- July 11, 2011 - 16:52
Actually, Dave - Harper has been trying to reform the Senate since he was first elected, and he will probably succeed now that he has a parliamentary majority. And yes, Harper DID remove non-renewable resource revenues from the Equalization formula, but also made other changes that King Danny didn't care for. Harper did not promise not to call an election in 2008, and the federal court has ruled that doing so did not violate the fixed-date election law. You have me on the income trust issue, but Harper himself has admitted he changed his mind on that one. As for Goose Bay, let's see what happens now that the regional minister for NL is from Labrador.
- July 09, 2011 - 23:31
Mr. Johansen, although your blind partisan hatred of the federal Conservatives may not let you admit it, the Harper government has largely kept its campaign promises: Harper cut the GST from 7% to 5%, rebuilt Canada's military, banned political donations by corporations and unions, brought in anti-lobbying laws for former politicians and staff, lowered taxes substantially for Canadian families, dramatically increased payments to all provinces to fund health care and social services, etc. In fact, contrary to what your article implies, the Harper government has even kept its promises in ridings where it has lost. Here in Gander, our airport got the financial assistance it was promised, and the Newfoundland and Labrador weather centre was reinstated.
- July 10, 2011 - 23:34
Right on Carl! And Harper also took non-renewable resource revenues out of the equalization calculation! And he stationed 750 troops at the batallion and drone squadrons in Goose Bay! He didn't call a snap election in 2008! He never taxed income trusts! He only appointed elected Senators! He extended Canada's jurisdiction beyond 200 miles! Hooray for Harper for keeping all his promises, just like he said!