Monday, December 12, 2005

More fallout from the beer and popcorn liberals

Canada: The sad part is that Paul Martin can slap everyones mom in the face and 30% will still vote for the Liberal Party as long as he hands back their money like a parent to a child.

During an appearance as a panellist on CBC TV, Mr. Reid criticized the Conservatives' child-care policy, which Mr. Harper says would give parents more flexibility on who provides day care for their children. "We are not trying to take people's time away from their grandparents, but working families need care," said Mr. Reid. "They need care that is regulated, safe and secure and that's what we're building here. Don't give people $25 a day to blow on beer and popcorn. Give them child-care spaces that work." When a Conservative strategist on the program challenged Mr. Reid about how his choice of words was an insult to Canadian parents, Mr. Reid hedged. "That's not what I think," he said. But then Mr. Reid continued: "There are no controls over what the money goes toward. Under our plan, money will go to child care." Afterwards, when the political implications of his remarks were becoming clear, Mr. Reid said he was sorry. On the campaign hustings with Mr. Martin, Mr. Reid stayed out of sight, but issued a statement, through e-mail, to journalists who asked him to explain his comments. "It was a dumb way to make my point and I apologize because obviously, no responsible parent would make that choice. The point remains that Mr. Harper offers a tax cut, not a child-care plan." The incident, during an otherwise quiet day on the campaign, is sure to provide political fodder for Mr. Harper, who took yesterday off. Mr. Harper's spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, was scathing in his reaction. "This is how out of touch the Liberal party is with Canadian parents. Mr. Reid's comments are unacceptable and insulting. Canadian parents work very hard to raise their children and offer them everything they can." In an interview, Conservative MP Rona Ambrose said Mr. Reid's remarks are "offensive" and serve to highlight the fundamental difference between the Liberals and Tories on child care. "Every day, Canadians are putting their children first. They are making sacrifices for them. But the Liberals don't trust people with their own money. They don't trust Canadians to make the best decision for their children." Campaigning in Gatineau, Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe said Mr. Reid's comment showed contempt for Canadians. "It is profoundly contemptuous," he replied when asked by reporters. "I don't agree with Harper's proposal, but to say such a thing ... it reminds me of Jean Chretien's declarations on unemployment. He said people in the Gaspe, all they want is their cheque to go buy beer. I remember that. When I say that Paul Martin's party is the same as Jean Chretien's, here are the same contemptuous attitudes."

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