Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Stephen Harper's Exit Strategy

Is Prime Minister Stephen Harper planning his exit strategy?  His focus on the world stage as opposed to domestic issues is an indicator he may be writing the last chapter of his political career.  Former Prime Ministers followed a similar path before their departure from politics.

Government’s usually defeat themselves eventually.  It can be argued the Harper Government has provided voters with enough reasons to seriously ponder a change at the next federal election.

I believe Stephen Harper has achieved all he believed possible and another term in office is not likely to make him look any better.  He is ramping up for a rare balanced budget and fiscal promises near impossible to meet as the next election nears.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made his mark on Canadian politics.  It is a hectic life and Canadian voters will appreciate his departure.  Stephen Harper knows it is better to leave politics on his terms than those of the voters.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Conflict in Ukraine

I have no less than 40 emails from the Office of the Prime Minister addressing the matter of the conflict in the Ukraine by apparent Russian backed rebels.  The Prime Minister and Minister John Baird are the primary spokespersons on behalf of Canada.  It began with Crimea and has escalated to the horrific downing of a commercial aircraft.

Over the last 5 months our government has only announced another round of expanded sanctions and sent some fighter jets to the region in anticipation of a supposed expansion of the conflict to those countries surrounding and near Ukraine.  What evidence is there the sanctions are having any effect and what measurable effect have out fighter jets had in the region?

Canada sent 6 jets around the middle of April and Canada has sent about 75 military personnel to join an international alliance.  Our military will join the American core of support.  I don’t know who will command our jets.

My point is that the Office of the Prime Minister on behalf of Canada has achieved little to resolve the issue in Ukraine, but it sounds good for Ukrainians around the world and we are cooperating with the similarly weak efforts of our international allies.

Putin needs a good slap by completely isolating him from the rest of the world until the people of Russia realize his personal power trip is at the complete expense of all the people of the Russian Federation.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Jason Kenney - Doing it Right

It has long been argued that governments are never defeated, but rather defeat themselves.  The Harper Government is moving forward with reckless abandon to position themselves for that inevitability.

There are 100 good reasons for Canadian voters not to support the Harper Government at the next election.  It takes a 100 reasons to get elected and only one reason to get defeated.  The dictatorial Harper Government may be well positioned to be defeated at the next election.

They may have only one savior and I believe that is Jason Kenney.  Minister Kenney is a problem solver who consults with all stakeholders before making a decision.  He is then fearless when it comes to respectfully defending his decision openly with the media and Canadian voters.

If Prime Minister Stephen Harper were to be replaced by Jason Kenney the conservative’s inevitable destiny of defeat may not be immediate.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Heavy Hand of Party Brass

A recent poll indicated Canadian voters are opposed to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau's conditions for his candidates to be pro choice. The poll was 70% against Justin and 30% in favour regarding this matter. I understand the question was “Does Justin Trudeau have the right to impose this condition?”

Regardless of how you feel about the issue the Liberal Leader has the right to impose this condition. Many will recall that former Premier Grant Devine was denied the right to run for the nomination as a federal Conservative candidate by the Harper conservatives. He ended up running as an independent and lost. Many will also recall Grant Schmidt, a former cabinet minister in the Grant Devine Government, ran and won the nomination against a sitting SaskParty MLA. The Brad Wall SaskParty overturned the democratic process and denied Grant Schmidt as a democratically nominated candidate in favour of Bob Bejornerud, who went on to reclaim his constituency at the next provincial election.

It is apparent the leadership of political parties have the right to do whatever suits them when it comes to selecting whom they want to run for them in any upcoming election. The people in local constituency associations should decide whom they want representing them free of conditions imposed by the heavy hand of party brass.