When observing the Conservative ideologue performing its' ritual mating dance (on the campaign trail making stuff up), it's important to keep in mind the a lot of the promises made during the dance will never come to fruition. For example, today on the hustings Harper promised a $2.5-billion tax break pledge aimed at parents of children under 18 -- a measure that would allow parents to split, or share, up to $50,000 of household income for tax purposes providing tax relief for almost 1.8 million families who would save on average $1,300 per year.
But there's a catch: It won't take effect until the deficit is eliminated – a date that is at least four years in the future. So essentially, Harper is promising nothing!
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff couldn't help but note and said, “It’s like you come to a family and say, ‘I’ve got good news. First, I’m going to cut taxes for the biggest and most profitable corporations in the country and then maybe in five years, if you take a ticket and you’re patient and you vote for us a couple of times, and we’ll do something really great for you."
Pollster Nick Nanos doesn't think the Tories talking about a majority is a good idea saying that Canadians are not comfortable with the idea of a Conservative majority. Hopefully the idea scares the crap out of people!
A reminder from elections Canada that keeping track of Tory malfeasance has cost them one third of their budget since 2005, fully $1.3 million dollars -- this includes the "in and out" investigation which has been put off until after June.
Looking around at newspaper editorials from around the country, it's hard to find those who agree with Harper's assertion that the election is unnecessary. The Ottawa Citizen also mentions that Harper shouldn't be taking too much credit for Canada's outperforming its' G-8 partners economically noting that, Had Canadian banks lent in the same fashion as their U.S. counterparts or had former Liberal finance minister Paul Martin not got the books in order years ago, Flaherty might not have had the stimulus money to spend.
Ignatieff goes further and says the Conservatives are responsible for driving Canada into a record deficit position and gives the government no credit for economic policies which he says favours already wealthy corporations. "Tory spending on fighter jets, crime and punishment and corporate tax breaks are robbing Canadians of important social programs," he added.
And lastly for now, a bit of fun as Misty Harris over at the Calgary Herald grades the party leaders on their twittering -- as an added bonus she also lists the twitter accounts of all the leaders as well so you can follow along. Ignatieff by the by scores the highest, at a B- for his incorporation of other social sites into tweets, extensive reach, and valuable content but limited participation. Harper scored an F due to his limited engagement, canned writing style and limited use of site tools. Seems to reflect more than just their social media know-how doesn't it?