Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Stephen Harper BBQ Tour Comes to Winnipeg

The Italian Caboto Center, 1055 Wilkes Avenue, was the stage last night for Stephen Harper’s cross Canada BBQ tour. The event drew a large crowd of Conservative supporters. A few members of the mainstream media were also on hand to record the event. Surprisingly, mosquitoes and left-wing political activists were nowhere to be found on this cold and windy summer night in Winnipeg.

The event, billed as an image make-over tour by the media, was very successful. Guests at the BBQ were invited to see a side of Stephen Harper that newsmakers like Paul Hunter and Terry Milewski of the CBC would never want Canadians to see. They saw a charming, witty and charismatic side of the party leader who won a resounding 84% approval at the last Conservative Party of Canada Convention.

Delivering Stephen’s introduction speech was the MP for Kildonan – St. Paul, Joy Smith, who gave a memorable speech. She talked at length about Paul Martin’s lack of character and related some interesting facts about Paul Martin’s company, Canadian Steamship Lines. The details included Paul Martin’s decision to relocate most of its affiliates to the Barbados, Bermuda and Liberia, where there are little or no corporate taxes. Canada Steamship Lines also changed the flags on its ships and began hiring foreign crews who do not receive the same salaries and benefits as Canadian crews. Finally, shipbuilding for the company began taking place offshore instead of in Canadian shipyards. After drawing the contrast between Stephen Harper and Paul Martin she said, “We have a man here that cannot be bought.”

When Stephen Harper finally took to the stage he delivered an excellent speech. He pointed out something that Conservative bloggers have been saying for some time now. Forget what you hear in the polls. Forget what the media tells you. If the liberals really believed that they would win an election if it were held right now, we would be in an election right now. When you stop to think about every dirty trick the liberals have pulled to stay in power and to avoid an election, you have to know that everyone, including the liberals, are aware that they are finished when Canadians are finally given the chance to vote.

Another concept of the liberal party that was highlighted in Harper’s speech was the concept of symbolism over substance. Much of what the liberal party has done this year is completely phony. The quality of health care in this country is abysmal and yet the media lionizes the liberals every time they sign another health accord. The liberals have spent $1 billion to date on federal daycare, something the media speaks of glowingly, and yet nobody can name a single Canadian that has received daycare with that money. The liberals have spent $2 billion on the gun registry, but gun crime is still going up.

Every time the liberals claim to be solving a problem, papers are signed with much fanfare, the media gushes over how wonderful the liberals are and somebody, somewhere…usually a liberal…gets a cheque. This has been going on for 12 years now, yet Canadians can see reality for themselves that they are not getting anything out of all this wasteful spending. Canadians only need to wind up in the emergency room of their local hospital or spend 2 years a list waiting for treatment to know that things in this country are getting worse not better.

The funniest moment came at this point of the speech when Stephen Harper was on the subject of health care. He said, “If ever there was a stinging indictment of liberal policy in this country it was the recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.” He was referring to the recent Court decision that declared ‘access to a waiting list is not the same as access to health care’. He went on to say, “Now you all know that I am not usually one to quote rulings from the Supreme Court of Canada,” at which point the crowd broke up in laughter.

Another notable point Stephen raised in his speech included the subject of Quebec separation. Twelve years of government corruption including the sponsorship scandal, which is the biggest vote rigging scandal in Canadian history, has breathed new life into the separatist movement. The liberals have created a new reality which may see the next Canadian Prime Minister preside over the break-up of Canada. It is a harsh reality, but one that we may no longer be able to avoid thanks to the liberal party.

The liberals continue to pretend they are the only federalist option as they promise to investigate their own misdeeds and clean up their own mess. Mr. Harper pointed out the obvious when he said, “Canadians don’t want a government that spends years investigating corruption. They want a government were it doesn’t happen in the first place.”

The final topic he mentioned in his speech was the Senate. One of the biggest problems we have in Canada is that Canada’s Senate is not accountable to the people. The purpose of the Senate is to temper legislation as it is passed through the House of Commons. The fact that the Senate has become nothing more than a rubber stamp for liberalism shows that the Senate is not working.

The best example of which was the fast tracking of the biggest social engineering bill ever to clear the floor of the House. The same-sex marriage bill blew through the Senate at record speed before unaccountable Senators rushed out the door to start their summer holidays. When Harper is finally elected Prime Minister of Canada we can take pride not only in voting corruption out, but also in having the opportunity to vote new Senators in.

As a supporter of Conservative values, this author walked away from the event optimistic about the future of our country. If Stephen Harper had an image problem, it was only because the liberal friendly mainstream media portrayed the man as someone who had an image problem. The reality is quite the opposite. Stephen Harper is a good man and a great Conservative leader.

“God Bless you all, and God bless Canada.”

11 Comments:

At 12:16 AM, Blogger The Arabian Knight said...

That's what I hear all the time from the people who actually met him. And the same thing with me when I met him in Quebec City last fall.

Its not secret the media is after him, their boy Martin has been according to them "a dissapointment", so what do they do to portect him, they attack his political rival in a way of propping him up. Mike Duffy even admitted this.

 
At 12:40 AM, Blogger Stephen Taylor said...

A great summary!

I'm glad that you made it to the event!

 
At 3:58 PM, Anonymous Brian said...

Wow, you left feeling optimistic about our country! Either there was an open bar or it was a REALLY good speech.

It's good that the Senate is on his list of issues. It seems the whole structure of Parliament needs to be reworked. Even in this minority parliament, all the votes ended up passing everything the Liberals brought forward. This rubber stamp largely extends to Parliament as well, thanks to the NDP and Ms. Parrish.

Maybe I should attend a speech since no newpapers seem to be reporting anything that Harper says. Harper is my MP after all. With Harper and Manning before him, they rarely have time to be in their own riding. :(

 
At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good on you, Michael!

I would have also enjoyed a chance at hearing Mr Harper speak.

His message is bang-on, and people will begin to listen.

Nice to know he pays attention to the 'blogs'.....smart man.

Frank.

 
At 11:11 PM, Blogger Reservoir Dog said...

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At 11:13 PM, Blogger Reservoir Dog said...

On the issue of Senate Reform, I too would like to see changes, the first of which (and the easist) would be to have it elected.

Secondly, I'd like to have it effective ... kinda like the U.S. Senate.

On the issue of being eqaul? I don't think that can happen. If you had 100 seats, you can't have 10 senators from Ontario and 10 from PEI.

I would like to see a regionally balanced senate.

103 seats.

25 for the Maritimes
25 for Quebec
25 for Ontario
25 for the west
3 for the territories (1 for each)

the 3 territory seats would be a compromise to address western alienation, because the Maritimes, the West and the 3 seats from the territories would have more than Ontario and Quebec combined.

There has to be some issues by which those 4 reagions (with 53 of the 103 seats) could agree on in order to get a better voice in Ottawa .... perhaps natural resources, oil exploration, offshore or otherwoise ... mining, provincial/territoral jurisdictional rights' issues, etc.

I don't know. It's kinda complicated.

Maybe we should just abolish it all together.

 
At 11:40 PM, Blogger Reservoir Dog said...

And on the issue of Harper ... the mainstream media is just using him as a lightning rod to attack a party they collectively oppose for a whole host of reason, 90% of whiich are ideologically based.

Stockwell day was elected - to flashy

Harper - not flashy enough

The mainstream media aregued Day's his social conservatism meant that the party needed a fiscal conservative..

So they get Harper, who by no means is a social conservative but is branded as such.

I see another minorot Lib gov't next year (maybe this even this fall) and Harper will go after that.

Who leader will be after that? Not sure. There's only one person I could think of that could have a chance in Ontario .... Mike Harris.

And I beleive (though I might be wrong on this) that Harris was pretty respected in Quebec ... so that could only help.

I'm hoping that Martin gets pushed out and gets too old and leaves and someone like Sheila Copps or Alan Rock leads the Liberal and thus paving the way to an easy conservative majority.

 
At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Brian said...

That Senate breakdown is reasonable. I think in the end, they would need to create regions with representation. This seat assignment would underrepresent the West and severely underrepresent Ontario but in the end is pretty close. A veto would be any two regions (not the territories though) voting against an issue. We need a Senate to offset the rule of a majority parliament.

Stockwell Day's problems weren't limited to the media. He was alienating solid members such as Monte Solberg, Deb Grey, and Chuck Strahl. Forget ideology, that's just leadership. I must say he's been great as a foreign affairs critic.

I would like a business leader to step up as a conservative leader, not a politician. Nothing like Belinda though.

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger scott said...

Great post! I did get a chance to read it back at the end of July when you initially posted it.

 
At 12:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Resoivoir Dog described a senate proposal that was interesting. Thst is the system we have now, Resevoir. It just highlight sthat you guys shoot from the hip and don't know what you are talking about.

Harper will never be PM.

If you met PAul MArtin you would find him personable and engaging. You don't get to be party leader without having people skills and charm. All the leaders have it.

The question is when will Harper, the self-styled policy wonk, have a platform to put forward?

 
At 9:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure if you can get past the stammering presentation and apologies for all the tasks that he hasn't accomplished, Paul Martin can seem superficially personable. I just wouldn't leave my wallet on the table near him.

The last anon stated that Reservoir Dog described the senate system we have now. Gosh, I don't recall that we elect senators and the senate certainly isn't effective.

 

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