Everyone has their own way of doing things.

“Everyone has their own way of doing things.” is sometimes a reasonable thing to say. For instance, I make peanut butter cookies differently than my mum did. She made them to suit her, and I make them to suit myself. This is cool because how I make peanut butter cookies doesn’t matter.

In my professional life, how I work matters. If I set up files in unpredictable ways to suit myself I am being unprofessional. A large portion of my career has been spent going through supplied work, searching for and correcting problems I cannot ignore because at some point I am going to have to sign off jobs I have worked on.

More often than not there is a right way and a wrong way. As Tim Minchin said you do not normally argue whether it is better to leave an, “apartment by the front door, or a window on the second floor.”

Along come political philosophers. Like people who feed pet cats vegetarian diets and can’t understand why Fluffy is dying, political ideologues can’t understand that reality does not bend to fit their ideas. They make up stuff about economics, taxes, civil society and etc. that need not represent any observable reality. Then when it all goes wrong, or the public rebels, we ‘just did not try hard enough.’ They say if we just give them five more years everything will come up daffodils.

This is of course, the most generous interpretation of the disconnection between what is promised, and what actually happens. It is hardly likely that a corporatist believes in trickle-down economics since it has never worked anywhere. The reality is that like cult leaders, time immemorial, their spiel doesn’t need to work, it just needs to subvert dissent and allow them to implement their own, often-contrary agenda, unhampered.

Conservative: holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation

Radical: advocating or based on thorough or complete political or social reform; representing or supporting an extreme section of a political party.

Canada once had a federal Conservative party. Although it was progressive, the governments it formed traditionally tended not to change things much or quickly. There is no trace of Progressive Conservatism in federal politics anymore. And when Stephen Harper talks about ‘Conservatives’ as though there is continuity between his CPC and historic PC governments, he is entirely disingenuous.

Just as any dictator cloaks their manifest self-interest in words that sound like the best interest of people, the CPC keeps telling us that their road to ruin is the road to prosperity. No matter how far they have lead us down that road they keep telling us we will arrive in Prosperityville any minute now.

There is a wrong way of doing government. Austerity, lower taxes, deregulation, privatization, secrecy, deceit, and patronage among so many other antisocial policies have not in one instance ever made the public better off. If you did not learn from the 19th and 20th centuries that government spending on public services, good wages, and dignified workplaces make societies better, then you need to do some revision.

The CPC is not a conservative party at all. It is the Radical Party of Canada. For a decade it has been using a shroud of nonsensical rhetoric to implement extremely destructive radical changes to Canada, all while telling us this is the way to paradise. Nothing about the places they are leading us resemble anything but a darkening wood.

Parliament works for you. If I do bad work for clients, in pursuit of my own agenda, they will not hire me again. If I make you a batch of peanut butter cookies that taste bad and make you seriously ill, you should not accept cookies from me again.

So, on Monday, for your own sake, for pity’s sake, I ask you to reject the cloak of dishonesty the CPC hides their war against Canada behind. Get out and vote for a candidate whose party does not play Canadians for fools.

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