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Tories running for their lives

Within minutes after Prime Minister Stephen Harper postponed a confidence vote to December 8, the Conservative Party’s website was up and running on the first lap of a ten-day marathon.

Harper spoke in the lobby of the House of Commons on Friday evening, presenting the opposition as trying to mount a kind of coup. On the CPC website, Doug Finley posted a very similar text:

We are injecting billions of stimulus in the Canadian economy by cutting taxes, investing in infrastructure and strengthening the banking system. Our first concern is to protect peoples’ jobs and savings, but the Opposition parties are interested only in power and entitlements.

The Liberals, NDP and Bloc want to use your tax dollars to pay for political party staff, polls and advertising – without the hard work of actually raising donations from individual supporters. They want to replace the elected government with a backroom deal, just to preserve a $17 million subsidy.

We believe in elections – in the principle that voters pick the government. But after receiving its lowest ever vote share, the Liberals want to seize power with only an endorsement from only the socialists and the separatists.

To sum up, the Liberals are throwing out the principle of seeking a mandate from the people, in a raw grab for power and entitlements.

Expect the most exciting holiday season in decades.

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