The Conservatives are winning the PR battle because they have framed the debate. Harper and his Cons have made this crisis about the opposition taking power for power's sake. But this crisis is not about the opposition wanting to take power for self-serving reasons. This crisis has been caused by the governments economic plan that has totally failed to deal with the economic meltdown gripping Canada. We must make it clear that the coalition was created to deal with the economic crisis that the Conservatives are not dealing with. This is not about taking power for powers sake. This is about saving our economy, our jobs and our future.
People are forgetting why the opposition parties had to act in the first place. This crisis is happening because the Conservatives economic plan has failed to address our current economic crisis.
Instead of addressing our economic crisis, Harper's economic plan to Parliament adhered to right-wing ideology, such as the proposed elimination of subsidies for political parties, a three-year ban on the right of civil servants to strike and limits on the ability of women to sue for pay equity. These pathetic minuscule measures do nothing to address our economic plight.
In their economic update to Parliament, Harper's and Flaherty's answer to our economic crisis was basically "let the market deal with it, government intervention should be kept to a minimum." The economic update made it clear to the opposition parties that Harper was trapped by his radical right-wing ideology.
This is why the opposition parties feel it necessary to form a coalition. They feel that it is imperative that we address our economic crisis ASAP with bold measures.
Instead we are now saddled with a government that will do nothing for two months to deal with our economic meltdown. And the only reason Harper's Conservative may eventually contemplate bold measures is because the opposition has banded together to threaten their hold on power.
During the next two months, every time we hear about bad economic news, we must ask ourselves: Why has the Conservative government chosen to do nothing while millions of Canadians are in economic peril?
Just today we learned that Canada lost 70,000 jobs last month! We must demand that Parliament be called back to deal with this crisis. Harper must be held accountable for his inaction and blind adherence to right-wing ideology.
Harper's right-wing ideological driven government should be defeated. The opposition parties must continue to demand that bold economic measures be implemented to deal with our economic crisis ASAP.