Preston Manning For Governor General ?? Give Me A Break!
It's bad enough that Canada has a Governor General but the fact that Preston Manning is being touted to fill the position this coming September is repulsive. Mr. Manning advocates an extreme form of right wing ideology through his 'Manning Center' organization. Publicly funded health care? Old Age Security? Public education? Mr. Manning and his organization and allies have opposed all of these.
In an article published in the Winnipeg Free Press, in 2004, Frances Russel wrote, "Earlier this month, the (Fraser) institute held its 30th anniversary dinner attended by luminaries of the Canadian Right like Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Alberta Premier Ralph Klein, former Reform Leader Preston Manning and former Ontario Premier Mike Harris. Founder and president Michael Walker mapped out an ambitious plan for the future. Having won the battles against universality, deficits and debt, Mr. Walker said the institute will be turning its sights on privatising health and education. With millions of dollars in its coffers donated annually by the Who's Who of business, get ready for more Fraser, more of the time" (Wpg Free Press - 29/10/04)
"Where I think we're headed is a system of universal care, where everybody is covered ... with two tracks for delivery, and two tracks for payment. It's not a question of private versus public, but what mix of the two is appropriate.”
Manning clearly advocates that the rich go to the front of the line for health care - why .. because in Preston's world, having more more money makes you more important - a 'better' person deserving of better care and better service.
Preston Manning was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He follows in his father's right wing footsteps - he was the son of Ernest Manning, Social Credit Party Premier of Alberta between 1943 and 1968. During those years, the Alberta government pursued a policy of forced sterilization based on 'Eugenics' concepts.
Preston Manning founded the Reform Party of Canada. After numerous unsuccessful attempts at forming a Federal government, the Reform Party began a process of co-opting the Progressive Conservative Party. The end result is the current 'Conservative Party of Canada' led for former Reform Party MP, Stephen Harper.
Canada does not need Preston Manning as our Governor General. Period!