100 reasons to vote for Harper Conservatives on Oct. 19, 2015

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Since first elected in January 2006, the Conservative Government of Stephen Harper have done a lot that is positive for Canada. Are they perfect? Of course not. But, they are certainly better than the alternative. Below are some 100 examples of policies and legislation, put into place by the Harper Conservatives that, in my opinion, make Canada better than what it was before they were elected.

  1. Adoption Expense Tax Credit increased — from a one-time $13,100 to 15,000 in 2014 (Link)
  2. Adult “Basic” Education Northern Initiative — announced by PM Harper on Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 2012 in Iqaluit, for Aboriginal people living in the three territories; (Link)
  3. Aga Khan and PM Harper open Ismaili Centre and Aga Khan Museum — a multicultural partnership dedicated to artistic & intellectual contributions by Muslims (Link)
  4. Age of Consent Legislation — raised from 14 to 16 effective May 1, 2008 (Link)
  5. Air India Final Report of the Commission of Inquiry — PM Harper apologizes to the friends and relatives of all those who died in that disaster (Link)
  6. Apology to Native People — by the Government of Canada on June 11, 2008 for residential school abuses (Link)
  7. Arctic All-Season Highway — a 137 kilometer project linking Inuvik and Tuktoyaktuk and the Arctic Ocean for first time (Link)
  8. Arctic Research Council launched to improve lives for people in the North — for resource development, shipping, marine safety, community infrastructure (Link)
  9. Benin Foreign Investment & Promotion Protection Agreement (FIPA) — legally binding rights and obligations with respect to investment in effect May 12, 2014 (Link)
  10. Beyond the Border Agreement with the U.S. — passed in late 2011, on perimeter security co-operation (Link)
  11. Boundary Dam at Estevan, Saskatchewan — site of carbon capture coal plant receiving $240 million in federal subsidies (Link)
  12. Canada Apprentice Loan Program — up to $4000 for those registered in any Red Seals apprenticeship training announced in January 2015(Link)
  13. Canada’s Citizenship Act Amendment — to reduce processing time to less than a year and reducing backlog by over 80% (Link)
  14. Canada/EU Trade Agreement — although ratification still required, an `End of Negotiations`Agreement signed on September 26, 2014 (Link)
  15. Canada Student Loan Program expanded — to include shorter-term duration educational programs of at least 34 weeks duration (Link)
  16. Canadian Wheat Board Monopoly Ends — Bill C18 removed the CWB’s monopoly regarding decisions made by many Western farmers to market their wheat (Link)
  17. China Foreign Investment Deal (FIPA) — while controversial, sets out legal framework to clarify obligations and rights re investment in Canada (Link)
  18. Chinese Head Tax Apology— by the government on June 22, 2006 (Link) (Link)
  19. Chinese Immigrant Provision — of $20,000 to every individual and/or surviving spouses who paid the head tax plus $24 million towards an “historical recognition program”(Link)
  20. Columbia Free Trade Agreement — went into force on August 15th, 2011 (Link)
  21. Consumer Product Safety Act — came into effect June 20, 2011 to ensure manufacturers do not market dangerous products (Link)
  22. Corporate Tax Rate — reduced from 18% to 16.5% effective January 2012, with another 1.5% reduction in 2012 to 15% (Link)
  23. Corrupt Regimes Act (C-61) – allows Canada to act upon the request of a foreign state to freeze the assets that their former leaders and members of their entourage, including family members, senior officials and associates, may have placed in Canadian financial institutions (Link)
  24. Czech Republic Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA)— went into force January 22nd, 2012 (Link)
  25. Devolution of Land & Resources in the Northwest Territories — from the federal government to the Government took place on April 1st, 2014 with the legislation receiving Royal Assent on March 25, 2014 (Link) (Link)
  26. Disability Savings Plan — part of the 2007 budget, it was fully implemented in December, 2008 (Link)
  27. Ebola Virus Eradication — Conservative gov’t committed $ 113.4 million to support health & humanitarian efforts in Western Africa (Link)
  28. Eeyou Marine Region Land Claims Agreement — between Canada, Nunavut and Grand Council of the Crees (Link)
  29. Employer Caregiver’s Plan — called the CECP, it is an attempt to help employers help employees who have caring responsibilities (Link)
  30. Employment Insurance Premiums Reduced —  in the fall of 2014 by 15% for to encourage small businesses to hire (Link)
  31. Exploited Persons Act — legislation that received Royal Assent to protect against drug, organized or prostitution type of crime (Link)
  32. Express Entry Immigration into Canada Program — when skilled immigrants to Canada will get quick entry so that they can contribute to economy (Link) (Link)
  33. Fair Representation Act — Bill C-20 became law on Dec. 16, 2011 and will come into effect for the 2015 federal election (338 seats in total rather than the current 308) (Link)
  34. Fair Elections Act — requires Chief Electoral Officer to lay out clear electoral guidelines became law on June 19, 2014 (Link) (Link) (Link)
  35. Fairness at the Pumps Act (C-14) – protects Canadian consumers from inaccurate measurements when purchasing gasoline effective August 2014 (Link) (Link)
  36. Family Caregiver Tax Credit — Bill C-13 established a new $2000 tax credit on December 15, 2011 to help families dealing with challenging medical expenses (Link)
  37. Family Income Splitting — families with children under 18 will be allowed to split income beginning in 2014 up to $50,000 with credit capped at $2000.00 (Link)
  38. Federal Infrastructure Plan — longest long-term plan in Canadian history supporting projects that enhance economic growth, job creation and productivity (Link) (Link)
  39. First Nations Transparency Act — passed on March 27th, 2013 and requires all First Nations to post financial records and documents on a website as of July 1st, 2014 (Link)
  40. Food Labelling Initiative — to clarify and modernize labelling on food products, including “Product of Canada” and “Made in Canada” claims (Link)
  41. Forest Market Opportunity Program — supporting innovation and diversification in the forest sector until March 2016 (Link)
  42. Free Trade Agreement — signed on July 2, 2009 — between Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (Link)
  43. Gun Registry Scrapped — as the legislation passed Third Reading (Link) (Royal Assent)
  44. Gender Equity in Indian Registration — legislation that addresses a court ruling on gender discrimination in the Indian Act (Link)
  45. GIS Improvements — for seniors in 2006, changed to allow for higher earned income — (Link)
  46. GST /HST– Goods & Services Tax Cut — From 7% to 6% and then to 5% (Link)
  47. Haiti’s Debt to Canada Cancelled — on June 25, 2010, at the G8 meeting in Huntsville (Link)
  48. Honduras Free Trade Agreement — completed and signed on November 5th, 2013 and will enter into force on June 19, 2014 (Link) (Link) (Link)
  49. Identity Theft Legislation– (Bill S-4) — received Royal Assent on October 27, 2009 — for obtaining and possessing identity information, trafficking in that information or unlawfully possessing or trafficking in gov’t documents (Link)
  50. Immigration and Refugee Protection Act Amendment (C-35) – to crack down on crooked immigration consultants who exploit prospective immigrants and undermine the integrity of Canada’s immigration system (Link)
  51. Income Splitting for Canadian Seniors — a change to the Income Tax Act for pensioners starting in 2006 (Link)
  52. Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement signed (Link)
  53. Infrastructure “New Building Canada Plan” — $53 Billion to support the renewal and construction of municipal infrastructure (Link) (Link)
  54. International Child & Maternal Health at U.N.– $3.5 billion committed for 2015-2020, building on Muskoka 2010 – 2015 initiative (Link) (Link) (Link)
  55. Internet Spam Protection — signed December 15, 2010 to protect consumers and business from the most harmful and misleading forms of online threats (Link)
  56. Jordan Free Trade Agreement — went into force on October 1st, 2012 (Link)
  57. Kid’s sport tax credit — up to $500 per child (Link)
  58. Kruger Mill Investment in Trois Rivieres, Quebec — Government to provide $15 million towards development of first cellulose filament production facility (Link)
  59. Kuwait Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into force February 19, 2014 (Link)
  60. Land Claim Agreements with First Nations — over 800 claims concluded since the gov’t came into power (See progress chart at this Link)
  61. Latvia Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into force November 24, 2011 (Link)
  62. Manley Report — approved (Report — click for PDF file at link)
  63. Mental Health Commission of Canada — established and incorporated as a non-profit corporation in March of 2007 (Link)
  64. Mission Against ISIL extended March 30, 2015 — to aid the people of Iraq and Syria (Link)
  65. Missing Persons DNA Index — $8.1 million allocated to develop, over 5 years, help matching missing persons to their families (Link)
  66. Northern Regional Development Economic Agency — announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Tuesday, August 18th, 2009 in Iqaluit, Nunavut (Link)
  67. Nunavik Inuit Land Claims — Agreement (Link)
  68. Offshore Health & Safety Act — Bill C-5 to implement Newfoundland and Nova Scotia Atlantic offshore accord with Royal Assent June 19, 2014 (Link)
  69. Ombudsman for Victims of Crime — Established (Link)
  70. On-reserve schools grant of $500 million — in 2014 to be available from investment of $5.8 billion Infrastructure Fund (Link)
  71. Panama Free Trade Agreement — went into force on April 1st, 2013 (Link)
  72. Peru – Canada Free Trade Agreement — adopted by Parliament June 18, 2009 (Link)
  73. Prime Minister Harper’s speech to Israeli Parliament — on January 20, 2014 (Link)
  74. Protecting Victims from Sexual Offenders — signed on December 15, 2010 to protect children against sexual predators (Link)
  75. Public transit tax credits (Link)
  76. Red Tape Reduction Act — passed in 2014 to make sure the One-for-One rule in law (Link)
  77. Research Excellence Fund for post-secondary institutions — $1.5 billion competitively available that results in long-term economic advantages for Canada (Link)
  78. Romania Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into effect November 23rd, 2011 (Link)
  79. Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication Award — in 2014 to PM Harper for the millions the Conservative gov’t has contributed to eradicate the disease (Link)
  80. Rouge National Urban Park Act– enacting and enlarging the Rouge National Urban Park in Pickering and Uxbridge, Ontario (Link)
  81. Safe Streets & Communities Act — passed March June 13, 2012 to protect children and communities against terrorism (Link) (Link)
  82. Self-employ Fairness Act — (Bill C-56) — provides special benefits to the self employed on a volunteer basis (Link)
  83. Slovak Republic Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into effect March 14, 2012 (Link)
  84. Small Business Tax reduction — through a Job Credit to lower EI premiums (Link)
  85. Small Craft Harbours Improvement Fund — provides an investment of $10.6 million (Link)
  86. Softwood Lumber Agreement (Bill C-24) (Link)
  87. South Korea Free Trade Agreement Signed on September 22, 2014 — 1st Asia Pacific Agreement with final legislative steps for full implementation on November 26, 2014 (Link) (Link)
  88. Tanzania Government Foreign Investment Promotion & Protection Agreement (FIPA) — went into effect December 9th, 2013 (Link)
  89. Tax cuts made 160 Times — since the Conservatives took office in 2006 (Link)
  90. Tax Free Savings Account with an initial annual limit of $5500.00 — which was raised to $10,000 in April 2015 budget (Link) (Link)
  91. Taxpayers Bill of Rights (Link)
  92. Taxpayers Ombudsman (Link)
  93. Temporary Foreign Workers Program — reforms made so that Canadians are hired first (Link)
  94. Ukrainian & Eastern European immigrants — Gov’t to distribute $10 million to educate Canadians about the internment in Canadian work camps during WWI (Link)
  95. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko invited to speak in House of Commons — indicating PM Harper`s full support of the Ukrainian people (Link)
  96. UN Global Fund contribution for mothers, newborns and young children — $540 million pledged for 2015-2020 by PM Harper and added to the $1.5 billion already promised at the G8 summit in Muskoka and G20 in Toronto, it is the largest contribution ever made by Canada to an international health institution (Link) A further commitment was made in 2014 for the 2015-2020 period for $3.5 billion.
  97. Universal Child Care Benefit — in 2006 $1,200.00 per year for every child under age six (Link)
  98. Universal Child Care Benefit Enhancement — effective January 1st, 2015, beginning July 1st, 2015, parents will receive $160.00 per child per month up to age six and $60.00 for each child aged 6 to 17 (Link) (Link) (Link)
  99. Victims Bill of Rights — Bill C-32 passed on June 18th, 2014 — (Link) (Link)
  100. White Collar Crime Act — Bill C-21 was reintroduced after the May 2, 2011 federal election and became law on November 1, 2011 (Link)
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Sandy is a retired educator, author & former conservative political strategist. She operated the first "Crux of the Matter" from 2006 until 2017 and opened this "Crux of the Matter 2.0" blog in late August, 2018.

95 thoughts on “100 reasons to vote for Harper Conservatives on Oct. 19, 2015

  1. Thanks James and Bocanut. It took me three months at a few a day. Feel free to pass this list around or use in any “Conservative” capacity on the campaign trail. Some people may not be interested in all the free trade arrangements and agreements, but they have had a positive effect on job numbers and the economic recovery since 2008 — regardless of what the opposition claim.

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  2. Great JOB Sandy . I will be using this list every day. Hope this year will see good health for you.

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  3. Thanks to everyone who appreciates this list. Re my health fhl, I feel remarkably well at the moment (touch wood)!

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  4. If it ainn’t broken, why fix it? The Conservative Paty is doing a fine job. Vote Conservative on October 19, and keep the counytry happy!

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  5. quite a few of those items are reasons why I do not consider the conservatives to be true conservatives. many of those items should not have been done and some of the money should not have been spent.

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  6. Great work Sandy, a yeoman’s job for sure. I’ve sent it on to my MP and hopefully it gets passed on to other MP’s.

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  7. And yet, I never hear a positive word about this government on CBC Radio..

    Even the middle-class friendly TFSA program is attacked for ‘benefitting the rich’. As if.

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  8. Interesting comment oldwhiteguy. Others may disagree, but IMO if the CPC were as far right as you would like them to be, they either would not achieve power in the first place or wouldn’t keep it very long. We are, after all is said and done, a progressive conservative/small “l” liberal country.

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  9. Sandy, thank you for the list. It is certainly worth saving and keeping as a tab on your site.

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  10. “We are, after all is said and done, a progressive conservative/small “l” liberal country.”

    Does this mean that Conservative policy has to continually tack to the left? If so, then there soon will not be any difference between Conservative and Liberal/NDP policy. In fact, some “Progressive” Conservatives are more left than than the left. Think Redford, Joe Clarke.

    Can be confusing when one can’t tell the difference.

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  11. I’m not sure Ken K. I only know that, having worked for an ONPC MPP in Ontario back in the late 90s, Mike Harris knew that Ontario would not elect a far right “reform” type gov’t. What he said more than once was that the province was fiscally conservative and socially progressive. I believe he was right in terms of the whole country. And, no, being fiscally conservative is not left as in Redford and Clark.

    Just my opinion. Perhaps others can speak to this issue. I can recall former Reform Party supporters saying (during the Chretien/Martin decade) that principles were what mattered. My point then as now, is that principles are fine, but unless your party is electable, principles matter naught. The Universal Child Care Benefit, OAS, GAINS, Pension income splitting, family income splitting, EI, Canada Student Loans, are basically the progressive policies that make us different from the U.S.

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  12. I’m thinking the success of the Harper Conservative government has been a miracle of sorts given that the PM was once a Reformer, a movement and it’s leader castigated endlessly by the MSM.

    Stephen Harper’s success has also shown some of the old green monster we call envy come from it’s founder, Preston Manning.. This success happened because Harper stole the middle ground giving the Liberals the squeeze. The Left went farther left with the NDP. God help us if they ever attained power given the mindset of the present leader on foreign affairs and dealing with terrorists.
    Scary stuff.

    I don’t think any far right Conservative could win in Canada today, Harper knows that. The budget coming out today seems to be bugging the media and the Opposition. You know it’s too good for their liking when they’re calling it an “election budget”…..well, HELLO…..what do they expect?!!

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  13. A wise man once observed that “Politics is the art of the possible”. Yest there are areas that I would like to see the Conservatives align closer to my world view but I have been around long enough to know that my opinion is in the minority. Therefore I don’t expect any political party to meet all my expectations. However that is not the point. Another wise politician once said, “Which way are the people going? I must rush to their front for I am their leader”. In other words politics doesn’t lead our society it reflects our society. If you really want to make your mark don’t go into politics go into offering your opinion.

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  14. Surprise of the day……Ontario Finance Minister Sousa says there’s nothing in the budget to help grow Ontario’s economy. Maybe he should have a chat with his leader about how to grow their economy while taxing people out of business and hog tying us all with regulations affecting most facets of our lives. Wynne has made this a nanny state, an economic disaster we haven’t yet felt the full brunt of. What’s left? Blame the Federal government for the mess.

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  15. A comment to “Bobbie.” The reason I am not approving your comments is because they include ad hominem attacks, as opposed to a simple disagreement.

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  16. Hold onto your hats, lock up your valuables, Ontario Budget to be revealed today. They’re in the red and in denial, what they can’t sell they’ll tax.

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  17. Oh, BTW, let’s start counting how many public service jobs will be cut. This is the issue Tim Hudak lost on by being honest…something that apparently doesn’t win elections in Ontario. Apparently the moral here is to make promises you know you can’t keep, outright lie or obfuscate to get elected and then simply break promises.

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  18. Reverb — I will not be adding C51’s passing on my list as it is just too controversial even though I personally agree with the need to do so. It is not the Cons Gov’t which caused it’s need.

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  19. Some say why? And I say why not? Vote Harper because he is a lot SHARPER, than what the opposition offers us today, which are all pipe dreams, until they run out of steam.

    [Final word edited by blog admin.]

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  20. Hi PM Harper,
    I just read of all the things you have done over the years of you being in office, Some not too bad,but really nothing much to benefit the seniors, being a senior your self some day,But you can bet things will change then.So you can be sure, you will not get mine or my husband’s vote… Sincerely Keith and Cheryl Forgrave

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  21. Not much for seniors? You have got to be kidding Cheryl. My husband and I are seniors and we definitely benefit from the income splitting. I assume you both earn a similar income if you don’t benefit as we do. Also, our taxes in general are much lower. What amazes me is that you really seem to think that you will somehow do better with one of the other political parties. Take a good look around you. We are the envy of the world for the calm we enjoy and given how the global economy is going, really need a sturdy hand on the till.

    Anyway, thanks for stopping by.

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  22. By the way Cheryl — I am puzzled why you said “Hi PM Harper.” I am Sandy Crux, a private citizen who lives in the Niagara Region of Ontario and have operated this personal blog for nearly ten years now. I am telling you this because Mr. Harper definitely won’t see your comment.

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  23. Sandy, Can you explain the $2000 Child Tax Benefit? #17.
    The original Canada child tax benefit was supplemented in 1998 by Jean Chretien’s government. And as far as I am aware it will be eliminated in 2015. I cannot find any information on the flat rate of $2000 for every child you mentioned.

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  24. Sorry Doug, I did not respond to your comment that the Chretien benefit was to be eliminated in 2015. I don’t know the answer to that. The 100 accomplishments on my list are simply the main things the Tories have done since 2006. But, one of the links seems to show that the NCBS is gradually being fazed out — which means what young families will be left with is the Conservative implemented CCTB which is around or just over $2000 a year if you have two children.

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  25. Doug, I am finding conflicting information between the UCCB and the NCBS and the tax credit. Definitely confusing for someone of retirement age. There is the Family Tax Credit which is up to $2000 per family or the increase in the UCCB which parents are now getting, which in some cases amounts to $2000.00 or more depending on how many children in a family. None of the cheques in the mail are related to the Liberal NCBS as they are over and above the NCBS, which as you suggest, may be phased out this year.

    Anyway, to avoid confusion I have removed # 17 and added the addition of the Rouge National Urban Park Act and the park which was recently increased in size even further. My latest post is on that topic as well. The number in my list is still 100 but # 17 will now be something else given my list is alphabetical.

    If anyone else finds a problem with my items, do not hesitate to let me know. It’s a big job for one person to keep track of. What I would appreciate are links to sources to help me out.

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  26. Doug — Here are the Quick Facts on that latest link I added at 12:37pm which I hope may help you figure this out. That said, I was wrong to put the tax credit amount at $2000.00 as I had already listed the UCCB and the Family Income Splitting.

    Quick Facts

    “All families with children under 18 will benefit from the new Family Tax Cuts and Benefits, which includes the Family Tax Cut as well as enhancements to the UCCB, Child Care Expenses Deduction and Children’s Fitness Tax Credit. Combined with other actions taken by the Government of Canada since 2006, a typical family of four can receive up to $6,600 in tax relief and enhanced benefits in 2015. Low- and middle-income families will receive two-thirds of the overall benefits provided by the Government of Canada’s new family measures.”

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  27. Sandy – Likely a good idea that you removed that. Here are the real figures that will challenge any reference to it.
    Joe Oliver has decided to quietly terminate the $2,255.00 per child tax benefit, that means you will now have to pay tax on that $2,255.00.

    He has also decided that you will have to pay tax on that extra $60.00/month, an annual increase of $720.00 to your income that you will need to pay tax on.

    So if you combine these two additions to your taxable income, your taxable income will go up by $2,975.00 for every child you have.

    If your tax rate is, say 17%, you will need to pay $505.75 more in taxes for every child in your care.

    He gives you $720.00 and takes back $505.75

    – and you are left with just a little over $17/month more for every child.

    Not something to be shouting from the rooftops.

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  28. I hear you Doug but given the cheques parents have received over the past nine years, they are way ahead. Plus, there are the cheques going out over the next week. In other words, my list is dealing with nine years plus the now. It remains to be seen if the Conservatives, should they win another majority, decide to terminate the child tax benefit. My bet is that when push comes to shove, they won’t.

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  29. Sandy – I would like to say that I am impressed with your ability to carry on an educated discussion, as most political discussions and questions that I have tried to engage people with are usually answered with rude and ignorant name calling. I am yet undecided on my choice, and I find your “blog” to be refreshingly civil. Keep up the excellent work.
    I may question a few other points as I do more research, and I know that I will get an honest and civil answer in my search for a candidate.
    Cheers
    Doug

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  30. You’re welcome Doug. I try to be civil. I do my best and sometimes make mistakes. If ever there was proof this blog has nothing to do with CPC or Conservative Gov’t that is it.

    I used to be an EA and Communications advisor for a Mike Harris MPP so learned how to write spin. I try NOT to do that here.

    The only comments I don’t approve are those that are not civil or are just Conservative bashing.

    The thing is, while the Conservatives are far from perfect, when I take a look around, I realize the country is doing as well as expected or better in a global economy. Had the Liberals elected a leader like Garneau, their party would be way ahead now. What people are looking for is strong leadership, even if we don’t always agree. I don’t see that in either Trudeau or Mulcair. With either we would definitely get a “price on carbon” — spin for tax increase. 😉

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  31. Sandy – I mistakenly indicated that the Child Tax Benefit would be terminated. It is actually the Child Tax Credit that has been terminated. It was a $2,255.00 amount that could be deducted from your taxable income for every eligible child under 19.

    The Child Tax Benefit however, will not be terminated. The Child Tax Benefit is a joint initiative of the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, and First Nations that provides additional benefits to extremely low income families.

    The newly enhanced Universal Child Care Benefit will ‘replace’ the terminated Child Tax Credit in 2015 and is considered as taxable income as indicated in the CRA website.

    It is very confusing as the names are all similar but in the long run, and without proper tax counsel, most of what we gain will be paid back in additional tax. It will be wise to seek counsel of a good tax accountant to ensure that one is getting all the benefits they deserve.

    These measure are already in place and have received royal ascent and, regardless of whom is victorious in October, will likely remain unchanged.

    Cheers

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  32. I loved Mike, he put up a good fight, and being in communications myself, I was most impressed when I rec’d a video cassette at my door pre-election, outlining Mike’s vision for Ontario. You will likely remember that marketing initiative. For me, that nailed it.

    Cheers

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  33. Doug — I encountered the same maze of info this morning. Talk about confusing! So, when I added the Child Tax Credit of $2000 to my original 100 list, I was actually right — but if it is being terminated, it is just as well that I removed it.

    I don’t think you should assume if Liberals or NDP win a minority or majority, everything will stay the same. Actually J. Trudeau has already said he would change the UCCB in some way. However, I will not research his policy as I have no intention of giving the Liberals a plug.

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  34. Re Mike Harris — Yes, I remember that video and you know what, the Harris PCs did exactly as they said they would! Who can forget Ernie Eves saying over and over during his budgets: A promise made, a promise kept.

    And, in spite of Ontario booming just prior to the SARS epidemic, the Ontario Liberals and their supporters still claim he ruined Ontario. Just not so. I remember. I was there! They were right to take the taxation powers away from school boards. Trustees were paying themselves full salaries in some boards, like Scarborough. The amalgamation of some Ontario cities? I believe that the Harris PCs should not have done because the fallout is apparently still felt.

    Is Patrick Brown another Mike Harris? I doubt it but I am open to being wrong.

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  35. Doug, I agree fully with your comments about Sandy’s dedication and civility.

    The Conservative child benefits since 2006 have reduced child poverty in Canada at a record rate — indeed, the biggest drop in history. But the child tax credit didn’t really help the low income earners who needed help the most. They didn’t have enough income to reap the benefit. So, it’s being replaced by actual benefits paid 12 months a year, rather than by a tax credit seen once a year by only those who qualified. The benefits are simplified and go out monthly. The additional $60 a month for every child under 18 will make a huge difference for struggling families everywhere. Sure, it will be taxed back from the wealthiest, but that means testing will be by Canada Revenue Agency once a year instead of being done by a dedicated agency just to means test applicants. The overall impact is huge for families and for the economy — in effect, it’s a huge tax cut for families. The fact it’s worked so well since 2006 for children under 7 shows why it’s been expanded to encompass all those under 18.

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  36. D. Zaster — I do not approve any new comments unless the person’s real name is used in the email address. Plus, this is a positive post. If you want to disagree with a particular item or items, please provide links to either prove your point or disprove mine.

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  37. Reminder: I do not approve comments unless I have known the commenter for quite awhile and/or they use a real name in their email.

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  38. Thank you very much for doing this. As most of the sorts of people I work with suffer from advanced cases of Harper Derangement Syndrome, I am inundated with articles and screeds about Mr Harper’s “lies” or scary stories about “hidden agendas” etc. Your piece shows clearly that, perhaps more than any previous government, Mr Harper’s government has told people that kinds of things they were going to do and that they deliver on their promises, at least when the courts permit them to do so.

    Only the blindest partisan would agree with everything that any government does, and I have often wished that this government would have themselves amended bills to remove flaws in their drafting or have been clearer in answering the criticisms that their legislation has received. Still, you have shown that Mr Harper’s government has compiled an impressive record of legislative and administrative accomplishment in two minority governments and one majority government in the face of almost unprecedented attacks from the Opposition parties, organized labour and other activist groups, and the vast majority of the legacy media. Even considering everyone’s favourite stick to beat the CPC donkey, the Senate, I note that the scoundrel senators have been appointed by a range of Prime Ministers from the Liberal, Conservative, and Progressive Conservative parties, and that most of Mr Harper’s appointments have been of men of women with real records of accomplishment.

    To date, the Opposition parties have offered only vague and saccharine platitudes (“governing from the heart out”) or contradictory messages in different parts of the country (or messages that contradict the stated positions of their candidates). I can only hope that on Election Day, Canadians give a real thought to the improvements made by this government for ordinary working Canadians and weigh that against the marginal and ephemeral whining of journalists, academics, and agenda-driven activists. Real government of a country as large, complex, and diverse as Canada requires strong, sensible, and responsive leadership, and this is what Stephen Harper has provided.

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  39. Hi Sandy, I know your list was for 100 accomplishments, but there was a bill passed in the Senate just before
    Parliament went out for summer recess, that I would concider very important especially in light of the election
    that has now been called. I am speaking about Bill C-377, where the Unions are now being forced to
    open their books to their membership, thus making their membership aware of how their dues are being
    misused.

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  40. Thanks Dana. I agree. There were other bills that I missed as well. At some point I had to quit. But, we’ll leave your comment here so others can see it. Much appreciated.

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  41. Is there a website that debunks or clarifies any of these listed? Sorry, I’m not trying to be a troll here, I have only recently started reading up on each of Canada’s choices and who I should vote for, but I have read that some of the things that were passed that seemed good actually ended up being worse, for example #98 where overall my family will get less money now than we used to for each child. It would be nice if each of these accomplishments were followed up with some additional explanation (on another website, for example so as to not take away from this one).

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  42. Brian Y. I am a former academic so I made sure to use government non-partisan sources. Each and every item is validated as it were. I am also only one person who did this as a volunteer. Read each item and then read each source beside that item. That is the only explanation that is needed. If you find any errors, let me know.

    I have family who benefit greatly from the family income splitting and the universal child care program. You are the first to say you get less when, in fact, every child over age 6 now get $60.00 a month and children under six get more as well. So, your claim of getting less money is very strange to say the least. If you have a sourced link to prove that others will get less as well, let me know in a comment.

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  43. Hello Sandy, I’ve read with interest each of the comments and responses on your 100 reasons blog post. It is indeed refreshing to find someone providing input for thinking people. There are so many jumping on the proverbial bandwagon to discredit Mr. Harper, you have to wonder from where the motivation originates.

    We are living better, freer and safer than most other countries today … even in the free world. Those that don’t know that and think about just what that means, I’m sorry for them. They don’t think much.

    I am a Vet and just lost my pension bridge at age 65. This gave me an old age security that added $148. to my income and is pretty much the standard for Vets right across the board. Many are down on the Harper government for what they see to be neglect for our men and women in uniform but I remain both hopeful and expectant, that there will be widespread reform of our National Defence policy and support for the forces both serving and disabled by service in the next term.

    Your list covers many issues previously left unaddressed and neglected by previous administrations, if they were considered to be issues at all. It is my belief that Mr. HARPER has changed the face of what should be government priorities, forever. Many people, not just minorities, are living better in 2015 than they ever did in 2008 and it was probably the smoothness of the transition facilitated by the late Mr. FLAHERTY that has caused them to forget this over time.

    The bottom line here is that this list of the Harper Conservatives accomplishments in light of the attacks and betrayals, scandals and combined efforts of the opposition to discredit the man himself, is bordering on the miraculous. The thinking people of Canada will realise this and share it freely which may then cause some of the hard core haters to change their thinking, once the list is studied and reflected upon. It is a good effort on your part and I thank you for putting it together.

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  44. something else that shuts people up complaining the new money for families is taxable benefit…last year they doubled the sports activities tax deductions allowance per child and increase children’s music/arts fee deductions… so ya sure the new money is taxable, but if your spending it on activities for your kids it’s also associated directly into your deductions anyways…so the money goes back into the grass roots of funding those activities which takes the burden of running and funding those programs from the govt and indirectly finances them as a “pay by usage” method…simply brilliant.

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  45. This doesn’t convince me. He wants to take away unverisal health care, put in more factories, take away woman advocate rights, make your children pay for grade school and secondary education and much more awful things. The parties like liberal and NDP will do all of this stuff still and even make it 10x better plus if you haven’t notice Stephen Harper now starting to corrupt our government and that list you made he’s going to take those away and make other countries pay and raise money. Just voicing my concern.

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  46. Mary, I approved your comment simply to show readers what the Harper Derangement Syndrome looks and sounds like. Nothing of what you say you are concerned about is true. Our health care transfers have increased. Any third party ads you saw about Health Care transfers were complete lies. There have only been transfers for health care to the provinces. What the government did was say the increases would gradually decrease to 3% of GDP. However, no matter how you calculate it, that is an increase, not a decrease.

    Elementary and secondary education is provincial and nothing to do with the federal government. The Harper government is not corrupt. A few Senators took advantage of their entitlements. That’s it.

    When the Liberals were in power we had the Sponsorship Scandal. That was government corruption. Over $40 million to the Quebec Liberal Party — money that has never been paid back.

    We also know that the Mulcair NDP used nearly 3 million of taxpayers dollars to put satellite offices in ridings where they had no elected MPs.

    I hope you become more informed. How you vote is up to you but the untruths and exaggerations you quote are truly scary — because it indicates that likely other Canadians may believe them as well.

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  47. To those who have recently left me comments about this or that, I am one person and a volunteer. Therefore, I do not intend to offer more than what I have here. Any complaints should be addressed to the sources in my links. For example, in terms of # 89, there have been 60 tax cuts according to the source I used. Other than that, I would recommend questions be addressed to the Conservative Party of Canada.

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  48. Actually, further to # 89, after re-checking with the source in my link, I find I was wrong. There have been 160 tax cuts — not 60.

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  49. To Rick — what does how many has been convicted under the White Collar Crime Act got to do with the fact that it became law. In other words, it is not up to me to answer your question. I simply have put up some of the Conservative legislation that has passed that can be seen as positive to many Canadians.

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  50. Yes, I agree most of the policies are passed so they can be seen as positive to most Canadians but are never enforced . All smoke and mirror to make Haper look like his looking something positive .

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  51. Rick, your anti-Harper bias is showing. Few prosecutions regarding a Bill is not new. A quick Google search brought up the Paul Martin Liberal Bill C-45 for workplace negligence. Only ten have so far been charged under that law. But, had there been no such law, those ten would have not been charged either.

    So, I don’t accept your complaints. The White Collar Crime Act was and is a positive outcome whether you believe it to be or not.

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  52. I’m sure Sandy that if I looked at all of the 100 in detail, I would agree with some of them. Many of them, I know nothing about. There is one that I didn’t see that is probably the best thing that government did while in power and that was remove the restrictions on the interprovincial sale of of alcohol. It was a Conservative private members bill. Not let me take umbrage with a few of the ones that you list. #34, the Fair Elections Act. I clicked on the first link you provided and here is a quote from the first paragraph: the Chief Electoral Officer stated that the bill contains measures that “undermine its stated purpose and will not serve Canadians well” This act is running joke in every article that I read about it. It has attracted the attention of foreign journalists who regularly ridicule it. As far as I am concerned, it is an act that clearly exemplifies why I do not trust Stephen Harper nor his government. They routinely pass laws that fly in the face of the experts. They do not listen. You wisely chose not to list C51 because the Canadian Bar Association has stated that it will get demolished in the courts. I fail to see how rushing through laws that have no chance of actually working is good governance. It can also be easily argued that your # 46, the GST tax cuts, played a large role in turning the surplus into a deficit before the 2008 crash. Just because we don’t want to pay taxes doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea not to. Oh and before you go and label me as suffering from Harper Derangement Syndrome, I was a loyal Tory who voted blue up to and including Jean Charest’s leadership. I voted for Mike Harris. I would never use the word progressive in association with the current federal conservatives. The way the have wasted money and hidden that fact on the F35 fighter jets makes me question if they are even in any way fiscally conservative. I don’t want this to become a rant but one last thing, in spite of the listed accomplishments with regards to First Nations, I think you would be hard pressed to find a majority amongst their peoples who currently hold a favorable view of that government. Their grievances with regards to environmental issues and the horrific murders of their women are not being addressed.

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  53. Thank you for your comment James Murray. No government is perfect. I don’t recall the thirteen years under Chretien/Martin being any different in terms of “listening.”

    Regarding murdered and missing Aboriginal women, over the last 40 or so years, there have been dozens of inquiries and commissions. Unfortunately, the problems and possible solutions are politically incorrect to suggest.

    And yes, given how all your glasses are half empty, you do suffer from HDS.

    Anyway, on October 19th, your alternative to the Tories will be??????

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  54. Interesting link Rick on Mulcair not being “left” enough. Mr. Harper has the same problem in that a lot of conservatives say he isn’t far “right” enough. But, that’s the thing, no PM is perfect and no government is perfect. We just have to pick one that is as close to our beliefs as possible. For example, my grown (middle class) children are all concerned about losing their family child care benefits and family tax splitting. So, while they don’t like everything the Tories have done, they will vote for the Conservative candidate again — who just happens to be Tory MP Rob Nicholson.

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  55. Now Sandy when I give you strong arguments from the experts and the best you can do is say that my glasses are half empty I have to wonder if you need stronger glasses to see clearly or whether you are just wearing I will always vote conservative blinders. Please don’t forget that as bad as the Sponsorship Scandal was, when Martin left office there was a surplus. Oh and one of the reasons that the Sponsorship Scandal came about was that those Liberals were in power way too long. Voting conservative in the upcoming election for me is condoning Robocalls, is condoning Duffy, is condoning Del Maestro and all the other scandals. By condoning scandals, you tell the government, yes it’s ok to cheat and lie and it will just get worse. I have very little faith that if Harper were to become Prime Minister again that he would not out-Chrétien, Jean Chrétien and commit something even more heinous than the Sponsorship scandal. He has out-Chrétiened, Jean Chrétien in so many ways; omnibus bills, vicious attack ads, atrocious senate appointments, that the sponsorship scandal is well within his reach.

    As to my alternative, as so many of the most loyal Canadians (veterans) are calling for, right now, I’m ABC (anyone but conservative) that being said I still haven’t forgiven those Liberals who voted for that attack on our constitution that is C51.

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  56. I think maybe there is a generation gap between us James. I have no idea how old you are but when I voted for the first time it was for John Diefenbaker. Thereafter I voted twice for Pierre Trudeau, twice for Mulroney and twice for Chretien. I have no blinders on. I can just see what the alternative to the Tories will look like. I also took a leave of absence from Academia and worked for a Mike Harris MPP following the Bob Rae debacle.

    As the saying goes, been there and done that and did not get a T-shirt.

    In other words, I have never been a diehard anything. Which is why I allow negative comments on this thread.

    I simply see the glass half full. For every comment you have that is negative, I could give it a positive. It is just that I see things differently.

    So, we will simply have to agree to disagree.

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  57. Well then I will allow my hopes to be kept alive by the fact you do see the glass as half full.

    It would be about a generation between us, I think my first federal election was Mulroney.

    It’s been fun debating with you.

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  58. Great work. The common sense firearms act should also be in this list. It’s a great piece of legislation that will help gun owners all accross Canada. Although in only scratches the surface of terrible law C-68 that the liberals made.

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  59. Thanks for that info C. Tremblay. Since I am not adding to this list at the moment, visitors to this page can read your recommendation.

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  60. You missed 2 major accomplishments, 2 recessions!
    Actually in the last 100 yrs every recession has occurred while under conservative governments.

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  61. Stevecha — Whoever you are, that is the most ridiculous statement I have ever heard. Like during WWI and during the 1930, which was the worst depression ever recorded. Then, there is the early 1980s, early 1990s and so on. Economic cycles come and go for all governments. We live in a global economy. The Canadian Conservatives did not cause the 2008 event, which started in the U.S. and our current one was only a downturn and is now on the rebound because of dropping oil prices. Real estate is booming as other industries. If you don’t like the Harper Gov’t say so. Otherwise, stop talking nonsense.

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  62. To clarify your misinformation Stevecha, that pver the last 100 years, only Conservative governments have governed during recessions: The 1929 Great Depression started in the U.S. and Liberal PM William Lyon Mackenzie King was PM. In 1930 he was replaced by the Bennett Conservatives. But, in 1935 King became Liberal PM again until the late 1940s. The Great Depression did not end until WWII and that period was recessionary to say the least. Only after the war did things pick up again.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Lyon_Mackenzie_King
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression_in_Canada

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  63. That’s great work! Now the rest of the Tories on the internet should copy and paste it everywhere…. Politely.

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  64. Thanks Will. I hope lots of people will post this and hundreds of tweets have already been sent. Mind you, regular reminders would help too.

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  65. Well Sandy; I have to add just a few comments here. I won’t get into a debate with those that refuse to understand that we all vote the way we do for very personal reasons. No amount of persuasion or propaganda, slur campaigns or wild promises should change that.

    For those Veterans who believe the worst of Stephen Harper, please note. i am the last of my family of 4 service members with an accumulation of 100 years of service to King, Queen and Country.We served during WWII, Korea, and the Cold War in Army, Air Force, Commandos and Navy. I am a senior citizen now being looked after by the VIP program for my wounds, a military Pension, a Veteran’s disability pension and with CPP and OAS, I especially in light of the current benefits offered to most civilian retirees, feeling that I am by far the more blessed among the many of my civilian friends and family. Yes, I worked for it, sacrificed for it and some would say, earned it; but when I see today’s Veteran squabbling over little things and claiming entitlement, it grieves me to imagine how ungrateful some people can be. Most full term veterans are living better than their public sector neighbours today and if you aren’t, you may just have pissed it up against the wall in the years when you should have been planning ahead. Some of us did, others did not.

    I personally feel that Mr. Harper has done what he can to get the job done to fulfill the promises he made all along the way and I believe there is yet time and part in his plan to look after the new generation of disabled and damaged lives from recent conflicts. No government can do anything with the mess left by their predecessor but slowly and surely fix the problems and mend the lives, one step at a time.

    And as far as many of these so called scandals go, part of any oppositions plan throughout history has been to attack the weakest point of the defense from both the outer flanks and through subversion and deception, infiltration and espionage from the inside. If you have a military background and have studied the mechanics of warfare, you’ll be quick to understand that things are not always what they seem. I personally give the current administration high marks for damage control throughout their tenure and look forward to working with them to forward the security, safety and prosperity of Canadians in the new term.

    As a final thought. Consider for just one example, that either one of the others may become responsible for and decide where to deploy our F18s. Pretty scary in my mind. But then again the one would be quick to paint big red stars on the wings and the other to modify them for dropping water, blankets and leaflets, rather than bombs and bullets. So for the short term at least, many unwary and uninterested Canadians would never see the damage this might do.

    Remember when you cast your vote next month, that elections are most often won on promises made, not results realized and when it comes to the Liberal record in the provinces in the recent years…..well I really don’t think i need to say more.

    Sorry Sandy, that my few comments got a little involved. Thank you for your response to James. i trust that we will both maintain a greater degree of respect and decorum though out the coming weeks simply by following your stellar example in dealing with this issue and those who have followed the subject of your original message. My best regards to you both.

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  66. Thanks for posting Sandy. I am not a Harper fan and hope he gets defeated in the next election as there is a counter list to the above that scares the hell out of me. I do want to thank you though for reminding me why he still has 30% support. I have never understood why Harper supporters actually still support him. Most people I have spoken with respond with, “It’s who my parents voted for” or “It’s just what I believe.” I appreciate someone taking the time to actually provide some sound reasons. I am not anti-conservative by any means, I just feel Harper has to go. As someone who has written research reports on the Canadian manufacturing sector, professional services and also succession and estate planning, his put all our eggs in one oil barrel approach at all costs to R&D and the environment has me scared for the future of this great country.

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  67. Steve — I hear your frustration but be very careful of your vote. I had to hold my nose and vote for Chretien a couple of times. But, the cure would likely be much worse than the ill if we got a Trudeau or especially an NDP government. Your taxes would increase significantly.

    In other words, don’t let your dislike for one man shoot yourself in your foot. Check out these 15 economic reasons to vote Conservative. The threat is real. I lived through the Bob Rae NDP gov’t and it was much worse than the Conservatives. Many of the reasons people give for not voting CPC are simply allegations.

    For example, yesterday I got into a Twitter discussion with someone who was claiming Harper lied about this or that. What it came down to is that once in office, like all PMs, he had to change what he had promised. I explained that was simply leadership hitting reality. Like Harper saying he would never appoint Senators. Well, once in office, the SCC told him he had to appoint Senators as it was in the Constitution. He is no longer appointing and getting a bum rap that he should. In other words, be very wary of the scare myths.

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  68. I agree with you the other candidates don’t feel strong for federal leadership however, in Canada we don’t get to vote for a one person show or an MVP do we? We vote for the best party (and primarily at the local level which of course effects federal levels of decision.) I’ve contacted my local candidates and plan to vote for what I understand and something I can measure. I enjoyed your information (i am an open voter and this election I wish to vote based mainly on information I can process) So many broad claims about trade and economic successes of this government (which can be very misleading for me. I’m willing to wager the vast majority of Canadians do not possess the education to decipher the complexities of economic policy and international trade.

    I’m voting on the local candidate who I spoke with and they pretty much won me over. can’t rightly vote for many items on the federal level (I simply don’t understand most global initiatives omnibus bills or their possible outcomes) but I can vote for the party with the most plausible local leadership plan. This way I feel I’ve made a more informed decision. The other fed-cans look inexperienced but Harper didn’t look all that dry behind the ears 8 years ago. he has been in office longer than most world leaders get a chance for, His list of achievements seem rather dull for the sake of history it seems more likely he will be recalled for his blunders which are seemingly more prominent am i wrong?… So I have to ask one final question in lieu of your unwavering support : what is Harper’s legacy? what will future generations have to say about him? Hoping there aren’t too many ‘thinking Canadians’ at the polls, after 11 weeks of campaigning much rather have Knowing Canadians.

    I obviously can’t agree with everything you say and cant really disagree neither (clearly you are far more experienced in politics than myself) however, I really want to thank-you for representing your obvious passion for informing Canadians about a leadership option and helping others make this very important decision an informed one.

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  69. Josh — Thanks for such a thoughtful comment. In answer to your question about legacy, it really is not up to me to say what that is. That would be arrogance. But, from my point of view his legacy will be keeping the country safe and secure and tax cuts to make our lives better. I am retired as is my husband and we have benefitted greatly from the senior income splitting. Real money. Probably a couple of thousand a year. The only reason the Conservatives had a deficit was because they were forced into the economic stimulus by the opposition who tried to take over with a coalition in December 2008. Also, I have lived long enough to experience all parties governing, including the NDP in Ontario, and the Conservatives have always been the best.

    To clarify, I don’t represent the Conservative government or anyone connected to it. I simply wrote down 100 things they had done that was concrete and verifiable. The very idea that you would vote based on what a candidate says is scary. Proof is what you need because they will all fail us to a certain degree because they are human and make mistakes. But, it’s the overall proof that I wanted to see, which I have here.

    Good luck with your decision. A lot is riding on it.

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  70. To Giles and others who have left negative comments here. Please know that I have no intention of publishing them. This positive list is not emotional or made up. They are 100 facts. You may not like the Harper Tories but that doesn’t change the reality of their efficacy.

    The other thing most of you are experiencing is anger at the Harper Gov’t for a variety of reasons, most simply based on inaccurate spin from the opposition or mainstream media. That’s fine. It is a free country but I am not going to spam up this thread so you can spew that anger. You are free to do that elsewhere. I am simply a private blogger, a woman of retirement age, and have no intention of clogging my blog with HDS.

    However, what I would ask you all to do is to look at the consequences of your voting Liberal or NDP. Just as we experienced in Ontario with the Rae NDP between 1990 and 1995 and Alberta now for the next four years, you will likely live to regret not voting for your Tory candidate. Why? In spite of the Tory’s warts, you will find you have much less money in your pocket because the HST/GST will go back up to 7%. The income tax cuts will likely be reversed. Plus, if you are retired or have children, you risk losing your income splitting options and kids sports and arts tax credits. And, the list goes on.

    So, even if you have to hold your nose, vote in a way that will actually benefit you and your families, not based on one of the other three parties’ ideology — an ideology that will push the already disgraced climate change agenda with carbon taxes, taxes that will do absolutely nothing to help the environment, all on a country that is still struggling with the lowered price of oil.

    In other words, hating a government is one thing but shooting yourself in the foot is another.

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