Saturday, July 6, 2013

Conservatives Politicize Confederation, Pt. 2

A reader named David Loughton sent in this comment by e-mail in response to my earlier post, which points out something that I for some reason didn't put down in my little rant: today's Conservatives are definitely nothing like the party of Macdonald, et. al.
The main problem with the CPC statement.about Confederation is not its exclusion of non-conservatives, although it is a travesty to exclude the crucial role of George Brown in making the creation of the Dominion possible.

The main problem is that, despite their self-appointed name,  Mr. Harper  et al are not Canadian Conservatives.  
They are not Sir John A.' s heirs.  
They are, in fact,  on most important matters, Sir John A.'s antithesis

Sir John A. led his colleagues to create a country to fight "manifest destiny".  
Mr. Harper et al. continually cede sovereignty to our southern neighbours.

Sir John A. favoured a strong central government.  
Mr. Harper refuses to show central leadership on important matters like our social union and has promoted provincial firewalls.  

Sir John A. generally tried to practice inclusive politics.  
Mr. Harper et al.  practise wedge politics with gusto.

Sir John A. liked people. 
Mr. Harper ...  Well, Mr. Harper may like Mr. Harper.

It is a good bet that Sir John A. would not be amused at the hijacking of his party's name or especially its accomplishments by Mr. Harper and his band of poseurs.

The claim that the current CPC is the inheritor of Sir John A.'s mantle is yet another Harper "manipulation of the truth", one that besmirches Old Tomorrow's good name.

PS Much the same could be said about Borden (suffrage) and Diefenbaker (The Bill of Rights).  Note that Mr. Harper et al. do not claim affinity to other good things produced by true Canadian Conservatives. e.g, the CBC (Bennett).
 
Thanks David. He's absolutely correct - these modern Conservatives, who claim to be the heirs of the accomplishments of the old party, are practically the anti-thesis of their progenitors. They're definitely much more intent on tearing down this nation, rather than building it up.

2 comments:

  1. Harper is nothing like past Tory leaders no, but that does not stop him from saying that this is part of his party's legacy.

    When the Alliance merged with the PC Party, they gained a few things as a result. The Alliance, which had money in the bank, earned the debts the PC Party had built up since 1993.

    In exchange for that, they also purchased the rights to be the successors to the big C Conservative legacy in the country.

    Frankly, it was one hell of a bargain.

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  2. It wasn't a merger, it was an acquisition, and like most acquisitions by financial pirates, they kept a few external trappings but disposed of most of the warm bodies still loyal to the ways of the old regime.

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