Monday, March 30, 2009

Conservative Party Sets It's Sights On Student Groups

The Conservative Party is a strange beast. The entire goal of the party seems to be the accumulation of power for the sake of having power. While Harper has hardly been a progressive on any issue he is certainly not a fiscal conservative, and although he has expressed support for social conservative issues he is not currently pushing a social conservative agenda either. He doesn't like the CBC so he punishes the CBC, he does like the oil sands so he rewards the oil sands. The entire conservative party agenda seems to be about gathering greater power so they can reward their friends and punish their enemies (real or perceived).

Now, according to the Ryerson Free Press the CPC seems to be setting its sights on Student Unions and other campus organizations.
"At a session held in early February by the Ontario Progressive Campus Conservative Association (OPCCA) and the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, campus Conservatives, party campaigners, and a Member of Parliament discussed strategies to gain funding from student unions for the Conservative Party and ways to run for—and win—positions within student unions.

The leaked materials were posted on over the weekend and add to the growing body of evidence that the Conservative Party has a strategy for interfering in campus student unions. In early 2002, the campus press first learned of a secret Millennium Leadership Fund that the party’s campus wing used to fund candidates in student union elections. Now it appears that strategy has evolved into a campaign to falsely obtain student union funding and destabilize student clubs with a social justice mandate."
Apparently the plan is to build up a power base that will last for decades, so they can continue their agenda of bullying people they don't like. It is all made even stranger by the fact that higher education is one of the Conservatives perceived enemies. Can we have a new government yet?

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