Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Harper on 570

I'm just listening now to calls to the Jeff Allen show on Newstalk 570 after he spoke to the Right Honourable Stephen Harper moments ago.

People are saying how glad they are that he answers questions directly, without dancing around the issues; that it is so refreshing to have a Prime Minister that we can be proud of. Sara even sent an email which Jeff read on air (first!) saying that she appreciates the cheque she just received, and will be putting it towards the costs of child-caring her own three beautiful girls.

At the end of the interview, Jeff had asked the Prime Minister how he feels about his new role. Stephen Harper answered that he is enjoying it immensely. Jeff remarked how ironic it is that only a short time ago, Mr. Harper was considered to be 'unelectable', and suddenly he's Prime Minister!

Mr. Harper acknowledged that he has learned two things: (1) Don't ever believe polls, and (2) Don't ever write off your opponent!

Smart man. Just don't tell the opposition.


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UPDATE: This is awesome! The whole interview is now available on Jeff's program page. Just click on it about two thirds of the way down.

40 comments:

Sara said...

Nice Job on your email, here is mine in writing


I'd like to thank Mr. Harper for my $200 cheque I got yesterday. This money will go to my childcaring my own children... that he can bet on!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

O.K. Here's mine:

Great interview, Jeff! Way to go.

You just stuck it to the Parliamentary Press Gallery big time. ;)

Harper sounded so candid and down-to-earth.

Cheers,
Joanne

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I just heard 570 say that the full interview will be available on the site. That would be great!

Harper said something about Universal daycare being a "pipedream". The interview is well worth listening to. I will post the link when I find it.

Sara said...

yuppers PIPEDREAM LOL

Sara said...

pssst 3 beautiful girls lol

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Really? Is that 3 daughters or two beautiful daughters plus a beautiful Mom?

Sara said...

you suck up you lol,,, 3 daughters one hubby, on dog, hamster, fish and 3 inlaws ,,,

Joanne (True Blue) said...

lol! So, four beautiful females. I will have to change my post. ;)

Red Tory said...

Smart man. Just don't tell the opposition.

I think everyone recognizes that he's a smart man and a clever politician. That's never been in question.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I think everyone recognizes that he's a smart man and a clever politician

For sure he's stumbled a bit as he learns his way, but he's doing great. I notice a lot of people actually feel proud to be a Canadian again. I haven't heard that for a long time.

Sara said...

only smart people learn from their mistakes,,, it just depends on how many mistakes you make lol

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Sara, that's what I always tell my kids. A mistake should not be regretted as long as you learn something from it for the future.

What is the definition of stupidity or something like that? - Always doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?

Riley Hennessey said...

he's certainly no dummy. In May of last year I wrote Harper off as a footnote in history... boy was I wrong.

I hope Mr. Harper continues to not underestimate his opponents. He's done a very good job thus far of impressing and surprizing people of all stripes.

jdave34 said...

"I notice a lot of people actually feel proud to be a Canadian again. I haven't heard that for a long time."

Jeez, I never stopped being proud to be Canadian. Nobody I know is or ever was ashamed to be Canadian, and last I checked, there's still hundreds of thousands of people on Parliament Hill every July 1, all wearing red maple leaves...

Perhaps you've been misinformed or in seclusion. But if you wanna believe that Stephen Harper has lifted some sort of blanket of shame off of Canada, well knock yourself out. You've never really been one to let facts get in the way of your ideas.

jdave34 said...

And I'll apologize now if you take offense at my last sentence, but seriously, implying that Stephen Harper has restored pride in Canada is beyond the pale, even for a partisan such as yourself.

When I see Muslim leaders speaking out,insisting that a Canadian Muslim's first duty is to defend Canada, I feel immense pride.

When I see a born-and-bred Canadian making ignorant (yeah, ignorant) statements about Canadians being ashamed of their nationality, in order to promote her political hero, well that just makes me nauseous. And typing it should have made you nauseous as well.

If you wanna debate politics, that's fine with me, but don't start questioning your fellow citizens pride in their homeland. It's an insult to all Canadians. Especially when some of them are risking their lives in far off countries. Because they believe in, and more importantly are PROUD of their country.

Finally, I'll submit that if you are so conflicted about your feelings towards Canada, there are hundreds of other countries that you may be more proud of. Pick one and try living there.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

JDave, you might want to check out Red Tory's blog. He's got a lively debate going on right now about this very subject.

Anonymous said...

I listened to the show and was amazed how each question was answered with a answer, i expected the Liberal rants where Martin or Chretien would claim the subject must be studied further and wait for all the facts to come in.

Dan McTeague has claimed that the PM was to quick to take a stance and he should have stayed neutral to avoid appearing to take sides.
Right Dan, the best stance is to not have a stance andf then claim that's your stance to be nuetral.
You know, "A proof is a proof,and when you go it proven,what kinda Proof is a proof, it's when it's proven" .

Sara said...

if we were all just happy little housewives we wouldn't be living in CANADA!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Anonymous - You got it. No more Mr. Dithers. People appreciate that.

Zac said...

Before Harper came in, I didn't like Canada. I was, "to hell with this, I'm moving to Iran," but since our glorious leader was installed, I'm finally proud to be Canadian. God Bless Stephen Harper!

In all seriousness Joanne, I've always been proud to be Canadian, no matter who's at the helm. This is still a great country.

Not sure what you meant by your comments. Retraction perhaps?

PS, like my avatar?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Actually, Zac, a lot of people who called in to the radio station after the program said the same thing - that they are finally proud to be a Canadian again. No, I'm not going to apologize for expressing an emotion. I have a right to my feelings and emotions and I don't have to answer to you about that.

Your avatar is great. It reminds me of a large congregation at a church, or maybe an outdoor mass for the Pope.

Proud K-W Conservative said...

It has been embarrassing being a Canadian the last decade plus under Liberal rule. Messrs. Chretien and Martin were foolish leaders on the world stage. They made mistake after mistake, and relegated Canada to by-stander status.

So, yes my pride as a Canadian has been restored. Mr. Harper has restored that pride. Thanks Steve!

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Thanks Steve! Steve? His Momma's gonna get you for that! ;)

But hey, another proud-to-be-Canadian! Awesome!

Gerry said...

May God bless Canada - our Prime Minister, and all it's Citizens..

Red Tory said...

Um, you do realize what Zac's avatar represents, don't you? If not, allow me to enlighten you. It is a field of dead bodies spread out in front of the doorstep of White House. But to you... this is like "an outdoor mass for the Pope." Holy shite, there's some rich irony there.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Ha-ha! Red, I should explain because everyone that read that is going to think I've totally lost it! I originally mentioned to Zac that I thought his previous avatar looked "preppy", and I meant it in a nice way, but he didn't think that was the look he was going for, so he changed it to something clearly unpleasant.

On Chucker's site we were discussing how we could get him to change it back and I said maybe if I told him it looked 'Christian' with all the crosses and such that he might take offence at that and switch again. I then told him that on his own site, and I think I had him for a moment, but then he read my comments on Chucker's site and the cat was out of the bag.

So all this is simply a little inside joke. Maybe the next thing he'll try is some horrible skeleton avatar or something! (BTW, they're all from CD covers).

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Gerry - Amen. And that's no joke. Even if this is just a brief interlude between Liberal governments, I thank God for the breath of fresh air.

Sara said...

that is a bit of a harsh avatar Zac,,,

in the end always your choice though...


I liked Chretien, but Martin oh man he was an embarrasment... every chance the guy got he was doing commercials! I remember I saw him on Corner Gas and I nearly lost it,,ewwwwwww


Martin was in it for the publicity which I have no respect for but Harper as well as Chretien was in it for the people... that I can respect

Joanne (True Blue) said...

that is a bit of a harsh avatar Zac,,,

You've got to admit though, it doesn't look 'preppy'!

I agree with you 100% about Martin. I felt embarrassed as well. People from other countries would be looking at him and judging us based on the notion that we elected him!

Alberta Girl said...

jdave - when you said "Jeez, I never stopped being proud to be Canadian. Nobody I know is or ever was ashamed to be Canadian" you must be talking about your Liberal friends.

I as a conservative had definitely stopped being proud to be Canadian. I was embarrassed by our political leaders over the past 13 years as they hummed and hawed over every decision, pandered to special interest groups, stole our money, ridiculed foreign leaders and generally took this country in a direction that definitely made me a "not" proud Canadian.

So there, now you have heard from someone who was not "a proud Canadian".

I am thankful PM Harper has been able to restore that pride.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

A.G. - Awesome comment. Thank you.

Gabby in QC said...

"If you wanna debate politics, that's fine with me, but don't start questioning your fellow citizens pride in their homeland. It's an insult to all Canadians."

How did jdave34 get to talk to ALL Canadians?? Nifty trick.

I wonder what the 34 in his alias stands for?

Joanne (True Blue) said...

I wonder what the 34 in his alias stands for?

Maybe there are 33 other JDaves? *Shudder*

Joanne (True Blue) said...

Gabby, JDave actually thought his comments were so inspired, that he copied and pasted them at Red Tory's!

Anne said...

Gotta agree with Proud K-W and Alberta Girl on this one (and.. of course with our hostess)

While I can't say that I lost 'pride' I have certainly been embarrassed to be Canadian over the last decade. Somehow we went from standing up for what was right with the world to fence sitting. We became a nation that wouldn't make a statement about anything. Loyalties swayed depending on who TPTB was at the time.

As far as leaders... Chr├ętien was a complete international embarrassment. Not only were his policies wishy washy, he never should have been allowed to speak on the world stage. He never failed to sound like a complete out of touch, idiot. PM was no better. I disliked him with a passion from the early 90's... and was known to predict that he would make the worst leader in our history should he ever get to the PMO. His dithering and double speak was beyond embarrassing.

Now.. while I don't necessarily agree with everything SH has done or said... I do appreciate that he makes a stand and then sticks by it. That's LEADERSHIP. There is no rule that says you have to agree with the decision, but at least you have to respect that someone is at least making a decision.

But further...I do feel pride at the hope the actions of SH is making. Starting to restore our military so we can proudly take our role on the world stage as real peace brokers and negotiators. He has taken a stand on terrorism, no, not because he is a George clone, but because it is the RIGHT thing to do. Just about everything this man has done, whether I agree with it or not, has been about making Canada stronger. It's been so long since we've had someone that didn't pander to all the special interest groups and vocal minorities, we've forgotten what its like to have principles.

Yes, Steven Harper has made me feel proud as a Canadian. As the old saying goes: "you've got to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything".

jdave34 said...

"I as a conservative had definitely stopped being proud to be Canadian."

Then you are more a conservative than a Canadian. In all your shame, did you ever consider leaving and living in a country you wouldn't be ashamed of? There are probably plenty out there...

Anyone whose sense of national pride is tied into who's running the government isn't much of a Canadian in my opinion.

Personally, I'm a Canadian, and I'm proud of that fact, and of my country. And I could give a rat's ass which crook is in the PM's chair. Canada's given me waaay too much for me to ever, EVER be ashamed of my country. Maybe all you whiners should put together a list of all those countries that you perceive to be better than Canada, and do an in-depth comparison. I'd be amazed if you could provide more than one or two countries that are on par with Canada in terms of quality of life. And I say on par, not better, because I honestly don't believe there's a better place in the world to live. And like I said, don't like Canada? Ashamed of your country? Well nobody's got you handcuffed to a piano, and the door's open. Let me know how things work out for you, and maybe we'll find someone from another part of the world who WANTS to be a Canadian to take their place. I'm sure there's no shortage.

And Joanne, by the way, it wasn't that my comments were so inspired, it was that yours was so ignorant. I noticed yiou couldn't stand the heat, so you bailed from RT's site to go back to the warm bosom of the rest of the clucking hens and your shield of 'moderation'.

Zac said...

No, I'm not going to apologize for expressing an emotion. I have a right to my feelings and emotions and I don't have to answer to you about that.

Fine, speak for yourself. But when you say:

I notice a lot of people actually feel proud to be a Canadian again. I haven't heard that for a long time.

You are stating that a good number of Canadians weren't proud to be Canadian before January 23rd, which is a gross generalization.

I disagree with the government on plenty of issues but that doesn't mean that I am no less proud to be Canadian. One's feelings about the government are not somehow linked to feelings about one's country.

Chris Schnurr said...

I have always been proud to be a Canadian. However, Harper is embarassing me as a Canadian with his "cart-before-the-horse" style and petulant attitude towards those who question him.

Yes, Stephen Harper has made me more proud, in that I will fight harder to protect our sovereign country from the corporate tunnel vision his party has ushered in.

By the way, when I was part of the Progressive Conservative Party, we did radio call in shows, and we had dozens of our supporters call in. They are hardly non-partisan, they are stacked in favour of the leader...it's called optics and all the parties do it.

What Harper does in the house, and how he responds to critics is more telling of his nature than a pre-planned and scripted radio show.

Joanne (True Blue) said...

So Chris, you're implying that the people who called in were 'plants'?

Possibly, but I'm sure there are one or two out there who feel that Stephen Harper is a breath of fresh air. He makes mistakes; we all do. If you can find one person on this planet that doesn't, I want to meet him or her.

Zac said...

Acutally Chris has a very good point. We did that last election when our candidate appeared on the radio. You call up and lob him a soft ball question and then praise him up and down and listen to the anger in the host's voice as he slowly figures out whats going on.

You ask him questions about his record that he is proud of that the host may not want to cover. For us we asked about urban poverty, and infrastructure renewal. Basically about the money he brought to Hamilton.

I have doubt that your right when you say this:

I'm sure there are one or two out there who feel that Stephen Harper is a breath of fresh air.

In fact, I'd say a lot of people feel the same way. Harper's been effective, but we can't base national pride around such a thing.