I was listening to a couple of reporters yesterday, commenting on the lack of legislation currently on the table in Parliament. If you have a good memory, you may remember the same sentiment expressed last year. In fact, much of the talk then surrounded the need for the Conservatives to huddle and develop some fresh policies. There was such a lack of an agenda, that Parliament ended early, and the return was delayed until mid-October.
Here we are again, after a session which brought a scant slate of new initiatives, old ones working through the process. Conservatives brag about the "achievements", but really those were skimpy to begin with, hardly impressive to have a grand total of 5 priorities. Even less impressive, when you consider the need to scramble for new policies, once the initial agenda was introduced. It makes you wonder, what were these guys doing in oppostion for 13 years? One would think, there would be slew of ideas, finally taking power, finally able to pepper Parliament with policy. That never really happened, as every independent observer can atest, the cupboard largely bare after just one year, since then not so much.
The obvious excuse, the government wasn't supposed to last very long, history suggested another election. That argument should fall apart, when you consider elections bring with them new platforms, so if it was delayed, nothing to stop the Conservatives from moving forward.
I think the lack of policies is more a testament to a hard truth, this new Conservative Party is primarily an expression of what they reject, more interested in tearing down, than presented anything of substance. Most of the initial policy was simply a reaction to the Liberals, a counter, rather than a vision. Instead of a real agenda, it was more about undoing, negativity, than a alternate path. Sure, supporters can point to this and that, but apart from waving the flag, isn't it odd that after such a short period, there is the impression of spinning their wheels, again running out the clock, on a paltry agenda, just waiting for summer, and the prospects of another prolonged break.
I'm starting to think, the bigger story isn't worrying about the hidden agenda, but more a concern that there seems to be a lack of an agenda.