The Conservatives have had a (deservedly) rough week, and it’s about to get more rough next week. The Council of Canadians’ court challenge is Monday. The Prime Minister closed out the final news cycle hour this week by actually taking questions from the press, (which has hardly ever happened before). The Conservatives procedurally pushed a public petition calling for a Royal Commission inquiry into Robocalls, to next week. Will they prorogue first?
Coyne absolutely defines the Harper Conservatives, meaning I think to refer to the F-35 contemptuous boondoggle, but can be generalized to nearly any Conservative initiative.
When I say mess, I don’t mean to suggest charming ineptitude, but culpable incompetence, mixed with deliberate misrepresentation. What started with a catastrophic failure of oversight, progressed through many months of dishonesty, secrecy, and stonewalling, culminating in what can only be called electoral fraud — followed by still more dishonesty about everything that had gone before.
Yes, he actually pointed out the Conservatives were involved in election fraud following the fall of their government in 2011 due to contemptuously hiding the true F-35 figures from Parliament. Today we further learned that the PBO was correct and was unfairly smeared by the lying, bungling Conservatives.
Back to RoboCon illegal phone calls for a moment. Here’s some prophetic thoughts on Elections Canada’s handling of the criminal phone calls in BC’s S-GI riding in 2008. Canada is now America 2.0, in the worst way possible: politically!
In March 2009, Will Horter from BC Conservation Voters wrote :
“The signal being sent to political parties, particular the Conservative Party of Canada – which has a track record of playing up to, if not over, the lines – is that they can have someone associated, but deniable, hire a U.S. call centre to flood a riding with spoofed or faked robocalls and Elections Canada will do little to get to the bottom of it.
If someone with subpoena powers doesn’t step up with some investigative muscle I predict many more Karl Rove-like black-op operations in future elections.”
-Hat tip to Alison at Creekside
April and May 2011 saw just that sort of escalated illegal operation, as did Irwin Cotler a Quebec Liberal MP faced with malicious, “reprehensible”, lying phone calls claiming he was stepping down. Conservatives have already admitted to the Cotler ConCalls, but not yet to the Pierre Poutine and related ConCalls of April and May ’11. How much longer must we wait for them to admit the truth about those illegal calls? Monday can’t come soon enough, nor the judgement afterward.
If a scandal on F-35 scale – total failure of ministerial oversight, costs understated by 2/3, etc etc – is not grounds for resignation…—
Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) December 07, 2012
They are stepping back, but not stepping down. So, give ‘em hell!