Conservatives are Canadian
I’m not quite sure I get the Federal Liberal re-election strategy this time around in BC.
It seems to many observers that they’ve played the “all Conservatives are evil and eat babies for breakfast” card a little too often in the last seventeen months for it to keep being effective.
Newsflash to Paul Martin - Conservatives are Canadians, too.
And we’re good ones, at that. We donate generously to those less fortunate, we volunteer in our communities and we care about the future of our country – even when the solution doesn’t follow your so-called politically correct guidelines.
By choosing to frame the debate in such a way that vilifies a large portion of the Canadian population, Paul Martin and the Federal Liberals have revealed the truth at the heart of their Party – their “tolerance” extends only to those who share their narrow, post-Trudeau version of events.
And Canadians who are willing to think for themselves and who embrace the concepts of individual and religious freedom, protection of property, support for the less fortunate, choice in how we raise our children, an open economy and other traditional tenets of liberal democracy should be celebrated, not shunned.
The Federal Liberals are usually masters of political inclusion, which is why I find this new brand of politics they are embracing so disturbing.
Last night we watched Hotel Rwanda, the story of the opening days of genocide in Rwanda, following the withdrawal of western peacekeepers. The Hutu and Tutsi groups have effectively no genetic differences – the distinctions between the groups are generally in the way they live their lives. But that didn’t stop them from slaughtering each other in the early 1990s after de-humanizing each other with labels like “cockroaches”.
Clearly we’re not to this level of conflict in Canada. But it is a slippery slope to discrimination when our political leaders disparage large groups of Canadians because they are followers of faith like Christians, geographically located like Albertans, or because they simply don’t believe that child care should be run by the government.
Over the next six weeks, there will be many who will stand up and cast doubt on the moral ability of the Liberal Party of Canada to lead after stealing millions of taxpayer dollars to fund their Quebec political operations.
But it is a long way from there to painting liberal Canadians as stupid or immoral.
This campaign, which started Tuesday morning when Paul Martin picked up the writ from the Governor General, is probably going to be the nastiest in our history.
The Liberal Government, after twelve years of rule, is flailing around for any message of fear that will stick in voter’s minds. They will use whatever tactic they need to achieve that goal. And if it serves to re-elect them, it will not matter one iota if it also serves to divide our country even further along ideological lines.