Harping on Harper
From the Washington Times:
Why does President Bush hope Christmas comes a little late this year? Because on January 23, Canada may elect the most pro-American leader in the Western world. Free-market economist Stephen Harper, leader of the opposition Conservative Party, is pro-free trade, pro-Iraq war, anti-Kyoto, and socially conservative. Move over Tony Blair: If elected, Mr. Harper will quickly become Mr. Bush's new best friend internationally and the poster boy for his ideal foreign leader.
In other words, a puppet of the American administration. I refuse to allow my country to participate in the unprovoked attack on another country, the way the U.S. attacked (and continues to occupy) Iraq. It's called being a bully and I will have no part in it.
Why does Stephen Harper hate the immigrants, homosexuals, heathens, and poor people so much? He ought to learn how to bring himself up without putting others down. He actually has some interesting ideas around senate reform, western inclusion, and fiscal responsibility. But these get lost in the cloud: do we really need an intolerant bigot as our prime minister?
It is terribly frightening to me that 30% of Canadians support his party. Perhaps they do not realize that the only way he could garner enough seats to form a government would be to form a coalition with the Bloc Quebecois - a separatist party dedicated to seeking independence for Quebec. What a shame it would be to break up our country.
Look at his policy announcements so far: a reduction in the GST - which Brian Mulroney's Conservatives introduced 20 years ago; reduction in hospital wait times - which, in Ontario, soared under funding cuts from Mike Harris's provincial Conservatives. The list goes on. Does he think voters are stupid enough to vote in someone to undo the past mistakes of their own party?
Well, I'm not. Like most Canadians, I'm voting ABC - Anybody But Conservative. That means the Liberal or New Democrat candidate in your riding, whichever you feel is more likely to win the seat. As long as Stephen Harper continues to appeal to the worst in people, he will find it impossible to get enough votes to form even a minority government. And that speaks highly about the majority of Canadians.