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The Federal Tories: The Gang That Can't Think Straight


No matter how much money the federal Tories have in their coffers heading into the federal election — expected to be called on Sunday — no matter that, over the course of the next six weeks, they'll outspend the Liberals, the NDP and the Green parties combined, Stephen Harper's Conservative can't help themselves.

They just keep shooting themselves in the foot.

Writing in her column in the Toronto Star, Chantal Hebert says that ...

The recent Conservative cuts to arts and culture have done what neither the pursuit of the unpopular Afghan war nor the demise of the Kyoto Protocol had accomplished: wake up a sleeping Quebec giant that is now gathering strength for a show of force in the upcoming election campaign ...

On Tuesday, a 2,000-strong who's who of Quebec's art community gathered in Montreal to decry what has largely come across in the province's media as an ideologically driven federal disengagement from the front of culture.

In no other province in Canada would the citizens express the ire that Quebeckers do over funding cuts to the arts — thank God that there's one province in Canada that stands up for Canadian cultural identity.

The Conservatives probably feel that with a weak and inarticulate Stephane Dion leading the federal Liberal party, and a rudderless Bloc Quebecois, they'll romp to election victory on October 14th. Don't bet on it.

The Conservatives are so inept (not to mention, mean-spirited) that Harper won't be able to help himself from putting his foot in his mouth during the 37-day election period. The Conservative party will, VanRamblings predicts, do everything in their power to snatch defeat from the jaws victory.

Hopefully, after October 14th, there will be a responsible and responsive federal government in Ottawa that will be committed to ...

  • the creation of affordable housing
  • the development of a national transit strategy
  • the development of a national telecommunications strategy
  • restored funding of the arts, and a recommitment to the CBC
  • the implementation of national daycare
  • the re-establishment of the Canadian armed forces as peacekeepers
  • restoring the economy so that Canadian familes can be provided for

If the Conservatives are re-elected, they'll be committed to none of those initiatives. What an anti-Canadian government the Tories proved to be.

Come October 14th, it'll be time to throw the bums out. Good riddance.

Posted by Raymond Tomlin at September 2, 2008 1:40 AM in Politics


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