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.
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