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Alberta in Recession – Harper is Not a Conservative

Alberta is Recession – Harper is Not a Conservative

Alberta government made recession worse by ‘raising taxes on everybody,’

Federal Conservative Leader Stephen Harper may have opened a new battlefront with Alberta’s NDP premier.

After a campaign announcement Tuesday in North Vancouver, Harper said Alberta has fallen deeper into recession since Premier Rachel Notley was elected in the spring.

“We know why there’s a recession. It’s not because the government ran a $2-billion surplus. There’s a recession because oil prices have fallen by half,” Harper said.

“And the recession has been made worse because the NDP government came in and followed up by raising taxes on everybody.”

The recession has been made worse because the NDP government came in and followed up by raising taxes on everybody

Notley, who won a majority government by a landslide on May 5, has hiked taxes on large corporations to 12 per cent from 10 per cent and increased personal income taxes for those making more than $125,000 annually.

Harper is not really a Canadian Conservative

The following are notes for a short talk rabble’s Parliamentary Correspondent gave at an event in Ottawa, early in March 2015, sponsored by the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy, which is headed by Andrew Cardozo.

When I think of Stephen Harper I am not sure he is really a Conservative, or at least not a Conservative in the proud Canadian tradition.

Where Robert Borden and John Diefenbaker extended the franchise — the former to women, the latter to First Nations people — Harper is trying to limit it, with legislation he insultingly calls the ‘Fair’ Elections Act.

That legislation is so bad the Conservatives could get virtually nobody to appear before two parliamentary committees to speak in its favour.

For decades after he arrived in Canada from Punjab, India, Gurmeet Singh voted Liberal without hesitation, in gratitude for Pierre Trudeau’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But in 2011 he voted Conservative for the first time in his life, and now believes it’s the party he should have supported all along.

But although Mr. Singh thinks the Conservatives deserve at least one more term in office, he’s concerned that the party has “shifted more towards the centre.” He wishes it would return to its right-wing roots. It’s an increasingly common refrain