Rather than being guided by principles, Stephen Harper is merely guided by politics. Base politics at that.
Today we learn that Stephen Harper has resorted to cries of calamity as if to suggest the Liberal’s Green Shift will wreak havoc on the Canadian economy and if that weren’t implausible enough, he goes on to fear monger that Dion’s plan will undermine national unity. Harper would know, as he is the expert in both of these fields. The Liberals Green Plan when viewed in terms of the overall Canadian economy is equivalent to 1-2% of our overall economy. Meanwhile Canadians demand action on the environment. How can Canada’s economy be imperiled by the 1-2% which, at the margin, is at play? That is an implausibility.
Meanwhile Harper himself is Canada’s leading Wreaker of Havoc. His Blue Shaft policy on income trusts involved a growing and vibrant market that had profound social and competitiveness aspects associated with it that involved a "mere" 10% of the overall capitalization of the TSX?
The Blue Shaft led to a litany of negative outcomes that have only begun to work their highly corrosive way through our economy, starting with the $2 billion in lost annual tax revenue to Ottawa (soon to rise to $7.5 billion), loss of economic sovereignty , loss of jobs, loss of competitiveness, loss of investment choice and the loss of billions in Canadians’ hard earned savings.
On the question of national unity being possibly at play here, Harper himself is undermining the very basis of Canada’s unity with his proposed seat redistribution in Parliament that will see Ontario with 18 fewer seats that it would be entitled to under the principle of representation by population. Once again, on that matter, Harper reverts to politics and completely abandoning principles. Those who deign speak of principle, like Dalton McGuinty, are summarily denounced as the “Small man of Confederation.” To which my response would simply be “Well, if the shoe fits Mr Harper, then wear it.”
More of Stephen Harper’s endless stream of hypocritical rhetoric and politics through divisiveness.
So what are we observing at play here? Principles or Politics?
Provided the media gets its act together, this election will be all about Canada’s future, and whether our destiny will be governed by Dion’s Principles or Harper’s Politics? Time for a regime change, a term which best describes why Stephen Harper is the last politician in Canada where you would want to invest your vote.
Dion's green plan would 'wreak havoc'
In his sharpest attack yet, Harper says the Liberal environmental platform would destroy jobs and undermine national unity
By MURRAY CAMPBELL , STEVEN CHASE , GLORIA GALLOWAY and JANE TABER
Globe and Mail
September 12, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Posted by Fillibluster at 7:56 AM