For an embarrassingly-uneducated pack of screeching wanks who love dredging up the past, Canada's conservatives have some curious blind spots when it comes to history. Here's Slippery Jim Flaherty, waxing creamy over Canada's financial power:
Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty rejects any kind of global bank tax proposal.
"I'm not going to impose a tax on our banks that performed well during the financial crisis," he says.
"It seems to me a very odd thing to do — to punish our banks that got the job done adequately," he said, referring to the fact that Canada's banks did not require any public bailout.
Why, yes, Canada's banks are the envy of the world. And why would that be? Oh, look ...
December 23, 2003
Mr. Gerry Salembier
Director, Financial Institutions Division
Financial Sector Policy Branch
Department of Finance
140 O'Connor Street
Dear Mr. Salembier,
Canadian banks are international success stories. As the most international among them, we recognize that success in international markets is not unrelated to the strength of Canada's financial sector policy. The reputation of Canadian banks as safe, strong and sound financial institutions is an important factor when entering new markets. That reputation is, in large part, due to the strength and foresight of government policy and supervision.
Sorry, what was that last part again?
That reputation is, in large part, due to the strength and foresight of government policy and supervision.
Why, yes ... the foresight of Liberal governments. And the day a single Canadian conservative gives credit where it's properly due is the day I eat my shorts. And I'm fairly confident that's not going to happen.