With each passing day I find myself asking the question – what has happened to Canada during these Conservative years. It’s been said that Tory times are tough times, but considering what we have in power now, I’d gladly take the real Tories like Joe Clark, David Orchard and yes, even Brian Mulroney. While I couldn’t and wouldn’t always agree with them, at least you knew where they stood and for all their blunders, at least they left some meaningful legacies behind. The ‘Tories’ of today on the other hand, seem to have delved into a bizarre world where up is down and wrong is right. And as for legacies, I struggle to find one meaningful thing that a majority of Canadians could agree upon by this government.
For over the past few years Canada is now a place where:
- We have replaced experimental lakes with fake lakes.
- Gazebos equal security.
- Transparency and openness have transformed into appointed officials taking the government to court to see requested documents.
- Government information ads have turned to non-stop propaganda – paid by the taxpayers of the nation.
- Increased duties mean tax cuts.
- Questioning the government means you are a radical or a supporter of pedophiles.
- Omnibus budget bills of 20 pages are a problem but ones 20 times larger are not.
- A per-vote subsidy is a bad thing, but 28 illegal campaign contributions is just an oversight.
- A single junior staffer can run a country-wide electoral fraud campaign.
- Scientists are to be seen but never heard.
- Smaller government means a historically large PMO.
- Fiscal responsibility means $16 glasses of orange juice and massive deficits and debt.
- The root cause of terrorism is terrorists.
- Robocalls are just a way of helping Canadians to the polls.
- Attack ads and character assassination are go-to campaign materials.
- Blue-washing government website portals is streamlining.
- Supporting the troops means denying and delaying benefits.
- Fishing and lobster feasts equal search and rescue training.
- A medical isotope shortage is sexy.
- Set election dates are not really set.
- Senate reform includes appointing party faithful.
- And on and on.
And before anyone claims I am only hard on the Conservatives – I’ve been writing on politics for over a decade now and I was as hard or harder on the Liberal Party under Chretien and Martin. The Liberals were not always open and transparent and at times seemed intent on selling Canada to the lowest bidder via trade deals not in our favour, but they knew how to run an economy and govern for the majority most of the time. That cannot be said now. This current government really could care less about the majority or how they always say one thing than do another. They refuse above all else to ever admit to being wrong.
Sorry to say, but a party born out of deceit stays in deceit. Stay strong Canada, the light at the end of tunnel is approaching. And if the Greens, NDP and Liberals find a way to work together come election time, that light will be a glaring spotlight of change.
Contributed to the Federal Politics Journal by Roy Whyte.