MEDIA CONTINUES TO HAMMER AT CONSERVATIVE SUPPORT

Conservative Leader Stephen addresses a news conference in Ottawa Sunday Nov. 13, 2005 after meeting with Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe and NDP Leader Jack Layton discussing how and when to bring the liberal government down.(CP PHOTO/Jonathan Hayward)

It seems that some of Canada’s biggest daily newspapers are being used to hammer at the continued support for the minority Conservative government. While negativity aimed at our national government is a sure sign that freedom and democracy are healthy in this great nation, a continual barrage against one party simply smells of a political agenda.

I have said many times that I am myself biased. I have never published an article on the pretext that I am anything other than biased. My site is called Conservative Joe for a reason. The Toronto Star, however, has always claimed to be unbiased and continues to assert that it is a newspaper and not a propaganda rag. This week’s headlines would suggest that the former is simply not as true a statement as it should be.

On Monday, the Star’s headlines screamed about the ‘outrage?’ that was sparked by Stephen Harper’s support of John Tory. While there is of course no outrage, the headline said it all. “Pick a Fight, Pay a Price.” The story continued to rip the prime minister for his seemingly disrespectful treatment of Ontario’s Premier Dalton McGuinty. What a crock. On January 18, 2006, Mr. McGuinty was interviewed about the ongoing federal election. His statement to reporters was as follows: “I continue to believe that Prime Minister Paul Martin is the best choice for the people of Ontario.” How is that for interfering in a campaign? Premier Dalton McGuinty even canvassed door to door with his brother who was running for the federal Liberal Party. I guess now that a Conservative leader had the gaul to support another Conservative, something must be done. This is an outrage!

Tuesday, the sordid story of how a Conservative MP, Maurice Vellacott, had been scolded for attributing statements to Chief Supreme Court Justice Beverly McLachlin that she did not make. I have to concede that this story was worth putting up front, as I would have loved to know of any MP that felt comfortable telling stories that were not founded on factual information but instead relied upon embellishment. Perhaps there is a job for him in Ontario’s Liberal government.

Yesterday’s headlines in the Star suggest that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is about to renege on the deal that was signed between Premier Dalton McGuinty and former Prime Minister Paul Martin in regards to transfer payments to Toronto. It is yet to be seen how the pot that holds the extra money for the provinces will be split, but with all of the political posturing going on, Mr. McGuinty is not helping his province at all.

Premier McGuinty is also now complaining that a 3.5 percent annual increase in equalization payments agreed to with the Martin regime simply isn’t good enough. This is the same agreement that Mr. McGuinty had said was a ‘reasonable accommodation’ when standing shoulder to shoulder with Paul Martin. Now, he says that the deal was imposed upon him against his will. Once again, Dalton is changing his story and that comes as no surprise.

In the Globe and Martin, we have a picture of Prime Minister Harper and Quebec Premier Jean Charest laughing at something and apparently enjoying each other’s company. The headline? “TWO AMIGOS: Harper, Charest enjoy love-in while Ontario’s jilted McGuinty fumes.” Beside that? A new poll that suggests support for our mission to Afghanistan is plummeting. This, of course, is a project that the Conservatives have stated is long term.

The article about the meetings between Mr. Harper, Mr. McGuinty, and Mr. Charest carries on in earnest to explain that after meeting with Mr. McGuinty before a Conservative fundraiser for John Tory, Mr. Harper continued to sing the praises of Jean Charest. (Has anyone noticed that Jean Charest is a Liberal? Perhaps it is just something about Dishonest Dalton.) On a side note, if you have ever attended a fund raiser, the whole idea of having guest speakers, such as the Prime Minister, is to drum up support for your election bid. Such is the case with John Tory. While much has been made about Stephen Harper’s ‘the next premier of Ontario’ speech in favour of John Tory, one must remember the context in which it was made.

Today’s Globe features a prominent picture of our soldiers binging in prisoners. Instead of praising their efforts, the caption suggests that our military, (under Stephen Harper of course), is attempting to hide the fact that there are prisoners. Above that story today’s headline reads “Ottawa wants Kyoto softened.”

WHY THE PUSH AGAINST STEPHEN HARPER?

While it is clear that many of our papers openly despise the Conservatives and all of the voters that support them, I believe that the concerted effort to withdraw support for them is coming out of a sheer sense of panic. With the Liberal Party teetering on annihilation financially, ethically, and in public support, all signs point to Canada becoming more conservative.

As well, Canadian newspaper moguls have much to lose. After years of entertaining Liberal philosophy, the few men and women who decide what news we will read are losing their power. Not some of it, but much. With the new media coming into its own, (you are reading it right now), and with more and more people finding alternative news sources other than traditional outlets, the power base among the media elite is crumbling. Also, much has been invested in Ontario, the nation’s economic power house, but that is also changing.

Money is power, plain and simple. It really shouldn’t be that cut and dried, but who is kidding? Ontario is a very social province, and to be a social province, there must be a massive source of revenue, and that is starting to dry up. Alberta has come into its own in a huge way. It is attracting massive immigration from other provinces and is pulling much of the new investment entering Canada into its nice, straight borders. That leaves less cash for Ontario.

With Alberta gaining a voice, Liberals across the country are petrified. In the last federal election, Albertans sent 28 MP’s to Ottawa. All 28 were Conservatives. I wonder what kind of message that sends to Liberal media moguls and politicians? Could so many years of social engineering be coming to naught?

Also, with Quebec turning to the Conservatives and with the Ontario Press and politicians constantly slamming the Conservative government in Ottawa, the political clout of Ontario is also beginning to wane. That spells catastrophe for any premier who can’t get along with Ottawa.

While on the surface Dalton is very careful as to what words he uses, his past statements are coming back to haunt him. The Toronto newspapers that continue to be outright hostile to conservatives are also exacerbating the situation which Mr. McGuinty finds himself in.

Is it any wonder Stephen Harper shuns the media?