Harper roasts Trudeau at annual Stampede barbecue


Locutus
#1
not exactly Mr. Warmth - Don Rickles...they need to listen to Rex and alter their rhetoric schtick some

Prime Minister says Liberal Leader has ‘absolutely nothing’ to offer Canada

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was his own Conservative attack ad Saturday night, launching a scathing critique of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau in front of an enthusiastic partisan crowd.

Speaking at the annual Stampede barbecue of his Conservative riding association — which will become Calgary Heritage at the next election — Harper said both the opposition NDP and Liberals would jeopardize Canada’s economic stability and position in the world.
But Harper, who never mentioned NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair by name, took particular aim at Trudeau, who he characterized as an empty vessel soft on crime, foreign affairs and the economy.

“The best country and the best government in the world is right here in Canada,” Harper said to a standing ovation from the roughly 900 people who spent $175 to attend the event at Heritage Park.

“And he has nothing — absolutely nothing — of substance to offer. Canada deserves better, Canada is getting better.”

The next federal election is slated for October of 2015 and a smiling Harper said he was drawing the comparisons because “people tell me I have to do this, we’re getting close enough to the next time.”

The prime minister lambasted Trudeau for his support of legalizing marijuana and for his comments about the budget balancing itself through economic growth, mocking the son of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau as “a guy who claims to understand what it’s like to be middle class.”

The Conservatives won all but one of Alberta’s 28 House of Commons seats in the 2011 federal election. The party held the ridings of Macleod and Fort McMurray-Athabasca in byelections on Monday though a Liberal push in the latter riding saw the Grits increase their share of the vote to 36 per cent.

Trudeau was in Calgary Friday for the Stampede, touting the possibility of a Liberal breakthrough and calling out Harper and the Tories for taking Alberta for granted.

“The most common thing I hear is, people are tired of the tone. People are tired of the cynicism from the federal government ... it’s the most secretive, top-down government we’ve ever had,” he told the Herald in an interview.

At a federal Liberal Stampede breakfast at the Calgary zoo, party faithful came out Saturday to hear MP Carolyn Bennett, who encouraged local Grits to prepare for the next general election and blasted the Harper government for its “father-knows-best approach” to governing.

Mulcair is expected to be in Calgary late next week.

Harper’s half-hour speech was delivered to a room that contained a mixture of provincial Progressive Conservative and Wildrose MLAs and supporters, including Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith and Tory leadership candidates Jim Prentice and Ric McIver. The third PC leadership hopeful — Thomas Lukaszuk — was not in attendance.

Much of the speech was devoted to extolling the Conservative government’s record, especially the country’s “rock-solid” economy.

The prime minister said next year’s budget will be balanced and promised new tax cuts to accompany the coming surplus.

He also touted pending trade deals with the European Union and South Korea.

On international affairs, Harper praised Canada’s muscular foreign policy and said talk of Canada being an “honest broker” or having a “balanced foreign policy” were “code” from the opposition parties wanting the country to be neutral in all cases.

Harper drew one of his loudest and longest ovations of the evening when he mentioned Canada standing up in Ukraine against “Putin’s thugs,” in reference to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

The PM also noted — and took some credit — for the Parti Quebecois’ loss in Quebec’s spring election, which he called “the most decisive verdict for federalism in four decades.”

“The gradual decline of Quebec separatism sentiment throughout the stewardship of our government ... is something we should take great pride in,” he said.


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JamesBondo
#2
well, JT has my vote ever since he admitted to playing with the RCMP's handguns when he was a youth.


 

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