My oh my, Mr. Harper dropped the writ. As an Albertan I am having deja vu. Calling an election as an attempt to capitalize on unfair advantage before the truth of a budget reveals itself and before the taxpayers figure out what is actually going on seems pretty familiar to me. I am certainly angry in a very familiar way and being led politically in a familiar direction.
It is so patently obvious that the timing is a ploy to increase his party’s financial advantage. Who can blame him, he has no other real advantage.
He can’t run on his economic record.
He can’t run on the quality of his leadership.
He can run on his accountability or claim a lack of corruption during his time in office.
He can’t run on his policy record for research or science or his ability to create good laws that respect the Canadian constitution and align with Canadian values.
He can’t run on his record on environment.
Watch his speech announcing the election (or read what all the leaders said).
Stephen Harper thinks it is appropriate that Canadians have the opportunity to consider their options. He says elections are not popularity contests but about serious choices. All this I agree on.
It’s not all agreement from me though. Far from it. I completely disagree in an awful lot of what he is trying to sell.
Note when he says now is not the time for the kind of risky economic schemes that are doing so much damage in the rest of the world? Harper has in the past and continues to support the type of flawed economic policies that created the current global economic problems. Austerity is killing the world, and we have austerity because we didn’t have enough regulation of capital markets to prevent the current global collapse from happening. Cuts to the most vulnerable, tax breaks at the top, trickle down economic fairy tales and a short run race to environmental destruction? Therein lies the real risk.
He balanced the spring current budget using a slight of hand and on the backs of regular Canadians and our economic future. I wouldn’t count on it being solid fact; it may magically not even be true.
Harper claims his party is the only party that is fiscally responsible, but does his record support that? No it does not.
The significant new benefits to Canadians are a short term illusion, for most Canadians. Plus, is he really trying to benefit all Canadians, or just those Canadians that make choices he approves of because? He seems to have his own narrow definition of what makes a Canadian.
Harper goes on about security and being tough on crime. What exactly is secure about constant constitutional challenges to dodgy laws and public fights with the supreme court? How is his approach to crime constructive? It’s really a war on what defines Canada. That doesn’t make me feel very secure.
It takes some real balls to thank to the brave members of our military for their service to our country, afterall, what has he done for the armed forces?
In terms of your election advantages I think Stephen Harper might be a bit over confident.
Harper is a deeply prejudiced, deceitful, secretive, controlling man, and his party marches in step with him. His ideology is out of step with Canada, and a poor long term political strategy.
I hope he enjoys the next 77 days while they lasts. I hope they are his last. I hope that the lesson Alberta taught the arrogant, irresponsible right is a lesson that Canada embraces and will dole out on a Canadian scale.
Let the games begin and let the best man win. I know I’ll be voting for the best man.