Jason Kenney: We Seek a Majority in Parliament

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney speaks to Shalom Toronto about the upcoming elections and says that the Conservatives will put an emphasis on the GTA in an attempt to win a majority.

Published: March 31st 2011
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ason T. Kenney, PC, MP is Canadas current Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

The early election which has been forced by the opposition is forcing the political parties to pull out all the stops in order to win votes. On Monday, Shalom Toronto met with Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenny to hear from him about how the Conservative Party is preparing for the election.


Kenney, who is the MP for the riding of Calgary Southeast, criticized during the interview the decision of the three opposition parties to topple the Harper government and force an election.


“It’s clear this election was unnecessary and not wanted by Canadians,” he said. “Canadians expect us to focus on getting to work on job creation and economic growth. That’s what the government wants to do but it’s clear the opposition parties wanted to force a reckless election for whatever reason. We, in fact, worked very hard to offer even the NDP things that they could support in this budget, such as an increase in the guaranteed income supplement for low income seniors. The Liberals say they want a home care program, we put one in the budget.”


Kenney added that “this budget is something that any of the opposition parties could have reasonably supported, but clearly their agenda was to have an election for whatever reason and now Canadians can pass a verdict on that. I think most Canadians will punish the opposition parties for forcing an unnecessary election and distracting our attention from economic growth.”


He noted that everyone seems to think that the opposition parties are bound to lose the election, but added that the reason that they forced this election “is because they are clearly prepared to form a coalition. They know they can’t win the most seats. They’re betting on the Conservatives not getting a majority and then Michael Ignatieff will enter into a coalition with Jack Layton and Bloc Quebecois.”


Kenney said that such a coalition “would be very dangerous for Canada. It would be a risky, unstable coalition.” When asked why such a coalition would be a dangerous scenario for Canada, Kenney said that the reason is the parties involved: the Liberals would have to rely on the support of the NDP and the Bloc Quebecois in order to achieve a majority, and for that will have to pay a high political cost which would include raising taxes to finance the requirements of the socialist NDP. He added that it will be difficult to maintain a stable regime when the Bloc will have a veto on government decisions. Moreover, noted Kenney, the Liberals themselves have called for raising taxes which could lead to the loss of 200,000 jobs.


“Raising taxes as the NDP would do in a coalition,” warned Kenney, “would kill jobs and jeopardize our economic recovery, and that’s why we think this is so irresponsible.”


“There’s a fundamental choice here,” he stated. “If you want to focus on economic growth and job creation, we need a stable Conservative government. If you’re in favour of raising taxes and having this very unstable opposition coalition, vote Liberal.”


Kenney agreed with the statement that the elections will focus on the question of leadership and noted that the Canadian public sees Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff as “a man who has no clear principles. He’s an opportunist. For example, when Israel was under attack by Hezbollah in August of 2006, Michael Ignatieff accused Israel of war crimes. And then when he got some pressure for having done that, he flip-flopped and said that he didn’t really mean to say this. He said in 2008 he was in favour of a coalition and wanted to lead one, and now he says he’s against a coalition.”


In contrast, said Kenney, Stephen Harper represents “strong, consistent leadership. Even if you don’t always agree with him on every issue, you know that he is a clear-sighted leader with coherent principles, and I think that’s what Canadians understand we need at a time of global uncertainty.”


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