Stockwell Day welcomes the polarization of Canadian politics: “Clearer policy differences”

- March 21st, 2012

A decade ago this week, Stockwell Day lost his leadership of the Canadian Alliance to Stephen Harper, an event which turned out pretty well for both men. On that anniversary, I spoke to Day (below) who was in Mumbai, India when I reached him. We talked about that Harper decade but we also reflected on another leadership race — the race New Democratic Party’s race to name a new official opposition leader this week. In our papers today, I argue that more Canadians have moved left than right during the Harper decade. Day, in our interview, welcomes the disappearance, if you will, of the centre because he believes it will focus policy debate in Canada and may even mean fewer ad hominem political attacks and more back-and-forth focused on policy.  “What it will mean is much clearer lines of debate for Canadians. Clearer policy differences.” Watch the video…


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2 comments

  1. Niagara George says:

    Shame on Mr. Day. We definitely do not need more divisiveness in society. It is true that the average person may have an easier time separating the parties, but it also encourages extremism. You only have to look at some of the news blogs to read comments by people on the extreme right or left that feel emboldened by the present state of politics in Canada. Separation always leads to trouble. It might make it easier for some of his friends to stay in office, in the short term, but in the long term, there is trouble in Canada’s future… guaranteed… and Mr. Day knows that.

  2. Allen B says:

    I agree with Mr Day. The Liberals (of which Mulroney and Clarke are included) were able to capitalize on the flower power two generations ago by projecting the image of sober second thinkers. They hid their thirst for power at any cost behind this facade. Pearson and Trudeau moved them inexorably to the left with only Mulroney slowing them a little bit. Chretien would never have been a prime minister if he hadn’t had the help of Joe Clarke and Preston Manning plus the now completely left of center mainstream media. It took Martin and the rise of the internet to expose the Liberal arrogance and sense of entitlement. The Adscam scandal would have been a fizzle if it hadn’t been for the internet as the media of the day were treating it with kid gloves as they did the Shawinigan scandal. A gross example of Liberal arrogance was Dion taking the liberals even farther left and even looking starry eyed at Liz May. That was the last straw and the Libs are a spent force. Bring on the polarization. Give voters a clear choice. No more saying one thing and doing another. Politicians must strive to be right or wrong not right or left.

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