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Extreme “Stop Harper” Ideas A Bit Silly

May 15, 2008

When one wants to get rid of a mouse, one uses a mousetrap, not an atomic bomb. Sure, the a-bomb will kill the mouse, but it will also kill you.

I tend to find the more extreme elements of the “Stop Harper at ANY Cost” campaign to be similar to using an a-bomb to kill a mouse. Examples of this would be Buzz Hargrove’s “vote for the Bloc over the Conservatives” and Elizabeth May’s “super-electoral-coalition-of-all-parties-except-the-Conservatives”.

First of all, both Hargrove’s and May’s extreme “Stop Harper” ideas assume that the Liberals, Bloc, NDP, and Greens are, for the most part, similar enough in their goals to work together.  This assumption is wrong!  There is a reason why each political party exists as a separate political party and not a wing/caucus of the Liberal Party: it is because each party holds different beliefs in regards to how to approach the problems facing our country.

I rather suspect that most Canadians will vote along federalist-separatist lines before left-right ones, and would vote against an electoral coalition that included the Bloc. I certainly would.

Second of all, the extreme “Stop Harper” ideas, especially Elizabeth May’s (I’ll leave Hargrove out here), play on the “Hidden Agenda” meme. The thing is that the “Hidden Agenda” failed to work in 2006, and with Harper being in power for around two years: a) without the world blowing up; and b) with many people thinking they govern similar to the Liberals, I suspect that it won’t work again.

Maybe if instead of trying to thinking up new and crazy ways to rig the electoral system, maybe  one should campaigning for one’s political party instead.

  1. May 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    I agree: it is all a bit silly. However, I would disagree that Canadians would vote against a coalition that included the Bloc. In Spain, for example, the ruling coalition of socialists -governed by the PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) works fairly comfortably alongside the Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, a left-wing Catalonian nationalist party. It is possible.

    I think the lines are more important when it comes to economic policy: the liberals and greens believe wall street to be able to deliver sound leadership; whereas the NDP does not. I would spoil my ballot before voting grit alone, but would vote, perhaps, in favour of a bloc-NDP coalition. (this latter point, I believe, is moot; because the NDP is slowly dominating the leftist agenda in Quebec. Hooray!)

  2. May 25, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Stop Harper is a good fundraiser just Like Stop the Liberals too.. and that is why they continue to use it.. greedy for the money so they can live some more high on the hog..

    Now the Liberals should use Stop the Conservatives too and raise themoney they clearly in debt do need too


  3. Harper rules
    June 29, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Just a another lame left wing tactic, from uneducated, gullible markists who believe there is a ‘vast right wing conspiracy’.. I wish there was a vast right wing conspiracy.

    When Harper got in, I said at the time we will have him in power for at least 3 years. I’m now starting to think it will be 8 to 10. He’s the best Prime Minister this country has had in decades. He may yet undo the damage Trudeau and the Liberals have done.

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