"I think it's more important to describe the reality of the situation rather than to have labels," said Harper, whose Conservative party has pinned its re-election hopes on its economic record.
More important to describe reality than to have labels, now.
Not when "the socialists and separatists" were pushing for an "illegal coalition" that was "undemocratic."
Labels were totally fine, then.
No, Harper's trouble with labels only come when it refers to matters of which he likes to claim knowledgeable superiority, such as economics and recessions.
Which might have to do with the fact that he got it wrong last time: "My own belief is if we were going to have some kind of crash or recession, we probably would have had it by now."
This is the same Harper who accuses his opponents of saying and doing whatever they feel will get them elected. It's a line tribal Tories will probably lap up, but for the majority of Canadians, it is simply more evidence that "they're all the same" and "not to be trusted."
Harper may very well win this election again. At the end of the day, it's going to be one of the parties, or a coalition (for at least the short term). So long as they keep playing this game, however, the sustainability of this system of democracy will continue to erode.
And when people give up on their democratic elected government, it ain't a pretty sight.