Even those of us who aren’t very political are blogging about Canadian politics these days. So I thought I’d join in with my thoughts.
I’m finding the whole process quite interesting. Am I against the coalition? No, not at all. I really really dislike Stephen Harper and the actions of the Conservative Party.
First of all, when they were elected to lead Parliament the last go around, they made a big deal about setting election dates every four years. Why? They said it was so no political party could try to take advantage of things and call an election when it might be more in their favor. And this was actually passed in Parliament. Really??? Did the Conservatives follow their own legislation when calling the last election? No! Their platform stressed more accountability. I don’t see the Conservatives showing very much accountability at all.
And when Stephen Harper made a big fuss about Elizabeth May being included in the election debate, I was ticked! It was under the same grounds that a former Canadian Alliance leader was included in a previous election debate. Why make the big fuss? It only made Stephen Harper look more like a childish bully than anything else.
I cannot believe the audacity of Stephen Harper to propose to eliminate funding to the political parties in an effort to save a measly $30 million dollars when the country’s operating budget is in the billions. It is quite obvious that he was attempting to take down the other political parties so he could stay in power. In my opinion that is bordering on undemocratic.
And then in the midst of a worldwide recession, the Conservatives’ response is to do nothing. Leave everything as it is. What? Bury your heads in the sand!!! This attitude towards the current state of the economy makes no sense to me.
Since the announcement of a proposed coalition government, the Conservatives have thrown out such things as ‘this means the separatists will be running the country’. Well, actually, no, that is not the case. The Liberals and NDP are proposing to form a coalition government. The Bloc is not formally a part of the coalition. They have said they will support the coalition government for 18 months (in non-confidence votes). There’s a difference there. And previously the Canadian Alliance (which many Conservatives were a part of) on two occasions proposed forming an alliance with the Bloc in order to form a coalition government so its pretty hypocritical to freak out now.
I don’t like the Conservatives. I don’t like Harper. I don’t like their lack of ethics or integrity. I’d be glad to have them removed from power.