Reform Party founder Preston Manning, who gave a young whipper-snapper named Stephen Harper his start in politics back in the day, is upset about the polarization of political debate in this country:
"In the political arena, because we're such a tolerant and moderate people, the quickest way to discredit your political opponent is not to argue against their position, but to take it to an extreme and argue against the extreme," Manning said at the conference, Securing Canada's Future in a Climate-Changing World, organized by the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy.
"That is why we have no meaningful debate on health care in this country and why this debate in the political arena gets polarized between either [someone who says] 'you want to destroy the economy,' or 'you want to destroy the environment,' which is nobody's position, but in the political arena that's what it's reduced to."
You mean like taking an environmental plan hailed by both economists and environmentalists alike and, instead of debating it on its merits, calling it an idiotic and stupid permanent tax on everything? Something like that, Preston?
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