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"A culture of defeat..." — Stephen Harper, describing the Atlantic Provinces, May 2001.

July 6, 2007:

Yesterday's funding announcement in Halifax by Stephen Harper makes past comments on pork-barrel politics timely. - ed

"A culture of defeat..." — Stephen Harper, describing the Atlantic Provinces, May 2001

"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." (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." (National Post, May 31, 2002)

Related individuals, organizations and significant events
Stephen Harper's bid to create a national party has not been helped by disdainful comments about Atlantic Canada made in the past, his antagonistic relationship with key Atlantic province Progressive Conservatives, most of whom opposed union with the Canadian Alliance Party, and, most recently, with Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams.

Harper Conservative vs. Public Values Frame
  Culture of defeat / Mutual benefits, common good, commonwealth
  Dependence / Fair taxes, oil lobby, Canadians, citizens, rights

Links and sources
  CBC News, May 30, 2002
  Globe and Mail, January 24, 2006
  National Post, May 31, 2002
  New Brunswick Telegraph Journal, May 29, 2002
  Toronto Sun, May 31, 2002

Posted: May 17, 2007

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