheat Sheaf is right on critic assignements and I’m wrong. Interesting nano-fact: Keith Fountain, who ran against Dewar in Ottawa Centre for the Tories, is Stephen Harper’s foreign-policy advisor in the PMO. What makes Ottawa Centre such a hotbed of foreign-policy expertise? Hmmm.

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