Originally Posted by Stubblejumper
You seem to be claiming that a leader only puts forth a Canadian Identity when it's one you agree with.
Not to turn this into an argument in regards to the Conservative party, but they have taken meaningful stands on the international stage - particularly in regards to the Kyoto Accord, the UN small arms treaty etc. While I'm not taking a position on those actions, they can't really be considered anything but "standing up for Canada".
I would consider withdrawing from the Kyoto protocol standing up for corporations, not Canada, but anyway,
First of all, Harper won a "majority" with 24% of the vote (40% of the vote with a 60% voter turnout, a minority either way).
Second, most of his positions are clearly out of tune with the majority of Canadians'. A few examples:
-F-35 purchase (80% against)
-Drug policy (66% want legalization)
-Stance on prostitution (65% want legalization of brothels)
-Corporate tax cuts (59% want higher corporate taxes)
-Raising retirement age (57% against)
-Ignoring income inequality (64% willing to pay more in taxes, 83% want higher taxes on the rich)
-Restricting scientists' freedom of speech
-The federal government will stop verifying nutrition claims on food labels
Canadians were also very divided on the gun registry issue; there was no solid majority on either side.
Approval rating of each leader
Stephen Harper 34%
Thomas Mulcair 32%
Bob Rae 32%
Disapproval rating of each leader:
Thomas Mulcair: 22%
Bob Rae: 41%
Stephen Harper: 58%
Forum poll from March 26-27, 2012