Stephen Harper, for all his shortcomings, is a shrewd strategist. He is known for his astute surveying of the political horizon and coming up with a precise show to please the public and fool the media. This immaculate playing of the publicity game has been the primary reason he has stayed in power for so long.Leading the media by the nose has been easy but the public is a tougher game. Lucky for Harper, the economy is doing comparatively well so he’s been able to parlay the Liberals’ groundwork to make it his own and scrape by with the approval of the 39%.
So one could be excused for wondering, why is Harper being so tone deaf when it comes to Chief Theresa Spence? The more he ignores her, the more power he gives not only to Spence but to Natives and the left. Does he have something up his sleeve?
The longer Theresa Spence starves herself, the friendlier the press is becoming to the cause of First Nation rights. Her stature is building her into a kind of Ghandi martyr figure. Some of the media, dim as they are, seem to be finally catching on. Now that the Globe & Mail has relented, how long will Sun Media continue to singly shoulder the Harper disdain for Canada’s original residents?
Could a First Nations woman be Stephen Harper’s undoing? That remains to be seen. Judging by the temperature of the sloth-like media, the PM’s stock is sinking while Spence’s is rising. All Harper would have to do is visit the chief. That’s all. Think of the photo ops, Conservatives!Does Harper hate our indigenous people so much he would rather lose face with Canadians than give in and visit her for an hour? He is making a heroine into a martyr. What does Stephen Harper have up his sleeve? His behaviour is puzzling to say the least.
X-posted at Let Freedom Rain