Harper urged to backtrack on priorities
Fri, March 31, 2006
OTTAWA—A coalition of social activist groups is urging Stephen Harper to backtrack on a number of his priority issues, including child care and closer ties with the United States.
The Council of Canadians, Egale, the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, the Child Care Advocacy Association and the Quebec-based Coalition Solidarite Sante all say Prime Minister Harper is out of step with the majority of Canadians.
The activists offered these priorities:
– Honour the child-care agreements negotiated by the last government.
– Stop the trend toward privatized health care.
– Strengthen the CBC with stable, long-term funding.
– Reject a re-opening of the same-sex marriage debate.
– Stop talks on further economic and security integration with the United States.
“We believe these five domestic priorities require the urgent action and support of all members of Parliament,” said Maude Barlow, head of the Council of Canadians.
Harper has said he plans to stick to his agenda for the next Parliament, which opens Monday, including introducing a new kind of family benefit for child care. However, he said during the election campaign that a same-sex marriage debate isn’t a big priority.
Barlow said the prime minister should trim his political sails if he ever hopes to translate his minority government into a majority.
I have but one question. If Stephen Harper is so out of step with the majority of Canadians, how did he end up as Prime Minister? These commies, socialist underminers, lunatics, fanatics, anti-American left-wing nutjobs, activists will never be happy until Canada becomes a hyper-sexualized, pot-smoking, hooker (not sex trade worker)-lovin’, liberal freakshow Fabian utopia.