Today I’ve had a bit of a back and forth discussion with a National Post editor and columnist who figures it’s not strange to base a prediction on the Conservatives’ electoral chances in 2015 on an economic forecast given recently by Jim Flaherty. I indignantly pointed out that the Conservative Party of Canada should be de-registered by that point, after being convicted of Electoral Act crimes including misleading robocalls (and the already attained conviction for In & Out). If cheaters aren’t disqualified from running, the race isn’t fair. Unfair elections are the hallmark of authoritarian states.
“Balancing the budget isn’t the only way the Tories can win the public’s approval there. The only thing they need, really, is to be perceived to be better fiscal managers than the opposition.”
Or they could apologize for throwing the 2011 election? Election fraud is the end of the line for Canada as we knew it. Either we have fair elections, or we become an authoritarian state where citizens have no way to impact who is governing them, short of revolution. No one wants that, so we should stop it from coming to pass.
That’s why I’m bewildered that the news media, and columnists at the National Post (the paper that successfully promoted some of the impact of the Robocon scandal in February) aren’t grabbing this scandal and running with it. If the Conservatives (or any party) can pull that much illegal shit in a general election and face only years of fruitless investigations or a paltry fine, then our country is screwed. A party willing to cheat to win, must be de-registered as a legitimate political party in our peaceful democratic country.
In fairness to Mr. Gurney who took the time to answer questions head-on today, he did acknowledge that scandals may become the Conservatives’ downfall.
“[By] the time the next election rolls around, Harper will have been in power for nine years. That’s a long time for any politician. Dirty laundry accumulates. Scandals build up. Old annoyances fester. Governments have a shelf life, and the Tories know this. That’s why 2015 was such a perfect date to eliminate the deficit. Who would care about Clement’s gazebo or Vic Toews’ “child pornographers” next to a balanced budget?”
Who would care? Um, people concerned with having accountable politicians who don’t misdirect millions of dollars and spy on their every electronic communication. Maybe those people don’t read the National Post, and that’s why he doesn’t seem to give a fig about my opinion. He certainly doesn’t take on his task in the 4th estate the way I would like to see.
If your house is on fire, you wouldn’t lament the fact that your kitchen may not be ready in time for Thanksgiving because the renovations are not expected to meet the deadline due to a denied bank loan. You’d be hitting upon a consequence coincidentally, but you’d be missing the bigger, vital picture. The National Post is missing the big picture. Lots of trees; wrong forest.
And if the less costly and less serious Adscam knocked the Liberals from power in ~4 years, why shouldn’t the theft of fair elections, and Parliamentary Contempt defeat the Conservatives next time? After all, what’s the good of a balanced budget if you have no real say in how the economy is directed, because you have no fair way to impact who is elected?