In the run up to the Canadian election the Conservatives are pushing the ‘Strong Leadership for a Strong Canada’ slogan. Haven’t I heard this before? Didn’t Hitler, Mussolini, Hussein, Kim, Stalin, Pinochet, and many others use this type of slogan? Do the Conservatives really think Canada is ripe for tyranny and dictatorship?
Harper’s record of concentrating power in the hands of the Prime Minister’s Office say a lot about what we will get if he has a majority. His attack on public and democratic institutions since entering politics also tells us there is something lurking below the surface. I believe Stephen Harper is the most untrustworthy politician Canada has had since confederation.
What Canada needs right now is accountable democratic leadership. Responsible leadership that knows when to differ, to delegate and to submit to public will. Courageous leadership to get us off the fossil fuel economy and into the sustainable economy. We can not afford more Stephen Harper and his archaic ideology best suited for a Dickens novel.