Very bad publicity for the PM. He then added to the man’s pain by offering him instant citizenship.
Harper then brought in “master of the dark arts” Lynton Crosby to advise on improving survey numbers. He advised the party to make an issue of a Muslim woman who did not wish to remove her face veil during the swearing in of citizenship. This is a symbolic event in which a local politician gets a photo op. Long before the swearing in, that woman would have had her picture taken without the niqab. In all of Canadian history there have only been two women who refused to bare their faces to the world.
BUT it did the trick. Discussion and disagreement followed. It also served to uncover some unpleasant bigotry on the part of Canadians. Harper and his ilk omitted that the Canadian Supreme Court has already dealt with the issue and declared her right to wear it.
One to seize the day, Harper then went on TV to declare that women employed in the federal service would be banned from wearing the niqab at work. To date no woman has ever shown up in one.
Today on the radio in BC I heard ads read by Harper bringing up Allan Schoenborn who murdered his three children and has vowed to kill his wife. There is no doubt that he is a murderer but he is insane and in a secure facility. Harper is intimating in the ads that somehow this puts the public in danger. Despicable behavior is what I call it.
Crosby is described as favouring what is called a wedge strategy, whereby the party he advises introduces a divisive or controversial social issue into a campaign, aligning its own stance with the dissenting faction of its opponent party, with the goal of causing vitriolic debate inside the opposing party, defection of its supporters, and the legitimising of sentiment which had previously been considered inappropriate Wikipedia
Crosby had been influential in the Australian 2001 election race. He had one candidate for PM claim that refugees from Asia were throwing their children overboard in order to improve their chances of claiming refuge, a totally false accusation.
Democracy is a rare and fragile thing. Elections should be fought on the issues that are relevant to the country, not based on fear and bigotry. Mr. Harper send Mr. Nasty packing!
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