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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Losing Sight of Canadian Values

When the books are written on this Federal Election, what will be credited with the apparently radical shift in voter leanings?

Will it be attributed to the highly controlled Conservative campaign, characterized by few mistakes and missteps? Or is it that a bumbling Liberal campaign reinforced in the electorates’ minds the long legacy of Liberal power-at-any-cost politics?

Or is there something deeper at play?

Early in the campaign, the outpouring of distaste for the comments of Paul Martin’s advisor, Scott Reid, provided some support for the belief that Canadians are tired of a nanny state, cosseting them from cradle to grave – with their own hard-earned tax dollars.

It is a uniquely Liberal conceit that Canadians can’t look after themselves as well as Liberals can for them. I’m not referring, of course, to those truly in need. It is our obligation as fellow humans to help those less fortunate.

I’m talking about you and me.

But, speaking as a conservative mother, I’m also pretty sure that neither of us is going to blow our childcare subsidy on beer and popcorn.

Even though the downtown Liberal crowd with their blue suits looks down on average families doing their best to pay the rent and get nutritious food on the table, Canadians instinctively know that we could do a much better job of looking after our kids than any government ever could.

Don’t forget that the much-vaunted Liberal nanny state doesn’t do a very good job of looking after the poor either – the number of Canadian children living in poverty has increased, according to Stats Canada, since the Liberals have been in power.

The Conservative’s proposal to lower the GST to 5% will help those who need it – the middle class and the poor. Even well-known NDP commentators agree it is a tax-cut that provides immediate relief to those who get by paycheck to paycheck.

Same with the Conservative child-care initiative. Instead of herding our kids into nationalized daycare centres with long wait lists like the similar Quebec system, the Conservative proposal recognizes that parents want to choose care that works best for their families – daycare centre, home-based daycare or family members.

There is a reason that the Liberal negative campaign hasn’t worked in the last
week. Canadians know Paul Martin offers nothing new. He had his shot when the NDP propped up his minority government and he provided no new vision for our country – just more of the same tired ol’ “government knows best” rhetoric.

Polling shows Canadians know that the government needs to change to one that
reflects their values.

So, maybe, finally, we’ll have a government that helps Canadians get their heads above water instead of one that sits on our shoulders pretending to be the lifeguard.

As seen today in 24 Hours Daily


At 12:48 p.m., Anonymous rob said...

First I would like to point out how curious it is that you say Harpers GST cut is a proposal and not a promise, I guess that lets him off the hook when it doesn't happen.It is also strange that you worry what type of Daycare folks can choose for their kids, I think you should be more concerned with how many kids Harper will sacrifice for his American buddies when they invade the next country on their list. Harper was very clear on his support for the war in Iraq and would have sent Canadian kids to die for the American cause.

At 12:54 p.m., Blogger PelaLusa said...


I just read your excellent article in 24 Hours. I'm cautiously optimistic that Canadians are making a slow turn toward a more thoughtful (ie. containing some thoughts) direction. But then I read twits like the fellow before me (whose parents even wasted my name on him!) and I'm reminded that this country is still chock full of confused folks like him. If Harper doesn't get a majority, god help him!

Robert W.

P.S. If you really want to get a convoluted response from the likes of 'Rob' then ask them what the difference is - IN 2006 - of Canadian soldiers fighting terrorists in Afghanistan and American soldiers fighting terrorists in Iraq. The answers are quite comical.

At 1:09 p.m., Anonymous Larry said...

CPC not only are Canada's best at democracy but have a great platform too, plus some experianced, informed and smart MP's./ Special Note->> Federal Liberal-Paul Martin, could stop the the Notwithstanding Clause by changing the definition of the Notwithstanding Clause to Yes and Not. Due to rights and non-discrimination against the word-YES.This is the federal liberal ideology way.

At 1:51 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Liberal Party of Canada could, and may very likely win, on Monday.

Don't forget, the Conservatives are not going to win one single seat in all of Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver; Failure to do so, will result in a hollow victory for Harper, as the suburbs do not represent Canadian values.

Only Paul Martin is able to rally the progressive voices in all of Canada against the George W. Bush values of Stephen Harper.

Yes, I admit that the Grits have done a poor job in ethics, but they encapsulate Canadian values on many issues, such as abortion and gay marriage....The Liberals will win most of the seats in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. Paul Martin worked hard to become Prime Minister, and he deserves our support.

At 2:09 p.m., Anonymous rob said...

Robert W.

I won't get into the name calling with you, and certainly won't take a shot at your parents, suffice it to say, sticks and stones.....

I believe the Afghan mission was to be a peace keeping attempt, which is honourable, invasion without cause and unilateral decisons are not.

At 3:16 p.m., Anonymous Larry said...

National Post newspaper editors today-Jan.19th/06 endorsed Canada's Conservative Party as the best and thus deserve to be the new Canadian government this Jan.23rd/06.Read page A16 in The National Post newspaper.

At 12:02 a.m., Anonymous Larry said...

Heres a interesting and elegantly written quote from a recent Barbara Kay column: "In the relentless drive to denormalize marriage,Canadians have been treated as the proverbial unsuspecting frog in the pot of cold water on a slow burner".

At 12:11 a.m., Anonymous Larry said...

Correct Quote here from a recent Barbara Kay column: "In the relentless liberal drive to denormalize marriage,Canadians have been treated as the proverbial unsuspecting frog in the pot of cold water on a slow burner".

At 12:15 a.m., Blogger PelaLusa said...


Please focus on 2006. The Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan are fighting a certain group of terrorists. The American soldiers in Iraq are fighting either the same group of terrorists or one that is joined at the hip.

One is right and one is wrong? How can that possibly be so ... by any stretch of logic?!?


At 7:30 p.m., Anonymous Sean P. of Vancouver-Quadra said...

The Liberal Party of Canada will surely win this election again, as Martin's Liberals are starting to take the lead in vote rich (106 seat) Ontario.

Unfortunately, the hidden agenda of the Conservatives, whether true or not, are going to cost them very badly....The same results of 2004 will happen, yet again.

I truly feel sorry for Stephen Harper, and sincerely wish him best of luck as he continues as Official Oppositon leader.

Only the Liberal Party of Canada is willing to stand up for Canadian values, which includes gay marriage and a woman's right to choose as to whether or not she wants to have an abortion. Why is Harper lashing out against the courts and legal system? What does he have to hide? Why will he not come clean? Why is he hidding his far-right winged candidates? Where is Darrel Reid or Russell Hiebert? Where are the controversial candidates in Ontario? Harper has a hidden agenda, and he refuses to come clean, which will kill him politically.

Once Paul Martin is re-elected, we will set the government right.WE will clean up ethics and carry on with a National Daycare Program.....Canadian families do not want money for beer and popcorn; they want real social programs....They also do not want to fall for Harper's hidden agenda.

Personally, I'm proud that Vancouver-Quadra will easily be swept by the Honourable Stephen Owen!!

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