Why Do Conservatives Hate Atlantic Canada - And Why Would Anyone In Atlantic Canada Vote Conservative?
-Gerald Keddy, Conservatve MP from Nova Scotia
Monday, November 23, 2009
"A culture of defeat..."
—Stephen Harper, describing the Atlantic Provinces,
"There is a dependence in the region that breeds a culture of defeatism,"
(CBC News, May 30, 2002)
"I think in Atlantic Canada, because of what happened in the decades following Confederation, there is a culture of defeat that we have to overcome... Atlantic Canada's culture of defeat will be hard to overcome as long as Atlantic Canada is actually physically trailing the rest of the country."
(New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, May 29, 2002)
"There's unfortunately a view of too many people in Atlantic Canada that it's only through government favours that there's going to be economic progress, or that's what you look to... That kind of can't-do attitude is a problem in this country but it's obviously more serious in regions that have had have-not status for a long time."
—Stephen Harper,(Toronto Sun, May 31, 2002)
"I've taken my position, and frankly it's the same position that I took all through the [Alliance] leadership race. I delivered [speeches] everywhere I went, including in the Maritime provinces on several occasions, about the spirit of defeatism in the country and what drives it and how we have to address it."
—Stephen Harper,(National Post, May 31, 2002)