maple leaf
98

Running on a Platform of Broken Promises

From September 21, 2008

It is clear that Harper's Conservatives are willing to say anything during a campaign to win an election. So now, two and a half years later, a pattern of dishonesty and broken election promises must follow them on the campaign.

One of Stephen Harper's first acts was the appointment of Michael Fortier to the Senate, and then to name him the Minister of Public Works. This was a particularly daring, or rather, incomprehensible move, considering Harper's pledge to reform the senate.

And one can not forget Harper's fixed election date legislation. Of course, Harper broke that very promise when he made the federal election call on September 7, 2008, more than a year early.

In between, Stephen Harper failed on accountability, skimped on health care, deceived on equalization, lied about income trusts, and fell short on crime. His environmental bill was widely berated as inconsequential. His mandate to hire 2000 new police officers remains unfunded and unfulfilled. The economy in Ontario lies on the brink, and the federal budget has dipped into deficit spending.

But thank goodness the Conservatives trimmed down the GST by two pennies on the dollar. That makes up for everything.

And so with one promise under their belt, the campaign begins anew. But by now Canadians should understand that there is simply no promise made by the new Conservative Party that should be left unscrutinized, and no statement made by Harper that should be taken without a grain of salt.

With his record, there really is no reason to waste a vote on Stephen Harper.