Monday, 22 December 2008

Harper appoints 18 senators

“Our government will continue to push for a more democratic, accountable and effective Senate,” said Harper. “If Senate vacancies are to be filled, however, they should be filled by the government that Canadians elected rather than by a coalition that no one voted for.”
I have come to expect hypocrisy from politicians of all stripes - but Stephen Harper hit a new low this morning.

He knows that he does not command a majority in the House and that if he had not pulled off two very undemocratic stunts - cancelling an opposition day and getting the prorogation - he would be out of a job. More people voted for the other parties than voted for conservatives - by a ratio of 2:1. So the idea that "no one voted for" the coalition parties is just a lie.

Of course we need a second house - elected, effective and all the rest. And yes Mr Harper could have started that process - back when he was convinced that he had a workable majority and that the economy was fine thank you very much.

He has demonstrated in recent weeks that he has no more moral sense than the average skunk. And if we have an election next spring he should suffer for his perfidy.

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