–verb (used with object) Slang.
to strike (someone) with an unexpected blow.
Harper’s biggest and most blatant sucker punch to date has got to be the one he delivered to an unsuspecting public by promising never to tax income trusts (in order to get elected). Upon entering office he turned around a delivered a $35 billion blow to the groin of the 2.5 million Canadians who had taken him at his word. To paraphrase an old expression: once sucker punched, twice shy. That doesn’t bode well for the new platform of policies that Harper has concocted over the summer in an attempt to delude voters once again with a newly re-invented version of Canada’s New One-Two Punch Government. Maybe Stephen Harper derives his political doctrine from P. T. Barnum, famous for saying that there’s a sucker born every minute.
I don’t suppose Danny Williams likes being taken for a sucker when it come to the Atlantic Accord. Just ask the foreign oil companies he negotiated the Hebron deal with, which is in stark contrast to the type of deal that Jim Flaherty would have negotiated on bended knee with industry, such as the Bruce Power Nuclear deal where he sold off all the upside and kept all the operational downside.
That pretty much sums up the seeds that Harper has sowed with his litany of broken promises: he has sold off all his political upside and kept all the downside. I have only mentioned the two most prominent of the many broken promises of our sucker punching Prime Minister. There’s a website dedicated to this formidable task of keeping tack of Stephen’s non-accomplishments at Trustbreaker which at last count was up to 42. Harper’s September throne speech will no doubt provide fodder for many new entries in the days leading up to the next election
Friday, August 31, 2007
Posted by Fillibluster at 2:23 PM