Bloc Quebecois to the rescue...

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    Sep 06, 2008 6:22 PM GMT
    kinda ironic that it looks like the Bloc Quebecois is the only thing standing between Harper (Bush-lite) and a majority government!

    His positions...

    tax cuts for the rich
    wanted Canada in Iraq
    cut the GST which led to a deficit... so he will have to start eliminating spocial programs
    believes in for-profit medicine (what Canadians call "two-tier" medicine)
    wants to appoint conservative judges to the supreme court and once he gets enough on there he can repeal same-sex marriage which he wants to do. (He has just appointed his first right wing judge to a vacancy - bypassing the Parliamentary committee that is supposed to make the recommendations)
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    Sep 06, 2008 7:50 PM GMT
    sounds like some of our more "quality values" have taken a "north of the border" route, eh? let me be one of the many that apologize for the influence.....
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    Sep 06, 2008 7:58 PM GMT
    Why the Bloc (or P.Q.) would help Harper is a mystery to me. I would expect them to be more in line with the Liberals. What am I missing? icon_question.gif
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    Sep 06, 2008 8:03 PM GMT
    OutdoorMutt saidWhy the Bloc (or P.Q.) would help Harper is a mystery to me. I would expect them to be more in line with the Liberals. What am I missing? icon_question.gif


    I think Caslon's point is that the Bloc Quebecois is going against Harper--and that they are the main political element in Canada that is opposing his policies and preventing him from getting a majority in Parliament.
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    Sep 06, 2008 8:19 PM GMT
    I stand corrected, thanks...
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    Sep 06, 2008 10:01 PM GMT
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    OutdoorMutt saidWhy the Bloc (or P.Q.) would help Harper is a mystery to me. I would expect them to be more in line with the Liberals. What am I missing? icon_question.gif


    I think Caslon's point is that the Bloc Quebecois is going against Harper--and that they are the main political element in Canada that is opposing his policies and preventing him from getting a majority in Parliament.

    Yeah, I just think that it is ironic that the PQ who would destroy Canada are the ones keeping Harper from leading Canada off a cliff....

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    Sep 06, 2008 10:42 PM GMT
    Wuss. All dogs go to heaven, remember?
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    Sep 06, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
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    Sep 07, 2008 1:10 AM GMT
    ... I don't like -any- of this Harper guy's positions. =(

    on another note, Darth Vader's dog is cute.
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    Sep 07, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    oh, I didnt realize that Canada has pulled out of the Kyoto Treaty....

    "Harper also pulled Canada out of the Kyoto Protocol, which commits industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/07/AR2008090700569.html?hpid=moreheadlines

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    Sep 08, 2008 3:53 PM GMT
    Caslon6000 saidkinda ironic that it looks like the Bloc Quebecois is the only thing standing between Harper (Bush-lite) and a majority government!

    His positions...

    tax cuts for the rich
    wanted Canada in Iraq
    cut the GST which led to a deficit... so he will have to start eliminating spocial programs
    believes in for-profit medicine (what Canadians call "two-tier" medicine)
    wants to appoint conservative judges to the supreme court and once he gets enough on there he can repeal same-sex marriage which he wants to do. (He has just appointed his first right wing judge to a vacancy - bypassing the Parliamentary committee that is supposed to make the recommendations)


    The Bloc Quebecois has had the balance of power for quite awhile now. Even though it rarely gets more than 10% of the vote, it always garners a lot of seats in Quebec.

    The cut in the GST was not a smart idea in my mind, but the Federal Government is still running a surplus after Q1 (April-June). It is $1.7B down from $5.6B I believe the year before.

    It is true that he supports greater participation of "for-profit" medicine, however that does not equate to what happens in the USA. It is just that people could go to a private clinic for surgery that would be paid for by the government, in order to lessen the strain on the public-sector. The Canadian medical system is under a lot of stress due to a shortage of nurses and doctors, especially in smaller communities. Waiting times for surgery are pretty brutal.

    I personally don't think he will get his wish about overturning same-sex marriage. Even conservative judges would have a hard time ruling that banning gays from marrying is fine under the Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.