As Parliament returned today, so does this blog. And as the Harper government returned to Question Period for another round of evasive non-answers, ask yourself do we really need more of this? What does Stephen Harper have to show for his almost four years in office? Deficits, Debt, Division, Deception and Disarray.
Stephen Harper was so obsessed with banishing "surprise Liberal surpluses" and yet now he wants us to cut him slack for ever rising surprise new Conservative deficits.
Stephen Harper boasted about how much debt he was going to pay down, only to pile up more than had been paid in the last decade.
Stephen Harper said when he was first elected that his he would "govern for all Canadians" only to be the worst wedge politician Canada's ever seen as he writes off 60% of the population completely.
Stephen Harper said he would bring open, honest and accountable government, only to give us the opposite.
He promised us no recession and no deficit and we got the worst of both.
He tried to take credit for the lowest unemployment rate in 33 years, only to blame everyone else but him when he faces the highest.
He railed against Liberal patronage and cronyism and felt compelled to top it.
He promised sincere cooperation on EI this past summer and turned the whole thing into a charade.
He accused the opposition of wanting to raise payroll taxes on EI (which we were told would be a "job killer"), only to do so himself.
That kind of deception is tough to top.
And he's left our country in complete disarray with no vision or long-term domestic or foreign policy goals. Can someone point to anything Stephen Harper has planned for even next year? As every other major industrialized country makes targeted investments and restructures to compete in the global economy, Stephen Harper just puts his head in the sand. Does anyone still listen to Canada with Stephen Harper in power? When Stephen Harper says Canada is "back" under his leadership he must mean back of the pack.
It's really quite the legacy to leave behind and that's just the short list!
Well we needn't let him add to it any longer.
Canadians deserve better.
We face the toughest times in a generation with a Parliament Stephen Harper refuses to make work (Overdue EI Reforms still don't make the grade).
If you give Stephen Harper your hand, rest assured he will do everything he can to tie it behind your back (Jack Layton take note...).
Every day more Harper is in office our potential as a country is further squandered as he obsesses over crushing his opponents instead of governing the nation.
There is little positive to be gained by keeping this government in office any longer. We can do better.
We need a government willing to actually govern and make Parliament work rather than one focused entirely on electioneering and trying to come up with the best "plausible" lies about their opposition.
We need a government willing to lead on the world stage, rather than one that's happy to be a bit player.
We need a government with a team of strong capable ministers, rather than a one-man show who forces the rest into hiding.
We need a government that listens to research and science instead of one driven only be ideology.
We need a government willing to stand up for women's and minority rights and the disabled, instead of one that sees them as "left-wing fringe groups".
We need a government that protects Canadians abroad instead of abandons them.
We need a government that believes in our institutions, from public broadcasting, to the courts, to Elections Canada, rather than a government trying to tear them down.
We need a government that knows we must invest more in post-secondary education, instead of one who mocks those with a university education.
We need a government willing to show real environmental leadership at the largest ever Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December, instead of one that would go with the goal of being the biggest holdout.
We need a government that knows that good child care policy is good economic policy, instead of one that is seemingly proud not to have created a single child care space.
We need a government willing to level with Canadians and give straight answers instead of one that stonewalls and deceives at every turn.
We need a government that's fiscally responsible and has a social conscience to replace one that's neither.
We need a government that's focused on building the Canada of the future to take over from one that can't see beyond the next election.
We need a Prime Minister that unites Canadians rather than divides them.
Only Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party can provide this kind of government to Canadians. A Prime Minister and government that provides real vision and leadership we can all be proud of.
A majority of Canadians may say they don't want an election now, but that's because they are not yet convinced an election would change much or that there's no single defining issue. But an election can give us the real debate about our future we didn't get in the last and that we really need as economies restructure across the globe.
Liberals will present a truly alternative compelling vision for this country and Canadians will see we can be so much more than we are.
Stephen Harper was given another chance by Canadians almost a year ago and in every way, he's blown it. The stakes are too high to grant him another reprieve. These tough times demand better.
When Canadians are faced with a choice of positive change and more of the same, the choice will be clear.
Canada needs a new direction and it can't come soon enough.
For more on why we need an election, see here
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