Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Dion Parties Like it's 1975

Liberal leader Stephane Dion says the next election will be an ideological battle pitting the "narrow, selfish Conservative idea of Canada" against the Liberals' "vision of a richer, greener, fairer Canada."

Translation: Dion and the Liberals are going to run on a platform of higher taxes, more regulations and bigger, costlier government.

Sounds like a winning strategy --- if this was 1975.

Oh and in order to make Canada "fairer", Dion recently unveiled a Liberal plan to cut overall poverty rates by 30 per cent and the child-poverty rate by 50 per cent within five years of the Liberals winning the next election.

Wow, that's impressive! Who knew poverty could be slashed just by passing legislation?!

It makes you wonder why previous Liberal prime ministers Paul Martin, Jean Chretien , Pierre Trudeau never passed laws to end poverty?

Maybe they were too narrow and selfish.

6 comments:

Donna said...

Aw Gerry - don't you know that it is enough to SAY you are going to do something if you are a Liberal. By just saying it they can recycle it in future elections.

Unfortunately, it seems that Canadians either don't pay attention or are so blinded by Liberalism that they will not see through this.

Sigh.......

Iain G. Foulds said...

... It's true Gerry.
... It is obvious that the Liberals, for lack of any current identity, have begun to dig up the bones of old Trudeau.
... It's too bad that the Conservatives have wasted all this time attacking the person of Dion- an unnecessary effort- and have not taken on educating Canadians against the philosophy of collectivism.
... Who knows, maybe Canadians will fall for the old Marxist poison again.

Anonymous said...

There was an article called, "Not such a warm welcome" in The Economist of November 24, 2007.

It is well worth reading -- it basically says that the NDP aren't doing their job as opposition in refusing to stick up for foreign workers in Canada.

Naturally, doesn't Taliban Jack only stick up for the CAW?

So the next time that a NDPer calls you a heartless conservative, slap them upside the head with a copy of that article.

Miles Lunn said...

I am not so sure that left wing ideas have totally fallen out. I think it is more that when left wing policies are put into action, they fail miserably. Otherwise, Canadians are attracted to left wing ideas when presented, but turn against them once they see they don't work. The Liberals have figured this out which is why they run to the left and govern to the right.

Steve said...

For Liberals it seems to count more to say you are doing something than actually doing something that solves the "problem."

In Ontario, we have a government that is actually proud to call itself an "activist government." I guess we can forget about any tax cuts.

Miles Lunn said...

Steve - I think Canadians, for whatever reason, generally like the idea of an interventionist government. The only reason interventionist governments lose elections is their policies often fail and when things aren't going well, people boot the party out. It is not so much Canadians love big government, but I think unlike the US, but like some European countries, Canadians generally believe the collective interests should supercede individual interests. Off course I don't like the idea of having society that leans too heavily towards either. In both Canada and the US, most want to see both collective and individual rights protected, but if the two clash, Canadians tend to believe collective rights should supercede individual rights, whereas Americans generally believe individual rights should supercede collective rights. This explains why both countries have free speech as this does not infringe on any collective rights, but the US has more lax gun laws and no universal health care unlike Canada as this is a case of collective and individual rights conflicting.