Wait for it.
“Conservative values are Canadian values. Canadian values are conservative values. They always were. And Canadians are going back to the party that most closely reflects who they really are: The Conservative Party, which is Canada’s party.”
Hey Mr. Harper, you talking to me?
I have news for you pal. Canada is not, and never has been, a Conservative fiefdom. I didn’t vote for you.
And apparently 60.38 percent of Canadians didn’t vote for you either.
In fact, you have one whole province where people would rather elect cocktail waitresses and students than Conservatives.
That’s got to say something about your so-called Conservative nation.
Sure, you got a majority — and I’d say you did it fair and square — but that just means you won the right to govern.
It doesn’t give you the right to try to imprint your right-wing, Sarah-Palin-loving values on the rest of us.
This is the land which cherishes other values besides the bottom line. We, the people, created medicare so that no Canadian family would ever have to go bankrupt because they couldn’t afford health insurance. We, the people, believe in a social safety net to help our neighbors in bad times. We, the people of Canada believe in the principle of collective bargaining instead of using the strong-arm of the government to legislate employees back to work.
Certainly, some Canadians who have become disillusioned with the Liberals are trying the Conservative Party out, just as some recently separated go out, get drunk and have unprotected sex. Still other Canadians — the majority of which are young — decided to sit this one out because they didn’t like any of the parties.
But they will soon see the consequence of their actions and look for a more suitable partner, one with compassion for the little guy, one with a social conscience.
We had hoped you, Mr. Harper, might be humbled by this election, and realize that you must forge new alliances at the centre and on the left.
But with this speech, you’ve made it clear that you’re going to bring the rest of Canada — the more than half of the country who didn’t vote for you — along your autocratic, narcissistic and myopic journey.
It’s going to be a long four years.