On Definitions: Conservatives and conservatives

I don’t get the right.

If the point of being a small-c conservative is that you demand more personal responsibility, smaller government, less intrusive government, a more libertarian approach, then do that.

If the point of being a big-C Conservative, especially in Ontario, is that you’re going to confuse the hell out of the centre-left, then congratulations. You’ve succeeded.

Also, screw you.

Here’s the deal. Being conservative–being fiscally conservative, especially–means getting government out of giving things to people for free. Being conservative means making people pay for what they get. It means less handouts. More private industry.

So why is it that Tim Hudak in Ontario wants to get rid of smart meters–which effectively make people pay for what they use? That sounds a lot like offloading financial responsibility onto individuals to me.

Why cancel the Samsung green energy deal when it’s successfully brought in private industry to create jobs?

Why be a fan of tax cuts to industry when there’s no substantive proof that this approach creates jobs–but directly incentivizing job-creators with per-job subsidies and tax credits does seem to work? Sounds like choosing handouts over earnings to me.

Since the death of the federal Progressive Conservative party and the subsequent Tea Party-ization of the Ontario PCs, I have increasingly described myself as a Blue Liberal. Economically centre-right, socially progressive. Full-day kindergarten gives young families an opportunity to get out of the house to work–I’ve seen numbers along the lines of 50,000 kids are enrolled. I’m not a statistician, but that implies a LOT more available man-hours for parents to work during the day–meaning more employment, more tax revenue, less EI and gov’t handouts as people take on the financial load themselves. Also means more primary teachers employed full-time.

It’s confusing. It’s hitting a moving target. I want to see conservative Conservatives–not a party that plays at large-scale consequence-free handouts and tax dodges and socialism cleverly hidden under the name of cheaper hydro for families. This late in the game it should be time for the parties to nut up or shut up. And like it or not the Liberal Party’s track record is one of proven growth. More new jobs in Ontario than the rest of the country combined. More better education. More better hospitals. Shorter wait times on surgerys. Over a million more Ontarians have family doctors.

ChangeĀ is not the same as growth. Let’s not mistake that. And let’s not mistake these Conservatives for one minute as true conservatives.

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