Friday, 29 April 2011

Less Painful Than a Boot to the Head

Regular readers are no doubt aware that we at DJ! do not care for Stephen Harper. The reckless vandalism he and his ignorant gang have inflicted on our democracy -- with a mere minority -- has been stunning.

The Fucking Useless Opposition® have been, well, fucking useless.

Pollsters, pundits, and now ReformaTory 'insiders' say that a Harper majority is now out of reach.

We are not comforted.

In fact, we are still scared shitless.

Oh. Look. This guy, one of the most respected constitutional scholars in Canada is scared shitless too. It's 3 minutes and 13 seconds long. Not a big time commitment.

If you know anyone who is planning not to vote or who is planning to vote blindly, please send them this link and ask them to invest 3 minutes and 13 seconds in watching it.

Maybe also send along this link to a guide to strategic voting. You could also input your friend's postal code and send the resulting link. You know, just to be helpful.

Seriously, when Professor Peter Russell is afraid, we should all be very afraid.

Prof. Russell 'hopes and prays' we can save our parliamentary democracy.

Or as someone said on Twitter this morning, 'Voting is a lot less painful than a boot to the head'.


Anonymous said...

Absolutely agree with him. To me, the contempt of Parliament is the only ballot question. I would not support any party that repeatedly showed contempt for our elected representatives and, by extension, us, the voters, for their own partisan interests.

However, I seem to recall that Peter Russell had advised Michaelle Jean when Harper had asked her to prorogue Parliament to escape the impending vote of no confidence. Does anyone remember?

If he did advise MJ, seems strange that he did not tell her to send Harper back to face Parliament instead of allowing the prorogation. Or did MJ ignore his advice?

I also seem to recall Russell defending MJ on allowing the proragation, which is why I am at a loss why he now seems concerned about the erosion of our democratic values (if my impression of what happened is correct).

fern hill said...

Here you go, Anonymous. Russell did advise MJ. Said she demanded concessions from Harpo and got them.

thwap said...

Thanks for posting this.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, FH.

Just read the linked article again. It reinforced my impression that Russell probably was the voice behind MJ's acquiescence of Harper's prorogation request, supposedly at the cost of a couple of meaningless concessions from Harper. The article did state there were other advisors too though.

Unless, of course, Russell is now regretting his own, IMHO, misguided advice.

I would have thought that it was a no brainer for anyone who believed in our Westminster system that the answer would have been: You, sir, govern only with the confidence of the House. Therefore, you get your a** back there and face them, no confidence threat notwithstanding. LOL

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