Monday, October 24, 2011

Jon Kay on more red star silliness

Tim Harper has another juvenile article about the Tory ad supporting troubled teens. Jonathan Kay cuts him down to size.

Jonathan Kay: Meet Tim Harper, The Toronto Star correspondent for 2004

Jonathan Kay  Oct 24, 2011 – 10:54 AM ET | Last Updated: Oct 24, 2011 2:05 PM ET

Remember 2004? The federal Liberals do — with some fondness. It marked the last time that they could fight an election with the lazy claim that Stephen Harper had some sort of “hidden agenda.” The phrase was trotted out late in the campaign, when Paul Martin was growing desperate; but it was effective, because many voters truly did believe that Harper had some kind of radical agenda to roll back abortion rights, gay marriage, bilingualism, and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms more generally.

Three Conservative victories later, that’s ancient history. Whether or not Canadians agree with Tory policies, they know that the “hidden agenda” stuff is yesterday’s news. The Tories have been in majority government for almost six months, yet Canada has yet to be rolled back to the social stone age. Our commitment to gay rights and feminism might even be said to be stronger now than it was under the Liberals — because the government has taken such a firm line against the socially retrograde practices of unassimilated immigrant communities, which (as every honor killing shows) are the main threat to gays and women in this country.

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