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September 18, 2008

Canada’s election not as interesting as the one in the US?

 


Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams made his “ABC,” or Anything But Conservative, campaign official on Tuesday by registering his crusade against Stephen Harper’s Conservatives with Elections Canada and obtaining “third party” status..It’s just the latest move by Williams, a Progressive Conservative, to ramp up his fight to prevent the re-election of Stephen Harper in the Oct. 14 federal election.Under Elections Canada rules, any person or group that spends more than $500 on election advertising must register as a “third party,” a designation distinct from that of parties actually running in the election.Williams has waged a war of words with Harper ever since the leader reneged on a 2006 election promise to exclude non-renewable energy sources from the equalization formulaOn Monday, the premier launched a website, http://www.anythingbutconservative.ca/ AnythingButConservative.ca, in his bid to keep Harper out of office. Days earlier, he blasted the prime minister in a vitriolic speech, calling Harper a fraud and warning he would pursue a far-right agenda if he is allowed to form a majority government.    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canadavotes/story/2008/09/16/williams-elections-cnd.html

 

Look at the great infighting… and it makes me wonder how anyone can support Harper

  
“In this campaign, you will hear many promises.
But promises are not on the ballot. People are on the ballot.
And the promises are only as good as the integrity of the people who make them.
 In this election, it is our responsibility as voters to serve as judges of character.
Let’s first of all remember that Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party was built on a broken promise. Peter MacKay promised David Orchard he would not merge the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada with the Canadian Alliance. That promise was swiftly broken.
And the broken promises have not stopped since.
Stephen Harper, in the last two election campaigns, traveled to Newfoundland and Labrador bearing a promise.
Newfoundlanders and Labradorians fully expected Stephen Harper to live up to his words and repeated written promise.
He did not.
He broke his promise after he got his votes. His own MPs and candidates confirm his promise was broken.
Stephen Harper’s actions raise important questions of trust. Of integrity. Of character.

In this election, Canadians have the opportunity – and the obligation – to judge Stephen Harper and his Conservatives by their record.
They have also broken other promises to Canadians.
They have imposed deep cuts on some of the most vulnerable people in our country.
They have mocked provincial premiers.
They have discouraged businesses from investing in Ontario.
These Conservatives are certainly not “Progressive” Conservatives. Their agenda is regressive.
And now the Conservatives are seeking a mandate and a majority government to continue to implement an agenda that is not fully revealed.

Canada deserves better than this.
This election truly is about making Canada strong. Strong and progressive. A country in which values like integrity and trust actually mean something.
The power to shape our future is in our hands.
And the first step is as easy as A-B-C. “
Anything But Conservative.” 

http://www.anythingbutconservative.ca/

 Stephen Harper’s own  past Quotes

“I think in Atlantic Canada, because of what happened in the decades following Confederation, there is a culture of defeat that we have to overcome. …Atlantic Canada’s culture of defeat will be hard to overcome as long as Atlantic Canada is actually physically trailing the rest of the country.”
    – New Brunswick Telegraph Journal
“There’s unfortunately a view of too many people in Atlantic Canada that it’s only through government favours that there’s going to be economic progress, or that’s what you look to…. That kind of can’t-do attitude is a problem in this country but it’s obviously more serious in regions that have had have-not status for a long time.”
    – Toronto Sun
“There is a dependence in the region that breeds a culture of defeatism.”
    – CBC News
“I’ve taken my position and frankly it’s the same position that I took all through the [Alliance] leadership race. I delivered [speeches] everywhere I went, including in the Maritime provinces on several occasions, about the spirit of defeatism in the country and what drives it and how we have to address it.”
    – National Post
“[W]hat we clearly need is experimentation – with market reforms and private delivery options within the public system. And it is only logical that, in a federal state where the provinces operate the public health care systems and regulate private services, that experimentation should occur at the provincial level.”
    – Speech in Charlottetown
“These proposals included cries for billions of new money for social assistance in the name of child poverty and for more business subsidies in the name of cultural identity. In both cases I was sought out as a rare public figure to oppose such projects.”
    – The Bulldog, National Citizens Coalition
“Canada is a Northern European welfare state in the worst sense of the term, and very proud of it…. In terms of the unemployed… don’t feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don’t feel bad about it themselves, as long as they’re receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance.”
    – Speech to the US Council for National Policy
“After all, enforced national bilingualism in this country isn’t mere policy. It has attained the status of a religion. It’s a dogma which one is supposed to accept without question…. Make no mistake. Canada is not a bilingual country. In fact it is less bilingual today than it has ever been…. As a religion, bilingualism is the god that failed. It has led to no fairness, produced no unity, and cost Canadian taxpayers untold millions.”
    – Calgary Sun
“You’ve got to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from eastern Canada: people who live in ghettoes and who are not integrated into western Canadian society.”
    – The Report newsmagazine
“For historic reasons that I won’t get into, the Liberal party gets the votes of most Catholics in the country, including many practising Catholics.”
    – Speech to the US Council for National Policy
“I don’t know all the facts on Iraq, but I think we should work closely with the Americans.”
    – The Report newsmagazine
“Fixed election dates prevent governments from calling snap elections for short-term political advantage. They level the playing field for all parties and the rules are clear for everybody.”
    – CBC News
“The government is clear that it will not be seeking an early election. At any time Parliament can defeat the government and provoke an early election, if that is what the opposition irresponsibly chooses to do.”
    – Hansard “..

http://www.anythingbutconservative.ca/quotes.htm

 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/09/25/prime-minister-stephen-harper-and-the-federal-conservative-party-of-canada/

 https://thenonconformer.wordpress.com/2008/10/15/canadas-fderal-election-fiasco-repeats-itself/

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