Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Media Alerts

Ok, I am all over the media today.

First, I have a column in the Globe and Mail, wherein I suggest Prime Minister Stephen Harper would have been better off had he stayed at the National Citizens Coalition.

And I am in today's Toronto Star, talking about the feud between Harper and former Elections Canada boss, J P Kingsley.


Iain G. Foulds said...

... If Mr. Dion, in his desperation to distinguish himself, had not plowed his party into the left lane- leaving Mr. Harper an open road- we could easily be looking at an imminent return to Liberal power.
... Perhaps, our disappointment in Mr. Harper is not so much in his inability, or unwillingness to act; but, in his failure to use the opportunity of his position to teach.
... This said, I think that it is time for us to put aside our critisism of our PM- keeping on the high road of policies and principles (unless the issue involves opposition MPs- who, for a good laugh, are always fair game).

Anonymous said...

If Stephen Harper and his centrist tranformation are going to be your fixation, then all I can say is: you better start buying your ink by the barrelful.

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, Gerry!

Stephen Harper has already been a member of the Liberals, the Progressive Conservatives, the Reform Party, the Canadian Alliance and the Conservative Party of Canada.

Sooner or later, he will probably come around to also seeing eye to eye with the Libertarians.

Trust him!

Anonymous said...

As usual, you are spot on in your analysis!

Harper is a complete dud as a conservative leader. His recent appointment of Patt Binns as the Ambassador of Ireland is another painful kick in the stomach of true Atlantic Canadian conservatives, and a vivid reminder of what hypocrisy means.

It has always interested me that further west of Atlantic Canada, a propoganda machine has lambasted Danny Williams who is ten times the true conservative than Stephen Harper.

I still believe that a Federal conservative government that reduces its size and spending in Canada would appeal to the majority of Canadian voters. It is a spendthrift government without principles that deserves to be in trouble with its base.

Please keep hammering this anti-conservative movement.

Anonymous said...

Gerry -- I knew the fix was in when Harper said, at the convention that united the Reform and Conservative parties, that he had saved his greatest praise for Brian Mulroney for the help he had provided Harper in bringing about the merger. That Brian Mulroney is whispering in Harper's ear is all I needed to know as to what direction Harper was going to take.

But the greatest disappointment is Harper's reversal on Quebec's Bill 101 when he announced, once he became Prime Minister, that he would not touch it. As you cited in your article, the NCC had funded challenges to Bill 101 when no one else would.

The great outrage of Bill 101 is that its language of education provisions resemble the world's most infamous race law in both written statute and jurisprudence...and liberal Canada is SO afraid of addressing this issue because it flies in the face of everything they purport to believe in: equality before the law. Gee, how could a race law exist right under the very noses of the Canadian liberal establishment? The reality is that they not only sat back in silence when the law was enacted, they saw fit to take its worst aspect and entrench it in our constitution.

18 years ago Freedom House published a piece on this very issue, introduced by Zbigniew Brzezinski: