Advocacy News - Harper draws the line ... to obscurity
January 21, 2005 (Updated with media responses, Jan. 27)
draws the line ... to obscurity
By Kevin Bourassa and Joe Varnell
it becomes clear that Harper is using ethnic minorities and making promises he
can't keep, the Conservative party leader might well find that gay marriage is
is bizarre, way out there," said a senior adviser to Nova Scotia Premier John
Hamm ... "The strategy has got our political people just shaking their heads.
Is this where you draw the line, really? How about dealing with issues that really
affect our lives."
If an election is scheduled for this year, as some suspect, Conservative party leader Stephen Harper has sealed his fate as being unworthy to lead Canada into the future. Instead he has ensured his path, and perhaps the fate of the Conservative Party, will be a slide into obscurity.
Harper took over the Conservative party last year in an attempt to shed the reputation of bigotry and intolerance that his previous parties (the Alliance and Reformers) had justly earned. The makeover was a spectacular failure thanks to dinosaurs like Randy White (anti-gay) and Cheryl Gallent (against women's rights). Harper has had the opportunity to distance himself from these clowns, but instead, he has maintained the status quo.
Yesterday Harper said, "I hate to say this, but I think you have to draw the line somewhere ... I believe we have to recognize the traditional definition of marriage in law. Otherwise, we will continue to be presented with demands that just get more and more radical."
"In fact, successive B.C. attorneys-general have resisted investigating the Bountiful commune precisely because they feared a constitutional challenge, and that was before gay marriage was even on the agenda," The Vancouver Sun wrote in a Jan. 24 editorial. "The linking of polygamy and same-sex marriage is nothing more than a mendacious ploy by those who have run out of arguments."
Harper has aligned himself with the likes of Catholic Bishop Fred Henry by promising to use the "coercive" powers of government - namely the notwithstanding clause of our Charter, to make gays and lesbians second-class citizens in Canada. He is attempting to appeal to recent immigrants who come from countries with less respect for human rights, by placing anti-gay ads in the media targeting new Canadians.
"That's not my Canada. It will never be my Canada." Paul Martin said today from China where the PM is on a trade mission. "Unlike Mr. Harper I will stand up for the Canadian Charter of Rights."
The Liberal party was quick to capitalize on Harper's stupidity. Despite losing the last election on the same platform, the delusional Harper responded "We're confident that our position is the position of the majority of Canadians."
Harper forgets his party has already lost one vote to invoke the notwithstanding clause to restrict gay marriage, he ignores polls demonstrating support for marriage equality, and he overlooks the fact that the notwithstanding clause would have no effect on the 8 regions where same-sex marriage is already legal, with thousands of these marriages now in existence. Denial, denial, denial.
"His government is one that would strip away the rights of individuals and strip away the rights of minorities," Prime Minister Martin said today. "During the election campaign Stephen Harper accused us of supporting child pornography, something he refused to apologize for. Now for him to accuse us of having polygamy on our agenda, I just can't conceive how anybody can say that and not understand just how ridiculous that he [Harper] must look."
You can tell Harper what you think by calling The Conservative Party toll-free number: 1-866-808-8407