I kind of agree with don martin today. The Tories need to announce a big agenda for the fall. Here are my suggestions. They should announce cuts to the civil service, an end to electoral welfare, abolition of section 13.1 of the hrc thought poice act, more cuts to advocacy funding, an end to corporate welfare, an end to the wheat board, a new strategy for encouraging self reliance and success for Canada's Native people, more free trade agreements particularly with Commonwealth countries, the Francophonie and the EU, more deregulation of the telecom industry, the eventual demise of the crtc, return the names of the RCAF, and Royal Canadian Navy, abolish the nickle resolution, privatize aecl, privatize as much of the cbc as possible....
What are your suggestions?
They’ll return to face the reality Stephen Harper inadvertently underlined by saying nothing at all about his future agenda. The fall sitting looks particularly empty for the Conservatives beyond endless election speculation which, I’m betting (subject to change without notice) won’t happen until spring.
The Conservatives are governing the only G8 country that has put the recession so far behind it that the economy isn’t a dominant political fixation. Mr. Harper was correct in noting Canada will be trailblazer for post-recession policies, such as how to cut stimulus-driven deficits.
But that’s a challenge for the spring budget. Parliament and the media abhor a political activity vacuum, and will look for trouble to fill it this fall.
The Conservatives need to dream up ideas or steal some thoughts, if only to avoid stumbling into their own nightmare from a previous DiCaprio flick: Titanic.