More hogwash is once again sprouting from Prime Minister Stephen Harper, except this time it’s his Twitter doing the talking.
Wednesday saw the speech from the throne be delivered by Canadian Governor General David Johnston, but hours before it was read in the House of Commons I was befuddled by some of the Tory leader’s tweets.
A total of 38 tweets courtesy of @pmharper were rattled off in succession over a 12-minute stretch.
There weren’t any tweets that I really agree with, but there were certainly a handful that reminded me why I detest Harper and his government agenda.
One that particularly irked me read, “We have faced tough decisions. And we have made the right choices for Canada. #SFT13 #cdnpoli.”
While it’s true that the Tories have faced tough decisions since a portion of Canada’s population gave Harper his first majority mandate on May 2, 2011, he definitely has not made all the right choices for Canada.
The recent uncovering of Canadian spies in Brazil is just one example of the government not making the right choice for Canadians.
On a national level, the way Harper and friends handled the F-35 jet fiasco again proved that he was making a gigantic error, one that still might hammer the pocketbooks of Canadians to the tune of approximately $40 billion.
I guess in reality the federal government could raise that sum of money by raising taxes, but according to another tweet — “Canadians know that we, and only we, will keep taxes down!” — that will not be happening.
That’s quite the exclamatory statement coming from a politician who was yet again too scared to face the music in Ottawa, and thus evoked his ability to prorogue parliament.
By proroguing parliament Harper was, however, recently able to go to Southeast-Asia to talk trade with nations like Indonesia and Malaysia.
He’s trying to raise the stature of the Canadian economy, but will trade expansion equate to balancing the books? According to another tweet — “We are on track to balance our budget. We are expanding our trade.” — that is what the prime minister is implying.
If it does, I’d love to see that mathematical equation written on a chalkboard.
If that’s not what he meant, Harper should get a better communications person to help the Canadian populace, and journalists like me who regularly use Twitter as a social media platform, understand what he means.
Oh wait; he’s already had how many communications persons work under him since he became the Conservative leader?
And don’t forget about all of the chiefs of staff that have gone belly up since the Harper regime came to power. And just so he’s aware, I sent my own tweet out to the prime minster about his error-filled tweets.
“Hey @pmharper, I heard you need a little help tweeting from your throne #SFT13 #cdnpoli #callmemaybe.”
Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks.