#Elxn41, as the current Canadian federal election has been hashtagged by Twitter folks, is shaping up to be a most unusual campaign.
The election was triggered by a non-confidence vote against the Harper minority government, as a result of the Con leader and his caucus members' documented actions found in contempt of Parliament.
The parties that formed the Opposition as well as others are campaigning hard to ensure that their candidates are elected. As for the Contempt Party, held currently tightly in rein by one Stephen "Richard Nixon" Harper, its proclaimed goal is to provide said leader with the majority he demands.
In principle and practice, the Contempt Party has been running a re-election campaign since 2008. Using government and parliamentary resources, Harper's acolytes and sycophants have been disseminating carefully crafted propaganda in the guise of information about programs.
The non-confidence vote in the House of Commons took the Contempt Party by surprise: millions and millions of dollars more of government (our) money was scheduled to be spent in March and April, promoting the Harper Regime's largesse.
So now the Contemptuous have shifted gears; 'fear and loathing' tactics are MASSIVELY deployed for purpose of terrorizing the electorate and fundraising for the Cons - whence the necessity to keep riff-raff out of events that feature Contempt leader Harper and to provide access only to party members prepared to hand over their money and/or drink the Kool-aid.
The final words about alleged *hard on crime* Contempt leader Harper and this federal election campaign belong to iConoclast Skippy Stalin:
"In the first week of 2011's Retard Cage Match of the Doomed, we haven't seen Blue Sweater Steve. Not once. Instead, we've seen a ton of ads showing him in alone in his office, sort of like Richard Nixon. And that's fine. People at the time rather liked Nixon as president.
The problem is that Harper is acting like Nixon on the stump. He's pissed off all the time and making damned sure that we know that he'd rather be anywhere else. [...] Don't get me wrong, Blue Sweater Steve annoys me endlessly, but I understand why it works. Running as a resentful prick, on the other hand, is an interesting tactic and one that just might not work out for him. It's just a feeling I have."
Modified CEA!P illustration from Alison at Creekside.