The headline is the refrain from those of us in Society who do not follow politics. As one person rails against the perceived crimes of the governing party (whichever that is) others will simply shrug and say, “They all do it!”. This mantra is repeated, with rolled eyes, whenever a Pol makes a campaign promise. The next thing heard is a denunciation of one’s case when one defends a campaign promise. We know breaking campign promises is real and even after a celebrated court case it is not even illegal.
What to do in this case? When the the ruling Harperites say something you can look at their record for refutation. For example when they say “we are good stewards of the economy” one can point to increased public debt and the consecutive deficits as proof that they aren’t. When the Libs point out what wonderful people they are we can say, “Yep but what about the promise to abolish the GST” and “We will not sign the NAFTA”.
So it is most apt that we get a missive from Dan Christie today:
“A few years ago I wrote a letter to the The Globe&Mail comparing Canada to a NASCAR race. Stephen Harper had just won a majority and Canada was making a hard turn to the right. Canada, I said, was like a NASCAR race because in a NASCAR race all anybody has to do is keep the pedal to the metal and remember to keep turning left. But in every NASCAR race somebody forgets to keep turning left, turns right -and all hell breaks loose. Canada’s right turn under Stephen Harper has piled up enough wreckage to make even the most drooling of NASCAR fans envious -criminal sentences, electoral fraud, Robocalls, Mike Duffy, Dean Del Mastro, veterans, Fantino, contempt of Parliament and all the fear, loathing and hatred generally associated with red-necked racists who feel whatever grip they thought they had on society slipping away. And now we have the absurd niquab ‘debate’ raging -the perfect race-baiting wedge issue all but designed to make a bigot’s day. The thing about the whole silly niquab distraction though is that we, Canada, couldn’t even dig it up for ourselves. We had to hire an Australian pit bull named Lynton Crosbie to dig it up for us. That’s right -even Stephen Harper, for all his small-minded meanness, didn’t have the creative smarts to come up with something as low as this. He had to get outside help. And that’s what gives me hope. It gives me hope to know that Stephen Harper had to hire Lynton Crosbie because it adds to my belief that we’re not all like Stephen Harper and that very few of us are like Lynton Crosbie. And I believe this too; I believe people are not born to hate, that they have to learn to hate, to be taught to hate. And that’s what Stephen Harper and Lynton Crosbie are trying to do. They’re trying to teach us to hate. And hate, as a strategy, has about as much chance of winning as turning right in a NASCAR race.“
Which brings to mind the adage that Liberals campaign on the Left and govern on the Right. Watching Mr Trudeau out-left the NDP and then realise that the henchmen in the backrooms are still old-style Libs how can anyone fall for this charade. We at the BR want to be proven wrong but let’s look at the promise that has most of the Progressives drooling at the mouth – Proportional Representation. This method of voting, if implemented will change the way we vote for ever. The proponents even go so far as to predict there will never be another majority government in the future. But if we, some may say cynically, look at the practices of the Liberal Party and speculate one can see that PR will never be brought in by the Libs. Prove us wrong but having gained power by having progressives believe that they will get PR from the Libs it will prove to be another political shell game. A “blue-ribbon ” panel will be setup to “study” the idea and then a referendum will be held to ratify the idea. We suspect that the panel will bring a proposal so convoluted and one designed to confuse the voters that mass confusion will bring about an inability to understand the concept. Then the same panel will tell us all that such a decision as important as PR will need a super majority, perhaps 60% to pass. The result will be a massive failure for such an idea.
And if you think that this is scaremongering and fearful just remember this is exactly what Mr McGuinty did in Ontario a few years back – promised PR and then made sure it would never pass, and guess what folks – he was a Liberal. Some leopards never change their spots.
So be wary of left and right turns from both of the old line parties.