We need more of ThisNOW magazine in Toronto is reliably left wing and more than happy to slag Harper. It has published a run down of all Harper's rightish conceits and concluded,
A LOOK AT HIS PAST PRONOUNCEMENTS REVEALS HE'LL RIP UP EVERY RIGHT AND SERVICE CANADIANS HAVE FOUGHT FOR. DANGEROUS? HELL, YES.What is NOW on about? Here's a selection:
- Hired a former Winnipeg radio jock fired for saying that "diesel dykes (are) running the school board" to be his media spokesperson in his 2002 Alliance leadership bid
- Conservatives' interim policy document refers darkly to focusing on attracting immigrants who can best integrate into the "Canadian fabric" (read mostly white, mostly Europeans).
- Favours abolishing human rights commissions, calling them "an attack on our fundamental freedoms and the basic existence of a democratic society.... It is in fact totalitarianism."
- Opposes recognizing special status for Quebec.
- Supported U.S. war in Iraq.
- Has suggested that Albertans "should build firewalls around Alberta," including replacing RCMP with its own provincial police.
- Calls Kyoto protocol on greenhouse gas emissions a "boondoggle." He's not convinced that global warming is the consequence of human activity – a little like Stockwell Day believing humans once walked the earth with dinosaurs.
Delightful. Let's see, Trudeau opposed special status for Quebec, 60% of English Canadians supported the invasion of Iraq,Quebec and Ontario have their own provincial police forces, human rights commissions tend to replace Charter rights with a bizarre form of political correct nonsense which has no basis in actual law, "best integrate" does not "read" whites only, the evidence on greenhouse gas and human activity is iffy at best, and, hey, who knows diesel dykes may very well be running the Winnipeg School Board...so what?
The Left is getting desperate. They need to paint Harper as an extremist and they are perfectly happy to clutch at any straws which may come along. Canadians are, I think, a bit too smart for that
updated June 6, 2004