Friday, May 23, 2014

Harper’s new Conservatives out of step with Canadian values

Harper Norquist: Ideological soulmates
Many feared (and fear) Stephen Harper’s hidden agenda, and for good reason. Patterned on the far right wing Republican model, Harper’s Reform Party took over the old Progressive Conservative Party in a semi-hostile merger, and has systematically set about implementing the strategy of Norquist Grover.

Grover’s gift to modern politics is the single-minded drive to remove the central government from the public space in the USA.

His means is simple: starve the government by cutting back its revenues, so that it becomes weak enough to drown in the bathtub.

Here in Canada, Harper has worked diligently over the past decade to do that, as this EKOS poll shows:

While most Canadians have gone one way in their changing values over the past decade (see the red arrows at the bottom of the above diagram), Harper has led his government in the other direction.

The Harper neocons march to their own drum: minimal government intervention in Canada’s affairs, and a reduction of the financial power of the state to effect meaningful change in people’s lives.

Except for his favourite toys, of course: ships and planes.

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