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October 09, 2008

Harper Platitudes, Privatizing Healthcare, No-Money-Down Mortgages, Unregulated Markets, and True Leadership

Newspaper "For Canadians who are watching their life savings disappear, Harper delivered nothing but platitudes. 'People who work hard, pay their taxes and play by the rules are getting ahead,' the Harper platform assures us. If only it were true."
- Randall Denley, "Harper's problem is not lack of empathy, but lack of credibility," Ottawa Citizen, Oct. 9, 2008

"I would urge Canadians not to be swayed by the siren song of the privatizers. This is about profiteering as much as it is about health care. The same businesses that have made an exorbitantly expensive and unhealthy mess of the US system stand ready to do the same in Canada. The problem with Canadian medicare is not the system, it is the amount of money put into it."
- Marcia Angell, MD, "Privatizing Health Care is Not the Answer," Canadian Medical Association Journal, October 21, 2008 (available for download)

"In what may turn out to be a too-little, too-late intervention, this summer Flaherty limited CMHC to ensuring mortgages of homebuyers who can make at least a five per cent down payment and who amortize their mortgages over a maximum of 35 years. The new restrictions will only take effect as of October 15, 2008, essentially closing the barn door after the horse has bolted."
- Eileen Gould, "How Harper Gov't Pushed Financial Deregulation Here, Abroad", The Tyee, October 9, 2009

"I do not know what will happen to us; the economic fallout of an unregulated market and the end of oil will soon make our world unrecognizable, and that includes Canada, this good place. It won't matter who was right or who was wrong. We're all in this together. I wish us all good luck."
- Heather Mallick, "The Palin Fallout,' CBC.ca, October 6, 2008

"[Harper] is completely out of touch with the impact the current economic turmoil is having on the lives of everyday Canadians. We worry about our savings, our jobs. For many of us it is more than the worry.
It is the hurt, the harm."
- St├ęphane Dion, quoted in Dion bests PM in crisis response, Editorial, The Toronto Star, October 9, 2008

"It was when the waiter started clapping that I realized Stephane Dion might - just might - pull off a coup in Tuesday's election...The dark-suited crowd applauded. But the waiter could hardly contain himself. "That's my party, man," he said, clapping furiously. "That's my party. Doesn't matter whether you like the candidate or not. Focus on the party. That's my party."
- Thomas Walkom, Suddenly, St├ęphane's sitting pretty, The Toronto Star, October 9, 2008



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