A capitalist in Canada is faced with no candidate he can support in this election. Just as with every other federal election prior. Some might think that the Conservative Party is the party favoured by capitalists but may be because either 1) they don’t understand the definition of capitalism or 2) they don’t understand the Conservative Party of Canada.
A capitalist is one who seeks the abolition of force from society and the separation of government from the economy. He would not advocate any law which would tax any of his fellow citizens. He would not expect the government to bailout businesses with loans or grants. He sees as the only purpose of government the protection of each citizen’s individual rights – nothing else.
There are no parties in Canadian federal politics which fit this definition. All three of the main parties are socialist. All three hold policies which vary only slightly and only in degree not substance. For example, all of the socialist troika are in favour of universal, government run and financed health care. All three favour to one degree or another corporate largess such as with the recent bailout of the auto industry. All favour deficit spending with the Conservatives recently racking up a deficit of $53.8 Billion in 2010. All favour business regulations which prevent foreign competition lowering our standard of living. All favour so-called ‘stimulus spending’ which destroys one person’s job to create another person’s job. The list of agreement between the three is endless.
What complicates the matter is the deliberate misconceptions by the media who often portray the Conservatives as capitalistic. The recent CBC Compass poll which has been taken by over 1 million Canadians to-date has incorrectly positioned the Conservatives far from the other parties both fiscally and socially. It ranks the parties by their stated rhetoric and published policies rather than on the actual actions of each party. Here are a few examples from the 30 statements and questions on the poll:
For the statement “The federal budget deficit should be reduced, even if it leads to fewer public services.” The CBC stated that the Conservative Party’s position is “somewhat agree” while in reality the Conservatives are responsible for some of the largest deficit spending in Canadian history.
For the statement “Canada should adopt a carbon tax.” The CBC says the Conservative Party position is “strongly disagree” and yet Prime Minister Harper has, on several occasions, indicated he supports government enforced reductions in CO2 emissions, having bought into the left’s climate change scheme.
For the statement “How much of a role should the private sector have in health care?” The CBC states the Conservative’s position as “somewhat more” and yet the Conservatives have categorically stated that they support and uphold the Canada Health Act which limits all private involvement in the administration of health care and outlaws any private health insurance; the identical position of the other two socialist parties.
The poll correctly grouped the Liberals, and NDP together in policies but the separation of the Conservatives from the group is contrived and dishonest and perpetuates the myth that Conservatives are fiscally responsible when the opposite has been demonstrated to be true.
If there is any difference in the parties at all it may be in what motivates them. The Conservatives are motivated by faith and tradition, God and the Queen. Something is good because it is revealed as such in the bible or because it what our parents did. Contrarily the Liberals support a position based on science (mostly pseudoscience like climate change) or because it is new and progressive. Neither party support a position because it is rational or right to do so but only because it is supported by priests, mullahs or scientists or because it is a conservative or a progressive position. Note that regardless of the motivation of the Parties the position held is the same for all, that position will always involve government intervention into the lives and economy of the people. It will always be statist and it will always be socialist.
(Broadcast on Just Right Show #194, April 7, 2011)