Given the polls that are coming out of Quebec and everyone in the media and blogosphere talking about them, there is now the very real possibility that if the Conservatives win another minority government, even if the seat count is stronger than before, the coalition partners (NDP/Liberal/Bloc) would take the government down at the very first opportunity. (NewsWatchCanada.ca, SunNewsNetwork and National Post.) That much is now a given.
A Jack Layton NDP/Liberal Coalition?
Then what? Does anyone really think NDP Leader Jack Layton would automatically step aside for Liberal Michael Ignatieff to become prime minister? Not if the NDP had more seats than the Liberal Party of Canada (LPOC). In that type of scenario, Layton would have every right to be PM.
However, the point is, do Canadians really want that kind of scenario, with higher taxes and more social spending at a time of economic uncertainly? Put another way, do Canadians really want an extreme socialist, progressive labour party running the country and our lives?
Well, I know I don’t. And, if that very real possibility doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.
The bogus abortion hidden agenda again?
It was predictable. The closer we got to the May 2nd election day, the more likely someone in the media or opposition, or both, would starting talking or writing about the Conservative hidden agenda again — that if given a majority government, a Conservative government would shut down a women’s right to choose abortion.
Absolute hogwash! Look I personally disagree with abortion, except in the case of rape or when a women’s life is in danger. But this is one of just a few emotional topics that the LPOC just love to trump when they get desperate, like threats of soldiers in our streets or the most recent threat that the Conservatives would destroy our medicare system. Innuendo and hyperbole and nothing more.
Prime Minister Harper has always said that his government wanted nothing to do with abortion, primarily because it is a provincial health care issue. So, no hidden agenda there.
As far as international aid in relation to maternity and reproductive health policy, the PM made it very clear with the G8 maternal and children’s initiative, that abortion was up to other sovereign states to decide. In fact, I would go so far as to say that it is patronizing in the extreme to demand that other countries do as Canadian aid agencies expect.
So, not only is there is no hidden agenda regarding an abortion story, domestically or internationally, if push came to shove, I think we would find more Canadians are against abortion than there are for free and open access. Remember too, that being anti-abortion is not only a Conservative Party issue.
Last year when the Liberals introduced a motion in the House of Commons to amend the G8 maternal initiative to include abortion, it was struck down because several Liberal MPs voted against it.
Crux of the Matter
I had hoped to take today off as part of my weekend break but knew I had to write something about these two issues. The crux of the matter is, then, that the only hidden agenda on the campaign trail — which is no longer hidden — is that there will be a coalition of some kind if the Conservatives don’t win a stable majority Conservative government.
With the very real possibility that the NDP could be the governing party and Jack Layton the PM.
Something for all Canadians to think about.
Of course, the only way to make sure that doesn’t happen is to vote Conservative on May 2nd, 2011.
Update: See this link at Jack’s Newswatch. It provides some excellent insights on the increase of NDP numbers in Quebec. Read the comments too.