On Friday's show the head of the Steelworkers' union, an ex-Canadian, declared that Canada's Conservative Party was the nation's version of the Tea Pary. This is highly innacurate. Canada's Conservative Party is more like the US Democratic Party. It supports social security and single-payer health care. The head of the Steelworkers' union also described the Canadian Conservative party as bringing in legislation supporting voter suppression. This is ludicrous. The Conservative government passed legislation that required voters to present proof of identity when voting. That proof included a choice of 18 pieces of legislation. Canadians can vote by showing a driver's license, a passport, or two pieces of identifaction including two utility bills showing both the voter's name and address. Nothing could be easier. If the Conservatives were attemping to bring in Republican-style voter suppression then they failed miserably. Over 60% of Canadians voted - one of the highest turnouts in over 40 years.


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zapdam 4 years 18 weeks ago


The head of the Steel Worker is correct and you are wrong. The Conservative Party in Canada since the mid 1990's are very much an amalgamation of the US style TEA PARTY and a right wing US style Republican Party, born again religious fanatics , even down to refusing to accept science, global warming and the earth is billions of years old.

They are gun crazy as the US and actually have cancelled a multi million Canadian gun registry as soon as they were in power in 2007. They also made it 'easier' to aquire a gun in Canada through legislation they passed.

These Conservatives have been against our Publicly funded health care from it's inception and have opposed it every year since year one. When in power they put incompetents in positiions of authority in the health care sector to deliberately undermine the system and are constantly underfunding it creating bottle necks in service, then the right leaning corporate media almost on cue, publish big exposes on how poorly are health care service is running, until public backlash forces them to do something. They would start the erosion of our public health service if they could by continually delisting services, turning them over to the 'for profit' profiteers just like what is presently being done in United Kingdom , under conservative David Cameron.

Like in the US after 150 some odd years , the conservatives suddenly became paranoid that Canadians in droves were illegally voting in Canadian elections and have made it harder and more discouraging to vote. Plus like in the US these right wingers have been caught cheating on elections , some who have recently been jailed for their effeorts. The truth was of course the like in the US , these right wingers know that as the voting public participation drops right wing chances of winning go up and conversley go down as shown by their resounding defeat in this last election in which over 60% of Canadians voted.

As for seniors pensions, these conservatives opposed that also from its inception. Just recently defeated Stephen Harper had raised the retirement age from the traditional 65 to 67 and suggestions had been floated by his government it should be 70, cheating seniors out of thousands dollars of lost income, forcing grandma's into walmart as check out girls at 65 ,66 when they should have been retired.

These same conservatives have had an active attack on Canada's 150 year old Public Postal Service, and had tried to reduce and hamstring the service in effect make Canada Post uncompetitive, of course with the long term plan of turning our Public Postal Service over to the 'for profit' private profiteers, giving away tax payer infrasructure for free to their conservative financier friends, JUST like the conservative party of David Cameron has just recently done privatizing Great Britians 500 year old Royal Mail.

So don't believe anyone telling you these Canadians Conservatives are benign right wingers , democrats dressed in conservative black suits and ties, this is a world wide right wing conspiracy, to dismantle Public Government services and institutions and turn everything over to 'for profit enterprise', including tax payer infrastructure for free.

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