The question of who is right and who is wrong in the Canadian political arena is not something that any one Canadian can answer. Because we live in a democratic country, the “right” party is the one that is chosen to lead by the people. Since 2006, Canadians have answered the question posed above three times and, all three times, their answer was clear: the “right” party to lead this country – the party that has the mandate to do so from Canadians – is the Conservative Party of Canada. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Conservative Party of Canada’s stewardship of this country through the dangerous fiscal waters of the global economic crisis and this country’s strong, principled leadership on the world stage are some of the reasons why Canadians continue to select this party as the “right” one to lead them. However, sometimes in politics, what matters to voters is not necessarily why one choice may be right, but also why many of the other choices may be wrong.
Over the last decade, the Liberal Party of Canada has chosen for itself three consecutive weak leaders and is about to choose a fourth. They have oscillated back and forth between draconian spending decreases and weak-kneed global decision-making under Chretien and Martin, neo-environmentalism under Stéphane Dion, and then a flip-flopping, unknown commodity that blended the worst of all worlds in Michal Ignatieff. Now, they risk a potential return to the divisive national alienation of the 1980’s under their front-runner for leadership who may have skills in the boxing arena and a pseudo-famous last name, but who has no hefty policy weight.
The New Democratic Party has no respect for average, hard-working Canadians as it is backed by unions and so-called public interest groups anathema to Canadian values. Like the Liberals, the NDP places no value on Canada’s Western provinces, specifically targeting Alberta’s oil industry – an industry that provides thousands of jobs to Canadians from British Columbia to Atlantic Canada and whose fiscal policies might have enabled the Western provinces to support Confederation through equalization payments for years. Furthermore, as principled Canadians, we should be wary of any party that refuses to condemn the libelous “Israel Apartheid Week” and the intimidating atmosphere it creates on university campuses for Jewish students in order to placate the party’s naïve special interests. Additionally, it is of significant concern that there are Members of Parliament in senior leadership positions within the NDP party who have questioned Israel’s very right to exist.
As the most recent Nanos poll found, Canadians voted for Stephen Harper as the most competent leader. With a deep understanding and proactive approach towards important issues, such as the economy, immigration reform, crime, national identity, regionalism, and foreign affairs, the verdict is in on the Conservative Party of Canada. The CPC follows up their words with action, turning election promises into policies. Among Western allies, they have a solid reputation of supporting like-minded nations that respect democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The party is also recognized as having a zero-tolerance policy for those who seek to destroy or undermine these principles. To sum up, not only are we right, but our policies are popular, our Prime Minister is trusted, our Members of Parliament are hard-working, and, do not forget, we won.
Originally from Edmonton, Marlee holds an Honours BA in Political Science from York University, following a year of study in Israel. Marlee spent the last two years working as a Special Assistant for the Federal Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and as Parliamentary Secretary Assistant to the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Humanities from York University. Her research interests include Jewish immigration to Canada and the effects of multiculturalism on Canada’s Western Jewish communities.
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