Time to end ABC move­ment in NL

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It is rather doubt­ful if very many politi­cians will re­ceive any great re­wards for telling the truth.

Pol­i­tics ap­pears to be fraught with a lot of dou­ble talk. Within that mi­lieu there is of­ten much con­fu­sion be­tween un­der­stand­ings and mis­un­der­stand­ings.

Per­haps the most mis­un­der­stood are the prom­ises that are sup­pos­edly made. The per­cep­tions of both the giver and the re­ceiver of the prom­ises are of­ten at vari­ance.

Ap­par­ently many New­found­lan­ders be­lieve that the Harper gov­ern­ment has failed to live up to prom­ises made to them. Whether or not that is true I, as an or­di­nary citizen, can­not make any real pro­nounce­ment upon it. How­ever, I do won­der if the New­found­land anti Harper rhetoric is re­ally jus­ti­fied. ;

Would the al­leged bro­ken prom­ises have re­ally been any dif­fer­ent had there been an NDP or Lib­eral gov­ern­ment? While the NDP have not yet had a chance to show how good they are at break­ing prom­ises, our Lib­eral gov­ern­ments of the past have pre­sented their share.â ¨ I must state that when I con­sider the ben­e­fits I, as an or­di­nary citizen, have de­rived from the cur­rent Conser- va­tive gov­ern­ment, I have great dif­fi­culty in ac­cept­ing the an­tiHarper rhetoric of Danny Wil­liams and other New­found­lan­ders who fol­low his lead.

My life has been favourably en­hanced as a re­sult of the cur­rent Con­ser­va­tive poli­cies and ac­tions.

I do ap­pre­ci­ate the Harper gov­ern­ment in its at­tempt to keep our taxes from in­creas­ing, its of­fer­ing of the in­come split­ting for tax pur­poses, its ef­forts to main­tain a fairly sta­ble econ­omy in a very trou­bled eco­nomic world, its ef­forts to pro­tect our safety and se­cu­rity, its sup­port of the na­tion of Is­rael in its en­deav­our to re­tain its home­land, and for the re­spect his gov­ern­ment has gar­nered around the world.

De­spite the Cana­dian an­tiHarper rhetoric, on the world stage Harper ap­pears to be a re­spected leader.

When one con­sid­ers the Muskrat Falls deal that our lo­cal politi­cians have be­queathed to our province, one may jus­ti­fi­ably ques­tion their right to claim Harper is bad for Canada.

Con­sider the great ben­e­fits that will ac­crue to the Cana­dian econ­omy in light of the Harper in­ter­na­tional trade deals. â ¨In light of the pos­i­tive achieve­ments of our Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment, I wish to en­cour­age New­found­lan­ders to con­sider a change in their anti-Harper po­si­tion and, for a change, vote Con­ser­va­tive this time in our fed­eral elec­tion.

Is it not high time we for­get and for­sake the New­found­land ABC pro­gram? Let us or­di­nary New­found­lan­ders show our re­spect for our Con­ser­va­tive ben­e­fits. Let us sur­prise the en­tire Cana­dian po­lit­i­cal scene by elect­ing all Con­ser­va­tives for our fed­eral seats. It could be the an­swer for a Con­ser­va­tive ma­jor­ity and the ac­crued ben­e­fits for New­found­land may be what we need to cope with the Muskrat Falls white ele­phant. If its bud­get over­runs con­tinue at the pace it has through­out its history, we will surely need a de­liv­er­ance.

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