Capitalism’s most dangerous enemies are on the right #elxn42

The far left can’t win without the aid of callous, complacent conservatism

“…If a humanitarian concern to ensure capitalism does deliver something for everyone isn’t enough to instigate reform, perhaps the recent experience of the Canadian right should provide sufficient motivation. There, the Progressive Conservatives had run the oil-rich province of Alberta for 44 years until May of this year, and they had begun to act as if they owned the place. They’d seen protest movements of the kind I’ve already described come and go. They’d become complacent. But everything changed three months ago. Alberta had seen its deficit explode because of the oil-price collapse. The ruling Conservatives told voters to look in the mirror if they wanted to know who was responsible for this mess and they announced 59 tax and fee increases. The only people spared from looking into the mirror were the oil companies and corporates.

No tax rises for them.”

  • DMB

    The most dangerous enemy of capitalism is socialism i.e. Wynne’s Ontario, Noetly’s Alberta and the worst of them all is Venezuela were there grocery store shelves are empty of food & other goods such as toilet paper.

    • As usual, those who bleat about socialism aren’t socialist for themselves.

    • Maurixio Garciasanchez

      Why don’t you tell that to Cubans that country it’s been in sanction for 56 years.

      • Clausewitz

        Ummm, what does this have to do with the case in point?

        • David Murrell

          Absolutely nothing. Maurixio has difficulty following a conversation.

  • simus1

    Alberta’s “long lasting Prog Conservatism” and previous Social Credit regimes were in response its experiences at the hands of Ottawa’s Liberal Fed regime in the Great Depression which treated Alberta as a backward fairly useless colony best left to the tender mercy of eastern railway interests, etc.

    As to the local practice of capitalism, it was mostly honoured in the breach rather than in the true spirit of the philosophy. Price fixing and exclusion of new competition were common virtues to those “on the inside looking out.
    Eventually the political process degenerated into a one party state but that doesn’t mean all players were “conservative” by a long shot. Opportunism was usually the guiding light and being as red or as blue as election conditions dictated in different areas was acceptable as long as you didn’t scare the horses.

    • Millie_Woods

      “..that doesn’t mean all players were “conservative” by a long shot. Opportunism was usually the guiding light and being as red or as blue as election conditions dictated..”

      Very true. And well said.

    • Alain

      Indeed they became “progressive” leaving behind the “conservative” bit.

  • Jay Currie

    Well, it may not have been obvious from the UK, but what happened in Alberta is that the Right split their votes.

    Which is not to excuse the dummies in the Conservative Party who elected a left wing leader. Nor does it excuse the spending spree the Conservatives went on for the last decade.

    Federally, people on the right are more than a little fed up with Harper consistently governing from the left. We have not seen our federal government shrink, the CBC still exists, Harper did nothing to help out in the fight for free speech and – C51.

    If Harper loses it will be because a lot of conservatives are sick of having a “Conservative” branded Liberal government. We may not vote for Trudeau or Mulcair; but we are unlikely to lift a finger to help Harper.

    • Millie_Woods

      Harper lowered the GST by almost 40%, dismantled the gun registry, repealed section 13 of the CHRA and introduced income splitting and TSFA’s. There is still much work to be done and I will vote for him again.

      • Waffle

        Otherwise, say hello to Detroit or Greece. Your choice. And for those considering a “strategic” vote, my mother did that back in 1990 and to her everlasting amazement and regret Booby Rae became premier of Ontario.

        • Millie_Woods

          Ya, Harper might not be moving as fast as I’d like, but at least he’s moving in the right direction.

          • David

            Not Quite ready to bite off my nose to spite my face, not yet anyhoo.

    • Alain

      While I agree, I remind you that the alternatives are far worse. Electing an NDP government in Alberta was cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face. There was Wild Rose as another choice. Both the NDP and Liberals at the federal level can do a lot of damage in a very short while if given the chance.

      • barryjr

        In one way I can’t blame the voters, you had the left leaning PCs and the Wild Rose Party that nobody knew what to think about after they defected to the PCs. I have to wonder if that bitch Danielle Smith isn’t somewhere living off an NDP payout for making the right totally unpalatable to voters.

    • I shudder to think of a federal NDP government.

      • David Murrell

        So do I. But big unions, media and corporations are gunning for an NDP-Liberal victory. The fix is in. At this point, the discussion should be on (1) who is going to replace Harper, and (2) where Canadian conservatism goes after Harper’s defeat.


    Bernie will fix it!