Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Ode to Anders

Paul Jackson's man crush on Rob Anders continues in today's Sun:

I tell Calgary West MP Rob Anders he is known as the "rock star" of Canadian federal politics.

"Gee, I can hardly sing, and I can't play one chord on the guitar," he answers.

But, in a very real way, Anders is a political tidal wave.


If he and his strategists spot a riding that can be won by a Conservative candidate they go to bat for them.

This may well explain why, when some malcontents in his riding launched legal actions to overturn his re-nomination, national party headquarters spent an estimated $250,000 fighting to preserve his status.

And they won hands down.

He is just too precious to lose.


I agree -- I've contended for some time if Harper can win a majority, and he will, he will become a beloved PM of our nation, and will be able to hold the job for as long as he wants. As for the issues, Anders offers this tantalizing aspect.

"By the next election we will have cut the GST to 5%, and at 3% the GST would be revenue neutral, giving the rebates to lower income Canadians and business. So we go into the next election promising to abolish the GST entirely."


So there you have it. Anders, a winner all the way, revealing how we can win our entire country back.

Fawning aside, Anders' musings on the GST are interesting...



  • Yes, the politics of the GST cuts play well for Harper, as the Liberals probably don't want to be talking much about the GST during an election campaign.

    There is also the possibility that, as each percentage point is cut, Harper will cut comparable amounts in the transfers to the Provinces. And say to the provinces, go ahead and raise your PST by 1 % (Alberta excepted of course).

    That should play well in Quebec (as Duceppe has been asking for this kind of thing), but I'm not too sure about the other provinces, especially the have-nots. So maybe this transfer of GST points instead of cash is a non-starter.

    The other advantage of a 0 % GST is that it cuts costs for businesses who then would only have to remit the PST to the provinces. John MacCallum was talking about raising the GST back to 7 %, while cutting income taxes. Not sure where the NDP comes down, but you guys will have to deal with whatever overblown rhetoric Layton comes up with to threaten you on the left.

    By Blogger Calgary Junkie, at 9:43 PM  

  • Preeeeecious....

    By Blogger Glen, at 10:54 PM  

  • Jackson likes Anders because he makes him appear sane in comparison.

    Until he starts praising him.

    Jackson's the only columnist to ever have an entire countries currency named after him. (And you thought it was because of the bird)

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 12:51 PM  

  • so anders promises the gst will be cut to 5 by the next election, not after it?
    and he promises if reelected the cons will eliminate it?
    I guess when harper dumps flaherty, he can now insert anders. what a relief.

    By Blogger ktr, at 2:41 PM  

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