Friday May 19, 2017
Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Friday May 19, 2017
What Maxime Bernier’s Canada would look like
The libertarian former cabinet minister is leading the Conservative leadership race, heading into the final stretch.
Maxime Bernier has a dramatically different idea about how Canada should work.
Bernier would get the federal government out of health care, transferring the full responsibility to provinces and paving the way for more private delivery.
Bernier would tie Canada’s foreign aid to “morality,” and believes billions of it should be spent instead on tax cut and healing the poor at home.
Bernier would end federal “welfare” for Canadian businesses, and axe popular tax credits for things like kid’s hockey gear and teachers’ classroom supplies in favour of across-the-board tax cuts.
And Bernier wants to do it all in a four-year term, should he become Conservative leader at the end of the month, and should he defeat Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in 2019.
In many ways, Bernier’s approach would be a significant break from the Stephen Harper era. Harper took a slow and steady course, favouring incremental change and reassuring moderate Canadians there was no Conservative “hidden agenda.”
Bernier is proposing dramatic change quickly — and his agenda certainly can’t be accused of being hidden.
“They’re conservative ideas, they’re conservative values,” Bernier said this week, discussing his libertarian-leaning platform.
While popular with a good chunk of the Conservative base, there is some concern within the party about how the greater population will receive Bernier’s libertarian policies — and how well he can bring together the Conservative family after a divisive leadership campaign. (Continued: Toronto Star)