Harper's new campaign talking points are focussed on labelling Election 2011 as The Unnecessary Election. Standing on a stage in P.E.I. he's just said "this is not where I should be", blaming the "coalition" for dragging him from Ottawa, forcing him to endure a campaign, answer reporter's questions.
At least Harper won't be forced to talk to a real random Canadian, for anyone that gets close to him is pre-vetted and ordered to keep quiet unless spoken to directly, rather like the Canadian media are muzzled by Harper and his team.
The other end of Harper's plank is to paint himself as a great fiscal manager. This simply isn't true. Readers will recall that during the last "unnecessary election" -- the one in 2008 which Harper called, breaking his own fixed election date law in the process -- Harper claimed that if Canada were to be faced with a recession it'd already be happening. He promised he'd never engage in "deficit financing" of federal government operations. (YouTube) A few short weeks after the election he acknowledged that Canada was facing a recession of significant depths and would turn on the deficit spending spigot.
What many Canadians did not realize back in 2008 is that the Harper government had already started to push Canada deep into deficit spending before he'd even called the election. He lied to us all then. We all know how it turned out. What lies is he telling now?
Hopefully Canadians won't be fooled.
There is no "coalition". Stephen Harper is no great fiscal manager. There is no such thing as an unnecessary election. Going to the polls again is not something to fear or loathe but is an opportunity for Canadians to speak their mind again. But they need to be armed with facts, not vitriol from either side.