Current polls are now showing that the Cons are now either in 2nd place or tied with the Liberals. A quick scan of the news makes it obvious Kyoto, Afghanistan and the Cons “problem solved” equalization budget plan are the main culprits of their increasing unpopularity. The Cons are out of touch and on the wrong side of the most important issues that concern Canadians today.
I found this article at Rabble today discussing Harper’s undignified behavior on the Afghanistan detainees file. The reporter, like all Canadians finds it totally bizarre that Harper has resorted to answering questions about torture in Afghanistan by condemning Elizabeth May.
Stephen Harper appeared furious all week at Elizabeth May, perhaps because instead of draining off Liberal and NDP votes, she went and endorsed Stéphane Dion. But fury becomes the PM. He hasn’t had a snit this good since Belinda Stronach crossed the floor.
CanWest also published this article saying that Harper/Williams spat may have cost Harper his opportunity for a majority. Williams recalls when his loathing for Harper began in earnest and surprisingly it’s not because Harper labelled the Atlantic region as having adopted a “culture of defeat”. Williams recalls the moment when he reminded the Prime Minister of his promises on equalization and Harper shrugged and said,
“he hadn’t made up his mind”. Williams retorted he had that deal in writing. “That was his dark side,” the premier recalls. “There was a look in his eyes that told me this wasn’t going to happen.” Sure enough, Harper partially reneged on his word in the March budget
I guess the people who were lied to on income trusts feel the same way. There are posters and billboards everywhere now. Can’t say as I blame them on that one.
On the Kyoto file, a letter to the Sudbury Star editorial calls the Conservatives climate action plan a “dog and pony show” and the Calgary Sun discusses the release of a new UN study confirms that adhering to Kyoto will not cause a recession. The report discussed in the Calgary Sun concludes,
greenhouse gas emissions can be slashed in half by 2050 at a cost of only 0.12% of the world’s annual economic output. Opposition critics said that’s in stark contrast to Baird’s apocalyptic predictions that meeting the Kyoto Protocol’s reduction targets would plunge Canada into the worst recession since the Second World War.
The whole Con scare mongering tactic is just the typical smoke show we have come to expect on a day-to-day basis from the governing neo-clowns. Given that the news that the ice caps are melting 30 years ahead of scheduled predictions, the Con climate plan is not going to cut it with Canadians. I don’t believe we have another moment, never mind another summer to waste piddling around doing nothing.