The Harper Government’s Abuse of Ideology

analytical Essay
2457 words
2457 words

Our Canadian federal political system is predicated on the existence of a variety of parties which operate under their respective ideologies. There are the Conservatives, the Liberals, the NDP, the Greens, the Marxists and a number of smaller parties. Arguably, this multi-party system is helpful to voters in determining for whom to cast their ballots. Our system allows us to vote for the group that most aligns with the ideology that we have developed as a result of our values and beliefs. Oxford Dictionaries defines ideology as a “system of ideas and ideals, especially one which forms the basis of economic and political theory and policy.” Ideology forms a foundation for understanding the world and deciding what our priorities are as a society. The Harper Government operates with a Neoconservative ideology that supports limited government involvement in regulating the economy, limited social welfare, maintenance of traditional values and strong law and order. Though all parties operate from an ideological foundation, the Harper Government seems to be especially focused on dogma that is not amenable to change; this, however, is based on the idea that if social change should happen, it must be slow. This is not very practical in leading a diverse and changing electorate but does resonate with a fair portion of Canadians and, thus, translates to success in Canadian politics. Wente points out how Conservatives are more successful in politics by appealing to a large number of God-fearing Canadians who believe in loyalty, authority and punishment rather than harm-reduction and fairness. About 25% of the Canadian population, based on the federal Conservatives’ nearly 40% share of the approximately 60% of eligible citizens who v... ... middle of paper ...>. Wente, Margaret. “What Liberals Can Learn From Conservatives.” Globe and Mail 10 Sept. 2012. Web. 29 Oct. 2013. liberals-can-learn-from-conservatives/article4101563/>. “What Worries Critics About Omnibus Crime Bill.” CBC News 14 Mar. 2012. Web. 3 Nov. 2013. . Wherry, Aaron. “The Insite Ruling.” Maclean’s 30 Sept. 2011. Web. 3 Nov. 2013.>. Zlotorzynska, Maria, et al. “Supervised Injection Sites: Prejudice Should not Trump Evidence of Benefit.” Canadian Medical Association Journal 185.15 (2013): 1303-1304. Academic Search Premier. Web. 3 Nov 2013. files/uploads/news/releases/cmaj130927.pdf>.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the canadian federal political system is predicated on the existence of a variety of parties which operate under their respective ideologies.
  • Argues that opportunism is not the noblest choice for a leader. the harper government uses ideology to inform policy and retain their base of voters while subjugating the rights of vulnerable populations.
  • Analyzes how the harper government pushed the safe streets and communities act through parliament with limited debate and ignored recommendations from experts.
  • Analyzes how stuart's arguments against bill c-10 were made clear in the media. the bill would result in larger prison populations, which might give illusion of public safety, but would create more hardened criminals.
  • Analyzes how the harper government challenged the legality of insite, the safe-injection facility in vancouver, based on its anti-drug policy, which is informed not by scientific evidence or professional medical advice but conservative social values.
  • Argues that if government-defined moral values and their assumed support from the population are the central basis for policy, we run many risks.
  • Argues that anti-discrimination legislation should be enacted and education provided for the general public to affirm transgender and transsexual civil rights.
  • Opines that transgender people deserve to have their rights written expressly into law.
  • Argues that the "bathroom bill" will result in non-transgendered sexual predators taking advantage of this constitutional loophole to enter any washroom and assault others.
  • Opines that policies that put vulnerable groups at risk in order to satisfy the base want for punishment and adherence to old-fashioned social values are an abuse of ideology.
  • Cites ccpa-mb and john howard society of manitoba's "fast facts: bill c-10: the truth about.
  • Explains that challenges canada’s drug laws. canadian medical association journal 182.13 (2010): 1440-1444.
  • Describes the concerns of critics about the omnibus crime bill.
  • States that the canadian medical association journal 185.15 (2013): 1303-1304. academic search premier.
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