Thursday, December 4, 2008

I support this.

These are some interesting times, aren't they? This debacle on Parliament Hill has captured my attention thoroughly, and I've spent the last few days reading everything I can find on the subject. Randall has done two one-minute Moores on the subject in the past three days, and it's not over yet, not by a long shot. And I agree with Randall's idea yesterday. The only way to resolve this situation quickly, fairly, and acceptably is for Stephen Harper to step down. Now. The Conservative government as a whole is not poisonous. There are many capable MPs under their umbrella on the Hill. But under Harper and his inner circle, there is poison running downhill, and it affects the entire party. With Harper in charge, there is no chance that Parliament will ever work. In the middle of an economic crisis, he was more concerned with hurting the other parties than he was with helping Canada. Of this there can be no doubt.

The few things I hear from both sides seem to be tempests in teapots in many ways. The Coalition government, which is set up and ready to go, is trying to focus on the economy. Which is the important thing, sure. And the Conservatives have done nothing in terms of what economists say is needed. But the real reason this Coalition has been formed is that Harper was playing petty partisan politics. With unions and with public funding and so forth. Although the economic situation is the basis of all this bad blood, it is the partisan bullying and the pursuit of power that has been placed above the interests of Canada that has provoked this reaction.

It has become clear that Harper and his inner circle are more interested in maintaining power as long as possible than they are in actually...doing stuff. It's like trying to win a Stanley Cup without strengthening your own team through training and working out, but rather through slashing and injuring the other teams. It's dirty, it won't stop now, and that's the real issue. The man can't be trusted to do the right thing for Canada. That's the reason this is happening, so say that. Stop complaining about the not-good-enough stimulus plan, because that is pretty secondary in the end.

As for the Conservatives, they are trying to scare people over the involvement of the Bloc Quebecois in this Coalition. There will be a separatist party! On Parliament Hill! And they will have veto power! They want to destroy Canada! OK...what? There is already a separatist party on the Hill. It is already the Bloc Quebecois. The same Bloc that Stephen Harper himself approached with the idea of forming a similar coalition when the Liberals had a minority. The Bloc already has veto power - over whether or not to bring down your government. What is going to change when they become a part of the coalition, exactly? Gilles Duceppe, the Canada-hating evil mastermind, will...be in a position to...poison the Conservative Kool-Aid?

What, exactly, can he do to "bring down Canada"? To "weaken the government"? And is any of this what he really wants? Of course it isn't. He wants what's best for Quebec. That's it. And a strong Canadian economy is the best chance for a strong Quebec economy. It is in his best interests, and those of his party, that Canada's government is running smoothly. If only Harper realized the same thing himself. And just because his party wants to separate Canada from Quebec doesn't mean he hates Canada. Get off this stupid smokescreen and get back to the real problems.

And the other stuff is idiotic too. This is not a "power grab" by Stephane Dion. I really don't believe that he is doing this to be Prime-Minister-For-A-Day. Maybe it is for Jack Layton. And Gilles Duceppe, I believe, has no illusions about ever becoming Prime Minister, or wielding his influence to push his own agenda. In this case, his agenda is the same as that of most Canadians. A stronger economy. That's it. And Canadians did not "overwhelmingly reject" Stephane Dion as Prime Minister any more than they "overwhelmingly supported" Stephen Harper as Prime Minister. The fact is, more people voted for MPs in this coalition government than they did for Conservative MPs. So why wouldn't the majority of Canadians be in favour of this coalition? I would imagine that any poll would suggest that Canada, by at least a small margin, would be in favour of not having Harper as Prime Minister.

And lastly - the idea that this plan is somehow un-democratic. It is perfectly legal, and perfectly reasonable. In fact, it is likely more legal and more honest and above-board than the last election - remember how Stephen Harper did an end-run around his own policies, and those of the Canadian system, in order to call an election when his party was strongest? Wasn't that a little more subversive than this out-in-the-open coalition idea?

So it's now Harper and his inner circle that are the problem, far moreso than the Conservative Party. Harper has brought this entirely on himself by governing as though he had a majority and being purposefully and antagonistically uncooperative with the other parties in the House of Commons. It is that lack of cooperation that is now putting his government in jeopardy, and the alternative proposed is a coalition government that, by it's very nature, would have to place cooperation above all else. And on what level is that a bad idea? Should Harper step down, I would be in full support of the dissolution of this coalition. But he has to do that now. And he won't. He has made it very clear that power is the only thing he cares about, which is why we're in this mess to begin with. Ergo, we are left with the lesser of two evils, and in this case that is Dion-Layton-Duceppe and their co-op. So, let's do it.

And the solution to all this for Harper - the only solution? To prorogue the government, which means to shut it down. In the middle of this economic crisis that has already seen incredible inaction. And then what - will he be able to convince everyone else, by the time the House reconvenes, that he has put aside his petty, partisan, mean-spirited agenda and that he's finally willing to work for the best interests of Canada? Or will it be the same old, same old, where the only option for other parties in order to save themselves and do what's right for Canada is to...form a coalition government? Well done Harper. Step down and go be a pro rogue somewhere else. Because otherwise, I don't see a way out of this.

2 comments:

  1. I agree. But to me Harper & his very tight inner circle have to go. Like you said there are some very good Conservative MP's. Harper & his very tight inner circle have to go, they were the ones that started this whole mess. What's the solution? I have no idea, but I guess we'll see what the GG thinks of Harper and his idea to suspend Parliament until January later today.

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  2. I bet they are doing the happy dance now just like this: http://elfyourself.jibjab.com/view/1kgUoZPcr9DEjF91

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