Harper deserves more blame than credit for Canada’s state of affairs

When your guy loses an election, it’s only natural to make weak excuses, laying the blame on everyone else.

To the Editor,

Re: Election all over except the shouting, Letters, Oct. 27.

When your guy loses an election, it’s only natural to make weak excuses, laying the blame on everyone else while taking credit where it’s not due.

It was not because of Stephen Harper that Canada survived the 2008 crisis (that he didn’t see coming), but because the previous Liberal government cut spending on the advice of the International Monetary Fund. Yes, we are a trading nation, but it seems a bit hypocritical to tie ourselves to China in a trade deal while contemplating a monument to the Victims of Communism. Neither trade deal with Europe or the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been ratified, and if we want to benefit from infrastructure programs, it should not be as contracts or we will then have to be open to international bidding.

Ontario’s manufacturing was strangled by a high dollar caused by over-emphasis on our stature as a ‘petro state’ that is hurting Alberta’s non-diversified, low-royalty, increasingly foreign-owned resource economy today. To blame the current Alberta government, in power five months, for these problems is truly irrational.

Bitterness only goes so far. Be happy that the Harper era is over and we can anticipate better times.

Liz FoxLantzville