I don't think we have anything like this in Canada but, of course, I'm in the The Media so no one would be allowed to tell me anyway. We're talking about the Council for National Policy, which is meeting this weekend in Utah. Our very own Stephen Harper was a speaker at a 1997 meeting of this “ultra-secret conservative” group. You remember that speech, don't you? The one where our Harper would describe the country he would one day lead as “a northern welfare state in the worst sense of the term”. I wonder what the Harper of 1997 would think of Harper the Prime Minister whose government has let program expenditures jump 7.5 per cent in fiscal 2007 compared to fiscal 2006, the last year the Liberals spent any money out of the public purse. Conservatives have let government spending rise another 7.6 per cent between April and June compared with the same period last year. But I digress…
Anyhow, it looks like U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney is the featured guest this weekend. Do tell if you know of any Canadians heading down to this event. Come to think of it, has anyone seen Stockwell Day this weekend?
An ultra-secret conservative group — so secret that members don't even use the group's name in communications — will feature Vice President Dick Cheney as a speaker at a meeting in Utah today.
“Cheney will address the fall meeting of the Council for National Policy, a group whose self-described mission is to promote 'a free-enterprise system, a strong national defense and support for traditional Western values,” according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.
Founded in 1981 by Tim LaHaye, the co-author of the popular post-apocalyptic Christian-themed Left Behind books, the group holds confidential meetings three times a year attended by a small but powerful cadre of top conservatives.
“The media should not know when or where we meet or who takes part in our programs, before of after a meeting,” one of the group's rules reads, according to a New York Times profile of the organization in 2004… [Read the rest of the story]