Big-government Conservatism

Andrew Coyne:

With this historic budget, the Conservatives’ already headlong retreat from principle has become a rout: a great final leap into the void. For there will be no going back from this, for the party or for the country. Whatever the budget’s soothing talk of “temporary” this and “extraordinary” that, and for all its well-mannered charts showing spending obediently returning to its pen, deficits meekly subsiding, “investments” repaid in full, we are in fact headed somewhere we have never been before. We are on course towards a massive and permanent increase in the size and scope of government: record spending, sky-high borrowing, and — ultimately, inevitably — higher taxes. And all this before the first of the Baby Boomers have had a chance to retire, and cough up a lung.

Damian P.


12 thoughts on “Big-government Conservatism

  1. Some people are having a real hard time facing up to reality, and your man “Spare Coyne” is one of them.
    So just to recap reality, lets start at the most important fact. The Conservative party became a minority government with about 38% of the popular vote. This does not give them the moral or political right to enact big “C” policies. P.M. Harper is undoubtly correct in trying to placate the demands of those rotten libs. I wish that wasn’t the case, but my wish’s don’t count much anymore.
    Now, if we could somehow uncork an election from this budget. A majority government with the support of a majority of Canadian voters. That’s the ticket to true, big “C” Conservative government.
    Despite what Spare Coyne has to say, this deficit thing can be turned around, and turned around quick, but that’ll only happen if the Conservatives stay in power.
    I say down with the “Blathering Blowhards of Blognegativety”. All their doing is boosting the moral of the Coalition Kooks.

  2. Further to mr reeves comment, (which I agree with), there is also the matter of international obligations. What about during and after the recovery? Every 1st world nation on the planet is kicking in stimulus packages, Canada least of all. If we kick in nothing, what will the others say when things improve? I would imagine many would punish Canada with trade restrictions justified by our non contribution.

  3. Greg, we can hopefully point to us doing the right thing in Afghanistan after the Liberal commitment in place ends.
    But in light of the discussion about Harper’s intentions, I have to ask:
    Will Harper sell out the mission in Afghanistan and not even propose a further mission in order to keep his “non-scary” image?
    Will he still have the chorus saying that it’s only because he didn’t have his precious majority?
    This is exactly, by the way, the scenario that gave him his “scary” image. It’s the idea that he can hum right along doing things that seem to contradict his politics with a smile on his face. But then you look at his core supporters and they don’t seem to blink. It makes you wonder, first about Harper, but then about his defenders.
    What percentage of the country suspects he is lying about his centrist (to a fault) politics? How many of those are giving him their vote based on the assumption that he is?

  4. It always surprises me when a pundit acts shocked that a politician acts like a politician. No matter what Harper does he is screwed in the press, from both sides of the aisle. He can please no one, it seems, no matter how liberal or conservative he acts.
    My only advice to Andrew Coyne is to say that if he wants to see Stephen Harper act like a conservative he should work hard to help elect a CPC majority… only then would it be possible to try and pass, in the House of Commons, acts that are truely conservative in nature. Then, they all die in the Senate as the other party has a majority up there! Yup, great system we have here… better than sliced bread.

  5. Ray, he does not please his traditional base by acting like a Liberal, and when he tries to act like a Liberal he doesn’t please the media and the real Liberals who will say he has not gone far enough, or some other nit to pick. He acts like a politician, he loses with his small c conservative base. He acts like a conservative and loses all those squishy middle of the road voters who want Liberal light, or whatever flavour of the day they are told they want.
    I guess I am a pragmatic conservative that lived through all the later Trudeau sh*t and I would vote for anyone who tries to be a conservative. I voted Reform as a protest to the red tories, but I realized even then that all that did was strengthen the Liberal’s hand and keep the conservatives of this country on the outside looking in.
    What I would really like is to see the NDP and the Liberals merge to give Canadian’s a choice of one side or the other… and I would change the rules for federal elections to state that a federal party runs candidates in 75% of the seats in this country, and therefore run the Bloc-heads out of business. The only bitching about that would come out of Quebec, and it would last one election because most voters have the memory of a gnat.

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