Monday, August 04, 2008

Soft Federalists: The Tories pander to sovereignists for votes

This was the Mulroney maneuver: Throw common cause with the Souverainiste movement, in exchange for electoral success. That ploy won Brian Mulroney his first government but provided resources that resurrected the then flagging Parti Quebecois. Many of those Quebec nationalists who supported Mulroney went on to abandon him and form the Bloc Quebecois.

Now Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party is doing the same:

Labour Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn (Jonquiere, Que.) said in an interview with The Hill Times ... that in the two Quebec byelections scheduled for September and the next federal election, the Conservatives' strategy is to remind Quebecers of the achievements of the Harper government in the province—recognizing the Québécois as a nation, getting Quebec a UNESCO seat, and addressing the so-called "fiscal imbalance."

Say what you will about Stephan Dion- he is a Canadian Federalist, through and through. How does the Conservative party claimed to be pro-Canada; They court the Quebec Souverainistes every chance they get.

What is in the Conservative 'cool-aid' that get's people to deny the very blatant hypocrisy of this government? Why do people describe the Conservative party as fiscally conservative? They doubled the national debt under their previous governance and reintroduced a deficit after years of decreasing government debt. The government sets the terms by which we live, do business and raise our families. Why do people still support a party that can't even follow it's own policies?

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"If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."
-E.M. Forster