PRIME MINISTER PAUL MARTIN UNDERSTANDS CHANGE

Mr. Martin has ceded the fact that a majority of Canadians want change, and Paul Martin says that he is the man to do it. I agree wholeheartedly. I believe that this is one of his most honest statements throughout his tenure as prime minister.

Mr. Martin is an expert when it comes to change. Unfortunately, I don’t think he appreciates just what kind of change we are talking about.

When giving a speech, Mr. Martin always states that he is a Canadian and is proud of it. When he crosses over into the province of Quebec, he experiences change. There, he is a proud Quebecer and Canadian, always deliberately calculating the response from the crowd as he claims to be a Quebecer first. All you need to do is read between the lines.

Mr. Martin understands change of leadership, and helped to hurry his predecessor out of his chair at the head of the Liberal table, stating it was time for a change. Bye, bye, Jean. With that change he lost his party’s majority, never to regain it.

Adscam was uncovered, exposing a huge system of bribes, money laundering, and embezzlement. Our prime minister pleaded with us for more time on national television, promising us that the Liberal Party was not the same one it was. It had changed.

The separatist movement in Quebec has quieted down since the referendum that was held in 1995. Thanks to Liberal attempts to buy Quebecers, all that has changed. The Bloc is set to almost sweep Quebec in January’s national election, and the governing provincial Liberal Party is in trouble and is widely expected to lose to the Parti Quebecois. If Mr. Martin is in power at that time, the map of Canada will also surely change.

In May of 2005, the Liberals were fighting for their political lives and it was widely suggested that they were offering “incentives” for people to change party affiliation.

Canadian Steamship Lines, the shipping company which Mr. Martin handed over to his sons, has also experienced change. It has changed the flags that it sails under to mostly Liberian. This also changes the amount of tax that the shipping company pays to us, the Canadian people.

The Liberal Party itself is a fundamental beacon of change. In fact, for every dollar that you and I are overtaxed, the Liberals have promised to spend two thirds of it and state that through the Surplus Allocation Act we will be able to keep the change.

We used to be supportive of our allies, but that has changed. Now we beat up on them to match the mood of the electorate.

If Mr. Martin is re-elected, more will change. There will be fewer and fewer children going home for lunch, at least to a parent. In fact, fewer parents will have to care for their own children as the government is promising to unleash yet another universal right, and another bloated bureaucracy.

If the Liberals win the next election, they will only do so because they have promised everything to everybody, but I warn you now, all that will change.

“Change, yes,” Mr. Martin told a news conference yesterday. “But I think you’ve got to ask, `Who’s going to bring in that change, and what kind of change are people talking about?”‘ I think Mr. Martin will see that most Canadians come up with different answers than he does.

Mr. Martin thinks that the Liberal government is the one that can deliver change and wants you to vote for his party. I can think of an easier way to elicit change, and that would be to not vote for his party.

Perhaps Mr. Martin will soon start comparing his policies with those that the Conservatives have put forward, instead of simply using the old over-used hollow threats about hidden agendas and the bogey man.

Wouldn’t that be a nice change?