And Canadians say politics is dull and boring!!
A week of Calamity on the Hill
Setting the stage for the unfolding drama
The Play Begins
Act 1: Scene 1 – Te Government delivers its Economic and Fiscal
Scene 2 - Opposition Parties Respond
Commentary - Brief summary of what was said
Scene 3 - The Media’s take on the Economic Statement
Act 2: Improvisation Takes Over – And all hell breaks loose
Commentary – Taking a time-out to reassess and reassemble
Act 4: Political Changes as the Dust Settled after prorogation
Scene 1 – Rallies for public opinion
Scene 2 - Liberals move to replace Dion
Scene 3 – Harper extends an invitation to ‘meet and
Scene 4 – Other developments before the Christmas break
Act 5: Where does all this leave us?
Scene 2 – Who should be blamed for the ‘crisis on the Hill’?
Scene 3 – The opposition’s response
Commentary – An uneasy peace settles in on Parliament Hill
The Economic Crisis and Leadership
The Economic Bubble Bursts
Conservative Government’s Response
Conservative Government’s Economic Competence
The Political Crisis and Leadership
Just what is ‘politics’ all about?
Reaction to the coalition
Aspects of the ‘political crisis’
Where has public opinion been in all this?
Summing up the ‘political crisis’
And now a ‘constitutional crisis’
Reaction to the Governor General and her decision
What was said and done to create this ‘national unity
How did the media and public react?
Examples of confusion and misrepresentation
Examples from the public`s statements
In uences on citizen’s knowledge about the society and
political system 7
Stephen Harper’s Political Beliefs
Stephen Harper’s Formative Years: 4
Political Activism: 5
Media characterizations of Stephen Harper
Sources of Stephen Harper’s political views
Stephen Harper’s ‘political beliefs’
Stephen Harper’s vision for Canadian society
Stephen Harper’s Leadership Style
Stephen Harper’s Political ‘Modus Operandi’
Stephen Harper as Master Strategist
Stephen Harper as Master Stumbler