Margaret Wente thinks that iffy and the grits have abandoned the center on their leftist journey. She thinks the Tories have goteen it and now are a center right party. We conservatives need to continue moving the center to the right.
Yet, even as the Liberals try to square this circle, Canadians' faith in government is on the wane. Look at the results of a recent poll commissioned by the Manning Centre, a conservative think tank. It found that, over the past decade, the political centre has shifted to the centre-right. For example, while 84 per cent of respondents agree the government should play a major role in the economy, only 39 per cent think “government can be very helpful.” Fifty-four per cent agree it's “better to implement small changes than all at once.” Most people don't want the government to do more to reduce income inequalities, and 53 per cent say it's doing “just enough” to fight global warming. Six out of 10 support reducing taxes on corporations to stimulate economic growth.
In other words, there's no appetite for more wealth redistribution or social intervention – the great Liberal project ever since the 1960s. People are also realistic. They know their governments are deeply in the hole, and that neither corporate taxes nor the Easter Bunny are going to dig them out.
Thanks to CanadianSense who was reminded of this clip. is iffy the new small george?