Skip to comments.While America Toils Canada Enjoys Stable Government
Posted on 03/18/2012 11:06:08 AM PDT by Leigh Patrick Sullivan
When Canadians finally granted Stephen Harper and his Conservatives the majority election victory they had long sought following two consecutive minority Tory governments, it was more than just the fulfillment of an arduous journey for the nations right-wing.
History could show that it was a vital and fortuitous turn of events.
Canada experienced years of Jean Chretien/Paul Martin Liberal rule, due in large part to the lack of coherent opposition. Conservatives were busy rebuilding, reforming into a single entity. That, combined with an effective program of personal attacks by the Liberals on both the party leader and the conservative party of the day, handed electoral majorities to a sometimes undeserving Liberal party.
Many figured Canadas right would be forever lost in the wilderness, their Diefenbaker, Sir John A. MacDonald, Mulroney glory days committed to memory.
But the public began to question the spin. Stephen Harpers scary agenda image, painted with the leftovers used on Stockwell Day, began to melt away. The Tories eventually came to power in what could be seen as a probationary period as voters gave back-to-back minority terms as an opportunity to prove themselves.
Eventually the mission was complete and the doubters were silenced, and at a most opportune time.
Harpers majority comes at a time when our American neighbors are in the midst of flux. Fulfilling his promise to fundamentally transform the nation, President Barack Obama has engaged in a systematic dismantling of American rights, freedoms, and traditions.
I have spent enough time with Americans to know that they, like Albertans, do not take kindly to having outsiders giving their uninvited opinion of their business. Maybe its the different perspective from outside the bubble, it could be my American blood, I dont know.
But from afar weve witnessed your President commit your military to combat without your governments consent. Weve seen him assume powers as never before. Weve seen him institute government buy-outs of private companies like a storyline from an Ayn Rand novel.
We have seen your President this one is a favorite of ours bow down before a Saudi King and tell Canadians our oil isnt good enough.
We are concerned, with the White House undertaking a program of fundamental change to your country, when we see the current crop of GOP candidates.
Obama is swiftly morphing America into his ideal Alinsky utopia. A complicit media has sheltered the White House and has worked hard to keep the general public unaware. Your nation is in danger of falling past the point of no return, and these are the best your country has to offer?
One of these guys is going to save America?
You need to elect a president who will respect and honor your Constitution, because Cousin, your current one sure doesnt.
With our largest trading partner and international ally in this situation, alternatively Canada finds itself with a government that has deftly navigated our economy thorough the choppy waters to the admiration of the global community.
The Harper government has moved to strengthen our military while Obama has moved to gut his. Canadas Conservatives have gotten tough on illegal immigrants and crime, while Obama challenges States who implement laws designed to deal with the flow.
When Obama turned his nose up at the Keystone XL pipeline, thereby choosing Arab and Venezuelan oil over ethically-produced oil sands bitumen, it would have been a crisis for former Prime Ministers, but not Stephen Harper.
He returned the U.S. Presidents middle-finger with a shoulder-shrug and a phone call to China. If Obama doesnt want our oil, Asia will. A pipeline south to Texas or west to the Pacific coast, it doesnt matter to us.
As opposed to previous Conservative P.Ms like Brian Mulroney, Harper manages to maintain a pro-American image while avoiding the label of puppet. Accusations of being too friendly to our Southern neighbors ring hollow, partially due to his actions and partially due to a President who is his ideological opposite.
He doesnt look up to the American President, he looks across at him.
A higher than usual level of U.S. media attention has been focused on Canadian affairs the past few years, much of that to do with our increased presence on the international stage and our acquiring a stronger, more proactive reputation.
More than one American friend has wished someone like Harper was a GOP candidate.
The once milque-toast, negotiate and dont get involved Canada is now the first delegation to lead a walk-out during a speech by Irans Ahmadinejad at the United Nations.
Israel, feeling a rift in their relationship with the current Obama administration to the point of abandonment, has seen their alliance and friendship with Canada grow stronger due to the efforts of a very pro-Israel Harper.
The leader of the free world is experiencing an internal test of those very freedoms. Canadians should feel fortunate to have a strong, stable conservative government in Ottawa.
The idea that Canada could have been led by a Stephane Dion or Michael Ignatieff Liberal government at a time when America is flirting with radical socialism is shudder-inducing.
What would happen if all the conservatives in America Immigrated to Canada and basically Zerg Rushed the whole country and re-built it as the “shining city onthe hill”... eh?
I, for one, would welcome you with a warm handshake and a cold beer.
Canada is an affront to all true Christians and will pay the ultimate price.
What is Harper’s position on Homosexual Marriage?
I spent a few weeks in Alberta a couple of years ago.
Good: Very friendly people (especially the barmaids), excellent beer and food, plenty of wide open space, cops let us off on a speeding ticket when they found out we were Yankees, they drive on the correct side of the road.
Not so good: High prices and taxes, metric system, hundreds of miles to the next burg, cold!
All kidding aside, I’m glad Canada is a friend and neighbor. Hang in there, hopefully we’ll get the current clown show out come November.
Still some fairly major steps to be taken IMO...get ride of socialized medicine, revoke gay marriage, and lower taxes.
As far as military issues, stance on Iran, and your oil industry..2 big thumbs up!!
What is Harper’s position on Abortion?
My wife and I spent three days in Alberta last summer, We were visiting some historical site called head-smashed in (concerning buffalo who were stampeded over cliffs) and were in the parking lot ready to leave. We noticed some middle-aged guy looking at our license plates as we approached our vehicle. The guy muttered: "from Wisconsin, eh?" I nodded, and hoped the guy wasn't going to give us some trouble about being Yankees. Instead, the guy starting talking, at length, about how much he liked America and Americans. Literally, one of the nicest people we ever met. I think there are probably many Canadians like him.