Tag: Stephen Harper

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Canada Day Shares The Same Birthday as the Founding of China’s Communist Party. There Are Increasingly Eery Similarities. Today, July 1, is Canada Day. It celebrates the creation of their confederation in 1867. Canada is a wonderful country but is under incredible strain right now. As bad as you may think our leadership is in […]

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What Really Happened in Canada (From a Canadian)

 

I’m a Canadian, a longtime small-government libertarian, and sympathetic to US conservative causes. I was for many years a Canadian Liberal partisan (long story, see my bio). This is my first post, though I’ve been a Ricochetti from the very beginning. I just had to weigh in on the confusion I’ve been hearing on the podcasts about the Canadian election.

I know you all like Stephen Harper, and I agree he looks pretty good from a foreign conservative’s perspective. But Canadians didn’t reject that Harper, or even (intentionally) his policies. They just got caught up in a shiny, pretty new thing. It happens to the best of electorates. (US in 2008, anyone?)

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During America’s time-off from sanity, it has fallen to Canada be the adult on the world stage. Canada has said that Israel and The Palestinian Authority are not moral equals. Canada has said that Russian incursions to Ukraine remove it from the list of civilized countries. Canada has held down taxes Canada has restrained government […]

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Stephen Harper Should Play the Anti-American Card

 

imageWith a federal election coming up later this year, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s campaign strategy of using wedge issues to separate his principal opponent from Canadian voters while strengthening his bond with conservatives is coming into focus.

Regarding the former, he’s championed the construction of the Victims of Communism memorial in Ottawa, which has elicited shrieks of outrage from the Ottawa intelligentsia (as well as specious excuses from the Liberals). Again, the politics here are designed to separate voters of Polish, Ukrainian, and other Eastern European extraction — and, for that matter, non-European refugees of communism, such as the Cambodians — from the Liberal Party. In the latter mode, he’s commented on Bill C-42 – designed to deregulate gun ownership, as well as rural citizens’ need for guns to defend themselves.

As I have said a number of times before (here and here), another excellent wedge issue Harper might exploit is the Keystone XL pipeline, whose Congressional approval President Obama has recently vetoed. Traditionally, Harper’s Conservative Party has been seen in Canada as the pro-American party due to the Conservative’s natural ideological sympathy with the American system of government. The Liberals have used this to insinuate Conservative disloyalty to Canada. With Keystone XL, however, the roles are reversed: Harper can play the anti-American card against the Liberals, who are forced by their ties to environmentalism, to oppose a project that is indisputably good for the Canadian economy. So far, so good.

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Misthiocracy recently had a post about the Canadian jihadist attacks and the way Prime Minister Harper behaved in the aftermath. A soldier was murdered at a war memorial, and when a new honor guard was sent, the Canadian media was surprised to see P.M. Harper show up, and to see him mingle with the crowd […]

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