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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Keeping them honest: how our federal government has kept its campaign promises

What better way to look back upon politics in 2011 than by reviewing the promises of the May 2011 federal election, and how the government is measuring up to fulfilling those promises.

Indeed, something Stephen Harper’s Conservative government should be forever known for is their unwavering commitment to setting campaign promises and making those promises happen.  To combat the “hidden agenda” nonsense the socialist NDP and left-leaning Liberals have insisted Harper has, this government has set realistic promises and then made those promises reality.

Or have they?  After almost six years of Harper as Prime Minister, we’re hearing less of the “hidden agenda” and focus is shifting to the campaign promises from the previous election.  So let’s review the promises that were made by the Conservative Party (still avilable online) and see how well they’re doing:

Legend
No highlighting: Bill is currently before Parliament
Dark green: the promise has been completed or fulfilled
Light green: the promise is in discussions or dependent upon balancing the budget in 2014-2015
Yellow: status is unknown (information is not mentioned or available online)
Red: the promise has been reversed or cancelled

(UPDATE: Due to formatting issues, the document is hosted via Google Docs at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AgdeT_UkjAyZdFZrNW1hVFNJZV85SlJ5ZU56Zkl5NWc.  Feel free to contact me if you'd like the Excel version.)

There you have it.  No hidden agenda; no surprises.  Even the initiatives that have currently garnered significant media attention and scrutiny (ending the mandatory Wheat Board, ending the Long Gun registry, Bill C-10, etc.) were clearly presented and laid out in the Conservative platform. Canadians should continue to monitor the fulfillment of the promises listed above as “ongoing” or dependent on the budget being balanced in 2014-2015.

Far from the “controlling” Prime Minister the media and left-wing political parties are attempting to paint him as, this Prime Minister has made good on the majority of his promises within the first seven months of majority governance.

2011 was a great year to be a Canadian.  This Conservative government made promises and now they’re fulfilling them.