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Conservative government doing a Don Quixote impression?

Really, I have to wonder if anything will come of Harper sending his Cabinet Ministers to far-flung parts of the globe in an effort to rally against a bank tax – particularly when the key proponents of the measure (the US and Britain) seem intent on going forward with it, regardless of how much we protest.

One ironic thing about this whole venture: Harper claims it’s unfair that Canada’s banks should be punished because of how stable they’ve been; yet he and his spokespeople/ministers fail to mention they were opposed to the very measures that former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chretien passed in order to keep the Canadian banks from doing the very things that enabled them to resist the problems others are having. If Harper had his way back then, they’d be in the same leaky boat others are currently in.

In otherwards, if Harper is opposed to this bank tax measure, it’s probably a good policy.

7 comments to Conservative government doing a Don Quixote impression?

  • “The bank tax will solidify across the globe this “too big too fail” nonsense. ”

    I know where you’re going with this, but the “too big to fail” crap was solidified long ago. Having or not having it serves the oligarchy needs. Without it, life is cheaper for them. With it, it looks like something is being done, and there’s a fund to be abused.

  • Observer

    if Harper is opposed to this bank tax measure, it’s probably a good policy

    tongue in cheek maybe but, still, that’s a really bad way to evaluate something.

    The bank tax will solidify across the globe this “too big too fail” nonsense. You don’t need a bank tax bailout fund if there aren’t any firms too big to fail.

    On the home front, Harper is most likely trying to simultaneously do two things:
    1) play to the “anti tax” crowd while also
    2) continuing to reap the political benefits of Paul Martin’s and Jean Chretiens good bank management.

    So there’s no implication of whether or not the bank tax is bad just because Harper is opposing it.

    Indeed, the same people who crashed the world economy are the one bringing you the global bank tax.

  • This is Harper playing to his base and swing voters by being a “tax fighter.” He will fail to stop such a tax, and he will enjoy that, because he will be able to constantly criticize it.

  • Guest

    Harper is auditioning for a job with one of the big banks. So he’s a**kissing big-time and, of course, doing it on our dime.

  • Red Forever

    Harper should be kissing the feet of Chretien, and Martin.

    Harper has been doing nothing but coasting on their fumes for the last four years.

    I don’t know why no one in the media calls him out, when he takes credit for the stability of our banks.

    I don’t know why no one in the media does not call him out on his “I am an economist” baloney either.

    Harper is nothing but a liar, fraud, and hypocrite.

  • Christina Dawn Monroe

    Harper enjoys taking credit for things the Liberal’s did in the past.

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