Saturday, September 15, 2012

Mr. Harper's Canada

Now that Parliament is about to sit for its fall session, I thought that it was time to take a look at a collection of quotes from Stephen Harper; comments that he made before he became an MP, while he was an MP and while he was with the National Citizens' Coalition.  If there is one thing that our PM is known for, it's his dogged pursuit of his beliefs and his unflagging feeling that he knows what is best for us and Canada, after all, remaking us in his image seems to be his goal.

From the documents, I've selected a few of his comments on hot button issues.  I have posted some of these before but they bear repeating, particularly his comments on Canada's health care system and the Canada Pension Plan, issues that will certainly arise again and again.

Here are several regarding Mr. Harper's stand on Canada's health care system and how he would provide a multi-tiered system.  Note the date at the top of the quotation, followed by the quote and its context and the source of the quote:

Here's what Mr. Harper thought about MPs voting in accordance with the wishes of their constituents rather than along Party lines.  Apparently, his need to control his MPs is a recent change in his approach to Parliament, showing at least one inconsistency in his stance:

Mr. Harper is at the very least consistent in his view of corporate tax cuts despite the fact that the relationship between lower corporate taxes and increased employment is far from conclusiv, noting his comments on changing equalization:

Last but not least, as shown in these two quotes, his current stance on Canada’s publicly funded pension plan should not really be surprising and, it could well be that further changes will be coming, particularly if the feds have difficulty achieving the long-awaited fiscal balance:


  1. I have recently been following the election campaigns in the United States. I appreciate this article returning me to the happenings in my own country but I can't help thinking there is a parallel with the right end of the spectrum. It seems that ideology leads to a dogmatic adherence to a course of action even if the results disprove the veracity of the original premise. Being a Conservative or a Liberal seems to mean that it is predefined what one thinks or does. I was hoping for somebody who would look for the right answer. Was Rita Mae Brown (not Einstein or Twain) correct in saying that repeating an action but expecting different results is a sign of insanity? So far the lights have remained on but the question now is for how long?

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