The Liberal Party of Canada leader, Michael Ignatieff and former PMs Jean Chretien and Paul Martin were out campaigning this weekend. Same old, same old. Just seeing them reminds Canadians of Chretien’s dithering in the lead up to the 1995 Quebec referendum.
The “Yes vote” came in at 49.44% while the “No vote” was 50.56%. Winning with just over a half of a percentage point and Ignatieff has the gall to now say Canadians have nothing to fear from the separatists!!
Plus, let’s not forget the Liberal promises in 1993 to cancel the GST as soon as they were elected. Remember the “we will axe the tax” ads. Plus, Chretien said over and over that a Liberal government would bring new accountability to Ottawa.
Well, they certainly did, didn’t they? First they didn’t cancel the GST. Second, as we know now, they were the most corrupt government in Canadian history with the Sponsorship Scandal.
Now, fast forward to the 2011 federal campaign. On page 46 of Red Book # 2, it clearly states that if elected, by hook or by crook, the Liberals would implement a “Cap and Trade” system — the Greenshift and a carbon tax by another name. Can you say another tax rip off in the making — particularly given the extent the theory of man caused global warming has been debunked!
Yet, do we hear Liberals defend the science or explain how their system would work and what it would cost the economy and people? No, just as with the signing of the Kyoto Accord, they simply try to change the subject. In this instance, the former PMs are out campaigning trying to change the subject to health care.
Once again, dithering and sneaky. To suggest that, as Finance Minister, Paul Martin didn’t reduce health care transfers to the provinces is an outright fabrication and he has to know it. Once again, its Chretien and Martin’s: “Ah shucks, don’t worry, be happy!”
Well, let’s not let the subject change and remember their history — that Liberals promise one thing during an election campaign and deliver quite another afterwards. Think I am exaggerating? Not a chance.
As Lorrie Goldstein says in yesterdays Toronto Sun, the LPOC’s “Cap and Trade” proposal is so reckless, it could bankrupt the oil industries in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland/Labrador, as well as the car manufacturing business in Ontario. Meaning, it could undermine how well the economy has done under the Conservatives.
Put succinctly, under the Harper Conservatives, they sure weren’t perfect. No government is because they are made up of human beings. But, the country saw economic gains over six quarters and 500,000 new jobs created.
Obviously then, much is at stake in this election. To the undecided or those who have voted Liberal their entire lives, on May 2nd vote for truth, stability and continued economic growth by voting for your local Conservative candidate in the hopes there will be enough seats won to form a Conservative majority government.