A couple of days ago, I noted the Conservative government was planning sweeping new regulations to recall "unsafe" consumer products.
These regulations are needed, says Prime Minister Harper, to protect us from wicked businessmen "who who care more about the almighty dollar than the safety of their customers."
See here an excellent editorial in today's National Post, which debunks the idea that we need such protection.
But what gets me is Harper's rhetoric. Talking about the "almighty dollar" and suggesting profit-hungry capitalists are out to kill us, smacks of left wing populist pandering at its worst.
Mind you this is the same government which bashed banks for ATM fees.
I wonder has Harper ever praised the free enterprise system since gaining power? Has he ever extolled the virtues of smaller government?
Has he ever said anything like Ronald Reagan who once declared, “The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom”.
Has he ever echoed the sentiments of Margaret Thatcher who once said, "There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty?"
If he has I sure never heard it.
Maybe he needs new speech writers. Or maybe he should stop calling himself a conservative.