Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Time to get serious? Seriously.

Here we are on Tuesday night, 6 days before the election, 5 days of campaigning and advertising left. Every single seat projection out there has Conservatives in a minority government situation. As such, it is now meaningful to ask, "How should the Conservatives govern in this situation?"

I have an answer, and it is based on a crucial premise: a Conservative government of any kind may not happen again in the near future. It may, but it certainly may not. They have to govern as if this is their one chance, and if it is, they will leave Canadians with more freedoms than when they were elected. I also believe strongly that, if their minority government falls, they will be in much, much better position if they have staked out the right-of-centre unambiguously; that is to say, if they lose a confidence vote, it had bloody well be on one of the myriad of issues that 75% of Canadian politicians oppose, and 60% of Canadians support.

What I am trying to say is that there are probably 10 pieces of legislation that a minority Conservative government could table and consider to be win-win/win, in that:
A) successful passage of the legislation would constitute a victory for conservative principles, and a victory that could not be easily undone,
2) unsuccessful passage of the legislation would underline to "moderate" Canadians just how intrusive the federal government has become in the past 50 years,
D) this unsuccessful passage, in a "loss of confidence" vote, would benefit the Conservative Party in a snap election caused by the dissolution of Parliament

Over the last 5 days of the election campaign, I am going to count down these 10 potential legislative/budgetary moves the CPC could make to help both themselves and all of us. I will also guarantee right here and now, that if they attempt to govern as what Rick Salutin calls "a Liberal government not run by Liberals", they will lose the next election whether in 6 months or 4 years, and shortly thereafter be obliterated from both the left and a new right.

The list is in ordered by priority level, not necessarily the sequence in which they should be tabled. Suggestions are welcome.


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