Monday, November 05, 2007

Do the Conservatives Have a Hidden Agenda?

The federal Conservatives continually harp about accusations that they have a hidden agenda. When the opposition uses that language it is some veiled threat that the Conservatives will unleash a neo-conervative set of policies. First it was suggested that this would happen if they ever won an election. Now it's in reference to the possibility that they might an actual majority. Much of it is fear mongering.

But then they pull of something like this that gets you thinking. The Conservative government said it will no longer appeal on behalf of Canadians facing death sentences in other democratic countries. Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day announced in the House of Commons last week that he will not plead for clemency for Albertan Ronald Allen Smith, who faces lethal injection for the 1982 murders of two men in Montana.

Stephen Harper suggested in Question Period that Canadians want us to sell out important Canadian values — our belief in democracy, freedom, human rights. But one of the distinct differences between Canada and United States is our positions on capital punishment. That has now been blurred. So it makes me wonder is there a hidden agenda?

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