Friday, October 12, 2007

Latest Conservative talking point is nonsense

You know, the one that says since Ontario just elected a Liberal government provincially, that we like to balance things out and have a Conservative government federally. That the election of McGuinty favours Harper. I've read it as a growing feature of the early conventional wisdom a number of times now. Today, it shows up here.

Nonsense. Just utter, absolute nonsense.

This will be an election about Harper. Harper is not like any Conservative we've seen on the national stage to date. He's an ideologue that wants to significantly change the Canada that we know into a stronger American ally on issue after issue.

He wants to stay in Afghanistan for the long term, and is using a political panel now to hide the issue during a prospective election campaign. To take it off the table. He has spent upwards of $22 billion on a massive military build up.

He's against Kyoto and intends to use it as he games the Throne Speech to corner an adversary. How well will such games go over in Ontario? Canadians support Kyoto and want Canada to stand with the rest of the world, not Bush. Harper's chosen to follow Bush's lead. But I guess since we've elected McGuinty, we'll be OK with Harper's gamesmanship? Don't think so.

But let's continue. Harper's dismantling our foreign service. Selling off embassies and silencing diplomats.

He's apparently going to restrain the federal government's spending power in the next Parliamentary session if he gets the opportunity in order to assuage Quebec separatists. Just to name a few of the high profile issues that come to mind.

And there are those inconvenient little polls that consistently put Harper behind the Liberals in Ontario. Are these people saying that's going to change since McGuinty was re-elected? Don't think so.

Oh yeah, I can definitely see how he's favoured in Ontario...NOT. This talking point is similar to Harper's comment that minority governments are likely on the federal stage for the foreseeable future. It's meant to lull the voter into accepting it, as if that's always the way it's been. Liberal provincially, Conservative federally. Got to get that conventional wisdom ingrained in order to make it safe to vote Conservative.

Um, no, I don't think so. And there will be plenty of willing participants to point it all out.