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Conservative Party of Canada

One of the things I have been trying to get across to people is the futility of voting for establishment party A over establishment party B and expecting things to be fundamentally different, despite Canadians having tried that for decades with increasingly lower voter turnout, in large part due to increasing voter dissatisfaction.

Were recent Canadian immigrants the latest victims of being suckered by the current establishment party, the Conservatives, and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney in the last federal election on May 2, 2011?

In the 2006 election, when the Conservatives swept out the establishment party A Liberals, seniors became the victims of the establishment party B Conservatives promising not to not tax income trusts, only to see that promise broken shortly after being elected.

Apparently, not enough Canadians seem to get it yet. Despite Jason Kenney extensively attending various local cultural events in communities with a high proportion of new immigrants in order to peel off traditional support for the Liberals, it seems those who voted Conservative were duped.

On October 20, 2011, Jason Kenney appeared before a House of Commons committee to announce that immigration applications would have to be cut, as this CBC article states:

Canada needs to accept fewer applications from people wanting to live here, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney says, and he’s eyeing the family class for cuts.

So much for thinking the Conservative outreach to recent immigrants was sincere! It will be interesting to see whether there is much of an outcry, and whether those who voted for their local Conservative candidate, thinking he/she represented a genuine alternative to the Liberals, will be duped again into voting for the Liberal — or even worse — NDP candidate in the next election.

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American Flag on Canada Day 2008

While generally regarded as having a more intrusive government than the United States, the reality in Canada since 9/11 is far different, and the undertaking of the census is one such example.

While Americans had census workers going onto their property with GPS systems in 2010, Canadians received a one-page form in their mailboxes in May 2011, courtesy of Canada Post, asking them to fill it out online, or to call a toll-free number to get a hardcopy.

As a result of the governing Conservatives policy change in 2010, the “long-form” census is now optional for those Canadians selected to participate, and it is only mandatory to answer some basic questions, including your address, phone number, age, sex, the number of residents, and language-related questions specifically required in pursuance of Canada’s official policy of bilingualism.

In the United States, however, some Americans were required to answer many more questions, despite their Constitution stating that the census is only supposed to be an enumeration of residents for the purpose of determining representation in the House of Representatives, and the apportionment of direct taxes.

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Canadian federal election signs

Since the start of the 2011 Canadian federal election, the governing Conservatives have bribed Canadians with their own money by promising to double the annual child fitness tax credit from $500 to $1000, and introducing an adult fitness tax credit of $500 per year starting in 2015-2016, when they claim the budget will be balanced. That is, despite not foreseeing the massive budget shortfalls starting in 2008, and not being likely to form a majority government in order to have a mandate for that long.

That follows up with their 2006 election campaign bribe of a one percentage point cut to the national sales tax, and a further one made ahead of schedule, in place for the 2008 election campaign.

What makes these “promises” a bribe is their election campaign timing and lack of consistency. For instance, while the Conservatives kept their sales tax cut promises, they broke their promise not to tax income trusts after they were elected.

Lest you think this is a partisan phenomenon, the other major party in Canada, the Liberals, which governed from 1993 to 2006, also bribed Canadians with their own money with their Red Book promises. Their most notable promise that wasn’t delivered upon was to replace the national sales tax in existence in 1993.

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