The rise of the ADQ in Quebec sure is interesting.
Imagine running on cutting taxes, reducing spending, shrinking the size of government and countering the power of public sector unions? "You're crazy if you think that will work," Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty would say.
But that's exactly what Mario Dumont said and by golly, he almost won! Mr. Dumont gained 36 seats and had a massive increase in his popular vote. This shows that ideas of scaling back government and limiting people's reliance on the state resonate with voters - no matter what province. Cutting taxes and focusing spending on priorities isn't bad either.
Stephen Harper on the other hand is convinced that sprinting to the centre is the way to majority power. How defeatist is that? Big Government Conservatism is his plan A, while Mario Dumont has taken a page out of the Mike Harris playbook - tell it like it is.
Interesting times. Mario Dumont can sell his convictions while federal Conservatives seem content to sell Liberal ideas of spend, regulate and complicate.
Are we doomed? No, but we need more Mario Dumont's in politics. People will buy what he's selling while our status quo politicians seem to simply want to sell recycled goods.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Posted by Adam Taylor at 8:16 AM
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