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Friday, September 30, 2005

The Future of Conservatism

This is my last blog entry.  Other priorities demand my full attention and I am hanging up my blogging hat indefinitely.  In light of this, I thought I would weigh in on the "raging debate" about the future of conservatism in Canada that has been taking place on the pages of the National Post.  Unlike Adam Daifallah, I will not confuse the modern American definition of conservatism with the old political conservatism which emerged out of British politics and which breathed its last breath in Canada, save a few adherents here and there, some twenty years ago.  This early conservatism concerned itself with loyalty to the monarchy, Canadian cultural and economic nationalism as a response to the American threat (whether real, perceived or contrived), maintaining strong ties to Great Britain, and expanding government and using it to achieve these objectives.  This conservatism is dead.  It died with George Grant.  Adam is wrong when he claims that the leaders of the Conservative Party of Canada between 1867 and 1987 (give or take a few years) were not that conservative.  Sure they were, but not in the modern sense of the word.

The only way to advance modern conservative ideas (which, by the way, are classic liberal ideas) such as smaller government and greater individual and economic freedom, is to stop talking about them as conservative ideas.  They are human values and ideas which do not  require a label.  Canadians do not like the conservative brand.  How many Canadians actually describe themselves as conservative?  Not many.  Yet, when asked for their opinion, these same Canadians complain about high taxes and about too many government regulations which limit their freedom.  If Preston Manning's suggestion of creating a conservative  infrastructure in Canada is to ever come to fruition, the "conservative" label must be dropped and replaced with terms like freedom, liberty, and individual rights. 

We need to advance these ideas without the baggage of pre-free trade Conservative Party of Canada politics, the baggage of Diefenbaker and Mulroney, and without the accusations that we are trying to Americanize Canada with conservatism which many Canadians now associate with Bush and Pat Robertson.  We will not win the war of ideas by painting this movement as somehow having derived from John A. Macdonald.  We also won't win if we try to model ourselves after the GOP.  We need a Canadian solution to defeat the confused quasi-Socialist values that have come to dominate Canadian media, institutions and government. 

Freedom.  Liberty.  Individual rights.  These are concepts we should start with.  These are the things that Canada needs if it is to survive and prosper as a country.  God bless Canada.

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Comments

If Canadian conservatives are going to adopt freedom, liberty and individual rights as its platform, the CPC may have to reconsider its stance on social issues like same-sex marraige, privacy and drug laws. You can't trumpet individual rights and freedoms while at the same time repressing them. If conservatism were to start being about libertarian ideals rather than Bible-thumping, militarism and xenophobia, I'd sign up in a second.

Posted by: Greg | 2005-09-30 2:21:07 PM


Have a nice break Mike.

Posted by: underemployed buddha | 2005-09-30 2:39:10 PM


This are not conservative ideals, but libertarian ones (classical liberal actually).
Which would make CPC the party of my choice!

Posted by: Johan i Kanada | 2005-09-30 3:28:05 PM


A more libertarian 'conservative' movement would likely gain alot more support. However before that can happen the libertarians need to win a few arguments within the the 'right' first, and issues need to be hashed out in a more coherent fashion:

1) move away from state sanctioned marriage, view everyone in terms of individuals. this nullifies the collective rights arguments to change the definition of marriage (granted it still changes the social institution, thus is a hard sell to the social conservatives)

2) is universal healthcare a goal that is realistic (i would argue NO!), and if not, why does the conservative party keep arguing in favor of it?

3) is senate reform still on the table? (triple E senate? hmm, the good old days!), decentralization?

4) why are there still subsidies and tarifs? should they not all be removed?

5) should income tax be abolished with a move to a consumption tax (or just a simple flat income tax)

The problem is Canada has been moving towards 'democratic socialism' for so long, any injection of 'individual rights' seems completely insane :)

Posted by: stuckInVancouer | 2005-09-30 3:36:04 PM


I have not posted on this blog before, but Mike hit the nail on the head and as Canadians we should start taking that concept seriously.

Posted by: Aaron | 2005-09-30 4:16:05 PM


StuckInVancouver. Here are my thoughts about your five points:

1. If you're raising a family you owe something to the children. Marriage at least requires each party to make a commitment that is recognized by law and gives children some protection.

2. Any society of any value MUST take care of those who cannot take care of themselves.

3. A Senate that has power to control a runaway government is starting to look a bit like the American system.

4. How can we drop subsidies and tarifs when our trading partners have them. I'm not supporting subsidies and tarifs. I'm just asking the question.

5. Yes. Either one. But this will put a lot of people out of business. A whole industry actually, not to speak of a whole beaurocracy.

Have fun Michael.

Posted by: John Crittenden | 2005-09-30 4:49:22 PM


Some conservative sound base policy's should not change.Can add some new idea's and policy's but removing the base concepts of conservative than it's not conservative anymore. Conservative idea's and concepts need to be explained to the public in a manner the average Canadian understands. NOTE:Four base conservative concepts-1.Free Enterprise, 2.Democracy, 3.Individual Freedom More So Than Group Freedom, 4.Respectful Of Good Traditions./ Marriage issue, perhaps the CPC should attempt to enact a new marriage title law exclusively for heterosexual couples unions such as: "Traditional-Marriage". Homosexual couples unions title-"Marriage" or civil unions.

Posted by: Larry | 2005-09-30 6:32:43 PM


God bless you Michael.

Mark
Ottawa

Posted by: Mark Collins | 2005-09-30 6:45:34 PM


CANADIAN VISION CALLING MR. BUSH'S CONSERVATISM

George W. Bush has had to win some personal battles in the inner man’s war, in order to be made ready for President. Let us please, dear Canadians, bring on our unity to rise up to rescue Mr. George Bush, his followers and the US Presidency. Let’s be the alternative to set them free from the blind agitation of military intelligence! Let us reach the victory of maturity, to take our place as the offering from a people of God, so that we overcome the historical
temptation of worldly Christian might. ”Mr. Bush, you now stand on
the threshold of the crossroad, where in the one direction, you will go on helping America and the market economy to fuel the fire of mortal appetites in the bush of the great prostitute, or, in the other direction, you can stand before God until He ignites you into His Presence by His Word and brings you to experience the New Covenant’s burning bush. There, His Spirit enables His children to know Him, His will and His instructions for any questions we might have. By such stand of His people, Yahweigh (or any name by which you relate to Life-Force) gets to demonstrate His victory lane! Americans and the entire world population need to follow the lead driven by the powerful Spirit of love and of wisdom, to show us how to overcome evil from the inner justice He gives, with the peace He
grows from within each one and by His joy to strengthen us in our
journey. The alpha and omega of decision making reside there. No human can love his enemy, bless those who curse them, to do good to those who hate them nor to pray for those who mistreat and persecute them, except for the individuals who live by the life you claim to live by, and for that, the Lord of Life of Justice and of Peace does not need our weapons, but rather, our obedience. The image you try to project to the world from the start of your Presidency, Mr. Bush, is one opportunity granted like never before by the Creator to you and to the entire Christianity on Earth, to bow to the Spirit of all prophecies…the testimony of Jesus-Christ amongst His creation!!! May God give the man you are, to grow into the janitor He and we need, to clean up the vision of America’s Presidency, in view of
the global freedom of individual liberty…amen!

By clicking on my name, you will see the rest of the letter I sent on March 2005

Posted by: Benoit Couture | 2005-09-30 6:46:25 PM


"2. Any society of any value MUST take care of those who cannot take care of themselves."

Then we must abolish medicare immediately. The current system takes care of nobody very well, except a whole lotta bureaucrats and unionists. And there are probably lot fewer people who "can't take care of themselves" than you think. Don't mistake being impoverished by taxes, inflation and government-caused unemployment for helplessness.

"3. A Senate that has power to control a runaway government is starting to look a bit like the American system."

I don't see a senate controlling a runaway government in the USA. I see a senate, a house, and a president in a flat-out race towards the edge of a cliff of debt and nanny statism, with heavy notes of police statism and military government being sounded. Upper houses are supposed to be bastions of conservatism through which property owners can prevent the seizure and redistribution of private property by the mob. Ever since it has been popularly elected, the senate in the USA has become just another tool of the mob; the senate in Canada is an irrelevant but lucrative dumping ground for worn-out political hacks. Contemptible, but far less harmful than an elected senate.

"4. How can we drop subsidies and tarifs when our trading partners have them. I'm not supporting subsidies and tarifs. I'm just asking the question."

Subsidies and tariffs impoverish your own people, because it denies them the benefit of other people's foolishness in subsidizing their industry. And in any case, it's impossible to tell which governments are subsidizing their industries, and which countries are simply more inventive, more specialized, or just plain lucky in the goods they can produce. I think Bastiat's "Petition of the Candlemakers" deals with this issue comprehensively. http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basSoph3.html

Posted by: Justzumgai | 2005-09-30 8:23:29 PM


Never let the main stream media define your politics, culture or patriotism for your...that is what has taken Canada to the brink.

The People I met in the CPC defy neat little compartmentalization by gum flapping talking heads in the MSM.

All we know for sure is that the CPC is the extention of a movement to democratic reform and open government that started in western conservatism...the rest will be history....don't try to over analyse a good thing.

Posted by: WLMackenzie redux | 2005-09-30 9:03:11 PM


Fixing conservatism is a relatively easy thing to do ,if we merely follow the correct examples:

http://platostepchild.typepad.com/platos_stepchild/2005/09/dont_fund_colle.html

Posted by: Plato's Stepchild | 2005-09-30 9:39:34 PM


I agree with your original essay, Michael, moreover, thank you for saying it so well.

I don't think the solution to Canada's problems is either Liberal or Conservative mob behaviour. We need to guard our accomplishments as a species over the last 10,000 years against the never-ending onslaught of the parasites.

I was delighted to see George Jonas get this right in his essay in the National Post on Friday morning, where he wrote...

"From my perspective - the perspective of a classical liberal, often and erroneously described as conservative - the Liberal and Conservative parties in this country have one thing in common. They've both stopped offering the basic fare of liberalism or conservatism.

"Instead, they bring to the nation's table half-baked dishes of corporate statism, regulatory collectivism, economic interventionism, environmental despotism. cultural egalitarianism, and selective sexual libertinism, often served up in some 60s-style quasi-Marxist sauce."

Posted by: Tony | 2005-09-30 11:13:11 PM


* Some comments: The King James Bible is the greatest work in all of literture. The Bible is a library of 66 authorative books and letters. It must be understood at whole and in context.Fact the Bible contains-history,prophecy,poetry,good philosophy and real Spirituality.[So drop the bible thumping nonsense-YOU just don't understand the Bible]./ Monarchy-GG and LG's can remove a wacky PM and wacky Premire if the cabinet MP's or MLA's request. Also the GG and LG's can resist giving Royal Assent to a bad Bill if the majority of Canadian citizens request strongly and publicly to the GG and LG's. Also GG and LG's sometimes give effective speaches. Plus the Queen upon Royal tours to Canada brings tourists and tourists money to towns and city's plus world wide ads for these area's she visits. AND the Monarchy is historical also traditionally connected with Canada. England without their be NO Canada, England is Canada's mother country. Note: The marriage institution, churches been performing marriage's before governments became involved with marriage. Hey Canada's first PM-John A Macdonald was British, Christian and a conservative.**

Posted by: Larry | 2005-09-30 11:56:54 PM


The bible may or may not be greatest work of literature, Larry, (I liked it) but who said literature is everything?

What about the dictionary and the atlas, and the works of Plato, Aristotle, Euclid, Archimedes, Vitruvius, da Vinci, Copernicus, Descartes, Galilei, Newton, Laviosier, Franklin, Gray, Darwin, Maxwell, Mendeleyev, Pasteur, Planck, Einstein, Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Gödel, Turing, Church, von Mises, Hayek, von Neumann, Shannon, Watson & Crick, Cerf & Kahn, Madelbrot, Berners-Lee, and Julia Child?

And what about John Stuart Mill's "On Liberty", the Magna Carta, and the US consititution?

That's the 10,000 years I'm talkin' about.

Posted by: Tony | 2005-10-01 12:25:50 AM


By the way, did you know that when James Clerk Maxwell was told on his arrival at Cambridge University that there would be a compulsory 6 a.m. church service, he said, "Aye, I suppose I could stay up that late."

Richard Feynman said that "From a long view of the history of mankind - seen from, say, ten thousand years from now - there can be little doubt that the most significant event of the 19th century will be judged as Maxwell's discovery of the laws of electrodynamics. The American Civil War will pale into provincial insignificance in comparison with this important scientific event of the same decade."

Carl Sagan (yeah, yeah) said that "Maxwell's Equations have had a greater impact on human history than any ten presidents."

The three greatest factors, in order of importance, in the progress of liberation and freedom for all humans are: electricity, the cash economy, and medical technology. Mr. Maxwell stands at the center of the first step.

So, the bible is clearly an important work, but by it alone did not we get this far.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Clerk_Maxwell

Posted by: Tony | 2005-10-01 1:03:48 AM


Yes Tony, and if you look at the bottom of your provided link, you'll also find this among Maxwell's quotes:

"... I have the capacity of being more wicked than any example that man could set me, and ... if I escape, it is only by God's grace helping me to get rid of myself, partially in science, more completely in society, —but not perfectly except by committing myself to God ..."

So essentially, electricity - what you say was is the most essential factor in bringing human liberty about - was brought to you by a hardcore, bible thumping Calvinist (I'm guessing on this last point).

Posted by: JH | 2005-10-01 9:08:08 AM


Liberal left socialism's natural end: Terror, rivers of blood, death>>>>>>>>> nihilism/nothingness.>>>>>>

Daily Kos: "We Need ... Rivers of Blood"

Despondent over the “progressive” movement’s lack of progress, and angry that the rest of America doesn’t agree with him, a Kos Kid advocates terrorism and murder: Daily Kos: Goodbye Cruel World. (Hat tip: Bareknucklepolitics.com.)

It’s become more and more apparent to me over the past five years that all the activism and non-violent protesting in the world will do precisely squat. When you’re dealing with evil people who have no shame, the old rules of the game don’t and, indeed, can’t apply if you have any hope for success. Hundreds of thousands of people have marched, millions of letters have been written, tens of millions of votes cast, and hundreds of trillions of electrons expended pontificating on blogs...for nothing. Nothing has changed. Nothing will change. Not unless it comes in the form of something akin to the French Revolution.

We need terror. We need horror. We need the streets running awash in rivers of blood of these thugs and criminals and zealots. Activism didn’t prevent 60,000 deaths in Vietnam. All the activism of the Civil Rights era has gotten African Americans precisely nowhere. Segregation may not be the law of the land anymore, but it’s still the de facto state of America.

When y’all want to start throwing molotovs and sniping from windows come and talk to me. Until then, I will be content to retire, be a hermit, and laugh at everyone. Even then, I may still just feel like laughing as the world falls apart around me, but at least I’ll be willing to listen.

My mental state is collapsing and deteriorating almost daily. It’s so consistent you could practically graph it. My life is falling apart at an equally alarming rate, and yet I feel like doing nothing to salvage it. I feel like I’m standing at the bottom of one of the WTC towers, watching it come down on me, floor by floor, knowing I’ll be blown to atoms, yet unable to move.>>>>>>> more LGF

Posted by: maz2 | 2005-10-01 10:07:46 AM


"God bless you Michael."
Mark Collins

The name Michael is ancient Hebrew and asks the question, 'Who is like God'?.

Nice sentiment from an atheist Mark.

Posted by: Speller | 2005-10-01 10:17:38 AM


Thank-you for stating so well what all the people in this corrupt nanny nation should be thinking and saying Michael. We are in danger of loosing everything the pioneers of this nation dreamed of - Freedom from government oppression. Government oppression comes in many forms and the multi headed monster has been extending it's tenticles into every cell of our brief lives on this planet. Citizens of Canada have been convinced that with 'Nanny Canada' pulling the strings, nobody is going to die unless they dare to smoke cigarettes!! Make life as boring and as uneventful as possible and you will live forever. Never display outrage or anger, don't have any passion, take your government 'dope', perscribed by the 'nanny', keep you head down and your yap shut. Don't question the omnipresent state, don't think and pay your taxes with the same servitude as you breath. Dull! Dull! Dull! That is Canada! In Alta there are still a few free enterprisers but Rottowa has visions of squeezing them out. We all need to clean the slate, at once, by saying we are sorry for being so gullable and selling out the people that built this nation with courage and conviction - then re-educate ourselves about the things in life that make it worth living. The Lord gave us all a brain and He intended for us to USE it - The Lord is NOT a 'nanny stater'promoter, that is why Commie/socialist type people have a problem with the Bible. The Bible teaches charity, the commie outfit preaches blind obedience - the two look the same on first glance but they are RADICALLY different as the latter is passive and the former is active.

Posted by: jema54 | 2005-10-01 10:24:46 AM


Canadian Conservative politics is not hampered by anything but the confusion of the message.

Over the past ten years, the old PC Party went from government to distruction. The Reform Party went from nothing to official opposition to distruction, as first the CA and then Conservative Party have formed.

Most conservatives spin between libertarian ideals on the role of government, mixed in with a desire, on social issues to control the lives of people.

Those two ideals do not work well, and that perhaps more than the personalities in leadership roles have allowed corrupt Liberal governments to maintain power.

Until conservatives decide that you can not have a little libertarianism mixed with the "hard right of church conservativism" it is likely that we will continue to see the Conservative Party fail to gain power.

That is sad, because by the time that a government is formed by a Conservative minded party in Canada, it is possible that it will be too late.

Recovery from the socialist Liberals will take a long time, and the longer it takes to start, the harder the task will be.

James

Posted by: James Murray | 2005-10-01 12:24:14 PM


I concur, JH, with Maxwell's conjecture to the effect that "I have the capacity of being more wicked than any example that man could set me, and ... if I escape, it is only by God's grace helping me to get rid of myself, partially in science, more completely in society, — but not perfectly except by committing myself to God."

For some value of the God variable, of course.

Posted by: Tony | 2005-10-01 12:25:14 PM


Thank God it is not too late in Western Canada, James Murray. There is a time line for the Conservatives and Stephen Harper to have their kick at the proverbial Canada cat. The time is the next election - Canada, as you know it, hinges on this election adscam Martin MUST call; then we will see how the Conservatives behave - we have the money and the will to clear out - it is a choice for Eastern Canada again but it is not like they are behind the que ball, the West is setting the terms.

Posted by: jema54 | 2005-10-01 1:37:01 PM


Having watched Canadian politics for a long while, I have heard about western separation.

The failure so far is simply that there is not as far as I have seen, any credible alternative.

If years ago the NEP didn't create a movement to leave, then it is doubtful anything will.

There is always lots of anger, just not leaders.

Or am I wrong?

James Murray

Posted by: James Murray | 2005-10-01 6:28:00 PM


These are truly unmentionable times is Diaboch is hanging up the skates.

Posted by: underemployed buddha | 2005-10-01 6:42:55 PM


James Murray, Preston Manning was a lightning rod who lead Alberta Nationalists on a lemming march to nowhere as a Pied Piper playing the tune'The West Wants In'.

Manning's message emphasized Quebec as the bad guys and Ontario as merely uninformed folks who would do the right thing when they found out the truth.

After 4 federal elections and 20+ wasted years it is obvious to this Albertan that Ontario is the Bad Guys who haven't good faith, aren't interested in accountable government or democratic reform, and like the status quo just fine.

Alberta will get it's Rene Leveque and we won't sit around in parlours chatting about secession, we'll do it.

Posted by: Speller | 2005-10-01 8:12:36 PM


In response to Michael Dabioch. Coservatism is not dead in this country and will never die. It is, currently not being taught in our schools or universities and it is being rediculed and condemned in the media on a daily basis. Even the history book are currently being written by Liberals and funded by the Canada Council painting Liberalism in a positive light while blaming all bad on the right. That being said there are people like you and me, Michael, all over this country, more so in the west, that know the truth and speak it every day. Myself, great friends of mine and many others fight socialism every day with all we those we talk to and confide in others who support its truth. There are two ways a population can move a society with their vote. They can continue to be a patriotic society or they can move toward a society that doesn't require patriotism but instead simply demand that all conform. In a patriot society a patriot has "LOVE" for country and whether that LOVE is for an individual or of a country it is based on the two basic principles of "trust" and "respect". In either case the love must be mutual. A patriot nation uses its judiciary to punish only those who are deserving and leaves the rest of the nation to enjoy there lives. A socialist nation chooses to punish all for the actions of one or a few by constantly implementing new laws and rules to restrict and demand conformity from all. In doing so these socialists prove themselves of seeing no need for patriotism (they are actually affended by it) and in doing so loose the trust and respect of the people for the nation. The damage that is being caused by this type of political governance is clearly evident in other nations but it is not yet been exposed here in Canada. We feel it, we just have not shown it in mass "yet". However the day will come that the masses will realize what this government has done and will respond in time. What seems, today, like perpetual helplessness will, tomorrow breed constructive decent. This Liberal society is a temperary problem and the solution will be brought forth by the people over time. No conservatism is not dead and if you have read this with the same passion that I wrote it you know in your heart that it is true.

Posted by: Dwayne Hill | 2005-10-01 10:04:24 PM


Conservatism is not dead in this country. I see Preston Manning doing the right thing (no pun intended) by setting up that new think tank of his. It took conservatism 20 years to build itself into a force in the US, and it will take 20 years here as well. We're already about 5 years in as far as I can tell. A united Conservative Party, and several established conservative think tanks across the country. i.e. Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, Fraser Institute, Frontier Institute, National Citizen's Coalition. And of course, we have Western Standard, an actual conservative news magazine. Things are looking up. We need to be more active on university campuses and constantly find new ways of reaching people. But it can be done.

Posted by: Raging Ranter | 2005-10-02 1:14:50 AM


Dwayne Hill says: "No conservatism is not dead and if you have read this with the same passion that I wrote it you know in your heart that it is true."
Because I share such passion for the human race as a whole and that Canada is where a real opportunity for deep renewal, I offer these 2 songs and a poem, writen from my experience of leaving Quebec at 20 years old in 1978 and of having been "forged" politicaly by learning to adapt to English fluency and currency in Alberta...

INVISIBLE GOLD RUSH
OF BEING
ALBERTAN

2005 is the year when
I turn one hundred years old!
One century spent to define
the life within brand new borders,
where borders had never existed before,
but where nations had flourished for thousands of years,
and in 1905 the time had arrived
for the Empire to stretch to the west
in hope for improvement.

When I was named as a Canadian province,
John Campbell wrote to his wife:
“In token of the love which thou has shown for this wide land of freedom,
I have named a province vast
and for its beauty famed by thy dear name. “
Thus was I introduced to the nations,
with a name of the 4th daughter of Queen Victoria

Alberta is my name,
t’was inspired with honour
from a man’s love for his wife,
known to be strong, artistic with exquisite taste!
That couple was forward-looking people.
They were concerned for the less fortunate.
The name they gave me placed me well
to avoid the Eastern mistakes of the Empire.

I’ve now been led past the threshold,
at the top of the material world.
Not long before my centennial,
the Empire was dragged into terror.
And so if I am to celebrate
It must be from a wise vision of humility
and of service for mankind.
There’s just no time to pretend that all is well the way it is.

Let the ones who are and who will be me
into Life’s sacred fire, the invisible gold rush….
Thus, entering the celebration that never ends,
the celebration in the Spirit of Life,
oh nobly bright and illustrious,
radiant of the Spirit of justice, peace and joy…

And so from Emily Murphy to Betty Hewes
to Jan Arden to Lois Hole
from Grant MacEwan to Ian Tyson
from the Mannix and Manning families…
We can see through my past century
enough potency of meaning for anyone
to catch on fire in the Faith and
Hope that settles our humanity
Into the simplicity…..

Of the majesty we are all created to be
living in,
the majesty of the Eternal,
who‘s love secures my destiny
in the meaning of my name:
“Nobly bright and illustrious”…is what Alberta means…
Such Albertan I grow to be
by the Spirit of wisdom and love,
as I care for the less fortunate…

Benoit Couture
© Subsense Publishing and Promotion

CALL to CANADA

Could we reach the agreement that it’s the whole world who is in need to see a place like Canada
to show that free will can be a good thing.

In 1945 we were invited to join a deal.
Most of the nations had great hope to bring peace among humans.

After sixty years, great challenges are facing us. The deal has not provided what we forgot to look after.

We just cannot go on, building wealth for me, myself and I,
while our loving for each other remains hidden behind divisions.

We’ve got to grow from that bottom line that has been in use and bring about that sense of belonging,
bonded beyond the business fences.

Maybe we haven’t understood that prosperity only comes to us from who we are together and not from what we do to each other.

We have all it takes to become heaven on earth;
we have been blessed with wealth, now let’s lead wealth to prosperity.

Believe it or not, it is the whole world who is in need to see a place like Canada to show that the Renewing Covenant is unity for the human race…
Benoit Couture © Subsense Publishing and Promotion


I wrote this a couple years ago, the day after the one time I had the privilege of shaking hand with Mr. Harper, at a summer bbq rally, when Alliance was still the name.

…AFTER THE FIRE…
… and now, after the fire, rising as one, well stocked up of greyed in maturity,
here we are, ready to carry on with the journey. The fire we’ve been through
must be free to go on burning, to insure that whatever is “grillable” in the controls of the Canadian citizenship, does get wholly consumed into integrity.
We now know from the core of who we are that, after being touched by such heat,
what is then left to go on with, is the feed of the Lead indeed!
How beautiful and inspiring is the emerging scenery!
The reforming Fire of the Alliance has now brought forward an itinerary
in the very name of one who’s life journey is a search to provide our citizenship
with the continuity to side along, for the maturing of the just society.
In the name and personality of the current leader, Canadians are offered one
who is equipped to both, instill the harpoon of destiny with accuracy and virility into a realistic future, as well as to arouse the intimate comfort that emanates
from the warmth of caring and from the dexterity of confidence; intimate comfort as from the delicate golden sound ringing out of a well played harp amongst the family; this confident family who is now wisely enriched with the dexterity
acquired in the reforming Fire of the Alliance.
Indeed, after the Fire, the Allied Family is in position to metamorphose
the established deceit of a better future, by facilitating the opportunity offered by the eternal present, here and now.
Such lead brings up Canadians to answer humanity’s need of the alternative… after 9,11!
The path ahead for the Alliance is to go on being forged and being led on
by the Fire of Communion, so as to cultivate the life of Canada’s destiny,
in the maturing momentum of justice, peace and joy, within each and among us…
(c)Subsense Publishing and Promotion


For the sake of deep Canadian reconciliation, I suggest that "Western Standard, the new West" becomes: "Western Standard, the renewing West."
The renewal I speak of comes with the same personal note that we, Canadians, liberaly live from, when balanced with conservative determination and carried out in the drive of (re)New(ing) democratic celebration(party)...In other words, time is here to go from competing to completing at the individual and communal level, so that we may get from political power struggle to voter's power handle on the recovery road from self-destruction to self-control to community self-government...
If you'd like more passion yet, click on my name to view a letter I wrote to her majesty, queen ElisabethII, when she came for Alberta's centennial...with love and prayer...Benoit

Posted by: Benoit Couture | 2005-10-03 5:15:11 AM


Dwayne Hill, what province do you live in? "This Liberal society is a temporary problem....."? You don't say. I suppose you don't know the Liberals have 'temporarily' ruled Canaduh for 95+% of the 138 years Canaduh has existed. Do you suppose that Ontarians are simply uninformed?

With chain immigration targets of 300,000 per annum the Liberals are transplanting entire foreign TRIBAL townships intact, English as a second language courses on the lower BC mainland reporting over 50% of the enrolled were BORN in Canada, and you blither about PATRIOTISM?

Multiculturalism and patriotism don't mix.

A traditional 'conservative' political position is what? Answer, anti-immigration.

As to the life expectancy of Conservatism, it died a long time ago when it was mixed with a poison called Progressivism. Progressive Conservatism, truly an oxymoron.

After Mr. Harper swore to honor the $23 billion in frenzied spending Mr. Martin promised in May, I don't believe he has much wiggle room for a 'conservative' platform.

Old political labels like liberal/conservative are obsolete.

Posted by: Speller | 2005-10-03 8:07:20 AM


Speller, your numbers are off: 5% of 138 years is 7 years. Mulroney was in office longer than that. I guess he was not conservative enough for you. What about the rest? Are you saying that John A was not conservative? What about Abbott, Thompson, Bowell, Tupper, Borden, Meighen, Bennett, Diefenbaker, Clark, Campbell. Granted Tupper, Clark, Campbell and some others did not last long. I am left wondering which ones you included in your calculations, or from where exactly you pulled your numbers.

We don't need labels. The thing we need is a vision. A place to go. A goal to work toward. Something to get the voters jazzed. Something to capture the imagination. No one is giving me that when they are just bickering about health care wait times. Perhaps a nice vision like less government, less national debt, and less corruption is just so far out of reach that it seems unreachable. I trust the liberals -- to lie. To react instead of lead. Many are like me in this. I am disillusioned with the government. Majority does not rule, so how can we be called a democracy? People need something to rile them up enough to overcome any voter apathy that is purported to exist. We have to make Canadians care about our country again.

Like drivers getting into accidents due to distractions, society, which is suffering from information overload, is forced to prioritize. Something has to give. Something must take a back seat to the normal rigors of raising a family. Other things are always more important like soccer practice, getting to work on time, and, in a few places, worrying about kids taking guns to school or getting shot walking down the street. Any political message is getting filtered out. It does not make the cut. The rest of life is too important. Too bad they don't care to see that if they got involved, then perhaps, taxes could eventually be lowered, so a stay at home parent could be a feasible alternative. That would have a great affect on our society.

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