IS CANADA MOVING TO THE RIGHT?

Neil Reynolds, in the Globe  and Mail, says the political centre in Canada has been drifting to the right for almost 30 years – since the last Lib eral government (1984) of Pierre Trudeau whose excesses, writes Reynolds, pushed the country toward conservatism.  Every federal government since has governed to the right – with the single exception of Paul Martin (who had done so much for the country as finance minister.)  Progressive Conservative Brian Mulroney (free trade with the U.S.)  , Liberal Jean Chretien (fiscal restraint) and Conservative Stephen Harper (tax cuts). All remained firmly centred even as the country itself rotated slowly to the right.

During this election Harper increased the conservative vote 623.332 votes to a total of 5.8 million.

Is Canada moving to the right?

What do you think?

Harper will almost certainly be in power for two more terms.

2 Comments »

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    Neil writes:

    Every federal government since has governed to the right – with the single exception of Paul Martin (who had done so much for the country as finance minister.)

    I was out of the country for the entire time Martin was P.M. and for much of the time he was finance minister so I am not as au courrant as I should be regarding all the things he did while in office and while minister. However, it is my impression that despite being a Liberal, Martin was what must be considered very conservative because it was almost Martin single-handedly that tackled the deficit and, indeed, created a surplus for many years.

    Isn’t this considered “right-wing” and conservative? Or did Martin do other things that were so “left-wing” as to cancel out the financial stuff?

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    Neil McKenty Says:

    No, I thin k Martin will be remembered most for his fiscal prudencece. And, remember Tony, it was a Liberal prime minister, Jean Chretien, who went along with every move Martin made.

    Of course, the Martin government was brought down because of the sponsorship scandal in Quebec, left to Martin by the Chretien regime.


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