Saturday, August 06, 2011

The first 100 days!

John Ibbitson suggests there are two sides to HM PM Harper. He talks about wild Steve. I do want the Tories to to some bold things early in their term. Get rid of section 13.1 of the hrc act(I would like the whole thing gone, but one thing at a time), cut the civil service by 25%, flatten the tax code and ultimately have a flat tax, get rid of the wheat board, get rid of sow. Eliminate the myriad of duplicate programs the government administers, eliminate the long gun registry, get rid of electoral and corporate welfare. There is a lot more that needs to be done but that will take longer. I want to increase the number of years required for Canadian Citizenship to 5 years. Toxic multiculturalism needs to be reversed. There is a lot more to be done. I like cautious Steve, but wish he would be a bit more wild.

Stephen Harper has a clearer field to implement his government’s agenda than any prime minister has enjoyed in decades. But what will he do with it?

Will he continue to play the role of Cautious Stephen, charting a prudent course toward a balanced budget while preserving the existing social contract? Or will he become Wild Steve, his ultra-conservative doppelganger, who once railed against dependency-inducing transfer programs?


Cory said...

I don't think they're going for a flat tax since they've promised income splitting.

Income splitting and a flat tax aren't really compatible. If everybody had the same tax rate under a flat tax, there'd be no point to income splitting.

James said...

I don't want this to sound like a dig on PM, or an ungracious remark (though I guess it's both), but when Harper is planning to be bold & in a fighting mood, he always trims down. I don't know if it's stress, or a greater sense of drive, or what, but he always seems to lose weight when he's getting ready for a fight. Of late, he seems to be lapsing into a more comfortable routine. That may just be the security of a majority government, but I sense he's not going to anything too dramatic. If he were, he'd be priming for a tussle with the media, (if not the NDP) and from my vantage point, it doesn't look as if that's about to happen.

Anonymous said...

Some good objectives indeed. Most of all save the middle class and those that work. Save this country from going under due to communist engineered bankruptcy. (real conservative)

Anonymous said...

Harper is killing the economy with record deficits. He needs to balance the budget and stop the crazy spending.

Anonymous said...

The election is very recent and Harper did not seek a mandate for any of the things on your wish list. In fact he clearly ruled out tinkering with Human Rights. It wouldnbe weird for Harper to suddenly do things that was not in the Tory platform.