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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tories and Incrementalism

In case anybody missed it, I had a column yesterday in the National Post.

It's my post-election advice to the Conservative government: Drop the incremental stuff and start acting like real conservatives.

Posted by Gerry Nicholls on October 22, 2008 | Permalink

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I read the column and found it spot on. Harper has at the most 12 months to do whatever he intends to do and after that it is game up. His first year will be a clear indication of any truly conservative values he retains or lack of. We shall see.

Posted by: Alain | 2008-10-22 7:28:03 PM


I don't know why the Liberals are looking for a new leader. Why don't they just join forces with the Harper liberals. Then we could have one big Liberal family.

Posted by: Stephen J. Gray | 2008-10-22 8:05:30 PM


Great column, though I doubt your advice will be heeded.

Posted by: Craig | 2008-10-22 8:17:45 PM


I couldn't agree more. This election wasn't an increase in support for Stephen Harper and the CPC, it was a bleeding of support from Stephane Dion's Liberals.

Next time Canadians go to the polls, Harper's going to have to have something to show for his time in power if he wants to match up against the shiny new Liberal leader, who can't possibly be as disastrous as Stephane Dion.

That said, I suspect the economic situation will be used as an excuse to hold off yet again. A tax cut could deepen any deficit we're looking at in the year it was implemented (or create one) even if it would almost certainly lead to higher government revenues in the future when it spurred growth.

Posted by: Janet | 2008-10-22 8:19:21 PM


"A tax cut could deepen any deficit we're looking at in the year it was implemented (or create one) even if it would almost certainly lead to higher government revenues in the future when it spurred growth."

Please no. If taxes are to be cut, then so should spending. I do not grant the government to moral right to borrow against my future.

If the government is unwilling to cut spending, taxes should not be cut. If the government wants to cut taxes, then spending must be cut.

That being said, i think spending should be cut :)


Posted by: Mike Brock | 2008-10-22 8:49:53 PM


Right. As a first act of doing this, see the Calgary Sun Oct 22.

The feds apparently dropped an appeal last Friday in the matter of one Jackie Tran - a well known Calgary gangster who apparently has been linked to some 8 murders, has a weapons/drug conviction, and sjubject of a deportation order in 2004.

This guy was picked up by the Calgary police after skipping out on who knows how many Immigration hearings. He has been in custody since Jan/08 but with the dropping of the appeal, he was once again released by Immigration Officials. Released with strict conditions - wow, the threat of it all.

He is supposed to appear in a week for yet another appeal in front of a provincial court judge. Right. He is likely to appear.

Along with the HRCs, the quasi-judicial Immigration Refugee Board must also be disbanded.
Totally pathetic.

Posted by: Calgary Clippper | 2008-10-22 9:42:52 PM



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