What The Conservatives Are Offering…

Federal Leader: Stephen Harper
Parkdale-High Park: Jillian Sawezcko

Female Candidates: 18%

What’s mentioned on their website:
1. Sovereignty
2. Leadership
3. Environment
4. Health Care
5. Lower Taxes
6. Child Care
7. Tackling Crime
8. Accountability

Interestingly, there’s a full page and a link under the “Leaders” category for Harper’s wife, Laureen, but there is no search function on the website. This makes things difficult.

Concerning the issues that are most important to me…

Harper recently, finally, committed to having Canadian troops out of Afghanistan by 2011. There’s nothing else about Afghanistan under the “Key Issues” section.

The Environment…
The Conservatives talk a lot about what they’ve done in the past, but there’s no mention of what they plan for the future, should Harper be re-elected. They have introduced what they claim to be a balanced and achievable plan to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020 and cut air pollution in half by 2015 (aren‘t GHGs part of air pollution?). The want to offer a lot of incentives for people making green choices, and they want to fund green technologies, but they don’t say where that money is going to come from. There’s absolutely no mention of green tax shifting, or even of a carbon market… nothing about how the economy and the environmental policies can work successfully together. Which I find strange.

The Federal Budget…
I admit, I like that the GST has been reduced twice since Harper’s been in office. And that’s the main bit of bravado on their webpage dedicated to the economy of Canada. I have no qualms with the budget the Conservatives have laid out, except that they neglected to factor in the environment. It’s not mentioned once.

Northern Sovereignty…
The Tories have sovereignty on the top of their list of “key issues”. TheY stress that a “four-pronged approach” is what’s needed. That’s pushing economic development (“unleashing“ the potential of our resource-rich north), national sovereignty (more protection), Northern input and control (ending the “paternalistic“ federal policies of past governments), and environmental protection (self-explanatory). These all sound like good things, but I’m wary of how much resource potential they see in the north, and how they‘d go about exploiting, I mean, “unleashing” it.


One thought on “What The Conservatives Are Offering…

  1. As a matter of fact, the Conservatives have a great deal of things to offer on a whole variety of issues that no other party even thinks to talk about and offer a far more holistic approach and are not simply talking the talk.Consider looking through they're previous budgets and what they've already proposed/enacted.Here:http://www.budget.gc.ca/2008/plan/table-eng.aspAnd draw up comparisons on what they've been able to get through over the last two and half years.(2007 and 2006 are are also accessible)Their platform for this election after it is fully released on the 7th (I think) which should give everyone a week prior to the vote. Providing it later then the rest has given them time to add a few more extra tweaks and concerns that may not of been addressed had they of released it too soon or sooner hence the perceived delay.That should count as a positive.That should explain why you don't see as much as you should of some of the candidate sites.They are sure to be updated by 12-or-13th at the absolute latest.That being said…Prior to casting any final judgments on Sawezcko, you should consider watching the CPAC program on our campaign riding.Here:http://www.cpac.ca/forms/index.asp?dsp=template&act=view3&pagetype=vod&lang=e&clipID=1902I hope this helps you in deciding your candidate for our riding.I intend to be voting for her.Otherwise I would consider voting Peggy Nash back as she had done more then a fair enough job given her staunch political positions.But regardless of who ever gets in, I hope its the candidate that is the most willing to work across party lines on any given issue, so as to bring about the right decisions and ideas while at the same time offering up alternate perspectives that be of help for all members to fully reflect on things before taking any action.I would apply that to all ridings including Conservative held ones.As for Liberals, I feel they need to be deconstructed entirely as a party before attempting to run for any sort of position in government even as an opposition party.I think the green party makes for a suitable enough protest vote if people can't find a closer alternative to their political principles.Since they would add a good dynamic to parliament assuming the too are willing to work with the democratically elected government.Thank you for blogging on this and bringing it up.

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