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Repeat after him


 

The prepared text of Mr. Harper’s remarks to a rally in Brampton this morning, including no less than 21 instances of the word “coalition.”

“Friends, yesterday I reluctantly visited the Governor-General.  I say reluctantly because as much as I appreciate your enthusiasm, as much as I enjoy campaigning all across this great country, and as confident as I am in our team and our chances, this is not where I should be.

“Not where any of us: Leaders, Ministers, MPs, should be.  We should all be back in Ottawa.  At our desks.  And working!

“Working to protect our economic advantage.  Working to complete our economic recovery.  And working to keep your taxes down by implementing the budget that the minister of finance tabled on Tuesday.  That budget is the next phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, a plan by which this country, Canada, has been leading the global recovery!

“It is a low-tax plan of critical importance to jobs, growth and the financial security of hardworking Canadian families.

“But, as you know, the Liberal-NDP-Bloc Québécois Coalition had a different priority: an election the country didn’t want, an election the economy doesn’t need.

“So, we come to you, the Canadian people, to get a mandate to pass our budget and complete our economic recovery!

“So here it is my friends: the Coalition said no to an increase in income for Canada’s most vulnerable senior citizens, an increase we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to a tax credit for the cost of children’s arts programs, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to an incentive to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to tax relief for family caregivers and to elimination of the cap on the medical expense tax credit, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to protecting in legislation the gas tax fund for municipal infrastructure, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to increases in income exemption for student loans and increased eligibility for part-time students, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to investments in advanced research and higher education and investments in young entrepreneurs, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to a break on EI premiums for small businesses that create new jobs and a plan to reduce unnecessary red tape.  Something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to a two-year extension of the incentive for manufacturing firms to invest in new machinery, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to transition to work programs for our Canadian Armed Forces Veterans, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to work-sharing and initiatives targetted to unemployed older workers, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to investments in youth gang prevention programs and to keeping real criminals behind bars, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to enhanced access to the Registered Disability Savings Program, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to home energy retrofits to reduce home heating costs, something we can afford without raising your taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“The Coalition said no to eliminating the deficit by reducing the cost of government, not by cutting pensions, health care and education and not by raising taxes.  Conservatives say yes!

“Friends, Canadians say yes!

“From the Canadian Federation of Independent Business to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to even the Canadian Labour Congress, they said yes to these things!

“So why aren’t we working at our desks to deepen our economic recovery, to create more jobs for workers, to give greater financial security to families?

“Why an election?

“You know why.

“I know why.

“And they know why.

“The Liberals, the NDP, and the Bloc Québécois have a common goal and a single plan.

“Maybe nobody wants an election, but, friends, they don’t think they need to win this election.  Just hold us to another minority, and they will move with lightning speed to re-create and re-impose their reckless, unprincipled Coalition on Canadians.

“They did it before.  It is obvious they will do it again.  And, next time, they won’t allow any way of stopping it.  And Canada will all pay a terrible price.

“What is it, by the way, that these Coalition partners actually agree on?

“We know – spend more and raise taxes to pay for it.

“It’s been their message in parliament.

“It will be their message in this campaign.

“It’s always their message.

“The NDP, and most of Mr. Ignatieff’s Liberals, have never in their lives been in a position where they had to say no to new spending.

“So the Coalition will spend more than we could ever imagine.  It’s the only thing they’ll be able to agree on, and they will raise your taxes to pay for it.

“Already they say ‘a sales tax hike isn’t off the table.’  They need to raise EI premiums 35 per cent to pay for their 45-day work year.

“They need to raise taxes on employers, something no other country is even contemplating.

“They need a carbon tax, an iPod tax, and on it goes.

“And the Bloc Québécois — imagine giving a role of government to a party committed to the breakup of Canada.

“You know, when you’re in government, you have to know that you and your colleagues are committed to working together.

“How can you commit to work together if we’re not even committed to each other as Canadians.

“Friends, we are living in a fragile global recovery.

“Yes, Canada is doing relatively well, but a sea of troubles is lapping at our shores.

“Disaster in the Pacific, chaos in the Middle East, debt problems in Europe, and, of course, some very serious challenges just south of our border.

“Canada is the closest thing the world has to an island of security and stability.

“What would the world think were we to suddenly now head off in a whole-new, high-tax economic direction, led by a reckless Coalition without a coherent program or even basic national principles?

“Friends, that is why Canada must have a strong, stable national government, and only — only — this party, the Conservative Party, can provide it.

“We have given Canadians stability and security through the global crisis of the past couple of years.

“But we have also given it strength.  This country is emerging from the worst global financial crisis in 80 years in a position of unprecedented strength in the world.

“If we stay on track, another good century, an even better century, awaits our country.

“You remember that Laurier said that the twentieth century would belong to Canada.  But even Laurier in his most optimistic, could never have imagined what i saw as Prime Minister: Canada, among all the nations of the world, winning the most gold medals in a Winter Olympic Games ever.

“This, of course, was a testament to the greatness of the young men and women who wore Canada’s colours.  But it is also a demonstration for all of us as Canadians of the true potential of this entire country.

“It shows what Canadians can do when we have a goal, when we have a plan, and when we are committed to our country and to each other.

“You, the people in this room, you are those kinds of Canadians.  You have taken us farther than anyone thought possible even just a few short years ago.  But you’ve believed, you’ve worked and you’ve succeeded, and the country, your country, is better for it.

“Now is not the time for unnecessary risk or political gambles.

“We all know that it is the time to protect our economic advantage, to complete our economic recovery and to keep our taxes down.

“Friends, I know you are here for one thing.  You are here for Canada.

“That is why people live here in Brampton, people who have come to this country from the world over because they believe in this country.

“They don’t want MPs who are going to sign on to Mr. Ignatieff’s Coalition with the NDP and Bloc Québécois as soon as the election is over.  They know Canada needs a government with a clear direction for our economy, a government that is stable, national and wholly committed to the unity of our country.

“On May 2, as I ask you, and on my behalf, I ask you to ask your family, your friends, your neighbours, your colleagues, to choose the economy, to choose security, to choose stability by choosing a strong, national, Conservative government for Canada.

“Thank you all for your efforts.  God bless Canada.”


 

Repeat after him

  1. '…this is not where I should be.'

    Goodness no, how dare people insist on an election in a democracy?

    Then he could be getting in serious palace-time this morning instead.

  2. Seems like he's blowing the whole Coalition wad a bit early

  3. Really? Still with the "Coalition coalition coalition"?

    Sing along with Harper (tune of "Rock & Roll Fantasy")

    It's all part
    Of my paranoid fantasies
    It's all part
    Of my Harperland dream…

  4. poor Stephen, forced to lie to people's faces on the campaign trail instead of from the luxury of his office!

  5. The opposition will have to explain why they triggered the 4th election in 7 years as Canada is the best performing country in the G7.
    I will be interesting to how similar the opposition platforms are to ensure a smooth coalition government in 2011.

    Liberal priorities rename NHL-CFL arenas as cultural centres.
    Dump Dion and cuts to lowering the barrier for business investment and creation of job by adopting the Robin Hood NDP fiscal platform.

    The Blue Liberals will need a place to park their vote….

  6. Original Emily1
    This is really what this election is about. I don't mind the tax dollar burden we must shoulder to get parliament back to working for the people. Ethics and integrity need to be paramount to the Canadian people. My opinion would be that a referendum should be on the ballot, that if they cannot work together they will be ousted. Like the average worker, give the government a probation period and then go to the Canadian people for a poll. If we can spend billions on a G7 and G20 meeting and security, this would be far better money spent. The last five years of Harper and his ad nauseum "clearly" and transparency" monologue is disgusting.

  7. "The opposition will have to explain why they triggered the 4th election in 7 years "

    Let's see… corruption, sleaze, lawbreaking, contempt for parliament and Canadians generally… you're OK with all this?

    Sooner or later, such a wholesale abandonment of ethics and principle is bound to take its toll on all our well-being…

  8. To be fair, if Harper can't wind a majority this time he's likely looking for a private sector job by fall anyways. So, he might as well pull out all the stops.

  9. Any idea why the author ignored the G7 and kept changing the countries in comparing stats?

    That was another example of smoke and mirrors from the Toronto Star who attacked Rob Ford. How did that work out again?

  10. Reminds me of the fear mongering during H1N1 and Haiti relief.

    Reminds me of the Olympic Torch relay conspiracy and letter "C".

    Reminds me of the job you ran against Helena and Rahim.

    Radical lefties don't wait for the facts, due process before leaping off the cliff …

    Don't worry taxpayers will be thanking you for the failed coup in 2008 and this latest Forrest Gump election.

    Carry on!

  11. Anyone who is against Harper is a radical leftie? Really?

  12. Come on Jan. If they cannot call names and vilify the opposition, they don't have anything to go on.

  13. Only if you subscribe to a certain form of canadian sense. Despite frequent blanket assertions
    about what "the people" and "voters" and "canadians" think or say or do, there are an amazing
    variety of points of view around. A few of them even show up here. Great, eh ?

  14. “Maybe nobody wants an election, but, friends, they don't think they need to win this election. Just hold us to another minority, and they will move with lightning speed to re-create and re-impose their reckless, unprincipled Coalition on Canadians."

    Of course, since they signed the agreement once, and Ignatieff refused to go along with it, I am not sure why it suddenly becomes what he is going to do now.

    Ignatieff had a chance to be the PM with a coalition government. If he had taken it he would be PM right now. He would not need an election to accomplish that.

  15. Back to the Esso mailroom?

  16. Projecting much?

    Who gave you permission to speak on behalf of the majority?

    Read the polls: 60% said no to going in 2011. 30% leaning Lib-NDP polled stated wait until 2012.

    The radical lefties on this blog are foaming at the mouth believing their platform in 36 days will magically change the support from mid 20's to 35.

  17. I see the coalition arising
    I see trouble on the way
    I see earthquakes and lightning
    I see bad times today

    Don't go around tonight
    Well, it's bound to take your life
    There's a coalition on the rise

    I hear hurricanes a-blowing
    I know the end is coming soon
    I fear rivers over flowing
    I hear the voice of rage and ruin

    Don't go around tonight
    Well, it's bound to take your life
    There's a coalition on the rise
    All right!

    Hope you got your things together
    Hope you are quite prepared to die
    Looks like we're in for nasty weather
    One eye is taken for an eye

    Don't go around tonight
    Well, it's bound to take your life
    There's a coalition on the rise

    Don't go around tonight
    Well, it's bound to take your life
    There's a coalition on the rise

    With apologies to John Fogerty

  18. A 10% polling shift over a 36 day campaign is not unheard of; such a minor shift been seen in many past elections. The Liberals could hit 35%, the CPC could hit 50%, the NDP could hit 30%.

    Election campaigns are fickle things.

  19. Really? "Radical leftie"? niceguy71 called me a commie on another thead a few minutes ago; you'll have to do better if you want to keep up. But he's a Wild Rose fan; maybe the further right of center you move, the more "evil and depraved" I look (I'm assuming that's how you see "lefties").

    See you next time on Wheel of Namecalling; who knows, you might get a free spin!

  20. I don't think there are any private sector jobs that he's qualified for.

  21. Every single use of the word coalition by a conservative makes me that much more unlikely to vote conservative. Speaking as a Conservative voter in 2008. To put it another way, I'm your target voter, guys, and you're losing me even more than you were last week.

    For a government that's focused on the economy, it looks a great deal more like it's focused on the "coalition."

    (There, I said it)

  22. I count 20 references to Coalition in this speech. And it's only the first weekend of campaigning. Nothin' but good times ahead.

  23. Only if all the leaders put in a 35%+50%+30% = 115% effort

  24. Fox News (North) has a nice comfy seat waiting for him. Harper is the perfect angry white Canadian talking head.

  25. Hah! I should should clarified that those outcomes would have been mutually exclusive, of course.

    I swear, my math isn't *that* bad.

  26. He didn't refuse, but much was made at the time about his reluctance to sign.

    You're right about that last part, though – he could have easily pressed the advantage and used the agreement once he replaced Dion, had he really wanted to – and the Prime Ministership may well have been his.

    But that inconvenient truth doesn't serve Harper well, now, does it?

    I'd love to see a reporter ask him: "But Mr. Harper, if you really believe there's a coalition plan, why didn't Mr. Ignatieff simply push forward with it in early 2009, after you resumed Parliament after the prorogue?"

  27. Stop Mobying.

  28. I agree. It will be interesting to see if the Conservative shift gears to a message of hope after this first round of CON hissy fits ends. The problem is one of credibility, after 5 years of reneging on everything that put the CONservatives over the top in 2006 what do they have in their policy platform that voters can actually believe in?

    Accountability…Transparency…No, see 'contempt of Parliament ruling'…

    100+ reasons as a matter of fact: http://trustbreaker.freehostia.com/100+reasons.ht

    There are lots of reasons NOT to vote for the Cons, but only one so far TO vote for them…fear of a coalition. Its a very slim platform and not going to last 6 weeks if this is all they got.

  29. I dunno…he comes off as kind of whiny. Not sure people will watch.

  30. Bravo. The last time I voted CPC was in 2006 (and every election before that), and I'm really looking forward to seeing a conservative leader return so that I can vote CPC again.

  31. It's the result of a party and government totally bereft of ideas.

  32. I have feeling tractor sales are going to rise dramatically during this election.

  33. "Who gave you permission to speak on behalf of the majority?"

    One could pose the same question of Harper. From Harper's biographer:
    "He was also determined that the Liberals, elected with a minority of the seats as well as a minority of the vote, would not have the moral or political authority to govern as though their program had received the assent of the voters."

    Quoted from: &lt;A href="http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/26/the-summer-of-2004/&quot; target=_blank&gt; <A href="http:// <a href="http:// <a href="http://;http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/26/the-summer-of-…"”” target=”_blank”>;http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/26/the-summer-of-…"” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://;http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/26/the-summer-of-…"” target=”_blank”>;http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/26/the-summer-of-…" target=_blank> <a href="http:// <a href="http://;http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/26/the-summer-of-…“” target=”_blank”>;http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/26/the-summer-of-…“ target=”_blank”> <a href="http://;http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/26/the-summer-of-…” target=”_blank”>;http://www2.macleans.ca/2011/03/26/the-summer-of-

    If he felt that way about a Liberal minority, then what authority has he really had these past five years? Logic would dictate that he himself thinks he has no moral authority to govern. Maybe that's why he's so paranoid; he's afraid one day he'll wake up to find the rest of the nation has suddenly come to the same conclusion…

  34. Nice list – though off the top I can think of several I could add. Scary a list could be that long and NOT be comprehensive.

    CanadianSense – have a look & see what you think!

  35. Mr. Harper? Can we really afford all that A-Z stuff without raising taxes? If that is the case, LOWER OUR TAXES, already!

    But last I checked, Canada could NOT afford all your little allegedly-conservative micro-managed boutique tinkering. Hopefully, Flaherty has the concept of deficit and debt down pat by now. You may be due for a remedial lesson, Prime Minister.

  36. Maybe he can play piano in the background.

  37. He'll get by on the royalties from that hockey book he's writing.

  38. Just to John Fogerty?

  39. Or at least bereft of ideas they can afford to publicly discuss.

  40. CanadianSense comments "Reminds me of the job you ran against Helena and Rahim. " referring to those he labels "Radical lefties"

    And Harper was so understanding. By the way what banner is Helena running under?

  41. Come on they haven't trotted out there "they killed the law and order – against victims – for criminals with unnecessary election" meme yet. And don't forget their ever popular "long gun registry – jail lawful gun owning farmers and sport hunters" talking points.
    And if they get really desperate maybe they can try "the opposition want to jail people for refusing to tell the govt how many toilets they have" long form census ploy.

  42. Exactly.

  43. I don't remember the CPC attacking her for the security breach at the airport do you?

    How many months did opposition and the MSM spend on that sideshow three or four months?

    Did PM cut losses or distraction from focus of government?

    What I think is unimportant. The PM picks his cabinet and has the longest serving minority in Canadian history?

    Why have the opposition MPs not apologized for their run at her and her husband? How much money was spent by CTV-CBC chasing this non-story?

  44. Spin – pure spin! I'm starting to get dizzy.

  45. Kinky

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