Posts Tagged ‘Stephen Harper’


Being a Hero Does Not Make You a Leader

October 8, 2008

I watched some of the Presidential debate last night and I must say, I would take Stephen Harper over John McCain anyday.

The way McCain was scrambling to answer questions and develop policy on the spot was hard to watch. His appeal to the audience to support him by using motherhood and apple pie types of statements was  embarrassing. He was grovelling and making promises he knows he couldn’t keep.

When asked what priorities he would do first he tried to please everybody by saying he would do them all at once. His rationale was that he saw no reason why they couldn’t be done at the same time “because this is America, and we are Americans and this is what we do” What a joke.

I admire John McCains military history and give him credit for being a hero and all, but it is very evident that that is not enough to be President in today’s world. The public has become way more sophisticated and McCain has not kept up. Recruiting Sara Palin as a running mate is another sign that he is out of touch.

People don’t care about looks and what you have done in the past. They are looking for substance, leadership and performance. I see John McCain as another 4 years of George Bush type of government and we all know where that got us.


They Screwed Up Our Future. Who Are They?

October 7, 2008

I heard part of a speech Liberal Party leader Stephane Dion was making in British Columbia today and it scared me. 

Chretien and Martin

Chretien and Martin

He was being critical of Prime Minister Stephen Harper for not having an economic plan, unlike the Liberals who would offer more of the budget control heroics of former Prime Ministers Paul Martin and Jean Chretien. That is when I got antsy and stopped listening.

Chretien and Martin did a great job of balancing the budget and keeping taxes down however, it was at a great cost to the country. Why don’t we have enough doctors and nurses today? Thank these two true “politicians” for their great leadership in the 90’s when they cut back on the funding for educating doctors and nurses which has created the shortage today.

Why is the country’s infrastructure (roads, bridges etc.) in such sad shape and in need of billions of dollars of upgrades? Thank the dynamic duo again for using gas tax revenues to balance the budget rather than building and maintaining roads. Oh, and what about Walkerton and the water contamination that led to the deaths of 7 people? I guess cutting the public health department budgets which resulted in the Ontario provincial government reducing the amount of health inspectors and/or privatizing inspections was not a great tax saving idea.

One could go on and on about how Chretien and Martin sold out our future for the selfish purposes of being re-elected, term after term. However, it is more important to focus on the here and now to ensure that whoever gets elected, we do not repeat history and make this sorry mistake again.