Let's look at the Federal Party Leader Report Cards, brought to us by the Campaign Life Coalition. The only leader that gets an A in life and family issues is Ron Gray, the leader of the Christian Heritage Party. Does he have any chance to form a government? Not even if every single CHP candidate gets elected. (There are only 59 of them.) I'd love to see the CHP getting a party status and holding a balance of power in a Conservative minority government but looks like we can't even have that. So what can we have?
Let's look at the report card again, shall we? Ron Gray has no chance - who else then? Stephane Dion? Strongly pro-abortion, pro-euthanasia, strong supporter of redefinition of marriage, legalization of marijuana, safe-injection sites, mac-daycares, freedom-snatching committees... Life issues - F. Family issues - F. Democracy issues - F. Is that what we want?
Or maybe we want Layton? The guy whose party not only proclaims abortion on demand as "women's right" but also campaigns for "increased abortion access" - e.g. government-funded abortion at any stage of pregnancy in a clinic across the street. Is that what we'd rather support? Harper is nowhere near a straight A SoCon, but at least he's got something other than all Fs.
Yes, Harper won't reopen the abortion debate. But at least he won't try to enshrine abortion in the Charter - something that was a part of the Liberal platform in the last election. At least he won't try to force New Brunswick to pay for clinic abortions on demand - his government has already dropped the law suit initiated by Paul Martin's Liberals. And there's more to that:
Under the Harper government a series of highly qualified and conservative judges have been appointed, most of whom would never have been thus elevated under a Liberal administration.Exactly. No I'm not saying that we should stick to the Conservative party no matter what. But at the same time - it's not yet the time for voting them out of power. Not until we have a strong SoCon alternative to Harper's FisCons.
For the first time in generations the law is open to less activist lawyers and legal theories.
Harper has taken most of the funding away from the court challenge program, which financed out of the public purse a whole variety of radical special interest groups and allowed them to challenge the courts on issues of no interest to the mass of people.
This was a make-work scheme for leftist lawyers and an enabler mainly for radical feminist and gay groups.
The government removed the tax grab enjoyed by extremist film makers, who were forgiven the taxes all of the rest of us are obliged to pay so they could make sexually perverse and grotesquely violent movies and television shows -- seen, by the way, mainly by their weird friends.
He's done just enough to show the right that he's more than worth voting into further years of power. Perhaps an increased number of MPs would allow him to institute more of what some of us had hoped for. Even if not, the alternative is ugly.