Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Those Scary Right-Wingers

Check out the first line of this article about the new Canadian Prime Minister.

Canada’s next PM: moderate or conservative?

Conservative leader Stephen Harper narrowly lost his chance at becoming prime minister in the 2004 elections after opponents painted him as a scary right-winger who would reshape the landscape like a U.S.-style evangelical Republican.

What the heck is that supposed to mean? One must read further down into the article to find what the AP means.

Harper, who belongs to the evangelical Christian Missionary Alliance, is opposed to abortion. But he denies Martin’s campaign claims that he would move to overturn abortion rights and has avoided questions about whether he’d attempt to overturn gay marriage.

Thats about all it takes for the AP to label someone as a 'scary right winger' I guess.

Martin maintained that Harper’s political agenda is neoconservative, saying earlier this week: “Never have we seen a major political party with such a conservative agenda as this one, an agenda really drawn from the extreme right in the United States.”

Martin has been studying the DNC planning documents it seems. Anyone who disagrees with his socialism is 'extreme'. I'm surprised he didn't claim to speak for the majority, despite losing the election.