The Canadian Imagination

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

A long, long, long day

I did feel sorry for Stephen Harper this morning -- early morning! or incredibly late night, depending on your point of view.

As Prime Minister, he must say something to the news that Osama bin Laden has been killed.

But did that news have to come close to midnight Washington DC time on the very last day of an intense, condensed election campaign, at an hour when he has just returned to his home riding of Calgary to collapse briefly after a month of intense travel and a last-minute jetting between three separate time zones covering two of the three Canadian coasts, and at a time when all things are coming together to force him to fight a newly uphill political battle? against the hated NDP, of all people?

Considering that United States President Barack Obama would have known this news for at least a few days: one wonders if at least part of that timing may not have been -- well, timed for a different audience (and electorate?) as well.

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