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I'm an evangelical Christian, member of the CPC, but presently & unjustly exiled to wander the political wilderness.
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Tuesday, May 08, 2007


An article in today's Toronto Star asks a queston... "just what is Mr. Harper's vision for Canada?"

Having seen a bit more from the inside, and having read a whole lot about the man, I know he's got a great vision for Canada. The problem is that we haven't been too good of late at expressing it, and many people in Canada haven't had the chance to see it. Unfortunately, they've only seen the "we're better than the Liberals" card being played... and even that message seems to have been watered down of late.

In my opinion, we're holding to many cards to close to our chest. We've been trying to keep things under wraps, in order to use them as planks in the next election... however, that strategy may be starting to backfire. We're now starting to look like a bunch of people who have run out of things to do, now that we've gotten to the top, and started to put into place many of the things we said we would.

We need to put forward some of the next steps of our agenda. We need to show Canadians where we want to go, and how that will only make this country of ours stronger... and dispell the unfounded and ongoing Opposition scaremongering tactics, which may be helping them right now in the polls. It would be a win-win situation for us... one of three things will happen to each one. Either we'll get them implemented, or they'll be defeated, and we can take one of two routes with the defeated policies. If they're rock solid ideas, we can make the Opposition eat their words for having defeated them in the first place. If one or two ideas turned out to be duds that the public doesn't like, we can let them die, having taken them out for a test drive in the House. Looks like a win-win set up to me.

Truth be told, there's only one thing I'm frightened of right now, with the polls looking the way they are... that somehow, for some bizarre reason, Canadians might actually return the Liberals to power, and give the keys of 24 Sussex to Mr. Dion. It frightens me to think that Canada wouldn't recognize Mr. Harper for who he really is... and that Canada would lose the man who could quite possibly be the best Prime Minister we've had in the last 40 years.

And I'll do everything in my power to make sure that doesn't happen.

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  • At Tue. May 08, 10:50:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger jdave34 said…

    "It frightens me to think that Canada wouldn't recognize Mr. Harper for who he really is"

    WOW!!! I have the exact same fear!

  • At Tue. May 08, 11:20:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger jeff davidson said…

    lol jdave34!

    it seems that canadians are recognizing harper and his ilk for who they really are.

  • At Tue. May 08, 01:10:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger zolton said…

    Ok you talk about how great the vision is, so tell us!
    Do you know what the vision is? or do you only know that its the best!
    This is the perfect example of talking the talk but no walking the walk.
    Canadians are reacting to Harper accordingly.
    -No real action on the environment, -selling off Canadian resources to American conglomerates
    (look at whats happening to allcan)
    -Playing with peoples lives by not even touching health care, in order to attempt to legitimize private clinics.
    -Major foreign policy fudge ups!
    -People also know that this new conservative party receives ideological and monetary support from NEO-cons from the south!
    The crazy one!

  • At Tue. May 08, 05:00:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger John said…

    Try putting together and presenting another five priorities since the first ones are almost complete. Present them to house and put it to a confidence motion. If the government falls let the public decide.

  • At Tue. May 08, 08:58:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Dirk said…

    "... dispell the unfounded and ongoing Opposition scaremongering tactics, which may be helping them right now in the polls."

    The only people responsible for the recent drop in CPC poll support is the CPC caucus. They've had a really bad few weeks in a row, which they've handled poorly.

    A big part of what the CPC had going for it in the last election was that they were untainted. Their stated goals for presiding over a transparent government with integrity sounded appealing. With the recent events, it's clear that this government is no less opaque than the Martin or Chretien governments, and is equally committed to saying anything in order to save face -- true, or not.

    For what it's worth, I agree with you about the vision stuff. Show it off!

    If I were you I'd be more than a little bothered about why they're keeping all these good ideas under wraps for now. The motivation for delaying seems suspect to me. Does the CPC leadership see these ideas as a way to make the country a better place, or as a way to market the party so to assume and hold power? If it's the latter -- which you've got to admit is looking more likely, given recent precedent -- how committed will the party be to actually implementing them?

    I've heard the lip service before from the CPC (and the Liberals, too) about what's best for the country. But vision isn't the only thing the CPC needs. They need to prove to the country that they can rise above rank opportunism. Without that, any vision will ring hollow.


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