Monday, 20 August 2012
Brian Pallister: The Paul Ryan of Manitoba?
|Current Manitoba PC Leader|
Brian Pallister in the House of Commons.
He has a very regressive voting record.
Current PC Leader Brian Pallister is clearly watching US politics. The lead provincial Tory laments Obama's "smearing" of "poor guy" Mitt Romney. And by smearing, I guess he means pointing out the fact that Romney's being evasive about his taxes.
But it's the Republican Vice Presidential candidate who really seems to inspire the Tory leader. Pallister is Manitoba's answer to US Republican VP candidate Paul Ryan. Just think of the parallels, especially after reading this Krugman piece:
- Both try to project a serious, "above the fray" image and claim to have the big ideas to move their respective province or country forward. Brian Pallister really hasn't given out any actual, specific ideas, while Paul Ryan's ideas are laughable -failing to accomplish what he says they will.
|US Republican VP candidate|
Has a far-right voting record in
the US Congress.
Image Source: Wikipedia
- Both have a more radically rightwing record than they let off. Paul Ryan has a voting record as radically rightwing as far-right extremist congresswoman Michelle Bachmann. On this side of the border, Brian Pallister has a regressive voting record in the House of Commons on gay rights, the environment, and aboriginal governance.
Comically, in a speech to the Conservative Club of Winnipeg Pallister defined himself as a "practical centrist", despite having ran for leadership of the Federal PCs in 1998 on a hard right platform. The current Manitoba PC leader is very proud of his role in the Alliance Party takeover of the Federal PCs to boot.
All in all, this sums matters up...
American Conservatives: Generating & exporting bad ideas for years.
Manitoba Conservatives: Embracing bad ideas for years.
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