Last week the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi made an official visit to Canada. There was a large event in Toronto (at Exhibition Place) attended by thousands of people, including Stephen Harper and other members of the government (later that night we met in the underground parking the Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, who, as an excessive expression of hospitality, was dressed in traditional Hindu clothes).
As it is the case with any conservative from abroad, the capital of the Canadian progressivism met the guest with hostility. The Toronto Star – the largest lefty rag in the country – published a trashy article against Modi, blaming him for most of what supposedly was wrong with India. The demented social justice warriors of Toronto, who protest anything to the right of Lenin, managed to scrape the usual group of nutty personalities – couple of dozens of supporters from Idle No More, Indian Maoist communists, etc. That didn’t stop the people from going to the event – regardless of what the lefties think, Modi is the new hope of India.
At the same time at another location of the building, the Ontario MPP Patrick Brown organized a meeting with his supporters. As you may know, the orphaned Progressive-Conservative Party of Ontario is looking for a new leader and the two candidates, who reached the finals, are Brown and Christine Elliott. There were rumours that Brown would bring the Indian Prime Minister to his event.
That seemed strange to me, but after Brown arrived from the main event and spoke to his supporters, things were sorted out. He met Narendra Modi years ago during his trips to Gujarat, where Modi was Chief Minister for many years. That Indian state has achieved one of the highest levels of economic development in India. Brown explained that Modi’s strategy was to improve the conditions of the people in the state by encouraging business. Modi drastically changed the business climate by reducing the bureaucracy and red tape inherited from the Indian National Congress. While before it took years to get all permits to start a business in Gujarat, under his leadership the process was simplified and in many cases it took just a few days to get an approval.
Modi thought that the role of his government was to create optimal conditions for business – that in his opinion included providing good transportation infrastructure and cheap electricity. That definitely worked, because Gujarat is booming now. Brown compared those simple policies with the gross incompetence of the Liberal government of Kathleen Wynne, which consistently destroys the businesses in Ontario.
Later I learned from other attendees (many people were from Hindu background) that in the past Patrick Brown had been discouraged from associating with Modi. The latter was considered too controversial, with no hope to advance politically. His political organization – the Bharatiya Janata Party – supposedly had slim chances of winning the national elections, but the reality proved the naysayers wrong.
We spent over an hour mingling with the other guests, not sure if the Prime Minister was going to show up. Finally, at about 11 p.m. he came in, walking slowly surrounded by bodyguards. He headed toward the stage, smiled and greeted the people around him. Most of them were still surprised; they swarmed Modi, pointing at him cameras and phones. For a few moments it looked like things got out of control – the crowd even managed to knock down a table.
Again, he started his exit slowly and his guards had really hard time keeping people at a distance. At that moment I managed to get closer and catch his exit on camera:
The Prime Minister left, but the rest of us remained, still facing Ontario’s problems. Maybe his policy of encouraging the basics, like manufacturing with good jobs, is something that would work in our province. For the current gang of crooks, which rules from Queen’s Park, helping business is at the bottom of the agenda. Incompetence; monstrous corruption; disastrous “green energy” projects; promoting the global warming scam through carbon tax; maintaining an enormous army of lazy and useless bureaucrats – none of these “priorities” is going to help Ontario. Maybe Patrick Brown is the person, who understands what a leader needs to do. A few days ago I received a promotional message from the campaign of Christine Elliott:
Good economic policies enable good social policies. My vision for our Party and Ontario is rooted in the belief that fiscal responsibility and social compassion can, and must, go hand in hand.
Last election, our Party didn’t connect with Ontarians. Voters rejected the politics of division. Party members across Ontario have told me that Patrick Brown’s ideological rejection of a modern and inclusive province will do nothing more than lose the next election and secure another term for Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals.
Nothing but empty phrases, which came directly from the NDP vocabulary. I am glad of my “division” from the public union parasites. In the political language “social compassion” means wasting billions of dollars on useless government social programs and equally hopeless “social justice” organizations. What does a “modern and inclusive province” mean? The only inclusive thing that the Wynne’s clique has proposed is the new debauched sex-ed curriculum designed by homosexuals, sex perverts and convicted pedophiles. Is this what makes Ontario a “modern province”? With a platform like that, if Christine Elliott wins the leadership, she can just merge her party with the NDP and get over with it. And the rest of us will need to start building something new from the ground up.
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