You almost felt sorry for him. On the CBC Radio program The House, Chris Alexander, Conservative backbencher and parliamentary secretary to the defence minister, did his best to defend his party and the Prime Minister. But his groping for words, always stopping himself halfway into a sentence for fear of saying the wrong thing, was simply embarrassing – especially since he followed NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on the program, who had come across as a seasoned and wise statesman.
The scandal involving disgraced senator Mike Duffy and Nigel Wright, the former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has just got bigger. Information has leaked out that shows that Wright set up a secret fund in the Prime Minister’s Office back in 2006, soon after the Conservatives first came to power.
Conservatives, or what passes for conservative in this country these days, never cease to amaze me these days. Even more amazingly, they have managed to discredit their ideology all on their own, without any stink bombs lobbed by opposing camps. Leaving aside any of the recent scandals that have done great damage to the conservative brand across Canada, it’s the lack of common sense, and of plain old decency, that’s doing conservatives in.
Oil interests in Alberta with deep pockets funnelled money to parties in British Columbia thought to be pro-pipelines. Their utmost goal was to prevent an NDP government as the outcome of the recent provincial election in BC, and what they got was a re-elected Liberal government. Despite previous hiccups between BC and Alberta over the Northern Gateway pipeline, which would transport Alberta oil to the Pacific coast from where it would be sold and shipped off to China and other Asian countries, those oilmen thought that everything was going to be fine as long as the NDP didn’t get into power.
I’ve always been a fiscal conservative: that a government can go on spending more than it takes in was always insanity to me. I also believe that anyone who does wrong, such as criminals, should be punished – and punished hard. Naturally, that makes me an ideal candidate for conservative ideology.
Did you vote Conservative in the last three elections since 2006? Did you vote this way because you were sick and tired of the endless corruption in government, all of which cost you, the taxpayer, dearly?
From the looks of it, Canadians are becoming more assertive. They have begun to realize that as a country, they can no longer rely on the US for just about everything, as they did in the past. A company, for example, cannot build its entire business plan around the hope of selling to Americans – with the oilsands companies being the prime example of that.
You’ve probably seen it already: the Conservative Party’s attack ad dedicated to the newly minted Liberal Party leader, Justin Trudeau. Is Justin “in way over his head”, or is Stephen Harper the one floundering?