When you see a picture of Stephen Harper, does your blood boil? Do you become irrational and full of outright hatred? Do you see George Bush? Do you see the devil? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you are suffering from Harper Derangement Syndrome (HDS).
Be careful, HDS is contagious. The contagion typically manifests in low-information voters and is primarily spread through mainstream media.
It never ceases to amaze me when I hear accusations such as, “Harper is a dictator”, “Harper is taking away our rights”, “Harper has a secret agenda”, or “Harper censors scientists and burns books”. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Let’s deal with the first accusation; “Harper is a dictator”. It’s ironic that the left and anti-Harper groups should choose to make this accusation. When one evaluates each political party’s platform on ideological grounds, the proof is in the pudding: The Conservative agenda would see provinces with a greater degree of autonomy, lower taxes for all Canadians and smaller government. Ending the long form census, ending the long-gun registry and streamlining many government services is proof that the Harper Conservatives value smaller government; less government intrusion into our lives.
The Harper Conservatives also increased the number of electoral districts, or ridings, from 308 to 338. The Constitution of Canada requires that federal electoral districts be reviewed after each decennial (10-year) census to reflect changes and movements in Canada’s population. The federal redistribution process began in February 2012. A representation order describing and naming Canada’s future electoral districts was completed in October 2013. The new electoral districts will be applied in the first general election called after May 1, 2014 (read more on that here).
If Harper was a dictator, why would he make it harder for his own party to win a majority? Because he is not a dictator, he is the elected Prime Minister of Canada following the rules of the Canadian Constitution. If Harper was a dictator, one would think that he’d be increasing government bureaucracy and government regulations; he has not done that. He did the opposite.
Tom Mulcair, leader of Canada’s No Development Party (*ahem, excuse me), leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party is a more suiting example for the title of dictator. Think about it, the NDP would see a more centralized approach to government. That is the socialist mantra; bigger government, higher taxes and a more centralized approach to government.
“Harper is taking away our rights”; another laughable idiotic claim. Bill C-24, also known as the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act, Bill C-51, also known as Investigative Powers for the 21st Century Act aim to protect Canadians. All C-51 does is modernize and streamline information sharing between various Canadian security agencies for the digital age. It should be noted that Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party voted in favour of Bill C-51.
The Fair Elections Act simply requires us to show ID before casting a ballot. I have to show my ID before I can buy a six pack of beer, why is it so unreasonable to ask for ID before casting a ballot? Answer; it’s not unreasonable.
Nothing the Harper Conservatives has done takes away any of our rights. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is alive and well in this great country of ours.
“Harper has a secret agenda”; this accusation, hands down, is my favourite one. After a decade in power, majority governments, if the Harper Conservatives had a secret agenda, it would have already been apparent. Instead, the only agenda the Conservatives seem to be focused on is lowering Canadians’ tax burden and homeland security. How either of those two points qualifies as a secret agenda is beyond me. The Conservatives have been open, upfront and honest about the direction they wish to take Canada.
“But but but Harper is Americanizing Canada!!” Say what? Harper’s secret agenda is to turn Canada into some American equivalent? I think not. Almost a decade of Harper at the helm and Canada is still no America.
“Harper censors scientists and burns books”; I’ve already covered this one (read here). “The Conservative Government is not “muzzling” scientists. What the government is saying is that the scientist can’t just go out and release information on their own; it must be sent through the proper channels. One could only imagine the outcry if a government scientist released a finding that caused wide spread panic, only to be proven wrong shortly after. The ensuing public outrage would be enough to destroy any regime, regardless of political stripe. Take for example, if you work for a private company, would that company allow you to speak on their behalf to media? Many companies, both private and public, have policies in place that disallow the employee to speak directly to media; scientists are federal employees.”
I was out for a drive around my riding earlier this morning and saw a sign that read, “The Harper Man” along with hashtag #HeaveSteve. The sign is meant to put the phrase “The Harper Man” in a negative light. But you know what? I say Harper is the man. Hashtag #VoteCPC.
If the electorate knows what is good for them and the country, and gets out to vote, then we can count on four more years of strong and stable leadership from a proven party and proven leader.
The mainstream media decided that they didn’t like Harper from Day 1. The bias spewed by our state broadcaster, the CBC and Canada’s largest newspaper, “The Toronto Star” is the driving force behind much of the anti-Harper sentiments expressed by the public at large. And that bias is the root cause of HDS.
I implore each and every one of you to always look at more than one source to learn the truth. In many cases, it is as simple as following the money. Don’t buy in to all the crap you hear or read; the Harper Derangement Syndrome is strong. If you suffer from HDS, please consult a doctor, because there is something wrong with you.
My proof? A decade of Conservative rule under Harper and Canada is still Canada. We lead the G-7 in economic stability, job creation and have earned the respect of many countries around the world.
Stay the course Canada. Vote for principled leadership, vote for the economist, vote for a strong Canada. Vote Conservative.
And that is Kevin’s Common Sense.