Today, I had the opportunity to chat with Hugh McFadyen, the leader of the Progressive Conservatives in Manitoba. McFadyen talked about the CPC Convention, the impact of the economic downturn on Manitoba, the NDP’s move to supress political speech and where he’ll be taking the party into the next election. McFadyen also spoke at a Manning Centre event in Winnipeg where he outlined his vision for the future of Manitoba.
I shot this video of Stephen Harper’s speech at the Conservative Party policy convention.
MP Shelley Glover and Christian Paradis are warming up the audience extolling the virtues of the host city Winnipeg and trade some scripted lines on the follies of the House of Commons.
Glover introduces the mayor of Winnipeg.
Mayor says a few words about Winnipeg.
7:30pm: Glover introduces Steven Fletcher. Fletcher gets a standing ovation.
7:32pm: Fletcher asks delegates to wear red tomorrow to support the troops. Fletcher suggests we take the colour red back from the Liberals since they’ve done nothing to support them.
7:34pm: Fletcher calls Harper’s marriage to Laureen the smartest decision he ever made. Enter Laureen Harper to give Fletcher a peck on the cheek for saying so. Laureen Harper is introduced.
7:36pm: “Steven Fletcher’s gotta be the smoothest guy on six wheels” — Laureen Harper
7:37pm: “This is unusual. Usually I get the last word in our house, not the first.”
7:38pm: Mrs. Harper says that the PM will interrupt any meeting to take a call from son Ben or daughter Rachel.
7:39pm: Apparently, Stephen Harper has seen High School Musical four times.
7:40pm: Harper enters to Collective Soul’s Better Now, his signature entrance music for the 2006 and 2008 campaigns.
For your viewing entertainment, a cirque-de-soleil-inspired performance. Conservatives are patrons of the arts, you see…
Subject: Why you shouldn’t fear me
Hi The Average Canadian,
Stephen Harper wanted to tell you…
My name is Stephen Harper. I am an ALBERTAN, here me roar! My goal is to make Canada America’s 51st state and destroy health care that all Canadians cherish by infusing my propaganda with hard core ad hominem attacks. Please vote for me, because if you do, I promise you’ll be able to vote for McCain 2012!
We are a tar sands level party, not a grass roots party. We consider anything with the word \”Green\” offensive, except for the almighty American dollar, which we hope to be able to implement in the coming months! We shall first have to make sure that American and Canadian jelly beans have the same standards, and then we shall proceed.
I hope everyone has a great weekend,
Stephen \”I can lead you to Hell but not back\” Harper
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Somebody emailed the PMO listserve address sending this email to whoever signed up on the Prime Minister’s government website for the email mailing list. Someone should look into the legality of using the Government of Canada’s resources to impersonate the Prime Minister.
The email seems to have originated in Winnipeg from an MTS Allstream account from this IP: 188.8.131.52.