So what is Harper counting on to win the election? He is hoping that Canadians are not very bright. Harper wants us to vote for him; the only candidate who did not present a plan before the advanced polls. The Prime Minister who along with the NDP’s Jack Layton wanted to prevent Elizabeth May from having her place at the debates. Harper and Layton actually threatened to boycott the debates, if she was allowed to participate (they eventually backed down, after Canadians made it clear that they wanted her there). Imagine the Prime Minister whining and acting like a little child, refusing to take part in national televised debates during an election he called, if he wasn’t going to get his way. That is simply pathetic. During the debates, Harper had nothing to say on the economy, even though he had asked for extra time to be alloted on that very subject.
His statements echoing Republican candidate McCain “that the fundamentals of our economy are strong” were wrong as the stock markets have suffered their greatest losses ever over the past two weeks. His fellow Conservative members have been rude and inconsiderate to the public they are supposed to work for. They have spewed forth hatred towards a parent of a fallen Canadian soldier, who questioned the purpose of the war in Afghanistan. MP Ritz made bad jokes when Canadians were dying due to poisoned food. MP Richardson questioned the value of immigration and suggested that immigrants cause crime.
Harper is still ahead. Even though Dion has proven that he has great ideas, a true vision for Canada and the empathy to lead the country, there seems to be some misunderstanding over the “Carbon Tax” and the media is not helping matters at all. They have spent most of the campaign hitting the Liberals just as hard as the Conservative attack ads. The latest media attack involves the challenging Dion because he misunderstood a question. It is really a sad state of affairs at the CBC.
I always thought that the media was supposed to be impartial in Canada but they have been anything but. They have openly speculated on the demise of the Liberal party and undermined their leader. There have been very few criticisms of the Prime Minister and fewer critical comments on the damage the Conservatives have done to our social programs. There has been almost total silence on where all the money has gone from the surpluses the Conservatives have enjoyed over the past 2 1/2 years. It is very weird.
During an economic crisis, the only thing that Harper has to offer is more jail time for teenagers and billions of dollars to the army. Let’s not forget his famous line that Canadians should go shopping on the stock market because “there are some buying opportunities right now”. That’s his advice to Canadians and yet the media still criticizes Dion (they barely mention the NDP, Greens or Bloc) to try to weaken his image in the eyes of the Canadian voters. It is just bizarre.
The war in Afghanistan is costing at least 2 1/2 times what the Conservatives said it would cost. The auditor wasn’t even able to get all the figures from the various departments. That means the cost is even higher. The media doesn’t challenge the Conservatives. The CBC commentators just repeat Harper’s comments, reinforcing them instead of asking the real questions like: Where are the Conservatives taking the country with their policies? and Why do they keep hiding the costs? Why isn’t the CBC criticizing Harper for not releasing his party’s platform until after the advanced voting took place? That’s much more important than Dion misunderstanding a question.
How can the CBC justify showing all those documentaries on the USA and their problems, if they are not willing to scrutinize our own Conservative, right-wing government? Something unseemly is going on at the CBC. Harper’s scared and the media is wasting our time depicting Dion as confused, instead of demanding that the Conservatives who called the election, explain their position and policies. If Harper doesn’t have a plan, he shouldn’t be Prime Minister. The media is only helping the Conservatives by constantly attacking Dion.
Maybe Canadians do not want a Francophone Prime Minister. Maybe they do not want a leader from Quebec to lead the country. Is the carbon tax that confusing? I think that it is very straight forward. Shift tax from income to pollutants so that Canadians will have more money in their pockets and as they modify their behaviour with greener technologies and products, the environment will get better. It is not about raising taxes at the gas pumps.
The Carbon Tax is going to be slowly implemented over four years (the actual time frame might even be close to five or six years, depending on the start date, after the first Liberal budget). It is a system that is used in several countries in Europe and those countries (Finland, Sweden, Germany among others, have very stable economies). The program is designed not to cost Canadians money. That means it is going to give back all the money it takes in through lower income taxes and rebates. The Liberals have stated that the plan is going to be constantly reviewed by an auditor to be sure that it is living up to its promise of revenue neutrality. Sounds very straight forward to me.
There is A LOT of info on the value of a carbon tax on the internet. So why isn’t the Canadian media informing the population? The carbon tax will not lead to a recession because it hasn’t done that in any of the countries that have one! All you need to do is Google “carbon tax” and read about it.
Canada better wake up and replace the Conservatives. If we don’t, I think that’ll end our right to laugh at and criticize any other country who elects a cold, secretive, right-wing, pro war type of government. Somewhere between 65-70% of Canadians do not want a Conservative government so let’s hope that people will get behind the Liberals and put them in power. We could have a really great parliament with the Liberals, Greens and NDP leading the country.