Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Getting it right

Neil Reynolds recently had column in the Globe and Mail in which he urged conservatives to cease criticizing the Prime Minster for moving away from his principles.
In response, I wrote the following letter to the editor which appeared in today's paper:
Getting it right
Neil Reynolds (Canada’s Conservatives Should Ease Up On Harper – May 9) argues there is no place in politics for what he calls “ideological purity.” But for many conservatives, it’s not a question of ideological purity, but of what’s right and wrong for Canada.
They believe it’s wrong to spend and borrow the country into deficit; wrong for the state to infringe on individual liberties and wrong to expand the size and scope of government.
It’s also wrong for Stephen Harper to ignore his conservative political base, the people whose money, time and votes helped propel him to a majority government. In short, Canadian conservatives have showed loyalty to the Prime Minister, he should now show loyalty to them.
Of course, some will say all that matters is winning power. But if winning power means simply replacing one Liberal government with another, then it’s a hollow victory indeed.


Anonymous said...

A sound, timeless message.

Cytotoxic said...

Thanks Gerry we can't hammer enough on insipid partisan hacks like Reynolds. "We had to destroy The Right to save The Right" is basically their message.

Neil said...

Love it!

Anonymous said...

Well put.

Anonymous said...

We can only hope that finally Quebec will be put in its place. You are just a province like Newfoundland, Alberta, Ontario…no different, nothing special other than the fact that you have spent the last 5 decades wiping out the English language and culture from the province with racist, anti-English language laws such as bill 22, 178, 101…This is a fact. Racism, intolerance, bigotry, ethnic language cleansing and human rights violations still going on in the province of Quebec.

Ya, Quebec, where the English, Scottish, Irish, United Empire Loyalists… built up the province of Kebec (original native spelling) since 1763. Yes, the same province of Kebec where the Union Jack and Red Ensign flew until 1950. Again, just the facts…This lie, this hoax, this revisionist nonsense that Quebec is a French province and that Canada is bilingual is just that, an outright lie. Fact: We have been part of the British Empire since 1763.We were officially an English speaking country for over 200 years, again just the facts.

I love the fact that you can have a majority without Quebec. You do not need to pander to Quebec any longer. Enough is enough. This province can not be satisfied period. They are a drain on the country, socially and fiscally. No more pandering to this province period. We are watching.

Majority rules ??? I guess we will see. Here is my wish list to fixing this country. Now let’s get to work repealing decades of bad expensive laws forced upon the country by tax and spend, scum bag, socialist, anti-English language, anti-BNA, bigoted, Quebecers. Repeal the charter, end forced phony expensive metis/french bilingualism, multiculturalism, lower/change immigration, eliminate equalization, ad the 30 new seats in Parliament (Ontario, Alberta, BC), reduce Kebecs seats, elected senate/or abolish – fixed terms (8 years max), fixed terms for MPs as well (8 year max), lower/reduce gold plated MP pensions, end subsidies to parties, lower all taxes, eliminate (not reduce) debt, reduce the size of government/RCMP…eliminate departments, public servant salary cap… Tell unions to rot in hell or Kebec. This would be nice start.

Get to work Harper; you have a majority, do something with it or else…you will lose money, and our votes, I guarantee it.

Miles Lunn said...

I think Harper will move the right, but not too far. His goal is to permanately swing Canada to the right, not swing so far to the right there is a backlash and the party gets defeated next time around. Add to the fact, Ontario, Alberta, and BC will get more seats which will make it easier to win a majority without Quebec so this wil make it easier for the party to move to the right. Ontario and the West will elect solid conservatives while Atlantic Canada tends to prefer Red Tories with perhaps New Brunswick being the only province with a solid conservative base. Quebec rarely elects right wing politicians. Yes the ADQ did well in 2007, but vanished in 2008 and thus any swing to the right in Quebec, will be wiped out the next election. In many ways Mulroney's strong Quebec caucus is what kept him from moving to the right as much of his English Canadian caucus was fairly conservative but his Quebec caucus tended to be on the left or in the centre.