Some excerpts from "How Harper won the recession":
"International finances remain wobbly.
Governments around the edge of Europe, in countries like Spain, Portugal and Greece, are in danger of defaulting on their debts. Questions are being raised even about Britain's debt load.
Spooked European governments are being pressured to cut back on the very spending that has kept these nations from collapsing into depression....
...However, in Canada, all of this seems very far away. In Toronto, housing prices remain hot. Interest rates are at rock bottom. Inflation is low. Unemployment, while high, remains below the levels experienced in the recessions of the '80s and '90s.
Unemployment is America's number one topic. Here in Canada, pundits fret not about joblessness but the federal deficit.
The Harper Conservatives have used all of this to shift public discussion into what they hope will be more optimistic channels.
That story, sketched out in Wednesday's Throne Speech, is that the bad times are effectively over and that the country can now set its sights on a brighter future – one in which, under the leadership of a far-sighted Harper government, Canadians will be able to replicate the achievements of their Olympic athletes and create a brand new tomorrow.....
....None of this means that Harper is necessarily fated to win the next election. Much can happen between now and then.
What it does mean though is that, barring a second economic crisis, he will not be blamed for this recession. He may even be credited for any recovery.
And that is a very big plus."
Read the entire article at the Star, and wish Thomas luck. He might need it.