A new poll suggests the Conservatives have solidified a substantial lead over their closest rivals, thanks at least in part to a lack of confidence in Liberal helmsman Stéphane Dion. The Canadian Press Harris-Decima poll, conducted Sept. 10-13, gave the Conservatives 40 per cent support across Canada, followed by the Liberals at 26 per cent.
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Harper has his head so far up George Bush’s back passage that George could get a gig as the two-headed freak at a traveling sideshow.
Harper’s comment that Canadians are becoming more conservative may have some validity in regards to some economic issues, but does ring true in all social areas. It is widely known that with every “Boom” there is an equal “Bust”. This stirs fear in Canadian hearts, which in turn makes them look for security in the future. The days of unjustified and senseless spending for most are gone. Its been replaced with a urgent need nurture a “nest egg”. Saving for retirement, children’s education and low economic points have become priority and for most fall on the shoulders of the individual. Being as pro-active as possible, in regards to one’s future I believe is one’s responsibility.
But with the growing awareness that the social status is shrinking between middle class Canadians and lowincome Canadians has given a stronger voice and need for safety nets. Cut backs in these specific areas in history have proven only to cause more social problems or amplify already exsisting ones. I believe cutbacks and higher taxes are not the answer. Government and policy makers need to look at already established social programs and assess what works and what doesn’t. Re-evaluate programs inorder to make them more efficient and cost-effective. The current middle-of-the road minority government, I feel is best in both the social and economical points of view.