SaskBigPicture wrote: The Blue Gardener wrote:
Clinton P. Desveaux wrote:This is another wedge issue that the Freedom Party of Canada could use to further attract fiscal conservatives from the economic social policy of the Conservatives and Liberals
Well, I would have to agree this whole scheme sounds like one big boondoggle. And though I'm no libertarian, these boondoggles are a driving force in my political choice. They involve sums of money and interventions into the economy that area real pain.
I just don't think the FPC is enough like Reform to capture the public's imagination and so grow like wildfire as Reform did.
Freedom Party will not grow like wildfire. It also will not burn itself out like wildfire. The only way for Freedom Party to grow is by people coming to their senses and realizing that the Canuckistan welfare state is unsustainable. Less government is the only way for Canada to pull itself back from the abyss. It will hurt far less to make the structural changes to this country now than waiting until collapse, anarchy, or totalitarian rule becomes our reality.
Canada's electoral system does not reward ideological parties, but rather, regional parties like Reform or the Bloc Quebecois. Yes, the Reform party represented regional interests (especially if you consider non-Toronto Ontario part of the west) before it represented a conservative ideology. The issue that did it for them wasn't the deficit, it was CF-18's and Charlottetown/Meech in particular.
Canadian voters broadly reject ideology when they vote - they care about what is in it for them. If fiscal conservatives want to change the world, they must assemble a coalition of regional interests that can win, and that would benefit from fiscally conservative policies - not just in the long-run, but in the short-run zero sum gain kind of competition. As much as I appreciate the sentiments behind the Freedom Party approach (which in practice, if it worked, would be an NDP of the right - no offence - costing the Conservatives votes if they veered too far to the centre) they are not likely to transform the nation.
What are the set of interests underlying the Conservative party of Canada?
-the suburban middle class, especially families
-unionized workers (the CPC does very well among them)
What would a fiscally conservative coalition look like?
Regionally: Ontario and Alberta, you need to have the "have" provinces in charge (esp. over the environment question, since these provinces are the big pollutors). Plus win over a few people elsewhere in the other groups listed below.
Class: rich people, we have to become the party of rich people
Area: the suburbs - generally the suburbs are the least-served by governments
Age: middle aged people
Families: that don't have kids. Families create a billion opportunities for big government (education, healthcare, childcare)
So rich, single, middle-aged suburban Ontarians/Albertans of the world UNITE!