What follows is an altered version of a Conservative Party of Canada fundraising letter about the long-gun registry. You can find the original here. It is meant to be satirical, and is based on the iPod tax recently uncovered by professor Mike Moffatt. This article is not associated with or endorsed by Professor Moffatt or by the Liberal Party of Canada. However, if you want to donate, feel free to follow the links.
(Urgent) Stop Stephen Harper from creating a wasteful iPod registry
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Earlier this year, Stephen Harper turned his back on all Canadians by creating a wasteful iPod registry. He’s even expected to whip his MPs into supporting this costly Conservative legacy.
If Stephen Harper succeeds, the wasteful iPod registry will threaten law-abiding musicians and music-loving Canadians – while doing nothing to promote jobs, growth and long-term prosperity.
We need your support now to prevent that from happening. Please make a contribution of $200 or $100 by following this link right now.
During the seven-year reign of Stephen Harper, eleven Conservative MPs stood with their constituents and spoke against an iPod tax seventy nine times. Now, when Stephen Harper is accused of creating an iPod tax, he says he must create an iPod registry to avoid raising taxes on law-abiding Canadians.
Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro was clear:
“The last thing Canadian families and consumers need is a massive new tax on iPods and other digital storage devices” (House of Commons Debate, December 14, 2010).
So was Conservative MP James Moore, saying “The iPod tax will drive away Canadian retailers, draining hundreds of millions of dollars from the Canadian economy”. (House of Commons Debate, December 14, 2010).
Del Mastro and Moore were joined by eleven other Conservative MPs in speaking against an iPod tax: Tony Clement, Shelly Glover, Mike Lake, Pierre Poilievre, Cathy McLeod, Scott Armstrong, Bruce Stanton, Cheryl Gallant, Christian Paradis, Ed Fast, and Laurie Hawn.
These MPs have now been told that they MUST support Stephen Harper. They must vote to create a wasteful iPod registry to prevent the creation of an unfair iPod tax. They must choose wasteful spending over increased taxes. They must choose their leader over their constituents. They must do what they have been told.
We need your help today to hold these Conservative MPs accountable. They need to understand the political consequences of punishing law-abiding musicians and music-loving Canadians. Of voting against their constituents. Of choosing Stephen Harper over their friends and neighbours back home.
I am launching a campaign to do just that. Please make a contribution of $200 or $100 right now by following this link in support of this campaign. We will ensure that every iPod owner, every citizen and every voter in these thirteen Conservative ridings will be fully aware of the choice they must make.
Their choice will be clear: SAY NO to a wasteful iPod registry and an unfair iPod tax. It’s as simple as that. No shifting, no sliding.
We need your help today to keep these Conservative MPs to their word. Make a contribution of $200 or $100 right now by following this link.
Working together we can prevent a wasteful Conservative iPod registry and an unfair iPod tax. Support our campaign today.
PS – Remember that you’ll receive a tax receipt for any contribution you make. This can make the actual cost of your contribution as low as 25% of your overall giving this year. Please, follow this link right now and make a contribution of $200 or $100.