Wednesday, April 20, 2005
POLITICS AS USUAL: THE "HIDDEN AGENDA" TAG
I actually think its more than spin--FIBerals actually believe it.
I will recount a conversation I had last week with a GTA Councillor who was also a FIBeral candidate in the last election.
This person told me: "Listen, I'm a fiscal conservative. I believe in effiicient, smaller government, keeping taxes reasonable and I'm a big law and order person".
Sounds good right? Councillor X also told me that he/she grew up in a hard working, blue-collar household that prided itself on self-sufficiency and living within their means.
All good. But here's where it kinda goes of the rails.
Councillor X then follows up with: "But its health care. I can't side with the Tories on that one. I'm for public health care."
To which I asked: "Are you saying the Tories are against public health care?"
Councillor X replies: "Well, I know they have a hidden agenda on health care reform".
I, of course, responded by telling him/her that that kind of a reply will ensure that he/she doesn't get a copy of the Tories' "Handbook for Dismantling Heathcare in Canada"(tm) or a decoder ring.
But the funny thing is that Councillor X was basicially telling me this belief in the existence of a "hidden agenda" is why he/she is a FIBeral, and not a Conservative. Although he/she couldn't come up with a specific policy that offended him/her, it was this "secret plan" that guided his/her decision.
I'm not sure how many times we have to publicly state--both in speeches, etc and in our policies--that we have no plans to privatize/destroy/sell/eliminate/ban public health care.
It just seems that Canadians believe that Conservatives have some other plans we're not talking about.
That is what I think is keeping us in opposition. We address that, we will have a Conservative majority government.
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