Harper’s legacy reflects poorly on country

Where in Harper’s Dream World has Gerald Hall (View Point letter, Jan. 26, Observer) been sleeping for the past 5 years?

Where in Harper’s Dream World has Gerald Hall (View Point letter, Jan. 26, Observer) been sleeping for the past 5 years?

The Harper “Big Government” inherited a $13 billion surplus from the Liberals in 2006 and have managed to mismanage it into a $56 billion deficit by 2011. Is this Mr. Hall’s idea of a “stable” fiscal policy. And the Tories are planning to spend another $39 billion on jet aircraft which Canada does not require to defend its borders or for any other defensive/offensive reason. That money would also come from lower-income Canadian families since Mr. Flaherty and the Conservatives intend to cut corporate taxes yet further.

There are other ways to keep up with the neighbours.

Big government gets even bigger. The civil service (is that not an oxymoron?) has continued to bulge notwithstanding a promise to provide smaller government, and Harper’s iron-fisted approach to running his empire beggars no stepping out of line. But, oh, can’t he play the piano? Shucks!

Canada’s latest UN fiasco is an embarrassment. Harper’s army of hangers-on has also turned its back on the Kyoto Accord, (Don’t want to step on any Albertan toes now do we?) left Medicare and the provinces hang out to dry, ignored the Kelowna initiative on native rights and allowed childcare to fend for itself. The religious right has aligned itself with the Harper Conservatives, which has effectively removed Canada from having any positive influence in the Middle East. Oh yes, and he got a big lip on and prorogued parliament. No wonder he took the Progressive out of the Progressive Conservative Party.

If Mr. Harper were to leave office tomorrow his legacy wouldn’t amount to a goose bump on the right arm of Sir John A. The only memorable characteristics of Harper’s five-year tenure on Sussex Drive, are his reluctance to look anyone in the eye and his ability to spread deception and suspicion wherever he dares to go. This nation deserves better.

Ed Murdoch

Salmon Arm Observer

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