PRIME Minister Stephen Harper launched an attack on his rivals right away as the Conservative Party released his statement even as he was addressing the media after meeting with the Governor General David Johnston and announcing the start of the 42nd federal election campaign.
As expected, Harper asked Canadians for a renewed mandate to continue to deliver sound economic management and to take the difficult decisions necessary to protect our country’s security.
Harper said: “This is an election about leadership on the big issues that affect all Canadians: the economy and our country’s security. Given the serious economic and security issues facing the world, it is appropriate that Canadians should have time to consider the alternatives before them.”
He added: “A national election is not a popularity contest. It’s a genuine choice between practical, serious, real-world experience and a dangerous approach that has failed before and is failing in other countries.”
He noted that while the global economy remains uncertain and unstable, Canada has continued to perform well compared to other G7 countries. “Our well-being depends on the economy and the wrong leader will do real harm. Now is not the time for the kinds of harmful economic schemes that are doing so much damage elsewhere in the world. Now is the time to stay on track and stick to our plan,” said Harper.
On national security, Harper pointed out that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau lacks the experience and maturity to deal with the increasing threats posed by jihadi terrorists at home and abroad. He also criticized NDP LeaderThomas Mulcair’s ideological foreign policy which he said opposes Canada’s mission against ISIS and Canada’s efforts to assist Ukraine against Russian aggression.
“Now is not the time for political correctness, inexperienced governance or an ideological unwillingness to act,” said Harper. “Now is the time to face those who threaten us with moral clarity, strength and resolve.”
He added: “On October 19, Canadians will make a critical decision about the direction of our country. That decision will have real consequences. Canadians will be asked to judge who has the proven experience today to keep our economy strong and our country safe.”