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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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Canadian Flag

My correspondence with a radio host who is featuring a guest discussing the global warming scam, suggesting that Canada is putting pressure on the U.S. to adopt the Kyoto Protocol and other such schemes:

As for Canada pressuring the U.S. to do anything, that’s like a beaver pressuring an elephant to do something, in sticking with the comparative metaphor we Canadians are raised with.

Recall that it was your House of Representatives that passed a cap-and-trade bill back in 2009 — something that didn’t even pass our House when the Conservatives were in a minority position with the Liberals and two avowed socialist parties.

Now, with a Conservative majority government, there is almost no chance of a cap-and-trade bill being passed for the next four years.

I can’t imagine that Canada would be pressuring the U.S. too hard even under a Liberal government, since when we ratified the first accord, our Liberal Prime Minister quickly gave an exemption to the auto sector, we were generating twice the per capita amount of (new) greenhouse gases than the U.S. was, and the tar sands were ramping up their production, so our government was never sincere about it to begin with. Here, treaties are ratified without a vote in the House and Senate, so it was the case of our PM doing what he wanted for political reasons.

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Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

Reading the online version of Canada’s most widely read newspaper, The Toronto Star, on April 14th, I saw the headline, “Hébert: Debates keep Harper on road to majority.

I was struck by that headline, since nothing I had read up to that point seemed to indicate that Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservative government was headed for a majority government on election day.

When I read the article itself, it told a very different story than the impression given by the headline.

It started with:

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper comes out of the televised debates with his ambition for a governing majority intact.

Every national party leader has the ambition of forming a majority government, no matter how low he/she is in the polls.

It went on to say the following things that further distanced the text of the article from the impression given by the headline:

As for Harper, his majority is hardly in the bag.

The risk-adverse Conservative campaign could move prematurely into low gear — as it did in 2004 — causing the party to fail to cover the extra mile to a majority.

But the debates do pave the way for a final push to propel the party to the safe side of the majority line on May 2.

After reading the article, I came away with the clear impression that the headline was deliberately designed to rally the Star’s relatively Liberal and NDP-leaning readership into supporting the Liberals in the next election, who would otherwise be more relaxed if they figured the Conservatives were going to form a third minority government, as pre-election campaign poll numbers showed.

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