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Canada’s Nixon

The Watergate Affair was bound to be compared with the “dirty tricks” phone calls during our last federal election. The phrase “Canada’s Nixon” isn’t mine… others have been quick to see Stephen Harper in this light.

I remember Nixon as a man who thought of his opponents as enemies, feared the press and used tawdry schemes to defend his grip on power. Harper’s record is eerily similar. Personally, I’d love it if he left office early, as Nixon did. Failing that, I trust that he will not get another term as prime minister.


1 joni { 02.27.12 at 8:58 pm }

PM announces by-election for March 19, 2012.

I wonder how it will affect voters.

2 Bill { 02.27.12 at 10:29 pm }

Election Canada will have to decide if affected ridings might have had a different election outcome if the phone calls had not tricked voters. Election tampering is a very serious matter. It’s not enough to slap the wrongdoer with a fine or even a prison term, although that should happen. The elections must be redone if it is determined that tampering may have twisted the results.

The difficulty is in proving what happened, who did it, how high up the scheming went and whether or not it was effective in some ridings.

3 Anonymous Coward { 03.05.12 at 12:52 am }

Compared with Harper, Nixon was an amateur but Nixon was ages ago and the dirty tricks game has developed a lot since then. Harper just has to copy the way they do things in the States now. He will get worse and worse the longer he’s around.

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