Change for the better

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Change is a good thing.

From the poll numbers which rolled in from Monday's election, Flamborough doesn't need to be told that - the majority of voters here were pushing hard for change. But for those who are still squirming, thinking we're in the dying days of constitutional freedoms, take heart. The sun will keep shining in Canada. In reality, things haven't changed that much.

Let's strip back the hype of the campaign. All the scary ads. All the blurted promises. All the sweaty-palmed talk of social conservatism. And what are we left with?

We have a shrewd economist at the helm. A policy wonk. A nerd, if you will. One, which, although he may be a Christian (gasp), is not at all a social conservative, but is supposedly a libertarian at heart. This is a guy who hates politics, and the games that go with it. This is a change I can live with. What hasn't changed is the policies. The Liberals and the Conservatives are nearly identical. Neither wants to touch the abortion issue with a 10-foot pole, although both have rabid members from both sides of the spectrum to appease. Neither wants to dismantle our social programs. Neither wants to spend us into a hole.

So what's different? Well, Canada grew a backbone. We proved that we won't tolerate corruption, even from a party we're comfortable with. We've shown that these things deserve punishment, and that there's another option out there. This is definitely a change for the better.

The scandal, corruption and dirty politicking had to stop. Even before the scare ads, the Liberals were running a vigilant smear campaign. News outlets, including our own, were barraged by gossipy press releases, filled with juicy tidbits of Conservative "scandal." The fact that few, if any, saw the light of day, is a testament to just how laughable the "scandals" were. At least the Conservatives were up front. They bought ad time, instead of poking the media to do their dirty work.

I'm not saying that the Conservatives are squeaky clean. But they're hardly scary. Our own MP, David Sweet, was frequently mentioned on national TV for his involvement in the Promise Keepers. I don't know what this group does or says behind closed doors. All I know is what's on the website, and frankly, it doesn't scare me one bit. In fact, my husband could stand to join.

They feel men should cherish their wives, and maybe get off their duffs and help out a little. I'd be a little scared if that happened in my house, but I could get used to it. They also believe that men need to surround themselves with positive role models, to keep themselves on the straight and narrow. This is scary?

Women have long known the value of social clubs, whether it's a book club or a women's auxiliary. Men should have a social club too, and if they choose to spend their time learning new ways to treat their wives and children with respect, all the power to them.

If this is the best the Liberals can dredge up, Canada and Flamborough made the right choice. Well, maybe a few seats short of the right choice.

So what will Canada look like under Stephen Harper? Pretty much the same as it always has. He doesn't have the power to make scary changes, even if he wanted to.

The Liberals are probably already plotting Harper's demise, and preparing scandalous little e-mails to fire out to the media at the first misstep. They want Harper to fall, and if they have to go out of their way to set traps, they will.

I sincerely hope I'm wrong. I hope the Liberals take this time to shed their rot and build a positive vision. If they try this "scary" ploy again, then next time we'll really see what Harper can do, when he wins a majority.

Change for the better

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Change is a good thing.

From the poll numbers which rolled in from Monday's election, Flamborough doesn't need to be told that - the majority of voters here were pushing hard for change. But for those who are still squirming, thinking we're in the dying days of constitutional freedoms, take heart. The sun will keep shining in Canada. In reality, things haven't changed that much.

Let's strip back the hype of the campaign. All the scary ads. All the blurted promises. All the sweaty-palmed talk of social conservatism. And what are we left with?

We have a shrewd economist at the helm. A policy wonk. A nerd, if you will. One, which, although he may be a Christian (gasp), is not at all a social conservative, but is supposedly a libertarian at heart. This is a guy who hates politics, and the games that go with it. This is a change I can live with. What hasn't changed is the policies. The Liberals and the Conservatives are nearly identical. Neither wants to touch the abortion issue with a 10-foot pole, although both have rabid members from both sides of the spectrum to appease. Neither wants to dismantle our social programs. Neither wants to spend us into a hole.

So what's different? Well, Canada grew a backbone. We proved that we won't tolerate corruption, even from a party we're comfortable with. We've shown that these things deserve punishment, and that there's another option out there. This is definitely a change for the better.

The scandal, corruption and dirty politicking had to stop. Even before the scare ads, the Liberals were running a vigilant smear campaign. News outlets, including our own, were barraged by gossipy press releases, filled with juicy tidbits of Conservative "scandal." The fact that few, if any, saw the light of day, is a testament to just how laughable the "scandals" were. At least the Conservatives were up front. They bought ad time, instead of poking the media to do their dirty work.

I'm not saying that the Conservatives are squeaky clean. But they're hardly scary. Our own MP, David Sweet, was frequently mentioned on national TV for his involvement in the Promise Keepers. I don't know what this group does or says behind closed doors. All I know is what's on the website, and frankly, it doesn't scare me one bit. In fact, my husband could stand to join.

They feel men should cherish their wives, and maybe get off their duffs and help out a little. I'd be a little scared if that happened in my house, but I could get used to it. They also believe that men need to surround themselves with positive role models, to keep themselves on the straight and narrow. This is scary?

Women have long known the value of social clubs, whether it's a book club or a women's auxiliary. Men should have a social club too, and if they choose to spend their time learning new ways to treat their wives and children with respect, all the power to them.

If this is the best the Liberals can dredge up, Canada and Flamborough made the right choice. Well, maybe a few seats short of the right choice.

So what will Canada look like under Stephen Harper? Pretty much the same as it always has. He doesn't have the power to make scary changes, even if he wanted to.

The Liberals are probably already plotting Harper's demise, and preparing scandalous little e-mails to fire out to the media at the first misstep. They want Harper to fall, and if they have to go out of their way to set traps, they will.

I sincerely hope I'm wrong. I hope the Liberals take this time to shed their rot and build a positive vision. If they try this "scary" ploy again, then next time we'll really see what Harper can do, when he wins a majority.

Change for the better

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Change is a good thing.

From the poll numbers which rolled in from Monday's election, Flamborough doesn't need to be told that - the majority of voters here were pushing hard for change. But for those who are still squirming, thinking we're in the dying days of constitutional freedoms, take heart. The sun will keep shining in Canada. In reality, things haven't changed that much.

Let's strip back the hype of the campaign. All the scary ads. All the blurted promises. All the sweaty-palmed talk of social conservatism. And what are we left with?

We have a shrewd economist at the helm. A policy wonk. A nerd, if you will. One, which, although he may be a Christian (gasp), is not at all a social conservative, but is supposedly a libertarian at heart. This is a guy who hates politics, and the games that go with it. This is a change I can live with. What hasn't changed is the policies. The Liberals and the Conservatives are nearly identical. Neither wants to touch the abortion issue with a 10-foot pole, although both have rabid members from both sides of the spectrum to appease. Neither wants to dismantle our social programs. Neither wants to spend us into a hole.

So what's different? Well, Canada grew a backbone. We proved that we won't tolerate corruption, even from a party we're comfortable with. We've shown that these things deserve punishment, and that there's another option out there. This is definitely a change for the better.

The scandal, corruption and dirty politicking had to stop. Even before the scare ads, the Liberals were running a vigilant smear campaign. News outlets, including our own, were barraged by gossipy press releases, filled with juicy tidbits of Conservative "scandal." The fact that few, if any, saw the light of day, is a testament to just how laughable the "scandals" were. At least the Conservatives were up front. They bought ad time, instead of poking the media to do their dirty work.

I'm not saying that the Conservatives are squeaky clean. But they're hardly scary. Our own MP, David Sweet, was frequently mentioned on national TV for his involvement in the Promise Keepers. I don't know what this group does or says behind closed doors. All I know is what's on the website, and frankly, it doesn't scare me one bit. In fact, my husband could stand to join.

They feel men should cherish their wives, and maybe get off their duffs and help out a little. I'd be a little scared if that happened in my house, but I could get used to it. They also believe that men need to surround themselves with positive role models, to keep themselves on the straight and narrow. This is scary?

Women have long known the value of social clubs, whether it's a book club or a women's auxiliary. Men should have a social club too, and if they choose to spend their time learning new ways to treat their wives and children with respect, all the power to them.

If this is the best the Liberals can dredge up, Canada and Flamborough made the right choice. Well, maybe a few seats short of the right choice.

So what will Canada look like under Stephen Harper? Pretty much the same as it always has. He doesn't have the power to make scary changes, even if he wanted to.

The Liberals are probably already plotting Harper's demise, and preparing scandalous little e-mails to fire out to the media at the first misstep. They want Harper to fall, and if they have to go out of their way to set traps, they will.

I sincerely hope I'm wrong. I hope the Liberals take this time to shed their rot and build a positive vision. If they try this "scary" ploy again, then next time we'll really see what Harper can do, when he wins a majority.