'New Government' mantra wearing thin, poll finds
OTTAWA -- Canadians are growing weary of the Conservative government's claim it remains "Canada's New Government" after 18 months in power, a recent poll shows.
Well, no shit, Sherlock. Who'd a thunk it?
The mantra turns up constantly in government statements and speeches.
The survey published this week found it's not just members of the press corps and the opposition who groan every time they see a news release containing those three words.
Three-quarters of the voters who responded to the Innovative Research survey objected to the phrase, some because they find it stale and some because they objected to it from the start.
The poll found 37 per cent thought it was OK in 2006, when the government was new, but now put it in the misleading-advertising category. Another 38 per cent said the Conservatives should never have used it to describe the government in general, since the government is permanent.
Only 16 per cent, most of them Conservative supporters, believe the phrase still fits the Harper government, the survey found.
I'm guessing that would be the same 16 per cent who genuinely think Stephen Harper is a "leader," and that the earth is 6,000 years old and that climate change doesn't exist. Yeah, that 16 per cent.
In any event, I have decided that, to counter the insufferable arrogance of the term "Canada's New Government," we here at CC HQ will, from this point on, refer to PM Stephen Harper and his collection of bound and ball-gagged Harperettes as "Canada's Wingnut Government".
Feel free to share in the fun. Use that designation liberally (no pun intended). It may be demeaning, offensive and juvenile, but it does differ from the original phrase in one critical way -- it's accurate. And that's all that counts, isn't it?