Sunday, October 26, 2008

Source: Harper Describes Himself as a 'Radical Right-wing Ideologue'

In 2001 in the race for leader of the Canadian Alliance Party, the Globe and Mail reported that in a meeting with Tory Caucus supporters, Stephen Harper described himself as "A radical ideologue who wants to retreat into a right-wing NDP."

At a time when the right-wing of the political spectrum was fractured and the current leader of the Canadian Alliance Stockwell Day was floundering, numerous conservatives were testing the waters for possible leadership bids. On Sept. 25 one possible candidate and largest threat to Day Stephen Harper met with 38 members of the party's caucus in an effort to gauge support for his potential leadership campaign.

In an article in the Globe and Mail, reporter Brian Laghi reported that a source who was in attendance at that meeting heard Harper describe himself as having changed over the years from a moderate to a radical conservative. The source described a portion of Stephen Harper's speech:

"He said 'When I was an MP, I was a thoughtful moderate. Now I'm a radical ideologue who wants to retreat into a right-wing NDP."
These words that are attributed to Stephen Harper in 2001 offer possible reinforcement to the perception Harper is more Conservative then he has recently shown in repeated Conservative minority governments.

A basis of that perception was in 1994 when Harper criticized the Progressive Conservative governments of Joe Clark and Brian Mulroney; not only suggesting that those governments were not conservative, but that they were anti-conservative. And this only begs the question of Stephen Harper, if he thought Mulroney was anti-conservative in signing NAFTA, creating the GST, privatizing over a third of Crown corporations, and supporting the first Gulf war, what does Harper think is conservative?

And any answer to that question will go far to suggest what Harper would do with a majority government.


Red Tory said...

Heh. Good find.

But of course, he was so much younger then. Crazy kids...

RuralSandi said...

Excellent - I do hope you plan to revise all this when the next election comes.

And, Harper's view of the NDP:

"The NDP could be described as basically a party of liberal Democrats, but it's actually worse than that, I have to say. And forgive me jesting again, but the NDP is kind of proof that the Devil lives and interferes in the affairs of men."

- Conservative leader Stephen Harper, then vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition, in a June 1997 Montreal meeting of the Council for National Policy, a right-wing American think tank.

foottothefire said...

Harper never has been a Conservative and thats also been part of the problem.
If his record during the last parliament is examined carfully one will find two major themes;
virtually alli if not all, Harpers policy initiatives were carbon copies of policies from the US, the most infamous being the "clean air act" and "deregulation" or, a revival 1940's Social Credit bunk.
Stephen Harper single sources policy from Ted and Jesus, (not necessarily in that order) and Jesus it appears, may very well be suspect in Harpers eyes. Steve otherwise doesn't possess enough imagination or common sense to figure out the reason his shoes don't cross fit.

Lycan Stark said...

Nice to see that the Liberals and their supporters are still digging. That was what, 7 years ago? What was it again that Dion said was a bad idea at the time not two years ago during a leadership race, but today says is a good idea and ran with it as a central plank in his election campaign? Oh thats right, a carbon tax. Surprise, surprise, Dion changed his mind. Only in the hypocrical Liberal world are they able to change their mind without being hounded for it.

But since we like to go back years and dig, why don't we just go back years as well and dig up everything Dion said? Harper describes himself as a right wing idealogue? Didn't Dion support separatism at one time? Oh but thats right, isn't it? THATS DIFFERENT!

Bloody arrogant Liberal hypocties.

RuralSandi said...

My, my - the CPC trolls have different standards don't they?

Dion admitted to Mike Duffy that he said no carbon tax....but felt a plan to move the tax around made a difference - it's call honesty.

Imagine dwelling on that one statement of Dion's so much?

7 years is NOT that long ago.

Hey, it was only 4 years prior to becoming PM......

Anonymous said...

Might be worthwhile to quote the paragraph that immediately precedes your "find", in which the reporter makes it clear that Harper's comments were intended to make light of the common stigma that was being attached to him, which is in direct contrast to the way he had been widely characterized previously.

But hey, a little context would really spoil the fun, wouldn't it?

Anonymous said...

Lycan Stark: If you have any evidence of anything that makes anyone look like a hypocrite share it with the world, but making false accusations in the comments section of someone's blog is no way to go about it. I've looked at Dion's and Harper's positions during the separatism debate, (as both had intergovernment positions) and it was Harper, and if anyone Harper was more inclined to have Quebec separate then anyone else.

Lastly you can call me names but provide one piece of evidence how I'm a hypocrite other then the ridiculous argument that because I don't write a post on everything I must be purposely ignoring everything.


Anonymous said...

Anon of 6:24:
First you must realize if your accusation is true why would I have included the whole article if my purpose was to mislead?

Second you didn't read the preceding paragraph fully for the image he was responding to was not that he wasn't a conservative, but that he was more interested in influencing policy then governing.


Anonymous said...

Good lord. Read the whole article. What was reported was an evident joke, intended to point out the absurdity of his been perceived as a "Radical Right-wing Ideologue". I don't know how you couldn't see that the first time around. This is definitely not a good find.

And no, I'm not a Conservative troll. I'm a Liberal, who knows perfectly well that Harper is a right-wing ideologue, but is embarrassed by these badly botched 'gotcha' attempts.

Anonymous said...

Anon: No. Your claim is not only not true but literally ridiculous. It was reported Harper said he was a radical right-wing ideologue. Show me one piece of evidence he was joking from the article.