On the face of it Harpers’ decision to interfer with the CRTC’s decision on UBB may seem like a cause for celebration, after all even a stopped clock is right twice a day. However, let us be mindful that this is a man who does nothing that does not benefit himself. So in what way does this benefit Harper?
First despite claims to the contrary Harper et al have been campaigning for months now yet he has not found that one thing that will bring him the populist vote. This may be the dam that stems the tide of minority governments.
Second this sets a precedent for future involvement in CRTC don’t like CanCon, don’t like the ban of faux journalism, don’t like programming that doesn’t suit your side? Well there is a precedent for that!
Harper is a Canadian and hockey fan, if there is one thing every Canadian hockey fan can appreciate it is the execution of a good deke and it is a skill at which Harper excels.
So let’s not forget that beneath Harper’s velvet glove lies an iron fist.