Thursday, October 20, 2005

180 Degrees

Remember the 2004 election? Remember how Paul Martin claimed there was no way Stephen Harper's promise of tax cuts was realistic? Remember how social programs were more important than tax cuts for Paul?

Well, if you answered "yes", would care you to remind this guy.


  • Emulate scary Harper and steal his platform and maybe win another minority.Now uncle Pauly has a hidden agenda. Must he stay in power no matter what the cost. Once again either Pauly is lying about the scary Conservative policies or he realizes the public is finally on to the Liberals stuffing their pockets at every turn. Are the Liberals really afraid that once we win a minority and open the books to the public the Liberal party will cease to exist?

    By Blogger Dorionhawk, at 8:00 p.m.  

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    By Blogger Dorionhawk, at 8:00 p.m.  

  • Yes, the "American-style" tax cuts were supposed to tumble us into deficit, as would a massive re-investment in the military. PMPM has now done both.

    Don't get me wrong: I'm glad these policies are being implemented. I just wish Junior didn't have to lie about it during the election.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:35 p.m.  

  • Tax cuts is not the only Tory philosophy that Martin has embraced. I came accross this the other day. “It’s about responsible citizenry, and that’s why we’re still one of the safest countries in the world to live. (It’s a reputation we hold worldwide, and one of which we are justifiably proud.) But Stephen Harper would have us think that criminal activity is increasing in both frequency and severity, when in fact crime has dropped 11% since the Liberal Party took office in 1993. You can expect to hear a lot of fear-mongering from Stephen Harper and his Conservative underlings in the months to come. They’ve taken that tactic straight from the playbook of conservatives in the US.

    The Liberal Party doesn’t believe in fear-mongering, but it does believe in prevention and strong law enforcement, particularly when it comes to crimes involving firearms.”

    This is fine as far as it goes. However what follows is puzzling. “Canada now has more mandatory minimum sentences for gun-related crimes of all types.” Mandatory minimums are one of the key planks in the Conservative’s get tough on crime platform. Call me stupid, but every time the Vic Toews has mentioned mandatory minimums for other crimes, the Liberals have, rightly, pointed out that they do not work. It therefore seems rather odd that the Liberals would be trumpeting the same “tough” measure that American conservatives and Canadian conservatives frequently trumpet, viz., mandatory minimums

    The Liberals would do well to drop this “tough” on crime talk and take notice of who leads the PQ leadership race; Pace conventional wisdom admissions of cocaine use did not sink Boisclair’s chances; on the contrary they seemed to have, if anything, improved them. Quebecers do not, of course, condone cocaine use. However, they appreciate honesty more than Clintonest attempts to water down an allegation. They also loath the thought that Quebec is a society were it would be less politically damaging to invoke a Clintonest explanation with regard to past drug use than to simply level with the people of Quebec. It is not how they view themselves; this is true of American with its war on drugs, but is not true of Quebec. Just as an aside, similar allegations do not seemed to have sunk the chances of David Cameron picking up the Tory leadership nomination in Britain. Once a long shot, Cameron is now the odds on favorite.

    Of course Martin understands none of this. In dropping any plans to decriminalize marijuana, Martin has proven once again that his political instincts and understanding of the Canadian psyche are terrible. Martin it seems would prefer to go through the fall term talking about David Dingwall and the upcoming Gomery report rather than allow the Canadian public and press to discuss how much more progressive Canada is then the States when it comes to drug policy. One can only hope that the Bloc’s euthanasia bill and accompanying discussion this would bring of Bush’s handling of the Terri Shivio case will take some of the attention away from Gomery. However, knowing Paul Martin, this may be wishful thinking. It is likely he will be trying to top every nasty thing Stephen Harper has to say about Martin’s former boss and political rival. Martin’s track record in this regard is impeccable. Quite simply he has shown a pathological willingness to allow the Conservatives to dictate the agenda. He has, for example, pledged to address what Conservative’s call the “democratic deficit”, not realizing that by employing the term he has lost before he has even begun.

    By Blogger Koby, at 5:02 p.m.  

  • Dont believe them they are big liar! dont expect to much.

    By Anonymous tuxedo shirts, at 7:17 a.m.  

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