I’ve been focussed on my new duties at Fort Richmond Collegiate lately, so I haven’t posted since the dawning of the age of holograms. But, with the current moves in Parliament, I feel compelled to return.
At a time of great economic crisis, with the lowest popular support in the history of Canada, and at a time when the PM argues on the one hand that it is appropriate to go into deficit: The government of Canada feels it necessary to force another election (cost $300Million) in order to cripple all other parties and silence disent in the country. The party subsidy, by the way, is worth less than 10% of the cost of a new election. I hope that the other parties find a way to bring this bully down and form a coalition that will represent a broader segment of the public. Harper has shown himself to be incompetent and petty at a time when the country needs calm, reasonable leadership. Shame on him.
UPDATE: While writing, I see that the Bully has moved to prevent Parliament from responding to his foolish policies. Is this the kind of panicky, undemocratic, cynical, leadership we need? Harper: Not A Leader. Not Even Close. And, to prove that Harper thinks that Canadians are idiots:
“While we have been working on the economy, the Opposition has been working on a backroom deal to overturn the results of the last election without seeking the consent of voters. They want to take power, not earn it,” Harper said.
Overturn the election? Are they going to storm parliament? Or, do you mean form a coalition with broader support from the electorate than his 22.2% majority (lowest in Canadian history) in keeping with Brittish Parliamentary traditions? Its disgraceful that the Prime Minister believes that the people of this country are stupid. I disagree with him. I think that Canadians will see this for the boneheaded move it was.
UPDATE 2: From Kinsella…”I’M SORRY, SIR, THAT SEAT IS TAKEN”
UPDATE 3: Two more things. (1) Once you start on that sweet blogging drug again, you just can’t stop. and (2) Awesome quote from Adam Radawinski:
“Indeed, the most important characteristic Mr. Harper has shown over 33 months in office is a capacity to grow. There is no reason to think he won’t continue along the same trajectory if re-elected — a good thing, too, since there is much more for him to learn.”
So said this newspaper (Globe and Mail) less than two months ago in its endorsement of Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Without speaking too much for my colleagues, I think it’s fair to say none of us were anticipating what’s unfolding today.
It takes a special kind of immaturity to look at an economic crisis – one that has people worried about their jobs and their homes and their life savings – and consider only how it might be turned to your advantage. But then, for all his ideological roots, Harper has demonsrated time and again that nothing interests him so much as cementing his hold on power. He may have evolved in terms of openness to pragmatic policies when they suit his political interests. But this is a leader who very clearly sees politics as a game, and who sees government – rather than what you do with it – as the ultimate victory.
FINAL UPDATE: Despite their horrendous move to endorse Mr. Harper only 6 weeks ago, the Globe Editors get something right:
“This is a mess of Mr. Harper’s making. His plan to push back the confidence motion a week, until Dec. 8, buys him time to clean it up. To move beyond juvenile partisan games, he should take the plan to abolish public funding for parties off the table. And he should shift his focus to what was lacking in Thursday’s update: a serious plan to stimulate the Canadian economy.
“Dishearteningly, Mr. Harper sounded characteristically bellicose in his televised address yesterday evening, attacking his opponents and pronouncing that a coalition government is not an option. That determination is, frankly, not his to make. It rests with the Governor-General, and precedent suggests Mr. Harper is wrong. It is in the interests of his government and of Canadians that Mr. Harper reflect on where his cynical and combative approach has gotten him, and how it has destabilized our country during uncertain times.”