Stephen Harper calls for small government, austerity and Canadians are not impressed
On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece penned by Canada’s former Conservative Prime Minister. In the article, Stephen Harper, who now helps run a global network of right-wing political parties, argued for a post-pandemic agenda of “shrinking” government.
While Conservative politicians have flocked behind Harper’s message, Canadians are ridiculing the former Prime Minister’s opinions.
Brace yourselves Alberta! The de facto head of Kenney’s “economic recovery” panel, former PM Stephen Harper, has a plan for our post-COVID economy. And it’s ugly. He thinks corporations and the rich will be our saviours. #ableg #abpoli #cdnpoli #canlab https://t.co/TE1QgfVunS— Gil McGowan (@gilmcgowan) May 13, 2020
Some have contrasted Harper’s last WSJ opinion piece, wherein he advocated for Canada’s involvement in the Iraq War.
Others have pointed out the irony of Harper advocating for the very austerity politics which have exacerbated the COVID-19 crisis.
Because if there’s one thing the corona virus has taught us is that there is no need to fund health care, research, emergency preparedness, workplace safety, essential stockpiles, or the inspection and regulation of hospitals and long-term care facilities… 🙄 #cdnpoli https://t.co/itXUshQZxT— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) May 13, 2020
Stephen Harper should just take a seat. Austerity is the reason most govts didn’t have the healthcare system in place to deal with this pandemic. Austerity kills, literally. That small govt bullshit? I’m done with it.— Barb #StayTFHome (@barb_hill) May 13, 2020
More than anything, however, Canadians appear to be fed up with the removed Prime Minister’s continued influence in Canadian politics.
The word ‘leftist’ in Harper’s 1st sentence gives away their ugly plan to destroy our federal government. An American Republican styled ideologue proves beyond a doubt why Canada’s Conservative Reform Party must never be more than a small opposition party https://t.co/kbWXdGO4cm— FranklyMyDear (@MrDash109) May 13, 2020
In Canada, we do not want or even care about your alt-right opinion. FO Harper https://t.co/6pkO59IrXb— Ron Christensen 😁 (@RonChrist1954) May 13, 2020