Somehow, through the years, the conservatives in Canada have taken a wrong turn. From a basic ideology of conserving the qualities of life for Canadians, the conservative leadership has taken on a vindictive stand in favour of dog-eat-dog capitalism. Truth has suffered, and there is no excuse for it.
To yell distortions and lies across the floor of the House of commons belittles those conservatives who have given of themselves to this country. To not honour the leadership of conservative Sir John A. Macdonald in creating this country is a betrayal of history.
A conservative party that places such importance in fiscal responsibility should wonder about the transgressions of provincial conservatives and the last federal conservative government that routinely lied to the Canadian public about what they intended to spend.
For a party bent on conserving the past, conservatives make little to no effort to forestall global warming. It makes no sense to make minor motions towards preventing pollution in the face of wildfires, floods and the rising of the oceans.
Conservatives are great believers in smaller government being better government. All they have proved over the years is that when in power, they fail to do the job for Canadians. They let people starve on the streets in a climate with a cruel winter. They fail the elderly, they fail the children, they fail the infirm, they fail the destitute. How big should government be? Big enough to do the job! Let capitalism grow, but be regulated. Let capitalism build, but be inspected. Let children be children, but properly fed. Let medicine do its job, but make sure it has the funds.
Don’t preach to Canadians about law and order. World order requires we fund a full range of an adequately-equipped military. And don’t preach to us about false news when your platform is based on it.
And that old conservative chestnut about reforming the Senate of Canada is still with us. There are many other reforms needed in how this country is governed. The very worst thing a Canadian government could do is only change the Senate.
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