My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

7 Issues the Conservatives won't touch....

Last April, I blogged a post that while Conservatives were giddy with election fever, there were several topics they would avoid discussing. Here's the original seven issues that I listed last April:

1. The science of global warming.
2. Immigration.
3. Divorce settlements and child custody.
4. Multiculturalism and Political Correctness
5. Bilingualism
6. Cooperation with the Americans
7. Native Policy

Well, now that we're in the middle of an election campaign, I think I have been proven right. The Conservatives won't touch these issues. Let's look at each one of them:

1. The science of global warming
It's bad enough that the Liberals passed Kyoto. Even worse that they have been hypocritical about it. But, the Conservatives don't like to discuss Kyoto. Harper thinks it is a 'flawed' agreement, but won't really open a debate on global warming. Personally, I believe that pollution is a problem - but that CO2 emissions are not a source of pollution. The Conservatives could come up with market-based solutions to the environments, but they won't.

2. Immigration
How on earth can we have a debate on immigration when both parties are busy pandering to immigrant groups? Look, I am not anti-immigration. I just believe that we need to understand some of the implications of large-scale immigration to our bigger cities. The gun crime in Toronto can probably be linked to immigration from Jamaica. Shouldn't we understand which immigrant communities have the best chances of success in Canada? Don't look for the Conservatives to touch this issue.

3. Divorce settlements and child custody
I said last April that you won't hear a word about this at all. And, I still believe that. Men are screwed by the current system - they rarely get custody, and they end up paying inordinate amounts of child support and alimony. Equal parenting is overdue. Where the hell are the Conservatives on this issue? I thought they were pro-family.

4. Multiculturalism and Political Correctness
Just before the campaign began, there was a big story in the National Post about Public Works not hiring white males. Of course, Stephen Harper was silent! Shouldn't the Conservatives be talking about the merit principle?

5. Bilingualism
I said last April that bilingualism is an incredibly failed policy that is hurting the bureaucracy. This should be a huge issue for the Conservatives. But, no just silence. Ask anybody who works for the government and they'll tell you some incredible stories about English speakers who are being discriminated against. And, many Conservative politicians will talk about this in private. Just not in public, please.

6. Cooperation with the Americans
This is a very important topic. And, look at what we have in this campaign. Just some harsh rhetoric from Martin, some rebukes from Harper, but no debate. Both are afraid of looking too, we just can't have a serious debate about this issue.

7. Native Policy
Well, the Liberals and the NDP will fall over themselves talking about solving this issue. How? Largely by spending billions of dollars. Of course that won't work. But, where are the Conservatives? Shouldn't they be talking about free enterprise, home ownership, assimilation into the mainstream?

Do you have an issue that won't be debated this election campaign? Please write me.


Blogger Road Hammer said...

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7:42 PM  
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7:42 PM  
Blogger Road Hammer said...

Awesome post, Fred. How about being honest about the harmful effects that farm subsidies have on the Third World? Anyone with a basic grasp of economics knows that they are completely counterproductive.

Another issue: a strong defence of anti-terrorism laws that are on the books and more resources dedicted to security and intelligence.

Finally, a push for real and concrete UN reform.

7:49 PM  
Anonymous Narfster said...

The state of planning for the next pandemic.

10:02 PM  
Blogger Ottawa Core said...

why do you consider yourself a conservative?

i'm serious.

how long have you been involved with the conservative riding association? have your brought up these issues within the organization for debate?

11:03 PM  
Blogger The Commentator said...

Conservatives in Canada are afraid to act Conservative when it counts most. Stand for wat you believe in. If it's unpopular so be it. At least you are not ashamed to be what you are. Scoring cheap political points on the back of anti-Americansim is intellectually bankrupt. Canada is immature.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Road Hammer said...

Ottawa Core, respectfully, there is a lot more to "conservatism" than what the federal Conservative party comes up with for its platform.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Bobcaygeon said...

Re: Bilingualism
I've worked for the federal government for 8 years and have never seen an anglo "discriminated against."

10:38 AM  
Blogger Ottawa Core said...

all colours under the conservative party rainbow. my contention is that an active participant such as our host is tending to use terms which show a bias towards the party. no one said there couldn't and shouldn't be discussion on "conservatism" but when you start with terms showing disgust at what has been formed and communicated by the party, that individual gives us a bad impression of the work that has to be done. negative impressions can be swayed, but his next post states the party should "steal" some positive positions on aboriginal matters.

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Liberals have done an outstanding job of branding Stephen Harper, and the Conservatives as "scary", "angry"and with a "hidden agenda". The Conservatives are running scared, wanting to avoid confirming the Grits accusations. Those are all legitimate and important issues: i am sure the tories realize this, but they always have to battle up hill against the grits labels.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Ottawa Core said...

and each and every issue has been given, or will be given due consideration and communicated to the brethren, n'est pas?

12:16 AM  
Anonymous dan said...

Ok and what do you think about Francophones being discriminated against.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Brian Lemon said...

Funny how anyone who posts a stupid comment is anonymous.
Fred you're bang on with what's missing.
But Harper is being careful do not do a Liberal be everything for everybody and be 100% right (ie correct) all the time.
These are real issues, but we gotta fight battles we can win with messages that can win it.
I would be proud if a CPC government removed our Kyoto signature. But, one thing at a time.

7:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gun Control, the abolition thereof.

Capital Punishment, the restoration thereof.

Bilingualism, the abolition thereof.

2:22 AM  

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