Friday, July 5, 2013

Conservatives Politicize Confederation

Have you seen this yet?

On October 16th, 2003, the leaders of the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance and the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada announced an agreement-in-principle to unite under a new political banner.  In December 2003, the merger was overwhelmingly ratified by members of both parties and the Conservative Party of Canada was officially born.  This unification of Canada’s conservative parties restored and rejuvenated the national political movement that has been building a stronger, safer, and better Canada for over 145 years.  Conservative achievements include Confederation, women’s suffrage, the Canadian Bill of Rights, and the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.
This was on the Conservative.ca self-fellatio page, underneath the header of "Canada's Founding Party." You can read it for yourself, as of right now its still up - no idea if they'll change it in the future.

But they oughtta, because it is one of the most offensive pieces of crap ever written. It may seem minor, and of course its going to be self-congratulatory because its on the Conservative's web page, but Jesus H. Christ, they're attempting to politicize the very founding of our country!

I'm not going to go over how wrong this is on the very basis of the known facts, because I've already kind of gone over the facts. Confederation was a collaboration between members the two parties of that era, the Conservatives and Liberals. Macdonald was a great unifier who happened to be a Conservative, but by no means was Confederation borne simply out of Conservative will. It was Canadians coming together to create Canada, not Conservatives coming together to create Canada.

But even if the put the facts aside, this is completely reprehensible. How dare the Conservatives politicize the very founding of the country. Its as if they know they lack any legitimacy in the realm of ideas and policy, so they're trying to rewrite history in order to give themselves a bigger role than is warranted. Canada was created by Conservatives, dontchya know, so Canada should vote Conservative!

Ugh. Enough is enough. Write your Conservative MPs, tell them to stop this. Tell them to actually have a legitimate thought. Tell them to govern Canada, not attempt to mold it into Conservativeland.

8 comments:

  1. As arrogant as the Liberal Party calling itself the natural governing party. I am no conservative (trust me) but this kind of diatribe is an eloquent reflection of the arrogance of some who would oppose the conservatives in this country.

    Avant d'enlever le brin d'herbe dans l'oeil de son voisin, il importe de voir a la poutre dans le sien.

    Quelle arrogance et manque flagrant d'integrite intellectuelle

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    1. Listen, I've got no problem noting that Conservatives were there and definitely present, as they most certainly were. Members of both parties had a hand in Confederation.

      How does that qualify as a "diatribe" of an anti-Conservative? That's just a fact. A fact these Conservatives don't want you to realize.

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    2. When did the Liberal Party call itself the natural governing party? Find me that quote, or that flyer, or that stump speech.

      It doesn't exist.

      That term was coined by academics and journalists to describe a historical reality of a political party which was in government for more of the twentieth century than the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Did we ever call our selves that? No, no we did not

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  2. The Harpercons cannot rebrand something (Canada) that does not belong to them. They should keep to rebranding their own hypocritical, immoral, deranged, dysfunctional and criminal behavior. They're cheating frauds. As if they could...

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  3. You must have never read the old federal PC website.

    While I won't go so far as annoying, er, I mean annoyed and accuse you of being a dirty dirty liberal, I do think this is a bit of "much ado about nothing"

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  4. Also, confederation is far more complicated than you make it out to be. There were in reality 3, not 2 parties; and even then there were not 3 groupings, but 4. That's just in Ontario, there were 4 more in Quebec. Frankly, there were 24 political groupings in ""Canada"" at the time, not 2.

    The 4 provinces that joined Canada, plus the 2 that did not at the time (PEI and Newfoundland) each had the following political arrangement:

    1 large Conservative party.
    1 'Reform' party. This was the party that generally was the catalyst of change in the 1840s.
    1 'Radical' party. This was the party that tended to use names like "Liberal" "Rouge" and "Grit" They drove change in the 1860s after the Reformers had - in their opinion - gotten sort.
    1 group of 'Reformers' - of varying size by province - that supported the Conservatives in the idea of confederation. These people generally became the "Liberal-Conservatives" after confederation. Post-Confed they are seen as so tied to the Conservative Party, we do not really make them out to be any different, but pre-confed they were tied by the same strength to the Liberal side of the spectrum.

    Remember each province was different. In Ontario, many "LibCons" made the switch, while in Newfoundland, such people were hard to be found.

    Support for confederation was higher in Ontario and Quebec than in the other provinces. New Brunswick had to be dragged into it, almost backing out, and Nova Scotia actually requested sovereignty association only a few years after confederation, a move so popular the party that made the request - the NS Liberals - held government for 77 of the first 89 years, with Robert Stanfield the first non-Liberal to win more than 2 back-to-back elections in that province.

    I actually agree with the Conservative viewpoint that it was indeed Conservatives who drove confederation. We Liberals back then ranged from a small group who strongly backed it, a larger group (probably 45% of the movement) who were "meh" on confederation, and an equally large group (again, probably 45%) who opposed it.

    If they want to claim to be "Canada's Founding Party" they can go right ahead. Those exact words were on the PC website during Clark's leadership, right on the banner behind his huge head on the front page. Words, frankly, they have a right to use.

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    1. I think you vastly underestimate the number of Liberals that supported Confederation, Teddy. I mean *vastly*. Just because Nova Scotians and New Brunswickers used the Liberals as a vehicle for anti-Confederation agitation doesn't imply that pro-Confederation Liberals were some tiny rump. I can name you dozens upon dozens of major Liberal politicians who supported Confederation, including many Fathers of Confederation.

      But this is an argument for another day.

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    2. I don't see it so much as Conservatives vs. Liberals. Confederation was largely brought about by one man (who was a conservative) but may I point out that Macdonald probably wouldn't recognize the modern conservative party as his party. Macdonald opposed women's suffrage, free trade and feared Americanisation, whereas harper is very much an agent of such forces, (with the exception of women's rights) So whereas I agree with you Kyle h. I come from a different perspective on the subject.

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