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.