News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Conservatives make inroads in urban Canada

The results are in, and it's not quite a Conservative majority. However, the increased plurality will strengthen Stephen Harper's hand as Prime Minister. Moreover, the spread of Conservative seats across Canada will strengthen the Conservative brand for the long term good of the party, and the country.

Some notable results this election saw Conservative gains in Greater Toronto. Peter Kent's victory in Thornhill was particularly sweet for me, since I had made many phone calls to the riding urging people to switch to the Conservatives. The victory in Mississauga suggests the Liberals can no longer rely upon the immigrant vote, which I find particularly satisfying as a recent immigrant myself.

Conservatives now have MPs in every province except Newfoundland and Labrador, where the Provincial Progressive Conservatives campaigned against their Federal counterparts. Even Prince Edward Island elected it's first Tory since 1984! In the North, Nunavut elected a Conservative, meaning that the three parties each represent one Territory.

Alarmingly for the Liberals, their support base has been sharply eroded. Still without representation in Alberta, it seems that they will have to settle for just one seat in BC, one in Saskatchewan one in Manitoba, with all four western Provinces dominated by the Conservative Party. Even Ontario saw the Conservatives win more seats and votes than the traditionally dominant Liberals. The Conservatives also came first in New Brunswick, althouth the Liberals topped the other Maritime provinces. The biggest disappointment for the Conservatives has to be Quebec, where the hard fought break-through didn't materialise. Instead, the Bloc extended their grip, with the Liberals maintaining second place, just ahead of the Conservatives.

Overall, the election has produced another minority. But it is a stronger minority, less than ten seats from a majority. The Conservatives cannot be defeated unless all three opposition parties unite, strengthening the Prime Minister at an important time of economic uncertainty. Most importantly, the Conservative caucus is drawn from across the country, from rural ridings and urban ridings, from native ridings, from immigrant ridings. The next Conservative Government can truly claim to represent all of Canada.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Confirmed: Canadian banks are sound; Harper vindicated

The World Economic Forum has today released a report one the state of banking systems around the world, and Canada's is ranked #1, with a near perfect score of 6.8/7. (CBC)

So, what have all the parties had to say about Canada's banking system over the last few days?

Conservative:
Stephen Harper said "This prime minister isn't going to panic and he isn't going to be pressured into doing something stupid just for the sake of proving that we're doing something...Everybody has a drop in the stock market right now. Most of them are dealing with fundamental instability in their banking system, which we are not. What the opposition is demanding I do — raise taxes, increase spending, do a lot of direct intervention and bailouts — these things would demonstrably ruin our fiscal credentials and undermine the strengths that we do have in our economy relative to a lot of other countries." (CBC)

Jim Flaherty said "We have a solid banking system in Canada. Our banks are well capitalized. Our households are well capitalized... and our fiscal fundamentals are solid." (CTV)

NDP:
Jack Layton has pledged that an NDP government would "mount a major reform of banking" (National Post). Why reform the most stable banking system in the world?!

Jack Layton said, "Mr. Harper's response to the crisis in the banking system is to say that everything is fine, nothing needs to change, and there are no problems. R.B. Bennett couldn't have said it better himself in 1930." (Ottawa Citizen)

Liberal:
Stephane Dion said, "Prime Minister Stephen Harper is completely out of touch with the impact the current economic turmoil is having on the lives of everyday Canadians, seeing buying opportunities instead of the fear people have about their savings..." (Liberal Party press release).

This is turning out to be a unique election. For once, it is plain for all to see which party's leader has it right and which ones have it wrong. Despite all the criticism from the left-wing opposition parties, the IMF predicts that Canada will have the best growth rate in the G7 next year (1.2%), which sits particularly badly against Dion's claim that Canada is "the worst in the G8". Now the WEF shows that Canada's banking system is the strongest in the world, despite demands for emergency government intervention by the NDP!

Stephen Harper's Conservatives stand out from the other parties with a differnent perspective and different policies, and they have been vindicated. The other leaders have been left with egg on their faces. That's why it's time to give Stephen Harper the Conservative majority that Canada so desperately needs and deserves.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Sir Ian Blair resigns at last

At long last, London's Metropolitan Police Commissioner has resigned. Sir Ian Blair has been responsible for the politicisation of the police force, which has come to sum up all that is wrong with Britain under Labour. The police force was more interested in persuing political correctness than criminals and spinning news for political ends instead of telling the truth. Having ignored repeated calls for his resignation, led by the Conservatives but also supported by the Lib Dems, his resignation is long overdue. London's Conservative Mayor, Boris Johnson, should be fully involved in the selection of his successor, otherwise the Home Secretary will simply impose another New Labour puppet to continue Blair's discredited agenda.