I am genuinely concerned that there is no viable alternative party for conservatives in Canada who have, to this point, put all of their eggs into the Harper basket(case) Conservative Party of Canada. It’s staggering, the amount of intellectual fortitude (dishonesty) it takes to justify the crimes, the lying, the harassment, and general bad-neighbourly things the Harper Conservatives have done to Canadians.
It must taste awful to have to claim that Stephen Harper is a sound fiscal manager, while there are indisputable lists everywhere showing how he’s not even close to such a title.
The Harper Cabinet is filled with liars, habitual ethics violators, and hypocrites. Cynics will say it’s always been this way, but it doesn’t have to be, with this group of distasteful, mean people ruling by fear, while simultaneously ^NOT fearing an early end to their own cushy jobs. “If you vote NDP, they’ll destroy the economy and you’ll lose your job,” can’t you hear the Info Alert emails spreading that line? “Strong, Stable, National Conservative Majority Government”? How many strong and stable people do you know who describe themselves that way? Isn’t it a bit like someone driving a Hummer or Corvette to compensate for, uh, intrinsic shortcomings?
There are so many millions of Canadians willing to put up with the abuse, but it really should stop. There are people without proper shelter, or enough food or hope, but the rail line is luxury travel these days, so good luck seeing a fruitful On To Ottawa march in the world’s second largest country. What will be the flashpoint of democratic change, if RoboCon and the F-35 $10B+ lie haven’t been it?
It’s been more than a month that many ministers of the government should have resigned or been fired in disgrace for openly lying to the House of Commons. What happens when mere commoners like you and I lie in court? For Conservative MPs, there is special treatment from the Speaker. If you find yourself on the stand entering your words into the public record, and are caught in a lie, see how far you get claiming it’s your constitutional right.
Has the media been pushed too far to accept the Harper government as acceptable, and even endorsement worthy? Still, it’s been months since RoboCon became widely known among well informed Canadians (like journalists), and still there is great hesitation in their papers and shows to identify Poutine, or mention that his scheme took place in only half a percent of the ridings affected by similar democracy-stealing crimes. That kind of forgiveness is really Christ-like. Maybe they’re all Christians before Canadians, or before journalists, or before people who want to live in a free country with a functioning democracy. Who among them are not cowards, or are edited by cowards?
Ouch, how mean.
As an aside, I wrote most of this on April 9, and decided to finally publish it.
And before I forget to mention it, but it’s important that the Liberals and NDP do not join into a single party. If you forgot where this article started, it’s a window into the future if the Liberals and NDP (and even Greens) swallow each other up for power. What I suggest instead is what Nathan Cullen (and I as far back as ~2008) have been asking for, and that’s joint nomination meetings. A bit of co-operation with the understanding that once government is won through coalition (or otherwise a majority), that electoral reform would be the first item to be taken care of, so future elections can be contested on each party’s own merits. Bonus points for giving MPs a little more freedom away from party whipped votes, too.
An interesting point, that assumes the Elections Canada investigation doesn’t conclude with the deregistration of the Conservative Party of Canada, is that falling polling numbers may make Conservatives realize that PR is their way to hang onto more seats in the coming electoral bloodbath reminiscent of the PC’s Kim Campbell (when 2 seats were won). No one would see that one coming, but you heard it here first; it’s possible.