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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:04 pm    Post subject: Why the elites hate Harper Reply with quote

( this is an interesting article by Gerry Nicholls , and I think there is some truth to this and what he talks about as when I have been driving around I have passed thru a couple places I would describe as elitist higher end type homes and there definity was more liberal signs than I had seen anywhere else , so I think some of these people have gone more liberal as he talks about , his argument does seem to make sense that they dislike harper not cause of what he's done or his policies more because they do not feel he is one of them )

Why the elites hate Harper

Gerry Nicholls

First posted: Sunday, September 20, 2015 06:20 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, September 21, 2015 11:16 AM EDT

If anybody tells you the federal election going on right now is just a regular run-of-the-mill political contest between rival parties, don’t believe it.

In fact, this election is actually nothing less than a full-blown cultural war.

Or at least, that’s the view of Canada’s cultural, media and academic elites, i.e. all those columnists, artists and professors out there who consider themselves intellectually and morally superior to the ill-educated rabble inhabiting the untamed suburban and rural wild lands that lay just beyond the borders of the civilized and sophisticated urban downtown cores.

Yes, for Canada’s urban downtown elites this election is about one thing and one thing only: driving Prime Minister Stephen Harper out of office not because of what he says, not because of what he does, but simply because of who he is.

Or to put it more accurately, Canada’s elites hate Harper because of what he isn’t – he isn’t one of them.

Harper is not part of their culture.

From the perspective of Canada’s crème de la crème, Harper comes from the wrong province (Alberta); he went to the wrong schools (University of Calgary); he travels in the wrong social circles.

This is why columnist Michael Harris, who for the past five years or so has made a career out of writing ridiculously over-the-top attacks on the prime minister, could describe Harper as an “American in a parka.”

That’s just another way of saying, “Harper is not one of us.”

This is why a few years ago Liberal leader Justin Trudeau told a Quebec TV audience that “Canada isn’t doing well right now because it’s Albertans who control our community and socio-democratic agenda.”

That’s just another way of saying, “Harper is not one of us.”

This is why Toronto Star columnist Heather Mallick could write in a British newspaper “Stephen Harper, a strange man with an awkward gait, an absence of social skills, and the dress sense of that guy at the back of the hardware store who sorts nails for a living.”

That’s just another way of saying, “Harper is not one of us.”

Even worse, during his time in office, Harper has done precious little to appease or placate his social betters.

Instead he continues to represent and provide a voice for his base, people the elites dismiss as teeming hordes of bible-reading, gun-owning, non-CBC watching barbarians.

So the goal for elites in this election is to get one of their own elected prime minister, somebody they can relate to, somebody who understands the importance of their status.

Alas, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair doesn’t quite fit the bill. Yes he has lots of ideas the elites support – mainly giving more tax dollars to them – but they really can’t imagine themselves sipping champagne with Mulcair’s blue collar supporters at wine and cheese parties or at poetry readings.

And so, they’ve gravitated to the only other option on the table: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, who in many ways is the perfect elitist candidate.

True, the Liberal leader might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, true, he might not have the skills to manage a lemonade stand, let alone a national economy, but he does have important assets which elites cherish in their leaders: a sparkling family pedigree, inherited wealth and impeccable breeding.

Whereas Harper is boorish and bourgeois; Trudeau is enlightened and refined.

Besides, Trudeau is a Liberal – and for our cultural and media elites, that alone makes him a part of Canada’s natural governing class.

So there you have it, the elites are determined to make this election a clash between smart people and dumb people.

I’ll leave it for you to determine which side is actually “dumb.”

- Nicholls is a communications consultant and formerly vice president of the National Citizens Coalition.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You expect rivalry and heightened feelings in the election campaign. What strikes me about this election is the personal hostility that the elected politicians seem to feel for Harper. I don't think elitism explains it.

There is no real issue, no easily understood grievance that any segment of the population feels for Harper. There isn't even an honest critique. The opposition figures act as if all the decent people know what's wrong with him. They keep making allusions, and rolling their eyes, but their charges seem to fall by the wayside.

And yet, there is obvious antipathy.

The media people have their reasons. Harper treats them with disdain. The reason (I believe) is the scurrilous behavior of the media when Stockwell Day was the leader of the CA. They refuse to acknowledge that, even though they were willing accomplices of the Liberal Party at the time, under the direct management of Warren Kinsella, the man who (amongst other things) found and brought Chuck Guite into the ADSCAM conspiracy.

Parliamentarians were given a start choice by the Harper government, who reduced the lavish benefits of MPs pensions. Any sitting member would have had to forego a decades worth of these benefits if they chose to run again. For people like Baird and Flaherty, the benefits could have been worth a $million. It's probably why they chose to retire when they did.

So, parliamentarians might be harbouring a jaw-tensing hatred for Harper that is personal. That fits what I see.

Others that have a personal grievance? The bureaucrats who run the big labour unions. They are now required to make their finances open to the public. It will be interesting to see if the membership of these unions will be resentful because the ample dues the unions collect is used in political struggles in a number of ways.

At a minimum, the labour bosses are going to face some embarrassing questions. They could have to go back to the grotty work of representing workers in grievances, etc.

Another group in the crosshairs, in the same way -- aboriginal groups, who also are being required to post their finances publicly. A lot of First Nations people had no idea that their leadership are driving Escalades and living in 5000 square foot houses on money that might otherwise go to their people.

I think these are the centres of influence that are influencing the elites, who are nothing if not politically correct.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 26, 2015 1:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The campaign by the Liberals so far is "Harper's mean". They can't come up with an actual reason to not vote for him, so meanness it is.

Then you watch Harper on TV or in debates and he is the most mild mannered guy. Lik
e you said it is just assumed to be correct.
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