Category Archives: Conservative

Death of the Senate

It is a scary thought when you think that we might possibly have a severely weakened senate with the combined Tory and NDP effort, considering that they make up more than 2/3 of the house of commons meaning that they can actually make these changes.

The senate or the upper house in most countries including Canada is generally thought of as a sombre and thoughtful chamber. It does not create the knee jerk reactions a single chamber (House of Commons) would create considering all the members are elected and are subject to the knee jerk reactions of the electorate.

The same idea would go for the Tories who want the provinces to elect the senators for a maximum term limit of 9 years. It is true that the senate will not be subject to a whole lot of knee jerk reactions from the public but they will not be shielded completely from it as well.

My worry with these changes would be the possibility of having a change from a very right wing government to a very left wing government or vice versa in a matter of 6 months from when a new government is elected. There would be a lack of balance and that is something which is not good for the markets.

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Attacking the CWB

The Tories through their agricultural ministry have been trying to bring down the Canada Wheat Board’s monopoly by wanting to introduce options for farmers to market their grain. Most farmers support the CWB in the range of 75% to 85%.

I happened to be listening to the call in show BlueSky on CBC yesterday and one caller commented saying that 15% of the farmers who did not support the CWB did not understand that a substantial amount of their earnings was as a result of the monopoly and that if a dual mode of marketing was allowed the grain prices will be adversely affected. There are other factors in grain pricing as well but I shall not discuss that in this article.

My question would be. Why would we need freedom of choice on basic necessities? I don’t mind having a variety if food, colours and of music. But why would I need a choice in who provides my water, heat, roads, auto insurance, power and garbage collection? There are enough choices that we have to make through the course of a year. Why do we have to make more? That would be a similar argument that I would make for the CWB.

Harperism vs Mahathirism

I have a feeling that the future of Canada is under threat to a certain degree. The only good thing that I see out of this is the fact that the Tories do not have a 2/3 majority like the one Barisan Nasional had in the 1980’s. The other good thing that we have in this country would be relatively independent provincial and municipal governments which can also hold the federal government to account.

The similar narratives of the fighter jet purchase and the Klang valley MRT where both were not open to tender worry me as well.

Reckless Coalition

The leadership in the Conservative Party is warning us about a reckless coalition which would comprise of the Liberals, Bloc and the NDP.  Is the leadership of that party telling us that a majority of the voters who tend to lean towards the left are reckless?

We will vote for who we want to vote for. The Tories have the right to voice their opinions on the future of this country and on the ideas the other parties have on policy issues but to tell us who to vote for (even if it maybe indirect) would be a totally different ball game.

 

Unity Governments

Is it time to have a Unity Government in Canada? We have many parties unwilling to work with one another when it comes to the elites in these parties. Petitions and reports from committee meetings seem to have no effect on the national conscience or more importantly in the House of Commons.

We have elected  minority Conservative governments in 2006, 2008 and similar results are expected in this election as well. These governments fell due to the reason that the parties were not able to work together. As a result we are spending an average of about $150,000,000 an election including party ads and ballots every 2 years.

Politics in a Federal type democracy is about give and take. If the tories don’t get their way the government falls just because they are not willing to compromise with the NDP, Liberals and the Bloc. (The government can only fall on a “No Confidence” motion which would include budgets)

The Liberals and the Tories should be able to form a grand coalition to include ideas from both the right and the left and that kind of a coalition would be helpful in the building of our country in both the literal and figurative sense.

This idea of a unity government has existed, before confederation in 1867, and was called the Great Coalition.  Let us give that another try and we might get somewhere.