Former PM Stephen Harper thanks Canada & reminds CPC of their roots

Here is a YouTube video of a slightly shorter version of the fantastic final speech Mr. Harper gave last night at the Conservative Convention in Vancouver, as well as a full Transcript at the National Observer. In his speech Mr. Harper used the opportunity to thank Canadian voters and the many who contributed to a decade of successful Conservative governments.

When watching Mr. Harper give this final political speech, I was reminded what an amazing statesman he is. Unlike PM Justin Trudeau, he is not into selfies, nor is he a sunny ways type of personality. Yet, when he said that his wife “Laureen” was the love of his life, it confirmed that he is and was — authentic. What you saw was what you got!

Yet, as he said, there is no doubt that during the fall of 2015, the mood in Canada changed and, on October 19, 2015, more Canadians voted for Liberal candidates than they did the other political parties — bringing in a four-year period of change. The exact percentage of the popular vote was 39.5% for the Liberals in 2015 compared to 39.6%% for the Conservatives in 2011.

Meaning, contrary to the mainstream media and liberal narrative that followed the Conservative election defeat, the fact that the federal Liberals, under Justin Trudeau won, did not mean the ten Harper years were being rejected. Voters simply wanted change.

In fact, if you look at the actual numbers, you get a different picture altogether. For example, the Conservatives won a majority government in 2011 with 5,835,270 votes compared to 5,600,496 votes in 2015 (which was just over 200,000 fewer votes than in 2011).

Yet, the Liberals won in 2015 with 6,930,136 votes, which was approximately 1,300,000 votes more than the Conservatives. So, to put it bluntly, the Liberals won a “majority” in 2015, “not” because the Conservative “tone” was negative ( e.g., banning the niqab at citizenship ceremonies or suggesting a barbaric practices snitch line) but because the NDP vote collapsed from 2011 by over one million votes!

That’s the reality!

In the final analysis, however, what is especially interesting is that the Trudeau Liberals won a majority government with the exact same 39% of the vote as the Harper Conservatives did in 2011! Yet, I hear no complaints about the Liberal Government of Justin Trudeau being illegitimate as so many progressives claimed of the Harper Government.

In any case, I want to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Harper and all those who had a part in keeping Canada safe and fiscally sound for a decade. I also want to remind Canadians of the many accomplishments of the Conservative Government, not all of which the Liberals are planning to undo.

The crux of the matter is that Mr. Harper and his Conservative team won three governments, two minorities and one majority, because they campaigned and led from the centre, not as CINOs (conservative in name only) as some far-right advocates like to complain about, but simply as conservatives who understood their blended Reform PC roots.

Remember, like it or not, the most seats either the Reform Party or the NDP has ever won, has been Official Opposition status. Canada is a middle of the road country and Mr. Harper understood that.

8 thoughts on “Former PM Stephen Harper thanks Canada & reminds CPC of their roots

  1. What a contrast to the present Prime Minister and party. It hit me when Stephen Harper thanked his family and especially his wife Laureen just how extreme that contrast is.

    At this time 2019 seems a long way off to have to endure the present government, they have a lot of growing up to do from the PM to many of the new MP’s. There’s little solace looking at some of the senior MP’s like McCallum or Goodale or Carolyn Bennett either.

    God help us one and all!


  2. What a contrast indeed Liz. I wrote a post today about that. We’ll see the difference sooner rather than later I expect.


  3. The Convention was a great success by all accounts and I think many went in large part to rub elbows with Stephen Harper and his biggest support, Laureen.

    Not much sense of even discussing provincial affairs any more either. We really don’t have a voice in the present situation. With agenda driven arrogance from the top down in a majority we may as well bend over. At this point I give up, can’t bear to listen to the voice of Kathleen Wynne. It matters not what they say but we do need to concentrate on wiping them out next time around. If we can’t do that, shame on us. Oops, sorry, off topic. delete if you wish!


  4. No Liz, just as at BLY, off topic no problem unless it is in the realm of the bizarre, which you never are. But, you hit the problem right on the head. I have trouble deciding on blogging topics because where do I start? Patrick Brown of the PCs leaves me cold since he agreed with AGW. Sheesh! I mean ….. But, for sure he would be better than Wynne one hopes.


  5. Patrick Brown hasn’t gotten off to a great start, we expect better, agreeing with AGW is not it. When they call for donations I say not yet, tell them why. There’s no way we ever should have lost the last election but we did. We are where we are now, paying dearly and going deeper in debt. Health care stinks, those who need special help can fly a kite, no sympathy from Wynne and her band of incompetents.

    It’s hard to support political stupidity and the PC’s have been good at shooting themselves in the foot at the last minute. That’s why we are where we are now, the worst mess in the history this province and possibly any province. Even Bob Rae ‘s term gets a pass by comparison IMO.

    Hey, they can’t take summer away, they might be able to indirectly tax it somehow, so much has been legislated away, but we can try to enjoy it among the weeds we are not allowed to use herbicides on!


  6. Re “they can’t take summer away.” So true Liz. I love working in my patio container garden.


  7. Question of the day: How are we going to survive the Wynne reign of tax terror in Ontario?
    Also, how about her ongoing TV ads touting all her “goodies”? The latest one with Suzuki preaching to young children with scared faces takes the cake.


  8. Good question Liz. I haven’t felt like writing for a week now because I don’t know where to start. I thought I would wait to hear what nonsense Wynne is planning to announce today. But, sending me good links might give me some ammunition. So, if you see anything relevant, just drop it here or via the Contact Form.


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