Friday, February 05, 2010

Harper Attempts Damage Control...

and screws it up royally.

The upshot is that the Con$ want to cancel a couple of week-long 'back to the constituents' breaks during this upcoming session to 'make up' for time lost due to PMSH's prorogation of parliament.

Once again, we have a delightful example of how Harper doesn't get it. Those breaks exist so that MPs can get feedback from their constituencies. Of course, the HarperCon$ spend so much of their time creating their "10%ers" for other ridings that they barely are aware of their own constituencies. I haven't seen or heard of any sign of my own MP being in my riding for ages.

Harper doesn't understand the machinery of democracy, including the role of MPs to their constituencies. What Harper has proposed once again inhibits the ability of our parliament to operate on behalf of the people that it allegedly represents. Harper is going away from governing at the will of the people and like his Alberta counterparts is acting as if he has a right to govern.

2 comments:

VĂ©ronique said...

I usually try to blame ignorance before malevolence, but in this case, I don't think that works. I think Harper understands the system perfectly well. He just doesn't like it, and thus ignores it whenever possible. And too many people are deficient in civics and so don't understand just how harmful his behaviour is.

MgS said...

Harper understands the mechanics of it, but he hasn't understood the purpose of those mechanics.

So he abuses things towards his own malevolent ends.