Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Harper Pledges to Support Atlantic Provinces

In yet another preamble to a new federal election, Conservative leader Stephen Harper today pledged to support the Atlantic Provinces against Ottawa. Prime Minister Paul Martin has recently been embroiled in conflict with the Atlantic Premiers over offshore energy royalties and softwood lumber. Earlier this month Newfoundland's Premier Danny Williams left a First Ministers meeting because of a disagreement with Martin. He and Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm are set to meet with the Prime Minister this week in an effort to resolve the conflict.

During this spring's election, the Prime Minister won 22 of the region's 32 seats while the Conservatives won 7. Mr. Harper claims that if the Liberals do not honour their election promises with regards to Atlantic resources they will suffer in the next election. Mr. Harper met with Mr. Hamm yesterday and encouraged the Premier to continue to fight and refuse to back down.

The sad fact of the matter is that this is a horrible example of elections interfering in the governance of the nation. Mr. Harper is desperate for any advantage in an upcoming election and is willing to severely damage Provincial-Federal relations to do so. However, the Prime Minister is not free of guilt. Mr. Martin is on tape promising the Atlantic provinces 100% of their energy royalties. If he no longer feels that the government can honour that promise he must explain why.

Our government is acting in a deplorable manner. Not only the Liberals, but the Conservatives and most certainly the Bloc Quebecois as well. Their behaviour is something which Canadian voters will have to keep in mind when they next go to the polls.


Blogger Marina974 said...

Every party in Canada has acted horribly since the election. Martin lies, Harper schemes, Layton is nuts and Duceppe bashes Canada at every opportunity. It's pathetic.

12:08 p.m.  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

The simple fact is that if this was going on in Alberta or BC the Liberals would be getting killed. They take the maritimes for granted, and the rest of the country ignores what them. What Martin has done here is horrible, he deserves to be kicked out of office for it.

12:44 p.m.  
Blogger Nylon said...

It is a sad fact that the maritimes are largely ignored. I don't think Harper can make much inroads in the region. The NDP stands to make huge gains here.

12:50 p.m.  
Blogger Caurus said...

Typical behaviour in the minority government world. Sometimes I think we need a new election right away, but I'm terrified the Conservatives would win. I thought the minority government would be great but it's a disaster.

5:21 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another example of the morally reprehensible Liberals. There is no excuse for the lies they used to get elected.

5:24 p.m.  

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