I really want to believe that, but honestly I can’t trust a single word that comes from that mans mouth. I find that actions speak louder than words and his past actions cause me to doubt his sincerity. If he has turned a corner than fantastic but first he needs to walk the walk.
Am I way out there if I suggest that removing public financing for political process (which can be defined as we the People fund Peoples candidates) would mean creating a market where special interests and their monies meet political candidates. And would it be even more partisan if Id suggest that Conservatives are better aligned with special interests with money than any other party in Canada.
If agree with above then that would be something for Liberals to run on as the party that wants to keep the way it is.
Which is interesting because you would expect Conservatives to… khm, conserve.
The support the Liberal Party has from some pretty elite and powerful people is quite significant; I think it could be very strongly argued that the Liberals have more pull with the rich and powerful than the Conservatives do. The Tories do a great job fundraising from the rank and file, actually. The NDP, of course, still has huge union support.
Really, this move is clearly aimed at the Bloc Quebecois, who have very little institutional support and would be severely crippled by the removal of party subsidies.
While one can see this as a strategic move for dominance in Quebec I’m not sure wider impact is being analyzed. In fact, opportunities abound including companies controlled by foreign holding companies or, in some cases, subject to other countries differences (health care in US vs. Canada can create unfair advantages).
I just think this has not been thought out well enough.
Whoa there, I didn’t say that he’s reached adulthood yet, Stevie clearly got a lot more growin to do before that day comes. Despite what he says with Peter Mansbridge, I think he’s obsessed with ‘the game’ too much to ever drop it. I think there are serious lack of trust issues here, Harper trusts no one and Canadians don’t trust him with a majority.
I’ve never understood this meme that Canadians “don’t trust him with a majority.” I know I’m nitpicking but it’s a description of the election results that in its wording actually becomes false. The electorate doesn’t act in concert; it’s a set of individual voters. You either vote for the Conservative candidate, or you vote for the Liberal candidate, or you vote for the NDP etc etc. Nobody goes into the polling station thinking, “I want a Conservative minority and I’ll vote that way, but I won’t vote hard enough to make it a majority.” Since the Conservatives have to the most extent been able to govern as if they have a majority, it barely matters, anyway.
We have an electorate that has become curiously entrenched in its voting preference; were an election to be held tomorrow the results would be pretty much the same as 2008, which in turn were pretty much the same as 2006. Whether it’s the personalities involved I don’t know, but there is no rule that says it has to stay that way. In the flappery over the “Coalition,” Conservative support ballooned to over 50%; had Harper thought he could have prevailed upon the G-G to call an election, he would have won the greatest majority in the history of the country. There’s no telling what might happen in politics, and the next election could yield a Conservative majority, or a Liberal government, because of some event that is yet to take place.
You’re right, individually, the Canadian electorate don’t parse out their vote in such a manner. However, I kinda use that phrase to say “Canadians don’t trust the Conservative party enough to vote for them in large enough numbers to result in a majority government.”
I think the problem with the Conservatives is kind of simple; their tv commercials are nausea-inducing. In spite of whatever else they have or haven’t done, the public perception of them come election time is that they are assholes because of the campaign decision-makers. Prime Minister Harper should have fired the lot of them after the last execrable campaign.
I hate attack adds, and I refuse to vote for any party that depends on them to the extent that the Conservatives do. To me they just seem like they are targeted for idiots. They insult the intelligence of anyone who sees them.
OTOH I would never vote Conservative anyway, so it’s no big loss for them.
I’m not sure that’s still true - this article supports the idea that people are tired of attack campaigns. I agree with Ludy that they seem targeted for idiots; it’s like watching a paint-by-numbers political campaign; insert slur A against party B here, etc. I happen to think PM Harper is a very capable man and leader, but he always goes back to the well of attack campaigns instead of playing to his strengths.