“Now ‘pay equity’ has everything to do with pay and nothing to do with equity. Itâ€™s based on the vague notion of ‘equal pay for work of equal value,’ which is not the same as equal pay for the same job.”
- Stephen Harper, NCC Overview, Fall 1998
This party will not take its position based on public opinion polls. We will not take a stand based on focus groups. We will not take a stand based on phone-in shows or householder surveys or any other vagaries of pubic opinion… In my judgment Canada will eventually join with the allied coalition if war on Iraq comes to pass. The government will join, notwithstanding its failure to prepare, its neglect in co-operating with its allies, or its inability to contribute. In the end it will join out of the necessity created by a pattern of uncertainty and indecision. It will not join as a leader but unnoticed at the back of the parade."
- Stephen Harper indicating that, if elected, Canada will join the US occupation of Iraq, Hansard, January 29th 2003.
“I don’t know all the facts on Iraq, but I think we should work closely with the Americans.”
- Stephen Harper, Report Newsmagazine, March 25th 2002.
Withdraw from the Canada Pension Plan… Collect our own revenue from personal income tax… Resume provincial responsibility for health-care policy. If Ottawa objects to provincial policy, fight in the courts… [E]ach province should raise its own revenue for health… It is imperative to take the initiative, to build firewalls around Alberta… "
- Stephen Harper in an “Open letter to Ralph Klein,” January 24th 2001.
“It was probably not an appropriate term, but we support the war effort and believe we should be supporting our troops and our allies and be there with them doing everything necessary to win.”
- Stephen Harper supporting the US-lead war on Iraq, Montreal Gazette, April 2nd 2003. Harper also called then-Defence Minister John McCallum an “idiot.”
“Mr. Speaker, the issue of war requires moral leadership. We believe the government should stand by our troops, our friends and our allies and do everything necessary to support them right through to victory.”
- Stephen Harper, supporting the American invasion of Iraq, House of Commons, April 1, 2003.
“A culture of defeat…”
- Stephen Harper, describing the Atlantic provinces, May 2001.
You have to remember that west of Winnipeg the ridings the Liberals hold are dominated by people who are either recent Asian immigrants or recent migrants from Eastern Canada; people who live in ghettos and are not integrated into Western Canadian society."
- Conservative leader Stephen Harper, in Report Newsmagazine, 2001
It’s past time the feds scrapped the Canada Health Act."
- Stephen Harper, then Vice-President of the National Citizens Coalition, 1997.
Stockwell Day is perhaps the most experienced and most talented member on the Conservative front bench.
Stockwell is currently Foreign Affairs critic for the Conservative Party . When he was questioned as to why his party did not offer condolences to the Palestinians when Yasser Arafat died Stock responded by sending out a column by David Frum that speculated that Yasser died of AIDS.
“Women who become pregnant through rape or incest should not qualify for government-funded abortions unless their pregnancy is life-threatening.”
- Stockwell Day, 1995, at an Alberta Conservative party convention.
Rob Anders is the guy to reach out to Canadaâ€™s diverse multicultural communities.
â€œNelson Mandela is a terrorist.â€?
Rob is a true reformer and a true conservative. He has been a faithful supporter of mine and I am grateful for his work.â€?
- Stephen Harper endorsing Calgary West Conservative MP Rob Anders
Vic is the current Justice Critic and he takes the bull by the horns. He believes the notwithstanding clause should be used to override minority rights. He calls it the â€œultimate toolâ€? and so it is. The notwithstanding clause can be used to take away the rights of gay people to marry each other or the rights of the Chinese to drive. If youâ€™re white and straight the chance of this being used against you are slim
â€œImmigrants are choking welfare systems, contributing to high unemployment, and many cannot read.â€?
â€œThere’s a particular reason why Jesus called men only. It’s not that women aren’t co-participators. It’s because Jesus knew women would naturally follow. Men, on the other hand, had to be called.â€?
â€œI think every Christian’s under an obligation to change laws to reflect biblical values. Different Christians are going to try to change different laws, according to the call God gives them. You see Christians in all political parties. That reflects different understandings of what God’s call is to us. That’s a healthy thing. If the yeast congregates in one part of the loaf, it makes for pretty bad bread."
â€œIf you own Nortel, or a mutual fund holding it, donâ€™t bail out nowâ€¦ If you do not own Nortel, then this is the time to start accumulating it.â€?
- Garth Turner, Conservative candidate (Halton) November 27th 2000 at the start of the stock’s plummet from $50 to pennies a share