Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ignatieff: Harper worse than Palin on climate change

In a great speech full of vision and economic policy, I can't help but focus in on one of the best one-liners I've heard in quite a while:
"We're investing less in renewables than the state of Alaska. So when it comes to clean energy, Stephen Harper's not just behind Barack Obama, he's behind Sarah Palin."

{Video by Liberal Video}

Full speech is here, but I'll give you this additional poignant excerpt as well, but read the whole speech for both the sharper attacks on Harper's use of stimulus to fund Conservative ridings, and his general fiscal mismanagement, but also about what a Liberal government under Michael Ignatieff would look like. The election that comes, and it will come, will be about choices and whether Canadians think more of the same is good enough or whether Canadians think we can do better.

"Back in July, after the G8 Summit in Italy, Mr. Harper gave an interview to The Globe and Mail, in which he said, and I quote:

“I don’t believe that any taxes are good taxes.”

Think about that for a moment.

“Je ne crois pas qu’aucune taxe soit bonne,” a dit Stephen Harper.

C’est une d├ęclaration renversante pour un premier ministre.

It’s an astonishing statement for a prime minister to make.

We pay taxes, Mr. Harper, so that premature infants get nursing care when they’re born; so that policemen will be there to keep our streets safe; so that we have teachers to give our kids a good education.

We pay taxes, Mr. Harper, because we’re all in this together.

It costs us something, but it makes Canada the place it is: a place where we look out for each other.

But Stephen Harper doesn’t think that way.

Stephen Harper thinks no taxes are good taxes because he believes that the only good government is no government at all.

Liberals say no.

We don’t believe in big government, but we do believe in good government. If we give up on good government the way Mr. Harper has, then we will cease to exist as one great people sharing one great country—and Liberals will never let that happen.

That’s the difference between us and them.

That’s the difference between Stephen Harper and me.

His is an ideology of the past. An ideology that’s contemptuous of anyone who sees government as a means to do good.

It’s an ideology that vaporized the day Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy a year ago.

When Wall Street crashed, even the most ardent free marketeers turned to government to save the free market.

The last year has proved government’s value, as the guarantor of risk of last resort in the capitalist system.

The last year blew Stephen Harper’s ideology out of the water.

Liberals believe in good government. Canadians believe in good government.

You can’t get growth without good government."

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4 comments:

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  2. Sorry if the truth hurts Ted, but if you go over Inatieff's speech, you will see that it is full of nothing but platitudes and Liberal wishful thinking.

    "sharper attacks on Harper's use of stimulus to fund Conservative ridings" ''

    Do some research and you will see there are Liberal ridings that have been heavily funded, or should the Conservatives have just funded Liberal ridings and left out the Conservative ridings? If you like I can bring the numbers back for you, just let me know.....

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  3. Platty:

    80% of stimulus funding has found its way into Conservative ridings.

    Much of that has gone into cabinet minister ridings, like John Baird, where unemployment is the lowest.

    The government is funding overtly partisan ads to the tune of $34 million.

    Government chequest bear the Conservative Party slogan on it.

    The Conservatives were reprimanded for turning the Action Plan website into a Harper ad and they were forced to remove almost all of the ads.

    The Conservatives issue partisan attacks on other parties under Ministry press releases, and have been forced to apologize and reimburse the government.

    The Conservatives tried to scam Canadian campaign finance laws with their in-and-out scam. Now they just use taxpayer money.

    I'm sorry but they are slime.

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  4. Speaking of Ignatieff, have you seen this attack ad against him that popped up the other week?

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