Sunday, May 01, 2011

The assault on democracy

Read this excellent summary by Lawrence Martin and then tell me we can afford to give Stephen Harper another term as president prime minister.
Have a look at the regional polling numbers, the Conservatives are the choice of the majority in only Alberta and narrowly in the Prairies. They are at about 40% in Ontario and BC, but a distant fourth place in Quebec. Do the right thing tomorrow and vote for the candidate in your riding that has the best chance to beat the conservative. Local polling numbers can be seen here until midnight.
And no, I don't think the title is overstating things. All parties have their good and bad points but there is a difference between them -- so stop telling me that "both sides do it."
Both sides don't try to suppress the vote.
Both sides don't have crowds that shout down journalists when they ask questions.
Both sides don't throw people out of rallies for what might be on their facebook page.
Both sides don't want to cut corporate taxes while cutting programs for the poor.
Both sides don't fire the nuclear watchdog for doing her job.
Both sides don't pander to the religious right.
Both sides don't prorogue parliament.
Both sides haven't been found in contempt of parliament.
Both sides don't engage in specious personal smears and intimidation.
Both sides don't cancel the court challenges program.
Both sides aren't afraid to speak to the press or answer unscripted questions from voters.
Both sides don't issue manuals to their MPs on how to obstruct the work of parliamentary committees.
Both sides don't question the patriotism of those who disagree with them.
Both sides don't villify immigrants and expatriates as somehow being "less Canadian"

Think about which side you want to be on.


Beijing York said...

Bravo! Boris, the list of what other parties don't do like Harper is very long indeed.

Rex Murphy and his staff were hard pressed to find anyone in support of Harper this afternoon. At least 3-4 Conservative supporters called in and said they were switching their votes to NDP. Despite the sickening endorsements from many MSM editorial boards, it seems that Canadians really think Harper is an arrogant bully.

Unknown said...

Not that Boris doesn't do excellent work and not to say that he couldn't improve on this either.

Unknown said...

btw, any chance of getting you to come on internet radio to talk Canadian politics sometime? I think you make a good guest on Virtually Speaking: Maple Syrup Edition.