Thursday, December 04, 2008

Harper Makes History!

Albeit, by putting a black mark beside his name for being the first Prime Minister in Canadian history to suspend parliament solely for the purpose of avoiding a confidence vote.

I do not envy the Governor General this decision - in granting Harper's request,she placed herself firmly in a partisan position backing a Prime Minister who, it seems, has lost the confidence of the house. But, had she flat out denied the request, the HarperCon$ would have been screaming about her in the same manner, complaining that she had tacitly supported a "separatist coalition" through her actions.

Harper is now damaged goods as a Prime Minister. Not only has Harper abused our parliamentary processes by running like a coward from a confidence motion, but his actions themselves are fundamentally contrary to the notion of an elected, parliamentary democracy. Not only has Harper dodged a confidence vote next week, but in doing so he has silenced the voices of all of our elected representatives in government and he has demolished any possible credibility he would have to claim that his government is in any respect accountable to the people.

If the Liberals are smart, they will move quickly to replace Dion before Parliament reconvenes. This is no time to sit back and allow another drawn out leadership campaign - pick a new leader, swear them in and gird for battle. A Harper-led government should not be allowed to stand any longer than absolutely necessary.

[Update]
As this blogger points out, in Harper's own words, he has lost his moral authority to govern:

“When a government starts trying to cancel dissent or avoid dissent is when it’s rapidly losing its moral authority to govern.”- Stephen Harper, 2005

[/Update]

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would love to know what lies Perogy Boy had to tell the Governer General to convince her to betray parliamentary democracy.

His ignorant Reich Wing supporters here in Edmonton seem to think we should all be thankful that he only shut down parliament... at least his brown shirt boys didn't burn it down... THIS TIME !

HEY - THE REICHSTAG IS BURNING !

VĂ©ronique said...

Harper didn't have to lie. Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail brought up something I hadn't realized -- that technically, the government had the confidence of the House because it had survived a confidence vote on the Speech from the Throne.

You're right, MGS, it was a terrible position for the GG to be in, and I think it has set an unfortunate and possibly harmful precedent.

MgS said...

No, he didn't have to lie, but he chose to...and that is what we must pay attention to.

Anonymous said...

Canada - the laughing stock of the free world?

He knew he did not have the confidence of the house, and rather than let our democraticly elected representatives formally vote on a non-confidence motion, he ran to Mamma GeeGee who let him padlocked parliament.

Harper has made us into a Banana Republic.

Harper - Prime Minister for Life of Bush's new protectorate -

B-A-N-A-N-A-D-A

I'm waiting for those genetically modified banana plants that thrive on the permafrost...

We'll be so proud as a Bananadians to see our Exhalted Prime Minister take his place of honour at the United Nations right beside Zimbabwe's Mugabe.

'pissed off in Edmonton'