Sunday, July 20, 2008

Earth to Jeffrey Simpson: Where were you on October 31, 2006?

These readers are commenting on Jeffrey Simpson’s highly revisionist and misleading account of Stephen Harper’s time in office that read ““So they got their election promises done: the overwrought Accountability Act, the family allowance cheques, various tougher criminal justice measures, money for defence.”

M. R. from Canada writes:
" they got their election promises done: the overwrought Accountability Act "


Better do more research Jeffrey.

Then there is all the BROKEN promises that you neglect to mention.

Waste of readers time.

M. R. from Canada writes: I don't disagree with everything the Cons are doing or have done and may very well have voted Con in the next election except for one thing . . . Harper broke his promise to 'never tax trusts'.

The Green Shift worries me, I don't believe in GW but will vote Lib next time regardless.

Unfortunately for Harper there are millions who will remain angry over the trust tax issue. I don't think he will ever get a majority because of this one major stab in the back to his electorate.

dominic costanzo from Canada writes:
Until the income trust issue is not fixed. Harper will never get his majority. 4 millions investors have not forgotten the Halloween Massacre.

Antonio San from Canada writes:
Mr Simpson is certainly not part of the solution...

As for the Income Trusts, Allan McElroy, I cannot wait until you'll lost a good chunk of your carefully ironed shirt on someone else's word...

Terry martinson from Northern Ontario, Canada writes:
I voted for Harper in the last election partially based on his giving his word that he would not change the way Income Trust BUSINESSES like A&W, Jazz Air and Penn West Energy, etc., were taxed.
After he was elected I put more money into Income Trust BUSINESSES feeling it was safe to do so based on Mr. Harper giving his word he would not change the way these BUSINESSES are taxed.
9 months after being elected Mr. Harper decided to radically negatively change the way these BUSINESSES are taxed and myself, several family members and friends lost a lot of money. (yes, we were diversified) Our investments in these BUSINESSES got hammered thanks solely to an action taken by Mr. Harper having nothing to do with market forces.
I feel Mr. Harper and his crew stabbed me directly in the back and will never vote for him again because he is not to be trusted.

VERNON HOLT from Cornwall, Canada writes:
Jeffrey, as a professional journalist I believe you are supposed to stick to the facts, not slant an article in someone's favour (the Cons). It's dishonest and unworthy of a true professional. You'll never get a Pullitzer that way. The "promises kept" are only a very small number of the total given by this government's leader. There's far more broken/unkept. I won't quote them all here but here's a clue:
In May 2004 Mr. Harper promised that if gasoline went beyond 85 cents a litre his government would eliminate the entire GST on gasoline. Then of courses, there's the BIG lie concerning Income Trusts. Nuff said ?


Dr Mike said...

Ooooooooooo---these are good!!!!!!!!

I am glad to see our comrades are staying pissed-off!!!!

Harper & his clown gov`t need to hear this as much as possible----I hope it was worth it for them.

Also , maybe the Liberal party needs to take note that they must not ignore this issue---there are a huge number of votes to be had & a large number people ready to work for your party if we are treated right.

The trust issue needs to be brought back out into the open by the Liberal party--this was a promise broken that needs to be made right.

Something as easily quantifiable with an obvious broken promise is just ripe for the picking.

Are the liberals the party with the cojones to do it??

Unless they actually say something about this issue , how are we to know.

Dr mike Popovich.

Mary the Golfer said...

Stephen Harper:

"When Ralph Goodale tried to tax Income Trusts ... don't forget, don't forget this ...they showed us where they stood. They showed us about their attitudes towards raiding seniors hard earned assets and a Conservative government will never allow either of these parties to get away with that" Stephen Harper on Global TV, December 02, 2005

Come on Liberals!!

How much juicier can this get.

Mary P.

Anonymous said...

Jeffrey Simpson claims that the federal Conservative's Federal
Accountability Act was "overwrought" (Here's the thing - what do the
Harperites do next? - July 19).

In fact, the FAA was underdone, not overdone, as the Conservatives
included only 30 of their promised 54 measures in the law, and still
haven't implemented one of the most important changes, the Public
Appointments Commission, aimed at ending patronage and cronyism in Cabinet

You can see details about the Conservatives' broken accountability promises at:

If the Conservatives wanted increased voter support, they should have kept
their accountability promises instead of violating the public trust, and they should have also kept their other election promises.

And if any federal political party wants to be more popular, all it has to
do is introduce a blockbuster Accountability Act II, and make the sequel better than the original by including not only the 24 changes the
Conservatives promised but failed to make, but also measures to close the
dozens of other legal loopholes that currently allow everyone in the
federal government to act dishonestly, unethically, secretively,
unrepresentatively and wastefully.

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Anonymous said...

Canadians who decide to switch party allegiance from the Cons to the Libs are not addressing the root issue. The structure of government in Canada does not lacks governance. Once elected, the PM is essentially a dictator. Vested interests care not who is PM, they only care that they can control the agenda.

Anonymous said...

that should have read

lacks responsive to ordinary Canadians

instead of does not lacks governance