9.09.2008

keep canada canada, part 3: campaign on issues

Shortly after we moved to Canada, Paul Martin's government fell and we observed our first Canadian election campaign, then our first federal election. The big issue that brought down the Liberals was "the sponsorship scandal", as it was always called.

I asked wmtc readers why, if Paul Martin himself wasn't implicated in this "scandal" - which involved small sums of money and supposedly demonstrated Liberal untrustworthiness and dirty dealings - the Conservatives were able to use it as a such a potent weapon. The answer, I was told, was that in a Parliamentary system, we vote for the party, not the man.

"In a Parliamentary system, we vote for the party, not the man."

Stephen Harper, we don't care what kind of "family man" you are. We don't care about the firmness of your handshake, or whether you drive your kids to hockey practice. We don't even care whether or not you have kids! St├ęphane Dion has a family, too. Big deal. Lots of people have families. What of it.

Stephen Harper, we care what kind of Canada you want. We care where you are leading this country.

We want a Canada that values healthy people and a healthy environment, and understands how the two are inseparable.

We want a Canada that uses its military for peacekeeping, that values world peace and cooperation, not pleasing Washington warmongers.

We want a Canada that believes people should be free to make their own choices, and have complete control over their personal lives and their bodies.

We want a Canada that supports culture and the arts, and helps everyone's voice to be heard.

We challenge you, Stephen Harper, to campaign on issues, and on your party's dismal record. Anything else is just smoke and mirrors. I'm counting on Canadians to be smarter than that.

3 comments:

James said...

A Globe & Mail article about the dissolution of Parliament quoted Harper (indirectly) as saying he wanted to "instill Conservative values into Canadian society". Thanks, Stephen, but I'd think it's more appropriate to let Canadians dictate their values to the government rather than vice-versa.

West End Bob said...

Great post, L-Girl!


We challenge you, Stephen Harper, to campaign on issues, and on your party's dismal record. Anything else is just smoke and mirrors. I'm counting on Canadians to be smarter than that.


As you and I know, the US system has a tendency - especially of late - to ignore issues and emphasize personalities. The MSM is the major component of this travesty and the US public doesn't call them on it.

I hope that - as you say - Canadians are smarter than that . . . .

James said...

As you and I know, the US system has a tendency - especially of late - to ignore issues and emphasize personalities.

And Harper's really, really hoping to import that style of political campaign, since he doesn't have much to work with...