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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Harper's Lead is Slipping

Come election day the questions that we should all be asking ourselves are:

1. Are we that pissed off with Liberal corruption to risk a radical change in Canadian policy?

2. To err is to be human. Are we that gullible to believe the Tories would be any better if they were in power?

3. Is the new Conservative Party very different from it's Reform and Alliance roots?

4. Is Stephen Harper made of the right stuff to be Prime Minister and lead the government?

5. Or should we just toss our decision to the wind and let the chips fall where they may?

Remember all those Reformers who campaigned on a new style of government and were going to opt-out of fat MP pensions, but were only too happy to take the cheque later? Hypocrites.

Many of them are still around including Harper. Unless they can make claim to being born again I'm a firm believer that leopards don't change their spots.

A politician is a politician is a politician. They will all sell you out in the end. So don't kid yourself that Harper will be your saviour from the evil Liberals. Just ask Keith Martin.

Am I being too harsh? Trust me when I say I'm no Paul Martin fan. I believe that he is another first-rate hypocrite. For anyone to have the temerity to be in charge of taxing us whilst hiding his businesses offshore to avoid paying taxes is more than I can bare. And I don't appreciate his flip-flops on the constitution or his stance on a lot of social issues either.

BUT I will also say that he did inherit a lot of trouble from Chretien and he can't take the rap for it all. Nor has he been given the opportunity for a full term in office to make amends.

Having said that, for me the bottom line becomes a choice between the devil that we know and the devil that we don't. And there are just too many unknowns about Harper for my liking.

I believe that he needs to mature as a person and as opposition leader, as well as be more forthcoming with his personal views. Then I will reconsider him (maybe next election if he's still around). Another Liberal minority government will be preferable as far as I'm concerned.

The Globe and Mail reports that Stephen Harper's lead is waning because he has strayed from the script and his real agenda is slowly leaking out.

Canadians are now reconsidering a Harper government as his recent slip-ups about a biased judiciary and human rights are coming to the fore. Quebec is also showing signs of backing off.

Is it deja vu 2004 all over again? Until the Tories can fully detach from their Reform roots there will always remain a stain on conservatism in Canada.

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3 Comments: 'It's your turn now'...

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous ted said...

very well said. it is a dilemma. i'm no liberal lover but maybe we should give martin another chance. at least a full term anyhow. he did inherit a lot of crap from chretien.

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At 3:09 PM, Anonymous opt-out said...

I choose neither devil.

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At 7:51 PM, Anonymous shiba said...

I choose none of the above.

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