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Edmund Onward James





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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 8:22 am    Post subject: Stockwell Day is a Mensch Reply with quote

I heard Stockwell Day at two speeches about Israel and their ongoing predicaments. He was pro-Israel and still is and so am I. As matter of fact I am pro-Zionism and I'm not Jewish. Neither is Mr. Day. I found him to be informed, articulate and focused. I liked his manner. The media and critics attacked him, unfairly. However, he never gave up because he was there for his country and people.

National Post editorial board: Stockwell Day goes out a winner

Stockwell Day pulled off one of Ottawa's great political comebacks.

Stephen Harper is Canadian politics’ wunderkind these days — having just steered his Conservative party to its third straight election victory, and its first majority since the days of Brian Mulroney. But today we pause to pay proper due to one of his predecessors at the helm of conservative politics, Stockwell Day, who is retiring after a 25-year career.

Born in Barrie, Ont., and raised in Atlantic and Central Canada, Mr. Day moved west to pursue higher education, and became a pastor and school administrator in Bentley, Alta. In 1986, he was elected as a Progressive Conservative MLA, representing the provincial riding of Red Deer North. Premier Ralph Klein appointed Mr. Day to his cabinet in 1992, where he served as labour minister, social services minister and treasurer. His greatest achievements came in the latter portfolio, paying down the province’s debt, cutting taxes and instituting a flat tax in 1999.

In 2000, Mr. Day entered federal politics, winning the leadership of the newly formed Canadian Alliance Party, which (and we admit this seems like ancient history) then was seeking to broaden the Reform Party’s base east of the Manitoba-Ontario border — a sometimes awkward, but necessary first step toward uniting the right in the future Conservative party.

Mr. Day defeated former Reform Party leader Preston Manning for the Alliance leadership with 63% of the vote. His style was cheerful and vigorous (he rode up to his first press conference astride a Jet Ski). But when Mr. Day woke up to a federal election campaign a scant two months later, even his sunny personality could not withstand the vicious, highly personal attacks from political opponents and the media. One then-prominent Liberal strategist brandished a Barney doll during a television interview, in open mockery of Mr. Day’s Christian beliefs.

It was an act of contempt toward a man’s religion — the sort of gesture that Liberals would have decried had it been aimed at a Jew or a Muslim. But in those days, anti-Christian bigotry was much in fashion among Liberals and their supporters. And the move was hailed as a bold stroke.

Critics went further, accusing Mr. Day of harbouring a hidden agenda, of being homophobic and of wanting to ban abortion. While Day himself made unforced errors, including a now-infamous reference to the Niagara river symbolizing a “brain drain” because it flows south (it actually flows north), it was largely a Liberal-led campaign of demagoguery that denied the Alliance its coveted breakthrough in Ontario. The party won 66 seats — six more than previously held by Reform — but only two in central Canada.

Mr. Day’s party nearly imploded in 2000, when a handful of Alliance MPs broke away to form a “Democratic Representative Caucus.” In 2001, Mr. Day resigned as party leader, and lost the Alliance’s subsequent leadership race to Stephen Harper in 2002.

After such a crushing defeat, many other politicians would have retired to lick their wounds in the comfort of a corporate office, far from the bruising environment of Parliament Hill. Had he followed the Liberal path, Mr. Day would have spent the next decade or two waging a passive-aggressive backroom campaign against those who ousted him, tearing his party apart in the process.

Not so Mr. Day. Ever committed to public service, he stayed on as an MP, and accepted the appointment as foreign affairs critic in Mr. Harper’s shadow cabinet. When the new Conservative party won its first minority government in 2006, he became minister of public safety, and subsequently served as minister of international trade and president of the treasury board. In all roles, he served Mr. Harper ably and loyally.

In the latter part of his career, as he had throughout, Mr. Day displayed not only graciousness, but great determination. He steadfastly defended Canada’s allies, including Israel. He helped advance Canada’s agenda on free trade, including in the Asia-Pacific Gateway. He chaired the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan. He earned the respect of both political friends and foes alike, which is a lot more than can be said for many of those Liberal doll-wavers, who fell into obscurity as Mr. Day was representing Canada on the world stage and shaping domestic policy in Mr. Harper’s government.

In Mr. Day’s own words, “The aim to improve your country has to be bigger than your ego.” If all our politicians felt that way, Parliament would be a far more honourable and productive place. Canadians — and conservatives in particular — owe Mr. Day a debt of gratitude for his years of service.
Pete McCoy





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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will never forgive the Liberals for the way they viciously attacked him. I think he would make a great premier of British Columbia if he decides to go back into politics.
Edmund Onward James





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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When will the Liberals love the country more than they love themselves?

They and the mainstream media activists attacked a good man, and many others that became politicians for Canada.

Stephen Harper constantly gets lambasted by the same, but he made sure that Stockwell was able to prove his worth, more than once.
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that Stockwell Day served as a warning case for Stephen Harper, and accounts for his stiff-arming the Parliamentary Press Gallery from his very first days in office.

In this last election, the Liberals basically forced an election on the 'narrative' that was created by resentful reporters. You know, the control-freak thing ... the tyrant, abusing Parliament, and all that stuff.

Only a very few of their members has the least bit of insight into this -- maybe Margaret Wente and Rex Murphy ... who else?

Are they going to let their anti-Harper venom push them into supporting the NDP in the same way, even though they seem hell-bent on reanimating Quebec separatism and race politics? I wouldn't bet against it.
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