AOL Canada, Canada - 22 hours ago
Although Williams was unstinting in his criticism of Prime Minister Stephen Harper through the election campaign, accusing him of being untrustworthy and a …
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Sudbury Star, Canada - 23 Oct 2008
… people’s lives better and instead we get the Stephen Harper Conservatives backed by big oil money and elected by barely more than a third of voters. …
Harper support puzzling Summerland Review
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Harper did nothing for Quebec anglos
The Gazette (Montreal), Canada - What exactly has Stephen Harper done for us, the English-speaking community in Quebec? Are we part of the “Québécois nation” that he so magnanimously ..
But Harper helps his own again…
Liberal Ujjal Dosanjh is still the MP for Vancouver South after a judicial recount showed he had a 22-vote lead over his opponent, Wai Young. However, Young issued a news release that sounded pretty darn cheerful. “This voting result in Vancouver South sends a clear message that Vancouver wants a fresh voice, good government, and strong leadership in Ottawa,” Young said in the news release. “I am pleased that through the hard work of my campaign team, we were able to give voters in Vancouver South a strong choice to be their voice in Ottawa.” The Conservatives lost by approximately 9,000 votes in Vancouver South in 2006. “Today, I am humbled by the confidence given to me by over 16,000 voters who voted for me, and I am thrilled with the results of the recount today,” Young said in her news release. If Young is thrilled with the results, perhaps it’s because she’ll be free to continue her work as a consultant to the Stephen Harper government. Her small business, Wai Young & Associates, collected $578,590 in grants and contributions from Citizenship and Immigration Canada in the second quarter of 2008. Unacceptable.
As a child of energy sector workers who moved to Calgary from the Maritimes, a combination of indoctrination, ideology and pragmatism has molded me over time into a Conservative Party supporter. I’m not a fan of your social policies, but as my father says, “social issues come and go, the market is what’s important.” Voters seem to agree with him, as all eight Calgary seats– and 27 of 28 in Alberta – went Conservative in the election.
For the third straight election, your Tories failed to make a major breakthrough into eastern Canada. For the fifth straight election, Calgary West MP Rob Anders retained his riding’s seat. I’m not sure these events are unrelated.
Anders was first elected to office in 1997, inheriting your Reform Party nomination and then your seat in Parliament. Since then, he’s come under fire for comments regarding Nelson Mandela in 2001 and more recently for comparing the Chinese government’s treatment of Falun Gong practitioners to Nazi Germany’s of the Jews– the accuracy of the comparison notwithstanding, the language was a bit harsh. Even with years of media scrutiny and public outcry over his conduct, Anders has consistently been re-elected– typically with more than half the vote and the support of over 30,000 voters.
When learning that I live in Calgary-West and vote Conservative, friends of mine often ask me if I hate Mandela, since I support someone who so infamously opposed giving him honourary Canadian citizenship. To extend that argument, does anyone really believe that 30,000 people in one of the richest and most educated ridings in Canada hate Mandela? Of course not, but they support the Conservative Party. Similarly, voters in Calgary-Centre don’t support Lee Richardson because of his views on the source of crime, nor do they support Jim Prentice in Calgary Centre-North because of his initially-draconian Bill C-61. They grit their teeth and support these MPs because their party’s platform best represents their interests.
Even so, the ousting of former Edmonton-Strathcona MP Rahim Jaffer– famous for a 2001 incident where an aide impersonated him on a radio show– shows voters won’t blindly support a party forever. Locally, the proportion of the popular vote for Anders, Prentice and Richardson were markedly lower than their neighbours– the trio gained, on average, 56 per cent of the vote while Diane Ablonczy netted 69.6 and Jason Kenney 73.8 per cent. Only newcomer Devinder Shory got a smaller proportion while still winning a Calgary riding.
The difference, of course, is perception. The four Tories that didn’t win in landslides were unknown quantities– Shory for his lack of experience, the other three for their sometimes outlandish conduct in spite of their wealth of experience. Voters in the rest of Canada can’t help but look at the heart of Conservative country and see how the party’s base is being treated– represented by the Anders and Richardsons of the party– and wonder if that’s how they’ll be represented if they vote for them.
It’s no secret that Calgary’s been the heart of Conservative support for a long time. Calgary-West MP Richard Bennett, best known as Viscount Bennett, was the 11th Prime Minister of Canada, Calgary West MLA Peter Lougheed was Alberta’s premier and voters in the area turned against popular Ward 6 alderman– now mayor– Dave Bronconnier in the 1997 federal race because he ran as a Liberal. It’s important, though, to learn from the lessons of the past.
The Roman Empire fell into decline, in part, because its centre was neglected and slid into disarray. If you wish to stay Prime Minister for a while to come, please do your best to address how the constituents of Calgary ridings are represented. Otherwise, Rahim Jaffer may be the first of many Conservative MPs to fall.
” I hope other Quebec anglophones, no matter who they voted for in the federal election, are as fed-up as I am with all the Quebec-bashing by Conservative supporters in the rest of Canada. Because the Conservatives didn’t get the majority they wanted, they blame Quebec. What exactly has Stephen Harper done for us, the English-speaking community in Quebec? Are we part of the “Québécois nation” that he so magnanimously declared? Not according to some, apparently. Then, are we still part of the Canadian nation – or aren’t we? It makes one wonder: Do some people in the rest of Canada even know we are here? Perhaps they assume that we had all left. What about the rest of us, a lot of whom were born here, who don’t want to leave because Quebec is our home, or, perhaps more importantly, those of us who couldn’t afford to leave even if we wanted to? Perhaps we’ve just become “collateral damage” in the latest skirmish between Quebec and the rest of Canada. ” Gordon Sutherland
“Most of us seem to have a really bad habit of electing liars, electing the people who tell us what we want to hear, AND MANY OF THEM ARE LIARS WHO TELL US WHAT THEY THINK WE WANT TO HEAR SO THEY CAN BE ELECTED.”
land any limits on the ability of women to sue for pay equity is a moral absurdity when the cost of living for a women is the same as for a man now too.