…and the featured speaker was Little Timmy Hudak, the youngster who wants to gut human rights in Ontario.
The media, per usual, provide the best summary of last night’s shindig:
“Hudak’s speech was short on policy specifics.” (Toronto Star, May 18th, 2010) “He attacked the 13 per cent harmonized sales tax that takes effect July 1, but pointedly refused to promise to repeal it.” (Toronto Star, May 18th 2010) “With a nod to the populist rhetoric of the right-wing Tea Party movement in the United States, Hudak said a Tory government would “make Ontario freer.”” (Toronto Star, May 18th, 2010) “Hudak . . . .suggested his administration would be open to slashing services in order to rein in spending.” (Toronto Star, May 18th 2010) “Hudak wouldn’t be specific about which taxes he would cut.” (Canadian Press, May 17th, 2010)
“Hudak received polite applause when he talked about tax cuts, but the mainly business audience fell silent when he also vowed to end corporate welfare in Ontario.” (Canadian Press, May 17th, 2010) “Hudak said a Conservative government would cut both spending and taxes.” (Canadian Press, May 17th 2010)
I go to church more than Stephen Harper does. If you are only an occasional church-goer, you are also a lot more diligent about your faith than the Conservative Prime Minister.
Confused? Don’t be. I’m not suggesting that Marci McDonald’s thesis – that the Canadian Christian Right is getting a lot cockier, and a lot more aggressive, in its efforts to smash down the wall between Church and State – is wrong. If anything, she’s understating things.
What I am saying is this: the abortion-related machinations of the Harper PMO – or the top guy, at least – is all about politics, not faith. It’s about throwing a bone to a well-funded, well-organized conservative lobby. That may be good strategy, but – as Susan suggests – it isn’t very honest.
It’s the most despicable kind of cynicism, in fact.