What does a vote for Jack Layton’s NDP really mean?

A Vote for a Coalition with the Ignatieff Liberals and the Bloc Québécois

“If the mandate we receive justifies it, we will work with other federalist parties, through informal or appropriate stable arrangements.” (Source:  http://www.ndp.ca/platform )

A Vote for Higher Taxes…

The NDP platform is calling for a job-killing hike in business taxes, and payroll tax hikes.  (Source: http://www.ndp.ca/platform)

A Vote for Job-Killing Policies…

“According to Jack Mintz, one of North America’s pre-eminent economists, Layton’s tax hike plan would be devastating to Canada’s fragile economic recovery.  Mintz, director of the Palmer Chair at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, says raising corporate taxes to 19.5 per cent would cost Canada about $75 billion in lost capital expenditures and 300,000 jobs.”  (Calgary Herald, April 25)

A Vote for Reckless and Unaffordable Permanent Spending

“Why no attacks on a party platform that includes $20-billion in new green initiatives that will be paid for by a cap and trade system that doesn’t exist — one Mr. Layton claims will generate $3.6-billion in revenue next year? Why not hark back to the Ontario election of 1990, where complacent voters who wanted to reduce an arrogant David Peterson government to a minority, ended up electing Bob Rae as NDP Premier? As Mr. Rae’s campaign director Gerald Caplan later admitted: “We were all blown away by how little any of us knew about the workings of government.” (John Ivison, National Post, April 27)

A Vote for More Constitutional Battles…

“We have a quarter of our population who have never signed the Constitution. That can’t go on forever.” (Jack Layton, ‘Layton would reopen Constitution with Quebec’, CBC, April 26)

A Vote for Higher Gas Prices…

The NDP platform is calling for a cap-and-trade carbon tax that will lead to higher gas prices. (Source: http://www.ndp.ca/platform)

A Vote for a Soft-on-Crime Agenda…

The NDP voted against ending house arrest for serious crime including arson or homes invasion (Vote on Bill C-9, Division. No. 53, November 1, 2006); voted against jail time for serious drug traffickers (Vote on Bill C-15, Division 76, June 3, 2009); opposed the bill to crack down on human smugglers. (Ottawa Citizen, December 2, 2010)

“If we don’t want prisons to be overcrowded,” said NDP candidate Nathan Beals, “we might not want to be criminalizing so many people.” (Kingston Whig-Standard, April 19, 2011)

A Vote for a Candidate who advocates Quebec Sovereignty…

Alexandre Boulerice, NDP candidate in Rosemont—La-Petite-Patrie, is a sovereignist, is a member of the socialist and sovereignist Québec Solidaire (QS) and received the support of QS co-leader Amir Khadir. (Sources: http://www.ledevoir.com/politique/quebec/319773/quebec-solidaire-veut-marginaliser-sa-gauche-radicale and http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/actualites-salle-presse/conferences-points-presse/ConferencePointPresse-7051.html)

A Vote for Conspiracy Theorists…

David Laird, Jack Layton’s candidate in Burlington, said “We all know that there is no greater terrorist threat…than the secret government operating in the USA.”  (http://futureworks.blogspot.com/, Feb. 25, 2003)

Libby Davies, Jack Layton’s candidate in Vancouver East, introduced a petition in Parliament that said “scientific and eyewitness evidence shows that the 9-11 Commission Report is a fraudulent document and that elements within the US government were complicit in the murder of thousands of people on 9-11, 2001” (House of Commons Debates, June 10, 2008). Davies also suggested that Israel has been occupying Palestinian territories since 1948, the year of its independence, calling it the “longest occupation in the world.”  (Toronto Star, June 15, 2010)

When asked by a 9-11 conspiracy theorist about supporting Canadian pressure on the American government to investigate the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, Jack Layton’s candidate in Edmonton Centre, Lewis Cardinal said “Fundamentally, I agree in principle with what you are saying, so if there is something wrong and wrongdoing and we see the evidence for it, by all means our government should be pressing the American government to be addressing these issues.”  (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg4sg4N44Ls)

A Vote for Candidates who Take Vacations over Working for You…

Jim Koppens, Jack Layton’s candidate in Ajax-Pickering, “is tanning on a Caribbean beach as his rivals spend 10-hour days knocking on doors and erecting election signs in this Toronto-area riding…The race hasn’t started for (Koppens), who has been sunning for almost a week with his family at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic, his friends said.”  (QMI, April 13, 2011)

Ruth Ellen Brosseau, Jack Layton’s candidate in Berther-Maskinongé is on a “mid-campaign vacation in (Las) Vegas”.  (Globeandmail.com, April 26, 2011)

Pat Martin, Jack Layton’s candidate in Winnipeg Centre, missed 54 votes in the House of Commons in the last session of Parliament. (howdtheyvote.com)

The choice in this election is clear:  We will choose between Stephen Harper’s low-tax plan that focuses on the economy, a plan that is working and has created a half a million jobs, or a reckless Coalition that will raises taxes, kill jobs, stall our recovery, set families back and divide the country through more Constitutional squabbling.

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