This is the comment I left at Cabrinie’s site
I am still too pissed to finish this one off, cause I could write a whole book this time.
First the main result of this election was that the 3 major cities in this country did not give one site to the Tories. How can you run a country where you have no support from the economic engine. Toronto(4,647,960), Montreal(3,380,645), and Vancouver(1,967,480). A total of 9,996,085 a third of our population now has no say in government.
Lets look at the Tory platform. They want to reduce the GST to 6% this year. But what people missed is that they are rolling back the income tax cut the Liberals implemented before the election. Which would have seen the average person earning 50,000 save 900 a year on taxes. For you to be able to reclaim that 900$ which you will have to pay back on your 2005 income taxes, you would have to spend 800$ a week for a year using a 1% GST reduction. I don’t know about you but I do not have the money to spend 800$ a week on taxable goods. Cutting the GST is the most moronic idea ever, it only benefits the rich. GST is a proportional tax more you spend more tax you pay. A cut to income tax such as increasing the personal exemption which the Liberals had implement provides everyone with the same tax cut.
But the main problem with how the seat numbers worked out is, even if the Tories where able to get every NDP on their side it doesn’t come to enough seats to get something passed.
Your comment about the Liberals have been there too long, Alberta is 100 years old and have only elected 3 governments. The Alberta Conservatives have been in power for 30 years. They do not follow the rules of the legislator, Klein put through a 2 BILLION dollar charge last month without putting it to a vote in the house. They only sat for 11 days last year. 11 DAYS of actual government work, Klein showed up for 4, the others he was in Vancouver for the Grey Cup.
The headlines for this election was The West Wants In, The West Is In. You know what the west may be in, but your not ready to be in. The reason Toronto and Montreal do not vote Conservative is they understand the need for social programs, they understand that stability is best for business.
When the liberals took over 12 years ago from the Conservatives, the Tories had increase our national debt from about 240 billion to just over 600 billion in 9 years. We had deficits in the 50-60 billion a year. Interest rates where above 14%, they had killed the economy. The liberals turned that all around we have paid over 100 billion on the debt, we have balanced budgets, interest have been the lowest in generations, employment is at the highest in our history, tax have been lowest in generations.
The sponsorship program was needed and saved this country, a few ad execs took advantage of a critical situation, and gave the Liberals a bad name. I lived in Quebec during 2 referendums, the sponsorship program saved this country, it showed Quebecers that the rest of Canada cared, and until you have been through a referendum seeing people cry because the vote was so close all night long, remember this country is together by just under 1%.
If you look at the Tories budget, they are missing 23 BILLION dollars to be balanced, you explain to me where that money is coming from. I give them 14 months before they are removed from office.
I feel sorry for everyone that voted for the Tories, I warned you, now you will see and watch the same thing Brian Mulroney, Diefenbaker, Clark and all the other Tories leaders that killed our economies over the years.