Harper: Thank you for the Niqab issue. I really doubted it would work.
CA: Why did you doubt it, Stephen? Have I steered you wrong before?
Harper: No, it’s just that…
CA: You didn’t think voters would be so stupid?
CA: Never underestimate the appeal of racism and xenophobia.
Harper: The voters aren’t completely stupid. After all, I’m Prime Minister.
CA: I rest my case.
Harper: That hurts.
CA: No, Stephen, losing hurts.
Harper: But I wanted to win to improve life in Canada.
CA: You should have thought of that before we made our bargain.
Harper: But you never said making life worse in Canada was part of the bargain.
CA: Is life really so bad for you, Stephen? Aren’t you the prime Minister?
Harper: I mean making life better for Canadians in general.
CA: Do you think life is better for people when they’re hateful and afraid?
Harper: But there are some things people should hate, and there are good reasons to be afraid.
CA: Some people hate you, Stephen, and they’re afraid you’re going to win again.
Harper: But that’s politics.
CA: Right, and giving people something to hate and fear more than they hate and fear you is politics too.
Harper: So I’m not running against Mulcair and Trudeau; I’m running against Muslim women wearing niqabs and ISIS?
CA: You’ve restored my faith in you.
Harper: Will I get a majority?
CA: Is the Pope Catholic?
Harper: I’m not sure.