Connie Fournier wrote:It was Conservative "strategy" that put them where they are today. They used "not a leader" attack ads on the Liberal leadership and crushed their electoral support, but, instead of providing a positive alternative for those ex-Liberal voters, they drove them all into the arms of the NDP.
There's no denying that Stephen Harper is an honourable Canadian, a great politician, and arguably the best Prime Minister to down the pike since John A. Macdonald - in no small part due to his long commitment (27 years total - 19 years since first being elected an MP) to the Canadian political arena.
He has morphed from Liberal (high school) to Progressive Conservative(1985) to Reform(1987) to Alliance(2001) before leading the newly minted CPC(2004) to two terms of minority governance(2006-2011) - and finally to the current majority government.
By way of contrast, the Right Honourable Pierre Trudeau morphed from Assistant Law Professor critical of Liberal Party policies, to Canadian Prime Minister, in 30 months.
In his opening speech to the Liberal Convention which elected him as PM, he declared that Canada must be a 'Just' and 'Progressive' society - the clear implication being that it wasn't
before he ascended to the PMO.
Now that the giddy throngs of Trudeaumaniacs have grown up, and the state has business in every crevice of the nation except the bedroom
, 'Just and Progressive' has been revealed as just
another catchphrase along the lines of 'Hope and Change'.
Those Liberals 'driven into the arms of the NDP' were simply more pragmatic than those who actually voted NDP, and who, as the Liberal Party crumbled under it's own increasingly 'progressive' policies, took to the port-side lifeboats.
Those who shifted political alliance leftward would and will never vote for any party affiliated with the word 'conservative', which is a perjorative in newspeak
Oddly enough, the downstream impact of the socially 'un-conservative' policies of Canadian governors, which gave rise to 'multi-culturalism' and 'human rights', has had the unintended consequence of increasing the impact of those cultural communities with the most 'conservative' cultural qualities.
Hence the increasing support for Mr. Harper as Prime Minister reflects of the increasingly 'conservative' mix of Canadians who value the conservative tenets of their own 'culture' over those who posit that all cultures are 'equal' .
Unlike America, which is in a state of poo-poo ka-ka due to the 'melting pot' society there jailing potheads and melting mortgages, Canadians are more akin to New Zealanders, who ran out of socialism when they ran out of the ability to fund both a roof over their heads, and the kiddies to house therein.
New Zealand is a pair of islands, and has become more akin to Japan than birth-mother Britain in terms of xenophobic 'man-on-the-street' attitudes. They are benignly 'national-socialist', similar to Quebec but without the history of ethnic cleansing which disgraces that préfecture
Canadians are unique in the world, being in possession of more potential wealth per capita than anywhere except, perhaps, Saudi Arabia - which is dependent on oil, dates, and Mecca for income.
Unfortunately, Canadians are largely concentrated in major cities, which fosters a 'strata-council' mentality wherein the lack of constitutional property rights leads to a condition whereby the squeaky wheels get the grease, while the quiet and complacent get the shaft.